Pro golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki downplayed rumors that their romance has come to an end, despite reports that the pair broke up over the weekend.
A source close to McIlroy and Wozniacki told the Irish Independent on Sunday that the couple had decided to end their relationship after dating for more than two years. According to the source, the breakup was “very difficult” for both the Scottish golfer and his 23-year-old girlfriend, who was reportedly “utterly distraught” over their separation.
The Irish Independent report came just days after McIlroy made a cryptic comment about his relationship to the New York Post. Both McIlroy and Wozniacki had changed their profile pictures on Twitter from couple shots to pictures that only featured themselves, prompting reporters to question the status of their relationship.
“Uh-huh, yeah, it’s all good,” McIlroy told the New York Post. “Just because we changed our Twitter pictures doesn’t mean that we’re not together. But yeah, it’s all good.”
Shortly after the Irish Independent report was released, McIlroy took to Twitter to respond. “I’d love to know who this guy source is. … Seems to pop up in the papers all the time and is wrong 99.9% of the time!” he wrote on Twitter.
Wozniacki also posted a rebuttal to the couple’s rumored breakup. “Since my profile pic made big headlines I better change it again lol ...” she wrote on Twitter. The post was accompanied by the hashtag “don’t believe all you read in papers.”
PGATour.com reporter Brian Wacker confirmed on Sunday that Wozniacki and McIlroy were still dating. “[About] the rumored Rory-Wozniacki split. Not true. The two had dinner together in NYC last night & he'll be at her match Tuesday,” Wacker tweeted.
Wozniacki’s Monday morning Twitter activity seems to corroborate Wacker’s report. The 23-year-old tennis star changed her profile picture back to a photo of her with McIlroy, and posted a picture of herself eating breakfast with McIlroy and her brother.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...