Bombshell! Wayne Rooney admits violent row with Coleen

With Wayne Rooney facing yet more uncertainty amid his team’s fight for survival, insiders say wife Coleen is worried her husband could buckle under the strain

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by Daisy McLure |
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It’s been a testing year for Wayne Rooney since taking over as manager of Derby County, and last week he faced yet another blow amid the news his team is entering administration.

To make matters worse, Wayne, 35 – who was brought in as the team’s manager “to restore dignity at the club” after retiring from his playing career last August – revealed how he’d only found out about the threat hanging over the team after watching the news on TV, rather than directly from his bosses.

Reacting to the news, the dad-of-four looked downbeat as he told a press conference, “I haven’t spoken with [owner] Mel [Morris]. I am sure he has got other things on his mind. The players had no information and they saw it on Sky as well.”

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A few days later, after the administration was confirmed, he seemed more angry as he blasted his boss as “disrespectful”, telling fans he’d had, “No phone call. No message.”

Now insiders say the latest bombshell – with reports the club has debts of £50m and is struggling to find a new owner – has rocked the Rooney household and left Coleen, 35, more worried than ever about her husband’s mental wellbeing.

A source says, “This news has hit Wayne hard and he’s struggling with the double-whammy of the club’s future hanging in the balance and being kept in the dark by his bosses.

“His state of mind is quite dependent on his career going well and he was already finding the transition from star footballer to manager tough. So this has really pulled the rug from under him, which has left Coleen worrying he could spiral like he has done in the past.”

The atmosphere at the club is said to be “tense”, as they could drop a league from Championship to League One, while the owners have reportedly told players their salaries will be delayed. Despite his anger towards his bosses, Wayne last week told reporters he would stay at the club and not abandon his teammates, furiously insisting, “I grew up on a council estate in Liverpool. I know how tough life can be. What kind of person would I be if I went and laid on a beach for a few weeks?”

It’s the latest bump after an already rocky start to his managerial career. The club has been plagued by financial troubles as well as off-pitch issues, including two players convicted for drink-driving in addition to scandal in Wayne’s own personal life – he had to apologise to his bosses and family after embarrassing snaps of him looking worse-for-wear in a hotel with three scantily-clad women went viral in July.

After hanging up his boots last year following a 19-year career, insiders previously told Closer how mum-of-four Coleen was anxious about the effect his retirement could have on their marriage. At the time, a shocking statistic from XPRO – a charity set up to help former footballers – revealed that a third of players divorce within a year of ending their career, while research by FIFPro found a third of former footballers faced problems with depression and anxiety.

Earlier this month, the former Man Utd player – who shares sons Kai, 11, Klay, eight, Kit, five, and Cass, three, with his childhood sweetheart – opened up on the Tony Bellew Is Angry podcast about how he’d suffered anger issues in the early days of his career.

Recalling one incident, where he’d violently rowed with Coleen, he said, “I was in a rented house when I first signed with Man United, I was going on a night out with the lads. So, I phoned Coleen – she was in Liverpool at the time – told her I was going out and she is just constantly going on.

So I’ve gone round to every door in the house and punched a hole in it, and the last one I’ve gotten to, I’ve booted it and my leg got stuck. I was standing on one leg, falling over, trying to get my leg out the door. Then [ex- teammate] Rio Ferdinand came round because he was picking me up and looks at every door with a fist in. I just thought to myself after, ‘What am I doing?’”

Check out: Wayne and Coleen Rooney's relationship timeline - from childhood sweethearts to devoted parents


Wayne and Coleen Rooney's relationship timeline - SLIDER

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Even though they first met at school when they were 12, Wayne and Coleen first started dating after they finished school at the age of 16.

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At just 17 Wayne joined Everton football club and even though they'd only been dating a year Coleen admitted that they had already discussed getting married.At the time she admitted: "We want to spend the rest of our lives together and there's no stronger commitment than getting married."

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The happy couple got engaged in 2003 at a petrol station after Wayne got down on one knee. He asked his childhood sweetheart to spend the rest of their lives together with a £46,500 engagement ring.

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Coleen discovered that Wayne slept with a 48-year-old nan in a brothel back in 2002

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The WAG then defended her fiancé and admitted when he cheated they hadn't slept together yet. She added, "we weren't having that kind of relationship at that stage."

