An Italian model has claimed that just two per cent of Premier League footballers are faithful to their partners – as she leapt to the defence of Kyle Walker after fathering a secret child while married to Annie Kilner.
Paola Saulino said she was contacted by ‘many’ footballers on social media and said she had slept with three players from the English top division and believes ‘betrayal is natural’ after outcry around Walker.
Manchester City star Walker made a public apology after admitting he made ‘idiot choices and idiot decisions’ after his affair with influencer Lauryn Goodman came to light earlier this year.
But Saulino – who has 233,000 followers on Instagram and regularly updates users with bikini pictures and racy snaps – claims infidelity from footballers should not come as a surprise and says she ‘takes men for what they are’, and revealed she is often contacted by players in her messages.
‘I have had three relationships in my life with guys from the Premier League who I later discovered were engaged or married,’ she told the Daily Star. ‘I was disappointed but let it always be clear that I too had a relationship with them, the difference lies in maturity.’
Italian model Paola Saulino has claimed just two per cent of Premier League footballers stay faithful to their wives and girlfriends
She leapt to the defence of ‘caring and romatic’ Kyle Walker – despite revelations that he fathered a secret child with Lauren Goodman while married to Annie Kilner
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‘I take what men are and not for what I imagine them to be and I don’t delude myself. I live in the present if I like it and if I don’t like something, I leave and I don’t even give the explanations if they aren’t capable of understanding them.’
She defended the actions of Walker despite the England defender coming in for huge criticism after revelations of his secret child – and called him ‘caring and romantic’.
Saulino added that Walker was not a rare case and claimed that just two per cent of Premier League footballers were not cheating on their partners.
‘First of all, I am not surprised by what Kyle did,’ she said. ‘I sincerely believe that betrayal is a very natural thing in life. What’s wrong? Perhaps betrayal just has a bad name but it is normal that we can desire other things in life. Why shouldn’t it be the same in love?’
‘I definitely sympathise with Walker because 98 per cent of footballers do this, perhaps not creating a parallel life, but it is very easy to have two or three wives and children scattered around.
Saulino also claimed she has slept with three Premier League stars and said that betrayal was a ‘natural thing’
‘He has been with his partner since they were children and that’s very special and rare. I think Kyle must be a caring and romantic guy and loyal to a degree to even have this type of relationship.
‘And as a footballer who has so many opportunities to have so many girls, different ones every day if he wants, and he stayed with his childhood sweetheart? It’s incredible for me. It’s a romantic story but let’s be honest, it is very difficult to trust a footballer. They are spoiled and everything is done for them.’
In a rare interview about his personal life last month, Walker was close to tears as he reflected on moving away from their family home in Cheshire and spending enforced time away from his three children with Kilner, who is currently pregnant with their fourth.
He told The Sun: ‘What I’ve done is horrible and I take full responsibility. I made idiot choices and idiot decisions. I can’t begin to think or imagine what Annie is going through. I’ve tried to ask her but there’s pain and hurt.
‘The man that’s meant to love, care and be there for her, did this.’
England player Walker issued a public apology after his relationship with Goodman came to light
The footballer is a father to three children with Annie (pictured), who is currently pregnant with their fourth
Walker, who is expected to play a pivotal role for Gareth Southgate’s England at the European Championships in June, admits he wanted to ‘curl up in a ball’ after his relationship with Goodman came to light in January.
He added: ‘When I met Annie at 17, I never envisaged my private life being like this. I never thought I would be a father of six.
‘The only person to blame is me. I have roles and responsibilities that I’m aware of and I’ve made stupid choices. But I need to own up to my mistakes — I owe it to everyone.
‘My actions have caused a lot of pain to a lot of people. I’m sorry because, as a family, this isn’t meant to happen.’