Saturday 16 December 2017

Too old to start another family? Lineker divorces model wife Bux

Gary Lineker and his ex-wife Danielle. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Gary Lineker and his ex-wife Danielle. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Catherine Wylie

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker and his model wife Danielle have split after six years of marriage.

Their divorce was confirmed yesterday, just over six years after the former footballer and actress were married in 2009, but they insist that they still remain on good terms.

It is understood Danielle (36) wanted to start a family but Lineker (55), who already has four children, feels he is too old to become a new father.

Danielle has a 14-year-old daughter from her relationship with former Coventry City player Adam Willis.

The Linekers, thought to be worth around €30m, are believed to have opted for a 'quickie divorce', costing just €600, and filled out the forms online. A Decree Nisi was granted yesterday.

The pair are said to have drifted apart due to work commitments keeping them in different countries; with Danielle spending more time in Los Angeles in 2015, while Gary's punditry duties have kept him in Britain.

But the couple spent Christmas together in England while Gary's four sons joined their mother, Gary's first wife Michelle, in Barbados over the festive period.

The ex-England footballer (55) said he and Danielle are still the "greatest of friends" and had a "wonderful" time together, while the 36-year-old model said she will "cherish" their relationship.

Lineker tweeted: "Thank you all for your kind words. @DanielleBux and I had many wonderful years together. We remain very close and the greatest of friends."


Bux retweeted his message, and added: "We have shared the most incredible 8 years that I will always cherish. We will remain the best of friends." The couple, who do not have any children, wed in Ravello, Italy, in 2009 after dating for two years.

It was Lineker's second marriage following his divorce in 2006 from Michelle, the mother of his four sons, after 20 years, and Bux's first.

Bux is a former Virgin Atlantic air stewardess who has become a successful lingerie model.

She took part in television cooking show Hell's Kitchen and has also appeared as a panellist on lunchtime chat show 'Loose Women'.

Irish Independent

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