Coleen Rooney reveals why she didn't leave Wayne after he cheated

Coleen Rooney reveals why she didn’t leave husband Wayne after he cheated on her: WAG admits ‘there’s love there’ and the England star is a ‘great’ father – as she lifts the lid on Wagatha Christie battle with Rebekah Vardy

Coleen Rooney has revealed why she didn’t leave her husband Wayne after he cheated on her and insists her marriage is nobody’s business but her own.

WAG Coleen, 37, married former footballer Wayne, also 37, in 2008 and their union has been at the centre of many scandals since, including Wayne being involved with other women.

However, Coleen – who is set to appear in Disney+ documentary Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story later this month – insists the public may not know the full story despite people’s assumptions.

She claims people ‘think they know you’ when in reality, only she and Wayne know the ins and outs of their relationship.

She told The Sunday Times that her husband is ‘great’ with their sons and is the ‘best at bedtime’. The WAG also claimed there is still love in her relationship, adding: ‘If there wasn’t we wouldn’t still be together.’

Water off a duck’s back: Coleen Rooney, 37, has shrugged off public opinion of her and husband Wayne, also 37, insisting her life and her marriage is nobody’s business but her own (pictured last year)

Family: Coleen is mother to Kai, 13, Klay, 10, Kit, seven, and Cass, five with Wayne (pictured in Dubai last year)

Wayne and Coleen are pictured on their wedding day in 2008

‘I think if you’re in the public eye, people look upon you and think they know you, but they don’t actually. We know each other,’ she told the newspaper. ‘There’s love there, and if there wasn’t we wouldn’t still be together. So I’m not stupid.’

She acknowledged that while people may tell her that they ‘would have left him years ago’, they do not know what occurs within her marriage. 

‘You can comment on my life all you like, but that’s the way I want to live it. And hopefully that’s how it always will be,’ Coleen said.

The WAG added that she and Wayne ‘still have something to work at’.

Elsewhere, Coleen – who is mother to Kai, 13, Klay, 10, Kit, seven, and Cass, five with Wayne – spoke out about how the people who are close to her in her private life perceive her.

She claimed she does have some friends who happen to be the significant other of a footballer but insisted her pals do not need to be in the public eye and that she can always tell if someone is being ‘genuine’ towards her.

She said: ‘They are not in the limelight, and that goes to show, this whole WAG thing, you don’t have to be famous when you’re a footballer’s wife.’

Coleen said that although she has some ‘natural friendships’ with other football mothers, she finds it obvious when someone is trying to befriend her because of her ‘status’.

Coleen’s comments come after Rebekah Vardy blasted her and Wayne’s marriage.

The 41-year-old reality star – who is married to soccer player Jamie Vardy, 36 – was furious after Coleen discussed the Wagatha Christie feud with British Vogue and took to Instagram to slam her rival.

After a fan accused her of being jealous of Coleen, Rebekah hit back: ‘Jealous of what exactly! Spare me the pain seriously… I wouldn’t put up with my husband sleeping with hookers end of! No excuses.’

Couple: WAG Coleen married former footballer Wayne in 2008 and their union has been at the centre of many scandals since, including Wayne being involved with other women

In the interview, Coleen spoke out about the libel trial Rebekah brought against her, after Coleen accused her of leaking details of Coleen’s private life to the press.

Coleen won the trial but Rebekah criticised her for bringing it up again, writing: ‘What I don’t get why you would want to keep bringing it up. It’s boring now! The public doesn’t care and neither do I. She won that’s the end of it! Be happy move on… because I know I have.

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‘She just can’t let it go.’

One fan defended Coleen by saying: ‘You dragged her through the courts to hang yourself so she has a right to tell her side tbh. You made the mistakes here, not her!’

Rebekah argued back: ‘What a year later! Give me a break! And yes I did because I don’t do anything wrong! And I’ll take that to my grave! If I had done it believe me I would have flicked the middle finger and said yeah and what!’

The Instagram user replied: ‘You were found guilty though by the top suits and you can’t really preach innocence now can you? I know you’d rather it go away but she still has a right to tell her side and her experience of this ordeal too and people want to listen.’

And, Rebekah continued: ‘I’ve preached innocence from day one and that won’t change! And are you telling me they don’t get things wrong… because I have a very long list that they f***** up! But it doesn’t suit the narrative! It’s fine I’m cool with being the bad guy! Maybe I’ll just start playing up to that now.’

Meanwhile, Rebekah’s jibes about Coleen’s marriage are unlikely to bother her as she recently admitted her marriage has been a ‘battle’ but she wants to fight for it.

The couple have been dogged by reports of Wayne’s infidelity during his football career, with him previously apologising for visiting brothels and paying two prostitutes for a threesome.

Coleen told British Vogue in August: ‘We’ve had our ups and downs. Obviously everybody knows. It’s been hard to go through it in the public eye but there has always been love there. If the love is gone then, you know, it’s pointless. But if not, you’ve got something to work for.

