Coleen Rooney says she has stayed with husband Wayne partly because of their children after he paid other women for sex.
In a new Amazon documentary mother-of-four Coleen addresses Wayne’s cheating and admits “I’ve got to live with it.”
Coleen, who married the former Manchester United and Everton footballer in 2008 and has been with him since she was 16, has opened up about how Wayne’s infidelity scandals have pushed their relationship to breaking point.
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In the documentary titled Wayne, Coleen says she stood by the Derby County manager to keep the family unit together and because they ‘still love each other.’
Coleen, 35, who has four sons with the 36-year-old football icon, blames alcohol for his past antics and admits: “It’s not a good thing for Wayne to be unsupervised.”
Asked why she has stayed with her husband 35-year-old Coleen says: “When you’re making them decisions, you’ve got to focus on what you want and not what else, because you have so many people saying different things to you.
“Oh ‘Why is she getting back with him? She should’ve got rid of him ages ago.’
“Obviously I listen to the people that matter to me, my mum and dad, they’ve always given me a positive outlook on things.
“There’s nothing that we can’t deal with, and that’s my way. We’re in a situation, let’s sit down, let’s see what we can do, and can you make it work? And we have.”
She explained: “We’re not the lovey-dovey type anyway, we like to have a laugh together and we work well together, and we’ve got four kids.
“I know people say ‘were they just staying together to keep the family unit together?’
“That was part of it, but also we still love each other.”
Coleen says the childhood sweethearts are now trying to draw a line under the incidents.
“Hopefully he’s learned and he doesn’t get himself into any of them horrible situations again,” she said.
“But it’s happened and I’ve got to live with it, and if I couldn’t cope with living with it, I would’ve ended the relationship.”
Stories emerged in 2004 saying Wayne, who played for Everton at the time, had visited a brothel multiple times with pals on drunken nights out.
Then, after he married Coleen, further stories emerged in 2010 about a threesome with escorts Jenny Thompson and Helen Wood which happened the previous year.
In the documentary Coleen bravely tells of her anger and shame following Wayne’s antics as a teen on drunken nights out.
She puts some of his early mistakes down to alcohol, including the visits to brothels in Liverpool on boozy nights out.
The Sunday Mirror reported in 2004 that Wayne had cheated on his then-girlfriend Coleen with a 21-year-old prostitute called Charlotte Glover.
He’d paid her £140 for sex before leaving her a signed photograph as a souvenir.
And it was reported that he’d paid at least 10 late-night visits to a £45-a-time brothel in Liverpool where he’d slept with Gina McCarrick, then 37, as well as Patricia Tierney, a rubber catsuit-wearing 48-year-old grandmother nicknamed the ‘Auld Slapper.’
She later denied these claims while Rooney went on to admit to sleeping with unnamed prostitutes.
He said at the time: “Foolish as it now seems I did on occasions visit massage parlors and prostitutes.
“I now regret it deeply and hope people may understand that it was the sort of mistake you make when you are young and stupid. It was at a time when I was very young and immature.”
In the new film about his life Wayne admits to making “bad decisions” whilst drunk and Coleen says alcohol can be a problem for the former striker.
She says: “I think the first time, we were young so there was a lot of arguing. I knew groups that Wayne were hanging round with that weren’t good for him.
“Lovely people, but together with alcohol, not good. I told him that from day one.
“I didn’t want him to stop being friends with them, but I just didn’t want him to go out in situations with them because they got themselves into bad situations.
“But I do think alcohol has a lot (of blame), and still has from things that have happened recently.
“It’s not a good thing for Wayne to be unsupervised.”
And Wayne admits: “I put myself in the wrong place. And when you’re in the wrong place and there’s alcohol involved, then you’re going to make bad decisions.
“And you’re going to have to suffer and deal with consequences. That’s what happens. 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 that’s it, we worked through it.”
Coleen and Wayne are the proud parents of Kai, 12, Klay, eight, Kit, six, and Cass, who turns four next week.
Asked if she had forgiven Wayne she adds: “I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t forgiven him.
“Life goes on. I’ve not accepted…I’ve moved on. You’ve moved on.
“The behaviour, it’s not acceptable. Forgiveness is different I would say.
“It’s not acceptable what he’s done, but it’s happened and that was in the stage of life we were in at the time but we’ve moved on.
“I forgive him, but it wasn’t acceptable. But no, if it comes up we talk about it, I haven’t got the anger that I did at the time.”
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In the Amazon film, Wayne says: “When these things have happened, we’ve sat down and I’ve explained what’s happened.
“It’s not nice, it’s not a nice thing to have to do. It won’t happen again.
“I don’t want it to happen again. And for us to get through it, it’s tough.
“Tough days, tough weeks, tough months. But I feel we’ve been through hard times and it does make you stronger as well.”
Rooney launches on Amazon Prime Video on Friday (February 11).
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.