Teen beauty queen blames depression on ex-England and Spurs footballer dad

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THE daughter of a former England and Spurs star says his fame left her anxious and depressed.


Sophie Walker, daughter of former England and Spurs keeper Ian WalkerINSTAGRAM/SOPHIE WALKER


INSECURE: Sophie Walker, daughter of former England keeper Ian Walker, has been anxious

Sophie Walker – daughter of ex-Three Lions goalie Ian Walker – blames her mental health problems on her dad’s “turbulent” marriage and long absences.

The 18-year-old beauty queen said having a famous parent left her feeling isolated and led to her being diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder, the Surrey Mirror reported.


Ian Walker in action for Tottenham HotspurGETTY


DAD: Ian Walker in action for Tottenham Hotspur in the 90s

Sophie, of Cobham in Surrey, said her issues started when she was young.


“It is hard to explain without sounding ungrateful”


Sophie Walker

The Miss London contestant said: “Everyone at my school would always say how jealous they were about my ‘great life’ and assumed that having a famous parent and a lot of money was a brilliant life – and I won’t lie, I was very lucky to have lived in the houses, been on the holidays, and had the toys etc.


Suzi WalkerEXPRESS


MUM: Sophie’s mum is former Page Three girl Suzi Walker

“However, when I was little I would cry and pray to God that I would give it all away to have my dad home and have a normal family.

“It is hard to explain without sounding ungrateful, but I missed him every day.”


Ian Walker with wife Suzi and daughter SophieOK!


HAPPIER TIMES: Ian Walker with wife Suzi and daughter Sophie

Walker, 45 – who also played for Leicester – split from Page 3 wife Suzi after cheating on her with a dancer he met in Las Vegas.

Sophie blamed their marriage and her dad’s “depression” for giving her social anxiety.

She is trying to patch things up with Walker and hopes to raise awareness of mental health problems by talking to school kids about her experiences.






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