Tennis legend Boris Becker’s estranged wife is facing legal action in the UK and Germany over EUR 500,000 (GBP 431,000) given to her by a former close pal that helped finance her lifestyle.
Lilly Becker, 46, still married to the disgraced tennis ace despite separating, was reportedly summoned in court to pay TV producer Pierre Uebelhack, 47, EUR 200,000 (GBP 172,500) plus interest.
German newspaper Bild claimed that he will likely sue for an additional EUR 300,000 (GBP 259,000) in England.
The lawsuit apparently arrived at the Munich I District Court, in Bavaria, Germany, at the beginning of December, 2022.
Lilly and the 47-year-old man from the city of Munich reportedly met on the German game show “Global Gladiators” in 2017, which Uebelhack produced himself.
They were later often spotted together by German media who even suspected that Uebelhack was the reason for Lilly and Boris’ divorce in 2018.
The two and Lilly’s son Amadeus, 12, who she shares with the tennis star were also seen going for a brunch in Wimbledon in 2019, which sparked rumours over a possible romance between them.
However, Lilly at the time denied the gossips and said: “Pierre and I are friends and nothing more than that.”
But Lilly’s friends revealed: “First it was love. Later they became the very best of friends.”
Uebelhack reportedly stood by Lilly and her son following the separation and lent her money for her lifestyle, which she promised she would return.
But now a close female friend of Lilly’s whose identity was not disclosed by media claimed: “Lilly signed loan agreements and promised to pay back every cent.”
She added: “To date, she has not done so.”
Becker’s friend also stated that despite the 46-year-old woman’s efforts to earn money through modelling, advertising and appearances on TV, it was not enough to cover her lifestyle.
The friend said: “Nevertheless, the money wasn’t enough either way. The rent alone is several thousand euros a month.”
Bild claimed that a home she rented in England alone cost her EUR 9,200 a month.
Court officials claimed that the deadline to repay the loan was due on 31st August, 2022.
The case continues.