Thibaut Courtois is the man that Kevin De Bruyne’s girlfriend cheated with when she was still in a relationship with Man City’s playmaker. She later admitted as much, although she also insisted it was an act of retaliation as De Bruyne cheated first.
The City playmaker’s ex-girlfriend Caroline Lijnen had an affair with his Belgium teammate, Thibaut Courtois, in 2012.
Back then, KDB and Courtois were still under Chelsea books. However, Courtois was on loan with Atletico Madrid when Caroline Lijnen visited him in the Spanish capital.
Lijnen, meanwhile, admitted that she decided to cheat on De Bruyne after the midfielder did the same with her best friend.
“Kevin cheated on me,” Lijnen told Story Magazine in 2014.
“I did not say anything for months because I couldn’t say anything, as Kevin’s parents said they would take legal action if I gave my story
“I was under pressure and I could not have contact with Kevin.
“I respected everything. But in his book Keep it Simple Kevin wrote a passage about my affair with Thibaut. So, I decided to remain silent no longer.
“In the summer of 2012, Kevin told me that he had an affair with my old best friend. I gave him the choice: her or me. I was ready to give him another chance, but our relationship was never the same afterward.
“[I then went to Madrid, and even] Kevin thought that this trip was a good idea. I asked him beforehand. But then something happened that should never have happened.
“I accept that but Kevin and I had not been getting along, and I found comfort in the arms of Thibaut.
“That evening, Thibaut offered me what I had not received during a three-year relationship with Kevin. With Thibaut, I could talk about anything and everything and he had even prepared me a delicious meal. Kevin never did it for me.
“Kevin had deceived me and I thought ‘Why shouldn’t I do that too?’”
Despite that incident, De Bruyne and Courtois have never had a public feud until this day.