Nancy Dell'Olio has spoken for the first time in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine about her former love Sven Goran Eriksson's decision to reveal intimate details about their relationship in a new book.
The fiery Italian said she had been left 'shocked and saddened' and 'disturbed' by new revelations in the Swedish football manager's new autobiography where, among other things, he claimed he fell out of love with Nancy a year into the relationship.
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"I haven't read any of the book, but I've been told. I don't know why he's saying these things and being malicious," Nancy told HELLO!.
"He clearly just can't let what we had go. My advice to him would be, 'Get a life and get over it',".
"Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, of course they are, but not to lie. For me it is a shame that I was with someone for nine years and yet I do not recognise this man at all. I find it shocking how he talks about using women. Does he think that is something to be proud of? No real man would talk about women like that."
Nancy posed for photographs for HELLO! in the new luxury apartment in London's Belgravia where she recently moved – which is in the same street as her former residence, the subject of several legal wranglings with Sven. Now settled legally, Nancy says she is disappointed with the way things turned out."
"Yes. Things could have been decided better," she told the magazine. "I will not go into detail but the settlement we reached was not what we agreed all those years ago between us. We had a gentleman's agreement and it's very disappointing that we ended up in court. But things changed in Sven's financial situation and I had to adjust. I think it took him by surprise, too, because it was a huge waste of money. When you are doing your talking through lawyers, it is ridiculously expensive. Unfortunately, we could not find another way to communicate. But I always said life was a compromise. Was I expecting more? Yes. Was I completely happy? No I was not. But the important thing for me was that it was over."
In the interview, Nancy also reveals her hopes for meeting a future partner – 'He is coming through, my future husband. It is written in my chart,' she says – and her excitement over the forthcoming West End show which she is writing and producing.
See the full exclusive story in HELLO! Magazine, issue 1303, out now.