Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Dele Alli's estranged parents plead with him to let them back into his life

Dele Alli’s parents have cried out over his refusal to let them be a part of his life.

The Tottenham Hotspur star’s Nigerian father, Kehinde Alli, 47, and British mother, Denise, 53, made this known to Mirror UK on Monday.





Despite splitting when Dele was a child, his parents came together this week and spoke out in a desperate bid to repair their relationship with the Spurs midfielder.

They said the 20-year-old has refused to speak with them or visit home since he signed for Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in February 2015.

Although Dele Alli earns £60,000 weekly, his father is a multimillionaire businessman and both parents said they were not interested in his money.

Kehinde Alli said, “I just do not understand what we have done wrong.

“He refuses to speak to me and it feels like he’s been taken from us. But I won’t give up on getting him back.”

His mum, who was said to be in tears for most of the interview, added, “I’m a very miserable person because I get so sad that Dele is missing out on his family and we’re missing out on him.

“I want to be able to hug him and let him know we all love him to bits.

“I’m not interested in his money; I’d love him the same if he worked in McDonald’s. We just want our son back.”

Recalling him leaving signing for Spurs, Denise said: “He was in great spirits and said, ‘I love you mum’. I had no idea that would be the last time I would see him. It still leaves me shocked.”

Last season, Dele decided to remove his surname ” Alli” from the back of his jersey, saying he felt “no connection” to the name.
Dele Alli's parents at the interview with Mirror UK
Both Kehinde and Denise have made a series of desperate ­attempts to see Dele at Tottenham games, at the training ground and even by joining stadium tours.


The parents married after a whirlwind romance. They broke up three years after Dele was born. In 2000 Kehinde moved to Canada for work, returning to the UK regularly.

Despite the distance the couple stayed close, with Kehinde ­supporting Denise and all her children. When Dele was eight, Kehinde moved back to his home city of Lagos.

Dele soon moved there to join his father in Lagos. They lived in a 10-room mansion where Dele led a life of luxury, being waited on by three maids and attending a private £20,000-a-year international school.
 
Dele later moved with his father to another mansion in Houston, Texas, and was best man at his dad’s ­wedding to second wife, Lola in 2006.

He returned to England aged 11 after his talent for football and obsession with the game became clear.

Kehinde says: “It was hard for me to let him go but I knew it was the best thing for him and his ambition.”
Dele Alli in Nigeria
Denise said: “When he was about 13 Dele began training at MK Dons five days a week. So for convenience he began staying at his best friend’s house during the week, before coming home at weekends. It was hard to let him live away from home, but we didn’t have a car and I was finding it hard to get him to training myself.

“It has been said that I was suffering from alcoholism and I gave him up because I couldn’t look after him, but that is a lie. I wanted to give him the best chance of achieving his dream, but he was still my son and I was there for him whenever he needed me.

“He was never adopted by his friend’s parents – I would not have ­allowed it. My kids are my world.”
Dele Alli in Nigeria
Dele’s parents were saddened that they missed out on ­seeing him sign his first professional contract for MK Dons, aged 16, as they were not invited or told it was happening.

 And as time went on he gradually began to withdraw from his family.

He stopped answering phone calls, came home less, missed family events and finally cut contact completely.
This picture of Dele with his mum shows them together the last time he spoke to her, two years ago.

In despair, Denise went to try to talk to him outside Tottenham’s White Hart Lane stadium after a match there last year. But instead of stopping to speak to her he simply walked to his car.

Wiping away copious tears, Denise recalls: “I didn’t have a ticket for the game but I went to the ground because I wanted to try and see Dele.

“I waited outside after the match and when Dele came out I quietly said to him. ‘Dele... it’s me... your mum’.

“He didn’t stop. He just looked at me, said he was busy and drove off. I was in tears, it was heartbreaking.

“Some fans who had overheard asked if I was really his mum and why he was treating me like that. I told them, ‘I just don’t know’.”

“When I got home I had a call from a man who said he represented Dele. He accused me of shouting to Dele, which I didn’t, and said if I tried to do it again I’d be banned from the ground for life. It was horrible.”






Kehinde, an oil, gas, and technology entrepreneur, thinks his son is being ­manipulated by others for financial gain.

He has repeatedly made the 5,000-mile journey to London from his home in Houston, trying to reunite the family. He has bought tickets for a string of Spurs games home and away just so he can see Dele in the flesh and support him, including at the club’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough earlier this month.

He has also spent a full day standing outside Tottenham’s training ground and even paid to go on a tour of White Hart Lane in the hope he would see Dele.
Kehinde, centre, watches his son play at Spurs' game with Middlesbrough this month
Kehinde says: “Not being able to see or speak to him hurts a lot. Myself and his brothers watch all his games on TV and they ask me, ‘Why won’t he see us?’

“Dele has apparently told his sister I was never there for him growing up, but I can’t understand that. He lived with me for years and I have always been there for him both emotionally and financially.

“Up until he was an adult I paid for every holiday he ever went on and all his costs. I bought him his first car when he passed his driving test. Now he is turning his back on the family who love him.”


 
Kehinde adds: “I know some people will think we just want him for his money, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m very wealthy in my own right and I don’t need a penny from Dele.

“I just want to be here for him and for him to know that I love him.”

Denise, who still cuddles Dele’s ­childhood Chelsea FC bedspread to feel close to him, says: “Every night I say a prayer asking for God to bring him back to us. I dream about him coming home.”
 When contacted by the Mirror, the PFA Young Player of the Year for last season said he had no comment on the matter.

Dele's sex tape was leaked just hours after Tottenham vs Liverpool match on Sunday.


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