Rhodri Giggs has insisted he could ‘bury’ Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs if he wanted to on the back of his brother’s long-running affair with his wife.
In 2011 it came to light that Natasha Lever had an eight-year affair with husband Rhodri’s brother Ryan – who was also married at the time to wife Stacey – which ran over much of his time at United.
Lever and Ryan conducted illicit liaisons in hotel rooms and vacant properties she had access to through her job as an estate agent, which Rhodri claims he inadvertently gave her the idea for.
13 years ago, however, the scandal broke when, according to Rhodri, Natasha’s mother arrived at his house to show him the story in a newspaper with his wife having fled to Spain.
Speaking on The Central Club, Rhodri laid into his brother, insisting he could have done serious damage to the 50-year-old if he wanted to by selling stories to the media, as he has been accused of doing for decades by his family.
Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri (pictured) has warned that he could ‘bury’ his Ryan if he wanted to
The Giggs brothers’ relationship has been frail since it was revealed Ryan (pictured) was having an affair with Rhodri’s wife 11 years ago
Rhodri’s former partner Natasha Lever (pictured in 2012), who cheated with Ryan, reportedly fled to Spain when the news was about to be revealed
WARNING: Strong language
‘All I’ve tried to be is a good father and husband and he’s been out galivanting, and he’s just an idiot,’ Rhodri, a former footballer himself, said. ‘I know what it’s about, they constantly think I was selling stories as a younger person because I was friendly with one reporter because I liked him.
‘Doesn’t mean I’m selling secret stories, and they still think it to this day. They’re f***ing idiots, where’s the proof? There is no proof. The only little things is I would make up stories, I’d say his Bentley was black when it was blue.
‘This is 27 years ago, we’ve been fine after it, but as soon as all this s** happens, because I sold my story on this, they’re like, he’s at it again. I wasn’t going to [on this occasion], because I spoke to Ryan about getting our relationship back together again but he had to do that, I’m not going to instigate it, and I had nothing for six or seven months.
Ryan was cleared of criminal charges he faced in 2022 with Kate Greville was unwilling to give evidence in a re-trial
Rhordri was married to Lever, who reportedly got her mother to tell him of the news breaking
‘If I was going to sell some stories I’d have done it last year and buried this p****, buried him. There’s some stories I know that could have buried him, so if I wanted to sell stories I’d do it, but why would I want to do that? Why? I wouldn’t.
‘I’m not that bitter and not that twisted, but he needs to be careful, because I could have. A lot of people could have, but they didn’t, and it’s all from him making the choices he’s made, no one else. You can’t go through life and this nice, innocent family man when you’re banging everything in sight. How old is he, 48, 49? He needs to grow the f*** up.’
Ryan was arrested in November 2020 on suspicion of two counts of assault against former partner Kate Greville and her sister Emma.
He was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to Greville, as well as coercive and controlling partner against her and common assault against Emma.
Rhodri said that he could have sold stories about his brother following his trial for assault in 2022
Though Rhodri has claimed to have moved on, he has opened up on the ordeal and starred in a Paddy Power advert mocking his brother
The jury was discharged in August 2022, and Giggs was cleared in July 2023 after the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew charges, with Greville unwilling to give evidence in a re-trial.
‘They went to court, he was supposed to go for a re-trial and never did,’ Rhodri said of the incident. ‘For me, a fall out with two women and a bloke, nothing really. He’s supposed to have hit her, they’re both as bad as each other. One of them did her make-up up so she looked like she’d been battered even more and the papers had a picture of it.
‘He can ring me whenever he wants. I’ve moved on, I’ve got a new career working in schools. All the s*** that I’ve gone through in life, I’ve dealt with it on my own mostly.’
Rhodri opened up on the challenges he has faced relating to his brother on The Central Club
Rhodri went onto open up about the betrayal by his brother, which now happened over a decade ago.
Despite being hurt by what happened, the 46-year-old said that he never faced any low points, and went onto speak openly about what happened, including starring in a famous Paddy Power advert regarding loyalty.
‘There’s still some things I don’t know, but some things I do know,’ he said. ‘He’s tried to do things that have backfired massively. He’s a bit like me, a bit more quiet and boring. He’s got a good personality, I think he’s just damaged by this media and people that have been after him since he was 17 but some of it is his own doing. When you don’t own up to things, speculation will go wild. But he’s chosen the path and he’s going to have to live with it.’
‘I had an inkling three or four years before. Spoke to mum about it, she said no, don’t be silly. Mummy’s boy. She didn’t want to tell me to my face because she was worried I’d have done something daft. That would never have happened.
‘I went to Will Mellor’s house, stayed with him and my mum, brother, Callum, Carly, Paul, Hayley [family members] were all in Spain asking me to go over with them. He was with his wife and kids and wanted me to go over there, and that wasn’t happening.
‘Eventually he got the courage to meet me three or four weeks after. It was at a friend’s house, he said it was about sex, it wasn’t this, feeling sorry for himself basically and telling me how his contract was crap with Reebok, it was the s******t contract in the world, bearing in mind he’s getting paid a lot just to wear trainers and that’s the s******t contract. Well you f***ing signed it you d***.
‘It was all like I’m going to get stick, get the f***ing violin out. That’s him. I felt sorry for him, all the stuff that you’ve done and you’re going on like some b****, just f***ing get away from me.’
Ryan has laid relatively low since going to court in 2022, having quit his job as Wales manager
Ryan has laid relatively low since going to court in 2022, stepping down as Wales manager in June of that year due to the trial.
He has done his best to remain out of the public eye, though Rhodri has admitted that he is willing to move on with his life and would be willing to re-kindle the pair’s relationship if the opportunity came about.