ALEX Scott has revealed she was “madly and deeply in love” with fellow Lionesses star Kelly Smith.
The former Arsenal star turned broadcaster had a secret long term relationship with Kelly when she was a young player.
Alex, 37, will speak about their relationship in her new book How (Not) To Be Strong.
Speaking about writing about their love for the first time, Alex said: “I went back and forth on whether I’d actually be writing the chapter.
“But then it was one of those moments, I’m writing this book and I want to tell everything. I thought I’d be cheating you all if I didn’t put that in there. And for me, it’s like that first love story, I fell madly and deeply in love.
“And yes, there’s that heartbreak and those things, but it’s a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t go back and change that.
“Because that feeling of love and that excitement and what it gives you, it needed to be in there.”
Kelly, who is six years Alex’s senior, met when they both played for Arsenal in 2005.
In 2009 they moved to America where they both signed with the Boston Breakers before they moved back to the UK three years later to join the Women’s GB football team at the Olympics in London.
Alex has previously never spoken about her sexuality and those close to her said she was open to dating both men and women.
A source said: “Alex dates both men and women and doesn’t label herself as anything.
“This isn’t her big coming out story but was a chapter in her life that she wanted to include in her book because it had such an impact on her.”
Kelly, 43, is married and has two children with management consultant DeAnna Dobosz.
During a talk in East London to promote How (Not) To Be Strong, Alex also called out Kelly for being the worst dancer when asked which of her former teammates were least likely to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.
Speaking over the weekend, Alex said in an interview that she was single but ready to find love again.
She told The Times: “I’ve been single for a while now, and I think that’s because I needed to be.
“There were patterns in my relationships that I knew were not healthy.
“I understand myself more now.
“Before I always had these walls up because I was trying to protect myself and protect people around me
“Now I’m ready to let them all down. I’m ready to be loved.”