Leicester football hero Jamie Vardy will marry on Wednesday but the celebrations will be marred by a family rift.
Vardy today left the England squad ahead of the wedding – but his parents and grandparents will not attend because of a falling out over bride-to-be Becky Nicholson.
Vardy, 29, whose team are newly crowned Premier League champions, has bagged Football Writer Association’s Footballer of the Year award and the Barclays Premier League Player of the Season titles.
But a source close to the star said on Monday: “He’s got everything going for him apart from a normal and happy relationship with some of his family.
“He hasn’t spoken to his own mum and dad for 18 months and they’ve not been invited to the wedding.
“Jamie’s victory is bittersweet. He’s fallen out with his family because of his girlfriend.
“It’s such a pity they can’t all celebrate his sporting glory and new wedded life. ”
The groom’s dad Phil Vardy, who brought Jamie up as his own since a baby, said: “It’s not right to talk about it at such a time. It’s been going on ever since she came on the scene.
“It’s a shame and very sad. I don’t have anything directly to do with my son any more but I’m still his biggest fan from afar. I’m very proud.”
Vardy will wed Becky, 34, mum of his one-year-old daughter Sofia, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
Becky’s family are expected to be out in force for the big day, with four bridesmaids in tow.
The ceremony was re-arranged to allow him to play for England in Euro 2016 after the previous date the couple set was ‘bang on’ the start of the tournament.