By Andre Rhoden-Paul
Kyle Walker has apologised to his family for “idiot choices and idiot decisions” following weeks of speculation about his private life.
The Manchester City player told the Sun of an extra-marital affair with TV personality Lauryn Goodman.
“What I’ve done is horrible,” he said, apologising to his pregnant wife Annie Kilner, with whom he has three children.
It follows a turbulent period for the England defender.
The 33-year-old told the newspaper: “What I’ve done is horrible and I take full responsibility.
“I made idiot choices and idiot decisions. I can’t begin to think or imagine what Annie is going through. I’ve tried to ask her but there’s pain and hurt.”
Speaking out in the hope of giving privacy to his young family, Walker continued: “My actions have caused a lot of pain to a lot of people. I’m sorry because, as a family, this isn’t meant to happen.”
Walker and Ms Kilner, who first met as teenagers, are reported to be spending time apart as she prepares to give birth.
“To not be there when she needs me the most, but to know that you’ve caused that hurt, that’s something I have to live with now,” Walker said.
The newspaper reported that Walker has fathered two children with Ms Goodman during his marriage to Ms Kilner.
Walker said: “I take full ownership of the choices that I’ve made that have hurt other people.”
In 2020, Walker apologised for breaking coronavirus lockdown measures, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “They were bad decisions from me at an important time for the country.”
Last year, police announced the footballer would not face criminal charges over newspaper allegations that he indecently exposed himself in a bar.
The right-back, recently named in a Fifpro’s Men’s World XI, helped Manchester City win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League last season.