Wayne Rooney’s wife admits life isn’t perfect following documentary on former football star

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Coleen and Wayne Rooney attend the world premiere of the new Amazon Prime Video documentary Rooney in Manchester, England. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Coleen and Wayne Rooney attend the world premiere of the new Amazon Prime Video documentary Rooney in Manchester, England. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Most women in her position would have thrown in the towel long ago.

But Wayne Rooney’s wife, Coleen, has remained at his side through a slew of cheating allegations, booze benders and public humiliation.

Now she’s lifting the lid on their marital problems in a new documentary about her husband, who currently manages football club Derby County.

In Rooney, released on Prime Video, Coleen opens up on why she’s stuck by her man, who is renowned for his drunken shenanigans and one-time infamous romp with three prostitutes.

“I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t forgiven him,” she says.

Childhood sweethearts Coleen (35) and Wayne (36) have been together for 20 years and have four sons.

She admits he won her over with his charming nature.

“The more I said no the more he said, ‘I will one day get that date’.”

Coleen also reflects on their marital problems in the documentary, putting the blame squarely on booze.

“Alcohol is a lot to blame and still is, up to this day with things that has happened recently,” she says.

“It’s not a good thing for Wayne to be unsupervised.”

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The former Manchester United player became renowned for his cheating ways off the field. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

She knows people might battle to understand why she’s been so loyal to her wayward husband and is the first to admit their life is far from idyllic.

“Life isn’t perfect,” Coleen wrote on social media ahead of the documentary’s premiere.

“I am who I am, he is who he is, we are what we are and that’s that.”

In the doccie, Wayne also opens about anger issues and mental-health problems that have punctuated his career.

“I went from being a Premier League player at 16 to an international player. It was something I wasn’t prepared for,” he says.

“It was like being thrown in somewhere where you are just not comfortable. That was tough for me.”

‘There were times you would get a couple of days off from football and I would actually lock myself away and just drink to try to take all that away from my mind’
– Wayne Rooney

Though his star continued to soar on the soccer field, he was suffering inside.

Growing up on a council estate [a form of British public housing built by local authorities] meant “you would never actually go and speak to anyone”, he says.

“You would always find a way to deal with it yourself.

“I was finding ways to deal with that – a lot of it ended up in drinking.”

The former Manchester United player says it would have been impossible to share his feelings in the club’s dressing room at the time.

“Now it’s a lot easier to actually do that, which is good because obviously people are recognising the mental-health issue and talking about it and trying to catch it early, especially with some of the young lads who are struggling with that.”

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