Rebekah Vardy interview: what did she say about Coleen Rooney?

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Rebeka Vardy believes she has PTSD after losing the “Wagatha Christie” court battle to Coleen Rooney

Vardy, who is married to footballer Jamie Vary, spoke to TalkTV’s Kate McCann in an in-depth interview airing tonight (3 Aug 2022).

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In a teaser clip released ahead of the interview, Vardy appeared to get emotional after a High Court judge found Rooney’s claims to be “substantially true”.

Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand on May 13, 2022.

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In 2019, Rooney claimed to have caught a friend telling false stories about her on The Sun, saying she discovered the “betrayal” by posting fake information about herself via her Instagram Stories.

In a tweet published in October 2019, she wrote: “Over the last five months I’ve posted a number of fake stories to see if they made their way into The Sun newspaper

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“And you know what, they did it! …Now I know for sure which account/person it came from. I have saved and screened all the original stories clearly showing that only one person viewed them. It is ………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Vardy denied leaking stories to the media and filed a defamation lawsuit against Rooney, alleging the allegations caused her “extreme distress, hurt, fear and embarrassment.”

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However, the High Court judge ruled that Rooney’s Instagram post outing Vardy for leaking stories to The Sun was “essentially true” on July 29, 2022.

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Vardy has accused Rooney of “weaponizing” her fan base during the so-called “Wagatha Christie” trial.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s wife has said Rooney’s decision to publicly expose her was “sinister” and she initially thought it was “not real”.

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Speaking to The Sun, she described how she called Rooney to confront her about the original post, which was posted online in October 2019.

She said, “I picked up the phone and called her and said, ‘What the hell is that?’ and her answer was pretty, I don’t know, pretty rude, pretty harsh.

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“She basically just said, ‘You know what that is?’ And at that point I really didn’t know what it was.

“I would read the words and you know when you’re reading something and it’s like you’re reading it about someone else. “And it’s like, ‘No, that’s certainly not real. This can not be true.”

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She added, “No one would do anything that scary knowing they were arming a fandom against someone.”

Vardy also told The Sun she was “terrified of being out in public places” after receiving up to 100 abusive messages a day, with some people going “the extra mile” to abuse them by using the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group linked.

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She told the newspaper: “The whole thing was awful. At worst, I was worried about being alone, about leaving the house. I was afraid to be in public places

“Even the smallest things, like shopping, were horrific.”

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“Everyone always says, ‘These people wouldn’t say anything to your face,’ but actually there are a few who take it a step further.

Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand on May 12, 2022 with husband Wayne Rooney.

“The abuse I got was insane. In the beginning it would be 100 messages a day. I was linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, people implied I was a member of ISIS, stuff like that. It was like I murdered someone.”

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Vardy also said she has been hospitalized twice for mental health issues since her original post in 2019.

She explained: “I had severe panic attacks. I had kidney stones caused by stress and I just felt like my life was falling apart. It was exhausting physically, emotionally and mentally.

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“It was exhausting. I had to go to the hospital a few times because they were really worried about my mental wellbeing. And since the court case, I think I probably have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

“I get physically sick talking about the process and what happened and I have nightmares. I haven’t received a diagnosis yet, but I know I probably still need therapy. It was a terrible time.”

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The teaser clip from Vardy’s interview on TalkTV shows her bursting into tears as she tells her side of the story.

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The former I’m a star… Get me out of here! Star said she was “extremely disappointed” after the verdict and felt “let down by the legal system.”

Looking at the ground, she said, “I feel let down by a lot of people and a lot of things, but most of all I feel let down by the legal system.”

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The total legal costs of the case are believed to be in the region of £3million, most of which will now be borne by Vardy.

Rebekah Vardy: Coleen and I airs August 3 at 7 p.m. on TalkTV.

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