Emily Atack’s ultimatum to two-timing Jack Grealish

He may be a footballer, but she’s not prepared to date a player

Emily Atack

by Charlotte Oliver |
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On paper, they should be a perfect match: he’s the hottest football player on the pitch, she’s the funniest, and most universally fancied, woman on TV. And, by all accounts, Emily Atackand Jack Grealishhave been really enjoying getting to know each other better over the past few weeks. There’s just one not-so-small problem: Jack is reportedly still dating his girlfriend of ten years, Sasha Attwood.

Emily Atack
Emily knows what she wants. ©Getty

According to insiders, the footballer is besotted with Emily and has been calling her almost every day, despite not officially ending things with Sasha. Now, it seems, the former I’m A Celeb finalist has laid down the law and given Jack a very simple ultimatum: finish things with Sasha or get lost for good.


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“Jack is besotted with Emily,” said an insider last week, following reports that the pair first met after he slid into her DMs on Instagram – and months after Jack was spotted on celebrity dating app Raya.

Jack Grealish
Football "player" Jack ©getty

“She really likes him too – otherwise, of course, she wouldn’t have met up with him. She did also think he was single. It’s what you expect if you see someone on a site looking for a girlfriend. Emily has really enjoyed his company recently, but she certainly isn’t going to hang around if he stays with his girlfriend. She will happily get on with her life if that’s what he wants to do. It’s up to him now.”

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This isn’t the first time that Jack, 26, has been linked to someone other than Sasha, despite their longterm relationship; in March, he hit the headlines after chatting up 2020 Love Islander Natalie Zoppa online, prompting her boyfriend to name and shame him on TikTok.

Emily Atack
Jack is smitten with Emily ©getty

But sources say he has fancied Emily, 31, since she starred on The Inbetweeners in 2008, and has “been pretty open” about how much he likes her since they first started chatting in September. Emily, meanwhile, has been single since splitting from her most recent ex, Jude Taylor, in August. But while insiders say the attraction is mutual, she’s made it clear that she’s not prepared to take things further unless Jack is officially on the market. Which sounds like a very prudent request, we reckon, for all concerned.

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Kaz Kamwi - fashion influencer

Before heading into the villa, Kaz was already an influencer (with 71k followers) and could have been earning up to £1,000 per post. So annually she could have been making £57,200.

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Teddy Soares - senior financial consultant

Teddy already had a pretty stable career before his time in the villa. He was a senior financial consultant in Manchester means he could have been earning around £42k a year.

Jake Cornish3 of 12

Jake Cornish - water engineer

OG Islander Jake was a water engineer in Weston-super-Mare before going into the villa which means he could have been making £38k a year.

Chloe Burrows4 of 12

Chloe Burrows - marketing executive in financial services

Chloe, the most iconic bombshell from Love Island 2021, was a marketing executive in financial services before going into the villa. She could have been earning £36,700 a year.

Abigail Rawlings5 of 12

Abigail Rawlings - tattoo artist

Abigail was a tattoo artist in Bournemouth before her stint on Love Island and she could have been earning £35k a year.

Tyler Cruickshank6 of 12

Tyler Cruickshank - estate agent

Bombshell Tyler was an estate agent in Croydon before going on the ITV show. Who knows whether he'll return to his job but he could have been earning around £29k a year.

Millie Court7 of 12

Millie Court - fashion buyer assistant

Millie is arguably the best dressed in the Love Island 2021 villa and that may be because of her job as a fashion buyer assistant for ASOS. At her old job in London, Millie could have been earning £26k a year.

Hugo Hammond8 of 12

Hugo Hammond - trainee PE teacher

Because Hugo only completed part of his teacher training, he wasn't actually a full-time PE teacher but nevertheless he could have still be earning £25,750 a year.

Faye Winter9 of 12

Faye Winter - lettings manager

Faye was a lettings manager in Devon and she could have been earning around £25k a year.

Liam Reardon10 of 12

Liam Reardon - bricklayer

As a bricklayer in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, Liam may have been earning £22,800 a year.

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Toby Aromolaran - semi professional footballer

Toby is a semi professional footballer, who plays for Hashtag United, and he could have been earning £18k.

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Liberty Poole - Nando's waitress and marketing student

As a waitress at Nando's Liberty could be earning around £18k a year.

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“Loads of footballers fancy Emily, so their friendship is quite the talk of the dressing room,” said a source last week. “And obviously, Jack is a handsome boy, so I’m sure Emily’s girlfriends will be jealous too. They’re getting very close, but obviously haven’t crossed a line.” We’re sure that will make things fine and dandy with Sasha. After all, what girlfriend doesn’t want to hear that your boyfriend’s openly dating one of the UK’s biggest TV stars?

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