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Jermain Defoe has married his partner Donna at the venue where Meghan Markle stayed before her wedding to Prince Harry.
Cliveden House in Berkshire played host to the romantic ceremony as Defoe and Donna tied the knot after 17 months together. He and the business owner from Glasgow first met in 2016 during his time at Sunderland before rekindling their relationship after he had moved to her home city to play for Rangers.
Defoe, who ended his impressive professional football career aged 39 in March, proposed to Donna at the Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow back in August last year.
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Speaking to OK Magazine, Defoe explained: “I never planned to get married by a certain age, but because I’ve been focused on my career for the past 22 years, it’s always been go, go, go.
“I always knew at some stage I was going to meet the right one and at the back end of my career, I go to Glasgow, play for Rangers and meet my future wife.”
Having first met when Defoe was playing for Sunderland in 2016, the pair rekindled their romance after the former England striker moved to Glasgow to join Rangers in 2019.
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After reaching out to Donna again, Defoe admits that it took another two years before they would meet, adding: “We met years ago when I was playing for Sunderland and I messaged her on Instagram. I sent her a DM. We had a general chit-chat but hadn’t spoken for ages.
“When I started playing for Rangers in 2019 I remembered Donna was from Glasgow and touched base with her again – I kept looking at her sexy pictures on Instagram. But we didn’t meet until January 2021 when Donna asked if I could give her a signed football shirt for a charity do.”
As for Donna, she admitted: “It took a couple of years because I was playing hard to get! I’ve always been very independent and business focused. I was taken by surprise, but obviously it took all these years to meet the right person and it all just felt right.”
Defoe has now become a step-father to Donna's 12-year-old daughter Olivia and the newly-married couple will now spend their honeymoon in the Maldives.
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