Tennis star Martina Navratilova announced that she is battling throat and breast cancer. In 2010, the former world number one underwent treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

“This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I’m hoping for a favourable outcome. It’s going to stink for a while but I will fight with all I have got,” Navratilova stated.

Martina Navratilova is married to Russian model Julia Lemigova. 

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Who is Julia Lemigova, Martina Navratilova’s wife?

Julia Lemigova, a Russian former model and Miss USSR 1990, was born on June 26, 1972. She is married to Martina Navratilova. She is a cast member of The Real Housewives of Miami on the Bravo reality television network.

The Red Army colonel’s daughter is Julia Lemigova. Lemigova finished as the first runner-up at Miss USSR in 1990, however she was promoted to win the title after Maria Kezha was disqualified for not being of legal age.

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Lemigova, Miss USSR 1990, represented the Soviet Union at the Miss Universe pageant in 1991 and finished as the second runner-up.

After winning the title of Miss USSR, Lemigova relocated to Western Europe. She finally made Paris her home, where she built her first salon, Joiya spa, in 2003 and debuted a skincare and spa line, Russie Blanche, in 2009.

Lemigova became the third former Miss Universe finalist to join a Real Housewives franchise after Kenya Moore (Miss USA 1993, Miss Universe 1993 Top 6 Finalist) from Atlanta (seasons 5-10, 12-present) and Joyce Giraud (Miss Universe Puerto Rico 1998, Miss Universe 1998 2nd-Runner-Up) from Beverly Hills when her casting for season 4 of The Real Housewives of Miami was announced in 2021.

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Lemigova started dating banker Édouard Stern in 1997. They had a kid together, Maximilian, who passed away from shaken infant syndrome while being looked after by a new nanny.

On December 15, 2014, in New York, Lemigova wed Martina Navratilova, her longtime companion.