Gary Lineker has dismissed reports that his family were pleased to see him split from wife Danielle Lineker as "complete nonsense and utter fabrication". The Match of the Day star and his eldest son George both took to Twitter on Thursday following claims that some of his relatives were happy about the divorce because they felt Danielle had caused rifts within the family.
Alongside a photograph of one such article, 23-year-old George tweeted: "This is very untrue. Why do papers lie? We all get on very well with @DanielleBux & it doesn't help at a hard time."
Gary Lineker pictured with sons Angus, Tobias and George, who also took to Twitter
His father quickly showed his support, reposting George's message and adding: "I'm afraid this is the world we live in, George. A complete fabrication and utter nonsense!
"If a family member was ever joyous about a situation like this, they wouldn't be a much valued member of the family."
Gary and Danielle surprised fans this week when they confirmed they were divorcing after six years of marriage. The couple were granted a decree nisi at Southampton County Court on Tuesday morning, with news of their split breaking just a few hours earlier.
Gary and Danielle Lineker were granted a decree nisi on Tuesday morning, ending their six-year marriage
In a tweet, 55-year-old Gary said that they'd "had many wonderful years together", adding: "We remain very close and the greatest of friends."
Model Danielle, 36, added: "We have shared the most incredible 8 years that I will always cherish. We will remain the best of friends."
The couple were married in Italy in 2009; it was Danielle's first marriage and Gary's second following his 2006 divorce from Michelle Cockayne, the mother of his four sons, George, Tobias, Harry and Angus. Danielle, meanwhile, has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.