WAYNE Rooney fears the strain he and wife Coleen face after Becky Vardy kicked off her “Wagatha Christie” legal battle, friends say.
The couple are said to be stressed at the prospect of their private lives being discussed in open court.
Pals say ex-England footie captain Wayne, 34, hoped it would not get that far but understands his wife does not want to back down and fully supports her determination.
Coleen, also 34, has vowed to see it through and is certain she will be vindicated.
But the couple are anxious to avoid the type of mud-slinging which has happened in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard hearings.
A source said: “Wayne thinks it’s gone too far already and dreads the thought of it reaching court.
“He fears it could be embarrassing to him and their family what may come out. But he knows how important this is to Coleen and will back her.”
Another said: “Coleen is becoming obsessed with it.”
Mum-of-five Becky, 38, had offered to call it quits if Coleen issued a public apology for accusing her of leaking stories to the press. But mum-of-four Coleen refused.
Papers submitted to the High Court in the libel action say Coleen’s online accusation left Becky, wife of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 33, suicidal while seven months pregnant.
A spokesman for the Rooneys did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, we can reveal Coleen has hired lawyer Paul Lunt, who helped England cricket hero Ben Stokes get cleared of affray.
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