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Carol Anthony defends 16-year age gap with fiancé Ian Rush logo 13/04/2019 George Morahan
Ian Rush et al. posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Carol Anthony has expressed hurt at inaccurate reports on the age-gap between her and ex-Liverpool striker fiancé Ian Rush.

The Cork-born businesswoman, 40, and the Welsh former footballer started a relationship in 2013 and got engaged last month, leading so outlets in the UK to misreport her age and exaggerate the 16-year gap between the pair.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Carol said: ‘It was in a couple of the the papers in the UK, all about the age gap and didn’t come up to speed about what I’ve been doing the past few years.

‘They took another six years out of my life. There’s 16 years between us, not 22. There’s 13 years between my own parents.

She added: ‘The slant they put on it was wrong, like I was marrying him for money or something. I just felt it was time I spoke up for myself.’

Carol, who attended the Sean Cox fundraising dinner in Dublin with Ian last night, said she wasn’t a ‘gold-digger’ but conceded it was ‘normal’ for people to jump to that conclusion.

Ian Rush wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

She went on to say that she had been ‘so supportive of Ian over the last year years’ helping him get to grips with new business opportunities, so the ‘hurtful’ reports felt ‘like a slap in the face’.

Women are strong and we’ll always try to take things on the chin but when I saw Ian getting annoyed about it I said: “No, I’m going to take a stance on this”,’ she added.

The former model and singer turned property investor has been helping Ian with his charitable foundation and flew to Dublin this week to help present a €1.3m cheque to the Shabra Foundation, which has been working to supply genetic testing equipment in the Mater Hospital. 

Ian Rush wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

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