Wayne and Coleen Rooney's relationship has always been under the spotlight but never more so than in the last week.
At the beginning of September Coleen rushed back from a trip to Mallorca when her husband was arrested for drink driving. To make matters worse he was allegedly on his way to spend the night with 29-year-old office worker Laura Simpson when he was stopped by police.
Coleen and Wayne's marriage is coming under intense pressure (CREDIT: Instagram/ColeenRooney)
It's no surprise Coleen was furious but it's been a rollercoaster of claims, counter-claims and ulimatums on both sides ever since.
Perhaps most bizarre was Wayne's alleged demand that Coleen should take fewer holidays if she wants to save their marriage. A request that apparently saw the pregnant mum of three get straight on the phone to her travel agent to book a half term vacay in Dubai.
Wayne allegedly demanded Coleen take fewer holidays (CREDIT: Flynet)
But now it seems Coleen is the one making demands.
She has apparently told Wayne he needs to ask for a period of 'sympathetic leave' from football club Everton, in order to focus on fixing their relationship.
A friend of the star spoke to The Sun and explained: “Coleen wants them to get away as a family.
Coleen wants the family to have time away together (CREDIT: Instagram/ColeenRooney)
“She has asked him to speak to his manager Ronald Koeman about having some ‘sympathetic’ leave, but she doesn’t know if he’ll get it."
It would mean Wayne missing a series of first team matches should the Everton boss approve the request but perhaps this would prove his commitment to Coleen and their children.
The source added: "If Wayne wants to save his marriage, it’s time to put the football in second place.”