REPORT 🥺 :Rory McIlroy’s messy love life – from brutal wedding dumping to Meghan Markle and Amanda Balionis romance rumours

REPORT 🥺 :Rory McIlroy’s messy love life – from brutal wedding dumping to Meghan Markle and Amanda Balionis romance rumours

Golfer Rory McIlroy has made numerous headlines for his rocky love life over the years, from breaking up with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki to divorcing wife Erica Stoll

Rory Mcllroy’s love life hasn’t been as smooth sailing as his time on the course.

The Northern Irishman, 35, is one of Europe’s most successful golf players and has dated many women in the spotlight. His most recent relationship came to an end after it was announced earlier this week that he filed for divorce from his wife-of-seven-years, Erica Stoll.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, share a three-year-old daughter called Poppy, and McIlroy has called for a ‘respectful and amicable’ process. As the exes seek a co-parenting agreement, the Mirror looks back on Rory’s love life over the years…

Meghan Markle rumours

Long before Meghan Markle found happiness with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex was linked to Rory. Back in the summer of 2014, Meghan – who was at the height of her Suits fame – struck up an unexpected friendship with the golf star. Romance rumours came after he nominated her to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association.

The viral trend saw those taking part throw ice-cold water over themselves and post a video of it on social media to raise awareness of ALS, a type of motor neurone disease. Meghan accepted the nomination on one condition – Rory threw the ice-cold water over her himself. After the video was posted on social media, it was reported the pair enjoyed drinks and dinner in New York.

Shortly afterwards, Meghan gushed about her pal on her former blog, The Tig, calling him the “real deal”. She wrote: “Ah yes. Rory McIlroy. THE Rory McIlroy. Whispered (and shouted) to be the foremost golfer in the world, loved by Tiger, respected by Palmer, and dumper of frigid water on to my lone head for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. That Rory McIlroy.

“‘He is a force who has the propensity to actually work hard and play hard – relishing intense practices to substantiate his title, embracing nights of sipping Opus One (his bold and impressive choice of wine) and indulging in group dinners at Cipriani – for the balance, of course.

“And yet, beyond his work/play ethic, the most endearing quality of this man is his character – as real and honest as they come, appreciating a simple smile, never shunning a fan photo, enjoying a plate of pasta with veal ragu, and expressing a love for his parents that is rarely seen in men his age. Or at any age, to be honest. He is not just the real deal… he is real. And perhaps that is what makes him even more cherished.”

Dating rumours intensified when several months later, in October 2014, they were spotted having dinner together at the trendy Dublin restaurant Fade Street Social. But despite speculation, the pair were never more than friends. In fact, Meghan was said to be dating chef Cory Vitiello.

Brutal break-up

When McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one tennis star, announced their engagement in December 2013, it looked like they were on their way to becoming a sporting power couple. The pair had been dating for three years and frequently attended each other’s events, with the swimsuit model even occasionally acting as her partner’s caddy.

However, just months after getting down on one knee on New Year’s Eve, McIlroy suddenly called it off – reportedly even after the wedding invites had been sent out. According to The Times, McIlroy phoned his fiancée to inform her of his intentions with a three-minute call that the Dane initially thought was a joke.

His comments about the break-up proved the start of a bitter war of words between the estranged pair. Speaking to the Irish Independent in 2017, he said: “I thought at the time that being with someone that was in a similar position to you was the obvious answer. But it isn’t, because you can never get away from it. You can never detach yourself and try to come back to the real world.”

Rory and Erica tied the knot in Ireland in 2017 and had a star-studded guest list (

Sudden divorce

Rory moved on months after breaking off the engagement and found love with Erica, whom he first met in 2012 while she was working for the PGA in America. In 2017, the couple walked down the aisle in Ashworth Castle, one of Ireland’s top hotels. The star-studded guest list included Chris Martin from Coldplay and One Direction’s Niall Horan, while there were also performances from Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran.

In August 2020, the couple welcomed their daughter, Poppy Kennedy McIlroy. Speaking to the Irish Independent, the sportsman opened up about Erica’s admirable lack of “judgement” – and appeared to take a dig at his ex once more. He said: “We met when she was working for the PGA of America, and renting a condo in Palm Beach, and I found it refreshing being with someone who was living a normal life rather than, ‘Oh! My jet is 30 minutes late!’

“I could speak to her about anything, we ended up spending a bit of time together and realised that there was something more there. I love that she knows everything about me, and there was no judgement there. There was no judgement from day one, which is huge, because that’s very hard to find for someone in my position.”

But their happy marriage came to an end earlier this week when the shock news that Rory filed for divorce after seven years made headlines. The petition was filed in Palm Beach County State Court in Florida on Monday.

“Rory McIlroy’s communications team confirmed today that a divorce has been filed,” a statement from the 35-year-old’s team read. “They stressed Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible. He will not be making any further comment.”

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