Millionaire tells how his wife hooks up with Spanish soccer star Cesc Fabregas

Updated: 05 Nov 2012
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Hot stuff ... Cesc Fabregas and Daniella Semaan on holiday in Italy
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Before the split ... Elie Taktouk and Daniella
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Out in the open ... the picture that gave the game away
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Idol ... Cesc in action
A MILLIONAIRE businessman told last night how he and his wife were trying for a third child — when he found out she was playing away with soccer star Cesc Fabregas.

Property tycoon Elie Taktouk discovered the affair when he saw newspaper pictures of the former Arsenal skipper on holiday with a “mystery brunette” and recognised her as wife Daniella Semaan, 38.

Elie, also 38, is now divorced and forced to watch Spanish maestro Fabregas, 25, becoming stepfather to his son aged eight and 11-year-old daughter.

He said: “I was completely numb and in shock for months.

"I was in denial but I never wanted her back.

"The minute I saw those pictures I felt disgusted by her behaviour and just cut off all emotions.

"We were trying for a baby when this happened.

"I am not surprised by him — I wouldn’t expect less from him. I am not interested in him.

"He is 25 and a fool. She went after him and she would leave him as soon as his money and fame run out. He is no David Beckham.”

Elie, who lives in Knightsbridge, West London, told how he wed curvy Daniella in 1998 in their native Lebanon.

In June last year he saw the photos of bikini-clad Daniella cuddling up to Fabregas, lounging by a pool and fooling around on a jet ski in Nice, southern France.

Fabregas — who left Arsenal for his boyhood heroes Barcelona that August in a £25million deal — had only just split from childhood sweetheart Carla Garcia.

Bitter Elie, who has joint custody of their kids, told The Sun: “Fabregas was messing around with a mother of an eight-year-old.

"The most I would do is kiss my wife on the cheek in front of my kids.” Fabregas and Daniella have since been snapped kissing on holiday in Italy.

In the divorce settlement, Daniella was awarded a monthly allowance of £2,500 a month — short of the £10,000 a month she wanted.

Fabregas completed his move from the Gunners after years of speculation linking him to Spanish giants Barcelona.

He played in their 3-1 win at home to Celta Vigo yesterday while his old Arsenal teammates struggled to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.


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