A fellow WAG of tragic model Kasia Lenhardt has hinted that the ex-girlfriend of footballer Jerome Boateng was driven to her death by cyber bullies.
Cathy Hummels, the wife of Boateng’s international teammate Mats Hummels, said she wanted to fight against ‘hate, body-shaming and cyber-bullying’ in an online eulogy the day after Kasia took her own life in Berlin.
‘We both mingled in the football world and I know how brutal that can be… how many prejudices, how much envy and resentment you are confronted with,’ Hummels said.
‘I can cope with it because I’ve learned a lot from my past. But many people don’t manage it. Kasia didn’t manage it.’
Kasia, who was 25 and the father of a six-year-old boy from a previous relationship, had been through a savage public break-up with Bayern Munich player Boateng in the days before her death.
A week before her death, former Germany’s Next Top Model contestant Kasia posted on her Instagram account in English: ‘Now is where you draw the line. Enough.’
Cathy Hummels (pictured left), the wife of Germany and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, wrote an online eulogy for Kasia Lenhardt (right) in which she spoke of the ‘brutal’ life of footballers’ wives and girlfriends
Kasia Lenhardt, 25 (right), was found dead in Berlin on Tuesday night on her son Noah’s sixth birthday and just a week after breaking up with footballer ex Jerome Boateng (left)
Lenhardt killed herself on son Noah’s sixth birthday, according to a friend, who said she was ‘very upset’ by allegations that Boateng had made against her in German media (pictured here on Noah’s fifth birthday, on February 9 last year)
Lenhardt (left) said she split up with Boateng because of his ‘lies and infidelity’ while branding him ‘the devil’ (pictured right, Kasia with a tattoo of the footballer’s name visible on her ribs)
Paramedics are seen outside the apartment where Kasia’s body was found late Tuesday after police were called to reports of a suicide. Officers say the death is not being treated as suspicious
The death was confirmed by fellow model Sara Kulka who wrote a tribute post on Instagram, cryptically saying: ‘I hope the truth comes out now, I know how much you wished it would’
The VERY complex history of Jerome Boateng’s love-life
Jerome Boateng has a long and troubled history with the women in his life – dogged by bitter break-ups, accusations of serial infidelity, and a lawsuit from the mother of his children over allegations of assault.
Here are the women we know about:
Sherin Senler, 2007-2011, then 2013-2018
Boateng has spent much of his adult life in an on-off relationship with model Sherin Senler, who is the mother of two of his children – twin girls called Soley and Lamia who were born in 2011.
The pair first began dating in 2007 but have repeatedly split up amid accusations of infidelity, with the first major break-up coming after the twins were born.
The break was said to be so acrimonious that the couple would only speak to each-other via lawyers.
Two years later they were back together and got engaged in 2014, but split again in 2018 without ever tying the knot.
Senler then accused Boateng of assaulting her while on holiday by throwing a glass candle holder at her, a claim which his lawyers have denied.
Rebecca Silvera, 2018-2019
Some time after the 2018 split, Boateng began dating Jamaican model Rebecca Silvera.
The pair shared a short but rocky relationship, during which he confessed to cheating on her with Kasia.
It is unclear exactly when the pair split, but Boateng was pictured with Kasia in New York in October 2019, by which time his relationship with Silvera was over.
Kasia Lenhardt, 2019-2021
Rumours the pair were dating began in 2019 before the couple confirmed they were an item in 2020.
But the romance ran into trouble in December of that year when Rebecca took to Instagram to accuse Kasia of stealing her man by copying her and manipulating her.
Then, in February this year, Boateng and Kasia’s romance imploded – with the Bayern defender accusing her of blackmailing him and his family, while she branded him ‘the devil’.
And the women we don’t know about…
Boateng has a third child, a son named Jermar, who was born in 2015.
The footballer has revealed the boy’s name is made up of the first three letters of his name and his mother’s name, but has not revealed who the woman is.
He was also accused of having an affair with model Gina-Lisa Lohfink, though both have denied the tryst.
Sherin and Kasia have also accused Boateng of being a serial adulterer, but have not named any names.
Boateng is returning home from Qatar, where Bayern Munich have been playing in the Club World Cup, following the news of his ex-girlfriend’s death.
A friend of Kasia’s told MailOnline that a family member had raised the alarm after failing to get hold of her on Tuesday evening.
Kasia’s friend told MailOnline: ‘Yesterday was her son Noah’s birthday. Kasia was at home on her own. A member of her family called the police because they could not get hold of her and they were worried.
