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19th Aug 2022

Court hears cringeworthy poems Ryan Giggs wrote to his ex

Jack Peat

‘You are my soul, you make me as hard as a totem pole’

Poems written by ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs have been read out in court as his trial over alleged assault offences continues.

Evidence is expected to conclude in the trial today, with Gary Neville and Sir Alex Ferguson among the defence witnesses we have yet to hear from.

The jury will continue to hear messages between Mr Giggs and his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, whom he denies assaulting and coercing.

Among them, X-rated texts and gushing poems have been read out in which Giggs made grandiose proclamations of his love.

In one poem sent on New Year’s Eve in 2017 the former Welsh international spelt out her name in a feeble attempt at an acrostic poem.

G is for gorgeous

R is for radiant

E is for extraordinary

V is for vivacious

I is for idolised, by me

L is for legs

L is for legs

E is for everything I’ve ever wanted

In others he praised her “abs” and the “pictures you send so I can keep tabs”.

He then includes the line, “You are my love my friend my soul, which makes me hard as a totem pole”.


Manchester Crown Court heard the father of two sent poems on August 31, 2017 – the day the coercive control is alleged to have started.

It was sent in response to a poem from Miss Greville in which she wrote: “You make my heart flutter because you are a nutter. Every day you do me proud not just because you are well endowed.”

The court also heard how, during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-and-off relationship, Giggs wrote several texts making strong declarations of love, such as: “I love you to the next planet those clever f****** at Nasa finds. Plus all my Premier League appearances which is a lot. Love you baby.”

In a series of more toned-down texts, Giggs also described Ms Greville as “my sunshine, my wish, my soulmate, my strength, my one and only”.

The ex-Premier League star is accused of assaulting Ms Greville – who claims Giggs ‘deliberately’ headbutted her – during the incident at his home in November 2020.

He is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville’s sister Emma – who was dog sitting on the night of the incident and who claims Giggs elbowed her after she tried to intervene.

Giggs denies the charges, as well as using controlling and coercive behaviour towards Kate during their ‘toxic’ six-year on-and-off relationship.

The trial continues.

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