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Footballers who dated Page 3 models from Liverpool bad boy to Katie Price romp
13/01/2022 11:08:21

Footballers and models have long been linked with each other - sharing glamorous lifestyles and an appetite for parties.

While footballers normally take up the back pages of newspapers, topless glamour models made Page 3 their home until 2019.

And these two worlds began to clash more and more as Premier League footballers started to be recognised as celebrities rather than just professional footballers.

Footballers were often seen with Page 3 models at their sides as they were snapped around cities in the UK.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at six footballers who wined and dine with Page 3 models...

Jermaine Pennant and Chloe Ayling

Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant met Chole Ayling when both were participants on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018.

The pair were seen cosying up to each other on the show, despite Pennant being married to fellow glamour model Alice Goodwin, who he has since divorced from.

Ayling said something "intimate" happened between them, but this was denied by Pennant.

Ayling told The Sun: “When me and Jermaine shared a bed one night in the Big Brother house, something intimate did happen when I was under the impression he was single.

"However, absolutely nothing has happened between us since finding out he was married during my eviction interview."

While Pennant lashed out at the show for almost destroying his marriage: "In there I know how it is, but the way they edit it, it looks 100 per cent worse. They are showing five minutes of a 24 hour day."

Dwight Yorke and Katie Price

Katie Price is probably one of the most famous models to make Page 3 her home during the 1990s.

And so it wasn't surprising when a footballer, in this case, Manchester United star Dwight Yorke, started to appear at her side for press events when the pair briefly dated in 2001.

However, the pair did have one son together: Harvey.

Yorke had spells at clubs including Sunderland and and Sydney FC before hanging up his boots.

Joe Cole and Keeley Hazell

While Joe Cole and Keeley Hazell never officially dated, an incident involving the pair in 2006 saw the Englishman allegedly 'beaten up'.

Jose Mourinho had allowed his Chelsea squad a couple of days off.

And Cole & co partied in London when they bumped into glamour models Lauren Pope, Nicole T. Cole and Keeley Hazell.

The group went back to Hazell's house, where Cole was asleep when an unnamed assailant is alleged to have assaulted the England international.

One party-goer speaking at the time of the incident alleged Cole was assaulted by a man who mistakenly believed the duo were having a relationship.

A spokesman for Cole said: "Joe went back to a party at Keeley's house with a large group of people. He was assaulted by another man. He left the party and got a taxi home. He did not receive medical treatment."

Kieran Gibbs and India Reynolds

India Reynolds shot to fame in 2019 when she appeared on the hit TV show Love Island.

However, before earning stardom when she finished third alongside Ovie Soko, Reynolds was a Page 3 model who had been linked to former Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs.

But she hit out at the links and said they were just chatting.

She also said it was blow up into a "ridiculous thing".

Speaking after she was alleged to have got cosy with the full-back, Reynolds said: "I've known Kieran and his brother for years, and it was their 30th birthday, so I was there with loads of friends and family.

"There’s nothing about it! It got blown into a ridiculous thing."

Scott Sinclair and Helen Flanagan

Unlike others on this list, Helen Flanagan was already a household name when she modelled on Page 3 for The Sun.

Flanagan had appeared on the soap Coronation Street between 2000 and 2012 - before competing on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2012.

But while dating then Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, Flanagan appeared on Page 3 for The Sun.

The pair met in 2009, and they are still together today, having been engaged in 2018 and starting a family.

Chris Smalling and Sam Cooke

Before meeting Chris Smalling, Sam Cooke was a Page 3 model for The Sun, where she won the newspaper's annual Page 3 Idol competition in 2006.

Cooke also appeared in numerous "lads' mags," including FHM, Zoo and Nuts.

The former Page 3 model married AS Roma's Chris Smalling in 2017 in a lavish ceremony in Lake Como, Northern Italy.

The pair sensationally claimed they had spotted UFOs when holidaying in Jamaica last summer.

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