Giggs affair, with his brother’s wife

Giggs, Manchester United star slept with Natasha(below)  his brother’s wife even the day after his daughter was born.

Ryan Giggs was accused yesterday of an eight-year affair with his brother’s wife as the fall-out from his ill-fated gagging order became ever more damaging.

The Manchester United star, formerly regarded as the model professional and committed family man, found his reputation further sullied by tawdry details of the relationship with his 28-year-old sister-in-law Natasha.

He had been cheating on his wife Stacey with her before she began dating his younger brother Rhodri, a Sunday newspaper claimed.

It said Giggs slept with Natasha the day after his eight-year-old daughter was born, and again the day after the arrival of his four-year-old son. The affair was alleged to have continued until April 9.

To underline 37-year-old Giggs’s folly in taking out his notorious injunction over an alleged fling with former Big Brother housemate Imogen Thomas, his sister-in-law said it was this which spurred her to break her silence.

‘When I found out he was cheating with Imogen too, I was really hurt,’ she told the News of the World through a ‘friend’.

‘I know that sounds really strange, but he wasn’t just cheating on Stacey, he was cheating on me too. Our relationship was just about sex to him.’

Rhodri, 33 – a failed professional footballer who served a prison sentence for attacking a fan with a bottle – was yesterday said to be furious at the astonishing betrayal by both his brother and his wife.

Estate agent Natasha was  pictured at a petrol station before apparently heading abroad with her two young children – after insisting that her account was ‘100 per cent accurate’.

She said she was a single mother when she met Giggs at a Manchester bar in March 2003 while Stacey – then his fiancée – was pregnant with their first child. The pair enjoyed a brief fling but after they broke it off she began seeing Rhodri, who had joined them on a night out, the paper said.

That did not stop Giggs secretly resuming their relationship the following year, it alleged, and even when she became engaged to Rhodri in 2005 and was expecting his child, he continued demanding to see her.

Natasha gave birth in August 2006 and Stacey had her son two months later, but the affair was quickly rekindled, it was claimed. ‘The day after his son was born we met up and had sex,’ the paper quoted Natasha as saying through her friend. ‘Stacey was still in hospital.’

Despite rumours among their friends about the affair, and near-misses when the pair’s respective partners became suspicious of messages on their mobile phones, the couple continued their liaisons.

The paper said a falling-out between the brothers over Giggs supposedly flirting with one of Natasha’s friends meant he pulled out of being best man at her wedding to Rhodri in Las Vegas last summer.

He also failed to turn up at a celebration party in Manchester – instead, fatefully, attending a friend’s birthday event in London where he met Imogen Thomas.

Shortly after his last tryst with Natasha, rumours began to circulate that he was the mystery footballer who had taken out an injunction forbidding discussion of his affair with Miss Thomas.

Natasha texted him to ask if this was true. He reportedly insisted: ‘No way. It’s not me

Their affair began, perhaps inevitably, at a London club one night last September.

‘We hit it off straight away because we had so much in common,’ gushed Imogen Thomas in a breathless interview with a Sunday tabloid a little over a month ago.

It was a ‘kiss and tell’ account – with a twist, of course.

The married football star lover who she claims took her back to his hotel, called her the following day to check she had arrived home safely, and subsequently pursued her with a stream of flirty texts, was not named in the expose spread over two salacious pages.

By then, the ‘football star’ in question had already won a gagging order to stop details of their seven-month liaison becoming public. With good reason, it turns out.

For we now know that the man with whom she shared a bed – often, according to her, on the night before matches – was none other than Ryan Giggs, the (married) Manchester United legend, former BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one of the few Premier League players with a  reputation to protect; the antithesis, supposedly, of such ‘Red Top’ favourites as John Terry, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and too many others to mention.

Giggs, a father of two, was supposed to be different. Indeed, the Giggs brand – worth £24million in sponsorships – was underpinned by his ‘clean cut, family man’ image.

This was the man who loved to parade his children at football matches. He has been the model professional. He joined Manchester United as a boy, making his first team debut at 17. He has won a record 12 Premier League titles – with the same club – making him Britain’s most successful footballer.

Nothing could have prepared me for the limelight I was thrust into at 17,’ he once said. ‘I was in newspapers, magazines, on TV, and everyone in the street knew me. It was strange for me and I dealt with it by trying not to create a fuss. I have just tried to keep it that way ever since…football is my bread and butter. It has to, and always will, come first.’

But his life on the pitch, it now emerges, was at odds with his private life. His decision to obtain an injunction has cost in the region of at least £150,000 – not an insignificant sum even for a  multi-millionaire footballer.

He is alleged to have recognised Miss Thomas as the pneumatic contestant from Big Brother as soon as they met. But Miss Thomas was much more than that.

She had posed topless for lads’ magazines, recorded a sex tape with a previous DJ boyfriend which leaked on to the internet, and had already dated Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and comedian Russell Brand; a track record which only adds to Giggs’s embarrassment and personal humiliation.

Should we be really surprised though? Apart from anything else, his father, ex-rugby league star Danny Wilson, was a womaniser who split up from Ryan’s mother when he was still a boy; his father’s career was curtailed by heavy drinking and crime, including a six-month jail stretch for attacking a police officer.

The young Ryan disowned him and adopted his mother’s surname. But might he have inherited at least one of his father’s character flaws?

The current scandal began to unfold on April 14 when the Sun newspaper published an article under the headline: ‘Footie Star’s Affair with Big Bro Imogen.’

The first paragraph read: ‘A Premier League star last night gagged The Sun after we found him romping with busty Big Brother babe Imogen Thomas behind his wife’s back.’

Who could have guessed then that the article would have such far reaching consequences and provoke one of the biggest communal acts of civil disobedience in modern times?

The following morning, the Sun reported how she was struggling to cope after being exposed as the ‘mistress of a married footballer hiding behind a court gagging order’. She was spotted near her London home weeping before holding her head in her hands and crumpling to the pavement.

Imogen Thomas broke down in tears on This Morning while talking about her relationship with Giggs.

One friend of brunette Miss Thomas, 28, was quoted as saying: ‘He [Giggs] told her she was the love of his life. She said she was in love with him and he was in love with her. It wasn’t purely built on sex. She thought it went much deeper. Imogen was lovestruck.’

Imogen Thomas was many things, but she was certainly no victim.

Playing away: Big Brother beauty Imogen Thomas also enjoyed an affair with Giggs

At a subsequent hearing in the High Court in London, the judge who granted the injunction gave his reasons for doing so.

It was claimed Miss Thomas was blackmailing Giggs.

According to the footballer’s statement he and Miss Thomas ‘met four times between September and December last year’.

She then contacted him by text in March, which led him to conclude she was thinking of selling her story.

She allegedly told him ‘she wanted’, or ‘needed’, a payment from him of £50,000. Giggs agreed to meet her in a hotel where he was staying last month. There, he claimed he gave her a signed football shirt, but said he was not prepared to give her £50,000. She asked to see him again shortly afterwards, to which ‘he agreed with reluctance’ and provided her with some football ticket.

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