Football superstar Gareth Bale has postponed his wedding to his childhood sweetheart blaming ‘family turmoil’ (pictured)
Footballer Gareth Bale has postponed his wedding to his childhood sweetheart blaming ‘family turmoil’.
But the pair have put off their big day until next summer after a ‘roller coaster’ year of joy and heartbreak.
The Real Madrid star (left) and fiancé Emma Rhys-Jones reportedly planned a star-studded ceremony in a castle in Tuscany, Italy, and wanted Beyonce (right) as their wedding singer
Former hairdresser Emma, 26, apparently hopes the extra time will give her chance to heal a rift with her ex-jailbird father Martin Rhys-Jones, 54.
Father-of-five Rhys-Jones served six years for a £2million international fraud ripping off investors worldwide.
Rhys-Jones pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering over the scam in which he and his associates sold worthless stocks at grossly inflated prices for three years.
He missed the birth of three grandchildren including Emma’s two daughters by Bale, Alba Violet, five, and Nava Valentina, two.
Emma fell out further with her father after he moved in with a Russian florist half his age within weeks of being freed from jail in the US.
Rhys-Jones, the father of Gareth Bale’s fiancée Emma Rhys-Jones (pictured together),served six years for a £2million international fraud ripping off investors worldwide
During wedding planning Emma was told her sister’s partner Alexander Williams (left with his partner and Emma’s sister Katie) had been found dead
Cars belonging to the grandparents and aunt of Emma were torched in 2016 while petrol was poured through another aunt’s home in north Wales.
It was understood to be part of a feud with a drugs gang after Emma’s cousin Epiphany Dring – a former glamour model – disappeared allegedly carrying a suitcase full of cash, plus drugs and watches believed to make the full contents worth around £1million.
A family source said: ‘It’s been a rollercoaster for them over the last couple of years – especially Emma because it’s her flesh and blood.
‘Some of her closest relatives were told they would not be going to the wedding. But a lot can happen in a year and we all hope that everyone has kissed and made up by then.’
Cars belonging to the grandparents and aunt of Emma (left with Bale) were torched in 2016. It was understood to be part of a feud with a drugs gang after Miss Rhys-Jones’ cousin Epiphany Dring (right) – a former glamour model – disappeared allegedly carrying a suitcase full of cash
Two cars were torched, pictured, in an arson attack outside Miss Rhys-Jones aunt Annabella Williams’ home in north Wales on Wednesday
During wedding planning Emma also received the horrible news that her sister’s partner Alexander Williams had been found dead.
Bale’s brother-in-law killed himself while being investigated by social services over his children, an inquest was told earlier this year.
Emma flew home from Spain to comfort former model Katie, 24, who had just given birth to her second child with Mr Williams.
Gareth and Emma, who met in school, planned home and away fixtures – a secret celebrity-ladened ceremony in Italy followed by a more homely affair for friends and relatives in the couple’s native Cardiff.
Her relative said: ‘The plans were well advanced – Emma had even had fittings for her two wedding dresses.
Cars were also burned outside her grandparents home, pictured, in Cardiff
The Wales international, 28, and bride-to-be Emma Rhys-Jones, 26, are said to have set their hearts on tying the knot at the historic Vincigliata castle in Tuscany, where Theo Walcott – Gareth’s former Southampton teammate – wed
‘But there’s so much family turmoil in their lives right now they want things to settle down before tying the knot.
‘They are still very much in love but they’ve had a lot of issues to deal with.’
A family source added: ‘Emma is quite happy because she felt she’d put on a few pounds after having the latest baby, although she still looks fab.’
The couple’s first son Axel Charles was born in May, a baby brother for sisters Alba Violet and Nava Valentina.
Emma and the three children flew to the US to be with Gareth for his 29th birthday last week. He is in America on a pre-season tour with Real Madrid.
Bale, the two-goal star of Real Madrid’s Champion’s League victory, is still unsure of his football future – with Manchester United favourites to sign him.