Birmingham rugby player Levi Davis could be ‘running from something’ says foster mother

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The Birmingham-born rugby player and X Factor: Celebrity singer has been missing in Spain for over a week

Missing Birmingham-born rugby player Levi Davis said he felt his ‘life was in danger’ before he went missing in Spain, according to his foster mum.

The former Bath Rugby player and X-Factor: Celebrity singer has been missing for almost two weeks following a holiday in Spain.

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Davis announced to his close friend Richard Squire - who lives in Ibiza - that he was going to catch a boat off the island and travel to Barcelona.

The England Rugby star was last seen filming a video at The Old Irish Pub, off the Catalan capital’s tourist street La Rambla on October 29. His foster mum Suzanne Balfour has told how Davis said in a now deleted video that he was being ‘blackmailed’ and that his ‘life was in danger’.

Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley, Suzanne also said that Levi was ‘frightened’ and could have been ‘running from something’. She said he told a friend he ‘had to get out of Ibiza.’

In September 2020, Davis came out as bisexual in an interview with the Daily Mail. He is the first professional rugby union player to come out as bisexual while still playing. He said he had experienced anxiety and depression before coming out.

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Levi Davis briefly featured for Worthing Raiders in the 2021/22 season. Photo: Stephen GoodgerLevi Davis briefly featured for Worthing Raiders in the 2021/22 season. Photo: Stephen Goodger
Levi Davis briefly featured for Worthing Raiders in the 2021/22 season. Photo: Stephen Goodger

When Burley asked Suzanne if Levi’s sexuality could have been related to the alleged blackmail, she said: “I have no idea. Last year we did speak about his sexuality and how he felt, but I have no idea how that has transpired to today.

‘I don’t know what’s going on, he might be just frightened, he did say in that video that his life was in danger, I don’t know whether he’s running from something, I just don’t know.”

Rugby star Levi Davis missing: X Factor singer’s mum makes urgent appeal for son last seen in Spain last monthRugby star Levi Davis missing: X Factor singer’s mum makes urgent appeal for son last seen in Spain last month
Rugby star Levi Davis missing: X Factor singer’s mum makes urgent appeal for son last seen in Spain last month

Who is the former Bath Rugby star?

Levi Davis was born in Birmingham, on 12 March 1998.

He played for Bath Rugby in the Premiership in 2019, and also had a spell on with Ealing Trailfinders on loan for the remainder of the 2019–20 RFU Championship. The 24-year-old currently plays for Worthing Raiders in the National League 2 South as a wing.

Davis took part in The X Factor: Celebrity in late 2019, as part of the group Try Star along with fellow rugby union players Thom Evans and Ben Foden, coming 5th in the competition.

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