Presenter denies claims he left cancer-stricken wife for daughter’s friend

By Mirror: Tuesday, November 19th 2019 at 12:50 GMT +3 | Sports
Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys [Courtesy]

Richard Keys has denied that he left his cancer-stricken wife for a friend of his daughter's.

Former Sky Sports presenter Keys was married to wife Julia for 36 years before their marriage came crashing down amid an alleged affair with Lucie Jones, a 28-year-old lawyer.

But Keys has flat-out denied the allegation, claiming the lie has been told so much it has "become the truth".

“I’ll mention the unmentionable for you," he told The Athletic. "Did I leave my wife fighting cancer? No. 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.

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“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."

In her book The MANScript, Keys' ex-wife Julia wrote about the divorce, saying the alleged affair "devastated" their two children.

"Richard's affair didn't just devastate my world, but the world of our children Jemma and Josh too," she said.

"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.

"But for a year and a half he was telling me it was all in my head, that I was imagining it, that I was going mad — lines that I now realise nearly every man comes up with when having an affair."

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