Coleen Rooney has spoken out about her high-profile Wagatha Christie trial against Rebekah Vardy.
In an October 2019 viral social media post, the wife of former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney accused Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, of leaking “fake tales” about her private life to the press.
Rebekah, 41, strongly rejected the allegations and went on to sue Coleen, 37, for libel.
Rebekah, 41, brought Coleen, 37, to the High Court for a libel dispute last summer, and a judge found the latter’s post to be “basically truthful.”
Because of the efforts Coleen took to investigate the source of the leaks, the Wagatha Christie case gained its famous moniker, a mashup of wag – a word short for ‘wives and girlfriends’ usually given to footballers’ partners – and the name of whodunit novelist Agatha Christie.
In British Vogue’s latest issue, which sees Coleen grave the front cover, Coleen spoke about what she did before sharing the post that accused Rebekah of leaking stories.
When asked if she drafted her thoughts on the Notes app, she told the publication: ‘No. I like a pen and paper – a pencil and rubber, actually, so I can rub it out. So I started writing what I wanted to say and then the next morning I put it out there. That was the start of something that I would never have expected.’
Coleen also said that no one, not even her husband Wayne or her family, had any idea what she was about to do.
‘[The part] my friends and family were most surprised at me [for was] putting the post up,’ she said.
Coleen admitted that witnessing Rebekah on the stand was ‘quite painful’ and made her feel ‘uneasy.’
Following the verdict, Coleen said at the time: ‘Naturally, I am pleased that the judge has found in my favour with her judgment today.
‘It was not a case I ever sought or wanted. I never believed it should have gone to court at such expense in times of hardship for so many people when the money could have been far better spent helping others.’
Rebekah said: ‘I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the judge has reached.
‘It is not the result that I had expected, nor believe was just. I brought this action to vindicate my reputation and am devastated by the judge’s finding.’
Continuing, she stated: ‘The judge accepted that publication of Coleen’s post was not in the “public interest” and she also rejected her claim that I was the “Secret Wag”. But as for the rest of her judgement, she got it wrong and this is something I cannot accept.’
See the full feature in the September issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 22 August.
Source My Celebrity Life.