PREGNANT & STRESSED
They’re both expecting babies and should be basking in their pregnancies – but Christine Lampard and Jacqueline Jossa are under enormous stress during what should be a happy time…
CHRISTINE’S STALKER HELL
She’s been happily sharing pictures of her blossoming baby bump and has spoken of her utter delight at expecting her first child with husband Frank. Yet, behind the joy and excitement, Christine Lampard is currently reliving one of the scariest situations of her life. The 39-year-old has been in court to confront a stalker who allegedly bombarded her with dark, disturbing tweets, and even showed up at her London home, during a three-year campaign. Christof King, 39, has pleaded guilty to stalking, but he disputes sending the tweets. Isleworth Crown Court last week heard he described Christine as ‘the most stunningly beautiful person I’ve ever seen’, and called himself ‘a control freak’. The court also heard he sent a nasty tweet that read, ‘I can hear the scratch of nails as I sharpen them ahead of your crucifixion.’ And another which read, ‘I am planning the words that will go on your gravestone.’ Christine told the court she noticed the tweets because there were so many of them. And she memorised Christof’s face, meaning she recognised him when he worryingly turned up on her doorstep. ‘The fact he sent so many tweets made me notice him in the first place, but several were quite sinister,’ Christine said in court. ‘In one he told me he was sharpening the nails for my crucifixion. Another was about what he was planning to write on my tombstone. I found it very concerning.’
The court was also told of a time when Christof called at Christine’s home – Frank went to the door and Christine peered over his shoulder.
‘I recognised him from his Twitter picture. I was 100 per cent sure,’ said Christine. ‘I realised then that he had stepped things up from just tweeting and had tracked me down to my home. It made me very worried about going out. I work in live television, so it wouldn’t be hard to figure out where I was going to be at a particular time.’
The encounter disturbed footballer Frank, 39, so much he admitted he feared for wife Christine’s safety, as well as the safety of his daughters, Luna, 12, and Isla, 11, who he shares with ex-partner, Elen Rivas.
The court case couldn’t have come at a worse time for Christine as she’s around 23 weeks pregnant. In the past, she’s talked about being childless in her late 30s, saying she was ecstatic but nervous to be expecting her first baby.
‘In that classic kind of anxious, nervous, superstitious way, it was like “Let’s get the big scan done and then you can open up and start to tell people,” because I’ve been really nervous,’ she said.
‘I wasn’t [trying] at all. I think sometimes that can consume you too much. It was kind of a let’s see what happens – I’m clearly not 18 any more!
‘We’ve had the loveliest time between the two of us saying, “I think it’s going to happen; I think it’s happening!”’