Will Lance Armstrong’s Girlfriend Stand by His Side?

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Lance Armstrong‘s doping confession heard ’round the world has alienated fans and ruined million-dollar sponsorship deals, but will the woman closest to him also turn her back on the shamed cyclist?

According to her father, the answer is no.

“Listen, things obviously went haywire for him, but my daughter is a very strong person,” David Hansen told Celebuzz of his offspring — and Armstrong’s girlfriend — Anna.  “I think she will probably stand by him.”

Armstrong, 41, and Anna, 10 years his junior, began dating in 2008 after meeting by way of his charity work . They went on to have two children together: a son, Maxwell, who was born in 2009, and a daughter, Olivia Marie, born in 2010.

Now, after the cyclist’s doping confession to Oprah Winfrey, the couple have reportedly fled to Hawaii with their children to escape the press and paparazzi. But regardless of the hasty retreat, Anna’s father believes his daughter can cope with the pressure.



“I think she will do really well,” he said from his home in Colorado. “My daughter is a very strong-willed and independent woman. When she was younger, I would take both Anna and her brother back-packing and camping, and she is very tough.

“She always had a positive ‘get up and go’ attitude, and that will serve her well now. Anna is very level-headed.”

On Thursday, Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to Winfrey, admitting that he doped in some form for each of his seven Tour de France victories, though he maintained that the last time that he “crossed that line” was in 2005.

And what did Anna make of the revelations? Her father believes she’d find them disturbing because of her aversion to drugs.

“At the moment, I am trying to reflect on what Lance said, although some of it is troubling because I know my daughter would never take or even consider using drugs,” he said.

Luckily, Anna will have her father’s full support, should she need it.

“Obviously, I will be there for my daughter if she needs me because we are a very close-knit family, but I am trying to give her some space just now because they both have a lot to handle,” he said. ”

“Anna will talk things through with Lance and make up her own mind about what he has to say. We last spoke three weeks ago and she was happy and doing fine.”

And, in case you’re wondering, David added: “She did not mention that he was going to confess to Oprah.”

Armstrong was previously married to Kristin Richard from 1998 to 2003. The couple has a son, Luke Armstrong, 13, and 11-year-old twin daughters Isabelle and Grace.

He also had high-profile relationships with singer Sheryl Crow, from 2003 to 2006, and actress Kate Hudson in 2008.

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