Soprano Camilla Kerslake, 27, has told HELLO! magazine that she was subjected to verbal abuse from disgruntled rugby followers walking past the London home she shares with her boyfriend, England rugby union captain Chris Robshaw.
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Not that she lets the abuse get her down. "When you’ve nursed your mum through breast cancer, then experience the terrifying trauma of a breast cancer scare yourself, you can get through anything, including people shouting outside your window at 4am," Camilla told HELLO!.
"When you go out with a sportsman, it’s part of the territory," she added.
"There have been times when I’ve felt a bit trapped in my own house," she said. "Just recently, because of the rugby, photographers have been waiting to capture a picture of me looking downcast. When they ask me to look sad, I give them a dazzling smile."
Chris sparked controversy during the World Cup in the match against Wales when he conferred with his teammates and decided to go for a higher-scoring try instead of a penalty kick in the final moments. Some claim it cost them the match, which Wales went on to win narrowly.
Criticism of the England captain's technique followed, but Camilla's support of her man is unwavering. "The team is behind him too and the fans have been incredible," she says. "The outpouring of support and love from them has been overwhelming. I want to thank the England fans for being so kind."
When asked how Chris, 29, is bearing up, Camilla said, "As can be expected, unfortunately. It's a bit too close for him to talk about it yet, but when he's ready, he knows I'm here.
"We always have and always will be supportive of each other. The only way a good relationship works is through honesty, support and kindness."