Coleen Rooney left “furious” over leaked details of her reconciliation with husband Wayne in 2017

Coleen Rooney said she was “angry” when private details of her reconciliation with her husband Wayne were leaked to the media, prompting her to perform an elaborate stabbing operation which Rebekah Vardy identified as the source of the leaks.

s Rooney told the High Court in London that a now-famous social media post in which she accused Ms Vardy’s Instagram account of being behind a series of leaked stories was her “last resort” as she tried to pin down who was responsible to catch a person “in the act”.

In what has become the battle royal of the wags (wives and girlfriends of footballers), Ms Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is now suing Ms Rooney for defamation over her allegations that she planted stories in the press , the wife of Rooney’s private Instagram account.

Ms Rooney said details had been leaked of a reconciliation with her husband Wayne, the former England and Manchester United player The sun in 2017. It included facts about her return to the family home she shared with Rooney after spending time at her parents’ home following a turbulent period in their marriage.

Despite posting a photo of her and her children in matching pajamas on the family bed on her public social media accounts, Ms Rooney, 36, said details only mentioned on her private account were also leaked. She told the court the “pajama post” was made when she was “going through a difficult time in my marriage” and upset her when she felt cornered by the revelations.

“I didn’t know at the time how my marriage would turn out. Me and Wayne were trying to figure out our relationship and see how things were going,” she said.

Ms Rooney said a photo of damage to her Honda car after it was scraped by a truck in Washington DC in January 2019 was also leaked from her private Instagram account.

Those and other leaks led her to launch an undercover operation to capture the person responsible, during which Ms Rooney deliberately spread false stories to see if they got leaked to the press.

Ms Rooney said from the witness stand: “It could only have come from my personal Instagram account.

“The fact The sun reporting all these things that had happened that weren’t true gave me the annoyance of making it public that someone was leaking my private information. I was mad. I was angry.”

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Ms Rooney said that after suspecting Ms Vardy of leaking stories, she published two warning posts and temporarily removed them from her account, “but nothing had worked”.

Ms Rooney described her plan in her testimony: “I wanted to catch the account manager in the act, so to speak, and so I came up with a plan.”

She added: “I decided to invent and fabricate a story, restricting accessibility to only Becky’s [Ms Vardy] Instagram account that could see her via Instagram Stories for a 24 hour period so that she was only ‘seen’ by Becky’s Instagram account and then I would wait and see if my made up, made up story, that just had been seen from Becky’s Instagram account, appeared in The sun.”

After the stab operation, Ms Rooney said she was convinced Ms Vardy’s account was the origin of the leaks.

In October 2019, she shared the now-viral post in which she accused Ms Vardy, 40, of telling the press “false stories” about her personal life.

In the post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote: “I saved all the original stories and took screenshots clearly showing that only one person viewed them. It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Ms Rooney told the court: “I thought Rebekah herself or someone else did it and Rebekah knew about it. I have made allegations against her account.”

Ms Rooney’s husband Wayne Rooney is manager of the Derby County football team and sat next to his wife during the hearing.

Before Ms Rooney began her evidence yesterday afternoon, Ms Vardy took the witness stand for the final day of her evidence and told the court she felt “bullied and manipulated” while facing cross-examination.

Ms Vardy, who became emotional during her testimony, told the court she “wanted to clear her name” and filed the lawsuit on behalf of her children.

Early in the trial, Ms Vardy was questioned about a 2004 interview in the defunct tabloid The news of the world about a sexual encounter she had with singer Peter Andre.

Ms Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, showed Ms Vardy an A3 printout of the article on the witness stand before reading the headline: “Peter is hung like a little chipolata, shaved, sloppy, lasts five minutes.”

However, Ms Vardy previously said she was “put into a situation by my ex-husband” to do the interview.

Ms Vardy was asked questions about the article by her solicitor, Hugh Tomlinson QC, yesterday.

Mr Tomlinson asked: “If you look back all these years now, almost 20 years ago, do you remember if the things that were presented in the article were things that you actually said?”

Ms Vardy replied: “There are many things in there that did not come out of my mouth that were misrepresented in the circumstances surrounding this article, for which I am deeply sorry.

“It’s embarrassing to read and one of my biggest regrets.”

The process goes on.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Coleen Rooney left “furious” over leaked details of her reconciliation with husband Wayne in 2017

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