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Wayne Rooney breaks silence over drink driving arrest: 'I made a mistake'

The footballer opened up in an interview with talkSPORT

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Sophie Hamilton
Sophie HamiltonParenting Editor
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Wayne Rooney has spoken for the first time about his arrest for drink driving in September. The footballer opened up in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT which aired on Sunday morning, revealing that he made a mistake and he now wants to move on. Wayne was arrested in Wilmslow, Cheshire in the early hours of 1 September. He was in the car with 29-year-old single mum Laura Simpson at the time. His wife, Coleen Rooney, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

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Wayne and Coleen Rooney

Wayne said: “Sometimes you make mistakes. I held my hands up. I made a mistake. I knew straight away I had made a stupid mistake and I have to move on." He added: “I’ve got children and it is not nice for them to see that and I try to move on and learn from it which I feel I am doing.”

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Wayne started 100 hours of community service at a Cheshire garden centre in October after he recently pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates Court. The star was also banned from driving for two years and was ordered to pay a £170 fine. In a statement released after his plea, Wayne said: "Following today's court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong."

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In his interview with talkSPORT, Wayne spoke of his community service where he is working with adults who have learning disabilities. He explained that he is halfway through the programme and he is enjoying helping at the garden centre where staff have made him feel very welcome.

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There was speculation that Wayne's marriage to Coleen  was on the rocks following his arrest, however they seem to have got their marriage back on track. The couple, who parents to Kai, seven, Klay, four, and one-year-old Kit, were pictured together at a Nando's restaurant in November in a photograph obtained by The Sun. The outing was the first time the pair had been seen together since September.