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Ex-England striker Andy Carroll pictured on a bed with bar boss ahead of wedding to Billi Mucklow

Footballer Andy Carroll has been pictured asleep on a bed next to a blonde bar manager just weeks before his wedding to reality TV‘s Billi Mucklow.

The former England striker, 33, reportedly boozed with Taylor Jane Wilkey in Dubai – where he had flown to in order to ‘gatecrash’ his fiancee’s hen party with his own stag-do.

Pictures show the recently released West Brom forward – once Premier League side Liverpool’s most expensive transfer – on a bed with Ms Wilkey.

Others show the 27-year-old wearing the father-of-four’s personalised bathrobe with ‘Andy Carroll’ embroidered on the chest.

Friends of Carroll and his fiancee Ms Mucklow – a reality TV star who once featured on The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) – told The Sun the pictures were ’embarrassing’ so close to their wedding.

However Ms Wilkey, who says the pictures were leaked on Snapchat after she sent them to her friends back in the UK, insists nothing sexual happened with the 6ft4in forward. ‘It was all just a bit of entirely innocent fun,’ she told the paper.

It comes just two weeks before Carroll and former TOWIE star Ms Mucklow are set to wed. The reality TV star was said to be enjoying her hen-do in Dubai when Carroll and his friends flew over to ‘gatecrash’ with their own pre-wedding party.

Carroll, who was staying at the £500-a-night Fairmont Palm Resorts on the famous Palm Islands in Dubai, is reported to have had up to 15 people among his stag group, including Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett and goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. 

Pictures show the West Brom forward – once Premier League side Liverpool’s most expensive transfer – on a bed with Ms Wilkey

Others show the 27-year-old wearing the father-of-four’s personalised bathrobe with ‘Andy Carroll’ embroidered on the chest

Ms Wilkey, from Scarborough, north Yorkshire, but who now works in Dubai at a high-end hotel, described her time with Carroll as 'really boozy' and said the striker was 'steaming drunk'

Ms Wilkey, from Scarborough, north Yorkshire, but who now works in Dubai at a high-end hotel, described her time with Carroll as ‘really boozy’ and said the striker was ‘steaming drunk’

Friends of Carroll and his fiancee (pictured here together) - a reality TV star who once featured on The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) - told The Sun the pictures were 'embarrassing' so close to their wedding

Friends of Carroll and his fiancee (pictured here together) – a reality TV star who once featured on The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) – told The Sun the pictures were ’embarrassing’ so close to their wedding 

A timeline of Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow’s ‘STEN do’ 

Wednesday, May 18: Billi Mucklow and her friends travel to Heathrow to fly out to Dubai. As previously reported by MailOnline, Billi leaves without two of her hen party because one of her closest friends is deemed unfit to fly after consuming too much alcohol.

Sunday, May 22: Billi posts a number of images of her in Dubai on her Instagram, including one in a green top enjoying a drink from a cup with the words ‘Mrs Carroll’ on the side. Her and her hen party share a snap by the pool of them all wearing white shirts with the words ‘drunk in love’ written on the backs. Carroll, fresh from his release by West Brom, arrives in Dubai with a group of around 15 friends, reportedly including Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett and goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

Monday, May 23: Billi posts a photograph of her and her husband to be together in Dubai. ‘STEN – Hen Party Crasher @andytcarroll,’ Billi captioned the snap, showing her in a polkadot dress and him in a black shirt.

Wednesday, May 23: Andy, who is staying at the £500-a-night Hotel Fairmont, parties at a club on Cove Beach with a hotel bar manager – Taylor Jane Wilkey. She later tells the Sun that after a ‘really boozy’ day, she and a female friend went back to his hotel . She takes photographs inside the hotel, which she says were sent back to friends in the UK and leaked. She tells the Sun that nothing happened between them, but friends close to Billi and Carroll describe the photographs as ’embarrassing’.

