- The Arsenal star's mom lives in a storage container while he earns a massive salary
- His mom has been living on the streets for three months since their relationship broke down
- She raised her son and his brother in council houses and temporary housing
Ainsley Maitland-Niles' mother claims that she is forced to seek shelter in a crate while he earns R620 000-a-week.
He lives in a £700,000 apartment which he shares with his brother while his mom, Jule Niles, 38, has to sneak past warehouse staff in order to sleep in a three-metre metal storage crate.
She spent Christmas Day in the crate, cold and alone before she managed to get lunch at a nearby homeless shelter.
Jule has been on the streets for three months after she had a falling out with his son, Ainsley, 20.
He is worth R245-million.
She spends her days in coffee shops and spends R30 a day to use a shower at a local swimming pool to hide the fact that she is homeless.
She said: 'It's a metal container with no windows or carpet. There are no toilet or washing facilities. My son Ainsley could buy me a flat with two weeks or two month's wages. But the money's gone to his head and I'm in this position.'
'It's horrible. I just want to know what I've done wrong.'
Jule raised Ainsley and his brother, Cordi, in council houses and temporary housing in and around East London. They were so poor that she would often go hungry so that her boys could eat and often considered stealing food.
The family's fortunes changed when at 17, Ainsley debuted for the Gunners in the Champions League against Galatasaray.
After his first debut in the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United, he was asked what he would do with his match jersey.
He said: 'I think I'll frame it and give it to my mum.'
Things began to deteriorate in their relationship when the shared a three-bedroom house in Hertfordshire near the training grounds.
She was accused of clashing with the team's negotiator Richard Law and was arrested after the argument turned violent. She was released and the police did not charge her.
The next incident was when she was accused of leaving an indecent message on manager Mick McCarthy's phone after he refused to allow the 17-year-old Ainsley to attend the England kit launch.
Ainsley sent her on an extended holiday to Australia. When she returned she said that her sons were "off: with her.
She awoke one day to find that they had moved out. Jule is convinced that her son has been advised to stay away from her for the good of his career. She was given six months to find a new place to live and when she did no she was kicked out.
Her son has sent her money, hundreds of pounds at a time but she cannot secure accommodation without someone to act as a guarantor.
A source close to Ainsley said that he was not aware that she was living in a storage unit.
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