Coleen Rooney has admitted to trolling Rebekah Vardy after her ‘Wagatha Christie’ post was ‘disgusting’.
In a viral social media post in October 2019, Ms Rooney said she had carried out an ‘undercover operation’ and accused Ms Vardy of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the press – which prompted her to be nicknamed “Wagatha Christie”.
Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking stories to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s wife for defamation.
Ms Rooney defends the claim on the basis that her message was “essentially true”.
Shortly after the bombshell revelation was published, Ms Rooney says she was contacted by Ms Vardy who asked “WTF (what the f***) – what is this?”
To which Mrs Rooney replied: “You know what it is.”
“I have no idea,” Ms Vardy replied.
Ms Rooney told Ms Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson QC, in the final day of hearings at the High Court on Monday that she had ‘no interest in what is happening in her life’.
The lawyer said, “She’s letting you know it wasn’t her, right?”
“She says she has no interest in what’s going on in my life, which I think is totally untrue,” Ms Rooney replied. “She talks a lot about me…so that was a lie,” she added.
“Trolling is terrible”
But, when asked about the abuse Ms Vardy suffered on social media after the reveal message, Ms Rooney had some sympathy.
She told the court: “It’s disgusting. I would never wish that on anyone.
“I was getting trolled too, but obviously Ms Vardy’s was disgusting, the things they were saying… the world we live in today and trolling is terrible.”
“Wrong and Unjustified”
Ms Rooney then discussed WhatsApp messages the court heard between Ms Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt – where Ms Rooney was discussed.
She said she had never met or spoken to Ms Watt, commenting on the officer’s exchanges with Ms Vardy: ‘The messages that passed between them were just bad and inappropriate.’
“It’s not necessary, I’ve never done anything to them,” Ms Rooney added.
More from today in court:
Coleen Rooney admitted she was inundated with photos, screenshots and memes after her ‘Wagatha’ post and said ‘obviously people didn’t realize how serious what was behind it was “.
In private correspondence with a member of her public relations team, the court heard Ms Rooney had described Ms Vardy as ‘star-starved’
Wayne Rooney, Coleen’s husband, was unaware of the “sting”, the court heard. When asked why, Ms Rooney replied: ‘One thing I don’t do is put my problems and worries on someone else’
The baby’s gender story
Earlier on Monday, Ms Rooney said she wanted a ‘totally false’ story about a so-called gender selection procedure released as ‘evidence’ for her sting operation to find out the source of the leaked stories .
One of the Instagram Stories used in the ‘sting’ was posted on April 8, 2019, with Ms Rooney claiming she was traveling to Mexico to examine a procedure for determining a baby’s gender.
“Let’s go see what this gender selection is all about,” Ms Rooney posted, along with a number of heart emojis and what appeared to be a grimacing face emoji.
Around four months later, The Sun published an article online on August 15, 2019 with the headline “Col’s baby girl bid”, marked as an exclusive, detailing Mrs. Rooney’s alleged “desperate bid for a baby girl”.
Asked about the post by Mr Tomlinson, Ms Rooney said: ‘I wanted the story out, so I had proof.’