‘She died a week after Jerome gave an interview in which he said their relationship was over. He said some really nasty things about Kasia. She was very upset by it.’
Polish-born Kasia – real name Katarzyna – had been dating 32-year-old Boateng for 15 months before their relationship fell apart on February 2, sparking a vicious fight that saw the couple exchange blows via social media and the press.
A friend and fellow model, Sara Kulka, paid tribute in a cryptic Instagram post that said: ‘I hope the truth comes out. I know how much you wished it would.’
Diana Baidas, another former GNTM contestant, claims to have made the relationship between Boateng and Kasia possible in the first place – telling Bild that ‘I’m to blame for all the love chaos’.
Diana, a friend of Boateng who met Kasia on the the TV show, said Kasia had visited her in Zurich in 2018 ‘because I wanted to introduce her to a good friend who might be a good fit for her;
‘We had dinner together, had a nice evening. Then she asked me if I could introduce her to Jerome,’ Diana recalled. But now the model regrets introducing the two to each other.
‘My perception was that Kasia already had an ego problem,’ Diana told RTL.
Boateng had accused Kasia of sabotaging his relationship with ex-girlfriend Rebecca and his family before they started dating, and of blackmailing him into staying with her.
Meanwhile Kasia – who had the footballer’s name tattooed on her ribcage – branded her ex ‘the devil’ and vowed to ‘speak up’ and ‘fight back’ once she had recovered from the break-up.
Just hours before she was found dead, Kasia had posted to Instagram talking about a ‘new chapter’ in her life.
The model’s heart-broken parents also told of their sadness at their daughter’s sudden death Wednesday.
In a statement they said: ‘It is with great dismay and sadness that we must confirm the unexpected death of our daughter Kasia on February 9th, 2021.
‘We thank you for the overwhelming sympathy, but at the same time ask you to refrain from expressions of grief so that we can find ourselves in these difficult hours.’
She was also mourned by model Lovelyn Enebechi, who had starred on TV show Germany’s Next Top Model where Kasia also rose to fame.
‘Rest in peace! You wonderful, great person, I miss you and I am incredibly sad,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘I would have loved to say goodbye to you and can not put into words how much I miss you, I will never forget you! I wish your family a lot of strength.
Boateng was the first to announce the split after Kasia wrote off his Mini in a crash in Berlin on January 5, with German media reporting that she was over the alcohol limit.
The sportsman said he was going to ‘take responsibility and act in the interests of [my] family’ while apologising ‘to everyone I’ve hurt especially with my ex-girlfriend and our children’.
In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Boateng then accused Kasia of blackmailing him with fake accusations of domestic abuse, while saying she has a ‘massive’ problem with alcohol.
He admitted cheating on ex Rebecca Silvera with Kasia, but said she was also controlling and abusive.
He said: ‘Kasia became my girlfriend by breaking the relationship with my ex-girlfriend Rebecca and my family and blackmailing me.
‘So I decided to stick with Kasia and try to make it work. Even making the relationship with her public was due to pressure from Kasia to do so. It wasn’t mine.
‘During our relationship, Kasia often threatened to destroy me. She threatened to ruin my career and even try to make me lose my children.
‘Kasia said she would do so by accusing me of beating her. She knew that my children’s mother accused me of the same thing and that we have a lawsuit over it.
‘Kasia contacted my children’s mother and said she would help her in court. Everything just to destroy me.’
He even went so far as to claim that the model used fake social media profiles to attack him and ‘spread lies’.
‘I hope she gets help that she urgently needs,’ he added.
But Kasia hit back, saying she had in fact ended the relationship because of Boateng’s ‘lies and constant infidelity’.
In a final parting shot, Kasia branded Boateng ‘the devil’ and said: ‘I will definitely speak up, but I have to collect myself. Please give me time.
‘I will fight back! Because I’ve never been so deceived, used and lied to. Give me a moment.’
At the time of Kasia’s death Boateng was in Qatar playing for Bayern in the Fifa Club World cup. The team won the semi-final on Monday night 2-0 against Egyptian side Al Ahly SC, and are due to play in the final on Thursday.
But Boateng will not be available after he requested to return to Munich, with coach Hansi Flick saying he will not be playing ‘until further notice’.
Boateng has three children, all from previous relationships, including nine-year-old twin daughters Soley and Lamia with ex-fiancee Sherin Senler and a five-year-old son, Jermar, by an unknown woman.
