Adam Johnson’s girlfriend has revealed that she and the England footballer have broken up amid the child sex claims against him.
Stacey Flounders took to the stand at Bradford Crown Court today for the first time as she gave evidence in defence of 28-year-old Johnson.
Dressed in a smart black jacket, jeans and a light blue top, she told the court she and the ex-Sunderland star had separated, but were both ‘going to remain friends’.
Miss Flounders and Johnson, who have been together for five years, welcomed their baby daughter into the world in January 2015.
This is the same month that Johnson is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl in his Range Rover.
When asked by barrister Orlando Pownall QC about the future of her and Johnson’s relationship today, Miss Flounders replied: “We’re just going to remain friends.”
Earlier, Mr Pownall asked her why she decided to remain with the player after his arrest.
She replied: “Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth. We’d just had a daughter. I wanted us to be a family.”
Johnson sat with his head bowed in the dock while the mother of his child gave evidence.
The footballer admits grooming and kissing a schoolgirl, but denies two more serious charges of sexual activity with the same teenager involving penetration.
While she was on this stand this morning, Miss Flounders also revealed how she had been in contact with her then-boyfriend’s alleged victim on Twitter.
She said she saw the teenager regularly outside Sunderland AFC’s grounds with the half a dozen or so fans who waited for Johnson.
“I didn’t know her name at first but after a while she would contact me on Twitter,” she told the court.
On one instance, Miss Flounders said she wished the teenager a happy 15th birthday on the social network.
The mother of one was also asked about messages exchanged with Johnson on the day of the incident with the girl.
She admitted she suspected him of being unfaithful at the time.
Mr Pownall asked: “Did you suspect that he was cheating on you?”
She replied: “I did, yes.”
When the barrister asked if she had any “hard and fast evidence”, she said: “No”.
Miss Flounders, who also attended Johnson’s trial yesterday, lives in a £1.5million mansion in Castle Eden, Co. Durham, with him and their infant daughter.
During today’s hearing, the mother of one will finish giving evidence for the defence, before prosecution and defence lawyers make their closing speeches.
The judge will then begin summing up the case for jurors.