Brazilian striker Hulk has admitted he was unfaithful to his wife of 12 years during their marriage but denied he cheated on her with her niece who he is now in a relationship with.
The 34-year-old is thought to have split from wife Iran Angelo in the summer of last year before announcing he was dating her niece Camila just a few months later.
Iran has since spoken out on the "great pain" the situation has caused her but Hulk has slammed his former partner for "treating me like a monster" and has addressed her allegations of infidelity.
"I never had a relationship with Camila when I was married," Hulk said on Instagram ( via Quem ). "I am a man. I was not happy in my marriage.
"I had countless reasons. I spent my entire marriage betraying Iran. She lived a single life. I just wanted to have the status of wife of the Hulk."
Iran and Hulk had three children together during their marriage: Ian, Tiago and Alice.
Throughout that time Hulk was an uncle to Camila, who he met when she was just a teenager.
"When I met Iran, I was 21, today I am 34," he said. "Today Camila is 32 years old. Thirteen years ago, Camila was 19; Iran at the time was 39."
Hulk – who now plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG – claims he and Iran had been separated for over a year when he entered a relationship with Camila.
He explained: "Camila came to China. I don't think I'm an ugly person and I'm young. Camila is young and extremely beautiful. We ended up getting involved. We were single.
"We came back from China and told the family when you came back and you went to media. I have a clear conscience and peace. If you want to continue cursing me and treating me like a monster, the choice is yours. But criticize on top of the truth."
He then accused Iran of telling lies before stating he only stayed with her because she fell pregnant with their first child.
"I started dating and in less than a month you got pregnant. Ian, Tiago and Alice with the blessing of God," he continued.
"My marriage didn't come out of love, out of passion, nothing, it was an accident that you got pregnant with Ian. And I took over.
"From the moment I started dating you, I started supporting you and your whole family. the whole Paraíba (state) knows that."
The whole scenario has caused friction between Iran and her sister (Camila's mother), but the former says she is beginning to see signs of repair in their relationship.
She has not forgiven Camila though, and no longer considers her a friend.
"I gave everything to this girl since she came into the world," Iran said previously. "I sacrificed my dreams so many times to make her dreams come true.
"And here I am not talking only about material goods, because these are easy to give when you have money, but love, affection, attention, respect … everything.
"If I made a mistake, my God, it was because I loved and trusted too much."
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