With Rebekah Vardy accusing Coleen Rooney of “weaponizing” her fan base during her barbed legal battle, I can’t help but feel Vardy is the one trying to weaponize by getting into her first case raises concerns about her poor “mental wellbeing” interview since the trial.
At the risk of sounding callous, I must be clear that I’m not saying that Vardy is howling the wolf over her mental health issues. Many people suffer from poor mental health – and in many ways – so I have no doubt that the widespread, no-holds-barred libel case Vardy lost to Rooney last week would inevitably impact everyone’s mental well-being.
However, I’m not sure if going to The Sun with claims of suspected PTSD and “emotional exhaustion” while simultaneously accusing your legal sparring partner of being “ominous” is an overly positive or realistic way to go.
Mental health awareness and discussion of issues like depression have become increasingly important in the social media age, and rightly so, but often people in the public eye abuse these movements to avoid responsibility and distract others from their shortcomings.
Celebrities and influencers often turn to the Be Kind campaign when the media criticizes or embarrasses them for wrongdoing – all in the public interest, I might add.
An example that springs to mind is the Instagram blogger who, after being convicted for visiting Dubai while the UK was at the height of its Covid-19 lockdown, called on people to “be kind”. to be when they have nothing nice to say.
So, where’s Vardy’s mention of worries about Rooney’s mental well-being after details of her personal life were repeatedly leaked to tabloids?
The High Court ruled Rooney’s allegations that Vardy was the one who told The Sun “false stories” about her were “essentially true” and the 36-year-old’s lawyer has even confirmed she doesn’t want any compensation, and only “want”. get on with her life”.
While Rooney herself has not made any public media appearances since the court ruling, Vardy already had her first televised interview about their three-year fight, which aired on TalkTV last night. As a journalist, I wholeheartedly understand a person’s right to get their own side of the story across, but since Vardy says she feels “physically ill” and has “nightmares” when speaking about the trial, I personally understand that Not. I find this level of voluntary, continuous media attention inadvisable.
That still doesn’t justify the level of insult Vardy says he suffered, because like everything these days, many social media users are taking the whole situation too far. Linking her to terrorist groups, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and sending her vile messages online are totally undeserved, inappropriate and overly ridiculous. They only help to distract from the big picture.
Behind the Wagatha Christie spectacle is a warning everyone on social media should beware: Celebrity faces are people too. They have feelings, personal lives, and vulnerabilities like the rest of us. Likewise, no one is above the law or morality. And while admitting mistakes or unkind actions can be traumatic and frightening — especially in such a public setting — rather than blaming others for causing your ill-health, it’s better to rip the bandage off and do just that.
https://www.independent.ie/news/more-voluntary-media-attention-unlikely-to-help-rebekah-vardys-post-trial-emotional-exhaustion-41889019.html Additionally, voluntary media attention likely won’t help Rebekah Vardy’s post-trial emotional drain