Rebekah Vardy has launched a £1 million High Court defamation lawsuit against former pal Coleen Rooney.
In the latest drama between the former friends, the wife of Leicester City and England striker Jamie has accused Coleen of defamation after claiming on social media Rebekah had been leaking stories to the press.
The October 2019 bust-up, dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’, saw Coleen claim she posted a number of false stories on her Instagram account – an account with restricted access – with the sole purpose of seeing if they were reported in the media, reports The Mirror.
When the stories did appear in papers and online, she claimed the fake news had only been viewed by Rebekah’s Insta account. Having kept her followers guessing about who she believed was leaking to the press, Coleen ended with the reveal: “It’s . . . Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
It led to an upset and angry Rebekah wanting an apology from Wayne Rooney’s wife and the women are now set to clash in court.
The Sun has reported they have sought mediation to try to resolve their differences but they are still set for the High Court, with legal costs reportedly going to hit £500,000 on each side.
With reports the pair are prepared to stand up before a judge if necessary, a source told the newspaper Rebekah is more concerned about clearing her name and having a public apology than any financial settlement.
The insider said: “As far as Becky is concerned, she wants her costs and vindication.
“But since Coleen still refuses to agree to an apology, she’s gone ahead with filing the paperwork at the High Court.”
It is not expected the case will be heard in court until the new year, as the mums prepare to do battle in a legal minefield.
A source has said that the case is “far from clear cut”.