Coleen Rooney’s ‘mortification’ over Wagatha leaks: ‘It was messing with my head’

Coleen Rooney has detailed how "mortified" she felt that someone had been leaking fake stories from her private Instagram account to the press.

Rebekah Vardy was accused by Coleen of leaking fake stories about her in October 2019 in a now-infamous Instagram post dubbed Wagatha Christie.

Rebekah, 40, denies the allegations and is suing 36 year old Coleen for libel.

In the fourth day of the court case, Coleen took to the stand, where she spoke out on how the ordeal impacted her at the time.

In her skeleton argument, shared wit the court, she explained: "I was mortified that the leaks from the Private Instagram Account were back." She then explained that she shared on her social media stories: "Someone on here [the private Instagram account] is selling stories again to this scum of a paper [The Sun]," on 25 January 2019.


Two days later, she responded to everyone who had been asking if she was okay after a fake story about her being involved in a car crash.

"Thank you for the messages asking if I am ok…the car crash story was completely wrong….I wasn’t involved in a crash…the car was damaged by another car. Someone on my private Instagram seen the picture and is telling or selling stories to a certain newspaper," she wrote.

“It’s happened several times now over the past couple of years. It’s sad to think Someone, who I have accepted to follow me is betraying for either money or to keep a relationship with the press”.

Coleen then explained that the leaked fake stories started "messing" with not just her head but those who she loved, too.

"Friends and family are the most important to me and it was messing with my head that someone who I trusted was doing this to me. It annoyed and hurt me," she shared. "It even messed with my friends and family because they felt like I suspected them of being responsible."

She continued: "I had obviously already done my First Warning Shot on my Private Instagram Account which was my first step and that hadn’t worked because there had been another leak, and this was really frustrating – it did my head in.

"People had also contacted me following the Car Crash Article to ask if I was okay and they were actually worrying about me thinking I had actually been in a car crash. I didn’t think it was right that people close to me were worrying and I didn’t think it was right that the wider public were being given the wrong impression.

"I was also in the US at the time, so it wasn’t as though I was seeing people I knew to make it clear to them that the wrong information was being circulated. I did also think that if leaks were happening about me then there were also other people that it might have been happening to."

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Coleen went on to share how she grew suspicious of Rebekah when she began contacting her whenever she was going through something difficult in her personal life.

"She was not in my circle of friends,'' she said. "It was always to try and get information out of me. It was often when there was something not nice going on in my personal life."

Coleen believed Rebekah was initially being "genuinely nice", but quickly changed her mind as it was "unusual" for someone not too close to her to be checking in on her "all the time".

She then highlighted an article about her and husband Wayne during a time when their relationship was going through a rough patch and she didn't know how her marriage "was going to work out".

Describing herself as "vulnerable" at the time, Coleen said it was a "terrible time" for her as papers suggested they had patched things up while she was actually staying with her parents a lot of the time.

"I cried every single night," she said.

Coleen then insisted that she has never met Caroline Watt and has never spoken to her either.

Caroline was Rebekah's agent, who, in April, Coleen's barrister David Sherborne had said Rebekah believed could've leaked the stories.

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The court heard this came from a second witness statement made by Rebekah at a pre-trial hearing.

"Now Mrs Vardy's case changed where she believes it may well be Miss Watt who was the person who leaked this," Mr Sherborne told the High Court.

He said this was a "radical change", as Mrs Vardy had previously said "Caroline Watt is not the source."

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