Caroline Wozniacki told a Danish newspaper that she and Rory McIlroy are still together, contradicting the most recent round of unsubstantiated gossip which has the sports power couple broken up.
As far as breakup stories go, this one was a doozy. This weekend, the Irish Independent reported that McIlroy broke up with Wozniacki because of a picture the tennis star posted to Twitter last month that shows McIlroy in an unflattering sleeping pose.
Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 16, 2013
The paper quoted an unnamed source that said, "Rory was very upset by [the picture] and even Serena Williams pointed out albeit in a joking way it was a pretty mean thing to do."
Media outlets around the world ran with the story, despite the Independent's less-than-stellar track record of reporting the couple's relationship history. One month before the picture in question, the same newspaper had the couple on the outs. Those same unnamed sources were referenced in the August story and McWozzilroy had to publicly deny the reports.
This time, it was Wozniacki going solo with the denials. She talked to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet on Monday. (Note: The quotes have been translated via Google Translate.)
"I'm so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter. There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private. It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread the rumors. They write just what they want.
"[...] All is well [with the relationship], and then there's not much more to say about it. I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation."
On one hand, you feel for Wozniacki. Being in any relationship at age 23 is no walk in the park, let alone when you're internationally famous and in a long-distance relationship with another famous athlete. On the other hand, when you court positive attention by, say, posting a sleeping picture of your golf-star boyfriend on Twitter, you have to expect the same attention when things aren't so rosy.
With both those things in mind, we all need to stop believing unnamed sources used in Irish tabloids. They may be right about Wozniacki and McIlroy one day. Today, apparently, isn't that day.
Check out more photos of Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki below.