Gemma Atkinson to Davina McCall – the one-time WAGS and relationships you forgot about

When it comes to WAGS, the likes of Victoria Beckham, Rebekah Vardy, Coleen Rooney and Cheryl are household names,

Whether it’s thanks their elaborate weddings or incredible outfits when cheering on their beaus, footballers' wives and girlfriends know how to get people talking.

But away from the relationships that have proven the test of time are the one-time WAGs who struck up fleeting romances that you may have forgotten about.

So, let’s take a look at some of the unexpected sporting relationships from time gone by…

Gemma Atkinson

Back in 2007, former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actressGemma Atkinson struck up an unlikely relationship withCristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking about the brief romance on Manchester's Key 103 radio, Gemma explained: “We went to my house and drank cups of tea and watched Only Fools and Horses. Genuinely!

“I don't know if he's into it now but he seemed to enjoy it.”

Since then, Gemma, 37,has found love with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Márquez and the pair share two year old daughter Mia together.

Crisitano and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez recentlyannounced the birth of their daughter in April after sadly sharing the tragic death of their baby’s twin brother.

Emma Bunton

Though Emma Bunton got married to her beau Jade Jones last year after more than 20 years together, the pair briefly split back in the nineties.

While on a break in 1999, The Sun reported that Spice Girls singer Emma had a short lived “fling” with footballer Rio Ferdinand.

However, 46 year old Emma and Damage star Jade soon rekindled their relationship and picked up where they left off in 2000.

Today, Emma and Jade have two children together while Rio is happily married to former TOWIE star Kate Ferdinand, whom he shares one child with.

Davina McCall

During her days as a presenter on MTV, Davina McCall had a brief romance with Aston Villa footballer Stan Collymore.

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Writing in his autobiography, Tackling My Demons, Stan described the TV personality as being “the one that got away” and claims that he would have married her if it wasn’t for another woman “messing” with his head.

Since then, Davina, 47, was married to Matthew Robertson between 2000 and 2017 and together the couple have three children.

Davina is now in a relationship with TV hairdresser Michael Douglas.

Sammy Winward

She may be best known for playing Katie Sudgen on ITV’s Emmerdale between 2001 and 2015 but she was alsoknown by many for her high profile relationship.

36 year old Sammy shares daughter Mia Winward-Dunn, 16, with former Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers player David Dunn, though the couple split three months after her birth.

Speaking about being a single mum, Sammy told the Daily Record: “It totally changes your life for the better. I love being a mum and Mia is such a character. I was just 20 when I had her and had to grow up fast, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”


While American modelCaprice Bourret has had a range of famous exes, one of them includes former Arsenal captain Tony Adams.

In his autobiography, Sober, Tony opened up about the couple’s time together and wrote: “Caprice made it plain she was attracted to me. I don't think it was purely physical – and there were plenty who would say I was punching above my weight.

“I liked her very much, she was an honest and sincere woman. And I have to say, I felt like a king in the company of this beautiful woman.”

Caprice, 50, is now married to her long-term partner Ty Comfort.

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