Facts about Emma Rhys-Jones, Gareth Bale’s wife

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Sometimes football players date or even marry famous female celebrities whom we all know, but that’s not the case for Gareth Bale and his wife Emma Rhys-Jones. So, to figure out who the Welsh footballer is married to, we need to do read a little bit about her.

To learn some 

facts about Emma Rhys-jones

, first, we need to know who

Gareth Bale

is, after all, he’s probably the reason why you’re here. Gareth Bale is a famous football player who plays for

Real Madrid

and Wales. Bale was born in Cardiff on July 16, 1989. 

He began his football career at


before moving to


. He signed a six-year contract with the Spanish club Real Madrid in 2013. He's won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid. Gareth Bale is now one of the highest-paid footballers in the world of football and an international star for Real Madrid and Wales.

It has been an amazing journey for a young man who was playing high school football in Cardiff and then with Southampton's academy a little over a decade ago, but his former partner and now wife, Emma Rhys-Jones, has stuck with him the whole way. 

The Real Madrid and Wales star announced his engagement to his high-school sweetheart in 2016 and at the time they already had two daughters together. Now that we know about Gareth Bale, we can start talking about his wife, Emma Rhys-Jones.

Facts about Emma Rhys-Jones, and her personal life

Let’s jump right in and learn how the two met, when they got married, etc.

Emma Rhys-Jones’ biography

Emma Rhys-Jones is best known as the spouse of Welsh professional football player Gareth Bale, who is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world and plays for Real Madrid and Wales. Here are some 

facts about Emma Rhys-Jones

. The two were childhood sweethearts and went to the same high school. She was born on July 29, 1991, which means 

Emma Rhys-Jones age is 29


It’s been said that she worked as a hairdresser in Cardiff while Bale was making a name for himself in football. 

Emma Rhys-Jones job

 did not bring her any fame, but since she publicly appeared with Bale in late 2013, she has been constantly talked about by international media, be it for accompanying her partner, or for the strange incidents involving her family. 

Anyway, even after gaining celebrity status, she has remained the girl next door she always had been. Rather than craving to be in the spotlight, she is more interested in spending quality time with her family and friends. She and Gareth Bale have two daughters and a son, Alba and Nava, and Alex.

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Details about Emma's personal life

One of the important facts about Emma Rhys-Jones and how she got to know Gareth Bale is that she was born in Cardiff, Wales, just like Gareth Bale. She was raised in Llanishen, a region in north Cardiff a couple of miles away from Bale's family home. 

Emma Rhys-Jones father

 is Martin Rhys-Jones and her mother, Suzanne McMurray. Emma has got two sisters, her older sister Charlotte Rhys-Jones, and her younger sister Katie Rhys-Jones. She has also got two twin brothers, Robert and John Rhys-Jones. We’ll talk more about 

Emma Rhys-Jones sister


Gareth and Emma began dating in the early 2000s while they attended Whitchurch High School. We don’t know how old Emma Rhys-Jones age was when they started to date. The two got engaged in July 2016 and Gareth announced the news on social media.

Emma Rhys-Jones can't be found on any social media, which is one of the strange facts about Emma Rhys-Jones. There is no 

Emma Rhys-Jones Instagram

 account and the only 

Emma Rhys-Jones twitter

 account that we found hasn’t had any activity since 2014. 

Even her husband, Gareth Bale does not put up pictures of her often on his Instagram account as he keeps their personal life private. Emma is different from the other WAGs because she does not like excessive attention and prefers to be a mother instead of a model.

As a result of her life being so private, there isn’t much information about her. As we mentioned earlier, we know what Emma Rhys-Jones job is, but if you for instance google “

Emma Rhys-Jones height

”, you’ll see that there isn’t much reliable information about her. 

The only information we have on the net worth of the family is the one of Gareth Bale, although it’s been said that Emma Rhys-Jones net worth is somewhere between $1-5million which would be pretty amazing for someone in Rhys-Jones age, but there’s no way to verify that.

Gareth Bale has been married to his wife Emma for more than a year, but their story has begun in the early 2000s. They started dating when they were still high school students. Gareth Bale and Emma Rhys-Jones have been together for over a decade now, and finally got married in 2019 after being engaged for three years.

Another one of the strange facts about Emma Rhys-Jones is that she and Bale tied the knot at a secret wedding ceremony, which was attended by only 60 people, who are among their closest friends and family. The guests got to know about the wedding the night before it happened and when they arrived, they were asked to give their phones to the bodyguards.

Many of the important people were not invited to the wedding that happened at a five-star hotel on an island in Majorca. Emma’s grandparents, who actually raised her, were not invited to the wedding.

However, the couple has said that they will have another wedding the next year to party with everyone who did not attend the first ceremony.

As we said, Emma Rhys-Jones job is hairdressing, and that is sort of a blue-collar job. While we know that her husband is one of the highest-paid football players, we know nothing about her salary. But since she holds an average job and she’s not a celebrity hairdresser, it is safe to assume that 

Emma Rhys-Jones salary

 is that of an average hairdresser. Being an ordinary person and having a normal job, even though she is married to a very rich footballer is one of the most interesting facts about Emma Rhys-Jones.

Emma’s Rise to fame

Emma Rhys-Jones received a lot of attention after she was seen with her partner, Gareth Bale, when he signed the £85million contract to be transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in September 2013, which made him known as the most expensive football player in the world. 

