Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The 16-year-old daughter of former Russian national-team goalkeeper Veacheslav Malafeev has left home to work on her career as an influencer after becoming estranged from her dad.
Ksenia Malafeeva, who turned 16 in December 2019, said she became slowly estranged from her dad because he was often away playing football, and also had married a new woman after her mother was killed in a car crash.
He said that now she was 16, she had chosen to live separately from her dad, 40, who spent 17 professional years with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, and his second wife Ekaterina Malafeeva.
According to local media, the teenager is a budding online ‘influencer’ who makes her own income.
She recently told her followers: “The last couple of years, there hasn’t been much contact with my parents. I was making money by myself, and I was on my own while they were also doing their own thing. I didn’t see any reason to stay in the family anymore.”
Ksenia described her relationship with her footballer dad as “good but not close”, but mainly because he was away a lot playing with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
She said: “My father is kinder than her (stepmum Ekaterina Malafeeva, 31). He is calm, never yells, and you can always find a compromise with him.”
The teen said that she misses her mother, Marina Malafeeva, very much.
The mother died aged 27 in a car accident in 2011 when Ksenia was only seven years old.
She said: “I would love so much to have my mum here with me now. There are so many things I want to discuss with her.”
Her dad married Ekaterina in December, 2012.
The stepmother wrote on Ksenia’s 16th birthday: “Appreciate your family, this is the most valuable thing you have in your life. It may be difficult to live with a family sometimes, but you can’t be happy living alone.”
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