 

According to The Sun, Carroll was partying at the Cove Beach club with Ms Wilkey when he invited her and a female friend to his hotel suite for an afterparty.

She told the Sun: ‘It was an afterparty. We all went back to his hotel. 

‘I didn’t sleep with him, it wasn’t like that, there was three of us in the room.’

Ms Wilkey, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, but who now works in Dubai as a bar manager at a high-end hotel, described her time with Carroll as ‘really boozy’ and said the striker was ‘steaming drunk’.

Carroll met his fiancee in 2013 and the pair got engaged a year later. 

He has two young children with Billi and two from a previous relationship.

As previously reported by MailOnline, Ms Mucklow had been out in Dubai celebrating her hen do with her best friends.

However she ended the trip with her husband-to-be by her side after he ‘gatecrashed’ the holiday. Carroll is said to have flown out to Dubai on Sunday.

A delighted Ms Mucklow shared a snap of the pair while renaming her Hen Party a ‘STEN do’.

The former TOWIE star posed in the frilly white mini alongside her beaming husband-to-be as they enjoyed dinner.   

‘STEN – Hen Party Crasher @andytcarroll,’ Billi captioned the snap, suggesting Andy may be about to start his Stag Do in the same location.

There was no sign of the footballer on Monday morning as Billi ended her Hen by tucking into a McDonalds at the airport on her way back to the UK.

‘What a way to end the best weekend ever….#whentoonbecomeone’ she captioned the shot. 

The former TOWIE star, 34, looked like she was having the time of her life as she shared a slew of snaps from her time in Dubai with her closest friends.

Ms Mucklow set off on her hen do on last Thursday, sporting a Newcastle United football kit in honour of her fiancé and a white veil, but quipped that it was her ‘worst nightmare’ to have to wear the outfit to the airport. 

New look: While the hen traditionally wears white, Billi broke convention by asking her hens to don the neutral colour while she stole the spotlight in a bright pink dress

Stunning: Billi was dressed to impress

New look: While the hen traditionally wears white, Billi broke convention by asking her hens to don the neutral colour while she stole the spotlight in a bright pink dress

Heading home: There was no sign of the footballer on Monday morning as Billi ended her Hen by tucking into a McDonalds at the airport

Final feast: 'What a way to end the best weekend ever....#whentoonbecomeone' she captioned the shot of her meal at the airport

Pictured left: There was no sign of the footballer on Monday morning as Billi ended her Hen by tucking into a McDonalds at the airport. Pictured right: ‘What a way to end the best weekend ever….#whentoonbecomeone’ she captioned the shot of her meal at the airport

According to The Sun, Carroll was partying at a club on Cove Beach with Ms Wilkey when he invited her and a female friend to his hotel suite for an afterparty

According to The Sun, Carroll was partying at a club on Cove Beach with Ms Wilkey when he invited her and a female friend to his hotel suite for an afterparty

She shared a slew of snaps to Instagram for her followers, showing the personalised goodie bags for her pals and special Billi-themed cocktails at a party before they set off for their flight.

One hilarious shot showed all her hens wearing masks of Andy’s face as they posed with the bride-to-be.

But while they seem to be having a ball in Dubai, it wasn’t as easy getting there – as two of Billi’s closest pals were deemed unfit to fly in London after drinking too much at the airport.

Beach ready: Billi stunned in a green swimsuit on Saturday as she continued to live it up on her sun-soaked Dubai hen do

Beach ready: Billi stunned in a green swimsuit on Saturday as she continued to live it up on her sun-soaked Dubai hen do

Squad: She and her 'bride tribe' stood poolside for another snap, donning matching white robes which read 'Drunk in Love' in a pink spray-paint font

Squad: She and her ‘bride tribe’ stood poolside for another snap, donning matching white robes which read ‘Drunk in Love’ in a pink spray-paint font

All about the accessories: Looking every inch the blushing bride-to-be, Billi donned a lace veil with Mrs Caroll embroidered on the back in glittering silver letters

