Wagatha Christie: Coleen Rooney says messages between Rebekah Vardy and her agent were ‘wrong and inappropriate’


The messages between Rebekah Vardy and her agent about Coleen Rooney were ‘harmful and unwarranted’, the former England captain’s wife has told the High Court as she completes her evidence in the high-profile libel trial of the women.

In a viral social media post in October 2019, Ms Rooney, 36, said she had carried out an “undercover operation” and accused Ms Vardy, 40, of leaking to the press ” false stories” about her private life – which prompted her to be dubbed. “Wagatha Christie”.

Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking stories to the media and is suing his fellow footballer’s wife for defamation, while Ms Rooney defends the claim on the grounds that his message was ‘essentially true”.

Towards the end of her cross-examination by Ms Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson QC, today, Ms Rooney was asked about the consequences of her ‘telling’ message and Ms Vardy’s response.

The lawyer said, “She’s letting you know it wasn’t her, right?”

“She says she has no interest in what’s going on in my life, which I think is totally untrue,” Ms Rooney replied. “She talks a lot about me…so that was a lie,” she added.

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Ms Rooney then discussed WhatsApp messages the court heard between Ms Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt – where Ms Rooney was discussed.

She said she had never met or spoken to Ms Watt, commenting on the officer’s exchanges with Ms Vardy: ‘The messages that passed between them were just bad and inappropriate.’

“It’s not necessary, I’ve never done anything to them,” Ms Rooney added.

The footballer’s wife later said many people contacted her immediately after the post and Mr Tomlinson said people referred to him as ‘Wagatha Christie’.

She replied, “Yeah, which I just find ridiculous.

“A lot of people sent me pictures, screenshots and obviously people didn’t realize how serious what was behind it was.

“I felt it was difficult and people I trusted and people I let into my circle were going against me.”

She added: “I never talked about it until this case so I didn’t dwell on it, to be honest with you I hated every minute of it.”

Asked later about the abuse Ms Vardy suffered on social media after the reveal post, Ms Rooney said: “I know and it’s disgusting. I would never wish that on anyone.

“I was getting trolled too, but obviously Ms Vardy was disgusting, the things they were saying… the world we live in today and trolling is terrible.”

She told the court that she had not said anything further about her investigation, either to Ms Vardy or publicly, due to a legal letter she had received from Ms Vardy’s lawyers.

She said: “I was quite threatened by it. I just waited and tried to take the lawyers’ advice.”

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Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Earlier, Ms Rooney said she wanted a ‘totally false’ story about a so-called gender selection procedure released as ‘evidence’ for her sting operation to find out the source of the leaked stories.

One of the Instagram Stories used in the ‘sting’ was posted on April 8, 2019, with Ms Rooney claiming she was traveling to Mexico to look into a procedure to determine a baby’s gender.

“Let’s go see what this gender selection is all about,” Ms Rooney posted, along with a number of heart emojis and what appeared to be a grimacing face emoji.

Around four months later, The Sun published an article online on August 15, 2019 with the headline ‘Col’s baby girl bid’, marked as an exclusive, detailing Ms Rooney’s alleged ‘desperate bid for a baby girl’.

Asked about the post by Mr Tomlinson, Ms Rooney said: ‘I wanted the story out, so I had proof.’

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Coleen Rooney exits a vehicle as she arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with husband Wayne Rooney (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)


Coleen Rooney exits a vehicle as she arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with husband Wayne Rooney (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

Coleen Rooney exits a vehicle as she arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with husband Wayne Rooney (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

Ms Rooney also told the High Court that she “suspicious” Ms Vardy’s Instagram account was responsible for leaking information to reporters when she unfollowed her on the social media site.

She said the pair were ‘not good friends’ and if someone had dumped her she would ‘probably forget about it and not message’ the person, adding: ‘I don’t wouldn’t have been really bothered.”

She said: “I felt it was suspicious. Obviously I had suspicions in other ways, so it just added to the suspicions I had.”

Ms Rooney is defending Ms Vardy’s defamation claim on the basis of truth and the public interest.

The libel battle comes after Ms Rooney publicly claimed an account behind three false stories in The Sun that she posted on her personal Instagram account was that of Ms Vardy.

As well as the ‘gender selection’ post, the fake stories Ms Rooney planted on her Instagram during the sting operation also included her plans to return to TV and her home’s basement flooding .

In the post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote, “I have recorded and captured all of the original stories which clearly show that only one person has seen them.

“This is ……… Rebekah Vardy’s account.

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Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City soccer player Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Earlier evidence

Coleen Rooney appeared in the High Court in London on Friday and found herself in a ‘vulnerable position’ following her husband Wayne’s arrest for drunk driving.

Beginning her testimony in her libel battle against Rebekah Vardy on Friday, the TV personality alleged that private information about her marriage to the former England captain was leaked to The Sun newspaper.

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Wayne Rooney, Derby County Manager and husband of Coleen Rooney, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Wayne Rooney, Derby County Manager and husband of Coleen Rooney, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Wayne Rooney, Derby County Manager and husband of Coleen Rooney, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

On September 1, 2017, Mr Rooney was arrested for drunk driving after a woman was found in the car.

He later received a two-year driving ban and was ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to the charge.

The High Court was told on Friday that Ms Rooney took the couple’s four children and went to live with her parents after the incident.

She said: “I was in a vulnerable position, I didn’t know how my marriage was going to go, if I continued with my relationship.”

Ms Rooney said the couple then tried to resolve their difficulties privately, but did not want the public to know about their potential reconciliation at the time.

In late October 2017 and early November, Ms Rooney posted two photos of her children – one on her public Instagram account and a second on her private account – with only the second photo featuring Mr Rooney.

Ms Rooney told the High Court the photos of the family in matching pajamas were part of a campaign to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

She said that despite keeping the photo with Mr Rooney in his “close circle” on her private account, a story was later published in The Sun.

Ms Rooney said in her witness statement: “While I was comfortable enough uploading Wayne’s photo to my private Instagram account, I made the conscious decision not to upload the photo with him to my Twitter account or on my public Instagram account because of the difficulties between us at the time.”

She then told the court: “It was information that I was happy to share in the private group…but I didn’t want the public to know.”

However, she claimed that on November 1, the day of the private post including Mr Rooney, an article was published describing the post.

Ms Rooney said in her written testimony that she was ‘really hurt’ by the leak, ‘particularly because I felt like someone I trusted was betraying me at a very difficult time’ .

Ms Rooney is expected to continue giving evidence until Monday afternoon, with Mr Rooney due to enter the witness box on Tuesday.

Earlier, Ms Rooney said she sent the viral message accusing ‘Rebekah Vardy’s account’ of leaking her private information to The Sun as a ‘last resort’, the footballer’s wife told the High Court at the start of her testimony .

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Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with her husband Derby County Executive Wayne Rooney in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with her husband Derby County Executive Wayne Rooney in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice with her husband Derby County Executive Wayne Rooney in London, Britain May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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