‘Takes hard work’ Ronnie O’Sullivan’s fiancée Laila Rouss on pair’s family ‘struggles’

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Laila Rouss, 49, has said that her fiancée, Snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, and her have had “family struggles” after merging their two families together. The actress also said that Ronnie had a lot of “struggles” of his own.

Laila took time off acting in 2012 after struggling with single motherhood.

The actress was looking after daughter, Inez, then 4, at the time.

But the star met Ronnie during a house viewing in Essex, and brought the two families together.

Ronnie is stepfather to Inez, 13, but also has three children of his own, Taylor-Ann, 24, Lily, 14 and Ronnie, 13.

She said that the two have had plenty of struggles in their “blended” family, saying it hasn’t been “easy.”

She explained: “It’s a lie if people tell you that blended families are easy.

“He’s struggled with it, I’ve struggled with it and Inez has struggled with it. It takes hard work and you have to be honest with yourself and each other.

She said: “Initially I thought: ‘This guy is not step-dad material.’ He’s a fantastic dad to his kids, but he was struggling with his own relationship with his family.

“I thought he had too much on his plate, but now he and Inez have got the best relationship.”

She confirmed that Ronnie’s reputation as a bad-boy and troublemaker isn’t reflective of reality.

She said that the two have a rather normal life, and Ronnie’s habits are nothing crazy or wild.

The star told The Mirror in February: “He comes home, has a cup of tea, puts the TV on, watches the news and falls asleep on the sofa.

“That’s as glamorous as our life is!”

Laila rose to fame after starring in the 2000’s drama Footballers’ Wives.

The show contained humorous and inflated plot lines which pushed its rise to popularity.

The star played Amber Gates on the show after joining the cast in 2004.

Responding to comments about how the show was far-fetched and outrageous, she said: “Some people said it was outrageous.

“But when you read now what footballers have been up to, you realise that we were tame. My cat fights? Look at Rebecca Vardy and Coleen Rooney!”

Despite being engaged since 2013, the pair don’t seem to be in a hurry to tie the knot.

Laila told The Mirror in 2019: “I’d have to really gear myself up for a wedding. At the moment we’ve put it on the back burner and we’re enjoying our time so there’s no rush.”

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