Rio Ferdinand told the High Court yesterday of the "stressful and embarrassing" effect a newspaper report had on his personal life after it alleged he had conducted an adulterous affair lasting 13 years.
On the second day of his legal action against Mirror Group Newspapers, Ferdinand said people had "started shouting things out at me in the street after the article was published - things like 'where's your new bird?'"
He acknowledged he had known the woman in question, Carly Storey, in his youth but said he had not seen her for six years prior to the report. "It was stressful and very uncomfortable for me," he said.
Ms Storey has provided a witness statement but is currently abroad. The case continues.