Rebekah Vardy suing Coleen Rooney over ‘Wagatha Christie’ scandal

The wives of two of Britain’s best-known footballers fell out over stories allegedly leaked to the press

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Rebekah Vardy attends the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
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Rebekah Vardy has launched libel proceedings against fellow Wag Coleen Rooney after she was accused of leaking stories about her friend to Britain’s tabloid press.

Ms Rooney, 34, made headlines around the world when she claimed that her own online detective work had found that Ms Vardy’s Instagram account was the source of the leaked stories about her private life.

Ms Vardy, 38, denied any wrongdoing and later said the stress of their public dispute had caused her to have severe anxiety attacks.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Coleen Rooney attends Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking personal stories to the press. Getty Images

Ms Rooney is the wife of former England forward Wayne Rooney, while Ms Vardy is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

Ms Rooney last year revealed that she had spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing details about her and her family based on information she had posted on her personal social media page.

The saga was dubbed #WagathaChristie after the famous author of detective stories.

At the time, Ms Vardy said third parties had access to her Instagram account and an expert was working to discover who could have been behind the leaks.

Ms Vardy filed her claim with the UK’s High Court on June 12, court records showed.

Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney make their way onto the pitch during a training session. Getty Images
Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney make their way onto the pitch during a training session. Getty Images

No further details are available at this stage, and no date has been set for a court hearing, but the case will proceed to a trial unless a settlement is reached between the parties.