Djibril Cisse’s ex-wife Jude says his social media attacks on her are unfair and risk hurting their children.
The former Liverpool striker hit out at her after the Frodsham businesswoman appeared on an episode of Britain’s Flashiest Families on Channel 5, branding her a disgrace for putting their three boys on TV.
Just days later it emerged that the flamboyant French football star had been questioned then released by police over a sextape blackmail case allegedly involving another football player.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve had to bear the embarrassment of allegations in the press,” says Jude. “We’ve had to deal with allegations of him assaulting his pregnant wife, assaulting a teenage child and attacking a woman outside a lapdancing club.
“But I’ve never slagged him off, I always kept a dignified silence.
“I wish he would think about this actions before he hits out publicly at me because at the end of the day it’s his children it affects most.”
Jude was labelled a gold digger by Djibril’s social media followers after he tweeted his comments.
“He’s a footballer and he’s got fans, so I’m never going to win, but to be honest the public reaction doesn’t bother me,” she responds. “I’ll banter back and have a bit of fun. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and if they have one then I’m open to it, I can’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
“But I am the mother of Djibril’s children and, whether he likes it or not, he’s going to be in our lives for the rest of the children’s lives so he’s going to have to deal with it.”
Jude’s three youngest children, Cassius, Prince Kobe and Marley Jackson are now aged nine, seven and five and talented junior footballers. She says the Channel 5 programme showed them only for a short time, sitting by a pool on a family holiday.
“Djibril put them on MTV Cribs back in 2008, he forgets that, and he had them all over all sorts of publications when we lived in Greece and he puts them on his social media. We were on a documentary that came out recently on S4C and he willingly signed consent forms to be filmed with the children playing in the park, so to criticise me now is such a contradiction.”
Jude says one of the reasons she agreed to take part in the show was to promote the business she now runs renting their villa in Marrakech, Morocco.
“Djibril applied to the courts last year to drastically reduce the child maintenance he pays me because his financial circumstances have changed,” she explains. “As a result I decided to make a business of the villa to support my family. That’s why I did the TV show, to promote the villa, so if anything he should be supportive of me because I’m the one who’s going to be bringing up our children.
“I am their mother 24/7, I’m everything to them, he can’t knock me for my parenting. Marley and Prince are at the Liverpool FC Academy and Cassius has signed for Crewe FC but he doesn’t give up his time to come to watch them play football, he rings them once a week if they’re lucky, so it saddens me when he comments about the children’s welfare on social media but isn’t here in person to support them.”
She doesn’t want to get involved in a tit-for-tat “tennis match of insults” via Twitter, she adds.
“But it was upsetting to read what he said after 10 years of marriage and three children.”