It’s hard out there for a WAG.
Most Americans who haven’t caught an episode of E!’s new documentary-style reality show Wags may not know this term.
The word is an acronym for “wives and girlfriends” of high-profile athletes and, legend has it, started in the UK.
“Victoria Beckham is considered the queen WAG,” reports Nicole Williams, a castmate on the show — airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays — thanks to her four-year relationship with Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Larry English. “As David Beckham’s wife, she’s highest on the WAG scale.”
Being married is usually the best position to be in when it comes to this high-drama series, which centers around seven women intimately involved with NFL stars.
Williams, a model, breaks down the types of females in her crew: “There’s definitely a hierarchy. You’ve got the stay-at-home moms — which is a full-time job in and of itself — and you have fiancées who are busy with careers. Then it branches out to the girlfriends whom the wives and fiancées don’t necessarily want to hang out with because they don’t know how long they are going to be around.”
The native Canadian finds herself in the latter category, and often feels left out.
“Trying to be accepted and trying to prove that I’m in it for the long term, that’s my biggest challenge,” says the beautiful brunette who met English at a birthday party in Los Angeles while he was with the San Diego Chargers. “I have an amazing man. We have a home together. I see a future for us.”
English was fine with his lady going on a TV show but did pass on a warning beforehand.
“At first he kind of laughed,” she said of the handsome defensive end. “But then he said, ‘As long as you have fun with it. People are going to trash talk and hate on you so keep a thick skin.’ He was open to it and wanted what’s best for me.”
Williams also wants what is best for English and tries to attend as many of his games as possible. Growing up as a “tomboy” with two younger brothers, she has a good understanding of the sport and can appreciate English’s skills on the field.
“It’s so rewarding to see him come out afterward looking really happy after going full force,” she says. “This is his dream.”
Moving to Tampa has been an adjustment for Williams, who recently signed with Wilhelmina Models in Miami Beach. The pace is a lot slower than L.A. and the weather a little less, um, temperate.
“I do a lot of watching TV with my two French bulldogs, Ace and Jasmine. If I take them outside they walk three steps and start hyperventilating,” she says, laughing. “They literally lie down and I have to pull them. I’m like, ‘Oh, man.’”
They’re high maintenance, those little pooches. “I love them so much, but they’re on 24/7, around the clock, and need so much attention,” says the animal lover who eventually wants to start a foundation for rescues. “They’re like kids. They sleep between Larry and me in the bed. So I guess I’m more prepared for motherhood now!”
Williams, who is also working on a swimwear line, has no regrets about being on the show, despite the catfights.
“Not that it affects my everyday life, but the girls get on me about being insecure about Larry being faithful to me,” she complains. “But I say, ‘We’re all women. We all have insecurities.’ And we want our men with us!
“It doesn’t matter if my boyfriend is a dentist or a superstar athlete. Do you want strange women being around him when you’re not around? It’s unfortunate. Some women are spiteful. They’ll come after a guy just because he’s taken. It’s a game to them.”