There have been a ton of rumors regarding why Alex Ovechkin and his ex-fiance Maria Kirilenko broke off their engagement. The same site (R-Sport) that broke the news that their engagement was over also released an article that speculated that Ovechkin and Maria broke up over an Instagram photo. This was translated by Sports Illustrated, and the story has quickly gone viral. To be fair, everyone should have seen a huge red flag when SI’s title was “Alex Ovechkin apparently dumped by Maria Kirilenko over Instagram photo”.
Let me just say that those rumors are extremely false. I personally believed that from the start. Here’s why:
- In case you’ve never experienced Alex Ovechkin’s Instagram photos/videos, he’s always with other girls. He’s extremely popular in Russia and people always want a photo with him.
- Maria and Ovechkin have been together for quite some time. It’s hard to believe that an Instagram photo would be enough to make them end their engagement.
I was correct, as Maria has addressed those accusations against her and Alex Ovechkin in a recent interview. If you want a full transcript of the interview, RMNB has it right here. RMNB also translated this interview, so a tip of the hat to them. I’m just going to highlight the important part.
Maria, can you comment on the story about the pictures with Sasha [Alex Ovechkin] and [gymnast Karolina Sevastyanova] on social networks, which are being so vigorously discussed in the media?
Maria Kirilenko: Believe me, over the years I have seen so many pictures of Sasha in the company of young ladies, that I have gotten used to it. That is normal. We are public figures, and people often want to take pictures with us. This is the first time I heard about this girl, and I made my decision to break up the engagement long before these pictures appeared on the social networks. It is laughable to point to them as the main reason behind the breakup – after three years together couples do not break up over a couple of pictures. There are much more significant reasons. I will not go into any more details about them. But let’s just say it is not a secret for anybody that Sasha has certain habits and particulars of behavior that I did not consider worth tolerating anymore.
That’s interesting. In short, while Maria did come out and at least defend Alex Ovechkin as far as cheating on her, she did say some pretty damaging stuff. It might be a while before the truth comes out about this, and quite frankly, I don’t know if it ever will. Let this be a lesson in jumping to conclusions.