After a year of remaining onside, Andy Carroll was given a red card on Friday after he was pictured asleep next to a blonde barmaid while holidaying in Dubai – weeks before his planned wedding to Billi Mucklow.
The injury prone footballer’s long-term future with the former TOWIE cast-member is now shrouded in uncertainty, with the damning selfie fraying what had appeared to be a rock solid nine-year relationship.
With his towering frame, Andy, 33, had already established himself as a talented striker for boyhood club Newcastle United before confirming his relationship with TV personality Billi, 34, in 2014.
Long-term: Andy Carroll has been loved up with Billi Mucklow for nine years, with the pair getting engaged in 2014 and finally preparing to tie the knot next month
Billi shot to fame on reality star TOWIE in 2011, but quit reality TV two years later to run a Bikram yoga studio in Essex.
She started dating the sportsstar in the summer of 2013 but they kept their relationship under wraps until the following February.
It would prove to be a transformative period for the footballer – by then on loan at London club West Ham United after moving from Newcastle to Liverpool in a £35million deal.
With Billi’s stabilizing influence playing a significant role, the boisterous off-field antics that threatened to overshadow a career already hampered by a catalog of injuries were curtailed.
Snapped: But pictures emerged this week showing the West Brom forward – once Premier League side Liverpool’s most expensive transfer – on a bed with blonde bar manager Taylor Wilke – on Wednesday night
Indeed, the nightclub brawls, boozy nights out and off field assault soon became consigned to memory as Andy underwent something of a rebrand – a change owed in no small part to his partner.
Speaking in 2019, the footballer credited Bill for helping him change his lifestyle.
‘I’ve got no doubt that I was daft when I was here, and no doubt that I was daft for a couple of years after as well,’ he told nufc.co.uk.
‘But I met my missus, and we’ve got four kids living at home now, we’ve got animals, we’ve got responsibilities. There’s no more behavior like it was, you know. I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had.
‘Now it’s completely different. I’m actually a dad, I’ve grown up, and got responsibilities, so… I’ve got a purpose.’
Happy family: Billi and Andy share sons Arlo, six and Wolf, four and daughter Marvel, 15 months alongside Andy’s children Emilie Rose, 12, and Lucas, 11, from a previous relationship
Bride-to-be: The pair have seemingly been in high spirits as they prepare for their big day, before the pictures in Dubai were released
Way back: The pair have been together for around nine years, and have been waiting out a hefty engagement since 2014
Billi and Andy welcomed the first of the two children which they share, son Arlo, now six, in June 2015, with the couple confirming the news on social media shortly afterwards.
Their second child, son Wolf, arrived two years later in November 2017, making Andy – already a parent to daughter Emilie, 11, and son Lucas, nine, from a former relationship – a father-of-four.
It would be Billi’s third child. The former TOWIE star also shares daughter Penelope Blu with ex-boyfriend Daniel Harris.
The couple’s wedding, now in doubt, had been a long time coming, with Billi admitting they had originally planned to exchange vows in the summer of 2015.
Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: ‘I wanted to spend a few months enjoying Arlo as a baby before we started getting busy with wedding stuff. I definitely want a massive wedding, though.’
They made a home for themselves and their children at their Essex mansion, dubbed Carroll Castle, which was relentlessly mocked by fans when they shared images of their home on social media.
Unique taste: They made a home for themselves and their children at their Essex mansion, dubbed Carroll Castle, which was relentlessly mocked by fans when they shared images of their home on social media
A timeline of Andy and Billi’s ‘STEN do’
Wednesday, May 18: Billi and her friends travel to Heathrow to fly out to Dubai. As previously reported by MailOnline, Billi leaves without two of her hen party because one of her closest friends is deemed unfit to fly after consuming too much alcohol.
Sunday, May 22: Billi posts a number of images of her in Dubai on her Instagram, including one in a green top enjoying a drink from a cup with the words ‘Mrs Carroll’ on the side. Her and her hen party share a snap by the pool of them all wearing white shirts with the words ‘drunk in love’ written on the backs. Carroll, fresh from his release by West Bromwich Albion, arrives in Dubai with a group of around 15 friends, reportedly including Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett and goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
Monday, May 23: Billi posts a photograph of her and her husband to be together in Dubai. ‘STEN – Hen Party Crasher @andytcarroll,’ Billi captioned the snap, showing her in a polkadot dress and him in a black shirt. She later shares images of herself at the airport, grabbing food before flying home to the UK. Photographs show Billi arriving at Heathrow on Monday.
Wednesday, May 23: Andy, who is staying at the £500-a-night Hotel Fairmont, parties at a club on Cove Beach with others including a hotel bar manager – Taylor Jane Wilkey. She later tells The Sun that after a ‘really boozy’ day, she and a female friend went back to his hotel. She takes photographs inside the hotel, which she says were sent back to friends in the UK and leaked. She tells The Sun that nothing happened between them, but friends close to Billi and Carroll describe the photographs as ’embarrassing’.
The couple had announced their engagement in November 2014, after Andy had popped the question during a romantic mini-break in Rome, Italy.
Earlier this month, Billi and her female friends jetted to Dubai for her hen-do, which was ‘gate-grached’ by her fiancé after he arrived in the UAE towards the end of her girls’ trip.
The delighted wife-to-be shared a happy snap of the pair as they enjoyed dinner, while renaming her Hen Party a ‘STEN do’.
However, on Wednesday, Andy was pictured sleeping next to with a blonde beauty Taylor Jane Wilkey, while in Dubai on his stag-do, which followed on from the ‘STEN’ celebrations.
Photographs show the recently released West Brom forward – who at the time of his transfer to Liverpool was a British record signing – passed out on a bed beside the 27-year-old bar manager.
Others show Taylor wearing the father-of-four’s personalized bathrobe with ‘Andy Carroll’ embroidered on the chest.
The bar manager, who says the pictures were leaked on Snapchat after she sent them to her friends back in the UK, insists nothing sexual happened with the 6ft4in forward. ‘It was all just a bit of entirely innocent fun,’ she told The Sun.
However friends of Andy and Billi last night told the paper the pictures were ’embarrassing’ so close to their wedding, which is set to take place in just two weeks after an eight year engagement.
According to The Sun, Andy was partying at the Cove Beach club with Taylor when he invited her and a female friend to his hotel suite for an afterparty.
She told the Sun: ‘It was an afterparty. We all went back to his hotel.
‘I didn’t sleep with him, it wasn’t like that, there was three of us in the room.’
Taylor, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, but who now works in Dubai as a bar manager at a high-end hotel, described every time with Carroll as ‘really boozy’ and said the striker was ‘steaming drunk’.
At the beginning of May, Andy shared his excitement for the wedding with a romantic image of him cuddling Ms Mucklow.
He captioned it: ‘When You Have The One No Matter What Happens!! #5weeks ❤️ @billimucklow’
Still on: At the moment, Billi reportedly has ‘no plans’ to call off the wedding, following his stag do antics
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