Earlier this week, football star Wayne Rooney was spotted at a hotel in Vancouver, getting into a lift with a mystery woman.
Days later, his wife Colleen was pictured looking glum and without her wedding ring amid speculation of cheating.
The former Manchester United ace, who currently plays for American MLS club D.C, has now hit back after photographs of him in the hotel lobby with the unnamed female emerged.
Taking to Twitter, Wayne, 33, who shares sons Kai, nine, Klay, six, Kit, three and 16-month-old Cass with Colleen, insisted the images were purely innocent.
He wrote: ‘Nothing happened between me and any girl on that night in Vancouver. I did not enter the lift alone with the girl pictured in the hotel foyer.
‘The girl pictured in the club was simply one of many who innocently asked for autographs and pictures.
‘This whole story was a smear against me. It is damaging to my family and not something I am prepared to put up with.’
Colleen and Wayne married in 2008 but have endured turbulent times during their 11 year marriage.
In 2017, Colleen admitted she believed their relationship might be at breaking point, following Wayne’s guilty plea for a drink driving charge.
Taking to Facebook, the 33-year-old WAG penned: ‘I’m not taking Wayne back as he’s never left. Yes, it has been a s**t time, and yes, time was spent apart and I thought my marriage might have been at an end.
‘Wayne doesn’t get portrayed for the person he is in the press, he has always had a hard time. I’m not going to list his good qualities as a person as I don’t think he deserves it at this time but one thing is that he is a brilliant dad. He’s made silly and selfish mistakes, some he’s learnt from, some obviously not. However maybe that will change?’
Continuing the seriously honest statement, she added: ‘It’s my decision …. do I love Wayne … yes I do. If I didn’t then I wouldn’t be trying to make it work. I know I would be fine on my own, with just me and my children, but I don’t want to live like that, I want to try and continue our marriage and live as a family, because that’s what I want to do.
‘I’m not saying everything is fine and forgotten about, but we are as good as can be at this point, I’m not the type of person to put a show on and say we’re all loved-up… I’m just real.’