January 7th, 2011
‘Baller Soap Operas: Nicklas Bendtner, Caroline Fleming & Rory Fleming
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The behind the scenes story of Caroline Fleming and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner’s romantic rendezvous is a big ‘ole mess. Because the Baroness hasn’t legally divorced her first husband, Rory Fleming, media speculation is rife about the various implications said in-limbo marriage will have on her newborn son with Bendtner.
Although Caroline Fleming knows her child’s biological father is Nicky “No Pants,” Bendtner there’s a possibility that he will not be legally recognised as the father of the child.
You know that’s some messed up ish.
But wait – there’s definitely more. And, to streamline the story line, we’re giving all of you a 3-card head start to building an official Kickette Love Triangle Trading Card Catalogue.
C’mon, all the cool kids are doing it.
The Backstory: Mr. & Mrs. Fleming
Rory and Caroline Fleming married in October 2001.
Image: Her&Nu/Kaspar Wenstrup
After procreating two children in six years, the Baroness and her hubby decided to part ways. Twelve months on, Caroline officially filed for divorce. The press cited a variety of reasons for the couple’s demise, including Mr. Fleming’s premature plans to send his then one-year-old son to boarding school by the time the tyke turned six.
The Baroness was awarded an earnest separation settlement of about £400 – £450 million during the ordeal (depending on your sources, the sliding pay scale varies from Danish to English media reports). Another way of thinking about it: Mr. Fleming made it rain on his soon-to-be-ex in order to bide his time and pockets.
And now for some mouth-gaping drama.
By 2009, Caroline found herself in the tantalizing throws of a premiership footballer/fellow London inhabitant’s arms, Nicklas Bendtner. Despite the fact that her divorce proceedings hadn’t budged a bit, Bendtner got the Baroness knocked up.
Image: MSN Starlounge
That same month, July 2010, as rumours quickly swirled about a possible engagement, the behind-the-scenes oversight/calculated move on Caroline and Rory’s behalf was publicly acknowledged for the first time.
As the story goes, even though a British family court issued a decree in 2007 authorising Caroline’s right to a divorce, neither she or Rory had signed off on the papers.
This whole hiccup seems a bit too much like Sweet Home Alabama for us.
The Current State of Affairs: The Significance of the Bendtner Baby
So where does that leave us (besides realising the need for a 4th trading card)?
Contemplating the possibility of Caroline going broke…
- Regarding Caroline’s slush fund: because neither of the Flemings put pen to paper on their divorce agreement, AND because she had a baby with another millionaire that she ain’t technically betrothed to, her final payout could shrink by at least half (£230 million). That is, if Rory doesn’t decide to pull the plug on all of it.
- Also, popular Danish opinion always believed that Caroline was heir to her childhood home, Valdemar Castle. However, Rory’s late-2010 financial statements actually listed *his* name as a co-owner of the palatial property.
…and Bendtner being screwed out of his baby’s birth certificate:
- According to Se og Hør (See and Hear) magazine: “There is a rule which states that the father is the one that designates marriage,” - lawyer Ulrik Grønborg from MinAdvokat.dk
- In order for the footballer’s name to appear alongside Caroline’s, Bendtner must fill out a paternity declaration at a Danish church office. From there, all parties must agree to his petition for fatherhood.
Seriously, that would be REALLY messed up.
As for the baby at the centre of it all? Although the press couldn’t figure out if Caroline’s extended hospital stay was due to her own health complications or those of the child, Bendtner posted a message on his Web site over the holidays, saying that his son celebrated his first Christmas by “sleeping and eating”.
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