Arsenal has been undergoing a rather rough patch. The team has been so poor this year that a distraught and not smart fan committed suicide. As if that wasn’t enough, news has emerged that the mother of player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, claims she is homeless and has been living in a metal storage container.
Jules Niles says she has to sneak past staff at the Big Yellow Storage warehouse to sleep in the 10ft square metal box – despite her son earning 4,191,407 shillings a week.
The 38-year-old has been living in for the box for the past three months after her relationship with Ainsley, 20, broke down and he refused to be a guarantor so she could rent a flat.
“It’s a metal container with no windows or carpet. There is no toilet or washing facilities. It’s not a home. I know what home feels like – to be able to shower, brush your teeth and sit in your room. Most of all, I miss my family. It’s horrible. I just want to know what I’ve done wrong. It is heartbreaking. The area is covered in snow and it’s not been above freezing for days. I heard a homeless man died here overnight on Thursday.”
Ainsley – rated at £15m – lives in a 98 million shilling luxury apartment in Finchely, North London; with his brother Cordi, 23 and a charity worker, while his mum sleeps on a bare mattress in an industrial unit just off the M25 in Hertfordshire. The mother believes there are dark forces that are behind her estrangement from her son.
“It wouldn’t matter if Ainsley lost all the money tomorrow. He and Cordi are my sons and I love them. I just want them to know that.”
A source close to Ainsley said he was unaware Jule was living in a storage container and added he has given her money and continues to do so.