Difficult Gary Lineker opens up on divorce from best friend Danielle in rare insight

Gary Lineker discusses son's leukaemia battle

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Gary Lineker, 61, spoke about his divorce from his second wife, “best friend” Danielle Bux, in a recent interview. In April, Gary appeared as a guest on a BBC Sounds podcast where he opened up about his “difficult” break-up.

The Match of the Day host was asked how he has been managing his emotions following his divorce from ex-wife Danielle in 2016.

Gary and Danielle had originally met on a blind date, when they had been set up by a mutual friend.

The former footballing star said it wasn’t an easy process, but they remain close.

He replied: “It’s always a difficult experience to go through.”

“For me, I had two really, really good marriages.

“I’m still good friends with both, particularly Danielle [who is] like my best friend.”

Gary was married to Danielle from 2009 to 2016 and there were reports that the marriage ended when they couldn’t agree whether or not to start a family together.

At the time, he tweeted: “Thank you all for your kind words.

“@DanielleBux and I had many wonderful years together.

“We remain very close and the greatest of friends.”

The 61-year-old told podcast host, Tony Bellew: “There’s no anger involved. Thankfully.”

Actress and model Danielle shares daughter Romy, four, with husband Nate Greenwald and has 20-year-old Ella from a previous relationship.

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The broadcaster’s first marriage was to Michelle Cockayne.

Their marriage ended in 2006 and they share four sons.

He was also asked about his feelings when his eldest son George, now 30, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a baby.

Gary told listeners how he went through “heartbreak” as well as “dread” during the “terrifying” experience.

In October 2018, Gary tweeted in support of Stand Up to Cancer.

He wrote: “My son, @GeorgeLineker, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia as a baby.

“Not easy still to talk about, but this is our story for @StandUp2C – join us and #StandUpToCancer by tuning in to the live show on Channel 4 tonight.”

Following James Corden’s announcement that he will be leaving as host of The Late Late Show in the US, there was speculation that he may replace Gary as the Match of the Day host.

Earlier this week, Gary took to social media and tweeted: “Getting a number of texts from friends asking if I’m quitting @BBCMOTD after reports on Twitter of my possible successor.

“So it’s only fair I give you the bad news now: I’m afraid I still have 3 years to run on my contract, so you’re stuck with me for a while.”

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