Melanie Slade is the girlfriend of Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott. Melanie and Theo first met outside the shop where Mel worked at West Quay shopping mall in Southampton. Melanie was outside with a basket in her hand when Walcott`s friend announced "the basket is for phone numbers".
He scribbled his his mobile number on a scrap of paper and tossed it into Mel`s basket. Theo did the same. The romance had begun... Theo Walcott and Melanie Slade have been an item ever since!
Walcott has told the media he and Melanie made a bet as to who could pass their driving test first... Melanie won, Theo having failed his first test and Melanie passing hers first time.
No hard feelings, though. Theo splashed out £20,000 on a white VW beetle for Mel, affectionately known by as the `Love Bug`. Theo even registered the number plate T4M symbolising `Theo for Melanie`.
Due to Theo Walcott being a surprise selection for the England 2006 FIFA World Cup squad by England Manager
Sven-Göran Eriksson (at the age of just 17, not having played in the FA Premier League and with Sven not even having seen Theo play a match!), Melanie Slade was thrust under the UK spotlight, and quickly became a tabloid newspaper favourite.
No surprise then that in May 2006, UK Tabloid newspaper The Sun offered Ms. Slade £160,000 for a topless photo shoot!
Mel accepted the offer and actually appeared topless in The Sun on 19 May 2006, although she did tastefully cover her br**sts with her hands!
Melanie is currently supporting the 2006 Race for Life event organised by Cancer Research UK. Despite this, and the World Cup, she`s asked for privacy whilst she revises for her exams.
Mel has said she would not be making any decisions about the various media offers she has received until after the World Cup Football. We wait in anticipation!