According to a Sunday tabloid, Bruce barred Amy from the Sunderland players’ Christmas party but the pair have dated secretly.
He was Charlton Athletic's top goalscorer for two consecutive seasons and joined Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £16.5 million in 2007.
After two seasons at Tottenham he joined Sunderland.
After a successful 18 months at Sunderland, he joined Aston Villa in 2011.
Bent had loans with Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County and after being released by Villa in 2015 joined Derby permanently.
He spent 2003–04 on loan at Leicester City, before he transferred to Everton in 2004.
Two years later he was sold on to Charlton Athletic.
His numerous transfer fees totalled over £10 million.
He began his career at Brentford in 1995, before he signed with Crystal Palace in 1998.
He made his debut for the senior England team in 2006 against Uruguay, and has since made 13 appearances for England, scoring four goals.
He scored his first goal on 7 September 2010 in a 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match victory against Switzerland.
One of the most popular players in the current squad, who is serenaded every week, Bent has embraced the North East and, as a Twitter obsessive, frequently speaks of his love for Sunderland and its people. His mother was racially abused by a Sunderland fan at Wigan last season, his car was pelted by Newcastle supporters after the October derby debacle and he has never hidden his distaste for criticism on website message boards.