She is notoriously private and has shunned all social media and instead focuses her energy on charitable causes
RAFA Nadal’s long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello has shunned the media spotlight over the years despite dating one of the world’s top sportsmen.
But what’s Xisca’s background and what has she previously said about her reluctant fame? Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Xisca Perello and how old is she?
Xisca Perello – born Maria Francisca Perello – is a 28-year-old insurance worker and business graduate.
She’s best known for being in a relationship with tennis ace Rafael Nadal and she also serves as project director for the RafaNadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago.
The pair reportedly started dating in 2005 despite having known each other for a number of years before.
Xisca and Rafael, 30, are yet to publicly announce an engagement or plans for marriage.
Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal’s tennis matches?
In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal’s tennis matches in a bid to preserve their relationship.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out.
“It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.”
Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?
Xisca Perello doesn’t have any public social media channels.
However, admiring fans have set up social media accounts to share pictures of the 28-year-old.
Xisca has previously spoken out about avoiding fame and celebrity status.
She explained: “It’s not a world I want to be part of, nor do I think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who looked for that in life.”
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