EXCLUSIVE: ‘He pursued her very heavily’: I’m A Celeb’s Lisa Snowdon ‘devastated’ to learn that footballer ex-boyfriend Jay Bothroyd was still married… during eight-month affair

Details of Lisa Snowdon’s affair with married footballer Jay Bothroyd have resurfaced, just as she’s due to enter the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

But a source close to the 44-year-old has come forward to say that the television personality ‘had no idea’ 34-year-old Jay was still taken, when they dated five years ago.

Speaking to MailOnline about The Sun On Sunday’s claims, the insider explained that Lisa was heavily pursued by the footballer, despite his three-year marriage to Italian interior designer Stella Pozzi-Bothroyd.

A source close to the television personality told MailOnline on Sunday: ‘She was devastated. She wasn’t going out to have an affair, he told her that he was single.

‘She started dating a guy who pursued her very heavily at the beginning and she was always very cautious.’

Worried that the scandal could rock Lisa’s stint on ITV1 jungle reality show, I’m A Celeb, the source went onto emphasise that the affair happened five years ago.

The insider went on to say: ‘This was five years ago, it’s not something that happened last week. It happened years ago. She had no idea that he was married.

Dating: Lisa and Jay went public with their relationship in January 2011 (pictured here an embrace in the street)
Pursued: Insiders say that Lisa was pursued by the footballer and remained cautious when they first started dating
Lied to: The brunette has said that she was lied to when she first met the footballer 

‘They didn’t even go out for a long time – months rather than years.’

A representative for Jay Bothroyd and Lisa Snowdon has been contacted for further comment.

According to the the newspaper, Jay and Lisa met at the Inspirational Awards For Women event in 2010, an event at which Jay’s wife Stella was also in attendance.

Stella discovered the fling when pictures of Jay – who now plays for Júbilo Iwata, but previously played for the English national team – and Lisa went public and gave the footballer an ultimatum.

Married: Jay Bothroyd was reportedly still married to Italian interior designer Stella at the time he dated Lisa for eight months

An ultimatum: Jay's wife Stella reportedly gave the footballer a choice at the time, but he ended things to be with Lisa

A source told The Sun On Sunday: ‘Stella, who found out about the affair, was telling Jay if he wanted their marriage to work he needed to end the fling.

‘Jay agreed at first but after a few days he admitted he couldn’t  give Lisa up and Stella moved out.’

MailOnline reported that Jay and Lisa called time on their eight-month relationship in June 2011 and she blamed her early starts as a breakfast DJ for Capital.

Skirting over the split issue she simply told Easy Living magazine at the time, ‘Life happens.’

Famously dated: Lisa and Hollywood actor George Clooney (here together in 2004) famously dated
Found love: Lisa has more recently found love with George Smart (here in July) and is already talking about marriage and children
Lisa originally found fame when she dated George Clooney but had been single for five years before the romance began with the 6ft 3ins striker. 

As she enters the jungle, Lisa has found love again with 37-year-old George Smart, with whom she’s been since the early days of 2016.

Things are said to be ‘moving quickly’ for the pair, with Lisa recently telling Hello! magazine that she’s certain they’ll be together forever.

On marriage, she said: ‘Yes, at some point. But there’s no pressure because we fit … I know we’ll be together forever.’

And on children, she added; ‘I’ve always wanted to be a mum. But I’ll be 45 in January and I’ve seen friends struggle with the heartaches of IVF.

‘We’re just really blessed we’ve found each other. It could happen, but you just don’t know.’

Found love: Lisa has recently found love again, saying that she’s certain she’ll be with George forever

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