All about the accessories: Looking every inch the blushing bride-to-be, Billi donned a lace veil with Mrs Caroll embroidered on the back in glittering silver letters

Glamorous: Billi's dress featured a scooped Bardot neckline that offered a glimpse of her ample cleavage, while a thigh-grazing hemline showcased her tanned and toned pins

Glamorous: Billi’s dress featured a scooped Bardot neckline that offered a glimpse of her ample cleavage, while a thigh-grazing hemline showcased her tanned and toned pins

Looking good: The former TOWIE star, 34, sported a Newcastle United football kit in honour of her fiancé and a white veil

It begins! Billi finally set off on her hen do on Thursday, jetting off to Dubai with her closest girl friends in a football kit

Looking good: The former TOWIE star, 34, sported a Newcastle United football kit in honour of her fiancé and a white veil

Excited: Billi seemed to be having a blast as she prepared for her hen do abroad

Excited: Billi seemed to be having a blast as she prepared for her hen do abroad

The photographs of Carroll come just days after the striker was released by West Bromwich Albion following a disappointing season in the Championship for the West Midlands-based side. Carroll made 14 appearances for the club after joining in January, scoring just three goals. 

Once one of England’s most promising strikers, Gateshead-born Carroll rose up through the ranks at his boy-hood club Newcastle united.

An imposing 6ft4in striker, Carroll caught the eye of then Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

The Anfield legend was hoping Carroll could replace outgoing striker Fernando Torres who left for Chelsea in a £50million deal.

In 2011, Liverpool signed Carroll for a reported £35million – then the most expensive fee ever paid for a British footballer player and also the club’s then record signing.

Carroll made nine England appearances around this time, scoring two goals for the national side

Carroll made nine England appearances around this time, scoring two goals for the national side

Carroll signed for Liverpool in 2011 for a reported £35million struggled to fit into Liverpool's system - and was outshone by fellow new signing Luis Suarez - and after two season he was loaned out to fellow Premier League side West Ham

Carroll signed for Liverpool in 2011 for a reported £35million struggled to fit into Liverpool’s system – and was outshone by fellow new signing Luis Suarez – and after two season he was loaned out to fellow Premier League side West Ham

The photographs of Carroll come just days after the striker was released by West Bromwich Albion following a disappointing season in the Championship for the West Midlands-based side. Carroll made 14 appearances for the club after joining in January, scoring just three goals

The photographs of Carroll come just days after the striker was released by West Bromwich Albion following a disappointing season in the Championship for the West Midlands-based side. Carroll made 14 appearances for the club after joining in January, scoring just three goals

He also made nine England appearances around this time, scoring two goals for the national side.

But he struggled to fit into Liverpool’s system – and was outshone by fellow new signing Luis Suarez – and after two season he was loaned out to fellow Premier League side West Ham.

Carroll found his form again with West Ham’s more direct style of play, scoring 33 goals in 126 appearances with the London side.

But he was hampered by a series of injuries, eventually being released before returning to Newcastle.

He later signed for Reading, before joining West Brom on a short-term contact in January. However he was released earlier this month following a disappointing season with the Baggies.

Meanwhile Ms Mucklow shot to fame on reality star TOWIE in 2011. She quit the show two years later to set up a hot yoga studio, called Hot Yoga Essex, in 2013. She later stepped back, but still teaches there on occasion.

The couple met in 2013 now have two children together – something Carroll said made him ‘grow up’. Speaking to the Newcastle club website following his return in 2019, he said: ‘I’ve got no doubt that I was daft when I was here, and no doubt that I was daft for a couple of years after as well. 

‘But I met my missus, and we’ve got four kids living at home now, we’ve got animals, we’ve got responsibilities. There’s no more behaviour like it was, you know? I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had.

‘Now it’s completely different. I’m actually a dad, I’ve grown up, and got responsibilities, so… I’ve got a purpose.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Carroll and Ms Mucklow for a comment. 


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