The Daily Mail says Bridge made himself unavailable for the World Cup because of Terry's failure to apologise, leaving him convinced he could not spend any time in close proximity to the disgraced former England captain.
Bridge gave serious thought to walking away from international football from the moment news broke of Terry's alleged affair with his recently estranged partner, Vanessa Perroncel.
But when Terry showed no signs of remorse in the statement he issued the day he was stripped of the England captaincy - and in his conduct towards Bridge himself - the Manchester City full back realised living in such close quarters to his one-time friend and colleague for the duration of a tournament was going to be impossible.
"No one can feel how Wayne feels at the moment," said a source close to the England boss Fabio Capello. "He was told it would be silly to give up an opportunity to play in the World Cup but obviously he has changed his mind a lot in the last three or four weeks. He has been thinking about it every day.
"He just cannot carry on with the scandal, so he has decided to give it up. He was told how much we care about him. He's a really nice guy. He was told how disappointed we are with this decision.
"But we wish him all the best, and he knows the door is always open even though this is apparently his final decision. You know how many left backs we have fit and available? Baines and Warnock - that's it."