Didier Drogba separates from wife after 20 years of marriage
Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire football legend Didier Drogba has announced his separation from his wife, Lalla Diakate whom he built a relationship with for over 20 years.
Drogba met Diakate in the 1990s in Paris and have lived together since then, before getting married in 2011. The couple have three children together, including a 20-year-old son named Isaac who is also a professional footballer.
Drogba’s marriage hit the rock after a trending video of him getting intimate in bed with a mystery woman last year. The video starred gossips that the marriage had crashed since the video went public.
In the video, Drogba was seen bare-chested in bed with a nearly-naked young woman. The lady playfully sunk her teeth into Drogba’s shoulder as he screamed in pain.
A representative immediately disputed the video claiming Drogba was hacked.
With several rumour surrounding his marriage, Drogba was forced to make a statement, confirming his split from Diakate. He wrote;
“I’m not in the habit of discussing my private life. But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.
“We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life.
“May God bless you.”