Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has ‘called off’ his wedding to fiancee Emma Rhys-Jones just weeks before they were due to tie the knot.
The Real Madrid star, who will be staying at the Bernabeu following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, has sparked speculation as to why he made the decision.
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The pair have three children, reports the Mirror.
Gareth and Emma share daughters Alba and Nava and son Axel.
Emma is the Wales international’s high school sweetheart and they welcomed Alba and Nava in 2012 and 2016 respectively, both born in Cardiff.
The pair tied the knot back in July 2017, a day after Bale celebrated his 27th birthday.
But it’s reportedly Emma’s dark family past that has thrown a spanner in the works.
It’s thought they will now aim to marry in 2019.
Bale announced the birth of his third child in May.
Bale and fiancée Emma Rhys-Jones welcomed their first son, Axel Charles Bale, into the world with an announcement on social media.
Posting a picture of newborn Axel, he wrote: “We are delighted to welcome a baby boy into our family this morning. Axel Charles Bale 08.05.18.”
News the couple were expecting again only became public in March when Bale posted another message on social media, sharing an image of a babygrow along with a tiny pair of socks and a cuddly toy, with the caption: “Baby number 3 coming soon”.
They became childhood sweethearts after they met at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff and got engaged in July 2016 during Bale’s birthday weekend.
Emma’s dad Martin, 54, had already been the cause of a first wedding postponement, as Gareth and Emma had to wait for him to be released from jail after he served a six-year sentence in the US for his part in a £2million international fraud case.
Martin had been convicted of conning people into buying expensive shares in America and Spain with little to no value.
And, soon after leaving prison, Martin shacked up with Russian florist Alina Baranova, who at 29 is nearly half Martin’s age – and only three years older than Emma herself.
Their whirlwind romance caused ructions in the family, with Emma reportedly furious that her father was planning to bring his new girlfriend to her wedding before they’d properly got to know her.
And an “almighty row” threatened to permanently damage their father-daughter relationship.
“He’s not long out of jail but wasted no time starting afresh with someone new,” a source told the Sun.
“Emma doesn’t want her dad turning up at her wedding with a woman none of the family has ever met.”
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Back in June 2018, it was believed Emma had banned her dad from the wedding all together , after he went to visit her, Gareth and baby Axel in Madrid.
But he cut his trip short following the row, said insiders.
Now it looks as though Gareth and Emma have postponed their wedding plans to allow time for the dust to settle.
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In September 2016, a suitcase containing £1million worth of cocaine, watches and cash went missing from Emma’s grandparents’ Cardiff home.
Emma’s cousin Epiphany Dring, who worked as a topless model on soft porn sites, was staying with her grandparents John and Eva McMurray at the time but fled the UK when the bag disappeared, fearing recriminations. She later returned home.
Shortly afterwards, a drugs gang firebombed John and Eva’s car, kicked in their front door and threw bricks through their windows, while the home of Emma’s 56-year-old aunt Annabella Williams’ in Flint, north Wales, was also targeted and two cars set alight.
Annabella’s son Peter Williams was convicted of criminal damage in October 2016 after pouring petrol through the letterbox of Epiphany’s mum Jane Burns – who he blamed for his parents’ problems – but said he had no intention of igniting it.
Peter’s defence team said in court that the Williams family may have to change their names and move out of the area to defend themselves against further attack.
Six members of Emma’s family then went to live in police safe houses to protect themselves against a drugs cartel, thought to have links to the Middle East, who they believed were targeting them.
The suitcase at the centre of the violent feud was later recovered.
As a result of her family’s problems, Emma blacklisted a number of relatives from her wedding – including Epiphany, her parents Jane and Carl Dring, and a host of aunts and uncles.