GOLF superstar Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki because she “freaked him out” after becoming a bridezilla.
The Holywood multi-millionaire cancelled the glittering ceremony just days after invites to the New York wedding were sent out to 300 guests around the world asking them to attend the three-day event in November.
The pair, who had been dating for over two years and were known as ‘Wozilroy’, got engaged after 25-year-old Rory popped
the question with an amazing £120,000 diamond ring on New Year’s Eve in Sydney.
But according to one of the Rory’s close pals he had been expecting a long engagement while Caroline was in a hurry to wed.
“Things haven’t been right between Rory and Caroline for about a year now, he’s made that very clear,” said the friend.
“Everyone was completely shocked when he proposed, but he thought that would buy him more time because Caroline had made it clear she expected him to pop the question.
“He really didn’t expect wedding plans to take shape so quickly but Caroline just got totally carried away — he thought they wouldn’t get married for years but she became a bridezilla.
“He found himself in the middle of something he couldn’t handle, a wedding planned less than a year after they got engaged, and when the invites went out that was the last straw, he freaked out.
“Nothing happened, nothing went wrong in their relationship, he just knew he wasn’t ready to get married — especially not so soon or so young.
“It’s a weight off his shoulders now, he wants to focus on golf.”
Just last month, 23-year-old Caroline, who has a £15 million fortune, spoke of her
dreams of quitting tennis to become a young mother.
“I want to be a relatively young mother, and I do not see it as being too far in the future. I have always been like that,” she said.
“I would want to bring up my children.
“Therefore, I have no dream to make my mark.
“Instead, I enjoy economic freedom my hard work has given me.
“It means that I can give my children the best start in life.”
It is thought Caroline, who is said to be devastated at the split, had already chosen her wedding dress for the nuptials before Rory called the whole thing off and issued a public statement explaining his reasons.
Caroline, who is sponsored by Stella McCartney for Adidas had been offered a bridal gown from the top fashionista, but Sunday Life sources say she snubbed Stella’s dress in favour of another designer.
Rory, who is worth an estimated £28 million, said the break-up had been “mutual and amicable”, adding that it would be difficult for him to concentrate at the PGA Championship in Wentworth, Surrey.
“The problem is all mine,” he said.
“The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.
“I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had.
“Obviously it’s quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself.
“It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us.”
The announcement came as a bolt from the blue to onlookers, but friends close to Rory have been less surprised, telling Sunday Life that the pair have been on and off for some time.
They are believed to have broken up last April after Caroline posted an unflattering picture of Rory sleeping and open mouthed on Twitter.
But since they reconciled, it’s Caroline’s lightning speed wedding planning that’s caused stress in the relationship.
While McIlroy may have avoided a wedding this time around, he’ll still have to walk up the aisle next summer.
The sports star will act as best man for childhood pal Harry Diamond when he marries top model Katie Larmour in Italy next year.
Harry, who is also a golfer, had been due to have the honour first at Rory’s nuptials before they were cancelled.
Breaking her silence over her single status, Caroline took to Twitter to make a dig at her ex-fiance who famously follows Manchester United, when she wrote how she was happy to be a Liverpool fan.
“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,” she wrote.
The Danish star, currently ranked number 14 in the world, is to compete in the French Open today. It had been feared she would have to pull out of the tournament due to a knee injury.
Famous Room booked for the big ceremony
THIS is the luxurious New York landmark where Rory and Caroline had been due to tie the knot.
The world famous Rainbow Room, located at the top of Rockefeller Plaza in the Big Apple, was booked for the three day ‘Wozilroy’ wedding extravaganza which was due to take place from November 7 to 9 this year.
The pair had originally chosen the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York, but switched their ill-fated nuptials to the Rainbow Room at the last minute.
Famed for its revolving dancefloor, the Rainbow Room was opened in 1934 as a place for the New York elite to dine and offers unparalleled views of the city — 65 stories above Manhattan.
Since then it’s been frequented by countless celebrities, and it would have hosted many more had Caroline and Rory’s wedding gone ahead.
As well as sports stars, other well known faces on the guestlist included former US President Bill Clinton, who has bonded with Rory over their mutual love of golf.
All 300 guests had received their invites from an American wedding planner before Holywood multi-millionaire Rory called the whole thing off.
He’s already thought to have forked out millions for the wedding at the Rainbow Room, where a simple sandwich costs upwards of $20.
On its website, the River Room describes itself as a “the most elegant and elevated space in New York”.
For couples considering booking their big day at the venue, it says: “Mark the beginning of a life together at the Rainbow Room and share an unforgettable event in a legendary space.”