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
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)

(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.

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Jun 28, 2010 6:18 PM CDT
What does it take to become a "paramour"? I want to be one!
Jun 28, 2010 2:27 PM CDT
Regardless of anything that is said, the fact that he's owning up to it marks him as a man of integrity. How many times have we seen celebrities or athletes not own up to their own children? (I'm looking at you John Edwards) Landon Donovan, in my opinion, is still one of the "good guys."
Jun 28, 2010 8:17 AM CDT
We've made it! player's life is tabloid fodder...yes soccer has landed in the US!