Didier Drogba’s ten-year marriage is over after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.
The 42-year-old met Lalla Diakate in the late 1990s in Paris and they tied the knot in 2011.
Drogba has previously maintained a discreet private life as he tried to shield his loved ones from the limelight.
But the Chelsea legend has been forced into making a statement confirming his relationship with Lalla was over after saucy images of him and an unknown woman set tongues wagging.
The photos and clips soon went viral on social media.
And they showed the bare-chested Drogba in bed with a nearly naked young woman.
In the film, which a representative claimed had been hacked, she playfully sinks her teeth into Drogba's shoulder as he screams in pain.
The former Ivory Coast striker then speaks to her in French about being bitten, and appears to say: “She's positive! She'll infect me by biting me!”
That sparked headlines in his native West African homeland.
And it prompted him to break his silence and admit he and Mali-born Lalla have gone their separate ways.
The Blues idol wrote on Instagram: “I'm not in the habit of discussing my private life.
“But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.
“We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family's private life.
“May God bless you.”
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