Ryan Giggs ‘wanted to have his cake and eat it’ during an affair with a public relations executive, the court hears


Ryan Giggs agreed that he “wanted to have his cake and eat it” as he continued to live in the family home while he had an affair with public relations executive Kate Greville.

The ex-Manchester United footballer said on Tuesday, after evidence at Manchester Crown, he met his now-ex-wife Stacey at a barbecue when he was 18.

They began dating in their late 20s and moved to Worsley and had a daughter and son.

When he met Ms Greville – against whom he is accused of attacking and using controlling and coercive behavior – he said she had started to open up about how unhappy she was with her marriage.

Mr Giggs, 48, said he wasn’t as happy as he was with his marriage at that point.

Ms Greville, 38, left her husband, Mr Giggs said, but he stayed at home with Stacey and the children.

His solicitor, Chris Daw QC, asked: “Has there been any discussion of your intentions regarding your marriage?”

Mr Giggs said: “It was at this point that the relationship was getting more serious. We fell in love with each other.

“I had spoken to Kate about moving out of the house and keeping us together.”

Mr Daw said: “Did you move out of the family home immediately afterwards?”

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Mr Giggs said: “It was some time later. I would say it was about a year after Kate left.”

Mr Daw asked, “Why didn’t you leave your wife immediately?”

Mr Giggs said: “Me and my ex-wife, we’ve had issues. I cheated on my ex-wife, which was quite a public affair.

“We got through it and it went well.

“It was a point in my life where I just quit football and went into a coaching career. longer hours. More time away from Stacey. More time away from family.

“I didn’t give Stacey the attention she deserved. Gradually we became more and more unhappy.

“It got harder and harder with Kate.”

Mr Daw said: “To put it in a nutshell, in a way did you want to have your cake and eat it?”

Mr Giggs replied: “Yes.”

Mr Daw said: “You finally ended your relationship with Stacey then?”

Mr Giggs said: “It was a press article linking me to Kate. She (Stacey) questioned me about it. I denied it.”

He said it was “hard” to leave the family home as he first moved in with his mother nearby before staying in a flat in Salford Quays with a friend.

Mr Daw asked: “Was it a friendly situation with Stacey or was it a challenge?”

Mr Giggs said: “No, I would say challenging.” Ryan Giggs ‘wanted to have his cake and eat it’ during an affair with a public relations executive, the court hears

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