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Wayne and Coleen looked totally loved up at a public event a year before they got married

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At the age of 22, Wayne and Coleen tied the knot in a church in Italy!

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2009 – A year after their wedding, the happy couple welcomed their first child Kai into the world

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Just a year after they had their first child it was alleged that while Coleen was pregnant, Wayne cheated with prostitutes Jennifer Thompson and Helen Wood.

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Even though Coleen and Kai moved out of their family home following the allegations, the married couple put their troubles aside and reunited.

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The happy couple look so adorable with their son Kai while they await the arrival of their second child

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The Rooneys welcomed their second baby into the world – Klay

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In 2016, the Rooney family welcome baby Kit into the world

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During the summer holidays Coleen denied being pregnant after this photo emerged (even though she was)

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After denying her pregnancy for weeks the happy couple soon confirmed the exciting news - that they're having their fourth child!

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It was shortly after the Rooneys announced they're having their fourth child that Wayne was pictured and arrested for drunk driving.

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Things went from bad to worst after it came to light that Wayne was driving Laura Simpson's car. She then spoke out and claimed that they "had a kiss, a hug, some banter, harmless fun".

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It was then reported that Coleen along with her sons had fled from the family home after revealing her marriage was over.

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Following the scandal, Wayne received a driving ban for two years following his arrest and Laura appeared on This Morning to deny ever cheating with the footballer.

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After weeks of speculation around the couples marriage, it appeared that all was forgiven and forgotten as it was reported that the pair were planning on renewing their wedding vows.

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Coleen then surprised everyone by being totally honest in a Facebook post and admitted that although she's been through a "shit time" she decided to forgive her husband because she wants to "try and continue our marriage and live as a family".

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In February 2018 the Rooney family got even bigger as the happy couple welcomed their fourth child into the world - baby Cass!Yup. They broke their tradition with names beginning with 'K' but the little is adorable so who cares, ey?

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The happy couple celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary by sharing a collage of the years they've spent together. Coleen wrote alongside her Instagram snap: "Today we are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary!!! Time goes so quick.... so many great times together to remember ❤ufe0f "

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The footballer also posted a dozen snaps of his wife and wrote alongside the post: "Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary today. Amazing memories with @coleen_rooney and lots more to make ❤ufe0f "

Over the years, Wayne’s career has been blighted by scandal, which has at points left their 13-year marriage hanging by a thread – including reports he had sex with prostitutes in the early days, gambling issues and boozing. And problems in his career appear to correspond with issues in his personal life.

Just a month after retiring from international football in August 2017, Wayne went on a boozy night out, ending in him being caught drink-driving party girl Laura Simpson’s car. Coleen took off her wedding ring and wrote a lengthy Facebook post, calling him “silly and selfish”, adding, “Yes, it has been a s**t time, and yes, time was spent apart and I thought my marriage might have been at an end... [but] I want to try and continue our marriage and live as a family.”

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And he’s previously admitted that “boredom” during away games fuelled his gambling habit. He said, “With [national team] England you’re in a hotel for seven to 10 days. You get bored and do things to fill the time... gambling was one of them.”

Meanwhile, Coleen is facing her own drama with her looming court battle against former pal Rebekah Vardy, 39, in their high-profile “WAGatha Christie” case, which has reportedly created tension between her and Wayne given his friendship with Rebekah’s husband, footballer Jamie, 34.

And with the ongoing drama continuing to unfold, in addition to Wayne’s woes, pals say Coleen feels an element of guilt.

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The source says, “Part of Coleen feels a bit guilty about piling more stress onto Wayne’s plate with this case when he’s already at such a low ebb.

“He tends to avoid a problem rather than face it head-on, which can lead to him doing something he later regrets, so she’s understandably concerned that he could slip up again and is trying to do whatever she can to prevent that from happening. She’s desperately trying to keep up his spirits – even if it’s just cooking his favourite dinner.”

Closer’s psychological therapist Emma Kenny says, “While it’s understandable Coleen is worried for Wayne, by him acknowledging their past violent row, plus his gambling and boozing, he is showing that he’s learning from his mistakes, is changing his behaviour and finding ways of handling tough situations better. All this should be a comfort for Coleen.”

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