WAG Melanie speaks out agains Keane
August 19, 2007, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Best of British, Celeb Interviews, Gossip

In a few restrained sentences, Melanie, girlfriend of Arsenal star Theo Walcott, took on football(soccer) hard man Roy Keane – and utterly dismissed his outburst against footballers’ wives and girlfriends, or WAGS as they have become known.

Last week former Manchester United star Keane, now manager at Premier League Sunderland, condemned WAGs for making their men “weak and soft” and moaned that he had missed out on clinching transfers because the women did not like the shopping in the North East.

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‘We’re just normal girls’ says Melanie Slade, Theo Walcott’s girlfriend

In her first newspaper interview since she and Theo shot to fame last year when he was selected for the England World Cup squad at the age of 17, Melanie said: “I don’t mind the WAG label, but some of us are a lot smarter than people give us credit for.

“From what I’ve seen of the wives and girlfriends, they’re just normal girls doing their best to support their husbands and boyfriends.

“Some are academically bright, but they don’t have much cause to show it when the cameras are pointed at them.

“They are beautiful, they look glamorous, so it is probably inevitable that they are thought of in that way.”

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She added: “I don’t know Roy Keane. Perhaps he has had a bad experience. It’s not easy to boss people who are as dedicated as footballers. I wouldn’t dream of telling Theo what to do with his career.”

Melanie hasn’t kept in touch with the other WAGs and has turned down the kinds of endorsements that have made Coleen – girlfriend of Wayne Rooney – a millionaire, saying her studies are more important.

She still lives in Southampton with her businessman father, John, and mother, Sheila, who is a teacher.

“It’s never been on the agenda that I’d quit my studies and move in with Theo,” she said. “I want something I’ve earned through my own hard work.”

Since Theo’s £12million move from Southampton to Arsenal, Melanie has become friends with Madeleine Bowden, girlfriend of Theo’s teammate Justin Hoyte, and next month they will set out on a six-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for children’s charity Global Angels.

She admitted there were rewards to having a successful footballer boyfriend – as she flashed a platinum ring, with five diamonds.

But she added: “What I really love is that Theo sends me flowers – red roses and lilies, my favourites. I’d still love him if he had nothing.”

obsessmuch? says give her a couple more years, i gurantee she will be sucked into the real WAG world.


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