CHARLOTTE Church's family was rocked last night by a lurid sex story in a national Sunday newspaper.
A woman claiming to be the secret lover of the singer's step-dad has revealed she is the real reason behind Charlotte's mum's suspected pill overdose.
Speaking to a Sunday paper last night, 30-year-old Anna Goddard, from West Wales, claimed James Church joined her in a string of drug-fuelled threesomes behind his wife Maria's back.
Working as a trainee cook at their Cardiff pub The Robin Hood in April, blonde Anna alleges that from the out-set James Church, 40, pursued her for sex and confided in her about being a 'player' with numerous girlfriends.
"I feel so sorry for Maria," she told the newspaper. "James treats her like a dog, then goes off and leaves her to drink herself into a stupor."
And of Maria's recent alleged overdose, she said: "She was in turmoil and thought she was going to lose the man she loved and their 13-year marriage," adding that the situation came to a head after Maria confided in Charlotte about the affair.
Anna claims that James told her that the singer "blew her top" when she discovered the truth and that a huge family row erupted at their home.
"It's been left to Charlotte to pick up the pieces and hold the family together."
Anna claimed she had sex with James for the first time in April after he crept into bed with her as she slept in one of their spare rooms.
"We had sex while Maria was asleep in the other room. After that we started sneaking off together."
Anna also alleges she was lured into a menage-a-trois with a brunette, the first of about 13 or 14 threesomes she claims she had with James Church.
Anna says she asked James to leave Maria, but he told her: "I can't, it would cost too much to divorce."
Last night, neither Maria or James Church were available for comment.