Former England and Manchester United footballer Wes Brown has been declared bankrupt at the High Court, a year after his split from wife Leanne.
Confirmation of the sports star’s bankruptcy came last week, in a move that will no doubt stagger fans due to his former £50k-a-week pay package and many professions of wealth from his estranged wife on Real Housewives Of Cheshire.
As well as showcasing their sprawling £4.5million Cheshire mansion on the hit show, Leanne spoke in the past about their taste for the finer things in life, admitting in 2019: ‘Yes we’ve got a lovely life and all this money’.
Way back when: Former England and Manchester United footballer Wes Brown has been declared bankrupt at the High Court, a year after his split from wife Leanne
A heavy focus of Leanne’s early storylines on RHOCH centered around the demise of her friendship with co-star Dawn Ward, amid claims she loaned Dawn £500k that was never paid back – although this has been disputed on both sides.
Leanne and Wes, who are parents to three daughters Halle, 19, Lilia, 15 and Lola, 11, are said to have split in December 2021, and while they have remained tight-lipped on the break-up, news of Wes’ moneys woes has hurtled the duo into fans’ focus.
Leanne, neé Leanne Waffell, previously littered her Instagram account – mrs_leanne_brown – with sexy snaps showing their lavish holidays and swanky wares, yet the account was disabled when she shared her anti-vax stance during the pandemic.
She has since started a new Instagram account focused on wellness – and featuring her covid views – on which Wes has never appeared.
Prior to their split, she made her stance on covid very clear, including attending marches opposing the vaccine and slamming the ‘brainwashing’ government.
What did the Browns’ lavish life entail?
Broken: The couple secretly split last year prior to Wes’ bankruptcy news
Nice! Confirmation of the sports star’s bankruptcy came last week, in a move that will no doubt stagger fans due to his former £50k-a-week pay package (pictured in 1997)
Leanne’s feud with Dawn Ward, who is married to footballer Ashley Ward, saw the Browns’ wealth thrust into the spotlight when she first appeared on RHOCH in 2015.
It was previously claimed that Leanne gave Dawn £500k as a short-term loan, however after six years and a fall-out, she gave up attempting to get the money back from her former friend – and also left the show in 2018.
A friend said: ‘She’s written off the money – effectively kissed goodbye to £500,000. It’s been very hard for her to do but for the sake of her well-being she’s let it go. She knows she’s the better person in all of this and so do all the people around her.’
Speaking about the feud herself, Leanne said: ‘Our friendship has gone down the pan. I won’t ever speak to Dawn again. I don’t trust her and, when someone has hurt you that deep, there is no going back…
‘It was very upsetting- and still is now. It has made me grow so much as a person, and now, I have had the strength to come away from the relationship and build myself back up again.’
She admitted she’d resorted to treatments to recover: ‘I’ve had therapy and I have tried crystal healing. I do meditation as much as I can and have hypnotherapy.’
Strutting her stuff: Leanne’s feud with Dawn Ward, who is married to footballer Ashley Ward, saw the Browns’ wealth thrust into the spotlight when she first appeared on RHOCH in 2015
Leanne has spoken frequently about the family’s then-comfortable finances, even giving insight into her most indulging purchase.
She admitted she spent £2k on a jumpsuit, yet admitted she would run certain purchases by her husband – when she went ‘over a certain amount’.
Happy days: Leanne has spoken frequently about the family’s then-comfortable finances, even giving insight into her most indulging purchase
She said: ‘I wouldn’t go and buy something without telling him if it’s over a certain amount. I’m quite good like that. I phone Wes to get his permission.’
As well as discussing their money, Leanne also spoke about her past as a stripper, as she defiantly stated in 2016: ‘It’s not a secret. And it’s not something I’m ashamed of.’
In her introduction to the show, Leanne stated: ‘I married a footballer, I live in a fairly big house, I would say it’s worked out well.’
Leanne told the Manchester Evening news of their relationship and dealing with football fans in 2019: ‘Yes we’ve got a lovely life and all this money and I’m not saying the money isn’t great, but when you’re in it you’re living in this bubble.
‘Although the fans can be amazing they can also be very cruel. It must be hard [for footballers] to deal with to be on top one minute and hated the next for a bad kick or missing the goal.
‘We are the ones that are left to pick up the pieces and bear the brunt of whatever is left at the end of their careers.
‘Sometimes it’s hard being alone a lot. The lads are away a lot, especially if involved in a high profile club and England international too.’
A vision: Wes has given teasers in the past of his sprawling mansion
The couple have often shown off their stunning home on social media.
In 2016, the couple slashed the asking price for their home, a mansion in Prestbury, Cheshire, to £2.4million after it had gone onto the market six years earlier for £4.5m.
The sprawling property is complete with a swimming pool and open-plan living room.
Strutting her stuff: Leanne often shared stunning snaps of their swanky getaways
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In 2022, she spoke about being caught up in the world of WAGs on RHOCH, saying: ‘I get that they wanted to show women in business…
‘There are successful businesswomen on the show. Everything was so materialised, for me, it was the Cheshire bubble in a sense.
‘Even the WAG thing and I was caught up in that for so long, the latest bags… and I’ve spoken openly and been honest, the turning point for me was, it was exploiting wealth…
‘The show was exploiting wealth and people want to see that because they get away from their own reality and be sucked into someone else’s life…
‘Then they feel like they have the right to sl*g you off if you don’t agree with something or if you’re just a little bit too showy.
‘You can’t win because you can’t be everyone’s cup of tea, leaving the show was a massive U-Turn for me, getting involved with the charity, going to Kenya and seeing how the other side of the world live, it’s so humbling.’
It’s love: They tied the knot at a lavish event at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire in 2009, in an extremely lavish wedding – in which Wes’ rings were delivered by an owl
They tied the knot at a lavish event at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire in 2009, in an extremely lavish wedding – in which Wes’ rings were delivered by an owl.
Sadly despite the idyllic wedding, the couple have now split, in what was announced last year.
A source told The Sun at the time: ‘Wes and Leanne split before Christmas . There were no third parties involved; it is just a sad fact that their marriage has run its course.
‘Leanne has flourished in single life and has removed her wedding ring. She has told people she feels free and is working hard on her businesses and flourishing as an independent woman.
‘Wes meanwhile is carrying on as best he can. There have been rumours of trouble in their marriage for a while but they put a brave face on publicly.’
The source added the former couple are doing their best to co-parent their children and live separate lives.
Like many footballers, it seems Wes has a taste of the finer things in life and in 2007, he was spied parking his £100k Bentley Continental on double yellows.
The swanky car is one of many the football ace has been spied in.
He has also boasted a Range Rover, Audi and Porsche.
Slick: Like many footballers, it seems Wes has a taste of the finer things in life and in 2007, he was spied parking his £100k Bentley Continental on double yellows
Nice! He was speeding around in a Porsche
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