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Adam Johnson and I have split up, girlfriend tells court

By Dave Higgens

The girlfriend of England footballer Adam Johnson has told a jury that they have now split up and said he had admitted cheating on her with "quite a few" women.

Stacey Flounders - who is the mother of Johnson's one-year-old daughter, Ayla - said the pair would remain friends, as she was asked about their relationship at the former Sunderland winger's trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Miss Flounders wiped away tears in the witness box as she described how the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger had told her "everything" about kissing a 15-year-old girl when he returned from a police station after his arrest in March last year.

Asked if he talked about other things, she said: "The other women that he cheated on me with."

Miss Flounders was asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending, if he named the women.

She said: "Just one. He wouldn't tell me the other names." Asked how many there were, she said: "Quite a few."

The 26-year-old was asked by Mr Pownall, defending Johnson, about the future of their relationship. She replied: "We're just going to remain friends."

Earlier, Mr Pownall asked her why she decided to stay with the player after his arrest.

She replied: "Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth. We'd just had a daughter. I wanted us to be a family."

Talking about messages exchanged with Johnson on the day he kissed the girl, Mr Pownall asked: "Did you suspect that he was cheating on you?"

She replied: "I did, yes."

Mr Pownall finished his questions by asking Miss Flounders if she saw any future in "the relationship that you had".

She replied: "Do you mean now? Not at the minute, I don't. No."

Johnson stared at the floor for almost the entirety of Miss Flounders' hour in the witness box.

The footballer has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual activity with a child and grooming. These relate to him kissing the teenager in his car after exchanging messages with her on social media.

He denies two further charges of sexual activity with a child on January 30 last year.

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