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Woman unable to watch Robbie Williams on TV due to abusive ex’s resemblance to star

A woman, who was left with a broken nose and collarbone after her fiancé attacked her in a drug-fuelled jealous rage, has said she’s unable to watch Robbie Williams on TV due to her former partner’s resemblance to the star.  

Jemma Copeland, 35, from Wallasey, Merseyside started a romantic relationship with Jonathon King in 2016, 20 years after they first met as children. 

She said she thought she had met her ‘very own Robbie Williams’, as her former partner prided himself on his resemblance to the star, and even sang his hits to her. 

But he soon became jealous and controlling and made her change jobs so she wouldn’t be around other men, and would check through messages on her phone dating back three years. 

And after a vicious attack at a karaoke night in 2018, in which King snapped her collarbone and broke her nose, she has been in and out of hospital, and is awaiting surgery to insert a metal plate and also rhinoplasty.

She said: ‘I am in so much pain. I can’t taste or smell any more. I am dreading having surgery but I have no choice.’  

Jemma Copeland, 35, from Merseyside started a romantic relationship with Jonathon King in 2016, after they met as children more than 20 years earlier (pictured together)

It was during a night out in Liverpool last year, that the couple’s turbulent relationship came to an end when Jonathon erupted in a jealous rage as Jemma sang karaoke songs. 

He attacked Jemma, snapping her collarbone, breaking her nose, and leaving her lying unconscious on a toilet floor, with blood pouring from her face.  

Jemma, a Robbie Williams fan, is now unable to watch him on TV because of the trauma.

The mother-of-three said: ‘I always had a thing for Jonathon, I fancied him rotten, but I never told him. He was the double of Robbie Williams. 

On a night out in Liverpool last year, the couple's turbulent relationship came to an end when Jonathon fell into a jealous rage and attacked Jemma

He snapped her collarbone, broke her nose, and left her lying unconscious on a toilet floor, with blood pouring from her face

On a night out in Liverpool last year, the couple’s turbulent relationship came to an end when Jonathon fell into a jealous rage and attacked Jemma. He snapped her collarbone, broke her nose, and left her lying unconscious on a toilet floor, with blood pouring from her face (pictured, her injuries)

Jemma, a Robbie Williams fan, is now unable to watch him on TV because of the trauma (pictured with her arm in a sling after the attack)

Jemma, a Robbie Williams fan, is now unable to watch him on TV because of the trauma (pictured with her arm in a sling after the attack)

Jonathon's mugshot after being arrest for GBH

Jonathon prided himself on his resemblance to Robbie (pictured) and even and even sang his hits to Jemma

Jonathon (his mugshot, left) prided himself on his resemblance to Robbie (right) and even and even sang his hits to Jemma 

‘We lost touch when I got older, but I never forgot him. Every time I saw Robbie Williams on TV, I would think of Jonathon.

‘I even sang: “Angels” on karaoke to remind myself of him.

‘After we started dating, he would sing: “She’s The One” to me, and he had such a good voice. I would swoon.

‘Now, after the attack, I can’t even watch X Factor. I love Robbie Williams, but he brings back too many painful memories.’   

In 2016, after almost 20 years apart, she bumped into Jonathon on a night out and they started dating.

‘The moment I saw him, I just swooned – he looked so like Robbie,’ Jemma said.

Mother-of-three Jemma said: 'I always had a thing for Jonathon, I fancied him rotten, but I never told him. He was the double of Robbie Williams. We lost touch when I got older but I never forgot him. Every time I saw Robbie Williams on TV, I would think of Jonathon.'

Mother-of-three Jemma said: ‘I always had a thing for Jonathon, I fancied him rotten, but I never told him. He was the double of Robbie Williams. We lost touch when I got older but I never forgot him. Every time I saw Robbie Williams on TV, I would think of Jonathon.’

Jemma after an attack by Jonathon

Jonathon pictured on a trip to Ibiza

In September 2017, the couple went on holiday to Ibiza (Jonathon in Ibiza, right). After a night out, Jonathon accused Jemma of flirting – and he attacked her – biting her on the face (her injuries, left)

‘It was as if we had never been apart and I fell head over heels. We spent every moment together. Jonathon was a really big character – he was great with my kids, Lewis, now 16, Alivia, 14, and Harvey, eight, and he adored me.

‘When we went out people would comment that he looked like Robbie and he loved it. He was very vain, but I felt so proud to be his girlfriend.

‘He would sing for me in private – he sang Robbie Williams “She’s The One”, which was my favourite.

‘Looking back, I was besotted. I was in a bubble with him. He worked as a manager for Safestyle UK and earned well.

