You might be surprised to learn that Ella Toone’s boyfriend is also a football player.
The England women’s team star is dating Joe Bunney, a footballer who has scored a few goals of his own.
Ella, 23, met fellow athlete Joe Bunney, 29, through mutual acquaintances. Ella has reached the Women’s World Cup final with the Lionesses and will face Spain this weekend.
Ella’s partner, known as her “greatest supporter,” is a non-league footballer who presently plays for Stalybridge Celtic in Greater Manchester.
Joe joined Stalybridge in July of this year, having previously spent the 2022/23 season on loan at Ashton United and Marine.
You would think this is an odd match because Joe represents Manchester City and Ella promotes Manchester United.
Despite their disparity in teams, their affection overshadows any rivalry, with World Cup 2023 finalist Ella previously unable to speak highly enough of her lover.
Chatting to The Sun, a source said: ‘Ella and Joe are very much in love and have been together for a while now.
‘They are both from Manchester and have mutual friends who introduced them.’
‘Those who know them think they are the perfect pairing,’ they added.
‘Joe is Ella’s biggest cheerleader and he could not have been more proud to watch her lifting the trophy at the Euros.’
Ella and Joe haven’t revealed much about their relationship other than what insiders have noticed, except from the odd lovely social media image.
For example, when the Lionesses were confirmed for the final in Australia, he shared the sweetest Insta pic with the caption: ‘Wow. Proud doesn’t even come close .. World Cup final let’s go 🤯🏴🦁❤️’
Otherwise, they keep their affair covert, however they were seen kissing on the beach in Ibiza last summer.
Joe is also the father of two children from a prior relationship.
The footballer formerly played for Rochdale and Northampton Town, mostly as a defender or left-sided utility player.
And his knowledge is certainly useful, as Ella has disclosed that she assesses her own performances on the pitch with her boyfriend and father.
She told The Times: ‘I always speak to my dad and then Joe. How can I be better? What did I not do well? I know they will always be honest with me.
‘When Dad or Joe says I have played well, I know I have.’
She added: ‘I am very critical of myself and sometimes I need to realise that I haven’t played as badly as I thought.
‘I’ve seen the career [Joe] has had and his advice is definitely worth listening to. I will always be improving, that’s just my mentality. He makes me see things in a different way.’
We wonder what Joe’s analysis will be after her performance in this weekend’s final…
Source My Celebrity Life.