Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has confirmed that after he starred in an explicit video with another woman, his marriage that lasted 10 years is over.
Drogba has been married to Lalla Diakate since 2011, having met in Paris at the end of the 1990s, and together have three children.
The ex-Ivory Coast striker has always had a discreet private life in order to shield his loved ones from the limelight.
However, Drogba was forced to confirm that he had split from his wife Lalla after photos and videos went viral on social media of him with another woman.
Drogba was seen bare-chested in bed with a near-naked young woman in the film, which a spokesperson said had been hacked, stirring headlines in his home country.
Before he cries in French, the two seem incredibly playful as she jokingly bites his shoulder: “She is positive!” By biting me, she’ll infect me! ”
Drogba posted on Instagram announcing that he had split with Lalla: “I’m not in the habit of discussing my private life.”
But, because of today’s rumors in the media, I can confirm that, unfortunately, after 20 years together, Lalla and I made a tough decision last year to split.
We remain very loyal to each other and our main goals have been to protect our children and the private life of our family.
“God may bless you.”
Before returning briefly in 2014, Drogba spent an initial eight years at Chelsea, scoring 104 goals in 254 Premier League games, winning four league titles and the Champions League in 2012.
The 42-year old is also the Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer and former captain, boasting 65 goals in 105 caps.