While girls lose their appetite or balloon by eating everything in sight, Ryan Giggs' emotional struggle has manifest itself by turning him grey.
The football ace showcased a grey beard and sideburns as walked through Manchester Airport ahead of his pre-season tour of America.
His white hair was far more prominent than it was last year, when he had a tinge of silver during a press conference in April at Old Trafford.
Giggs failed to break into a smile when one fan shouted: 'Have you got a sponsorship deal with Durex yet?'
The dad-of-two has been under the media glare in recent weeks, following his six-month affair with Big Brother glamour model Imogen Thomas.
Compared to last year, the 37-year-old looked gaunt and underweight with sunken eyes.
His suit jacket seemed to dwarf his petite frame and his cheekbones protruded from his face with more prominence than usual.
Another onlooker at the airport said: 'Ryan really looked as if he has aged, presumably because of all the trouble he's been having.
'Everyone knows he's growing grey on top but the beard made him look even older than the youthful look fans have always expected of him.
'He looked really gloomy as he went to the airport and trudged through the arrivals lounge like an old man.
'In fact he looked more like Harold Shipman than a Premiership footballer.
'When the fan shouted out about the deal with Durex he was totally expressionless.
'He knows it is only the start of things to come when he returns to the football field.
'Meanwhile Wayne (Rooney) looked years younger now he's had the hair transplant. It seems to have put a real spring in his step.'
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