It’s a WAG’s life

2010-06-27 10:26

Life as a WAG (a footballer’s wife or girlfriend) is not all it is

cracked up to be.

“Some people think life as a WAG means spending thousands on

parties.

We don’t do that; we don’t even have the money to do that,” says Sonia

Booth, wife of Bafana Bafana ­defender Matthew Booth.

The mother of two, who attended the 94.7 Highveld Stereo &

Bidvest Hear For Life Trust charity cocktail evening in Pretoria on Friday, says

their sons, Nathan Katlego and Noah Neo, take up most of their time.

“We take turns doing the morning school run and every day after

school they have homework that needs to be supervised, so we really are just a

normal family,” says Booth, who runs her own shoe boutique.

A typical day for her English counterpart, Lizzie Cundy – the wife

of British footballer Jason Cundy – also starts with a school run with her two

kids.

This is followed by an hour in the gym. Thereafter she spends time

on her TV show which is about ­movies, and then she is off to OK! Magazine,

where she usually ­interviews a footballer’s wife or two.

Cundy, who co-hosted Friday’s event, has been in South Africa since

the start of the World Cup, reporting for Sky News and Channel 5 on the WAGs,

South Africa and the ­soccer action.

“I’ve got to say I love South ­Africa. Before I left England there

were reports about the ­violence and warnings not to wear bling jewellery, but I

haven’t found that at all.

“I have felt safer than anywhere and everyone here is just so nice

and inviting,” she says.

Cundy, who has become quite the soccer fanatic since meeting her

husband, loves the WAG lifestyle but says it’s not always fun.

“It is a privileged lifestyle and we all have a whale of a time,

but it’s not a bed of roses. There are women who never leave your husband alone.

There is a lot of that, so it’s not all plain sailing.” – Qhakaza Mbali Mthembu the gym, spending time on her movie show – for which she

interviews the likes of Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie – and then she’s off to

Okay magazine, usually to interview a footballer’s wife or two. “It’s very busy

but I love it, I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Cundy.

Cundy, the wife of British footballer Jason Cundy, has been in the

country since the start of the World Cup, reporting for Sky News and Channel 5

on the WAGs, South Africa and the soccer action.

“I’ve got to say I love SA. Before I left England there were

reports about the violence and warnings not to wear bling jewellery but I

haven’t found that at all.

I have felt safer than anywhere and everyone here is

just so nice and inviting,” says Cundy.

Cundy, who has become quite the soccer fanatic since meeting her

husband, loves the WAG lifestyle but also says it’s not always fun. “It is a

privileged lifestyle and we all have a whale of a time but it’s not a bed of

roses.”

Her biggest challenges are balancing her family life (two children

and a husband) with her career and “the women who never leave your husband

alone, there is a lot of that, so it’s not all plain sailing,” she says.



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