September 1st, 2011
Michael Ballack & Simone Lambe: Separation & Anxiety
Image: AP Photo/Christof Stache.
Although most footballers have a ‘cavalier’ approach to marriage that isn’t necessarily what the church had in mind when it invented the institution, there is the occasional union that helps us retain our faith. Raul & Mamen Sanz, say. Xabi Alonso & Nagore Aranburu. Michael Ballack & Simone Lambe. Whether these guys are just better at putting on a front that some others or they actually do genuinely like each other, we don’t know.
But it makes us happy to look at them. And that’s what counts.
Well, Kickettes. Today we bring sad news that one of these reliable unions appears to have broken down. According to reports, Simone Ballack, wife of Michael and mother of his three kidlings Louis, Emilio and Jordi, has moved out of the marital abode in Meerbusch near Dusseldorf, and into a newly purchased home at Lake Starnberg, where they exchanged vows in 2008.
There is no information yet on whether the couple are having a trial separation or the whole relationship is kaput, but the reports that Simone’s new place cost in the region of €600,000 implies that she and the kids intend to use it as more than a crash pad.
As it turns out, Michael was reportedly the victim of an unwanted advance last weekend while partying in London. After dining at Zuma, the former Chelsea player hit Whisky Mist, where super-injunction ‘sleb’ Imogen Thomas just happened to be hanging out.
Upon spotting Mikey, Thomas reportedly wrote him a note and clamoured for face time – apparently she ‘desperately needed to talk to him’. A bit like this, presumably. It is claimed that Michael put up with her advances for a while before sending a message that she was wasting her time.
We look forward to her next footballer fishing expedition with interest.
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