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George Best wasn't an alcoholic, he had depression, claims ex-wife Angie

By Angela Rainey

The former wife of football legend George Best has said she believes he was more likely a depressive than an alcoholic.

Ex-model Angie Best (63) made the claims in a straight talking interview with the Mail on Sunday's You magazine.

She said that throughout her six-year marriage to Manchester United and Northern Ireland star George, which produced son Calum who's now 35, she paid for everything, and that her mother used to call George "his Lordship".

Responding to a question that she was the "original WAG", a claim Ms Best disputed, she said: "I was never a WAG - we were not Posh and Becks of the Seventies.

"I was working in America - I didn't ask to be a footballer's wife.

"When I was married to George I paid for everything. After the divorce, after six years, I was left without a penny.

"My mum always said he wasn't good enough for me."

Angie met George at the age of 23 when she was a personal trainer in Malibu, California. George was 29 years old, had left Old Trafford, and was in the throes of alcoholism.

A health enthusiast, Angie who still works in a gym and has taken multiple vitamin tablets since she was 22, said the pair were polar opposites.

"He never tried me to get to drink with him. He loved the fact that I was healthy. I've never even smoked, I've never drank. My job was to stay healthy," she said.

She admits that she was fully aware of his womanising ways and fondness for the drink before she married him.

"The other women only had him when he was drunk. I had him when he was sober," she said.

"What I didn't realise at the time, but I realise now, is that he wasn't an alcoholic - he was suffering from depression."

In the interview Calum says he found it hard to bond with his father, claiming that on one occasion George left him in a hotel and took off on a bender.

Despite this he took his father's death very badly, forcing mum Angie to leave America to "save my son's sorry a**".

Angie, who is the face of JD Williams' swimwear range, has posed in a new series of bikini shots.

Shot in Portugal, she insisted on minimal image retouching to inspire women to feel comfortable and confident when baring all in a bikini.

Angie has modelled the collection of bikinis, one-pieces and cover-ups from Sea by Melissa Odabash -the first swimwear range created specifically for the figure of the 50-year-old-plus woman.

"The images are a true reflection of my body, wrinkles and all," she said.

"Women shouldn't have to feel like they need to hide away on the beach once they hit 50 and this range proves that.

"I hope women see these pictures and feel inspired to jump into a bikini or one-piece this summer."

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