Vinnie Jones shares candid love life admission after finding love again 5 years after death of wife Tanya

Vinnie Jones shares candid love life admission after finding love again 5 years after death of wife Tanya

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Lauren Williams

By Lauren Williams

Published: 04/04/2024

- 15:59

The former footballer met his late wife when they were just 12-years-old and went on to marry in 1994

Vinnie Jones has revealed he has finally found love again five years after losing his wife Tanya Terry to skin cancer following her six-year battle.

In November 2013, Jones received treatment after finding signs of skin cancer below his eye, prompting his wife to also get herself checked.

She was soon diagnosed with skin cancer which had spread to her brain by 2018, before she died on July 6, 2019, with Jones by her side.

The Mean Machine star discussed her death a year later on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and admitted that he did not have any plans to remarry.

However, just five years on, Jones has admitted he's fallen in love with his PA Emma Ford and opened up on the new relationship.

“You know, after four months, four years, five years, 10 years, you just keep moving forwards, the grief is always going to be in there," Jones began.

Vinnie and Tanya Jones

Vinnie and Tanya met when they were 12-years-old and married in 1998


“It's how other things can control it. It's how much the flower can grow and bloom. I think, for me, grief was always black and grey, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be colours and happy memories.”

He described their relationship as “fantastic” and noted: “Moving forward, we meet other people that we are fond of and we fall in love with and vice versa.”

Jones’ new romantic venture isn’t the only new thing that he is proud of, as he is now enjoying a calmer pace of life after struggling with alcohol addiction in the past.

The former Leeds United, Sheffield, Chelsea and QPR player battled his demons alongside his success and explained to the Mirror: “I was 19 or 20 before I even had a drink.

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie also opened up on his alcohol struggles during the height of his football career


“But it didn’t take long for addiction to take over. It’s all rot. You’re rotting from the inside out. I didn’t talk about it to anybody.”

He previously called his behaviour “the monster” and was known for an aggressive style of play, with one photograph showing him grabbing Paul Gascoigne by the genitals in a 1998 match.

Life off of the pitch was also troubled for Jones as he struggled with mental health from a young age, bottling up trauma which stemmed from his parents’ tricky divorce.

Taking a look back at his drinking, he noted that it “clouds the passion” and said that his drinking habits would often happen like “clockwork”.

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones moves on 5 years after wifes death


Away from the alcohol and struggles, Jones went on to become a successful actor and has starred in nearly 100 films including Snatch, The Gentleman, Mean Machine and She’s The Man.

The star managed to overcome his battles with alcohol and noted that it was talking about his problems which helped him move on – encouraging more men to try and speak about how they feel.

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