Jermaine Pennant recently entered the Celebrity Big Brother house (Thursday, August 16th).
The 35-year-old is a former professional footballer with a bad-boy rep to his name.
Here is everything you need to know about Jermaine Pennant and how he has wound up in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Who Did Jermaine Pennant Play For?
Jermaine’s football career stretched for 20 years, from 1998 to 2018.
The highlight of Jermaine’s career was in the early 2000’s where he played in the Premier League for Leeds United, Birmingham City and Liverpool.
In football terms, Jermaine was known as a bit of a ‘journeyman’ having played for 14 different clubs in four different countries – this includes a team in India and Singapore!
His last club was semi-professional side Billericay Town, who are something of a reality TV football club, considering Mark Wright (TOWIE) is their director.
Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis is rumoured to be joining the Essex-based club for the new season while Jamie O’Hara (Celebrity Big Brother 2017) is one of their star players.
Why is He a ‘Bad Boy’?
Not every professional football player is also considered a celebrity.
However, Jermaine’s love for everything expensive and flash earned him a reputation over the years.
Jermaine Pennant Leaves His Car
While playing in Spain, Jermaine earned a five-month contract with English club Stoke City.
He immediately flew to England to start playing but completely forgot that he’d left his Porsche at a Spanish train station.
The £98,000 car sat there for five months before Jermaine returned to pay a rather hefty parking fine!
Jermaine Pennant Driving Ban
Over the course of his 20-year career, Jermaine faced numerous bans on and off the football pitch.
In 2004, he received a 16-month ban from driving after driving in the wrong lane.
J then proceeded to break his driving ban in 2005, where he was caught drink driving and sentenced to 60 days in prison. He was released on parole after 30 days.
However, over this period, he had to play professional football with an electronic tag tucked under his socks!
Who is Jermaine Pennant’s Wife?
Jermaine is married to glamour model Alice Goodwin.
The pair tied the knot in 2014, although this was a case of third time lucky for Jermaine.
He’s also been engaged to Lara Murphy, before dumping her and becoming engaged to glamour model Amii Grove – eventually, she sold her £32,000 ring on eBay.
Jermaine also dated Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe for a short period.
Does Jermaine Pennant Have Children?
The former professional footballer has one child, Trey, who is eight years old.
Trey’s mother is Lara Murphy.
What Else Do We Know?
Jermaine’s bad-boy rep extends beyond strings of girlfriends and recklessness behind the wheel.
There was also an armed robbery attempt at his house in 2008.
Needless to say, there are a lot of mysterious aspects to Jermaine Pennant’s life, which is one of the reasons he makes a great Celebrity Big Brother contestant!
Of course, it also gives him the opportunity to plug his new book, ‘Mental’.
Well well well….. I’m just telling it raw like a normal Lad would from the meadows it ain’t pretty growing up in gang ware fare and drugs then into the limelight but that’s nothing to what’s in there ??♂️ pic.twitter.com/6TVJB4naOd
— jermaine pennant (@pennant83) August 11, 2018
WATCH CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER FROM THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST ON CHANNEL 5, AT 9 PM.