Coleen Rooney claims Rebekah Vardy 'habitually' leaked stories and naming her was in 'public interest'

Victoria Ward
·4-min read
Coleen Rooney has lodged her defence at the High Court -  Max Mumby/Indigo
Coleen Rooney has lodged her defence at the High Court - Max Mumby/Indigo

Coleen Rooney has accused Rebekah Vardy of "habitually" leaking stories to the press, arguing in court documents that naming and shaming her was “a legitimate matter of public interest.”

Mrs Rooney, the wife of the former England striker Wayne Rooney, is set to face Mrs Vardy at the High Court next year as they lock horns in a £1million libel battle.

The mother-of-four was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” after revealing that she spent five months investigating who had been selling stories about her to a tabloid newspaper before dramatically alleging that the culprit was Mrs Vardy, who is married to the Leicester City and England striker, Jamie Vardy.

Mrs Vardy, 38, protested her innocence and she is now suing Mrs Rooney, 34.

Mrs Rooney’s defence was laid out in a 55-page document lodged at the High Court on Friday, which details the spoof Instagram posts she published in a bid to snare the alleged traitor.

The photographs Mrs Rooney posted as part of the sting, published for the first time, include one of an airline seat as she suggested she was heading abroad to find out about “gender selection”, and another of herself as she claimed to be considering a future TV career.

An image released to the court of a fake post Coleen Rooney put on Instagram
An image released to the court of a fake post Coleen Rooney put on Instagram

A third shows a bottle of Cloudy Bay white wine and a scrunched face emoji after Coleen described the trauma of a fictitious flooded basement.

Mrs Rooney claims she temporarily blocked all of her Instagram followers except for Mrs Vardy, meaning she was the only one who saw the posts.

A reporter from the Sun is said to have contacted Mrs Rooney’s PR representative about the gender selection story four months after it was posted. The other two posts also ended up as stories in the Sun, the document alleges.

Mrs Rooney then told her 1.2million followers that she had invented the tales in a bid to work out who was sharing stories. 

The court documents accuse Mrs Vardy of fostering a close relationship with several journalists and habitually passing on private information to promote herself.

She also claims that she is the writer behind the Sun's “Secret Wag” column, according to reports.

Rebekah Vardy - Malcolm Couzens/Getty
Rebekah Vardy - Malcolm Couzens/Getty

The defence papers state that Mrs Rooney’s post naming Mrs Vardy was a “legitimate matter of public interest”.

They add: “The fact that information from her private Instagram account had been provided to and published in The Sun newspaper for millions of people to read was an issue which the Defendant was forced to make public on her social media.

“Her Post was necessary because the very public disclosure of her private information had continued despite previous warnings she had put out publicly that someone with access to her private Instagram account was providing this information to The Sun for it to publish.

“After careful investigation, the Defendant established that information from her private account which was published by the newspaper had only been accessible to and shared with the Claimant (through her Instagram account).

“No credible or verified 'alternative' explanation has been provided by the Claimant as to how the Defendant's private information, which was shared only with her (through her Instagram account), could have been and was in fact given to The Sun.”

A fake picture Coleen Rooney posted on Instagram 
A fake picture Coleen Rooney posted on Instagram

A spokesman for Mrs Rooney told the Telegraph: “Coleen has always been confident of her position, although she takes no pleasure in now having to set out in public court documents the reasons why.

“It remains a matter of deep regret to her that Rebekah seems determined to persist with court action despite Coleen’s offers of private mediation. Coleen believes the money being spent could be put to much better use in these times.”

Paul Lunt, Mrs Rooney’s solicitor and head of litigation at law firm Brabners, said: “Coleen’s defence makes clear why, from the outset, she has been entirely confident in her position. She remains surprised and disappointed at Mrs Vardy’s decision to initiate these proceedings and to continue to pursue these matters through the courts.

“Coleen has always said that this could and should have been resolved face to face without the need for court proceedings.”

Mrs Vardy’s representatives were contacted for comment.