RIO Ferdinand's stalker yesterday denied making his life hell - insisting: "We go way back. I'm a one-man woman."
Obsessed Susanne Ibru, 38, described in court as a fantasist, hinted she would continue to hound the Manchester United star.
She said: "I genuinely care about him. Rio knows that I've not harassed him. I don't want to hurt him."But hours after Ibru spoke to The Sun she was hauled into court, where her violent history was spelled out.It was revealed she has been jailed for attempted wounding and has convictions for carrying a knife, criminal damage and public order offences. She faces a new charge of assaulting a WPC who arrested her.
An Old Trafford source said Rio, 32, would be horrified, adding: "He knew she was obsessed with him. But he hadn't got a clue about this nasty side to her."
Earlier yesterday Ibru told The Sun she did not believe the England defender was married to wife Rebecca, mum of his three kids.
She said: "Is he really married? Have you seen a wedding certificate?"
Ibru, who lives on the council estate in Peckham, South London, where Rio grew up, also insisted her harassment conviction for repeatedly turning up at his home in the early hours was "total crap".
She added: "How do I know where he lives? Not everyone knows where a footballer lives. If I turned up at his house or not, that's not the question is it?
"How do I know where he lives? He never showed me where he lives or told me.
"I'm not a football fan, I don't really mix with football fans. I do club with a lot of footballers. And I have dated a few of them, but that would be telling. Me and Rio go way back. I'm a one-man woman." Ibru fled Macclesfield Magistrates Court on Monday just before she was convicted - and Judge Nicholas Sanders issued an arrest warrant.
She was seized by police yesterday morning in Warrington, Cheshire - about 20 miles from Rio's £4million Alderley Edge mansion.
Within hours she was in Crewe Magistrates Court.
Prosecutor Ian Davies said: "During the course of her arrest another incident occurred which has led to the further charge of assaulting a constable."
Ibru was remanded in custody. She will be back in court today when a sentencing date will be set for the harassment charge. The case may be adjourned for psychiatric reports. On Monday the court heard Ibru harassed Rio and Rebecca three times in four months by turning up at their mansion in the early hours after a 200-mile trip from her home.
Ibru claimed she met Rio at his stepfather's mother's house in Peckham 13 years ago and went to his mansion to "resolve" issues.
Rio said he had no idea what she was talking about. He said her visits left him angry and concerned.
During the hearing Ibru, who was defending herself, cross-examined Rio. As he left court she told him: "I'll be seeing you soon." Rio watched United's match with Newcastle from the stands sitting behind Sir Bobby Charlton last night. - By GUY PATRICK theSun.UK