Jermain Defoe’s new lover is moving into his £3million mansion… just weeks after the former England star’s influential ex-girlfriend left.
- EXCLUSIVE: Jermain Defoe’s new boyfriend, Paige Malabourne-Edmondson, is moving in with him
- It comes as the 29-year-old left a job as a wedding planner at a 5-star hotel she was working at
Jermain Defoe’s new boyfriend has moved into his £3million mansion, just weeks after his ex-girlfriend left.
Paige Mallabourn-Edmondson has traveled south after a whirlwind romance with the former footballer. The 29-year-old quit her job as a wedding planner after bosses at the five-star hotel she worked at were suspended after the affair came to light.
They ordered Paige to stay away from the lavish venue after a scathing Tripadvisor review described her as a “marriage destroyer”. The post has since been removed at the hotel’s request.
Last week, the brunette left her home in Accrington, Lancashire, to start a new life with the former Tottenham and England star.
Defoe’s ex – Instagram influencer Alesha Lemay, 31 – only left the five-bedroom Hertfordshire mansion around October 20.
A family friend said: “Paige is really happy to be moving in. It’s been a tough few months but everything is going well.
“From the first day they met, Defoe said he found his soul mate.
“Once Paige left her job, there was nothing stopping her from moving elsewhere to be with Devo.”
The pair met when Defoe – now a TV pundit and coach – stayed at the Crowwood Hotel & Spa, in Burnley, where Paige worked in August.
Defoe, 41, began bombarding Paige with messages after she followed him on Instagram.
But hotel bosses have criticized the relationship, claiming it is damaging their reputation.
Hotel managers fear Premier League clubs will stop booking rooms ahead of away matches against Burnley, costing the company hundreds of thousands of pounds.
A friend said: “Her bosses were furious when they found out Paige and Jermaine were together.”
They felt it was inappropriate for Paige to start messaging a hotel guest.
“They suspended her from her job as a wedding planner after a reviewer wrote, ‘Five star hotel, oh my!’ How can you be a five star when the wedding planner is a marriage saboteur!’
The source added: “The hotel claimed her behavior fell well below the professional standards they expect of staff.
“They said Paige was wrong to start a relationship with a guest she met while working.
“Paige thought this was unfair and she had done nothing wrong. How many people meet their partners through work?
She added: “She did nothing inappropriate at work and started dating Jermaine after she broke up with her boyfriend.”
“Its bosses have also stated that staff pursuing professional footballers will ban Premier League clubs from staying at the hotel.”
Paige later attended a disciplinary meeting where she resigned.
The friend added: “Paige felt she had no other choice but to quit.
She bungled her relationship with Defoe and made it impossible for her to remain in the role.
“She loved her job as a wedding planner, and there are a lot of unhappy brides and grooms out there.”
The pair were seen hugging and kissing after Defoe whisked Paige away for a romantic Christmas break at the Northcote Hotel, in Llango, near Blackburn – where he bought her a £10,000 Cartier watch as a gift. He also bought her a £2,500 Dior bag and a Mini Countryman Cooper S.
The friend added: “Paige and Jermaine are really happy together and enjoying being a couple.
Paige says Jermaine is a really loving and kind person who isn’t worried about his reputation as a love rat.
She has told her friends that she judges people by the way they treat her, and Jermaine treats her like a princess.
“Jermaine is intrigued and tells her that he knew from the first day they met that he wanted her to be the next Mrs Defoe.”
A Crowe Wood spokesman said they could not comment on the suspension but added that Page was “no longer their responsibility”. He also confirmed that the hotel had contacted TripAdvisor to remove the post.