Colleen Rooney has told the High Court that she was in a “vulnerable position” since the arrest of her husband Wayne for drunken driving.
Breaking his evidence on Friday as part of his defamation fight against Rebekah Vardy, the TV personality alleged that private information about his marriage to the former England captain was leaked to The Sun newspaper.
On 1 September 2017, Mr Rooney was arrested for drunken driving as a woman was found in the car at the time.
He later received a two-year driving ban and was ordered to work 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to the charge.
On Friday, the High Court was told that Mrs Rooney took the couple’s four children and went to live with her parents after the incident.
She said: “I was in a vulnerable position, I didn’t know how my marriage would go, was I going on with my relationship.”
Mrs Rooney said the couple later tried to resolve their difficulties privately, but did not want the public to know about their possible reconciliation at the time.
In late October 2017 and early November, Mrs Rooney posted two photos of her children – one on her public Instagram account and the other on her private account – with only the second photo featuring Mr Rooney.
Mrs Rooney told the High Court that the photographs of the family in matching pajamas were part of a campaign to support Elder Hay Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
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She said a story was later published in The Sun, despite keeping the photo with Mr Rooney in her “close circle” on her personal account.
Mrs Rooney said in her witness statement: “While I was comfortable enough uploading a picture of Wayne to my personal Instagram account, I made a conscious decision not to upload a picture with him on my Twitter account or my public Instagram account because About the difficulties between us at that time. ”
She later told the court: “That was information I was happy to share in a private group … but I didn’t want the public to know.”
However, she claimed that on 1 November the day of the private post, including Mr Rooney’s, an article describing the post was published.
Mrs Rooney said in her written evidence that she was “really hurt” by the leak, “particularly because I felt like someone I trusted was cheating on me at a very difficult time”.
Mrs Rooney is expected to continue testifying until Monday afternoon, with Mr Rooney due to step into the witness box on Tuesday.