Ex-wife of Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin denies she has suffered botched nose job and says ‘my beautiful face was mutilated by flesh-eating disease’ after fans noticed she was hiding her face in photos
- Alisa Arshavina, 38, posted photos on Instagram in which she covered her face
- Her followers suspected the mother-of three-had undergone plastic surgery
- Alisa said a life-threatening disease has ‘mutilated’ her ‘beautiful face’
The ex-wife of former Arsenal player Andrey Arshavin has denied she underwent plastic surgery after followers noticed her hiding her face in social media posts.
Alisa Arshavina, 28, posted several pictures of herself covering her face with a hand, leading fans to suspect the Russian mother-of-three had suffered a botched nose job.
Alisa denied that she had gone under the knife, saying instead that she is suffering from a distressing disease called ‘autoimmune necrosis’.
She said she has already undergone two surgeries to save her life.
‘I’m not sick because of unsuccessful plastic surgery,’ she told her followers. ‘I have a serious disease of the autoimmune system. Two surgeries have helped to save my life.
‘As a result, my beautiful face was mutilated by the disease.’
Alisa, 38, the ex-wife of former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin, said her ‘beautiful face was mutilated’ by a life-threatening autoimmune disease and that she hadn’t undergone plastic surgery
Alisa denied claims she has gone under the knife after followers speculated about her covering her face with a hand on Instagram
After Alisa posted numerous pictures of herself holding her hand over her face, suspected she had suffered a botched nose job
Alisa, who was married to Andrey Arshavin between 2009 and 2013, said her face was ‘mutilated’ by an autoimmune disease
Alisa, a former model and journalist, is a mother-of-three whose youngest daughter Yesenya, three, was fathered by the ex-Arsenal star.
But Alisa – also known as Alice Kuzmina – revealed: ‘It all started so suddenly. Autoimmune necrosis developed in a matter of months. I got to the operating table on time, and had to stay in the hospital for two days to prevent sepsis.’
‘I had two operations done on my head, on the sphenoid sinus. The doctors cut out everything they could. They were literally millimetres from my brain.’
Alisa said she is still undergoing tests.
Russian media reports have cited doctors suggesting her condition is granulomatosis with polyangiitis, formerly known as Wegener granulomatosis, a rare multisystem autoimmune disease.
Alisa was seen covering her nose in a number of photos posted on her social media accounts, leading followers to believe she had suffered a botched nose job
It damages the walls of blood vessels, leading to the destruction of surrounding tissues, and can be fatal.
Asked this week about her condition, Alisa did not confirm this diagnosis but admitted she was suffering from ‘systemic [disease] with necrosis.’
But she also said some medics believe she may be suffering from a ‘rare fungus.’
She added: ‘Many [doctors] refused [to help] me. Many doctors, many opinions. I have decided to go forward for now.’
She complained that 39-year-old Arshavin – to whom she was married between 2016-19 – had not contacted his daughter over the festive period.
The retired player was ordered by a court to pay £3,350 in support each month.
Alisa is pictured before speculation about a botched nose job began among her followers on social media
She praised her first husband for supporting her in her hour of need, and giving presents to Arshavin’s daughter. She said she now regrets divorcing him.
Arshavin scored 31 goals in 144 appearances for Arsenal between 2009-13 before returning to his boyhood club Zenit St Petersburg.
He is now an advisor to FC Zenit St Petersburg’s youth football team.
In London, he was with famous Russian TV presenter Yulia Baranovskaya, with whom he has three children.