Angie Best, the ex-wife of the late George Best, has issued scathing remarks over Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney’s ongoing trial.
The trial, dubbed the ‘Wagatha Christie’ case, came about after Rooney – who’s married to retired footballer Wayne Rooney – accused Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press in 2019, by writing the now infamous allegation: ‘It’s….. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
On Wednesday, Vardy – who’s married to England footballer Jamie Vardy and has denied the allegations – cried in the witness box while being questioned, as she sues Rooney for libel.
On Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, former Best, 69, said that she finds it ‘really sad that it’s come this far’.
The former Playboy Bunny, who was married to her former husband from 1978 to 1986, compared the two opposing parties to children on a playground, stating: ‘If these two girls can’t fix it in the playground, you have to go to the headmistress, I suppose.
‘They’re fortunate enough and privileged enough to be able to do this. But I just think their egos have got the better of them.’
GMB co-host Ben Shephard pointed out that as Best is a high-profile individual, due to her modelling career and former marriage, there must have been things written about her that she was displeased with.
When asked if she ever felt the urge to seek out ‘legal recompense’, she replied: ‘No. I just read about it in the paper, cried. If I had the money that all those people that wrote stories about me had been paid, I’d own my own island.’
Reiterating the fact that she didn’t feel the urge to take legal action, she continued: ‘But we didn’t in those days. We just pulled your knickers up and got on with it.’
Shephard and his co-presenter Susanna Reid burst out laughing, while Best – whose son is TV personality Calum Best – voiced her opinion that ‘nowadays everybody’s very sensitive and they’re all very large egos’.
‘And everybody’s “a celebrity”,’ she added, gesturing quote marks with her hands.
‘And everybody wants to be in the public eye. So I guess for me, they’re just getting a little carried away with it all.’
During the trial, Vardy claimed that she was just ‘joking’ amid claims that she leaked stories to the press, stating: ‘I have sometimes been caught up in the heat of the moment during conversations with [agent] Caroline where I have talked about ‘leaks’ and payment, but these conversations were never serious, and Caroline would have understood that.
‘I have never been paid for private information about anybody apart from myself or my family.’
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