EXCLUSIVE: Danny Cipriani and wife Victoria’s marriage was ‘never the same’ after his shocking book revelations
Danny Cipriani’s marriage to wife Victoria may have crumbled when she had to read sordid revelations of the rugby star’s sexual past in his autobiography, friends have claimed.
The sportsman, 36, and the mental health campaigner, 42, who married in April 2021, called time on their relationship a fortnight ago following a series of ‘difficult’ rows over text messages on his phone, MailOnline exclusively revealed.
Victoria, 42, admitted she had reservations about some of the lurid content in Who Am I?, released in September, in which the former England ace, 36, boasted about sleeping with three women a day ‘from porn stars to actresses to girls I meet at the coffee shop’ at a time when ‘threesomes became the norm’.
On the day the book came out, she questioned: ‘Why didn’t he take out chapters I asked him not to write?’
Now, just two month after the book’s release, their two-and-half year marriage is over, with sources close to Victoria claim his decision to reveal all about his sex life could have contributed to the shock split.
Ex: Danny Cipriani’s marriage to wife Victoria may have crumbled when she had to read sordid revelations of the rugby star’s sexual past in his autobiography, friends have claimed
A friend has now told MailOnline: ‘Victoria knew dating a high-profile sportsman would mean an unwanted focus on their relationship.
‘She was adamant she wanted control of what they put out there in the public domain about themselves, ensuring every Instagram post was discussed and approved by them both.
‘Victoria has revealed some intimate secrets, like her IVF battle, but that was her choice.
‘However, some of the stories in Danny’s book, especially regarding his sex life with past lovers, were pretty hard to absorb when written down in black and white for everyone to see.’
The source added: ‘The marriage was never the same afterwards.’
Mum-of-two Victoria, who became a grandmother shortly after they got engaged in 2020, regards herself as an incredibly private person.
She admitted suffering from anxiety ahead of the book launch knowing the world was about to find out highly revealing details about her – and Danny’s numerous A-list lovers, including models Kelly Brook and Katie Price, plus Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan.
And her fears over the fallout to Danny’s book have come home to roost in recent weeks.
Split: The sportsman, 36, and the mental health campaigner, 42, who married in April 2021, called time on their relationship a fortnight ago following a series of ‘difficult’ rows over text messages on his phone, MailOnline exclusively revealed
Oopsy: Danny released a statement to announce the news, telling his Instagram followers that he ‘only wished the best’ for his ex
Fuming: She hit back with this post shortly after he confirmed their split on social media
Danny, who also dated TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Cheeky Girl Monica Irimia, Aussie pin-up Lara Bingle and Celebrity Big Brother star Jasmine Waltz, recalled in Who Am I? how he was ‘very disciplined’ with his trysts, admitting he was successful at ‘shuffling one girl out of the house just in time for the next one to turn up’.
FROM DRINK-FUELLED SCANDALS TO BITTER LOVE AFFAIRS: A LOOK BACK AT DANNY’S BAD BOY PAST
2007: Danny dated Cheeky Girl Monica but they split after it was claimed he had cheated on her with glamour model Larissa Summers
2008: Before he pulled on his first England jersey, he was kicked out of the 2008 Six Nations squad for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after being photographed leaving a nightclub
The rugby star also had a training pitch bust-up with fellow England player Josh Lewsey in which he was left nursing a bloody nose and cut lip
2010: Danny had a short-lived fling with Lindsay Lohan
2011: After moving to Australia he was accused of taking a bottle of vodka from a Melbourne bar and was fined by his club, the Rebels.
The star also briefly dated Katie Price
2013: Danny vowed to have therapy for ‘deep issues’ after it emerged that he betrayed girlfriend Kelly Brook by sending lewd texts to at least seven other women.
2015: Danny was arrested for drunk-driving after the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a taxi at 05:15.
He was convicted after a five-day trial for drunk-driving, ordered to pay a total of £7,620 in fines and costs and banned from driving for 18 months.
