Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy: ‘Wagatha Christie’ Day Four Highlights as Rooney Takes the Stand

Coleen Rooney took to the witness stand for the first time in Rebekah Vardy’s libel trial against her on Friday, telling the High Court that her infamous ‘Wagatha Christie’ post was “my last resort”.

The mother-of-four also opened up about the troubles of her marriage to former English soccer star Wayne Rooney.

Recalling her struggles in 2017, she said: “I didn’t know how my marriage was going to work out, if I was going to continue with my relationship. We needed to try to work things out.”

Mrs Rooney said she “cried every night” during the time the family lived in Washington DC. She maintained that the content of her viral post, accusing Ms. Vardy of leaking her private information to Sun newspaper, were true.

In a written statement to the court, Ms Rooney said: “I have always trusted the truth of what I posted on October 9, 2019.”

He also said that he had kept his plan to catch the leaker a secret.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I did not mention this plan or the contents of the covert operation to anyone or discuss it with anyone at any time.

“No one knew the details of what was going on other than me. It killed me not to tell anyone about it, but I made it through,” she said in a statement.

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These are the best moments of the fourth day of the test:

Coleen Rooney opened up about her 2017 marital problems with Wayne

Coleen Rooney told the High Court she was in a “vulnerable position” when a story about her marriage to Wayne Rooney, which she believes was leaked from her private Instagram, hit the press.

She was talking about a story Sun about the return of the former captain of England to the family bed.

“My relationship with my husband, there had been a situation. It was my husband’s mistake. He was in a vulnerable position,” Rooney said.

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Mr Rooney was arrested for driving under the influence in 2017. Ms Rooney said she had been spending a lot of time with her parents at the time.

Ms Rooney added: “I didn’t know how my marriage was going to work out, if I was going to continue with my relationship. We needed to try to work things out.”

He also talked about his time in Washington DC. He said that while living there “I cried every night. I couldn’t even Facetime my parents.”

Mrs Rooney said her ‘Wagatha Christie’ post was ‘my last resort’

Speaking about why she posted the infamous message, Ms Rooney said: “I wasn’t trying to accomplish anything. What I wanted was to stop the person who was leaking my private information to Sun.”

Referring to Sun‘s, she said, “It didn’t stop and this was my last resort.”

Mrs Rooney said: “I was surprised how much interest [the post] caused.”

Ms. Rooney said that it was never her intention for Ms. Vardy to be trolled on social media.

“That was not my intention at all, at all. It is not in my nature to cause abuse or trauma in any way,” she said.

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Rebekah Vardy tells court she felt ‘harassed and manipulated’ on witness stand

Rebekah Vardy told the High Court that she felt “harassed and intimidated” as a witness in the libel trial against another footballer’s wife, Ms Rooney.

Speaking with a shaky voice at the end of her testimony on Friday morning, Ms Vardy said: “I did nothing wrong and I wanted to clear my name, and I wanted it not only for myself but for my family and my children.”

Her lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, asked Ms. Vardy: “How do you find the process of answering questions in this court?”

The model, who is married to Premier League footballer Jamie Vardy, replied: “Tiring, intimidating, I feel like I’ve been manipulated.”

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Ms Vardy’s message to agent about Ms Rooney’s deceased sister ‘made me sick,’ Ms Rooney said

Ms Rooney said in a written statement provided to the High Court that a message between Ms Vardy and her agent referring to her deceased sister “blew my mind” when it was revealed.

Mrs. Rooney wrote in her witness statement: “While discussing sending me a message to cover her tracks, Becky says to Caroline Watt ‘perhaps you should say something about Rosie.’

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

“The mere fact that Becky suggested trying to use Rosie’s name in a conversation with me so that she wouldn’t suspect that Becky was the person responsible for leaking my private information to Sun it’s really low and sad.

“I was actually shocked when I read that message from Becky to Caroline.”

Rebekah Vardy says she apologized to Peter Andre over chipolata claim

Rebekah Vardy said she sent Peter Andre and his wife private messages to apologize for an interview in which she discussed the size of Andre’s manhood and compared it to a chipolata.

Vardy was asked about a 2004 interview that had the headline: “Peter is hung like a little chipolata, shaved, slimy, lasts five minutes.”

She said she had sent Andre and his wife “personal messages a couple of years ago” to address comments made on the World News Article.

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Vardy said he regrets the interview and making those comments.

He also alleged that it included “many things that did not come out of my mouth, that were misrepresented.”

“It’s one of my biggest regrets,” the model told the court on Friday, adding that she was “very young” at the time.

The trial continues.

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