February 16th, 2009
The Break Up: Frank Lampard and Elen Rives
Frank and Elen in Hawaii, 2004. Image via Splash News
“She was very different to other girls I had known in Essex. I never dreamt I would end up with a Spanish girl. I remember thinking before we went out for the first time, ‘What on earth am I going to talk to her about? She’s Spanish.‘ Luckily it didn’t turn out like that. I have learnt a lot from her.“ – Frank Lampard in a 2006 interview.
As we reported on Saturday, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and his long term girlfriend, Elen Rives, have ended their relationship. After nearly eight years together, two children (Luna and Isla), one secret husband, an affair or two, and an on-again-off-again engagement that lasted for an eternity, it’s finally over.
So, let’s get to the details as we know ‘em: although tabloids are reporting that Elen was the one to call things off, that doesn’t match up with several whispers we’ve heard – that Frank actually pulled the plug.
News broke officially of the split this weekend, but the relationship has been over for several months. Elen’s infamous forty bikini vacation of ’09 took place when she was already a single woman.
In terms of arrangements, Frank has already purchased a property for Elen and the children. Even though the two weren’t married, she’ll be entitled to a sizeable (but not completely insane) chunk of Frank’s £25 million fortune.
We do know there were no third parties involved over the break up and things are definitely on reasonable terms between the two, who were spotted out together at the cinema last night.
We’re really going to miss Elen. It’s the end of a wagtastic fashion journey of pain and pleasure (mostly pain) (okay, complete and total agony), and we’re not sure that we’re ready to let go just yet. Not to mention, picking up a YSL bargain at West London charity shops just got a whole lot trickier.