The former wife of ex-Liverpool FC star Djibril Cissé has opened up on her agony over the split.
Jude Cissé who lives in Frodsham and runs luxury spa business Rouge et Noir in Helsby, said the divorce from Djibril had left a “pain that will never go away”.
Dad-of-five Cissé, 33, who is now with French Ligue One outfit SC Bastia, announced the birth of his son Gabriel with new love Marie-Cecile Lenzini in March.
One-time hairdresser Jude, who with Cissé had three sons now aged, nine, six and five, said: “(It’s been) extremely painful, probably the most painful experience to date. I still fill up occasionally when I think of how sad the situation has been.
“It’s a pain that will never go away. It’s just something you learn to live with.”
Jude, whose life is the subject of new S4C documentary ‘The WAG from Anglesey’, which airs for the first time on Wednesday, May 6 says she has found managing her business and family commitments tough as a single mum.
As well as running a property portfolio, she devotes much of her time to her sons’ fledgling football careers.
Her nine-year-old already plays for Crewe Alexandra and her six-year-old is in the Liverpool academy. The 40-year-old is selling her luxury Cheshire spa Rouge et Noir to spend more time with her children.
Jude, whose divorce from Cissé came through last October, said: “It’s tough at times, especially since I commit to my children’s football practice almost seven days a week.
“I’m lucky to have my mum on my team (Christine Littler). Sometimes I look in as an outsider and wonder how I do it.”
The now ex-WAG says she has not yet met anyone else, but would struggle to fit in a new love with such a hectic schedule.
Jude, who has a 20-year-old son, Liam, from an earlier relationship, said: “Having had experience with my older son Liam, who’s now in university, you realise they grow up so fast and you can never get that time back.
“So it’s important that I invest as much time as I can in them while they are young. After all, if we do the things we truly love our lives will become much more fulfilled.”
Though painful, the split from Cissé, who also has a young daughter, Ilona Celeste, 13, from a previous relationship, has not seen her sworn off footballers.
Asked whether she would date a footballer again, Jude said: “I’d never say never to anything, that’s one thing I’ve learnt in life!”
After meeting millionaire Cissé the couple had a £100,000 fairytale wedding at Bodelwyddan Castle in 2005, before moving into a Cheshire manor house. Just three years earlier Jude had lived as a single mum with Liam on a tough council estate in Bangor, a far cry from her multi-million-pound Frodsham mansion.
Around 200 guests, including some of the globe’s biggest-name footballers at the time, such as Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry were invited to the couple’s wedding. After buying the mansion, Cissé inherited the title Lord of the Manor of Frodsham, which meant Jude became “Lordess”.