She spent last Christmas upset and in tears after discovering her footballer husband had cheated on her, but as Danielle Lloyd opens the door to her beautiful home, she can’t stop smiling and admits it’s true love that has brought her back from the brink.
As she welcomes me through the sparkly hall, kitted out with lavish Christmas decorations, tellingly it’s a large canvas print of Danielle kissing her new beau, electrician Michael O’Neill, that hangs in pride of place.
Michael’s just different” beams Danielle, who has three boys, Archie, five, Harry, four, and two-year old George, from her marriage to footballer Jamie O’Hara. I had a gut instinct when we met that it was meant to be”
MAKING THE FIRST MOVE
I’ve been to hell and back and I definitely have trust issues, so I wasn’t expecting to meet someone so soon,” she says. But I’m a girl who wears my heart on my sleeve and I’m a hopeless romantic. I hope I’m finally getting my fairy-tale ending now.
We met back in March when I spotted him in a bar. I marched over to give him my number – if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Then we bumped into each other in the gym a short time later and he said to me: ‹“You need to learn how to squat better!’ I loved it because it was so cheeky. He finally texted me for a date and the rest is history.
Michael’s a normal guy from a normal family and I love that. I can’t wait for us to spend our first Christmas together with the
‹“I Anally feel settled – but I’d love a daughter!’
Model Danielle Lloyd tells Closer’s Katie Banks about a Christmas proposal from her boyfriend Michael and plans for a baby girl
boys. I trust him 100 per cent and I know he’d never cheat – he’s not the type.‚
Just two days after we spoke to her,
Danielle was snapped on a romantic break in Barbados with Michael, 29 – and sparked rumours of an engagement by wearing a large diamond on her ring finger. And during our chat, she giggles at the idea he might be planning to pop the question.
POPPING THE QUESTION
There isn’t a proposal that I know of‚ she says with a wide smile. All I can say is I’m in love and happy and we already feel like one big family. If he proposed now, I’d ask him: ‹“Do you know what you’re taking on?!’ But the lovely thing is that he does and he’s already a big part of the boys’ lives.
He does the school run with them and is always playing with them – it’s so cute.
Not many men would take that on.‚
Almost on cue, the man himself walks through the door and the boys shout: Michael!‚ and run towards him as he takes turns tossing them up in the air.
Danielle looks absolutely thrilled and admits she still dreams about having a baby girl, like her pal Coleen Rooney, whose third baby is due next month.
I spent this year training and getting the perfect body as I thought more babies were ruled out,‚ says size 10 Danielle. I haven’t given up on my dream of having a girl -1 hope Coleen gets one this time round. I want to wait until the boys are abit older though.
Harry was born premature and suffers from learning difficulties as a result and
George is going through the Terrible Twos, so it’s a lot to cope with right now‚
LESSONS IN LOVE
The 31 year old has told how she was so floored by her marriage split in August last year that she ended up on antidepressants. And a series of wounding personal knocks in her relationships since have left her cautious and mistrustful of men.
Danielle called time on her brief romance with nightclub owner George Panayioutou and was then left devastated in August when, just weeks after ending her four-month relationship with property developer Tom Jimson, it was claimed he was trying to sell X-rated pictures of her to the press.
Thinking that someone tried to sell revenge porn on me has taught me a massive lesson,‚ she says. I was too trusting. Girls need to be more careful because it can happen to anyone‚
Since splitting from Jamie, Danielle has also faced a constant barrage of criticism online for holidaying without her young boys and introducing love interests to them.
Danielle – who insists she’s only ever introduced Michael as her boyfriend to her sons – says: I used to cry all the time when people accused me of being a bad mum, but now when a hater pops up, I laugh at them.
I’m a full-time mum – I don’t have a nanny and my kids are my No1 priority. If
I want a break once in a while, I’ll have one.’ And Danielle reveals she suffered the worst abuse when one of her D-cup implants exploded‚ in 2012, leading to further operations and resulting in disfigured AA-cup breasts. She has since had smaller implants put in, but still needs more corrective surgery for the scarring.
Danielle, who admits to having Botox and lip fillers, says: After I had the implants taken out, people were calling me ‹“pancake ts’ and all sorts. It really hurt.
One of my breasts still looks like amassive shark bite has been taken out of it. I had my first implants put in eight years ago and I wish I’d never done it. At the time, massive boobs were all the rage and now everyone is having their implants removed because small boobs are in. Three of my friends have had reductions recently.‚
Danielle says being so often misjudged is something she shares with her close pal Jordan, aka Katie Price – but she’s relieved her friend has managed to salvage her marriage to Kieran Hayler after he was caught cheating on her with two of her best friends.
Danielle says: I’m glad Katie is getting on with her life and has worked things out
with Kieran. She’s someone I look up to because she can do whatever she puts her mind to. She’s a strong woman.
She usually holds a fantastic New Year’s Eve party, so I hope I can catch up with her there and introduce her to Michael.‚
‹“I can’t wait to set up a proper home with Michael’
The star is currently selling the marital house she shared with Jamie in Birmingham, and reveals if she doesn’t find a new place, her and the boys are decamping to Michael’s nearby.