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Tony Adams love split!; DRUG PROBLEM WIFE JANE WALKS OUT.

Troubled soccer star Tony Adams - who lost his England captaincy on Friday - has split from his wife.

The Arsenal hero is now living alone at the family's luxury home after pretty Jane Adams left with their three children for a secret hideaway.

Friends say the couple's four-year-old marriage has been under immense strain since Jane was treated at a top London drug clinic four months ago.

Her stay at pounds 350-a-week Hope House was the 32-year-old former barmaid's latest attempt to "go clean". Previously, she had undergone a number of detoxification treatments.

Tony, 29, then vowed to stand by Jane as she tried to kick her drug habit but mounting pressures over the summer months - including his starring role in England's Euro 96 campaign - became too much.

A family friend said: "Tony is terribly upset and confused. He is at a very low ebb.

"He has always been devoted to Jane and the kids but it would appear something just had to give.

"Now Tony is fighting a serious injury which is keeping him out of football. To cap it all, he is no longer England captain."

The split is the latest in a series of heartaches for the couple. In 1991, while they were planning their wedding, Highbury captain Adams was jailed for drink-driving.

Three years ago he plunged down a flight of stairs and split his head after a drinking binge.

Now Alan Shearer has been named skipper for today's England World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

Yesterday, a tired-looking Adams was alone at the couple's pounds 500,000 home in Hornchurch, Essex.

Asked about the split, he replied: "It's none of your business."

Friends say that, despite the separation, Adams has been working hard to help his wife.

And a source revealed that a feature of the couple's relationship was their passion: "Tony and Jane always had a fabulous sex life.

"Both would openly talk about making love several times a week and Jane used to tell everyone what a wonderful physique and stamina Tony has."

The couple have two children, Amber, 18 months, and five-year-old Oliver. Adams also adopted Jane's daughter from a previous relationship, 12-year-old Clare.

During his career, he has enjoyed great highs - winning two League Championships, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Last night, another friend said: "Tony and Jane both need some space to sort out their problems."
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Author:Jack, David; Sayid, Ruki
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 1996
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