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Who is Gary Lineker’s wife and how many children does he have

Gary Lineker is a retired English footballer who was one of the leading strikers in the world during his playing career.

He is the third highest goal scorer among English footballers and holds England’s record maximum number of goals in FIFA World Cup finals.

He was a versatile sportsman in his youth and played both football and cricket but later decided to become a footballer.

He started his career by joining his home town club Leicester City and his prolific goal scoring helped the club to win promotion to the First Division.

After his stint with the Leicester City, he played for Everton for a season.

On the basis of his creditable performance for the English national team in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he was snapped up by Spanish club Barcelona for whom he played for three years.

He played for English club Tottenham Hotspur as well after leaving Barcelona and helped the London based club win an FA Cup.

Following the end of his playing career, he forged a successful media career and is currently a popular sports broadcaster.

Gary Lineker

Early life

Gary Lineker was born Gary Winston Lineker on November 30, 1960 in Leicester, England.

He was given his middle name in honour of Winston Churchill, with whom he shares a birthday. He has one brother, Wayne, who is two years his junior.

Lineker grew up with his family in the city, playing football with Wayne. Their father was a greengrocer, as were their grandfather William and great-grandfather George, in Leicester.

Barry Lineker ran Lineker’s fruit and veg stall in Leicester Market, and as a child and a young player Gary regularly helped out on the stall.

Lineker, who is white, received racial abuse as a child for his dark features. Lineker first attended Caldecote Road School (Caldecote Juniors), Braunstone in Leicester (east of the Meridian Centre).

He then went to the City of Leicester Boys’ Grammar School (now City of Leicester College) on Downing Drive in Evington, owing to his preference for football rather than rugby, which was the main sport of most schools near his home.

Lineker was equally talented at both football and cricket. From the ages of 11 to 16 he captained the Leicestershire Schools cricket team, and had felt that he had a higher chance of succeeding at it rather than football.

He later stated on They Think It’s All Over that as a teenager he idolised former England captain David Gower, who was playing for Leicestershire at the time.

During his youth he played for Aylestone Park Youth, later becoming the club’s president.

Lineker left school with four O Levels. One of his teachers wrote on his report card that he “concentrates too much on football” and that he would “never make a living at that”. He then joined the youth academy at Leicester City in 1976.

Gary Lineker
Gary and his first wife Michelle

Who is Gary Lineker wife?

Gary Lineker does not have a wife currently, but he has been married twice before. His first wife was Michelle Cockayne.

Gary Lineker’s first wife Michelle Cockayne

Gary married Michelle Cockayne in 1986 and they share four children together: George, Harry, Tobias, and Angus.

Twenty years after they tied the knot, however, it was announced that Michelle was divorcing Gary on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour,” and she later claimed that Gary’s actions during their marriage had caused her “stress and anxiety.”

Gary Lineker’s second wife Danielle Bux

In 2007 Gary started dating model Danielle Bux, who is 20 years his junior, after being set up on a blind date.

Two years later, Gary and Danielle tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony in Italy.

However, in 2016 the pair announced they were to divorce amid reports that they parted ways because they had different ideas about starting a family together.

They were granted a decree nisi that finalised the end of their union. The two remained on great terms despite ending their seven-year marriage.

Speaking to The Mirror in September 2019, Gary, explained: “Danielle and I are best mates, we still speak three times a day, we text all the time. When she comes to London she stays with me, and when I go to LA I see her.”

Speaking to The Times that same month, Gary suggested that Danielle’s desire for children caused their split. The former England star recalled: “Obviously I would have done, but she said, ‘It’s not fair on you.’ Then I said, ‘Well, I’d feel terrible if I stop you doing it.'”

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Gary married Danielle in 2009 but the couple split seven years later

Gary said at the time: “Thank you for all your kind words. @DanielleBux and I had many wonderful years together. We remain very close and the greatest of friends.” Since their split, Gary and Danielle maintained a united front, with Gary’s son George even defending Danielle when rumours of hostility emerged.

Alongside a photograph of one such article in 2019, 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.” Danielle, has since gone on to marry her partner Nate Greenwald and the two share a daughter, Ella, together.

Who is Gary Lineker dating?

In the summer of 2019, it was reported that Gary was in a relationship with chef Gizzi Erskine, after the two were pictured partying together backstage at All Points East festival. However, Gary and Gizzi’s representatives denied any claims, stating: “There is no relationship.”

In an interview with The Sun in 2020, he confirmed that he was “singlely-singley-single-single”. He added: “I’m very single, especially in lockdown. Even the sight of a female is very rare.” The star also revealed that he didn’t have any dating apps, and joked that the only people “sliding into” his DMs were “normally requests for plugging their book or their charity”.

How many children does Gary Lineker have?

Gary Lineker has four children, all sons, from his first marriage with Michelle Cockayne12 . Their names are George Lineker, Harry Lineker, Tobias Lineker and Angus Lineker.

They are all grown up now and have different careers. George is a co-founder of a business service company, Harry is a producer, Tobias is a DJ, and Angus is a business development manager.

Gary is very proud of his sons and often shares photos with them on social media. He also considers his ex-wife Danielle Bux’s daughter Ella his stepdaughter and remains close to her.

Hopefully, this article was able to provide you with all the necessary information about Gary Lineker wife and children.


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