Gary Lineker was forced to dash home from filming for the World Cup to join his ex wife at her mother’s funeral.
The BBC presenter jetted home from Moscow to join Danielle Bux as her mother Kim Mohammed was laid to rest last Friday, following a heart attack.
Gary filmed a World Cup highlights show on BBC2 at 10.30pm on Thursday, before jumping on a plane to Wales early the next morning.
At the ceremony, he even took up the role of pall-bearer, playing an integral part of Kim’s send off.
The service, at St David’s Church in Cardiff, had around 200 attendees, and was followed by a burial and then a wake at the 4th Glamorgan Home Guard Social Club.
Gary remained by model Danielle’s side throughout the day – after remaining close pals since their divorce in 2016, following a six year marriage.
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A wake worker told The Sun: “Mr Lineker was here for quite a while, at least an hour.
“He and Danielle are still close friends and he clearly cares about her.”
However, Gary’s stop at home was only fleeting, as just a day later he jetted back to Russia in time for the Argentina-France game on Saturday, making a 3,300 mile round trip to get there on time.
A BBC source added to the publication: “He was the ultimate pro, ensuring he did not miss airtime.
“Despite the breakneck travel schedule, he knew supporting Danielle was the right thing to do.”
Since her split with Gary, Danielle has moved on with partner Nate Greenwald, who she has a 10 month old daughter with.