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Arsenal WAG Cat Harding avoids fiancé Jorginho for 24 hours after a defeat and laments being unable to plan anything as she reveals downsides of dating a footballer

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Arsenal WAG Cat Harding avoids fiancé Jorginho for 24 hours after a defeat and says her life revolves around his schedule – as she reveals the downsides of dating a Premier League footballer. 

The mother-of-two, 33, who stars in new Prime Video series Married to the Game, told MailOnline she isn’t a big fan of football and doesn’t know the offside rule – only agreeing to watch the sport when husband-to-be Jorginho, 32, is playing. 

In an exclusive interview, the singer gave an insight into being the spouse of a sportsman, saying there’s ‘no way’ she can talk to Jorginho when he loses a game and they even have to postpone dinner plans because of his low mood. 

The Italian midfielder, who earns a reported £110,000 a week, proposed to Cat in December with a love heart rose display and violinist that was captured on camera for the upcoming TV show.  

And now the former Voice UK contestant is planning their elaborate wedding set to be held in Italy, excitedly revealing she has already chosen her dream dress. 

Arsenal WAG Cat Harding avoids fiancé Jorginho for 24 hours after a defeat and says her life revolves around his schedule as she reveals the downsides of dating a footballer

The mother-of-two, who stars in new Prime Video series Married to the Game, told MailOnline she isn't a big fan of football and doesn't know the offside rule

The mother-of-two, who stars in new Prime Video series Married to the Game, told MailOnline she isn’t a big fan of football and doesn’t know the offside rule

Jorginho, who earns a reported £110,000 a week, proposed to Cat in December with a love heart rose display and violinist that was captured on camera for the upcoming TV show

Jorginho, who earns a reported £110,000 a week, proposed to Cat in December with a love heart rose display and violinist that was captured on camera for the upcoming TV show 

Cat said: ‘I do feel like I am married to the game.

‘It changes a lot of things… your whole life revolves around the schedule of your partner but to another level because it’s not a normal schedule where you can plan. Everything has to be planned around what’s going on with them.

‘You can’t plan anything in advance unless it is in June. I am planning my wedding for next summer because J could possibly be in the Euros this year again so it will be next year. 

‘Even certain things like we have often had dinner planned with friends and if they lose a game, we have to cancel and I feel the worst but there’s no way you can go out with someone… after J has finished a game and they lost, there is no way I can talk to him for 24 hours. He is not in the mood.’

Cat, who is a mum to daughter Ada, eight, from her relationship with Hollywood actor Jude Law, 51, and shares son Jax, three, with Jorginho, says she didn’t win over her fiancé by pretending to like football.

In fact, Cat has only recently learned there are 11 players in a team and admits the rules of the game are still a mystery to her.

She said: ‘I am not crazy into football and I have never pretended that I am. I don’t know anything about it.

‘I love going to the games because it is a completely different atmosphere and it is different when you are at the game, you can feel the energy in the stadium, compared to when you are watching it at home.

In an exclusive interview, the singer gave an insight into being the spouse of a sportsman, saying there's 'no way' she can talk to Jorginho when he loses a game

In an exclusive interview, the singer gave an insight into being the spouse of a sportsman, saying there’s ‘no way’ she can talk to Jorginho when he loses a game 

Cat, who is a mum to daughter Ada from her relationship with Hollywood actor Jude Law, and shares son Jax with Jorginho, is planning their elaborate wedding set to be held in Italy

Cat, who is a mum to daughter Ada from her relationship with Hollywood actor Jude Law, and shares son Jax with Jorginho, is planning their elaborate wedding set to be held in Italy

Married to the Game viewers will have the chance to watch the Euro 2022 winner's romantic proposal, which Cat says has earned Jorginho bragging rights amongst his teammates

Married to the Game viewers will have the chance to watch the Euro 2022 winner’s romantic proposal, which Cat says has earned Jorginho bragging rights amongst his teammates

‘I don’t watch football other than when he is playing. I don’t know any of the rules, I don’t know the offside rule, I don’t know anything… he tries to explain it to me. I honestly just learned there are 11 players.’

Shortly after their engagement, the couple, who originally met on a dating app, moved into a new home in London’s West Hampstead to be closer to Ada’s school and Jorginho’s training ground. 

Despite a hectic start to the year, Cat has already found her wedding dress and is planning to scope out venues in Italy ahead of their big day in the summer of 2025. 

She said: ‘We got engaged on December 6 so right before Christmas.

‘We had family over from Brazil afterwards, we had the kids here, we were so busy and then it was Christmas, then we went away and since we got back, we moved house.

‘But I did say to J last night I think I’m going to go to Italy next month and start looking at venues.

‘I think I have found my wedding dress but it is the second dress I have tried on so I probably need to go to some other shops.’

Jorginho’s commitment to the game, which has seen him win UEFA men’s player of the year, means he is often apart from his family.

The father-of-three, who also has a son and a daughter from his first marriage to Natalia Leteri, explained the biggest sacrifices are the special moments he misses with his children.

Speaking on the show, he said: ‘Everyone thinks football is happy and you have no problems, but we sacrifice a lot.

‘The biggest one is being away all the time and not being close and missing many important moments… the kids growing up… it’s not as easy as people think and that’s the reality.’

Cat hopes viewers will see there's more to the wives and girlfriends of Premier League players than luxury holidays, beautifying and designer bags, as she labels 'WAG' a 'stupid term

Cat hopes viewers will see there’s more to the wives and girlfriends of Premier League players than luxury holidays, beautifying and designer bags, as she labels ‘WAG’ a ‘stupid term

Cat joins fellow WAGs Taylor Ward, who's married to Riyad Mahrez and Sara Gundogan, wife of Manchester City's midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on the series

Cat joins fellow WAGs Taylor Ward, who’s married to Riyad Mahrez and Sara Gundogan, wife of Manchester City’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on the series

Married to the Game viewers will have the chance to watch the Euro 2022 winner’s romantic proposal, which Cat says has earned Jorginho bragging rights amongst his teammates. 

But making a TV moment of the intimate occasion wasn’t Jorginho’s intention as Cat reveals he’s shy off the pitch and as a performer she’s more outgoing in their relationship.

She said: ‘J didn’t want to propose on camera, that’s one thing he wanted to hold back on.

‘He’s actually a lot shyer than me especially when he doesn’t know someone. He really takes time to analyse a situation and know what’s going on, he’s not very forward at first.

‘But it felt absolutely amazing. I was expecting it but how he managed to trick me in the moment, it was a whole other thing. He put in so much work and he went above and beyond to make it special. He is quite something.

‘He is now giving tips to other players and friends about how to do proposals.’

Cat joins fellow WAGs Taylor Ward, who’s married to Riyad Mahrez and Sara Gundogan, wife of Manchester City’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on the series, which follows the glamorous lives of the women behind the footballers.

And Cat hopes watchers will see there’s more to the wives and girlfriends of Premier League players than luxury holidays, beautifying and designer bags, as she labels ‘WAG’ a ‘stupid term.’

She said: ‘It is still used so much. It doesn’t affect me that much, I laugh at it.

‘I don’t like it or think it’s right. We have our own lives and do our own things, other wives and partners of the players are really successful women in their own right so I don’t think it should be a term that is used to label them.

‘But for me personally, I just let it go… it doesn’t affect my life or how I feel about myself it’s just a stupid term.’

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