Noah is Kasia’s only child, born when she was aged 19 and in a previous relationship with a man whose name has not been made public.
Kasia rose to prominence on TV show Germany’s Next Top Model where she appeared in 2012, placing fourth in the competition.
Fab4Media, which represents Kasia, put out a statement on Instagram which reads: ‘We are deeply shocked and are mourning with Kasia’s family.’
Boateng admitted cheating on his previous girlfriend Rebecca with Kasia, but said she was controlling and abusive – using fake threats of domestic violence to ensure that he would stay with her
Rebecca Silvera, Boateng’s ex, accused Kasia in December last year of stealing the footballer from her by copying her, then of taunting her to ‘manipulate me and hurt me further’
Kasia (second from left) had risen to fame on TV show Germany’s Next Top Model where she appeared in 2012 aged just 17. She finished fourth, and went on to make a number of other TV appearances before she began dating Boateng
Countdown to tragedy: Jerome and Kasia’s relationship
October 2019: Boateng is thought to split with girlfriend Rebecca Silvera around this time to begin dating Kasia, with the pair first seen together in New York this month
December: Kasia posts her first photo of the pair together, with Boateng posting a love heart underneath
February 2020: Kasia uploads another image of the pair on Valentine’s Day, calling Boateng ‘my love’
December: Row erupts between Rebecca and Kasia, as the former takes to Instagram to accuse the latter of ‘stealing’ her boyfriend by copying and manipulating her. Kasia issues a public apology
January 2021: Kasia writes off Boateng’s Mini in a crash in Berlin, and is found to be over the drink-drive limit
February 2: Boateng announces the pair have split up on Instagram, saying it is time to ‘draw a line’ while apologizing to ‘to everyone I’ve hurt especially with my ex-girlfriend and our children’
She uses Instagram to brand Boateng ‘the devil’ while vowing to ‘speak up’ about the break-up once she has recovered
February 3: Boateng speaks out in German media to accuse Kasia of blackmailing him into a relationship, of sabotaging his relationships with his family and ex-girlfriend, and of having a ‘massive’ alcohol problem
February 9: Kasia is found dead in a Berlin apartment on her son Noah’s sixth birthday. Just hours earlier she had uploaded an Instagram story vowing to start a ‘new chapter’ in her life
Boateng has a long and troubled history with the women in his life, and is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Sherin Senler – the mother of his twin daughters – over claims he assaulted her in 2018.
The footballer is alleged to have thrown a small glass candle holder at her while on holiday, which his lawyers say is based on unproven third-party allegations.
Boateng and Senler began dating in 2007 but have had a stormy relationship which has seen them separate on numerous occasions amid allegations of repeated cheating, including with model Gina-Lisa Lohfink – though both parties have denied this.
The pair’s break up in 2011 – the same year twins Soley and Lamia were born – was so acrimonious that they were said to have only communicated through their lawyers.
Boateng and Senler, a former fashion student, rekindled their love in 2013 and got engaged the following year but are understood to have split again following the alleged assault in 2018.
In 2018, Boateng revealed he has a son – named Jermar – who was born three years earlier. At the time, he said the boy’s name comes from ‘the first letters of my name and his mother’s name’, though he has never revealed exactly who the mother is and has kept the boy largely out of the limelight.
The footballer was then involved in a relationship with Jamaican fashion model Rebecca Silvera, though it is unclear when exactly they started dating.
The pair dated until October 2019, when Boateng was first pictured with Kasia during a visit to New York.
Kasia confirmed their relationship was genuine in follow-up Instagram posts in December and on Valentine’s Day the following year, describing Boateng as ‘my love’.
But the romance headed into trouble in December last year as Rebecca took to Instagram to accuse Kasia of stealing Boateng from her by copying and manipulating her.
Boateng then split off from Kasia earlier this month, apologising to Rebecca and his family and saying it is ‘time to take responsibility’.
Kasia subsequently accused Boateng of ‘continuous infidelity’, though she did not reveal who the alleged trysts had been with.
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Police said they were called to an apartment block in Berlin at 8.30pm on Tuesday to reports of a suicide, and found a dead body (pictured, the apartment)
This is the Berlin apartment block where Kasia’s body was found, which had Boateng’s initials on the front doorbell
Boateng was in Qatar as the news broke on Wednesday, where he had been playing in the Fifa Club World Cup for Bayern. The team has since announced that he is returning to Germany, and will be unavailable until further notice