London, July 7: Mario Balotelli has asked for a paternity test to establish if he is the real father of former girlfriend Raffaella Fico’s unborn child.
Fico, 27, had revealed earlier this week that she was expecting the Man City striker’s baby and that she was almost four months pregnant.
The couple split in April after a huge doorstep row, but Balotelli was said to be “delighted” at the news last week.
However, he said in statement that he would only “accept full responsibility” for the baby after a DNA test proved he was the father.
“A few days ago I learnt from third parties that Raffaella was pregnant. So I decided to contact her and it was only after I had questioned her that she confirmed it was true,” the Sun quoted him as saying in a statement.
“I am very disappointed as I don’t think it is right that I should learn this after four months. I will accept full responsibility after a paternity test. I don’t really want to speak publicly about my private life but I find that I have to explain once and for all, the nature of my relationship with Raffaella Fico.
“We split up in April and since then we have not seen or spoken to each other. I had nothing more to do with Raffaella’s life and she had nothing more to do with mine. Raffaella knew then and she knows now, that I have no intention of getting back together with her. Out of respect for her I have never spoken about our relationship, even when things have been said that are not true. I don’t understand why Raffaella did not contact me to tell me about this – and I also find it disappointing that money is already being made from this with photographs and interviews being bought and sold. I believe that Raffaella is already famous enough without having to exploit this story for publicity.”
“This is the last time I am going to speak about this and I have no intention of responding or replying to anything Raffaella writes or says,” he said.
Tv showgirl Raffaella had claimed that the two were going to give their relationship another chance but the strength of furious Balotelli’s statement appeared to tell a different story.
The Italy striker’s demands for a DNA test were slammed by his former girlfriend’s brother – who also revealed she had received threats demanding she had an abortion.
Francesco Fico hit back at the footie star’s request for a Paternity test.
“Balotelli’s request for a paternity test is shameful and people who are close to him have also telephoned my sister and told her to have an abortion.
“To learn that Balotelli wants a DNA test is offensive and shows a total lack of respect towards my sister. Raffaella is very stressed out about all this and she is in a bad way. If I had Balotelli in front of me I would tell him ‘Grow up and take responsibility for being a father’.
“I am not asking him to get back together with Raffaella – my mother and I were never happy about the relationship. Now enough is enough and I am calling for some respect towards a young woman who is pregnant,” he said. (ANI)