Manchester United and England icon, Wayne Rooney’s wife of 14 years, Coleen Rooney has shed light on his cheating and drinking habit, saying it’s not a ‘good thing for him to be unsupervised’.
In ‘Rooney’, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, February 11, Coleen spoke honestly about the issues they have faced in their marriage, including Wayne’s notorious brothel visits and escort scandal.
Wayne, then aged 18, paid £140 for sex with prostitute Charlotte Glover, 21. He also slept with Gina McCarrick, then 37, and grandmother Patricia Tierney, then 48, who wore a catsuit and was known as the ‘Auld Slapper’.
As she reflects on their 20 year relationship, Coleen insists in the documentary that ‘I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t forgiven him
Wayne and Coleen began dating aged 16 and went on to marry in a lavish ceremony in Portofino in 2008.They are now parents to four sons – Kai, 12, Klay, eight, Kit, six, and Cass, 3.
Speaking about their teenage romance, Wayne Rooney says in the documentary: ‘I think when I was about 11 or 12 I knew that I wanted to marry her, and I said that to her at the time. I said ‘when we grow up we’re going to get married and you’re going to have our kids’. She was looking at me like ‘yeah good one!”
Coleen agrees, admitting of her husband: ‘He’s a charmer, growing up that’s how he won me over. The more I said no the more he said ‘I will one day get that date’.’
‘I always remember he used to hang around by where I lived and every now and again you’d get his mum shouting up and down the street, ‘Wayne!’.
Coleen then reminisces on 2004 when Wayne visited a brothel and photos of his infamous romp with three prostitutes first emerged
Coleen said: ‘The first time, we were young so there was a lot of arguing.’
‘I knew groups that Wayne was hanging around with that weren’t good for him. Lovely people but together, with alcohol, not good and I told him that from day one.
‘I didn’t want him to stop being friends with them but I didn’t want him to go out with them because they got in bad situations.
“Alcohol is a lot to blame and still is, up to this day with things that has happened recently. It’s not a good thing for Wayne to be unsupervised’.
Wayne admitted: ‘I put myself in the wrong place and when you’re in the wrong place and there’s alcohol involved you’re gonna make bad decisions and you’re going to have to suffer and deal with the consequences’.
‘That’s what happened, it doesn’t take away any of my love for Coleen, it happened. It was a wrong decision to make, I held my hands up and we worked through it.’
Coleen says she relied on the support of her family and her own instincts to help her through.
‘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?”
‘Obviously I listen to the people that matter to me, my mum and dad always give me a positive outlook on things. There’s nothing that we can’t deal with and that’s my way in a situation – 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 adds that they also stayed together for their four boys: ‘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.’
‘Life goes on and I’ve moved on. You’ve moved on. Not the behaviour, no. It’s not acceptable.
‘Forgiveness I’d say is different. It’s not acceptable what he’s done but it’s happened and that was a stage of life that we were in at the time. But we’ve moved on.
‘I forgive him but it wasn’t acceptable. If it comes up we talk about it like we are talking about it now. I haven’t got the anger I did at the time.’
She added: ‘I do think it’s amazing that we are where we are today. We’re lucky that we both had the strength and support of each other and the people around us to keep going. That’s something we’ve had to work hard at.