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Alex Scott says she chose to recall 'first love and heartbreak' with teammate 'to break the cycle'


Former Lioness Alex Scott has revealed the reason why she chose to detail her past relationship with her teammate Kelly Smith in her new memoir. 

The footballer, 37, who played alongside Kelly, 43, for both England and Arsenal, confirmed their once rumoured relationship for the first time earlier this week. 

Speaking on The One Show on Wednesday, Alex explained that ‘parts of the relationship affected her throughout her life’ and she needed to ‘break the cycle.’ 

Candid: Former Lioness Alex Scott, 37, has revealed the reason why she chose to detail her past relationship with her teammate Kelly Smith in her new memoir

Candid: Former Lioness Alex Scott, 37, has revealed the reason why she chose to detail her past relationship with her teammate Kelly Smith in her new memoir

Joining Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas she explained: ‘I am super private and I will continue to be about my relationships.

‘The only reason why I wrote that chapter because I was doing this book and felt like I was cheating, not only myself but everyone else, if I didn’t include it.’

‘It was such a big part of my life, it’s about me falling deeply in love, that feeling we all wish we would have and I was lucky to have that.’

Former flame: The footballer, who played alongside Kelly, 43, for both England and Arsenal, confirmed their once rumoured relationship for the first time earlier this week

Former flame: The footballer, who played alongside Kelly, 43, for both England and Arsenal, confirmed their once rumoured relationship for the first time earlier this week

Reasons: Speaking on The One Show on Wednesday, Alex explained that 'parts of the relationship affected her throughout her life' and she needed to 'break the cycle'

Reasons: Speaking on The One Show on Wednesday, Alex explained that ‘parts of the relationship affected her throughout her life’ and she needed to ‘break the cycle’

She added: ‘There are parts of that relationship that have continued, part of that I have carried into other things, that I needed to change. I needed to break the cycle.

‘There was certain parts of that relationship that affected me throughout my life.’

It comes as the footballer candidly admitted that Kelly was her ‘first love’ as she spoke of the ‘heartbreak’ that followed when they split. 

In the book, titled How (Not) To Be Strong, Alex lifts the lid on her past and added that it would be ‘cheating’ to not include their time together as they helped each other face their demons. 

Truth: She added: 'There was certain parts of that relationship that affected me throughout my life'

Truth: She added: ‘There was certain parts of that relationship that affected me throughout my life’

Team: Sources close to Alex added that she has had relationships with both men and women but 'doesn't label herself as anything' (Pictured together at the 2011 Women's World Cup)

Team: Sources close to Alex added that she has had relationships with both men and women but ‘doesn’t label herself as anything’ (Pictured together at the 2011 Women’s World Cup)

Sources close to Alex also revealed that she has had relationships with both men and women but ‘doesn’t label herself as anything.’ 

Speaking to The Mirror at the launch, she explained: ‘I’m writing this book and I want to tell everything. I thought I’d be cheating you all if I didn’t put that in there. 

‘For me, it’s like that first love story, I fell madly and deeply in love. And yes, there’s that heartbreak and those things, but it’s a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t go back and change that.

‘Because that feeling of love and that excitement and what it gives you, it needed to be in there.’

Honest: Alex detailed her relationship with her teammate Kelly Smith as she opened up about their romance in her new memoir

Honest: Alex detailed her relationship with her teammate Kelly Smith as she opened up about their romance in her new memoir

Upset: The footballer candidly admitted that she was her 'first love' as she spoke of the 'heartbreak' that followed (pictured in 2017)

Upset: The footballer candidly admitted that she was her ‘first love’ as she spoke of the ‘heartbreak’ that followed (pictured in 2017)

Alex recalled how Kelly helped her helped her to deal with her traumatic childhood whilst she battled alcoholism. 

A source for Alex added: ‘Alex dates both men and women and doesn’t label herself as anything.

‘This isn’t her big coming out story but was a chapter in her life that she wanted to include in her book because it had such an impact on her.’

Current partner: Following their split from Alex, Kelly went on to marry DeAnna Dobosz in 2016, with whom she has two children (pictured in December 2021)

Current partner: Following their split from Alex, Kelly went on to marry DeAnna Dobosz in 2016, with whom she has two children (pictured in December 2021)

Following their split, Kelly went on to marry DeAnna Dobosz in 2016, with whom she has two children. 

Alex largely remained tight-lipped about her relationships in the past, though she was rumoured to be in relationship with Coronation Street’s Sam Robertson in 2020.

The footballer detailed her first date with during an interview with The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine in March 2021.

Support: Alex recalled how Kelly helped her helped her to deal with her traumatic childhood whilst she battled alcoholism

 Support: Alex recalled how Kelly helped her helped her to deal with her traumatic childhood whilst she battled alcoholism

She said: ‘My one date in ages was going out with Sam [Robertson], who is lovely.  

‘The next morning, our pictures were all over the press because someone in the restaurant had taken a photo. It wasn’t exactly a great start!’

In a recent interview with The Times, Alex hinted that she was currently single as she admitted she is ready to ‘let her walls down’ and find love again.

Candid: In the book, Alex lifts the lid on her past, adding she and Kelly helped each other face their demons (Pictured in 2012)

Candid: In the book, Alex lifts the lid on her past, adding she and Kelly helped each other face their demons (Pictured in 2012)

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