Wayne Rooney news: Move to Derby will cost player millions but Coleen can't stop smiling
08 August 2019, 08:49
In May, homesick Coleen, 33, posted: "Looking forward to taking the kids to the BBC Summer Social this August in the area we are from... Croxteth Liverpool!" The following month, on her wedding anniversary, she posted a picture of her and Wayne, with the words: "11 years married!! Happy anniversary @waynerooney. It's been a journey... Ups and downs, highs and lows... but you know what... I love you x" And in July she posted a photo of her and her boys in the garden: "First year of school in America all done," as if underlining that her work there was too. Given that we now know Wayne has taken a multi-million-pound pay cut to move as a player-coach to Derby County so that Coleen and their boys can move back to Britain, was there a subliminal message in her post?
Was she saying that after all she has put up with, the least her husband could do is take her back to the bosom of her close-knit family? The couple married in a lavish ceremony in Portofino in 2008 but Coleen has known Wayne since she was 12, when his mum Jeanette worked as a part-time cleaner at the Catholic school she attended in the Croxteth suburb of Liverpool.The pair started going out when she was 16. But by their first wedding anniversary, when Coleen was five months pregnant with their first child, Kai, now nine, Wayne's £1,000 encounter with an escort at Manchester's five-star Lowry Hotel was making headlines. Wayne also admitted making trips to massage parlours before he and Coleen were even married.
Then in 2017, when Coleen was three months pregnant with their youngest son, Cass, and away on holiday in Spain with her other sons, Klay, six, and Kit, three, the former Everton striker was arrested for driving party girl Laura Simpson in her VW Beetle in Cheshire while three times over the alcohol limit. There is no suggestion that Wayne was unfaithful to Coleen but she was said to be furious. And in January this year the footballer was spotted drinking with barmaid Vicki Rosiek in a 10-hour booze-fuelled bender in Florida.It came just weeks after the former England captain was arrested for being drunk at an airport in Washington DC.
The Rooneys' marriage was said to be "hanging by a thread" and Wayne, desperate for forgiveness, is believed to have agreed to Coleen's every demand – including breaking his £13million contract with DC United to return to Britain.Work has continued on the Rooneys' new £20million home in Cheshire while they have been in America and it is thought to be nearing completion.Coleen has registered the boys at the local school and is all set for the start of the new term next month.And sources say that she is just delighted to be home because despite enjoying a luxury lifestyle in Washington, where the Rooneys lived in a £12million house complete with pool, gym and home cinema, she "never settled".
Coleen is extremely close to her parents, Colette and Tony McLoughlin and brothers Joe and Anthony. After 14 years living in and around Cheshire while Wayne was playing for Manchester United and then briefly for his former home team, Everton, Coleen has many friends in the area who she missed desperately while in America. She was a stay-at-home mum in Washington DC, with Wayne frequently away playing in football tournaments, and Coleen often cut a lonely figure.She was photographed frequently shopping in the city's designer boutiques, going to the gym, the hairdresser and the manicurist – but always on her own. In contrast, pictures of her letting her hair down in Ibiza and going out for lunch in Manchester last month show her surrounded by girlfriends and howling with laughing and chatting happily. And she has lost no time in catching up with family since her move back from America. She visited relatives in Croagh Patrick in Ireland in early July, took the boys and her parents to Legoland at Windsor and on Tuesday was seen on a family day out at Paultons Park in Hampshire.
Coleen is said to feel that she has played her part by supporting Wayne's move to America – and now it's payback time. She did concede that it was hard when her sons were so settled in their Manchester home to move but Coleen said she never doubted he should sign the contract with DC United and that the whole family should go with him.But sources close to the family say Coleen felt "alienated" in the States and that it was time Wayne "put her and the children first".His wife thinks that the new role of player-coach is "well-suited" to Wayne according to a national newspaper source, with Coleen apparently thinking "coaching could be the making of Wayne".She has allegedly told him "it's time to grow up," and feels he can act as a "role model to younger players".
As she puts the finishing touches to their mansion – set in 40 acres, with six en-suite bedrooms, a bar, snooker room, cinema, indoor swimming pool, orangery, stable and six-car garage – Coleen may reflect on the family's stateside adventure with relief that it's over. But Wayne is not joining his family until January when the US football season ends.Coleen may well be praying her husband finds constructive ways to entertain himself out there alone and brings no further shame on her or her family from thousands of miles away.