TENNIS ace Boris Becker was a massive star on the courts until he was jailed in April 2022 for hiding £2.5 million in assets and loans that he was required to disclose.
Here we take a closer look at his ex-wives, Lilly and Barbara.
Who is Boris Becker’s ex-wife Lilly?
Lilly Kerssenberg was born on June 25, 1976 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
She is an actress, known for Täglich frisch geröstet (2020), Die RTL Sommerspiele (2021) and Verstehen Sie Spass (1980).
She married Boris in Switzerland in 2009, back when the former sportsman’s financial situation wasn’t quite so dire.
“I left him in 2018, and he can’t forgive me for that.”
Until 2017, their relationship looked rosy, but the famous pair’s romance began to wilt as Boris declared bankruptcy.
Although Lilly vowed to stand by him, the emotional strain proved hard to bear.
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The couple’s Berlin-based lawyer confirmed the breakup of three-time Wimbledon winner Becker and his Dutch model wife in May 2018.
Christian-Oliver Moser told German news agency DPA: “The decision after a 13-year-long relationship and nine years of marriage wasn’t an easy one.”
The Daily Mail then reported that the split was down to the “negativity” which had consumed Boris in the months prior.
Friends reportedly said: “He has become morose and a bit of an old man. It was ‘night and day’ compared to what he was like when Lilly met him, and she wanted out.”
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In July 2023, Lilly spoke out about her tumultuous relationship with Boris, saying he wanted to “destroy” her.
Speaking to the German newspaper Bild, she described him as a “narcissistic egotist” and that he was “constantly” unfaithful to her during their partnership.
She said: “I left him in 2018, and he can’t forgive me for that.”
“You don’t leave a Boris Becker. Since then he wants to destroy me.”
Who is Boris Becker’s ex-wife Barbara?
Barbara is a German-American designer, former actress and model.
As of February 2024, she lives in Miami, where she creates and promotes fitness videos.
In the autumn of 1991, Feltus met international tennis star Boris.
They were married in 1993 up until 2001.
Becker reportedly ended their marriage after she kept bringing up the fact that he’d fathered a child with a Russian woman called Angela Ermakova — after a brief encounter at the restaurant Nobu.
Boris said: “For months nobody knew yet [about the baby]. But then every little thing we discussed, she came back with the joker card and said: ‘You shut the f*** up, because if the world knew what you had done, you are lost.
“I said, ‘You are right, but this is not the relationship I can live with. This is impossible. We need a break.'”
The one-night stand happened in June 1999 after the tennis player had been knocked out of Wimbledon by Pat Rafter.
Barbara had checked into a hospital after experiencing discomfort during her pregnancy, while Boris was out in London after the match.
In his 2003 autobiography, the tennis star revealed details about the fling, he said: “She (Ermakova) looked directly at me, the look of the hunter that said, ‘I want you’.”
Boris revealed that they had sex on a flight of stairs between the bathrooms.
And while it was just a one-time encounter, eight months later Boris received a letter from the Russian model telling him that she was pregnant.
Ermakova gave birth to their daughter Anna in March 2000 and Boris was then ordered to pay a one-off sum believed to be around £2m in maintenance.
How many children does Boris Becker have?
Boris has four children.
Noah, 30, and Elias, 24, were born to his first wife Barbara, who won custody of them following the divorce proceedings.
Anna, 22, was born to waitress Angela, who is now a model and maintains her mother’s surname.
In 2010, Boris and his second wife Lilly announced the birth of Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker, 14.