Sean St Ledger one had to come out and deny that he was dating pop megastar Taylor Swift – following a snap of the pair in which they looked rather cosy.
The former Republic of Ireland defender, who played for five different Championship clubs during his career, got close to Taylor back in 2015 and uploaded the evidence to Twitter.
However, after rumours spiralled that the pair might be dating, St Ledger put an end to the rumours – years before F1 star Fernando Alonso would do the opposite.
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Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, St Ledger said: "I was with my girlfriend and we knew a few people there and went to Taylor Swift's aftershow for her New Year's Eve bash.
"We ended up talking and had a picture taken. We got chatting for five minutes and she was really down to earth – and that was it."
St Ledger then admitted that a sarcastic comment saying Taylor might come to watch him play in the MLS backfired, with Alonso staying quiet eight years on.
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Alonso has breathed life into rumours that he is dating the 12-time Grammy Award winning artist following her split from ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
Alonso, who won the F1 World Drivers' Championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and now drives for Aston Martin, was first linked to Swift in Spanish media.
He has since offered hints towards a possible relationship, listening to her hit song Karma while scrolling through his phone and winking to fans in one upload.
A later clip showed the 41-year-old lifting a 22-kilogram dumbbell while her song 22 plays in the background – with another wink at the camera.
Alonso, who confirmed his split from girlfriend Andrea Schlager in April, has had a fine start to the 2023 season with three podium finishes.
Swift meanwhile is currently on her first headline tour since 2018, the Eras Tour.
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