Mark Fish ‘helped write’ book by ex on his affairs

2012-10-24 00:00

THE former wife of South African soccer star Mark Fish launched her autobiography in Richards Bay yesterday — and it promises to dish the dirt on their scandal-filled marriage.

Loui Fish said the book, Walking in my Choos, which is published in both English and Afrikaans, is about her journey and tumultuous marriage to Mark, which officially ended in April 2011 after four years of separation.

“The book was initially never going to be for public consumption. I originally started writing a memoir to help me work through his constant affairs. He couldn’t talk about what he had done, so I asked him to write it all down. In essence, he helped write the book. I wrote down my thoughts, and before I knew it I was on six chapters,” said Loui.

Separated from the ace defender, who represented Bafana Bafana in the 1998 Fifa World Cup and played for English club Bolton Wanderers, the socialite, former model and ex-Kyknet co-presenter of the now-canned celebrity gossip show Tonge Los (Loose Tongues) said once she realised she wanted to publish a book about her life, she knew it was important to put her story across.

“Some people are calling this a ‘tell all’ book, but it really is just a story behind the headlines. I would often see my life being reported on in the papers without my input. I just wanted to set the record straight.

“Writing this book has been a very therapeutic experience. I can honestly say that I am over [Mark] after completing these 13 chapters,” said Loui.

Launched at Bargain Books at Boardwalk Inkwazi Mall, the 186-page softcover published by Lapa Publishers is expected to send the gossip machine into overdrive.

“Our marriage took a turn when he stopped playing football. It was as if he needed to find the adrenalin fix he had received from playing professional football,” said Loui.

According to a recent You magazine interview, the book also details her use of drugs while with a former boyfriend, ex-Springbok James Small.

Loui said the book has been left open-ended with another three — one being a cookbook — in the pipeline.

However, controversy seems to follow the former model. Just this week her Polish fiancé Bartosz Rachwalski (29) was arrested for allegedly punching a sheriff of the court. The incident happened after the Pretoria Southeast sheriff and a colleague repossessed furniture from the Waterkloof home of Loui last week, the Pretoria News reported.

On Monday, Rachwalski (29) allegedly arrived at the sheriff’s office stating the furniture belonged to his mother and demanded it be returned. It was during this time he allegedly hit the sheriff.

Having also dated Blue Bulls and Springbok utility back Francois Hougaard, Loui was arrested in September 2010 for drinking and driving in Sandton.

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