'It was as if we had never been apart and I fell head over heels. We spent every moment together. Jonathon was a really big character – he was great with my kids, Lewis, now 16, Alivia, 14, and Harvey, eight, and he adored me' Jemma said

'When we went out people would comment that he looked like Robbie and he loved it, he was very vain, but I felt so proud to be his girlfriend' Jemma continued

‘It was as if we had never been apart and I fell head over heels. We spent every moment together. Jonathon was a really big character – he was great with my kids, Lewis, now 16, Alivia, 14, and Harvey, eight, and he adored me’ Jemma said (couple pictured together, left and right)

Recalling the attack Jemma said: ‘At the bar, he snatched my free drink and threw it over my face. I ran off to the toilets to clean myself up but I felt a massive thud in my back as John shoved me into a cubicle.

‘He shut the door and was punching me. He pulled the toilet roll holder off. I was on the floor, wedged down the side of the toilet, with blood pouring from my face.

‘There were other women screaming at him to get off me but he was raging. He was like a monster.’

Jemma was hospitalised and Jonathon was arrested following the attack.

Recalling the attack Jemma (pictured with Jonathon) said: 'At the bar, he snatched my free drink and threw it over my face. I ran off to the toilets to clean myself up but I felt a massive thud in my back as John shoved me into a cubicle'

Recalling the attack Jemma (pictured with Jonathon) said: ‘At the bar, he snatched my free drink and threw it over my face. I ran off to the toilets to clean myself up but I felt a massive thud in my back as John shoved me into a cubicle’

Jemma is now setting up a support group for survivors of domestic violence.  

‘Once you leave the courtroom, you think your nightmare is over, but actually it’s very tough to carry on. I want to reach out to other girls and women and let them know they are not alone’ she said.

Jemma also shared how the relationship started out blissfully but soon turned sour. 

‘I was welcomed into his family, and I looked on his mum, Wendy, like my own mum. 

‘We went out for Valentine’s Day 2017 and John told me that he loved me. We got engaged and I was on cloud nine.’

Jemma (pictured with Jonathon) is now setting up a support group for survivors of domestic violence. 'Once you leave the courtroom, you think your nightmare is over, but actually it's very tough to carry on. I want to reach out to other girls and women and let them know they are not alone' she said.

Jemma (pictured with Jonathon) is now setting up a support group for survivors of domestic violence. ‘Once you leave the courtroom, you think your nightmare is over, but actually it’s very tough to carry on. I want to reach out to other girls and women and let them know they are not alone’ she said.

But early in 2017, Jemma noticed that Jonathon was drinking more than usual and going missing on nights out.

She says: ‘He started drinking loads. He would also disappear on nights out for long periods, leaving me on my own.

‘Afterwards, he was very apologetic, and would say: “I owe you knob-head tax”. That meant he would buy me jewellery or flowers to make up for his bad behaviour.’  

Jonathon then persuaded Jemma to give up her job – as an operations manager on building sites.

 ‘He told me I was too good for my job and I should go for something better. But looking back, he didn’t like me mixing with other blokes’ she said.

Jonathon then persuaded Jemma to give up her job – as an operations manager on building sites. 'He told me I was too good for my job and I should go for something better. But looking back, he didn't like me mixing with other blokes' she said.

Jonathon then persuaded Jemma to give up her job – as an operations manager on building sites. ‘He told me I was too good for my job and I should go for something better. But looking back, he didn’t like me mixing with other blokes’ she said.

‘I managed to get another job working on my own – but I was promoted and it involved staying away in hotels. John absolutely flipped and we had a terrible row – he totally lost it.

‘I was horrified but he was very apologetic the next day – he promised me “knob-head tax” and he bought me a beautiful Pandora necklace.

‘I wanted to believe him – I loved him – so I stayed with him.’

Jonathon (left) admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm in Liverpool Crown Court in October and was jailed for two years and three months.

Jonathon (left) admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm in Liverpool Crown Court in October and was jailed for two years and three months.

But Jonathon became increasingly paranoid and aggressive.

‘I’d wake up and he had taken my car keys so I couldn’t get to work’ she continued. ‘He would check my phone, scrolling back as far as 2015, and quiz me on my male friends.’

‘He made me change my hairdresser and my nail technician. He even came clothes shopping with me. He was controlling me completely.’

In September 2017, the couple went on holiday to Ibiza. After a night out, Jonathon accused Jemma of flirting – and he attacked her – biting her on the face.

She says: ‘I had totally lost my sense of self. I wanted to report it but I had lost my confidence. He was ruling my life.’    

Jonathon admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm in  Liverpool Crown Court in October and was jailed for two years and three months. 

The former manager, who had six previous convictions, was also given an indefinite restraining order. 

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