Jermain Defoe’s estranged wife has claimed the footballer cheated on her after finding a love note sent to him.
In an explosive Instagram post on Wednesday, heartbroken Donna Tierney, 40, shared a picture of the card as she accused her love rival of making a ‘desperate’ attempt to win Jermain’s affections.
Jermain has been linked to former personal shopper and Instagram model Alisha LeMay, 31, but has denied he’s dating anyone at the moment – despite having been seen leaving her house.
The card read: ‘Hard work, Happy 40th Birthday my gorgeous, i’d bake you a cake if if i knew how to use the over 🙂 can’t wait to do life with you.
‘Love you more than selfridges, leesh xxxx.’
Heartbroken: Jermain Defoe’s estranged wife has claimed the footballer cheated on her after finding a love note sent to him. The pair married on June 4 in a £200,000 ceremony
Love interest: Jermain has been linked to former personal shopper and Instagram model Alisha LeMay, 31, but has denied he’s dating anyone at the moment
Jermain turned 40 on October 7 last year, four months after he tied the knot with Donna in a lavish £200,000 wedding.
Donna said of the note: ‘Marriage is meant to be doing life with someone.’
She then shared a lengthy message and noted the impact it had on her family, stating: ‘It’s not just me it’s upsetting it’s my daughter, my family, the 360 guests – our nearest and dearest who witnessed us taking our vows.
‘It was a marriage, the biggest commitment you make to someone and the brutal truth is and I don’t use this word lightly she was indeed a homeworker so for her to act the way she has so publicly is beyond us all. I don’t do drama or like to air my dirt laundry in public but it comes to a point you need to stand up for yourself and the ones you love because enough is enough!
‘l’ve got a good heart, but l’m certainly not weak. And just to clarify it’s no woman’s fault, I stand with women not against.’
She also shared a post that read: ‘Don’t taunt fire. You never know when it might sting you back.’
Donna then shared a series of posts Alisha made previously, including a picture of the influence wearing what appeared to be a Tottenham Hotspur tracksuit – the team Jermain coaches.
Another post was a selfie shared by Alisha captioned: ‘Um obviously I know I am the better option.’
Other posts were lyrics to Stormzy’s I Got My Smile Back and Lie About Us by Avant.
MailOnline has contacted Jermaine, Donna and Alisha’s representatives for comment.
Accusation: In an explosive Instagram on Wednesday, Donna, 40, shared a picture of the card as she accused her love rival of making a ‘desperate’ attempt to win Jermain’s affections
Dressed: Donna then shared a series of posts Alisha made previously, including a picture of the influence wearing what appeared to be a Spurs tracksuit – the team Jermain coaches
Options: Another post was a selfie shared by Alisha captioned: ‘Um obviously I know I am the better option’
Cryptic: Other posts were lyrics to Stormzy’s I Got My Smile Back and Lie About Us by Avant
Fiery: She also shared a post that read, ‘Don’t taunt fire. You never know when it might sting you back.’
Despite denying he’s dating Alisha, Jermain is said to have recently jetted off to Dubai with the influencer.
The pair recently stayed at the One&Only The Palm Dubai which can cost up to £2,500 a night, according to The Sun.
Speaking to MailOnline outside Alisha’s home last month, Jermain said he was surprised that news of him staying with the influencer was known.
‘How is that possible? If Jay-Z was in Chigwell…how would you know?’ he asked.
The ex-footballer’s denial came after insiders close to Jemain and Alisha told MailOnline that they had secretly been seeing each other for several weeks.
As he spoke to MailOnline, Jermain explained how he had been close with Alisha’s family for quite some time.
‘Alisha’s brother lives there and her dad lives there. I have known the family since my first time at Tottenham,’ he said, pointing down the street.
When informed that there had been internet postings about him and Alisha, he said: ‘I have had girls making stuff up for years.’
Jermain admitted that he had visited the New Ground cafe nearby with Alisha and added: ‘But how come no-one took pictures then?’
‘At the end of the day when people get married or in a relationship and things happen, I don’t understand why they can’t just leave people alone.
‘Why do they have to find out what’s going on and why you are not together?’
MailOnline asked the star if he was in a relationship with Alisha, Jermain replied: ‘I’m not in a relationship with anyone.
‘At the end of the day, I have been with Donna for some time and stuff has happened.
‘I speak to Donna every single day. And all of a sudden people who have been my friends for years say ‘oh, he’s in a relationship with someone just because I went for a coffee with someone.’
‘I have been in a relationship with girls before who have got guy friends. How do they know that Alisha and Donna are not friends?’
