19 November 2019 10:37
Richard Keys has spoken out over his divorce from his wife Julia - and moved to deny reports that he had an affair with a friend of his daughter's. Former Sky Sports presenter Richard, who grew up down the M6 in Coventry, was married to wife Julia for 36 years. But their marriage came crashing down amid an alleged affair with Lucie Jones, a 28-year-old lawyer, reports the Mirror. But Keys has flat-out denied the allegation, claiming the lie has been told so much it has "become the truth". In her book The MANScript, Keys' ex-wife Julia wrote about the divorce, saying the alleged affair "devastated" their two children.
"Richard's affair didn't just devastate my world, but the world of our children Jemma and Josh too," she said. "It is only now, two years on, that he has admitted he did have an affair with Lucie, as well as acknowledging his deceit and the damage it has caused. "But for a year and a half he was telling me it was all in my head, that I was imagining it, that I was going mad — lines that I now realise nearly every man comes up with when having an affair." Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has denied he left his cancer-stricken wife for a friend of his daughter. Following his departure from the news network, he was then reported to have had an affair with his daughter Jemma's best friend Lucie Rose, while wife Julia was battling thyroid cancer - claims he strongly refutes. (Image: EXPRESS) Keys previously contributed to a book penned by ex-wife Julia about the regret of having an affair.
6 Keys pictured with daughter Jemma (left) and his ex-wife Julia Credit: Alpha Press 6 Richard had an affair with Lucie Rose Credit: Chris Eades - The Sun But Keys, 62, has denied cheating on her as she fought thyroid cancer, claiming the lie has been told so much it has "become the truth". "I don't know why our marriage ended the way it did, but my wife was fighting cancer for seven years before I left her and she had been in remission for seven years. "If people believe that I walked away with my wife fighting cancer with a friend of my daughter's, I can't change that now. Keys - who works for beIN Sports in Qatar after resigning from Sky Sports in 2011 amid a sexism row - had previously admitted the fling with daughter Jemma's pal in a statement last year. Speaking to The Sun at the time, Julia said their 36-year marriage came crashing down shortly after moving to the Middle East when the presenter met Lucie. She said: "He met Jemma's friend Lucie, who was working in Doha, and the lies began. "I remember at Richard's birthday party — and I haven't told anyone this before — just as I was leaving, Lucie grabbed my arm and said: "Are you leaving now, Julia?" She was so insistent, and I thought it was odd — then Richard was ages coming home. Richard Keys' ex-wife Julia Keys tells The Sun On Sunday the heartbreaking story of their daughter Jemma's alcoholism 6 Cancer survivor Julia has previously spoken out about the affair Credit: Alpha Press 6 Julia said the presenter had left his family 'devastated' Credit: Refer to Caption 6 Richard Keys was the face of Sky Sports when the Premier League launched in 1992 Credit: Sky