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Charlotte's pain as Dad admits affair with trainee cook he hired.

Byline: By PAUL CAREY Western Mail

Singer Charlotte Church was yesterday facing Christmas heartbreak as her parents' relationship hit breaking point. Her mother Maria, 39, and father James, 40, have admitted their marriage is on the rocks after his affair with a cook at the family pub.

James has confessed to Maria and Charlotte that it's true he had a fling with Anna Goddard, 30, after taking her on as a trainee cook.

James told a friend, 'Anna came in to my life and wrecked my marriage with her lies.

'The picture she has painted of me is totally ridiculous. I'm nowhere near as bad as she is making me out to be.

'My biggest regret is that I ever took her on as staff at the Robin Hood.

'I wish she had never come into my life.

'I've been stupid.'

Charlotte has been told the news and was described as being 'very worried'.

James is staying at the family pub, the Robin Hood in Pontcanna, Cardiff.

Maria is believed to be keeping the family home nearby, but has 'gone away for a break'.

Anna befriended the Churches after getting a job as a trainee cook in their pub.

She was even taken to Charlotte's concerts as a VIP guest and to other celebrity events including a polo match.

But Anna claims that at the same time she was laughing with Maria she was also secretly meeting James.

Maria took an overdose of paracetamol tablets after the affair was revealed.

The pair tried to patch up their marriage after James confessed the affair, but it was too much for Maria when Anna sold her kiss-and-tell story to a London-based Sunday newspaper.

A friend said, 'Not only did she have an affair with James but she's also done a kiss-and-tell.

'The Churches hate kiss- and-tells because of what has happened to Charlotte with her old boyfriends.'

James has been married to Maria for 13 years.

She split from Charlotte's real dad when the singer was just a toddler.

He even legally adopted Charlotte before she hit fame as a child star at the age of 12 and Charlotte calls him Dad.

James was behind the bar as usual at the Robin Hood yesterday and is still helping to renovate Charlotte's new pounds 500,000 home in Llandaff, Cardiff.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 15, 2005
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