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Date TimeAugust 07, 2019
VoiceRugby player Ben Foden has tied the knot after a fortnight’s courtship. But stress-testing a relationship is more common and can pay dividends
Is two weeks too soon to decide to get married?
Earlier this week, former England rugby union player Ben Foden announced that he had married his girlfriend, entrepreneur Jackie Belanoff-Smith, after just two weeks of dating. In a heartfelt Instagram post, showing pictures of the couple beaming on a boat at sunset, Foden gushed about his love for Belanoff-Smith. “People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools ... But when someone like her comes in to your life, why would I wait?” Foden also thanked his ex-wife, singer Una Healy of the Saturdays – with whom he has two children – for giving the union her blessing. This last year has been by far my toughest and most turbulent for a number of reasons that many of you I’m sure are aware of, in some way or another. The world has a funny way of working things out, many people think I’m a bad person - as I’m sure they’ll be many nasty comments left under this post by keyboard warriors a plenty. But I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship showed me love, a deep devoted love. People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes in to your life, why would I wait? ‍♂️ The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing. Life is short and you only get one and it’s worth living. Jackie is the greatest human being I’ve ever come across - she’s beautiful inside and out, intelligent, charming, funny, generous, kind, gentle, energetic the list goes on. She will be a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg and offers me a future I can’t wait to explore with her. My heart is full and I honestly couldn’t be happier, so those that want to bring negativity or try and tear me down go ahead. My life is great and I hope you all will one day feel happiness like i feel while I write this caption. I love you @snackyjax I can’t wait to see where our lives lead together you brought excitement and joy to my life and I couldn’t be prouder having stand at my side as Mrs Foden. (BTW the witness is Jackie’s sister @leila.bela thanks you too hun for being a legend) #Love

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