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Ched Evans' girlfriend Natasha Massey reveals why she stood by him through two rape trials

Mirror Mirror 22/10/2016 Laura Connor

Ched Evans with girlfriend Natasha Massey © Getty/Mirror Ched Evans with girlfriend Natasha Massey

Ched Evans ' girlfriend Natasha Massey has revealed for the first time why she has stood by her man throughout his rape conviction, prison sentence and, finally, his aquittal.

Amazingly Natasha, known by family and friends as Tash, says it wasn't the footballer's rape conviction that made her question her unwavering loyalty – but the fact he had cheated.

In a candid new interview, the 28-year-old said: "It wasn’t the rape allegation. It was personal. It was the fact Ched had cheated on me, he’d ruined the trust that we had. I trusted him with my life."

Natasha, a director at her wealthy dad's successful jewellery business, has defiantly stood by Ched ever since he was first accused of rape in 2011.

She said she threw up when she first found out about the charge.

But she has never believed he was capable of rape.

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"He couldn’t. I mean the only people who think Ched is a rapist are people who haven’t met him. He’s a big softie," she told the Telegraph. "He’s a family person, he always puts everyone else first and he’s kind.”

After Ched told her about the rape charge, Natasha, from affluent Alderley Edge in Cheshire, went on a pre-booked girls’ holiday in Marbella where she had time to think.

By the time she was home, she knew she would stand by her man.

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“I know he can be an idiot, and he behaved appallingly [on that night], no doubt about that, but rape? No. He hasn’t got it in him," she said.

Evans was found not guilty of raping a woman , then 19, in a hotel room in Rhuddlan, North Wales, in May 2011, following a retrial.

He was found guilty of rape and sentenced to five years in jail following a trial at Caernafon Crown Court in April 2012. But in April this year his conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal and a retrial was ordered.

A jury took two hours to clear the 27-year-old of one count of rape at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, October 14.

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