Richard Keys' ex-wife 'knew he was marrying daughter's pal two hours before'

Richard Keys’ ex-wife Julia reportedly knew nothing about his new marriage to his daughter’s friend, Lucie Rose, until just two hours before the ceremony.

The former Sky Sports presenter, 66, tied the knot with the 35-year-old friend of his daughter Jemma.

The pair were spotted in Kingswear, Devon on Saturday, in what appeared to be an intimate outdoor ceremony, as the bride wore a lavish, floral, white wedding dress with a long veil, taking her vows next to Keys in a light grey suit.

This comes after his split from wife Julia in 2016, after an alleged affair with his new wife, which he has always denied.

According to reports, Jemma, 38, nor Keys’ son Joshua attended the ceremony.

And it’s now been claimed that Julia was unaware of the wedding until she received a text message two hours before, a friend reported to MailOnline.

Julia also told the publication: ‘What can I say – I’m in a new relationship now and I’ve put Richard and our marriage behind me now.

‘I wish him and Lucie all the best. If that’s what makes him happy then I’m happy for him but as for me it’s all in the past now. I’m in a new relationship and I’m really happy and that’s all I want to focus on. 

‘It looks as if he is happy as well from the photographs so all the best to them. As I say anything to do with Richard and our marriage is in the past so I wish them well.’ 

Julia had admitted in 2018 that she was ‘devastated’ after her marriage of 34 years came to an end, as she was recovering from thyroid cancer.

But Keys has denied an affair took place, saying: ‘I’ll mention the unmentionable for you. Did I leave my wife fighting cancer? No.’

He continued to The Athletic, during an interview in 2019: ‘I don’t know what happened. 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.

‘She and I went to London every day of her fight, prior to a ground-breaking operation that saw her in a period of recovery.

‘Julia had been in remission for seven years. I know how hard it was for her when things went wrong. 

‘I wasn’t going to start engaging in a tit-for-tat, he-said, she-said, respond to everything that was said about me.

‘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.

‘Tell a lie twice and it becomes the truth. Tell it on social media and it haunts you forever. I didn’t fall in love with a friend of my daughter’s.’

In April 2018, Julia wrote about her husband’s alleged affair in her book The MANScript, saying, according to Mail Online: ‘Richard’s affair didn’t just devastate my world, but the world of our children Jemma and Josh too.

‘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.’

That same year, Jemma spoke about her mum discovering WhatsApp messages from Lucie on Keys’ phone while they were on holiday.

‘I heard Mum shouting, ‘Your father’s been having an affair,’ ‘ Jemma told the Daily Mail. ‘My heart stopped. Then I asked, ‘With who?”

Keys had his big break in 1984 as the main anchor of ITV’s breakfast show TV-am, before he left for Sky Sports in 1990, where he fronted their coverage for the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, and worked for Al Jazeera also.

He resigned from the broadcaster in 2008, after he was caught making sexist remarks about linesman Sian Massey.

Why did Richard Keys leave Sky Sports?

Keys and his co-pundit Andy Gray were involved in a sexism scandal in which they were heard making derogatory comments about female referee Sian Massey.

They later apologised, after a leaked audio tape heard them refer to female assistant referees.

Keys had said: ‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to [Massey].

Gray replied: ‘Yeah, I know. Can you believe that? Female linesman. Forget what I said – they probably don’t know the offside rule.’

Keys then said ‘Course they don’t,’ to which Gray replied: ‘Why is there a female linesman? Somebody’s f***** up big.’

Keys later apologised for his comments, but a second video later emerged of Gray talking to pitch-side reporter Andy Burton, in which he crudely referred to Massey’s appearance.

In another leaked clip, Keys and Gray used inappropriate comments towards colleague Charlotte Jackson, in which Gray asked her: ‘Charlotte, can you tuck this [microphone pack] down here for me love… Tuck this down here.’

Gray was sacked in January 2011, with Keys resigning the next day.

Keys later said: ‘Prehistoric banter isn’t acceptable in the modern world. I accept that. We failed to change when the world has changed. We wholeheartedly apologise for our behaviour. It was wrong. I deserve to be battered. I can stand up and take a beating. I’m not sorry for me, I’m sorry for Sian Massey.’

Gray also said: ‘If off-air conversations of television and radio presenters were recorded, there would be no one left working. That is not to defend what happened.’

The pair later appeared in a Piers Morgan Uncensored interview, 12 years after their departure.

During the chat, Keys said he ‘regretted’ his comments, and added: ‘In isolation, my questioning whether she knew the offside law was unacceptable.’

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