Ex-Spurs footballer Rafael van der Vaart dating wife"s best friend

Former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Rafael van der Vaart has confirmed his relationship with Sabia Boulahrouz, wife of his Hamburg teammate Khalid Boulahrouz and his ex-wife Sylvie”s best friend.

Sylvie van der Vaat, 34, who announced her split from Rafael on New Year”s Day, has given her husband and Sabia her seal of approval. “It”s his decision. I wish them the best, right now I am focused on my son Damian. He is the most important thing for me.

Rafael and Sabia have made no secret of their romance. “We have known each other for some years,” said the Dutch footballer. “We have always been good friends. Surprisingly in the last weeks some feelings have grown between the two of us.”


Sabia, who is married to Rafael”s Hamburg teammate Khalid Boulahrouz added. “We have been together for a brief time and we are being very careful. I don”t think Sylvie is mad. We started our relationship long after their separation. She knows about it.”

As reports of the new romance broke in German newspaper Bild, Dutch TV presenter Sylvie was apparently in Paris spending time with her new love interest, French millionaire Guillaume Zarka.

Rafael and Sylvie”s relationship broke down at the beginning of the year and it then surfaced that he had assaulted her at a party.

“It was very foolish of me,” admitted the midfielder. “I”m an idiot. I”m very sorry. It should never have happened.”

Sylvie has not been active on her Twitter account since the day before the split was announced when she uploaded a photo of herself with Rafael and Sabia.

The image of the trio is accompanied with the caption “#NYE … Hope you all have a great party.”