Wayne and Coleen Rooney have asked the media for privacy as the hooker-gate saga reaches its sixth day of headlines. The couple, whose relationship is under strain from the Manchester United striker’s alleged infidelity with a prostitute, released the statement as papers seen by Bloomberg suggest the Mirror is being sued, presumably for libel.
“The last six days have been extremely painful for us and our families,” reads the joint statement.
“It is impossible for us, as it would be for any family, to attempt to resolve any issues in the current media glare and against the backdrop of so many inaccurate and intrusive stories.
“We would therefore ask that the media now respects our privacy and the right of our family to discuss these matters in private.”
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggest that Wayne Rooney has filed a suit in the High Court, to be heard on Monday, with Mirror Group Newspapers as defendant. The Mirror, along with the News of the World, published last Sunday the first stories on the striker’s relationship with Jenny Thompson.