Melanie Slade is the girlfriend of Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott and the latest addition to the real Footballers Wives stable. She first met the England squad member outside the shop where she worked at West Quay shopping mall in Southampton. Melanie was outside with a basket in her hand when Walcott’s friend announced “the basket is for phone numbers”.
Cheeky Theo scribbled his mobile number on a scrap of paper and tossed it into Mels basket and his friend did the same. The romance had begun and Melanie Slade and Theo Walcott have been an item ever since.
Walcott said they are not a typical “footballer couple” and would not let the media attention affect them. He said: “We haven’t been to any footballer parties at all. We’re not people who like to party.” Walcott has told the media he and Melanie made a bet as to who could pass their driving test first and Melanie won, as Theo failed his first test and Melanie passed hers at the first time of asking.
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There were no hard feelings on losing the bet and Theo spent 20,000 on a white VW Beetle for Melanie, affectionately known by as the ‘Love Bug’. Theo even registered the private number plate T4M symbolising ‘Theo for Melanie’ for his girlfriend.
Melanie shot into the media limelight when 17-year-old boyfriend Theo became a shock selection for Englands 2006 FIFA World Cup squad even though he had not featured in club Arsenals Premiership campaign and manager Sven Goran-Eriksson hadnt seen him play.
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Melanie has since become a firm tabloid favourite and there was little surprise when in May, a leading UK tabloid newspaper reportedly offered her 160,000 for a topless photo shoot. She accepted the offer and appeared topless in the newspaper although she did preserve her modesty by covering up with her hands. She is using her new found status to support the 2006 Race for Life event organised by Cancer Research UK but has also asked for privacy whilst she revises for her exams.
Melanie is also the daughter of a now locally famous man. Her father, John Slade, recently became the 784th mayor of Southampton at a ceremony at the city’s Guild Hall.However, she missed the ceremony as she had jetted off to Portugal to join Theos World Cup preparations.
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Melanie has stated she will not make any further decisions about the various media offers she has received until after the World Cup, although she could be a permanent fixture in print and on screen over the next 12 months.
Olivia Newton-John is ‘Stronger Than Before’
She’s wondered “Have You Never Been Mellow,” implored us to get “Physical” and made it clear she’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Now singer, actress and breast cancer prevention advocate Olivia Newton-John wants us to know she’s “Stronger Than Before.”
That’s the title of the multi-Grammy-winning artist’s newest compact disc, a 10-song collection inspired by her ongoing efforts to promote women’s health. It is available only at Hallmark Gold Crown stores in September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
Newton-John is a 13-year breast cancer survivor. Fittingly, “Stronger Than Before” features songs of courage and hope inspired by her journey to good health and strong advocacy of early detection. Hallmark specifically selected her to record the company’s first-ever CD designed to raise consciousness about the disease and funds to fight it.
In a career that has seen numerous gold and platinum records, and movie stardom opposite John Travolta in “Grease,” Newton-John says she has never been more personally attached to a project than she is with “Stronger Than Before.” She collaborated with close friends, many of them fellow breast cancer survivors, and chose each track for its meaning and significance.
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Included on the album are “Phenomenal Woman,” based on a poem by Maya Angelou, with the voices of Patti LaBelle, Diahann Carroll and others, and “Can I Trust Your Arms,” written by Newton-John’s daughter Chloe. “Stronger Than Before” is priced at $9.95. Hallmark will donate $2 from the sale of each CD to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hallmark also is donating $2 from the sale of each $14.95 Angel of Grace Keepsake Ornament to the charity, along with a minimum of 10 percent of the retail price of a gift collection. The collection includes boxed note cards, a pink suede-paper journal, heart-shaped bezel box, pink champagne glasses, and a pink nightshirt. This is the seventh anniversary of the Hallmark Gold Crown Cards for the Cure program, featuring a free, specially designed card that reminds friends and family about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.