‘It’s been a battle at times. I look at [any] situation we’re in and think, ‘Could we move forward from that? Is it worth moving forward from that?’ I don’t just give up.’

She revealed that although she may be annoyed at first, she always gives herself time to ‘work out what I want’, adding that in some situations ‘there’s been doubts’.

Coleen has asked herself ‘is this going to work?’ when she has been ‘full of frustration and hurt’.

But claims that she and Wayne have ‘experienced so much together’ and have ‘never backed away’ from their relationship.

She added: ‘We own it. I remember having a conversation about this with someone and I said, “Well, do you know what your wife gets up to every day and night? At least I know what my husband’s doing!” It mightn’t be good, but I know. People lie to themselves.’

Acid tongue: It comes after Rebekah Vardy blasted Coleen and Wayne’s marriage, slamming Wayne for straying during his relationship with Coleen (Rebekah pictured in May last year) 

In court: Rebekah brought a libel trial against Coleen after Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking details of Coleen’s private life to the press (Rebekah pictured with her footballer husband Jamie Vardy during the trial in May last year)

Wayne and Coleen’s 20-year relationship has been marred with various cheating scandals – with the footballer making national headlines when he was found to have visited three prostitutes as a teenager.

In 2004 after Wayne, then aged 18, moved to Manchester United, it was discovered that the teenager paid £140 for sex with prostitute Charlotte Glover, 21.

It was also claimed that at a brothel in Liverpool he slept with Gina McCarrick, then 37, and grandmother Patricia Tierney, then 48. 

Devastated Coleen stood by her man but didn’t comment publicly on the claims – though later admitted that when the scandal came out she hadn’t yet slept with Wayne herself.

The pair worked through their troubles and wed four years later, though their newlywed bliss was short-lived, as it emerged in 2010 that the footballer had slept with two more prostitutes while Coleen was pregnant with their first son, Kai.  

More incidences with other women followed in 2017 and 2019, while in 2021 Wayne hit headlines once again after pictures emerged of the star partying and falling asleep in a hotel room with young women.

Marriage: The couple have been dogged by reports of Wayne’s infidelity, with him previously apologising for visiting brothels and paying two prostitutes for a threesome

After overcoming Wayne’s last scandal, Coleen admitted that this year’s Wagatha Christie trial nearly broke her marriage because she was ‘hurt, short-tempered and he didn’t think she was the same person anymore’.

Rebekah had sued Coleen over an accusation she had leaked details of Coleen’s private life to the press after Coleen had staged an elaborate sting operation to find out who was passing on stories about her to The Sun.

And while Coleen won the £3million libel case, she admitted that things weren’t plain sailing at home and she felt like the stress of it was draining the life out of her.

READ MORE: Coleen Rooney breaks down over Wagatha Christie trial in new documentary and reveals husband Wayne worried legal feud was making her ‘sick’ 

She told that while the football coach was ‘supportive’, the trial ‘took its toll’ on their romance as she put her focus on winning the court battle.

Coleen admitted the pair had ‘disagreements’ because she was ‘quite short-tempered’ and found herself with little time for him.

Coleen also confessed that she was forced to spend hours on the phone with her legal team meaning her family had to step in to help with their four sons. 

The mother of four credited her parents Colette and Tony for their support, as she admits part of the reason she chose to stay in her marriage during Wayne’s various cheating and drinking scandals was for their children.

Speaking in an Amazon Prime documentary on her husband’s life and football career, Coleen candidly discussed her husband’s cheating for the first time on camera. 

She said she relied on the support of her family and her own instincts to help her decide on whether to stay in the relationship, pointing out: ‘When you’re making those decisions you’ve got to focus on what you want and not other people because you have so many people saying different things to you. ‘Oh why is she getting back with him?”

Coleen said she values the opinions of ‘people that matter to me’, including her mother and father who ‘always give me a positive outlook on things’.

But she also argued that there is ‘nothing’ that she and Wayne cannot deal with.

‘That’s my way in a situation,’ she explained. ‘Let’s sit down and see what we can do and can we make it work? And we have. We’re not the lovey-dovey type anyway, we like to have a laugh and we work well together.’

She added that there is some element of truth to the idea that they stayed together for their four boys, explaining: ‘That was part of it but also we still love each other.’

‘Hopefully he’s learnt and he doesn’t get himself into any of those horrible situations again. But it’s happened and I’ve got to live with it, if I couldn’t cope with living with it I would have ended the relationship.’

Coleen Rooney, wife of former England footballer Wayne Rooney, arrives to the High Court in central London for the start of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial on May 10, 2022 

Rosie McLoughlin was Coleen’s sister who died aged 14 following a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome (pictured)

Rebekah Vardy leaves Royal Courts of Justice after the seventh day of the libel case trial against Coleen Rooney on May 19, 2022

Also in today’s interview with The Sunday Times, Coleen blasted Rebekah as ‘vicious’ for discussing leaking a story about her dead sister, who died aged 14.

