Cheryl asks Coleen Rooney to `stay strong`

London: `X-Factor` judge Cheryl Cole has apparently sent a supporting message to Coleen, wife of love-rat Wayne Rooney - urging her to `stay strong` through her marriage woes.

Coleen and Wayne Rooney`s marriage has been on the rocks since his hooker romps emerged.

Heartbroken Coleen simply replied: "xxxxxx".

But she told friends and family that Cheryl`s support meant a lot.

"Cheryl and Coleen are close friends and text and phone each other regularly, even though they live a long way apart," the Sun quoted a source as saying.

"Cheryl`s latest text was very short, but she made it clear she was thinking of Coleen and understood what she`s going through.

Coleen was really pleased and showed it to a few friends. No one understands better than Cheryl what it`s like to be in that situation.

"She hasn`t offered any advice or suggested what Coleen should do - she just wanted her to feel less alone," source said.