Less than a week after Rebekah Vardy sensationally lost her legal battle against Coleen Rooney, the Wag has broken her silence on the crushing verdict.
The drama began in 2019 when Coleen set up a false Instagram account to which only Rebekah had access. Coleen suspected her fellow Wag was leaking stories about her to The Sun tabloid so she fed her information via the fake account – and the stories started appearing in the paper.
After Coleen outed Rebekah on social media, Rebekah sued Coleen for libel, saying she’d been subjected to such damning public ridicule she’s entitled to “substantial damages”.
Both women attended a week-long trial at the high court in London in May, which drew huge attention from the press and public. On 29 July the British high court dealt Rebekah a massive blow, declaring that Coleen’s Instagram post outing Rebekah for leaking stories to The Sun was “substantially true”.
Determined to restore her tarnished reputation, Rebekah has given her first televised interview since the judgement. In a teaser clip the former Dancing on Ice contestant insists she’s been “let down by the legal system”.
Later in the clip, she says: “I will say that 'til I'm blue in the face. I did not do it.”
Prior to sitting down with TalkTV the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy told The Sun that she has twice been admitted to hospital for stress since the so-called Wagatha Christie saga began.
“I was having serious panic attacks,” Rebekah says. “I had kidney stones which were brought on by stress, and I just felt like my life was falling apart. Physically, emotionally and mentally, it was exhausting.”
She added: “It was draining. I had to go to hospital a couple of times because they were really worried about my mental wellbeing.
“And, since the court case, I think I’m probably suffering with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder].
“I feel physically sick when I talk about the trial and what happened, and I have nightmares.
“I haven’t gone to get a diagnosis yet but I do know I probably need some more therapy. It’s been a horrible time.”
Reflecting on the moment the drama first began to unfold, she told The Sun that she was enjoying a trip to Dubai when she saw that Coleen had accused her on social media of leaking stories to The Sun.
The then-pregnant Rebekah described it as her “lowest point” and even thought about jumping from the top floor of a shopping mall in Dubai as she anticipated the UK response when she returned to the country.
“Jamie and I were in a shopping mall at the time buying baby clothes, and I just thought, 'I don’t want to go through this, I don’t want to live like this',” she told The Sun.
But Rebekah’s high court loss hasn’t only been detrimental to her health, it’s also hit the Vardy clan hard financially, sources say.
Insiders claim they may be forced to sell their beloved Portuguese villa after the legal battle left Rebekah with a multi-million-pound legal bill. She will have to pay Coleen’s legal fees as well as her own, which sources say comes to between £2 million (R40,83 million) and £3 million (R61.24 million).
Those close to the couple say the idea has been raised of selling the couple's luxury villa on the exclusive golf resort of Quinta do Lago in Portugal, which they call their “sanctuary”.
The property, which has three pools, a gym, steam room and six bedrooms, is thought to be worth in the region of £2 million and is available to rent for up to £30 000 (R612 427) a week.
Despite the emotional and physical effects the stress of the drawn-out legal battle has had on Rebekah, those close to her insist that the mother of five has “no regrets” about taking the case to court.
Rebekah insists that while the legal fees were expensive, she felt she “didn't have a choice” but to take Coleen to court in a desperate bid to clear her name.
“I would do it all again tomorrow if I had to, because I am innocent. I have no regrets.”
SOURCES: THESUN.CO.UK, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, TALK.TV, EXPRESS.CO.UK, MIRROR.CO.UK