Coleen Rooney finally broke her silence on the Wagatha Christie trial that saw her sue Rebekah Vardy for £3 million in an explosive interview with British Vogue.
The WAG, 37, who very rarely gives interviews, admitted that the stress of the very pubic case almost broke her 15-year marriage to husband Wayne as she became ‘short-tempered and frustrated.’
Their 20-year relationship has famously had its ups and downs, from meeting as teenagers to becoming parent’s of four, amid Wayne’s notorious brothel visits and escort scandal.
From her humble upbringing to lavish in Portofino wedding in 2008, lucrative endorsement deals for clothing and jewellery lines and working with charities.
Here, MailOnline takes a look into Coleen’s personal life.
Insight: Coleen Rooney, 37, finally broke her silence on the Wagatha Christie trial, in a rare interview, but what is her personal life like?
Throwback: From her humble upbringing to lavish in Portofino wedding in 2008, lucrative endorsement deals for clothing and jewellery lines and working with charities
What was Coleen’s life like growing up?
Coleen was born in Liverpool on 3 April 1986 to Tony McLoughlin, a brick layer and his wife Colette. She is the oldest child of four.
The family lived in the district of Croxteth on a deprived council estate, in a small terraced house notable by virtue of the simple white cladding beneath its bedroom windows.
Her younger sister Rosie passed away aged 14 in 2013 following her lifelong battle with Rett syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities.
She was originally taken in as a foster child by Coleen’s parents, when she was two.
Although they were aware she was disabled they did not know the full extent of her condition, which has no cure.
In an exclusive article for The Mail on Sunday in 2006, Coleen wrote: ‘When Rosie arrived she could crawl, and even though she couldn’t use her hands that much she would handle toys on her play mat and she could eat.
‘But over a period of time she stopped crawling and lost what use of her hands she had. Then she started having problems swallowing her food.
‘It took pretty much a year for Rosie to be diagnosed and, looking back, I can see how much Mum pushed to find out what was wrong with her and to try to do what was best for her.’
Coleen was said to idolise her adopted sister and chose Rosie as chief bridesmaid when she married Wayne in 2008.
Family: Coleen was born in a deprived area of Liverpool on 3 April 1986 to Tony McLoughlin, a brick layer and his wife Colette. She is the oldest child of four
Upset: Her younger sister Rosie passed away aged 14 in 2013 following her lifelong battle with Rett syndrome
When did she meet Wayne?
The couple met when they were just aged 12, but didn’t start dating until they were both aged 16.
Speaking about their teenage romance, Wayne says in their documentary ‘Rooney’: ‘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 agreed, 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!’.
Wayne’s charm came in the form of poems, one of which had the title ‘Wiggle Wiggle’, and which Coleen has kept to this day, telling the camera ‘they’re very romantic, you can tell he loves me.’
Wayne and Coleen began dating aged 16 and went on to marry in a lavish ceremony in Portofino in 2008.
A lifetime: The couple met when they were just aged 12, but didn’t start dating until they were both aged 16
Brood: Coleen gave birth to son Kai in November 2009, they went on to welcome Klay in May 2013, Kit in January 2016 and Cass, in February 2018
At home: ‘It’s not glamorous,’ she told Mail On Sunday in 2017. ‘I have a car full of kids, taking them to training, every night after school’
How many children do they have?
Coleen gave birth to son Kai in November 2009 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital with her husband by her side.
At the time, Wayne was reported to have sobbed after midwives placed the 8lbs 2oz tot in his arms.
The couple were praised for refusing big money deals to show off Kai for the first time in an exclusive magazine deal.
They went on to welcome three more sons, Klay in May 2013, Kit in January 2016 and Cass, in February 2018.
Despite living in a sprawling mansion, there are no nannies, just Coleen’s mum Colette, who is on hand to help with the kids.
Coleen has found herself in the less glamorous role of soccer mum, in charge of ferrying children to training and shouting from the sidelines. Kai is showing early promise.
‘It’s not glamorous,’ she told Mail On Sunday in 2017. ‘I have a car full of kids, taking them to training, every night after school.’
As the children are discovering, it’s not always easy having a famous father. ‘Tournaments can be a bit of a headache,’ Coleen explained.
‘One day, Wayne came to a match and he spent the whole time taking photos with kids, and at the end Kai said, “You never even saw me play!” So I ban Wayne now from matches because Kai gets upset.’
Troubles: Their relationship has been marred with various cheating scandals – with the footballer making national headlines when he was found to have visited three prostitutes
What issues have they faced?
Their relationship has been marred with various cheating scandals – with the footballer making national headlines when he was found to have visited three prostitutes as a teenager.
In 2004 after Wayne, then aged 18, moved to Manchester United, it was discovered that the teenager paid £140 for sex with prostitute Charlotte Glover, 21.
It was also claimed that at a brothel in Liverpool he slept with Gina McCarrick, then 37, and grandmother Patricia Tierney, then 48, who wore a rubber catsuit and was known as the ‘Auld Slapper’.
Devastated Coleen stood by her man but didn’t comment publicly on the claims – though later admitted that when the scandal came out she hadn’t yet slept with Wayne herself.