Soon after, Emma made news headlines with pictures in the tabloids. However, she has kept a low profile on the internet and appeared on Bale’s social media feeds only occasionally, and since Emma Rhys-Jones Instagram account is nonexistent and Emma Rhys-Jones twitter is inactive, her husband’s social media account are the only way to learn about her.

In the following interviews, her friends, relatives, and acquaintances said that she is not going to change under the spotlight. She is not interested in the famous lifestyle around night clubs like most of the sports stars WAGs. Surprisingly, his signature "the love heart celebration", which he does after scoring a goal, is a dedication to her.

Family Scandals

Now we get to the really strange facts about Emma Rhys-Jones and her family. Emma Rhys-Jones father, Martin Rhys-Jones, who was the mastermind behind a multi-million-pound stock scam, was indicted for fraud and spent five years behind the bars in Spain and the United States. 

Emma and Gareth postponed the wedding a few hoping that Emma's father could be there on the wedding day. They first considered holding the ceremony in New York so that her father could show up to their marriage. 

But, after they discovered that he could be released early for good behavior, they delayed the ceremony in 2017 and decided to have it later in Wales.

Her father was released from jail, in September 2017. Two days after his release, her father, who had never met his granddaughters before, held a secret meeting with Emma and his granddaughters in an unknown location in Cardiff.

After meeting her father after six years, Emma went through an emotional whirlwind that left her in tears. Gareth was absent from this secretive affair; however, Emma Rhys-Jones father has met him before, as they have been dating for over a decade.

In September 2016, her grandparents were forced out of their home after criminals threw stones through the windows, following which they also set their car on fire. Apparently, a bag full of drugs, cash, and watches worth £1million was behind all these, for which her aunt was arrested by police the following month. 

We have to admit this is one of the most bizarre facts about Emma Rhys-Jones that we have learned so far.

Increasing the security

The incident forced the two to improve security fearing that the drug gang involved in the incident might try to cause them some trouble. Emma and Gareth were afraid they could be targeted next by the criminals.

Due to the continuing problems back home, Gareth and Emma decided to increase their security both in Spain and at their £2million mansion in the Vale of Glamorgan. Knowing that Emma Rhys-Jones salary is that of a hairdresser, we don’t assume that she’s paid for these costs.

Shortly after the arson attacks, armed police met with the footballer and secured his Spanish hotel room to protect him from any trespassers. The couple was known to have "reviewed" their home security capabilities as a result.

There was also talk of them moving their wedding ceremony to Mexico so they could hire bodyguards who would legally be allowed to carry arms for their safety.

Those close to the family said the pair were concerned they could be a target of the drugs gang because of Gareth's high-profile job and the fact the family has millions of pounds in the bank.

Emma Rhys-Jones sister

Now we get to some of the sad facts about Emma Rhys-Jones and her life. Gareth Bale has purchased a £250,000 house for his sister-in-law after her husband killed himself. Bale, 28, and his wife Emma Rhys-Jones have promised to help after her sister Katie, 24, was left broke by the tragedy.

Katie's spouse Alex Williams, 29, took his life after social services were called in over concerns about their two kids. A close friend of the family reported: "Gareth and Emma are very shocked by what's happened and decided to help Katie go on with her life.

Gareth was close to Alex - he didn’t believe that he had died so tragically, he had so much to live for. Alex left suicide notes on the back of photos of his two children.

We believe he was under great stress as social services reviewed health issues on both children. The family was living in a caravan at Bridgend, South Wales when Alex committed suicide last November.

Real Madrid footballer, Gareth Bale, 28, was the World's most expensive player at some point, and he has dipped into his millions to help Katie and her two children. Emma Rhys-Jones salary was never enough for her to help her sister, so it was necessary for Bale to step in and help the grieving family.

The family friend said: Gareth bought a beautiful house in Cardiff and a nice car for her to drive.

He, himself has two small children so losing Alex so tragically has had a dramatic effect on him. But seeing that the couple has stood by Emma Rhys-Jones sister is one of the heartwarming moments in this article and one of the interesting facts about Emma Rhys-Jones.

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Emma Rhys-Jones and Gareth Bale's wedding

Emma and Gareth planned to get married in summer 2018 but the wedding was delayed until 2019. They decided to postpone their plans due to a continuing dispute with Emma's family.

Emma Rhys-Jones father Martin, 54, was released from jail in June after being imprisoned for fraud for six months in the US. And, soon after leaving prison, Martin moved in with Russian florist Alina Baranova, who at 29 is almost half Martin's age - and just three years older than Emma.

Their romance caused so much trouble in the family, with Emma reportedly angry that her father was planning to bring his new sweetheart to her wedding before they'd got to know her properly.

But she forbade him from coming to the wedding after he moved in with Baranova. Other members of her family like her aunt Jane Burns, 55, have been entangled in a violent drug feud.

The couple planned to tie the knot at the historic Vincigliata castle in Tuscany, where Theo Walcott - Gareth's former Southampton teammate - got married in 2014. The couple was getting ready to wed in the glamorous Italian castle surrounded by friends and family, but once again have had to postpone their plans. But it's been reported that they are now getting married on the private island Tagomago, near Ibiza.

Bale will also hire ex-SAS soldiers to ensure his party is kept safe with any unexpected guests having no chance of crashing the party. There you go. You just learned so many different facts about Emma Rhys-Jones. Hope you had fun.

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