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Oscar Pistorius, his girlfriends and his guns

He was voted as one of Time Magazines 100 most influential people in the world. She voted by another magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful women in the world. The pair had been called South Africa’s ‘golden couple’.

But the dark and complex life of ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius emerged as he was charged with the Valentine’s Day murder of his model girlfriend.

High-Flying Adored

He was once adored by the public but lived a private life said to be filled with guns, fast cars and beautiful women. But now Oscar is being called a playboy who loves guns.

It was at London’s Paralympics  when Oscar Pistorius’ mask first slipped. The South African sprinter, whose heroic effort to compete against able-bodied athletes had seen him take part in the Olympics the month before, responded to his first defeat in a 200m final by rounding on the man who had beaten him.

“We aren’t racing a fair race,” he complained.

Oscar Pistorius was facing disciplinary action over his extraordinary outburst after  his defeat by Brazilian Alan Oliveira.  After the race, the 25-year-old South African launched a tirade against his rival, accusing him of using blades that gave him an unfair advantage.

Oscar Pistorius was facing disciplinary action over his extraordinary outburst after his defeat by Brazilian Alan Oliveira. After the race, the 25-year-old South African launched a tirade against his rival, accusing him of using blades that gave him an unfair advantage.

Pistorius, the poster boy with the thousand-watt smile, accused Brazilian victor Alan Oliveira of cheating by using longer prosthetic blades than his own, and even implied that he may have been getting a boost by other means. Considering his own battles with those who have accused him of gaining an unfair advantage from his carbon-fibre prosthetics, it was a graceless reaction. It was also the first time the public at large caught a glimpse of what many closer observers had known for some time: that the Blade Runner had a furious temper. He has always had a temper – “The Blade Runner” just kept it well hidden.

September’s outburst at Oliveira tarnished his image and forced him to issue a public apology. But he seemed to have recovered his fairy-tale touch on the final day of the London Games, when he won the 400m and earned a standing ovation from the 80,000 crowd.

Tom Hanks started bidding for the film rights to the story of the young South African with the J-shaped prosthetics. The plot was compelling: the first double-amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic Games, who was listed in 2012 by Time magazine among the world’s 100 most-influential people.

Complex Love Life

Quinton-Van-Der-Burgh

However, back home in South Africa there were further signs of his combustible character when he hit the headlines in December after allegedly threatening to break the legs of businessman Quinton van der Burgh, whom he reportedly accused of an illicit tryst with a girl he had also been seeing.

Quinton, Oscar and Marc exchanged threats via SMS during which Pistorius is alleged to have told former soccer player and Supersport presenter, Marc Batchelor, he would break his legs.

Quinton, Oscar and Marc exchanged threats via SMS during which Pistorius is alleged to have told former soccer player and Supersport presenter, Marc Batchelor, he would break his legs.

According to newspaper reports, the sportsman approached South African football player Marc Batchelor in the VIP room of a horse racing track and verbally threatened him.

Perhaps due in part to his sudden financial and sporting success, Pistorius has a notoriously complex love life.

Prior to their split, he spent a year and a half dating Cape Town marketing student Samantha Taylor.

 

The Player

But even while he was with Miss Taylor, he was linked with numerous other women, including Russian model Anastassia Khozissova.   Pistorius was first seen with Miss Steenkamp at an awards ceremony in South Africa in November. At the time, the FHM model said the pair were ‘just friends’.

But when it became clear that Pistorius and Steenkamp were in fact dating, the sportsman’s then ex Samantha Taylor said: ‘Oscar has such a way with women. She’s probably not the only one he’s got.”

Miss Taylor went on to tell South Africa’s City Press newspaper that ‘Oscar is certainly not what people think he is.’

Samantha Taylor and Oscar appeared on the beaches of the Seychelles in the SABC3 magazine show Top Billing.  Taylor initially told Press that Reeva is dating one of Pistorius’ friends, but later said “She has been following me for a long time on Instagram (a photo-sharing system on Twitter) and knows exactly where I am and everything going on in my relationship with Oscar,” she said.

Samantha Taylor and Oscar appeared on the beaches of the Seychelles in the SABC3 magazine show Top Billing. Taylor initially told Press that Reeva is dating one of Pistorius’ friends, but later said “She has been following me for a long time on Instagram (a photo-sharing system on Twitter) and knows exactly where I am and everything going on in my relationship with Oscar,” she said.

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