Thursday 8 December 2016

Be careful what you wish for when you are a Wag

Everything Coleen Rooney has done is built on her role as Mrs Wayne Rooney, writes Julia Molony

Published 12/09/2010 | 05:00

THERE'S added entertainment value in last week's now rather hackneyed prostitute-meets-footballer-makes-beautiful-headlines and-rolling-24-hour-news saga.

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As well as the usual line-up of characters; the brazen vice girl with pictures of herself in underwear and stilettos on her Facebook page, the shamed philanderer wearing his best poker face as he climbs into his car, and the wronged missus still stoically wearing the wedding ring, there is an extra cast of characters in this one. The families. Those McLoughlins are not ones to stand by and take it while their daughter is humiliated by her husband. And even more entertainingly, this time the vice girl's folks also want to have their say. The parents of Jennifer Thompson apologised on behalf of their daughter to Coleen and the wider world, like shamed parents at the playschool gates whose little darling has taken the kiss-chase a bit too far.

But in the midst of what we all take as an amusing diversion from our normal lives is, of course, a real human story. And its wider relevance was exposed in comments attributed to Wayne Rooney in the aftermath of the scandal.

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