She gave up her career, supported him while an academy nobody and followed him round the country on various loan spells, but the ex-girlfriend of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has let rip after being kicked into touch.
Emma Hyde was sidelined by the 23-year-old earlier this year during his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, which culminated in scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final.
The couple had been together since 2011 after he spotted her in a Manchester nightclub, while he was still an academy trainee making next-to-nothing.
At one point Lingard looked unlikely to make the grade at his boyhood club, having been farmed out on loan to Championship clubs such as Brighton, Birmingham and Derby.
Miss Hyde, 28, dotingly went with him, having quit her job as an assistant manager at a jewellery shop and relinquished her goal of becoming a personal trainer in order to fully support Lingard on his mission to make it big.
‘I’ve had the worst time of my life. I can’t believe I wasted so many years only for him to dump me when he hit the big time.’
She happily gave up her job and helped him through some injury woes, initially paying the bills and supporting him financially in the knowledge he would one day return the favour.
Miss Hyde, 28, dotingly went with him, having quit her job as an assistant manager at a jewellery shop
The fitness fanatic also relinquished her goal of becoming a personal trainer in order to fully support Lingard
As he started to make a name for himself, the winger showed his gratitude in the form of a Porsche Cayenne and a flat he rented for her, but claims these vanished along with their relationship.
She is now devastated at losing her boyfriend and her luxury assets.
Miss Hyde also claims she is now unable to get into Manchester’s top nightclubs if her ex is there.
Miss Hyde, 28, dotingly went with him as Lingard was farmed out on loan to a number of Championship clubs
Lingard’s breakthrough season at Manchester United culminated in him scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final
A friend added: ‘She was the one who supported him for years.
‘Jesse stayed at Emma’s apartment in Sale, she was an assistant manager at a jewellery shop and paid the bills.
‘Emma was so proud of him for doing well, it’s all she ever wanted.’