One person who possibly won’t be upset over Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘s recent break up is the snooker legend’s outspoken mother.
Despite her son being in a relationship with Laila Rouass for a decade, Maria O’Sullivan apparently never took to the actress – even branding her a “s**g” at one point.
The Footballers’ Wives actress, 50, announced her shock split from Ronnie, 46, via her Instagram account on Thursday.
“After nearly ten years of love and memories, Ronnie & I have parted ways. Peace & love to you all. Laila X,” the star told her 31,600 followers.
The former couple first met in 2012, thanks to the sport star’s father, and became engaged the following year – but never made it down the aisle.
Speaking in 2020, Ronnie’s sister claimed their mother took an instant dislike to her big brother’s now ex-girlfriend.
“Ronnie has given Mum so much help in the past. But when he asked her for £15,000 last year, he told me she said, ‘I’m not giving you money for that f***ing s**g!” Dannielle revealed to The Sun.
“She has shown me Laila’s number saved on her phone under ‘The revolving f***y’ and has apparently told Ronnie, ‘She’s just a prostitute, she’ll sleep with anyone’.”
She added: “She told me he goes for the same birds and Laila is the one who will catch him out. But Ronnie is so in love with Laila. He’s bought her a diamond ring, though he says they’re not engaged. They split up last year then got back together.”
Ronnie and Laila’s romance began when the former Holby City actress was house hunting – with the snooker player’s father going on to play cupid.
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“It happened by accident,” the mum-of-one told the Irish News in 2016 when discussing the origins of their relationship.
“I was shown around Ronnie’s house by his father, who told his son about meeting me.
“Ronnie called the estate agent, a friend of mine, and asked me out via her.”
The stunning star added: “When she said he was a snooker player, I said, ‘yeah, but what does he do for a living?’ I’d never heard of him because sport doesn’t interest me at all, although Ronnie’s won me over to snooker.”
Dad-of-three Ronnie popped the question shortly after meeting the former Strictly Come Dancing star, but the pair were both very relaxed about tying the knot.
“I’d have to really gear myself up for a wedding. At the moment we’ve put it on the back burner and we’re enjoying our time so there’s no rush,” Laila explained to The Mirror in 2019.
Ronnie seemed to agree, adding: “It becomes a bit more important as you get older for legal reasons but for now we’re OK.”
Ronnie is yet to comment on the split.
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