Friday 26 December 2014

Rory McIlroy tells 'devastated' Caroline the relationship is over

Published 13/10/2013 | 05:00

A COUPLE NO MORE: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki last year.
Caroline's Twitter photo that infuriated Rory.
How the 'Sunday Independent' first reported the story on August 25.

RORY McIlroy has finally ended his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

The world-class tennis player is said to be "absolutely devastated" by the Irish golfer's decision, having recently made her intentions clear that she wanted to give the relationship another go.

After the story originally appeared in the Sunday Independent, McIlroy denied the split in an attempt to placate his girlfriend and get the relationship back on track.

But although he tried his best, friends say, the golfer has finally mind his made up.

"Yes they are over. It's a difficult time for them both but it is for the best in the long run," a source told the Sunday Independent.

Friends say a photograph posted by Caroline on Twitter, which showed her boyfriend in a deep sleep, was one of the final straws for the number-one golfer.

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (L) works as the caddie for her boyfriend, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, during the Par 3 Contest ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark attend the US Golf Writers Dinner on April 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is seen wearing her engagement ring from Rory McIlroy as she speaks to media during day two of the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks to his fiance Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, after coming joint second after the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 19, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki attend the Dubai Duty Free Race Day at Newbury Racecourse on April 20, 2012 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki at a friend’s wedding
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are sighted at the Sony Tennis Open 2013 at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 19, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/FilmMagic)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki arrives at Sony Open Player Party 2013 at JW Marriott Marquis on March 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy attend the 2012 US Open party hosted by Poland's Consul General at Beaux Arts De Lamar Mansion on August 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
Chatting casually as Rory plays.
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki during day one of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.
Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at an Ulster rugby match at Ravenhill.
Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Rory McIlroy with former girlfriend and world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Rory and Caroline visit Sydney together. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
The couple enjoying heights in Australia. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Caroline does her best 'Rory' impression. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Eating breakfast in New York, the Twitter photo that confirmed their relationship was still on during the summer. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Caroline Wozniacki Party - Copenhagen...Rory McIlroy in Denmark to support Caroline Wozniacki at her home tournament, the e-Boks Open. Caroline Wozniacki and her family hosted a party at Zen nightclub in Copenhagen, Monday April 9th, 2012. Rory and Caroline arrive at Zen. PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHON UNGER / POLFOTO...E
When questioned about marriage plans Caroline once said: 'I think that question will be for him to answer.'
Rory McIlroy stands with his caddie, and girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

One source said: "Rory was very upset by it and even Serena Williams pointed out – albeit in a joking way – it was a pretty mean thing to do."

The relationship ended days after the picture had been posted to millions of fans online. But friends say Caroline is still struggling to accept that the pair have split up.

"There were a lot of tears. She still has her profile picture on her social-networking site set as the two of them in happier times, but I can tell you the pair are no longer an item," a source told this newspaper.

"Rory has a lot of respect for Caroline and their time together was good, but he feels it's time to move on now. And he wishes her nothing but the best."

While Rory spent the week in Ireland having dinner with former American president Bill Clinton before playing a round of golf in Portmarnock with the one-time world leader, flanked by six secret service men, Caroline spent time lying low in Monaco as she tried to come to terms with the split.

In recent days, the tennis ace has tweeted some eyebrow-raising comments, including one in which she said she was trying to get "some aggression out" Rocky Balboa-style. The post appeared alongside a photograph of Caroline in a pair of boxing gloves. But fans still haven't cottoned on to the trouble bubbling in her personal life.

The tennis star also enjoyed a girls' night out in Copenhagen with a group of friends as she tried to get her mind off her relationship blues. In another posting, she cryptically tweeted: "Life is like Twitter. I just have to post what I feel, retweet the good memories, delete the drama and follow my dreams."

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old golfer has stayed clear of the social-networking site for two weeks, despite typically being an avid user of the forum. When contacted by the Sunday Independent, his new PR team said: "The Communications Clinic does not comment on Rory's private life." But they confirmed he is about to jet off to Asia this week, where he will spend up to two months. When reports originally surfaced that the pair had ended their relationship, McIlroy took to Twitter, saying informed sources were "wrong 99.9 per cent of the time".

However, he did not deny the split. After McIlroy's comment, Wozniacki responded to his tweet saying: "Ha ha. That's not a very good percentage. Lol (laugh out loud)."

The pair, who have been at the centre of media speculation about the state of their relationship since then, also put on a very public display of affection as they shopped in Manhattan late last month, holding hands and getting touchy feely with each other.

Twice that week, the couple wore the same matching pink sports shirts, as they hit stores like Burberry and Reiss.

In recent weeks, Wozniacki has not been shy about her love for the golfer. She recently gushed to her half-a-million-strong following that One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles and McIlroy could swap jobs.

"Went to see the One Direction movie with Rory McIlroy!" she wrote online.

"They have won me over! Harry Styles and Rory should swap jobs sometimes!"

Wozniacki added the hashtag 'lookalike' to her tweet.

Sunday Independent

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