‘We might renew our wedding vows'
Ahead of their 10-year wedding anniversary, Coleen Rooney tells us she’s considering renewing her commitment to her football star hubby, Wayne, after a turbulent year – and sets the record straight on those Strictly rumours…
Coleen Rooney is more than just your typical WAG. Fronting a fashion range for Littlewoods for seven years, forging her own TV career and being an ambassador for McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards, the 32-year-old is firmly established, quite apart from her status as the wife of Everton player Wayne Rooney.
As a busy working mum of four boys, with her youngest, Cass, just 12 weeks old, we expect Coleen to be worn out when she sits down with us for a chat.
But, despite admitting the Rooney home in Cheshire is ‘a madhouse’, she is bright and breezy, telling us she could not be happier with her brood of boys – with little Cass joining Kai, eight, Klay, four, and two-year-old Kit.
‘I’m quite used to having a house full of boys,’ she says warmly. ‘Growing up, I had two brothers, Joe and Anthony, and they always had their friends over. I never feel outnumbered.’
Despite being surrounded by males, Coleen admits she has no desire to add a little girl to her family.
‘I always said I’d like three kids, so four was pushing it a bit, but now I can say no,’ she laughs.
‘I was never that bothered about having a girl anyway. I’m happy with my four boys. I’m done.’
The arrival of baby Cass, in February this year, saw hubby Wayne, also 32, joke that his ‘five-a-side football team is finally complete’.
‘Cass is great,’ Coleen says of her youngest. ‘It’s lovely having another baby around. He’s started smiling and giggling.
‘The other boys love being big brothers. There’s no jealousy between them. Kit really loves Cass, but he can be a bit heavy-handed with him. I’ve got to have eyes at the back of my head.’
Coleen admits she’s struggled to slim down to her pre-baby weight.
‘My body changed a lot after pregnancy,’ she confesses. ‘I never got back to the way
I was. But I’m quite confident with my body and who I am.
‘After four kids, I have a lot more to think about. I lose a lot of the weight
I put on by being active, running after the boys everywhere!’
Could a widely-rumoured stint on Strictly Come Dancing help Coleen lose the baby weight?
She swiftly replies, ‘No. I’m not doing it, and I’m not considering it. A lot of TV stuff takes place in London, and it can be a bit much to get four boys sorted. But I’d probably consider TV work in the future.’
It may be just as well that Coleen has turned down Strictly, with the show’s famous ‘curse’ linked to the collapse of many celebrity partnerships.
Her 16-year relationship with Wayne has already had its fair share of ups and downs, peppered with a series of cheating scandals.
Most recently, Wayne was pulled over for drink-driving in September 2017, with office worker Laura Simpson sitting alongside him while Coleen was four months pregnant.
Wayne was banned from driving for two years, and Coleen admitted she thought they were over, before adding, ‘I want to try and continue our marriage and live as a family.’
And there could be testing times ahead as – just days after our chat with Coleen – Wayne was reportedly in talks to sign a £12.5 million two-year deal with US team, Washington’s DC United.
Speaking out about support during tough times, Coleen says, ‘My main thing is always having good people around you and remaining true to yourself
– to have respect and be grateful for what you’ve got.’
Now, the Rooneys, who will celebrate 10 years of marriage next month, try to fit in date nights together as often as they can. ‘Sometimes it could be the cinema, or a meal out,’ Coleen says. ‘If we’ve got a babysitter, we take ourselves into another room and catch up on TV shows, or just talk. When you’ve got four boys around the house, you don’t get much conversation in, what with them all screaming, shouting and demanding.’
FOCUSING ON FAMILY LIFE
The couple are back on track, with Coleen adding that they may even renew their vows together one day.
‘It doesn’t seem that long ago since
I got married in 2008, so to renew my vows… maybe that’s something for the future,’ she hints.
For now, Coleen is focusing on family life, which encouraged her to sign up as the ambassador of the fourth McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.
‘We’ve asked people to nominate people who, they think, deserve this award. It could be anyone, from a mum who washes the football kit to [the person who} coaches the children,’ she explains. ‘I can relate [to the awards] with my kids, and Wayne’s mum also played a huge part in helping him become so successful.’
As well as his glittering football career, Coleen adds that Wayne does more than his fair share, saying he’s a ‘hands-on dad’.
‘He’s had so much experience now!’ she laughs. ‘He takes Kai to his football training. Wayne’s really good. He’s a brilliant father.’ Coleen Rooney was speaking at the 2018 McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards launch. Nominate grassroots heroes at mcdonalds.co.uk/awards
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