Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Football star Joao Pedro is dating 15-year-old Brazilian actress Mel Maia

Watford's new signing Joao Pedro is dating 15-year-old Brazilian TV star Mel Maia.

Pedro, 18, completed his move to the Hornets at the start of the January window, and has since been settling into life in England.

And the forward was paid a visit by his girlfriend just last week, with Pedro then uploading a picture to Instagram of them kissing on Southwark Bridge.

The legal age of consent in the UK is 16, compared with 14 in their native Brazil.

A Watford spokesman told the Star: "Both Joao and his girlfriend are acutely aware of both the legality and cultural differences between the UK and Brazil.

"She has flown back to Brazil, will remain resident there and has no intention of returning to England until after her 16th birthday.”

The pair have been in a relationship since September - the same month as Pedro's birthday, while Maia does not turn 16 until May.

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