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Coleen Rooney considered leaving husband Wayne as she reveals fight for marriage

The footballer's wife opened up on the difficult moments in her marriage

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney attend the World Premiere of new Amazon Prime Video documentary
Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney. (WireImage)

Coleen Rooney has admitted she had considered leaving husband Wayne after rumours of him cheating, but sticks around because "there's always been love there".

Mum-of-four Rooney, 37, has been with her husband, former England footballer Wayne, since they were at school, but he has hit the headlines a number of times over the years for alleged cheating, including being caught drink driving in another woman's car while Coleen was pregnant with their fourth child.

In a rare media interview, Coleen Rooney was a guest on Wednesday's BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour where she was asked by presenter Emma Barnett why she stayed with him.

Coleen and Wayne Rooney on day twelve of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2022. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coleen and Wayne Rooney have been together since they were teens. (PA Images via Getty Images)

She admitted: "There's always been love there. If there wasn't maybe it would have been over a long time ago, but if you've got something to work at and something to fight for then why would you throw it all away.

"I've been hurt, there's been really difficult times, there's been times where I've thought I am going to walk away, but I take time to process it."

She continued: "People jump on things too quick and say right that's it, whereas I like to weigh up the situation, are there feelings there, can I go on? It's about me, it's not about anyone else, how do I feel, how do I think I can continue this journey?

"Let's take time to work at it, if it doesn't work let's go down another road and see what happens, but between mine and Wayne's relationship, there's always been love there and it's a shame to let that go."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2022/05/17: Coleen and Wayne Rooney leave court after giving evidence in the
The Rooneys at the Wagatha Christie libel trial. (LightRocket via Getty Images)

Coleen Rooney also spoke about the "Wagatha Christie" court case she had been involved in, which involved her doing some amateur detective work to try to find out which of her social media contacts had been selling stories about her to the press by placing fake stories only visible to some of her followers.

She famously tweeted the results of her investigation, ending with the words "It was…Rebekah Vardy’s account."

Vardy sued Coleen Rooney for libel but her claim was dismissed and the case has since featured in a documentary and a drama, with the latter now releasing her own Disney+ documentary about it.

Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story (Disney+)
Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story tells her own side of the drama with Rebekah Vardy. (Disney+)

Coleen Rooney told how Wayne had not known about her detective work until hours after she had posted on social media, when he called her from America where he was working.

She said: "His reaction when he found out was, 'what have you done?' Keeping things to myself has always been a coping mechanism of mine. I don't like to trouble people with my worries until there's an issue there."

"I just have to laugh about it now but it was something very serious for me that it did get mocked with the memes and the Wagatha Christie title," she added.

"It was a hard time for me to go through, now that it's over I can laugh at it a bit, but it was a really tough time for me and my family."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16: Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney leave the courthouse after the hearing in London, United Kingdom on May 16, 2022. The fifth day of the high-profile trial against Coleen Rooney who is being sued for libel by Rebekah Vardy after Mrs Rooney publicly accused her of leaking private stories to the press continues in London. (Photo by Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney won the libel case against her. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Coleen Rooney admitted that part of seeing the lighter side to the case involved watching the Channel 4 drama Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama where she was played by Chanel Cresswell, but said she didn't recognise herself in the character.

She said: "I did watch the drama. My friend messaged me and said, 'when did you start baking bread?' She was watering the plants with a watering can and she was like, 'that's not you'."

Coleeen Rooney now has two sons at the Manchester United football academy, the team where Wayne reached the peak of his playing career.

Asked whether she liked football herself, she said: "I don't mind it."

She added: "My eldest asked me, 'why are you always chatting to the mums on the side when I'm playing?'," and said she had preferred to chat to the other players' partners than watch Wayne during his career.

Watch Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Christie Story now streaming on Disney+.


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