Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has broken her silence on her split from fiance Rory McIlroy – using her favourite football team’s motto as a reassuring nod to the future.
The 23-year-old, who had been engaged to the Holywood-born golfer for five months, told her 614,000 followers on Twitter that things were difficult but she had received a lot of support in the wake of the news.
“It’s a hard time for me right now. Thanks for all the sweet messages! Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I’ll never walk alone,” she wrote.
A big Liverpool fan, Wozniacki has previously posted pictures on Twitter as she watched the Reds play, and even one of a framed football shirt hanging on her wall above a Manchester United jersey.
In a tweet two months ago she told fans she was sitting with “McIlroyRory on the couch next to me” watching a match against rivals United, of which Rory is a fan.
While she has removed the ‘fiancee’ description from her Twitter bio, and changed her profile picture from a loved-up one of the couple to a tennis action shot, she kept the reference to being ‘mother to our dog Bruno’.
Rory, who is also a prolific tweeter, chose not to use the social networking site to break the news, but rather issued a statement through his communications consultants on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old admitted the wedding invites had been sent out at the weekend, and that made him realise he wasn’t ready for marriage.
“The problem is mine,” he said. “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.
“I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”
A few hours later he was faced with questions from journalists at a press conference just before taking to the course in a tournament at Wentworth.
Tweets in the days before the split indicated the couple were enjoying each other’s company, relaxing with coffee and hot chocolate, and later a romantic dinner in Monte Carlo.
Rory and Caroline got together in 2011, with the golfer’s former girlfriend Holly Sweeney claiming he had “run away” with the tennis star.
Last year the pair had been plagued by rumours of a split, before getting engaged in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.
Speaking previously about break-up speculation, Wozniacki said it was funny at first, but became annoying.
“In the beginning we just laughed at the stories. But when they keep appearing you’re tired of it,” she said.