Kyle Walker tried to keep his second child with Lauryn Goodman a secret from wife Annie (Picture: Twitter)
On paper, Walker, 33, had it all. His high school sweetheart, Annie Kilner, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when the pair first met.
The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony at Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire in 2021 and lived with their three sons, Riaan, Roman and Reign, in their £3 million mansion.
But behind the scenes, Walker said he made ‘made idiot choices and idiot decisions’ – culminating in the shock revelation that he fathered a second secret child with model Lauryn Goodman.
Flirty texts with Playboy model
In July 2016, when Walker had been dating Kilner for more than five years, the footballer came under fire after he reportedly exchanged flirty messages with Playboy model Carla Howe.
Walker and Kilner met when he was 17 and she was 15 (Picture: Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
The pair are said to have traded playful messages back and forth. When Howe asked if he was in Ibiza, Walker replied ‘I wish!’ while he was preparing to represent England at Euro 2016. However, a source said Howe ended the conversations when she learned that Walker had a girlfriend.
Links with a reality TV star
Walker reportedly met Ex On The Beach star Laura Brown on a night out in Manchester in September 2018.
In March 2019, Brown said that Walker took her out in his £200,000 Bentley 4×4 and later thought that the relationship could turn into something serious – until she saw Walker share a Mother’s Day post dedicated to Kilner on Instagram.
Brown allegedly messaged Kilner to tell her about what had happened, and even sent her a selfie of Walker at home to prove she was telling the truth.
Kilner and Walker split, and she removed all pictures of him from her Instagram.
Lauryn Goodman’s secret pregnancy
During the split, Walker moved into a rented flat close to the mansion he shared with Kilner.
Walker met Lauryn Goodman, an influencer and the younger sister of Big Brother star Chloe Goodman.
Walker met Goodman during his brief split from Kilner (Picture: Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
The pair struck up a connection, but the relationship didn’t last long, as Walker wanted to make things up to Kilner and get back together.
When pictures of Goodman pregnant on holiday in Barbados emerged, rumours swirled about who the father was – but at first, the model remained tightlipped.
Then, in February 2020, she revealed that the baby was Walker’s. Kairo was born in April 2020.
Opening up on The Victoria Derbyshire Show, Goodman said she had believed she was unable to have children because of her polycystic ovaries and endometriosis diagnosis, and chose to speak out to raise awareness of both.
Lockdown ‘sex party’
In April 2020, while Goodman was approaching her due date, Walker made a public apology following reports he had invited two escorts to visit him and a friend in his home during the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown. One said he paid the pair £2,200.
Critics accused Walker of hypocrisy, as he had told his followers on social media to stay at home and observe the lockdown guidelines.
Kyle walker has made 81 appearances for England (Picture: James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)
‘I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model,’ said the England star.
‘As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.
‘My actions are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown.’
Reunion with his teenage sweetheart
After a bumpy couple of years, Walker reunited with Kilner in summer 2020. In June that year, the footballer set up a romantic display of white roses in their home and proposed with a £250,000 engagement ring.
Walker and Kilner at the World Cup in Qatar (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Kilner said that she wanted to ‘keep our family together’ in an interview with The Sun.
The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in November 2021.
A rekindled romance
Towards the end of 2022, Goodman told Walker that she was pregnant with his second child.
Walker claimed he ‘nearly fainted’ at the news after Kilner had decided to take him back following his first extramarital affair and she was not told of the pregnancy.
He said: ‘Lauryn told me at the end of October, early November. I remember going upstairs at the training ground when I got a phone call from her. I was with the physio at the time. I nearly fainted. I was just white.’
Walker added: ‘I was like, “What can I do now every day to make sure that I go home to Annie and the boys?”.’
Bad behaviour at the bar
In March 2023, Walker was allegedly caught on camera exposing himself at a bar and kissing an unidentified woman.
The ‘disturbing’ behaviour is said to have happened as he drank with friends at a bar in Cheshire following his team’s victory against Newcastle United.
Kilner is said to have told friends ‘he’s a d***’ after the footage emerged.
An explosive revelation
Goodman kept Walker’s second child a secret for several months – but the news that Kilner was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child was the final straw for Goodman. In December 2023, she messaged Kilner with the truth.
In a confessional interview, Walker told The Sun: ‘When I met Annie at 17, I never envisaged my private life being like this. I never thought I would be a father of six.
Kilner kicked Walker out of the house when the news broke (Picture: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
‘The only person to blame is me. I have roles and responsibilities that I’m aware of and I’ve made stupid choices. But I need to own up to my mistakes — I owe it to everyone.
‘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.
‘My little boy goes to sleep with me every night and to not have him… I’m used to being away for long periods of time with England. We say goodnight on FaceTime. But to know that I’m not with him because of my mistake – mistake is probably the wrong word, my choices – that’s what pains me.’
Kilner said in an Instagram post: ‘Sadly, after many years of marriage and three wonderful children together, I have decided to take some time away from Kyle.’
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