Fragile Coleen hits breaking point

She’s desperately torn between giving up the fight and going back for more

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

by Katie Holloway |
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Her confidence took a serious beating last week, after she lost the first round in her and Rebekah Vardy’s High Court libel battle and was duly ordered to pay her rival £23,000 in court costs. So, it’s no surprise that Coleen Rooney is feeling distinctly overwhelmed right about now. After all, despite all the global stresses of the past year, she’s never lost sight of her and Becky’s impending trial, and has spent months upon months working tirelessly with her lawyers to build a winning case.

So, to be told at the first hurdle that she’s already on the back foot, is – to put it mildly – a sobering wake-up call. Now, according to insiders, she feels like she’s caught between a rock and a hard place – still determined to see this thing through and clear her name, but also terrified that it will all blow up in her face. And even with husband Wayne showing his full support, apparently, “The cracks are beginning to show.”

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“Coleen’s really trying to keep up appearances in public, but there hasn’t been a day these past few weeks when she hasn’t been in tears,” says an insider close to the 34 year old, who last year famously accused “Rebekah Vardy’s account” of leaking stories about her to the press – prompting Becky to sue for libel in a £1m High Court case. “She’s trying to put on a brave face, but Becky taking the first victory has been a blow. Coleen’s being advised to settle and make an apology, but she’s refusing. She’s telling friends that she gets hundreds of messages every day from fans urging her to continue and not give up and telling her they have her back. But she still feels really powerless right now.”

Last month, round one of the Wagatha Christie court case went to Becky, after a judge ruled that, despite Coleen writing, “Rebekah Vardy’s account” in her original post, she quite clearly accused her rival – and no one else – of talking to the press. This means that Coleen now has to prove that it was Becky alone betraying her trust, rather than someone else who also had access to her Instagram account.

Both sides have now agreed to delay the trial until February. The warring WAGs and their lawyers have between now and then try to settle their differences out of court and behind closed doors – to avoid incurring further cost and emotional stress. But with Becky, 38, demanding a public apology, and Coleen adamant that that’s the one thing she’ll never give, it’s look increasingly likely that round two will be even more gruelling than the first.

“Coleen’s mind is changing every day,” says our insider. “It’s a really horrible feeling for her, and she just can’t shake it off. She’s living under a cloud and she knows that everyone in the household is suffering too. This is a battle she wants to fight – yet she’s also scared it could be a losing battle, in which case she would still have to apologise… it would just be a question of now or then. But you have to remember, she isn’t used to losing or taking orders from anyone. Backing down would be losing face, and that’s a really big thing in her mind. For her, it’s her reputation on the line; she feels like everyone will be laughing at her.”

Check out: Wayne and Coleen's relationship timeline


Coleen and Wayne Rooney's relationship timeline (d slid m stack)

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Even though they first met at school when they were 12, Wayne and Coleen first started dating after they finished school at the age of 16.

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At just 17 Wayne joined Everton football club and even though they'd only been dating a year Coleen admitted that they had already discussed getting married.At the time she admitted: "We want to spend the rest of our lives together and there's no stronger commitment than getting married."

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The happy couple got engaged in 2003 at a petrol station after Wayne got down on one knee. He asked his childhood sweetheart to spend the rest of their lives together with a £46,500 engagement ring.

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Coleen discovered that Wayne slept with a 48-year-old nan in a brothel back in 2002

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The WAG then defended her fiancé and admitted when he cheated they hadn't slept together yet. She added, "we weren't having that kind of relationship at that stage."

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Wayne and Coleen looked totally loved up at a public event a year before they got married

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At the age of 22, Wayne and Coleen tied the knot in a church in Italy!

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2009 – A year after their wedding, the happy couple welcomed their first child Kai into the world

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Just a year after they had their first child it was alleged that while Coleen was pregnant, Wayne cheated with prostitutes Jennifer Thompson and Helen Wood.

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Even though Coleen and Kai moved out of their family home following the allegations, the married couple put their troubles aside and reunited.

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The happy couple look so adorable with their son Kai while they await the arrival of their second child

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The Rooney's welcomed their second baby into the world – Klay

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In 2016, the Rooney family welcome baby Kit into the world

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During the summer holidays Coleen denied being pregnant after this photo emerged (even though she was)

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After denying her pregnancy for weeks the happy couple soon confirmed the exciting news - that they're having their fourth child!

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It was shortly after the Rooney's announced they're having their fourth child that Wayne was pictured and arrested for drunk driving.

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Things went from bad to worst after it came to light that Wayne was driving Laura Simpson's car. She then spoke out and claimed that they "had a kiss, a hug, some banter, harmless fun".

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It was then reported that Coleen along with her sons had fled from the family home after revealing her marriage was over.

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Following the scandal, Wayne received a driving ban for two years following his arrest and Laura appeared on This Morning to deny ever cheating with the footballer.

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After weeks of speculation around the couples marriage, it appeared that all was forgiven and forgotten as it was reported that the pair were planning on renewing their wedding vows.

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Coleen then surprised everyone by being totally honest in a Facebook post and admitted that although she's been through a "shit time" she decided to forgive her husband because she wants to "try and continue our marriage and live as a family".

Added to the stress of scoring an own goal is the fact that, moving forward, Coleen’s husband Wayne is being conscripted for proceedings. Last week it was revealed that both Wayne and his former pal Jamie Vardy (Rebekah’s husband) will be joining their wives in crucial talks via Zoom in the New Year. While Jamie was present when Coleen and Becky first met online earlier this year to thrash things out with their lawyers, this will be the first time that Wayne is officially involved.

And, as heat has told you, he hasn’t held back over the past year in urging Coleen to quit while she’s ahead and make a settlement. There’s no doubt that the mum-of-four is grateful to have him at her side – but we’re told that knowing he wants her to throw in the towel is making her second-guess herself all over again. What’s more, the Rooney family – Coleen and Wayne are parents to Kai, 11, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and two-year-old Cass – already have their hands full, as they’re finally moving into their Cheshire mansion after years of building works. Between that, and Coleen trying not to completely overshadow the boys’ Christmas, it’s all getting too much to bear.

“Everyone around her is begging her to give in, to just make it all go away and to close the door on what has been a horrendous period in life,” we’re told. “They can tell she’s tempted, but at the same time she's still not able to throw in the towel and walk away. And she's thrilled that Wayne is finally showing his support."

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Last week, Coleen put on her go-to happy face, and posted a series of festive photos – with her and the four boys beaming in matching Christmas pyjamas. She later followed that up with another picture of her and Cass looking joyful and carefree. But according to our insider, her Instagram smile can only hide so much.

Lurking underneath is the pain and frustration of a strong-willed person who desperately wants to cut her losses, but also wants to see her version of justice being served. The big question is, will she be able to reconcile the two before February via private mediation, or will she march defiantly into round two – throwing herself into the firing line all over again.

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