RYAN Giggs has found love with a lingerie model — as he waits to appear in court charged with assaulting two women, including his ex-girlfriend.
The former Manchester United star, 47, was seen out with Zara Charles, 33, in Hale, Cheshire, days before he was also charged with coercive and controlling behaviour against ex Kate Greville, 36.
A source said: “Zara has been supporting Ryan over the last few months.
“She’s a great, upbeat girl. Ryan has been completely open with her about his situation. They seem very strong together.”
Giggs was, on Friday, charged with assaulting two women.
One alleged victim is his ex Kate and the other — a woman in her twenties — is believed to be her younger sister.
The star has also been charged with coercive and controlling behaviour against PR executive Kate over nearly three years.
Giggs insists he is innocent and has vowed to clear his name.
Last week Zara — who is well-known on the Manchester nightclub scene — wore a camel coat, black leggings, trainers and sunglasses as she and Giggs walked with her dog in upmarket Hale, Cheshire.
The Sun on Sunday can also reveal that Giggs turned to his ex-wife Stacey, 41, for support as he waited to learn if he would face charges.
But Giggs told a friend: “I’ve been in total shock, feeling numb and living in a fog since hearing I was going to be charged.”
The Sun told how he could face up to five years in jail if found guilty.
Giggs and Stacey, mum of his two children, split in 2016. She is now in a relationship with The Wanted singer Max George, 32.
I’ve been in total shock, feeling numb and living in a fog since hearing I was going to be charged.
But a pal said: “Stacey has been a tower of strength — she’s been incredibly supportive.”
Police were called to Giggs’ £1.7million mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchester, last November after reports of a row.
Giggs — who has been replaced as Wales’s manager for the European championships — put the home up for sale on March 31.
A source said: “He loved that house but if he’s ever to have a fresh start, it needs to go.”
Giggs met Kate when she was working on the PR for his Hotel Football business venture. They went public in 2018, eight months after his divorce was finalised.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
The star, due in court this Wednesday, said after he was charged: “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.”
In 2011, he failed to prevent publication of his affair with ex-Big Brother star Imogen Thomas.
It also emerged he’d had an eight-year affair with Natasha Giggs, wife of his brother Rhodri.
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