Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki broke her silence about the end of her engagement to longtime boyfriend, professional golfer Rory McIlroy, on Thursday.
Wozniacki, 23, took to Twitter to make her first public comments since McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he had broken off the couple’s engagement ahead of their scheduled November wedding.
“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,” Wozniacki wrote.
The professional tennis player’s tweet has already received a good amount of support. Since it was posted at 5:15 a.m. EDT, her post had more than 2,500 retweets and over 3,000 favorites.
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
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) May 22, 2014
Wozniacki made changes to her Twitter profile to reflect the end of her relationship with McIlroy. Her profile picture, which featured a picture of the couple together as recently as Wednesday, is now devoid of any trace of McIlroy. She’s also removed the word “fiancée” from her Twitter bio.
Just hours after Wozniacki posted her message, Serena Williams, the world’s top-ranked female tennis player, tweeted her support for her fellow competitor. “I’ll always walk with you. #friendsforever,” Williams wrote.
On Wednesday morning, McIlroy said in a statement that he had ended his relationship with Wozniacki just days after the couple’s wedding invitations went out in the mail.
“The problem is mine,” the statement read, according to the BBC. “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails. […] There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people.”
McIlroy stressed that the decision to break up was mutual. “I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we have had,” he added.
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