Martina Navratilova has settled with her ex-lover Toni Layton for an estimated million — following a bitter legal battle in which Layton threatened to reveal the tennis legend’s secrets.
Navratilova, who has 18 Grand Slam titles to her name, proposed to Lemigova while the television cameras rolled at this year's US Open in September. "I was so overwhelmed and surprised," she told the British news outlet.
"But by proposing and marrying in such a public I way I hope we'll give inspiration to families like ours, that they too can be married legally one day." PHOTOS: Celeb coming out stories Navratilova came out as gay in 1981 and has been dating Lemigova since 2006.
In 1997 she was reported to have been in a relationship with Édouard Stern, the French banker who was found shot dead following an apparent sex game in Geneva in 2005 long after their relationship had ended.
Tracy Austin, the former US Open champion, was one of the first high-profile figures from the world of tennis to tweet her congratulations, while Navratilova herself thanked fans for their well-wishes via the social network.
How To Have A Better Breakup Toni said that Martina abruptly dumped her in January 2008 after they'd been together for eight years, and that she changed the locks on their Florida home.
The ensuing court battle was over four homes, several cars, a collection of artwork, a boat, and a Florida animal sanctuary, which kind of puts your squabbles over that U2 album into perspective, no?
She said: "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me. The 24-year-old became the first Japanese player to reach a grand slam final after a 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win.
"I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'."People took to social networking site Twitter to congratulate the former world number one and 18-time women's singles Grand Slam champion. Tammy Vent posted: "Wait, @Martina Navratilova just proposed to longtime girlfriend?!!
Tennis great Martina Navratilova has settled a lawsuit brought by her ex-wife, paying Toni Layton million for her silence after a two-year court battle.
Toni, who left her husband for Martina, had threatened to air all of the couple's dirty laundry if she wasn't paid off. It is more like a storage facility full of them, and I know them all," she said in 2008.
The 57-year-old, who is arguably one of the greatest players to grace a tennis court, popped the question at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. And Russell Fuller tweeted: "Martina Navratilova has just proposed to her girlfriend via the big screen on the Arthur Ashe stadium .. "Martina thanked people for their well wishes by tweeting: "Thanks everyone for your good wishes- I am very happy, so is Julia and our whole family:)".