I’m get­ting a di­vorce, Lilly Becker tells broke Boris

As he’s spot­ted at Wimbledon with TV star Me­lanie Sykes

Daily Mail - - Eden Confidential -

AL­THOUGH his usual ebul­lient self while com­men­tat­ing for the BBC at Wimbledon, Boris Becker has faced a tor­rid time when he leaves the All Eng­land Club.

I hear the three-times Wimbledon cham­pion has been stay­ing at his £5mil­lion mar­i­tal home nearby even though he had moved out af­ter sep­a­rat­ing from wife Lilly two months ago, af­ter nine years of mar­riage.

‘Lilly has had a hard time,’ one of her friends tells me. ‘They had been liv­ing apart, but have had to share their house in Wimbledon while Boris, 50, has been work­ing as a pun­dit for the BBC.

‘It has been very awk­ward as they are not speak­ing to each other at the mo­ment.’

Ten­sions are likely to worsen, as I can re­veal that the 42- year- old Dutch model, who has a son, Amadeus, aged eight, with Becker is now seek­ing a di­vorce and has in­structed Grosvenor Law to rep­re­sent her.

‘Lilly is very wor­ried about her fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and wants to make sure that she and her son are looked af­ter,’ the friend says. Boris was thought to have a for­tune of some £100 mil­lion but was de­clared bank­rupt last sum­mer.

He had to pay his pre­vi­ous wife, ac­tress and de­signer Bar­bara Fel­tus, £11 mil­lion when they di­vorced in 2001 af­ter an eight-year mar­riage. He also had to give Bar­bara their Florida apart­ment.

She won cus­tody of their two sons, Noah, now 24, and Elias, 18.

Boris also has an 18- year- old daugh­ter, Anna, who was con­ceived dur­ing a brief en­counter with Rus­sian model An­gela Er­makova at a May­fair res­tau­rant.

Lilly told me in March that they had un­der­taken re­la­tion­ship ther­apy af­ter her hus­band’s bank­ruptcy. ‘We dis­con­nected and went our own ways,’ she said.

She added of Boris’s fi­nan­cial prob­lems: ‘ It af­fected our lives mas­sively. I was so ashamed about ev­ery­thing and I thought, “How could this hap­pen?” ’

Mean­while, away from his do­mes­tic woes, a happy Boris was pic­tured en­joy­ing watch­ing a match with TV presenter Me­lanie Sykes, 47, at Wimbledon last week­end. Sykes split up with her sec­ond hus­band, Jack Cock­ings, 31, in 2014.

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