Ronnie O’Sullivan and Laila Rouass SPLIT!


Ronnie O’Sullivan and Laila Rouass have split.

The 50-year-old actress revealed on Twitter that she and the six-time world snooker champion, 46, had their separate ways after almost gone a decade together – but didn’t give a reason why.

Laila tweeted: ‘After nearly ten years of love and memories, Ronnie I have parted ways. Peace and love to you all. Laila X (sic).’ Ronnie has yet to address the split.

The couple first got together in 2012 and became engaged the following year.

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Laila Rouass SPLIT!  Snooker champion and actress announce they are 'parting ways after nearly a decade of love and memories' (pictured 2019)

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Laila Rouass SPLIT! Snooker champion and actress announce they are ‘parting ways after nearly a decade of love and memories’ (pictured 2019)

Ex-Holby City star Laila previously revealed how the duo first crossed paths when she was house-hunting and that their meeting came about by chance.

She said: ‘It happened by accident. I was shown around Ronnie’s house by his father, who told his son about meeting me.

‘Ronnie called the estate agent, a friend of mine, and asked me out via her.

‘When she said he was a snooker player, I said, “Yeah, but what does he do for a living?” I’d never heard of him because sport doesn’t interest me at all, although Ronnie’s won me over to snooker.’

The pair never tied the knot despite being engaged for several years and Ronnie previously suggested that the pair were not in a rush to get married.

Heartbreaking: Laila's simple tweet broke the news of the former couple's split

Heartbreaking: Laila’s simple tweet broke the news of the former couple’s split

Speaking in 2019, the sports star said: ‘We’ve been engaged for a while now, so we know we want to be with each other, I’m sure we will get round to it.

‘We’re very casual and laid-back about the whole thing anyway. When it happens, it will happen. I love her, I love her company of her, I admire her.

‘She’s good for me in many ways and understands me and the business and gets it and what I go through.’

In 2016, Laila said the thought of getting married ‘scared the hell’ out of her.

She told Hello! magazine: ‘I haven’t set a wedding date yet. I haven’t got a clue and I haven’t even thought about marriage.

‘Oh god, it scares the hell out of me. I’m too busy with my daughter and he’s playing in China at the moment so marriage isn’t on the cards just yet.’

Happier times: Ex-Holby City star Laila previously revealed how the duo first crossed paths when she was house-hunting and that their meeting came about by chance (pictured with Prince Charles in 2013)

Happier times: Ex-Holby City star Laila previously revealed how the duo first crossed paths when she was house-hunting and that their meeting came about by chance (pictured with Prince Charles in 2013)

Laila shares one daughter, Inez, 15, with former Nasir Khan.

Ronnie, 46, has three children: Taylor-Ann, 25, from a two-year relationship with Sally Magnus, and Lily, 15, and Ronnie Jr, 14, from a relationship with Jo Langley.

He became a grandfather in 2016 when Taylor-Ann welcomed a daughter.

The sportsman is widely recognized as one of the most talented and accomplished players in the history of snooker. He holds the record for the most ranking titles in professional snooker, with 38.

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Laila is best known for her portrayal of Amber Gates in the drama series Footballers’ Wives and is also for her work as Sahira Shah in Holby City.

The couple kept their romance largely off social media – Laila last posted about Ronnie in May 2021 when she shared a throwback snap – while Ronnie’s last post was in 2018 when he branded Laila his ‘woman crush Wednesday.’

Icon: The sportsman Is widely recognized as one of the most talented and accomplished players in the history of snooker

Icon: The sportsman Is widely recognized as one of the most talented and accomplished players in the history of snooker

As seen on screen: Laila is best known for her portrayal of Amber Gates in the drama series Footballers' Wives (pictured with co-star Zoe Lucker)

As seen on screen: Laila is best known for her portrayal of Amber Gates in the drama series Footballers’ Wives (pictured with co-star Zoe Lucker)

The news of their split comes after it emerged Ronnie’s convicted murderer father is living in a campervan with a woman half his age – a spirituality and ‘clean living’ enthusiast who went to the same private school as Holly Willoughby.

Ronnie Snr. 67, hit the road with health drink entrepreneur Tiffany Kushner, 34, after they became ‘bored with comfortable living’ and splashed out £94,000 on a luxury Mercedes motorhome.

O’Sullivan Senior made millions running sex shops in Soho but was jailed when his son was just 16 for the brutal stabbing of Bruce Bryan, a driver to the gangster Charlie Kray, in a nightclub in Chelsea.

Then aged 37, O’Sullivan senior had been ‘binge’ drinking on champagne with a friend in 1991 when he went ‘looking for trouble’ at a club in the King’s Road.

Sweet: Ronnie's last post about his wife was back in 2018 when he branded Laila his 'woman crush Wednesday'

Sweet: Ronnie’s last post about his wife was back in 2018 when he branded Laila his ‘woman crush Wednesday’

He set upon Mr Bryan and his brother Kelvin, allegedly hurling racist abuse at the two black men.

Pulling out a six-inch hunting knife, O’Sullivan stabbed Bruce Bryan to death.

O’Sullivan junior, widely regarded as the greatest talent ever to play the game, dedicated his first of three world championships to his father. He has battled depression, which some have suggested might even be linked to his father’s absence from him.

When he was 19, both his parents were in jail after his Italian-born mother was given a one-year sentence for tax evasion. Ronnie had to look after the family business and younger sister, Danielle, while rising to the top of his sport.

MailOnline contacted representatives for both Ronnies and Tiffany for comment.

New beginnings: The news comes after it emerged Ronnie's convicted murderer father Ronnie Snr.  67, he is living in a campervan with a woman half his age, health drink entrepreneur Tiffany Kushner, 34

New beginnings: The news comes after it emerged Ronnie’s convicted murderer father Ronnie Snr. 67, he is living in a campervan with a woman half his age, health drink entrepreneur Tiffany Kushner, 34

Family affair: Ronnie Snr.  made millions running sex shops in Soho but was imprisoned for murder in 1992, being released in 2010 (pictured with son Ronnie)

Family affair: Ronnie Snr. made millions running sex shops in Soho but was imprisoned for murder in 1992, being released in 2010 (pictured with son Ronnie)


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