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The top 10 moments of the Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney libel trial so far

The high-profile case has shone a spotlight on issues both women may have preferred to keep private
Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, and Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie Vardy, in 2016

Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, and Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie Vardy, in 2016

Jamie McDowell

They were the high-profile footballers wives who went head-to-head in a bitter dispute after an alleged social media sting, triggering a court case which has revealed more about their private lives than they may have envisaged.

Now, with the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney set to draw to a close in the coming days, which was sparked after Rooney claimed she laid a trap to catch someone who allegedly had access to Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account leaking stories to the press, we take a look at the most memorable moments in the courtroom showdown.

  • Baggage allowance

In a witness statement, Coleen Rooney said the late Sarah Harding and Rebekah Vardy fell out after the National Television Awards in 2018.

Coleen claimed: "As an aside, I am aware that Becky had attended the 2018 National Television Awards and produced and provided various pieces of ‘behind the scenes’ footage for The Sun.

"She also got into a spat with former Girls Aloud group member Sarah Harding during the 2018 event because Sarah apparently caught Becky taking photographs of the contents of Sarah’s handbag when Sarah had dropped it on the floor. Their dispute subsequently appeared in The Sun."

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy (top) in 2016 (John Walton/PA)

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy (top) in 2016 (John Walton/PA)

  • Sitting pretty

Testifying at the trial the FA’s liaison officer Harpreet Robinson claimed Rebekah moved seats at an England game to be seated near Coleen.

At the Euro 2016 match Ms Roberston said Vardy and her guests sat in the wrong seats and when challenged had become abusive, with one of the group allegedly saying “we can sit where we want, f*** off”.

Ms Robertson said she believed Vardy wanted to be “right in the eyeline” of anyone trying to photograph Coleen Rooney.

Coleen said she believed Rebekah Vardy was connected to the Secret Wag column

Coleen said she believed Rebekah Vardy was connected to the Secret Wag column

  • Secret Wag

When quizzing Coleen about her accusation that Rebekah was a source for The Sun’s Secret Wag column, a lawyer for Vardy said: “Your case is that Ms Vardy is [the] Secret Wag, or a principal source, or a source for ‘The Secret Wag’.”

He added that in fact the Secret Wag column was “quite nice” about Coleen, at one point referring to her as “the nicest Wag”.

Coleen said in return that she thought the comment was a “distraction technique” to praise her while Rebekah allegedly attacked herself in the column to put people off thinking the latter was a source.

Peter Andre says he has been the ‘butt of all jokes’ for 15 years (Ian West/PA)

Peter Andre says he has been the ‘butt of all jokes’ for 15 years (Ian West/PA)

  • I say chipolata, you say Sky+ remote

An interview Rebekah gave in 2001about Peter Andre resurfaced at the trial in which she referred to Andre’s manhood as being similar to a chipolata sausage.

Andre issued an emotional response saying he had been mocked for 15 years about the interview. He posted a message about body-shaming on social media addressing the interview which was mentioned at the trial, which has since been deleted.

He said: "Fifteen years this has been going on, and I kept quiet and didn't say anything. I let everyone have their laugh and say what they wanted to say.

"Just think if I had said this about her anatomy and made up something unflattering, there would be outrage… the only one who sits there and takes hit after hit about it, is me."

Some Peter Andre fans pointed out Andre’s ex, Katie Price, once compared his manhood to a “Sky+ remote control, the one with the grey bits on, that's bigger than the normal remote”.

New iPhone: Davy Jones

New iPhone: Davy Jones

  • Keeping up with the Joneses

Mythical pirate Davy Jones got a bizarre mention in the trial after Rebekah’s agent lost her phone in the North Sea during a boating trip.

A barrister for Coleen asked Vardy: "We know that Miss Watt's phone is now in Davy Jones' Locker don't we, Mrs Vardy?”

"I'm sorry, I don't know who Davy Jones is,” replied Rebekah.

After the barrister explained Davy Jones’ Locker was another way of saying "the bottom of the ocean", the courtroom burst into laughter.

It was reported Rebekah was reduced to tears by the incident.

Wayne Rooney Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

  • Rooney’s own goal

During the trial Coleen spoke about her relationship with her husband Wayne after he was caught drink driving with another woman in the car.

She said she feared their relationship would end after the incident, saying she was in a “vulnerable situation”.

She explained: “There had been some wrongdoing by my husband.

“I was spending a lot of time at my parents’ house. I didn’t know how my marriage was going to work out. Me and Wayne were trying to figure out our relationship and where we were going.

“But I didn’t want people to know that. I hadn’t settled on ‘this is it, we are getting back together’.”

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy before she gave birth (Lia Toby/PA)

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy before she gave birth (Lia Toby/PA)

  • Shun in the oven

Rebekah during the trial claimed that Coleen ruined the last two months of her pregnancy with her now famous Instagram accusations and ‘sting’.

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In a written statement she said: ‘Finding out about Coleen's campaign to secretly target me was extremely upsetting.

‘It made me feel like someone had been monitoring me and putting me under surveillance without my permission.

‘She was planting stories on a daily basis, sometimes three or four stories in a day.

‘The thing that really gets me is the fact she knew I was pregnant and must have realised the impact a public claim of betrayal would have on me.’

She added: ‘I was in such a state of anxiety that I found it really difficult to relax and enjoy what should have been a special time. This is time I will never get back.’

Loyal: Former teammates Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy are standing by their wives. Photo: Getty

Loyal: Former teammates Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy are standing by their wives. Photo: Getty

  • Better the Neville you know

When Wayne Rooney finally took to the stand to give his account, the former player claimed then England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant manager Gary Neville had become concerned Rebekah had started writing a column for The Sun during the competition and were worried it was disrupting the players.

He said he was asked to have an “awkward” Jamie Vardy in a bid to get Rebekah to “calm down”.

When Jamie Vardy was asked about the alleged incident outside the courthouse he said Wayne was “talking nonsense”.

Wayne said in court: “They asked me as captain to see if I could speak to Mr Vardy on issues regarding his wife. We all knew that it was an awkward subject so I needed to speak to Mr Vardy and ask him to speak to his wife and ask him to ask his wife to calm down.”

The post was later deleted

The post was later deleted

  • ‘It was me’

On her third day in the witness stand Rebekah appeared to accept her agent had leaked information from Coleen’s private Instagram account.

After Coleen posted a photo of her car which had been damaged in 2019, with the post later being deleted, a story about the car was later published in The Sun.

Text between Rebekah and her agent, Caroline Watt, were read in court, with a message from Watt to Rebekah reading: ‘I would've tried to do a story on Coleen but the evidence has been deleted.’

When Watt asked what the picture showed, Rebekah replied: ‘The side of the car knackered.’

Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain, May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain, May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

  • Coleen’s late sister

While much of the trial has been Wag war gold for those interested, Coleen claimed things took a sinister twist when she said she was ‘knocked sick’ when a disclosed message to the court mentioned her sister who died aged 14.

Coleen said in a witness statement: “While they were discussing her messaging me in order to cover her tracks, Becky says to Caroline Watt, ‘maybe I should say something about Rosie’.

“Rosie is a reference to my sister who suffered with Rett Syndrome and passed away in 2013 at the age of just 14.

“The mere fact that Becky would suggest seeking to use Rosie’s name in conversation with me in order to put me off the scent of suspecting Becky as the person responsible for leaking my private information to The Sun is really low and sad.

“It actually knocked me sick when I read that message from Becky to Caroline.”


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