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Controversial Brazilian winger Hulk has hit back at claims of infidelity from his ex-wife after leaving her for her niece.
The 34-year-old split from the mother of his three children, Iran Angelo, last summer, before announcing that he was dating her niece, Camila, just months later.
Iran has said that the whole situation has caused her “great pain”.
But Hulk has refuted any claims that he was unfaithful to her with Camila, though he admitted that neither of them were fully committed to their marriage.
“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 [she] just wanted to have the status of wife of the Hulk.
“When I met Iran, I was 21, today I am 34. Today Camila is 32 years old. Thirteen years ago, Camila was 19; Iran at the time was 39.”
Hulk now plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, where he was being visited by Camila, and they began a relationship.
And the former Zenit Saint Petersburg forward maintains that hew was single when he and Camila started dating, and that they told the family with a clear conscience.
“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.”
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Hulk went on to state that his marriage to Iran only came about because she got pregnant with his child.
He went on: ”I started dating and in less than a month you got pregnant. Ian, Tiago and Alice with the blessing of God.
"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."
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