Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has made his first public appearance with new girlfriend Sabia Boulahrouz.
The pair were photographed in the Daily Mail nine months after the Dutch star left his wife, TV presenter Sylvie van der Vaart, on New Year’s Eve, after admitting he hit her during an argument. The Hamburg star said: “It was very foolish of me. I’m an idiot. I’m very sorry. It should never have happened.”
“I am very sad that it did not work with us. We are the culprits. Sylvie alone and I have to answer for it, that our marriage does not work.”
van der Vaart also said that his relationship Sabia Boulahrouz, wife of former Holland and Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz, didn’t begin until after he had split from his wife. The pair spent the night at an event in Hamburg, where the 30-year-old footballer could barely keep his hands off his new partner.
Former wife Sylvie is quoted as saying: “We have unfortunately drifted apart over time. It was a gradual process that was not easy to stop. Even though it sounds weird, we still love and respect each other.”
But whilst Sylvie says the pair still love and respect eachother, Rafa showed the world that his love is focused on a new woman now.