Danny was involved in a verbal confrontation with coach Mike Catt at England’s Surrey HQ after being told he would not be in the final World Cup squad
2016: He dated Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallagher for six months but ‘broke up because of the 12 year age gap’.
2018: During a pre-season tour in Jersey, Danny was arrested after an incident at a nightclub in St Helier.
He was charged with common assault on a doorman, larceny, assault on a police woman, resisting arrest and being disorderly on licensed premises later that day.
2019: He briefly dated Caroline Flack but the pair remained friends after their split and he was left devastated when she died in 2020
He documented in detail his romance with ex-Big Breakfast host Kelly, who he dated between 2008 and 2010 while he was making his name in rugby union.
Danny revealed in the book how their relationship broke down after Kelly, 43, suggested he got a lap dance in a Las Vegas strip club sparking a blazing row which ended with him cutting his wrists.
He claimed that he was drunk and the stripper ‘seemed to be doing more than dancing’, admitting he sang her some cheesy lyrics before telling the dancer that he planned to break up with Kelly and would be back in Sin City the next week.
But the stripper then told her pals in the club’s bathroom, which Kelly overheard.
He explained: ‘Kelly came out and slapped me around the face’ before she was restrained by bouncers.
The chaos of the evening took a huge toll on Danny, who headed back to the hotel and proceeded to self-harm with a piece of broken glass.
Danny said: ‘I felt like I just… I couldn’t express how I felt because I had so much within that I hadn’t dealt with. So that’s what I felt the route to take was.’
Following the break up, Danny claimed the pair later shared a tryst in secret in Mauritius, when she had moved onto his former teammate Thom Evans, who is now engaged to Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, he said: ‘I felt like it was fair game… I felt like what was mine wasn’t mine any more. I was friends with Thom. It was definitely a difficult scenario.’
On his other A-list lovers, he described Mean Girls star Lindsay as ‘just really sweet’ and was keen to point out his romance with glamour girl and former Loose Women star Katie was not a proper relationship, saying: ‘I didn’t go out with Katie Price. But I did sleep with her.’
Danny’s tendency for oversharing proved a big bug-bearer in his relationship with Victoria.
Indeed, even when he confirmed their marriage was over on Monday in an Instagram post, shortly after Mailonline broke the story, Victoria was irked once again due to her distaste of Danny talking about their relationship in public.
Writing on Instagram to her 11,200 followers, she fumed: ‘I’m not sure why Daniel needs to tell Instagram of his relationship status.
‘I don’t wish for the invasion, could I ask for some privacy while navigating this fragile time. Thank you.’
Mailonline told on Monday how the couple, who started dating in June 2020, had called in divorce lawyers after splitting two weeks ago.
An insider revealed the marriage was going well until the summer, when Victoria found messages on his phone that sparked a number of rows.
The source added: ‘Victoria had been increasingly unhappy over the last few months. Things got tense and then she saw some text messages on his phone and it led to some difficult rows between them and they have now split up.’
Newlyweds: Danny revealed he’d married Victoria in a low-key ceremony in April 2021 as he shared pictures from their big day on Instagram
Love life: It comes after Danny claimed in his new book to cutting himself following a huge row with ex Kelly Brook when she caught him chatting up a stripper (pictured May 2010)
The former Wasps and Bath ace has moved out of their Kent home and is staying at another address, although he has been seen visiting there over the last week, according to the source.
Danny’s statement announcing the split said that he only wished the best’ for his ex.
However he blundered by claiming they were separating after four years of marriage – when their wedding day was two years ago.
He shared: ‘Victoria and I sat together this weekend and agreed to separate after 4 years of marriage.
‘Whilst we’ve had some wonderful times together, we’ve also recognised we’re on different journey’s and whilst this is sad news, it’s also a new chapter for us both to pursue our own happiness. I only wish the best for Victoria and her children.’
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