Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas and wife Sara Carbonero deny claims they have split after 12 years together

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas and wife Sara Carbonero deny claims they have split after 12 years together

March 10, 2021

IKER CASILLAS and his wife Sara Carbonero have denied reports of a split.

On Wednesday, Spanish magazine Lecturas claimed the couple had been living apart for months.

It said former Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas, 39, had taken the decision to move to another house on La Finca, the same gated estate just outside of the Spanish capital where his family home is.

The report followed weeks of speculation about the state of the couple’s five-year marriage following Iker’s retirement from football after his heart attack and Sara’s cancer battle.

But the split claim was immediately rubbished by glossy magazine Hola!, which quoted sources close to the star couple.

In a rebuff of the Lecturas story, it said in an article posted just after 1pm local time: “Earlier it was reported Sara Carbonero and Iker Casillas had separated.

“This information, due to the popularity of the couple, quickly got the interest of the media but has been rebutted by sources close to the couple.

“The reality is that the couple, who in recent times have had to deal with health problems, remain united.”

Referring to a new health scare which led to Sara being admitted to hospital last month in what was initially thought to be a cancer relapse, it added: “When she was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago, Iker was constantly by her side.

"He would go to hospital to be with her because he was worried by what they have had to live through and continues to be so.

“Now, four weeks on, normality has returned to their lives.

“Sara and Iker are making family plans with their son Martin and Lucas, with whom they try to spend as much time as possible so they can leave the bad moments behind them.”

Sara, who turned 37 last month, and Iker have yet to make any official comment on the split reports.

The radio presenter announced in May 2019 she had been operated on for ovarian cancer.

Doctors discovered the malignant tumour shortly after the heart attack which brought her husband’s playing career to a premature end.

She underwent surgery at Madrid’s prestigious Ruber International Clinic to remove the tumour before undergoing several months of chemotherapy.

Early last month it emerged she was back in hospital, with Spanish papers reporting she had suffered a cancer relapse although that was later denied.

She is thought to have gone into hospital for an operation but has made no comment on what it was for.

Former Spanish international Casillas, dubbed Saint Iker for his ability to produce spectacular saves, officially announced his retirement from professional football last August following his May 2019 heart attack.

He married Sara, once voted the sexiest reporter in the world, in March 2016 three months before the birth of their second child Lucas.

They famously kissed on air during a post-match interview after Spain won the 2010 World Cup.

They married in secret on March 20 2016 but details of the union only emerged ten days later.

Sara declined to comment on the split reports on Wednesday morning as she took sons Martin, seven, and Lucas, four to school.

She told a Spanish TV reporter who asked her how she felt and whether she wanted to say anything: “I’m not going to say anything thank you.”

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