Lucky lottery winner splits with interior designer girlfriend after mansion

EUROMILLIONS winner Gareth Bull has split with his interior designer girlfriend after building his huge mansion.

Gareth, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, splashed a whopping £40.6million on his luxury home.


The lucky winner instantly became a millionaire after hitting the jackpot in 2012Credit: PA
Despite the win, he wasn't as lucky with his love life


Despite the win, he wasn’t as lucky with his love lifeCredit: PA

The lucky winner, 52, instantly became a millionaire after hitting the jackpot in January 2012.

Despite his lavish new lifestyle, Mr Bull hasn’t been as lucky in love.

After a series of failed relationships, Gareth found love again with interior designer Victoria Melling, 47.

The couple met while Gareth was building his massive new mansion – and had reportedly been together for over two years.

Snaps on their social media accounts show the couple travelling together and sharing romantic holidays in upmarket hotels around the world.

On a series of posts together, the mum-of-one described Gareth as her “knight in shining armour”.

Other pictures reveal the couple loved up in the luxurious Grand Hotel in Malta.

But Victoria, who owns interior design shop Furnish Your Interior, has now revealed that she and Gareth put an end to the relationship.

She told MailOnline: “I did design his house and I helped design his villa in Tenerife, but we are no longer together.

“I stayed there a lot, but I never moved in.”

The 6,000 sq foot mansion boasts an artificial lake filled with rehomed fish, a lodge and floating fireplaces.

The massive four-bedroom property also has a swimming pool with programmable waves, a sound system built into the ceilings, three bars and two hot tubs.

The EuroMillions winner said: “The house is extra special because I did so much of the work myself, and during the pandemic too.

“It helped me through lockdown, and I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had this to work on. It was the perfect distraction with a great reward at the end of it.”

The former self-employed builder was previously married to long-time wife Catherine and the pair had two sons.

But the couple split in 2016 and divorced the following year.

Shortly after, he had a fling with Donna Desporte after meeting at a bar in Spanish resort Tenerife.

However, their relationship went south when Donna decided to publish an e-book called “Google Me, No Lies” about her nine-month fling.

She spoke about how he wooed her during a lads’ holiday in Tenerife using the chat up line: “Google me.”

Gareth was then forced to take legal action against his former partner.

London’s High Court granted a permanent injunction in 2019 barring her from publishing passages about Gareth as well as using four photos he had “taken privately”.

He was also granted a restraining order in 2021 preventing her from bringing legal action against him.

Donna, who was in a relationship with Gareth for nine months, had lodged a series of claims causing him “needless ­confusion, anxiety and distress”, the High Court ruled.

She insisted to publicly speak out on their relationship to hit back at allegations she was a “gold digger”.

At the time the judge said: “Donna Desporte has persistently made totally without merit applications in a number of actions over an extended period.

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“They have been certified as totally without merit by experienced judges at every level from the Master up to the Court of Appeal.

“These totally meritless applications have occupied a large amount of court time and resources, as well as Gareth Bull’s resources, over a number of years.”

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