Disgraced TV presenter Richard Keys’ wife admits she “can’t stop loving him” – despite his affair with their daughter’s best friend.
Last year it was revealed that former Sky Sports host was cheating on wife Julia with Lucie Rose, 28.
Heartbroken Julia, 58, claims her love rat husband told her the affair was over – until she saw pictures of the couple strolling hand-in-hand on a romantic New Year beach break.
Humiliated Julia has now spoken of her shock devastation at seeing photographs of her husband of 36 years with his mistress splash across a newspaper.
She told the Daily Mail : “Seeing that photograph of the man you’ve been with for so long holding hands with somebody who, quite honestly, could be his daughter, it’s like, well … your immediate feeling is, ‘this isn’t right, he’s my husband’.”
Earlier this month, Julia revealed how she saved her estranged husband’s life after forcing him to see a doctor.
Keys tweeted a photo on New Year’s Eve in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask.
He had the life-saving heart operation back in June.
Julia says she pestered him to see a doctor about high blood pressure.
“If it wasn’t for me he would be dead by now. When I was living out in Doha with him, I took his blood pressure one day and I noticed it was really high,” she told the Sun.
But, she claims, he was left humiliated once again after her husband snubbed her, instead asking his mistress to be at his bedside.
She told the Mail: “Richard told me a mutual friend was going to take him to hospital, instead of Josh (their 28-year-old son) and me. But it was Lucie and Richard’s sister.
“Richard had a meal the night before his life-saving operation with his sister and girlfriend, not me who’d been married to him for 36 years.
“And that was after he’d been begging me to have him back.”
She also alleged how she caught her husband receiving late-night texts from the younger woman.
She describes how, during a trip to Cornwall, she ended up replying to a message from Lucie after it popped up on her spouse’s phone.
At the time, Richard was asleep.
“Suddenly a message came through from Lucie saying, ‘Are you OK?’. I took the phone and pretended to be Richard, and wrote ‘No. I’m not,’ Julia tells the Mail on Sunday .
“The response was, ‘You sound so sad. I wish I was there to give you a big cuddle.’ We went on messaging from there,” she adds.
Julia claims that when she confronted her husband about the messages, he finally admitted that he had become “extremely close” to Lucie.
He had previously responded angrily and defensively when his wife had quizzed him about the way he was “dealing with his phone”, it is alleged.
During the interview, Julia also explains how Lucie walked over to her and grabbed her by the arm during a birthday party for Richard.
“[She] said, ‘Oh, are you going now, Julia?’ It was the tone she used,” the mum-of-two tells the newspaper. “That was the moment I knew.”
Julia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, says she was extremely upset after her husband finally admitted he had got “close” to Lucie.
A trained counsellor, she has now written a book called The Manscript , which helps readers to identify when their partner is cheating on them.
It also offers them advice on how to cope with an unfaithful relationship.
In her interview, Julia claims that working on the book actually helped her to realise her husband was showing classic symptoms of infidelity.
Last October, allegations emerged that Richard, who has two kids with Julia, had been having a fling with Lucie while working in Qatar.
The sports presenter later posted an update on his official Facebook page.
He said while his marriage had been “fairly turbulent” recently, the pair have “no desire to split up after 34 years together”.
He wrote: “What an extra-ordinary 24 hours that has been.”
Julia claims her lawyers persuaded her to back her husband after the claims got out.
However, she alleges that, two months later, she learned that Richard had planned to meet his younger lover during a business trip to Dubai.
A further two months on, she says she was driven to “press the divorce button” after the recent photos of her husband and Lucie emerged.
But despite this, she maintains she and Richard have enjoyed “a happy marriage” lasting more than three decades, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Richard presented the Sky Sports coverage of Premier League football for 19 years before resigning in disgrace over sexist remarks he and co-presenter Andy Gray made off-air about match official Sian Massey.
In another studio conversation, which was filmed but not transmitted, the presenter asked pundit Jamie Redknapp about a former girlfriend: “Did you smash it?” – crude slang for: “Did you have sex with her?”
Richard Keys has yet to comment.