Rafael Nadal Is Not Getting Married Next Month Despite Reports, Rep Says in Rare Comment
Tabloid reports that tennis star Rafael Nadal will wed longtime girlfriend Mery “Xisca” Perelló in June on the Spanish island of Mallorca are “fake news,” his spokesman tells PEOPLE.
“Normally we don’t speak about Rafa’s private life, ever,” say rep Benito Pérez-Barbadillo. “However this information is absolutely incorrect and fake news from non-credible sources.”
The latest wave of reports were prompted by a Sunday story on Spanish TV which claimed that hundreds of guests were set to attend the nuptials next month in an abbey on Mallorca, where Nadal was born.
The 32-year-old tennis champion reportedly got engaged to Perelló last May but is notoriously tight-lipped about his private life.
Hola! Spain reported in January that the couple got engaged in May while vacationing in Rome. (Nadal’s spokesman declined to comment at the time.)
“Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family,” Nadal once told Hello!. “I love children and I would like my children to do what they like.”
According to Hola!, Nadal and Perelló were planning to get married later this year on Mallorca.
They have been dating for 14 years, Hola! reported. Perelló, who according to CNN has a business degree and has worked at the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy, has often been photographed cheering Nadal on at his competitions.
Back in 2008, PEOPLE reported that Perelló is also from Mallorca.
Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, and is second only to Roger Federer, who has 20 under his belt. Nadal is the No. 2 men’s tennis player in the world, behind Novak Djokovic.
All three are set to compete in the Italian Open this week, though rain has delayed the matches, according to the Associated Press.
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