This year, the pair skied in the millionaires’ playground of Aspen, Colorado, where Navratilova has another home.Lemigova’s Wimbledon fortnight was spent at the best restaurants and clubs, as she enjoyed meals with friends including the singer Natalie Imbruglia.I started to unpack them, thinking we could do a trophy wall in one room, but when I'd covered four walls and the ceiling, there were still boxes to go," said Lemigova, adding that Navratilova's silverware had to eventually be split between the three houses the couple own between them (two in Miami and one in Paris). She admitted she couldn't hide her emotions on wedding day and had to literally "look at the ceiling to stop crying." However, another very emotional aspect of it all was Lemigova's revelation of her relationship with Navratilova to her two daughters (from two different failed relationships), Victoria (13) and Emma (8).
Former Russian beauty queen Julia Lemigova (42), who tied the knot with tennis legend Martina Navratilova (58) in a much-publicised same-sex marriage last month has spoken of a few minor hiccups the couple endured soon after they got married.
Two close: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova (in green) and partner Julia Lemigova watch the US Open men's singles semi-final between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet of France at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in September 2013.
(Two ex-girlfriends — Toni Layton and former Miss Texas Judy Nelson — went to court and won multi-million-dollar settlements from her after making claims to a large share of her fortune.)For Ms Lemigova not only had a baby son who died in suspicious circumstances, but she has been fighting for years to discover whether the tragedy is linked to the child’s powerful father, who also died in murky circumstances.
Revelations that he was a participant in sexual orgies alongside some of France’s most powerful figures have fuelled claims of a high-level cover-up that has suppressed the truth over not only his death — but that of their son, Maximilien.
She has always been forthright on the subject of both her own sexuality (she came out as bisexual 33 years ago, at a time when it was pretty unthinkable to do so) and on gay rights in general.
On December 15, though, she took advantage of changes in the law to marry Julia, who has been her partner for the past six-and-a-half years. Now Julia is amused to find herself regarded as the David Furnish of the lesbian world, and something of a poster-girl for same-sex marriage.
Not necessarily nice things — at the time same-sex marriage wasn't legal in France. ' I said: 'Martina is someone I love.' Her eyes went all wide.
I said: 'I can't imagine living without her.' Then we had a conversation about whether they liked Martina being around and my daughter said: 'I want her to live with us, too'." Language is another fascinating issue in this marriage.
The identity of the tennis legend's new love has been kept a secret - until now.
last year, Martina Navratilova often spoke of her 'drop dead beautiful' girlfriend.
Former women's tennis champion Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open. You've seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. It was like I was watching myself do it." Navaratilova, who represented Czechoslovakia in an illustrious career during which she won a record-breaking 18 Grand Slam singles titles, came out as gay in 1981, shortly after becoming a US citizen.