Marriage drama: fears new scandal will ruin Coleen Rooney’s joy

Coleen Rooney’s happy bubble might be about to burst, as legal experts predict she could be overwhelmed by her upcoming court battle against Rebekah Vardy

Coleen Rooney

by Daisy McLure |
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As her £1million High Court showdown with Rebekah Vardy looms, Coleen Rooney is bracing herself for intimate details about her private life with husband Wayne to be exposed.

One of the false stories Coleen infamously planted to try to identify the person she believed was leaking stories from her private Instagram account was that she was considering gender selection to have a girl. The post claimed she had flown to Mexico to consider the £8,000 treatment in August 2019, and the story appeared in a national newspaper shortly afterwards.

In the explosive public statement that followed, which saw her dubbed “Wagatha Christie” by fans, Coleen, 34, said the posts had restricted access and were only viewed by an account belonging to Rebekah – who denies the allegations and is seeking £200,000 damages for libel.

But new reports claim Coleen and Wayne, 34, fear personal details about their marriage and sex life could be aired in court if Rebekah’s lawyers quiz them about their private life as a result of the gender selection story.

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A media law expert, who has experience of similar cases, tells Closer that when Coleen takes to the stand, he predicts tears, drama and stress.

“No one wants to go to court – litigation is unbelievably stressful,” said the expert.

“This will undoubtedly lead to some pretty raw stuff being cross-examined by a barrister, and that experience is not pleasant. It’s more than likely Rebekah’s lawyers are saying ‘We’re not going to settle this’ and they will push and push.

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“The whole purpose of a libel action is to vindicate someone’s reputation. Rebekah will likely say the allegations Coleen made caused her serious harm in that people might think she’s not to be trusted. Coleen, on the other hand, will seek to prove that what she said and did was true. If a lawyer could find a way of saying the gender selection story is relevant to either party’s case, it could be something that ends up being cross-examined.”

Mediator Alistair Carter adds, “It’s highly possible Coleen will be grilled about the gender selection leak, but it’s very difficult to prove it actually came from Rebekah herself, so this will be investigated by the court. I’m sure there’ll be details about Coleen’s private life with Wayne that they would rather be kept private, and the same goes for Rebekah.”

Our legal expert adds that Coleen will face questioning on the methods she went to as she investigated who was selling stories on her, and just how accurate they were.

“It’s a pressure cooker in court. She may find it overwhelming and burst into tears. Many do,” the expert explains.

The court case could prove cruel timing for Coleen and Wayne, who looked more loved-up than ever on a recent getaway to Barbados with their sons Kai, ten, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and Cass, two.

Pregnancy rumours even began swirling during the trip, but Coleen denied these, explaining she had simply gained weight – something she’d previously done when expecting her fourth son Cass in 2017.

The couple’s relationship has weathered several scandals over the years, including Wayne’s infidelity and his 2017 arrest for drink-driving during a night out with party girl Laura Simpson. It prompted Coleen to write a candid Facebook post in which she described her husband’s mistakes as “silly and selfish”.

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But while the pair have recently looked to be happier than ever, mediator Alistair believes the scandal surrounding the upcoming court case could easily put stress on their marriage. “Going to court causes stress, and any stress in a relationship isn’t great, especially if you believe things are going to come out that perhaps you don’t want to come out,” Alistair explains.

“There’ll likely be details about Coleen’s private life with Wayne that he would rather be kept private. I’m sure they’ve had a conversation between them about what might come up and whether that’s worth it and whether they want that to happen.”

And relationship expert Jo Barnett also believes the court case could cause friction.

She says, “Coleen’s really strong. Any court battle is a stressful situation to be in, but she seems to know what she’s in for and she still wants to go ahead. It’s clear that she’s in a really happy place right now, and while it’s a concern all this could burst that joyous bubble, she and Wayne will no doubt work together as a team.”

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