Danny Cipriani has paid tribute to his fiancée as he revealed she suffered a miscarriage at 24 weeks.
The 32-year-old rugby union player said he and Victoria Rose were supporting each other through the loss of their son, who they named River.
Cipriani wrote on Instagram: “It’s been a challenging year, for many different reasons. I’ve had to emotionally overcome and heal in different ways that I haven’t experienced before. In doing so it brought up old trauma and wounds that were unresolved.
“Then the most beautiful thing happened, I was going to be a father and I fell in love. Deeply in love. For me falling in love was the scariest thing to do hence my behaviour over the years, she is the most magnificent, kind, wise, and beautiful person I’ve ever met.
“At 24 weeks we lost River, our son. Was and is always going to be difficult, but we supported each other through it and found our love grew and got stronger.”
He added: “This may seem a sad post, it isn’t. This break now from last season and reflecting is a special place to be. I’m more determined than ever to keep growing learning and loving with my woman. I’m also locked in to represent myself the best I can on the field which to this day I still don’t think I have done... The future is exciting it’s going to take hard work. I’m ready.”
Victoria, who has a teenage son from a previous relationship, commented: “You are the greatest. I’ll never let you forget it. Excited for our future. I love you endlessly.”
The couple announced their engagement in August.
Cipriani has garnered something of a reputation for being a serial dater of celebrities.
His past relationships include Cheeky Girl Monica Irmia, Kelly Brook, Katie Price and sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who was 12 years his senior.
In 2013 Cipriani dated Love Island star Sophie Gradon, who tragically died aged 32 in 2018.
And in 2019 he had a brief relationship with TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life in February this year aged 40.
Cipriani and his Gloucester teammates paid tribute to Flack during their Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Sale in February.
The team ran out with the words “Be Kind” printed across the back of their shirts as part of the club’s campaign to raise mental health awareness in partnership with the Samaritans.
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