Wagatha Christie trial: Coleen Rooney says marriage was on the rocks when story leaked to newspaper | Ents & Arts News


Coleen Rooney has admitted she ‘didn’t know how her marriage was going to go’ after her husband Wayne was arrested for drunk driving during his first testimony in his highly publicized libel trial.

The WAG confronts Rebecca Vardy to the High Court after he accused her of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to journalists.

Rooney was asked about two posts she shared on her family’s Instagram accounts – one on her private Instagram account including Wayne, and another without him on her public account.

Coleen Rooney arrives at the High Court for her first day of giving evidence

She posted the photos after the former England footballer was arrested for drunk driving in September 2017.

Turns out he was almost three times over the limit and with a female passenger he picked up at a bar also in the car.

“I was in a vulnerable situation, I didn’t know how my marriage was going to go,” she told the court.

The WAG and her children were staying with her parents when she posted the photos in October 2017.

Rooney said, “Me and Wayne were trying to figure out our relationship and see how things were going.”

Wayne and Coleen Rooney in August 2017
Wayne and Coleen Rooney in August 2017, a month before his drunk driving arrest

An article appeared in The Sun a month later saying that Wayne Rooney had “been allowed back into the marital bed” after his wife forgave him.

Coleen Rooney said this was an example of private information being leaked to The Sun.

She 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.”

Rooney complained about the leak at the time, posting a screenshot of the private message and saying, “GRASS strikes again!!!”

She said she put the photo on her private account wondering if it would appear on “this HORRIBLE journal”.

She added, “If you really needed the money, you could have always asked instead of being SLY!!!”

She called it her “first warning shot” and said Vardy contacted her at the time to sympathize with her about the leak.

More highlights from the day:

  • Rooney said she was “surprised” by the interest in her viral social media post accusing Rebekah Vardy’s account of leaking stories about her and that she used it as a “last resort “.
  • She also said she tried three times “unsuccessfully” to prevent the case from going to court.
  • Rebekah Vardy said she felt “intimidated and manipulated” during her testimony and came to court to “clear my name”.

The incident with Abbey Clancy

She was also asked about an Instagram post by Abbey Clancy, in which the model mistakenly shared private information about Rooney.

Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson QC, said it showed information had already been leaked, although Rooney said it was a good example as Clancy immediately contacted her and apologised.

She said Clancy didn’t realize it was Rooney’s private account information and offered to delete it.

Chipolata’s comments were ‘shameful’

The High Court previously heard the final part of Vardy’s testimony, in which she discussed comments she made saying Peter Andre was “hung like a little chipolata”.

Vardy, who was 22 when she made the remarks in an interview, said she was very young at the time and called it “shameful” and “one of my biggest regrets”.

When asked if she had spoken to André about it since, she replied, “I haven’t spoken to him, but I sent personal messages to his wife and to him a few years ago.”

Rebekah Vardy said her 'chipolata' comments about Peter Andre were
Rebekah Vardy said her ‘chipolata’ comments about Peter Andre were ‘shameful’

Tensions between Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney were ‘b*******’

Vardy’s lawyer also referred to a series of media reports suggesting there was tension between her footballer husband, Jamie Vardy, and Wayne Rooney due to Rebekah constantly seeking media attention.

The stories claimed that Wayne Rooney suggested Jamie Vardy ask his wife to keep a lower profile.

When asked if the conversation took place, Rebekah Vardy said her husband told her that there was no discussion between the two men and that he called it a “charge of b *******”.

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She said she thought it was a fabricated story by the media to “try to cause trouble and create unnecessary drama”.

Rebekah Vardy is suing Coleen Rooney for defamation. The trial before Madam Justice Steyn continues, with a decision expected in writing at a later date.

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