Ian Garry wife’s book ‘How to be a WAG’: Everything you need to know about Layla Machado’s controversial book

Discover the intriguing personal and professional life of Layla Anna-Lee, amidst controversies surrounding her marriage to UFC fighter Ian Garry.


Ian Garry wife’s book ‘How to be a WAG’: Everything you need to know about Layla Machado’s controversial book

'How to be a WAG'- a book by Ian Garry's wife (Image via: X, Amazon)

Ian Garry and his wife Layla Machado Garry, better known as Layla Anna-Lee, recently garnered controversy due to a variety of reasons. One of the reasons for the controversy arose due to a 2012 book written by Anna-Lee. The name of the book is ‘How to be a WAG.’ The term WAG is a slang word for wives and girlfriends, particularly of elite athletes.

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The controversy began with the age difference between the two. Anna-Lee is 14 years older than Ian Garry. The controversy surrounding the surname change soon followed in the couple’s lives. Post-marriage, Garry changed his surname from Garry to Machado-Garry. Machado is the maiden name of his wife. Moreover, the news of his wife’s ex, Richard Cullen, broke out. Apparently, Cullen is Ian Machado Garry’s nutritionist.

What is the profession of the wife of Ian Garry, better known as Layla Anna-Lee?

Layla Anna-Lee is a Brazilian-British television presenter. She was born to a Brazilian mother and a British father, hence the peculiar name. She is renowned for her work in sports broadcasting and children’s entertainment. In her illustrious career, she has worked for Nickelodeon, Eurosport, Sky Sports, ESPN, and BT Sports to name a few.

Layla Machado Garry interviews Neymar
Layla Machado Garry interviews Neymar (Image via: Layla)

Interestingly, she has also authored a book called ‘How to be a WAG.’ The book is available on Amazon but has a meager 1-star rating. Nevertheless, the book is now garnering controversy 12 years after its publication. It is due to Anna-Lee’s marriage with a much younger athlete, Ian Garry. The relationship resembles what Anna-Lee wrote in the book.

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What is in the controversial book, ‘How to be a WAG?’, by Layla Machado Garry?

How to be a WAG‘ is a guidebook written by Layla Anna-Lee, now Layla Machado Garry. The book was published on March 25, 2012, by Create Digital Publishing Ltd, a company specializing in publishing e-books and audiobooks. Interestingly, the book is only 11 pages long.

Wife of Ian Garry attracting controversy for the book title 'How to be a WAG'
Wife of Ian Garry attracting controversy for the book title ‘How to be a WAG’ (Image via: Instagram, X)

The book targets a smaller demographic of women informally called ‘Gold Diggers.’ Through the book, Anna-Lee guides aspiring ‘WAGs’ to pursue and get the life they hoped for by creating a relationship with a very rich athlete. During its publication, Anna-Lee was covering English Premier League content. Therefore, the book targeted women who wanted to become ‘WAGs’ of top footballers in England.

What instructions are given, and who is the target audience in ‘How to be a WAG?’

The book gives instructions related to diet, makeup, party lifestyle, and paparazzi engagement. The author provides in detail what diet to follow, what makeup to wear, how to party, and how to engage with paparazzi in the book. It aims to attract top footballers from the English Premier League at the time.

WAGs of English Football Team
WAGs of English Football Team (Image via: X/FourFourTwo)

In 2012, Fernando Torres was a big name as a striker for Liverpool FC. He was single at the time, and he was a primary target in the book. The book promises women to be like Coleen Rooney, Cheryl Cole, and Victoria Beckham. All the aforementioned women married rich footballers Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, and David Beckham. Nevertheless, the book did not gain success at the time of publication. However, it found notoriety 12 years later.

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However, once the book gained traction as a controversial book, Layla went on Instagram to reveal the intention of the book. This is what she said:

Anyone who takes it as fact has completely missed the mark. Sarcasm isn't well taken, especially with the American audiences. British humor and British sarcasm is often lost. At the time, it was a huge success, and people got the joke.
Layla Anna-Lee via Instagram story

She also stated that the book should be looked into the context of the 2010 FIFA World Cup when it was released. Despite the general consensus, she clarified that WAG had nothing to do with age. It was just a commentary from the 2010 FIFA World Cup which she covered.

FAQs

What is the book written by Layla Machado Garry?

How to be a WAG?

When was ‘How to be a WAG’ published?

March 25, 2012

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Who are the famous WAGs mentioned in the book ‘How to be a WAG’?

Coleen Rooney, Cheryl Cole, and Victoria Beckham

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