During last year’s blockbuster Wagatha Christie libel trial, text messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt were revealed to the court in which they discussed leaking stories about Coleen to the press.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Coleen said one of the most hurtful things came after Rebekah, who Wayne’s wife accuses of doing things ‘only to be in the public eye’, discovered Coleen had blocked her on Instagram.

‘What a c*** x’ Vardy wrote, before following it up with: ‘Maybe I should say something about Rosie x’. Rosie McLoughlin was Coleen’s sister who died aged 14 following a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome.

Coleen revealed how she would sit up until 2am working on her Wagatha Christie sting. She also revealed that her football star husband Wayne Rooney told her to tell the truth in court.

Coleen emerged victorious in the Wagatha Christie battle, with Vardy ordered to pay up to £1.5million for her legal fees. 

Rebekah had sued Coleen for libel over an accusation her account had been used to leak details of Coleen’s private life to the press. This came after Coleen staged an elaborate sting operation to find out who was passing on stories about her to The Sun. 

How it all began: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account of leaking ‘false stories’ about her to the press (above) 

Of the discussion surrounding her sister, Coleen said: ‘How can someone try to create a story around someone’s sister who’s passed away? How can you be that vicious?’ 

‘I’ve never fallen out with the partner of another footballer in my life and I never thought I would,’ Coleen revealed in her latest interview.

That was until she suspected Rebekah of leaking stories about her to the press.

However Coleen said that before the drama, she had already felt her and Rebekah’s friendship was ‘unnatural’ and ‘forced’, adding: ‘I’m very savvy about that.’

She said that she ‘knew she (Rebekah) enjoyed the limelight’ and would ‘do things only to be in the public eye’. Coleen also said she ‘wasn’t surprised’ by Rebekah’s behaviours.

On her strategy for the court case, ahead of a tell-all Disney+ documentary, Coleen also revealed her husband Wayne told her to ‘just tell the truth, because no one can go wrong with the truth.’ 

She added: ‘If you lie, you get nervous and get caught.’

In what she described as her ‘time to speak’, the drama-filled story will be covered in a Disney+ documentary dropping on October 18 – which will follow Coleen and her husband Wayne Rooney through the high-profile court case. 

Between September 2017 and October 2019 The Sun ran a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement. 

But on October 9, 2019, Coleen shared a jaw-dropping Instagram post revealing she had been sharing false stories and limiting the viewers to just one person to see if they ended up in the newspaper. The goal was to uncover the leak.

The iconic end line read: ‘It’s ……. Rebekah Vardy’s account’. The public dispute makes headlines around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending. 

Of the reveal, Coleen said Wayne had tried to convince her not to post it and instead ‘just get rid of your Instagram’.

‘No that’s not the point,’ she said – adding she then went on to conduct her sting operation herself.

Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, on May 13, 2022, for the high-profile libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and herself 

Having her say: Coleen recently opened up about the trial and documentary in her bombshell interview with British Vogue 

Pictured: Rebekah sensationally lost the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case with Coleen in July 2022

Coleen explained that Wayne is ‘not a big social media person’ and says that ‘keeping things to myself’ is one of her ‘coping mechanisms’.

She acknowledged that people may question why she wouldn’t share everything with her husband, but argued that it is ‘my battle’.

‘What am I going to get out of telling him?,’ she told the newspaper. ‘There’s nothing he can do. I’ve got to do this by myself.’

Rebekah was said to have scored one of the worst own goals in British legal history after a High Court judge dismissed her evidence as ‘evasive or implausible’ and accused her of deliberately deleting WhatsApp messages central to the case. 

Of finding out she had won the case, Coleen said it ‘took a while to sink’ but said that once she realised ‘it gone done’ that she felt a ‘nice feeling’.

Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s war unfolded 

September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.

October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids.

Coleen says she spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on posts she had made on her personal social media page.

After sharing a series of ‘false’ stories and using a process of elimination, Coleen claims they were viewed by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.

Rebekah, then pregnant with her fifth child, denies the allegations and says various people had access to her Instagram over the years.

She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later adding: ‘I thought she was my friend but she completely annihilated me.’

The public dispute makes headlines around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.

February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. Coleen says in a statement that she does not want to ‘engage in further public debate’.

Shortly after Coleen’s public accusation, Rebekah – who was pregnant and on holiday in Dubai at the time – denied any involvement (above) 

June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.

Rebekah’s lawyers allege she ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed’.

November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.

Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.

February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.

The court is told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘nasty bitch’ in one exchange with Ms Watt.

Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.

February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.

April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.

The agent revokes permission for her witness statement to be used, and withdraws her waiver which would have allowed Sun journalists to say whether she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.

April 29 – Rebekah ‘appears to accept’ that her agent was the source of allegedly leaked stories, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the High Court. He argues that a new witness statement submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the source but Rebekah claims she ‘did not authorise or condone her’.

Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the statement did not contain ‘any change whatever in the pleaded case’, with her legal team having no communication with Ms Watt.

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