Last year, Coleen spoke out on her husband Wayne’s drinking and cheating for the first time in a major documentary, ‘Rooney’, released on Prime Video.
Wayne’s wife of 15 years insists in the film that ‘I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t forgiven him,’ as she reflects on their 20 year relationship from teenagers to parents.
Coleen is seen looking back at the events of 2004 when reports of Wayne’s brothel visits and his infamous romp with three prostitutes first emerged in the press.
The pair worked through their troubles and wed four years later, though their newlywed bliss was short-lived, as it emerged in 2010 that the footballer had slept with two more prostitutes.
Wayne was found to be having secret hotel sessions with £1000-a-night prostitute Jenny Thompson and fellow call girl Helen Wood while Coleen was pregnant with their first son, Kai.
Their last meeting was in October 2009, a month before Coleen gave birth.
In 2017, Wayne was alleged to have enjoyed a ‘kiss and cuddle’ with another woman before being arrested for drink driving while Coleen was pregnant with their fourth child.
The footballer was charged with drink-driving after being caught behind the wheel of a VW Beetle belonging to a woman he picked up after a 10-hour drinking session while his pregnant wife and three sons were on holiday.
The family then moved to the States, but Wayne was embroiled in another scandal in 2019, with reports that their marriage was ‘hanging by a thread’ after Wayne was spotted drinking with barmaid Vicki Rosiek until 2.30am.
The January incident came just weeks after he was arrested for being drunk at an airport in Washington DC.
Fast forward to the summer, and Wayne was embroiled in another cheating scandal in August after he was pictured at 5.30am in a Vancouver hotel with a mystery woman following a night out with his DC United teammates.
Wayne then hit headlines once again this year after pictures emerged of the star partying and falling asleep in a hotel room with young women.
The married father-of-four later admitted he ‘made a mistake’ and apologised to his family and Derby County after he paid the three party girls £1 to buy the copyright to the images after accusing them of blackmail, prompting them to offer an apology.
Reflecting on the difficult time, Coleen concedes: ‘The first time, we were young so there was a lot of arguing.’
Admitting she didn’t approve of the company Wayne was keeping, Coleen insists: ‘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’.
She adds that there is some element of truth to the idea that they stayed together for their four boys, explaining: ‘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.’
She later adds when asked if she had forgiven her husband: ‘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.’
House: The family live in a £20million Cheshire property purpose built by Wayne
Lavish: Wayne and Coleen’s divisive new home boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar, a stable area and a football pitch
Where do the family live now?
It may well be dubbed the Morrisons mansion, but at a cost of £20million the imposing Cheshire property purpose built by Wayne is well beyond the means of your average budget food shopper.
The record-breaking ex-Manchester United and England striker broke the bank to finalize his dream family home last year, a rural six bedroom fortress nestled behind a lake and spread across 40 acres of neatly manicured countryside.
He pocketed a further £3.7million from the sale of his former five-bedroom Cheshire home.
Wayne and Coleen’s divisive new home boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar, a stable area with space for 14 horses, and, a football pitch for their four sons.
The pad, which sits in its own secluded spot in 40 acres of countryside, is on the flightpath to Manchester Airport with planes flying directly over it.
Situated behind a lake, a bridge leads to the manor – uncharitably referred to as the ‘Morrisons mansion’ due to its similarity to the supermarket chain.
The ground floor has a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion and a hot tub, plunge pool and steam room.
There is also a large garage for the former Manchester United star’s fleet of sports cars, as well as a stable block. In order to avoid the social faux pas of using the couple’s own downstairs loo, there is a ‘guest toilet’ too and even separate lifts – one for the family, the other for visitors.
Upstairs has six bedrooms, all with en-suites, with the master bedroom also boasting a dressing room. The property has two floors as well as a subterranean basement, which is home to the steam room, plunge pool, hot tub, gym, cinema room with ten seats, wine cellar and snooker room with bar.
The plush garage has room for six cars and the stables have room for 14 horses plus a hay store and a tack room.
At work: Coleen first launched a career for herself when she began writing for Closer Magazine. She has since released clothing collections and written books
What does Coleen do for work?
Coleen first launched a career for herself when she began writing for Closer Magazine, in a column titled Welcome to My World.
After leaving the publication in 2008, she then worked for OK! Magazine.
In 2006, the WAG worked alongside Sir Trevor McDonald in a documentary about Rett syndrome, to highlight her sister’s battle.
Two years later, she fronted her own TV show names Coleen’s Real Women, where she pitted ‘normal women’ against models for jobs.
In 2007, she broke into publishing and released an autobiography titled Welcome to My World. The WAG went on to write four more books as part of a fashion series named Coleen Style Queen.
In 2011, Coleen launched her first ever fashion range that she helped design herself – and it’s more affordable than her usual boutique favourites.
She even modelled the clothes herself, she said of the range, for Littlewoods: ‘I am often asked about the clothes I wear and my sense of style. By creating a range myself, I hope to make my favourite looks available to all.’
Coleen went on to secure a bedding range with BHS, launch her own perfume and sign a £3 million fashion deal with George at ASDA.