When probed about whether or not Alisha and his ex were indeed friends, he said: ‘I have got nothing to say.’
He also hit back about reports that he and Donna were not legally married, saying: ‘They need to be careful with that one.’
Asked twice more about whether he and Donna had a marriage licence, he repeated: ‘They need to be careful with that one.
‘I know you’re doing your and job and that, but I’ve got nothing to say. Alisha is not in the house.’
Alisha emerged minutes later from inside the house and sped off in her black Land Rover Defender which has 2022 number plates.
Jermain spoke to MailOnline hours after it was revealed that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham star had been secretly seeing Alsiha, who was once tipped to star on Love Island, for several weeks.
Friends close to the pair said they became close as the millionaire star’s short-lived marriage to Donna began to unravel.
Sources said Jermain has been a ‘regular visitor’ at her property in recent weeks.
He has also been seen with her inside the New Ground Cafe in Newhall, which is about a 10 minute walk from her house.
While the couple have not made their alleged relationship public, they have been spotted in local coffee shops and venturing out in his 4×4.
Jermain, who describes herself as a digital creator, influencer and stylist, has an impressive 172,000 followers on Instagram including Anouska Santos, the long-term partner of Manchester United and England star Luke Shaw.
She follows just 957 people, including Jermaine.
Jermain, who wed Donna last summer, spent Christmas on the Caribbean island of St Lucia while Donna was back in freezing Glasgow.
Jermain – who played for a string of clubs during a 22-year career including Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Rangers – was pictured on holiday without his wedding ring while Donna had gone back to using her maiden name.
The last photograph she posted with Jermain on social media was when the pair dressed up for a night out with friends October 30.
She went on to unfollow her husband on social media and both of them removed images of the OK! Magazine cover that featured their £200,000 wedding last June.
The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at stately home Cliveden House in Berkshire.
It was reported in October that Jermain – who scored 20 goals in 57 games for England – landed himself in hot water after he allegedly tried to lure a mother for a romp in the back of his Range Rover just weeks after the wedding.
Beautician and botanist Donna, who has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, reportedly quit the couple’s £300,000 in Glasgow and she was thought to have been staying with her parents.
Just months earlier the pair appeared to be madly in love.
Jermain first contacted Donna by ‘liking’ her pictures on social media.
They met in person in January 2021 at a charity event when Jermain was playing for Rangers and Donna asked him for a signed football shirt for a charity event.
Romance blossomed and he proposed at a Glasgow hotel seven months later spelling out ‘Marry me’ with lights in their penthouse suite, which he decorated with heart-shaped balloons and rose petals, and got down on one knee to pop the question.
Their lavish wedding was attended by 360 guests, including former England stars Ledley King, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlton Cole.
Jermain said at the time: ‘This is my future, this is forever, this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.’
Their first dance was to Luther Vandross’s Always and Forever.
The celebrations lasted until 7am and included fire-eaters, flamethrowers, a Caribbean buffet and a makeshift nightclub.
On June 21, Jermain cheerfully declared on Instagram how ’dedicating my whole life’ to his new wife was ‘one of the easiest things I’ve ever done’.
The couple would regularly gush about each other on their Instagram pages, with holiday photos and loving posts about ‘Mr and Mrs Defoe’.
Despite the lavish wedding ceremony it was reported that the local register office has no record of the couple legally getting married at the country house venue, which it normally would do.
Jermain has been linked to a string of women over the years, including models Imogen Thomas and Chantelle Houghton as well as former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd.
His relationship with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke ended in May 2012 after he was caught cheating with yet another model, Laura Brown.
The singer ended up writing album tracks about the heartbreak she suffered as a result of his infidelity, with the lyrics to Day Dreams saying: ‘What were you thinking at the time when you decided to sleep with her?’
Apart: Jermain, who wed Donna last summer, spent Christmas on the Caribbean island of St Lucia while Donna was back in freezing Glasgow
Jermain also had a brief relationship with Anne-Marie Moore in February 2013. She gave birth to a son but a DNA test proved the baby wasn’t his.
In 2016 lap dancer Rachel Calvert reportedly dumped her Newcastle United supporting husband Tony on Valentine’s Day after moving in with the striker while he was playing for arch-rivals Sunderland.
In 2017 he was accused of causing the break-up of radio presenter Ben Weston’s marriage, months after he bought a hot tub from his saleswoman wife Sally.
Just weeks after his marriage Jermaine was said to have contacted the nurse, a 40-year-old mother, via Instagram and invited her to join him in his Range Rover.
He denied wrongdoing at the time.
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