Landon Donovan: I'll Support Love Child

Married-but-separated soccer star doesn't deny paternity

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 28, 2010 5:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – The day after Ghana ended US midfielder Landon Donovan's run of glory at the World Cup, a British woman dealt a blow to the soccer star's squeaky-clean image by announcing that she's carrying Donovan's love child. "I was informed of the possibility during the World Cup, and if I need to take responsibility, then I will provide the appropriate support," Donovan told Sports Illustrated.

Donovan, 28, is married to actress Bianca Kajlich but has been separated from her for almost a year, the New York Daily News reports. He allegedly fathered the child with a British paramour while playing in the English Premier League in the UK this winter. During the World Cup he appeared to be trying to reconcile with Kajlich, blowing her a kiss and calling her his inspiration—an effort that probably won't be helped by news of the love child.

United States' Landon Donovan leaves the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Ghana won 2-1 in extra time, advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals.
United States' Landon Donovan leaves the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 26,...   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Actress Bianca Kajlich, Donovan's estranged wife, arrives at InStyle Magazine's 8th annual Summer Soiree held at the London Hotel on August 20, 2009 in West Hollywood, California.
Actress Bianca Kajlich, Donovan's estranged wife, arrives at InStyle Magazine's 8th annual Summer Soiree held at the London Hotel on August 20, 2009 in West Hollywood, California.   (Getty Images)
United States' Landon Donovan holds his face after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 26, 2010.
United States' Landon Donovan holds his face after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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