Coleen Rooney has opened up about Wayne’s bouts of depression and dealing with the couple’s fame.
The Manchester United and England legend’s wife has been in the spotlight herself over the last 20 years, ever since he burst onto the scene with Everton as a 16-year-old. She is about to release her own autobiography which will chart her ups and downs with Wayne, which have so often ended up in the media.
In an interview to promote the book, Coleen said Wayne had sometimes “gone off the rails” and turned to alcohol as he tried to deal with his immense fame. And the now-Birmingham City boss still struggles with his mental health, says his childhood sweetheart.
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“Still to this day he has it [depression] – everyone on him,” Coleen told the Daily Mail’s You magazine. “Whatever scrutiny I was under, [Wayne] had it tenfold. He'll drink to blot it all out and escape from the world. What happens of course is the opposite.
“Wayne is not a big talker. So sometimes he can hold stuff in, and it can get to a point where it's a bit much.
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“The unhappy times were bad and made the headlines, but we've always brought it back to happiness. Every time he's gone off the rails, it's been a stupid, drunken, spur-of-the-moment thing.”
Asked if they had ever considering having marriage cancelling, Coleen was clear. “No, we've never felt the need. I've probably tried to act as the therapist,” she said.
On the strength of their relationship, she said: “My message is if there's something to work at, if the love's still there, why would you throw that away? Mistakes have happened, but I've always known Wayne's loved me.”
Wayne recently returned to English football with Championship side Birmingham following a stint managing MLS side DC United.
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