Man United legend Patrice Evra tells harrowing story of being sexually abused by his teacher at 13, lying to police because he was ‘famous and worried about the reaction’… and how meeting his ‘soulmate’ fiancee changed his life

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  • Patrice Evra has opened up on being sexually abused as a child
  • When he was 13, he lived with a teacher who broke into his bedroom at night
  • He remained silent but now he has told the story to help others who are suffering
  • Evra says meeting her ‘soulmate’ fiancé Margaux Alexandra changed her life

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Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has opened up about his traumatic experience of being sexually abused by his teacher at the age of 13 for the first time.

French remained silent on the subject for the rest of his life, but in the process of writing his autobiography he decided to speak up to help others who have gone through the same pain.

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Evra speaks candidly about the troublesome situation that happened when she was living with the teacher, who used her position of trust to help her cut down on the long commute to and from school. An additional room was offered for

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Patrice Evra Bravely Opens Up About Her Sexual Abuse At The Age Of 13

Manchester United legend talks about experience like never before now

Manchester United legend talks about experience like never before now

I Love This Game by Patrice Evra to be published by Simon & Schuster on October 28

I Love This Game by Patrice Evra to be published by Simon & Schuster on October 28

In an excerpt from his new book titled ‘I love this game’, Evra explains: ‘The teacher, believing I had fallen asleep, would put his hands under my bed and try to touch me. I knew what he was doing was wrong, so I tried to push him away and punch him… no words were spoken in the dark, but he was touching himself and sexually aroused by what was happening was happening.

‘Last night at the man’s house, when he found out I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded. He put my penis in his mouth.

‘Years later, when I was playing for Monaco, the police called me. Some children had complained about this man and the police wanted to know if he ever tried to do anything to me. Because I was famous and worried about the backlash, I lied and said no. He asked me if I was sure and I assured him that I was. I have lived with that lie for many years. I can’t tell you how sorry I am.’

Now 40, Evra tells the story in her autobiography to shed light on the situation and uses her position of power to spread the word that it’s okay to speak up.

Incredibly, Evra only told her mother about the abuse two weeks ago, when she went back to France to make her aware before the book’s release.

Evra Reveals How Her Fiancé and 'Soulmate' Margaux Alexandra Helped Her Open Up

Evra Reveals How Her Fiancé and ‘Soulmate’ Margaux Alexandra Helped Her Open Up

Evra (right) sits with his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this month

Evra (right) sits with his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this month

in an interview with many times, he explains: ‘The first thing my mom says is, “If you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him.” There’s a lot of anger. I know my mother and my family members will research and see if they can sue. But I buried this thing so deep that I didn’t even think about it [prosecution].’

The presence of another woman in his life – fiancé Margaux Alexandra – has enabled him to be more open about his past, and he explains that it is because of him that he is able to put pen to paper and tell a painful story. Huh.

He says, ‘I met a new woman and I am more open emotionally. ‘She’s my best friend, my soul mate, even my psychologist, she’s an angel.

“It was one of my biggest regrets to be with him because I could have helped so many people,” he says. ‘I’ve had enough of this toxic masculinity. Crying was weak for my father, but crying is not weak.’

Evra now has a family and is engaged to his partner Margaux after retiring as a footballer

Evra now has a family and is engaged to his partner Margaux after retiring as a footballer

Evra was known as a clown in the dressing room during his career, but he was hiding a secret

Evra was known as a clown in the dressing room during his career, but he was hiding a secret

Evra was known throughout his career as a clown in the dressing room – at Manchester United and beyond – but his autobiography sets out to shed new light on him as a man and reveal stories that previously never been heard.

As a player at United, Evra played around 400 matches, winning five Premier League trophies and one Champions League.

With France, he achieved 81 caps and was voted into the 2009 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

I Love This Game by Patrice Evra by Simon & Schuster on 28 October £20 . to be published on

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