Their daughter Liberty was born later that year – seven weeks premature and weighing only 3lb.
Giggs was said to be so bowled over by the emotions of fatherhood that he proposed marriage to her in the delivery room. She even went so far as to kick him out in 2005 – he was sent to live with his mother after an indiscretion reached her ears.
Instead, that person must show they have the 'X Factor' to persuade judge to avoid simply splitting the pot in two, they said.
Ryan Giggs has earned a reputation as a womaniser, so his fling with Imogen Thomas, pictured yesterday, left, will come as no surprise to some.
Giggs, who stands to lose a share of his fortune, initially argued that he made a 'special contribution' to the creation of wealth during his marriage to estranged wife Stacey.
A judge overseeing the dispute at hearings in the Family Division heard that Giggs would call witnesses to support his 'special contribution' claim at any trial.
His children are still young – Liberty is eight and Zach just four.
While there might be a melancholy atmosphere behind doors at their mansion in Worsley, which features a glass tower and an indoor pool, complete with a Welsh Dragon design on the tiles, perhaps it’s not the end for Ryan and Stacey.