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Sylvie van der Vaart supports ex-husband Rafael van der Vaart and his girlfriend after loss of baby at 19 weeks

rafael van der vaart
Sylvie van der Vaart

offered her support to her ex-husband

Rafael van der Vaart

and her former best friend after news broke that the couple lost their baby at 19 weeks.The 35-year-old model is said to have sent the couple words of encouragement to Rafael and

Sabia Boulahrouz

during their difficult time.

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Rafael's former wife Sylvie sent words of encouragement to the couple after the tragedy

The heartbroken parents released a statement confirming the tragic news, describing their "unexpected loss" as "a big blow".Footballer Rafael and Sabia

announced that they were expecting a baby

in October having been together for around six months.They

confirmed that they were an item

around three months after Rafael and Sylvie announced their split after he allegedly assaulted her at a New Years Eve party.

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Rafael's girlfriend Sabia was five months pregnant when she lost the baby

Rafael and Sylvie's divorce was finalised last week. They have a son Damian Rafael together.Sabia and her ex-husband who is Rafael's former team mate Khalid Boulahrouz suffered the loss of a prematurely born daughter Anissa in 2008. The former couple have three children together.

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