Tanya Jones puts on a brave face as she jets to LA as Russian singer claims she has been seeing Vinnie for a year
21:32 GMT, 15 October 2012
Her husband claims to be the victim of a set up after images of him kissing another woman emerged yesterday.
But instead of crumbling under the strain of recent Tanya Jones is putting on a brave face.
The wife of football-turned-actor Vinnie was seen making her way through Heathrow airport today and she appeared calm and composed.
Putting on a brave face: Tanya Jones was seen flying out of Heathrow airport earlier today after images of her husband Vinnie kissing another woman have emerged
A spokesperson for Mr Jones told
MailOnline: 'Tanya Jones is en route back to Los Angeles to spend time
with her daughter and is handling herself correctly and with dignity.'
Tanya appeared well-groomed and
dressed in a simply black shift dress, boots and a Louis Vuitton scarf
as she made her way to the flight.
While she headed to LA her husband of 18-years is back in Russia filming.
His representative said: 'Vinnie is
in Russia filming the second portion of his national Geographic
documentary. Vinnie remains committed only to his family at this time
and looks forward to seeing them soon upon his return from filming.'
According to The Sun Russian singer Lama Safonova has said she has been seeing Vinnie for a year.
Chic and stylish: The 46-year-old was well presented and well groomed as she made her way through the terminal
The paper quotes her as saying: 'If you’re waiting for me to betray my sweetheart or hurt him, it won’t happen. There is no need to make a scandal of our relations.'
However Vinnie's representative denies the claims and told MailOnline today the accusations he had known her a year are: 'Completely untrue. He met her two weeks ago when filming a documentary. Vinnie has never been to Russia prior to this.'
Meanwhile on her website today she posted: 'When the time will come – I'll give an interview. Thank you.'
Getting close: Footage of Vinnie Jones and Lama Safonova kissing in public – as shown on Russia's Life News
Snap: Safonova and Jones pose together for a photograph, which the singer later posted online
Jones had admitted: 'I am humiliated, embarrassed and very sorry for this incident', but added: 'It was a complete set-up, the whole thing.'
He said: 'I totally love my wife Tanya and my two children. I am very sorry and my only concern right now is them.'
Last week Safonova posted pictures of herself hugging the star on her blog with the caption: 'Fab weekend! Vinnie Jones is teaching me English :))) He is a world legend of Hollywood cinema. Moscow, fab mood. Great mood, great people!'
Stills and video footage posted on the popular Russian website Life News show a grinning Jones walking hand-in-hand with Safonova down the street while attempting a conversation in rudimentary Russian.
If looks could kill: Lama Safonova posing with guns of a Russia Facebook-style website called vk.com
The pair stop for a passionate public embrace before Jones negotiates with a taxi driver who takes them to a nearby hotel, which they enter together.
The Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels star last night told The Mail on Sunday that he was the victim of a 2am honeytrap as he left a party to mark the end of filming.
'Her boyfriend was the interpreter so it's just a joke,' he said. 'I've seen [the pictures] I know what they look like. I met her for 15 minutes, just went for a drink at the party and that was it. She was there and my interpreter introduced me to her as his girlfriend. His name was Oliver.'
He said the boyfriend then disappeared. 'We got a lift back to the hotel because we were staying in the same hotel – that was the stitch-up. When we got to the hotel, the boyfriend was in the foyer.'
Embrace: Jones has claimed he was 'set-up' after being caught snogging Safonova
'Embarrassing': Jones said he had been introduced to Safonova as the girlfriend of his interpreter
Safonova, whose previous claim to fame was an appearance on a Russian reality TV show, clearly has much to gain from publicity from the liaison, and on Thursday she blogged: 'The whole of Europe, the whole of Hollywood, is now watching my personal life.'
However her spokeswoman last night refused to comment on the claims of a 'set-up' but denied the Russian had a boyfriend.
Jones's wife Tanya, who he first met when they were 12-year-old schoolchildren in Watford, was said to be 'mortified' by the images although appears to have accepted his explanation.
She is thought to have flown from their home in Los Angeles to be with
her husband, who is currently staying at the Shendish Manor hotel in
Hertfordshire – where he partied until 6.30am yesterday.
A friend in LA, where the couple live in a 4 million home in the Hollywood Hills, said: 'Tanya's upset that Vinnie has been so stupid. She's mortified by this. But she loves him and will stand by him.'
The original story was posted on the Russian site on October 1. It said: 'The actor invited the girl for a date. After spending a few hours in the studio, the lovers went out and began to kiss passionately.'
Forgiving: Vinnie with his wife Tanya, who is said to be standing by him and thought to have flown in
It quoted Safonova describing the actor as 'caring and loving . . . despite his grim appearance', adding: 'Vinnie asked me to play a role in a film which will start shooting in January along with Mickey Rourke.
'I didn't give my answer yet because my English is not good enough. But I will do my best to improve, and Vinnie really helps me in this.'
She also claimed he arranged to fly her to a film set 250 miles outside Moscow when he returns there later this month to resume work on the film Flight Redirected, described as 'Snatch meets The Hangover'.
Safonova – who is pictured on a Facebook-style website posing with two handguns – has appeared on the reality TV show Let's Get Married, when she said she was searching for 'a rich brunette man aged 25 to 50' Her real name appears to be Marina Safonova and she is the daughter of a Red Army tank commander from Siberia.
Honey trap The pair enter the Moscow hotel together after sharing a taxi
'Caring and loving': Safonova wrote online that what matters is 'heart, soul and this feeling inside'
Despite claiming to be 26, some reports suggest she was born in November 1974 which would make her 37.
On her blog posting last week, she claimed: 'I always try to protect my personal life and take it away from other eyes.
'I can tell one thing, I am not ashamed for what you've seen on your computer screens.
'This is life. And where there are sincere feelings there is no space for fears and doubts. Plus long kisses prolong life :)))'
Blonde bombshell: Safonova's previous claim to fame was an appearance on a Russian reality TV show
She does not explain how the footage came to be made. However, the way the camera follows her and Jones from above suggests the film crew were at least tipped off.
Jones demanded: 'How would you get a video with someone stood on the top of the building'
Her publicist added: 'Lama refuses to comment on anything to do with her relationship with Vinnie Jones.'
But in another web post Safonova wrote: 'It doesn't matter how well we know each other's language. What matters is heart, soul and this feeling inside that makes us live and shine from within.'
Smoking barrels: Lama, real name Marina, is is the daughter of a Red Army tank commander from Siberia
VIDEO: Vinnie Jones in a clinch with 26-year-old Russian singer Lama Safonova…