HE'S sent the internet into overdrive by claiming he's engaged to Geordie Shore's Chloe Ferry, but Wayne Lineker is no stranger to causing a stir.
The younger brother of Gary Lineker is known for his very extravagant lifestyle, having built up a £30million fortune through his successful night club empire.
And from constantly posing with his own bikini-clad entourage of women, to only dating women under 30 and even creating a 'checklist' for potential girlfriends to meet, Wayne, 58, is not afraid to shock his fans.
Now he's done it again, as he posed with Chloe, 25, who's flashing a huge diamond ring on her finger, on Instagram, before confusing fans by writing: "She said YES! Love you @chloegshore1."
The pair formed a close friendship on Celebs Go Dating, which didn't appear to turn romantic on air – meaning his followers haven't been completely convinced the bombshell news is genuine. The pair are yet to respond to the speculation.
Here we look inside Wayne's world – from his rocky love life to his huge empire and his close bond with his four kids…
'I’ve got a really amazing life and I don’t want it to stop'
Wayne is best known for owning Ibiza's famous O Beach Ibiza, which has a big celebrity following.
He kicked off his nightlife empire in 1988 with his own brand of sports bars called Lineker’s Bar, which grew right across the Costa del Sol, Majorca and Puerto Banus, as well as Ibiza.
Sadly the pandemic has meant many of his clubs have had to close their doors, and in February he had to close his UK bar business, Duane International Ltd.
According to the Daily Mail, it owed employees £9,530 in unpaid wages at the time and Wayne had appointed a liquidator to close down the company, with the rest of his £90,000 debt owed to his business partner and the bank.
Wayne’s reputation as a party-loving club boss saw him briefly join the cast of ITV’s reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex in June 2013.
He's defended his lifestyle before and said: “I get a lot of stick on Twitter that I should hang up my boots but I don’t agree.
“I’ve got a really amazing life and I don’t want it to stop. I probably have the best job in the world — if you can even call it that.”
'Been married twice, divorced twice'
Wayne has kept his love life largely out of the spotlight, but revealed on Celebs Go Dating that his four children are from three different mothers.
He said: "Been married twice, divorced twice. Been engaged twice and broke up twice.
"Well my family decided for my own sanity and health that I need a girlfriend. By that they meant, 'Dad you've got to stop partying that hard'."
He has sons Duane, Sean, and Freddie, as well as model daughter Tia, 22, and often posts pictures of them on his Instagram page.
In November 2018, he split from 28-year-old glamour and fashion model Danielle Sandhu, who he had been with for four years and was engaged to when they broke up.
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Danielle shot to fame after appearing on Britain And Ireland's Next Top Model in 2013.
The model took to Instagram to make the announcement and wrote: "There's no easy way to say this but unfortunately me and Wayne have decided to end our relationship and wanted it to come from us first.
"We have had the most amazing, loving and meaningful relationship and has been the best 4 years, but It has come to a point in both of lives where this is the best option for us and have come to this mutual decision due to circumstances out of our control."
'I've never been out with a girl above thirty in my life'
Wayne admitted on Celebs Go Dating that he has never dated a woman older than 30, despite now being in his late 50s.
The businessman revealed he was concerned after chatting to a stunning girl on camera, as she was "older than the girls he usually goes for".
Speaking to Tom Zanetti, he added: "She's 31…I've never been out with a girl above thirty in my life".
Last August he sparked shock with a skin-crawling video showing him choosing a young “date” from his Ibiza club staff and pushing swimsuit-clad “rejects” into the pool.
He was savaged on social media, with people saying it made “nauseating” viewing, as he boasted: "It's time to pick which dream doll I'm taking out on a date."
And in September the club owner posted a bizarre advert for a new girlfriend on social media, writing: "Ok – Let’s start this off like I’m normal: Strong nice loving personality…"
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He then set out his requirements – including that they mustn't have "baggage", must not be his age "as that would just look weird", must be able to cook, must love travelling and must be prepared to give up their job.
"You will need to spend the summer in ibiza and the winter in Dubai with 2 weeks in UK for Christmas and new year with the families and holidays to the Maldives…No baggage as mine are all grown up," he added.
Wayne did reveal it was just "tongue in cheek banter" in the post, however.
In an exclusive chat with Fabulous, his daughter Tia insisted he's now ready to settle down.
She explained: "He’s not bothered about partying and drinking, he just does really want to find someone and have someone to share his life with."
As for Tia, she's loved up with boyfriend of seven years Harry Agombar, 28, a former pro footballer, who's also her business partner.
As well as living together, Harry and Tia own fedora hat company Palms Halt and athleisure brand Sport Luxe.
Incredible homes in Ibiza and UK
Despite normally being abroad, Wayne swapped Ibiza for Surrey recently when he moved into the Celebs Go Dating's sprawling mansion to film the latest series.
And when he's not there, or living it up at his gorgeous home in sun-soaked Ibiza, he has an incredible London pad to call home.
Wayne clearly has a liking for monochrome, as black and white prints fill his riverside home in the capital.
The love of muted colours runs throughout his home, with a black cabinet under a huge flat screen TV on the wall.
With a corridor painted in a clean white, the landing becomes a design feature with chequered tiles. And the kitchen follows the theme with white invisible cupboards and dark grey tiles above the worktops.
Followers regularly get a glimpse into his enviable lifestyle too, as he previously posed alongside his gleaming black BMW with personalised numberplate in one shot.
Another photo showed him at home in Ibiza, having to watch his club on TV clutching one of the orange cups revellers drink out of by the pool on his birthday, because he was stuck in lockdown.
It seems his Ibiza back-up isn't so bad after all.
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