Coleen Rooney has said that information from her private Instagram account appears to have been leaked to the tabloids from an Instagram account belonging to Rebekah Vardy.
The star, who is married to footballer Wayne Rooney, said she has spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on information she had posted on her personal social media page.
Rooney claimed she worked out it was I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! star Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, following a process of elimination.
She wrote: “For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The SUN newspaper of my private posts and stories.
“There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge.
“After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion.”
This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it…… pic.twitter.com/0YqJAoXuK1
— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) October 9, 2019
Rooney, 33, said she “came up with an idea” to try to prove her theory that it was Vardy, and that she blocked everyone apart from her from seeing her Instagram stories.
She added: “Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper.
“And, you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV, and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.
“It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked; however, I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it’s come from.
“I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.
“It’s … Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
— Rebekah Vardy (@RebekahVardy) October 9, 2019
Vardy responded on Twitter, claiming that “various people” have had access to her Instagram account over the years and that she would “never speak” about Rooney to journalists.
“As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this,” she wrote.
“I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.
“If you thought that this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.
“Over the years various people have had access to my insta & just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself.
“I’m not being funny but I don’t need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you? I liked you a lot Coleen & I’m so upset that you have chosen to do this, especially when I’m heavily pregnant.”
She added that she felt “disgusted” that she is “even having to deny this” and concluded with: “You should have called me the first time this happened.”
The Press Association have contacted representatives of Rooney, Vardy and The Sun for further comment.