Coleen Rooney took 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 problems in her marriage to former England football star Wayne Rooney.
Recalling their struggles in 2017, she said, “I had no idea how my marriage was going to go, if I continued my relationship. You had to try to work things out.”
Ms Rooney said she “cried every night” while the family lived in Washington DC. She argued that the content of her viral post, accusing Ms Vardy of leaking her private information to The sun newspaper, were true.
In a written statement to the court, Ms Rooney said: ‘I have always believed in the truthfulness of what I posted on October 9, 2019.
She also said she kept her plan to catch the leaker completely secret.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not mentioned this plan or the contents of the undercover operation to anyone or discussed it with anyone at any time.
“No one knew the details of what was going on except me. It killed me not to tell anyone but I got through it,” she said in a statement.
Here are the best moments from the fourth day of the trial:
Coleen Rooney opened up about her marriage issues in 2017 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 says was leaked from her private Instagram – was published in the press .
She was talking about a story in The sun about the former English captain who was welcomed into the family bed.
“My relationship with my husband, there had been a situation. It was wrongdoing on my husband’s part. I was in a vulnerable position,” Ms Rooney said.
Mr Rooney was arrested for drunk driving in 2017. Ms Rooney said she spent a lot of time with her parents at the time.
Ms Rooney added: ‘I had no idea how my marriage was going to go, if I continued my relationship. We had to try to work things out. »
She also talked about her time in Washington DC. She said that while she was living there, “I cried every night. I couldn’t even Facetime my parents.
Ms Rooney said her ‘Wagatha Christie’ post was ‘my last resort’
Speaking about why she posted the infamous post, Ms Rooney said: ‘I wasn’t trying to achieve anything. What I wanted was to prevent the person leaking my private information from The sun.”
In reference to The sun‘s stories, she said, “It didn’t stop and it was my last resort.”
Ms Rooney said: “I myself was surprised at the level of interest [the post] cause.
Ms Rooney said she never intended Ms Vardy to be followed on social media.
“It was not my intention at all, not at all. It’s not in my nature to cause abuse or trauma in any way,” she said.
Rebekah Vardy tells court she felt ‘intimidated and manipulated’ on witness stand
Rebekah Vardy has told the High Court she felt ‘intimidated and intimidated’ as a witness in the libel trial against fellow footballer’s wife Ms Rooney.
Speaking in a shaky voice at the end of her testimony on Friday morning, Ms Vardy said: ‘I did nothing wrong and I wanted my name cleared, and I wanted that not only for myself but for my family. and my children.”
Her solicitor, Hugh Tomlinson, asked Ms Vardy: ‘How did you find the process of answering questions in this tribunal?’
The model, who is married to Premier League footballer Jamie Vardy, replied: “Exhausting, intimidating, I feel like I’ve been built up and manipulated.”
Ms Vardy’s message with the agent about Ms Rooney’s late 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 late sister ‘sickened me’ when it leaked.
Ms Rooney wrote in her witness statement: ‘While they were discussing her message to cover her tracks, Becky said to Caroline Watt ‘maybe I should say something about Rosie’.
“Rosie is a reference to my sister who suffered from Rett Syndrome and died in 2013 at the age of just 14.
“The mere fact that Becky would suggest seeking to use Rosie’s name in a conversation with me in order to dissuade me from suspecting Becky of being the person responsible for disclosing my private information to The sun is really weak and sad.
“It made me sick when I read this message from Becky to Caroline.”
Rebekah Vardy says she apologized to Peter Andre for chipolata claim
Rebekah Vardy said she had privately messaged Peter Andre and his wife apologizing for an interview in which she discussed the size of Mr Andre’s manhood and compared it to a chipolata.
Ms Vardy was asked about a 2004 interview which headlined: “Peter hangs like a little chipolata, shaved, drooling, lasts five minutes.
She said she sent Andre and his wife “personal messages a few years ago” to respond to comments made in the world news article.
Ms Vardy said she regretted the interview and those comments.
She also alleged that there was “a lot of stuff in there that didn’t come out of my mouth, that got twisted.”
“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.
Additional reporting by the Press Association