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Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s statements after ‘Wagatha Christie’ ruling

Coleen Rooney (left) and Rebekah Vardy (right). The high-profile libel battle between Vardy and Rooney has ended (Martin Rickett, Adam Davy/PA)
Coleen Rooney (left) and Rebekah Vardy (right). The high-profile libel battle between Vardy and Rooney has ended (Martin Rickett, Adam Davy/PA)

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy both issued statements after the end of the “Wagatha Christie” High Court libel claim.

Coleen Rooney said: “Naturally, I am pleased that the judge has found in my favour with her judgment today.

“It was not a case I ever sought or wanted. I never believed it should have gone to court at such expense in times of hardship for so many people when the money could have been far better spent helping others.

“Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I made every effort to avoid the need for such a drawn out and public court case. All my attempts to do so were knocked back by Mrs (Rebekah) Vardy.

‘Wagatha Christie’ trial
Coleen Rooney leaving the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, during the libel battle (Yui Mok/PA)

“This left me with no alternative but to go through with the case to defend myself and to end the repeated leaking of my private information to The Sun.

“These leaks from my private Instagram account began in 2017. They continued for almost two years, intruding on my privacy and that of my family. Although I bear Mrs Vardy no ill will, today’s judgment makes clear that I was right in what I said in my posts of October 2019.

“Finally, I would like to thank all of my legal team, my family, friends and everyone who supported me, including the public, through this difficult and stressful time.”

Rebekah Vardy said: “As I explained in my evidence I, my family and even my unborn baby, were subjected to disgusting messages and vile abuse following Coleen’s post and these have continued even during the course of the trial.

“Please can the people who have been abusing me and my family now stop. The case is over.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me.

Rebekah Vardy outside the Royal Courts Of Justice after a hearing in her high-profile libel battle with Coleen Rooney (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the judge has reached.

“It is not the result that I had expected, nor believe was just. I brought this action to vindicate my reputation and am devastated by the judge’s finding.

“The judge accepted that publication of Coleen’s post was not in the ‘public interest’ and she also rejected her claim that I was the ‘Secret Wag’.

“But as for the rest of her judgement, she got it wrong and this is something I cannot accept.”