Another dawn, another day – and yet another set of gigantic Dynasty-style shoulders to demonstrate who’s really Queen of the Wags in the £3million libel battle setting Britain alight.
There’s no doubt about it, yesterday was Coleen Rooney’s day – and not just in the Isabel Marant-designed shoulder department. No, the day was Coleen’s because despite Rebekah Vardy’s jaunty nautical-themed Chanel dress and brave new side parting, the events in Court 13 are not unfurling as Mrs V would like.
In short, she’s having a nightmare. Things start to decline badly and rapidly as she is accused – variously and in no particular order – of having selective amnesia, lying, repeatedly revising her witness statements ahead of the trial and suggesting that the anniversary of the death of Coleen’s sister Rosie (who died in 2014, aged 13) had been an appropriate time to get back in contact with Rooney after she had blocked Vardy on Instagram.
So in that context, the claim she’d arranged for a pap to hide in a bush and snap the entire Wag brigade as they click-clacked down the street to dinner in St Petersburg during the 2018 World Cup comes almost as a moment of light relief for Bex.
Even if it was technically against explicit instructions by the FA that they all keep a low profile – and she hadn’t technically bothered to warn her fellow Wags – it is a relatively low-key accusation to weather amid today’s storm.
Another dawn, another day – and yet another set of gigantic Dynasty-style shoulders to demonstrate who’s really Queen of the Wags in the £3million libel battle setting Britain alight
No wonder Coleen’s so perky and pleased with herself. She looks like the Wag that got all the best goodie-bag swag as she scrawls in her leopard-print note pad, smirks at Vardy’s lawyers and sips her water as if it’s already victory champagne.
She even gleefully pokes Wayne at one point with a pencil in his enormous ham-like arm! She wants him to feel included in the fun.
On we lurch like drunk drivers swerving between endless allegations about Vardy’s mad behaviour. That she was the source behind the ‘Secret Wag’ column in The Sun that leaked lurid claims of serial cheaters at Chelsea FC.
And how she dared to christen herself the ‘unofficial leader of the Wags’ in an interview she gave about a no-sex ban for England players during the 2018 tournament.
And, of course, the harder she denies it all, the harder her own expletive-ridden Whats- App messages smash back in her face.
It’s a terrible buffeting. And Teflon-tough though Vardy clearly is, she’d be forgiven for wishing she had a sturdy husband of her own to lean on in court.
There’s no doubt about it, yesterday was Coleen Rooney’s day – and not just in the Isabel Marant-designed shoulder department
Her nemesis, meanwhile, continues to scribble like a woman possessed. Is it a shopping list, a winner’s speech or just another holiday packing itinerary? Who knows!
Next to her, Wayne glowers and glares and scowls and stares. (If she’d tried, Coleen couldn’t have dreamt up a better punishment for all he’s put her through during their 14-year marriage.)
Back on the stand, Rebekah has another cry – arms folded on witness box, head laid despairingly down on arms – apparently triggered by recalling the appalling online abuse she’s endured.
Or perhaps she’s finally realised what a spectacular own goal this whole palaver might turn out to be. A self-administered spatchcocking of her own shameless making. A total car crash of self-indulgence.
No, the day was Coleen’s because despite Rebekah Vardy’s jaunty nautical-themed Chanel dress and brave new side parting, the events in Court 13 are not unfurling as Mrs V would like
Because even if Vardy wins on the narrow point of law – which she might – she’s clearly also lost in the court of public opinion. (Then again, haven’t they all?).
But perhaps most upsetting of all is the realisation that – even though Jamie’s still a mean, lean scoring machine (another two goals on Wednesday night, thank you very much) and Coleen’s chubby hubby doesn’t play any more (and his team has just been relegated, sorry Wayne) – Vardy will never, ever be crowned Queen of the Wags, however many Duchess of Cambridge look-a-like jackets she packs into her walk-in wardrobe.
Poor Rebekah. How to recover from a day like this? A nice calming spa treatment and a hair mask? A bottle of Grey Goose on the rocks? And then the phone call home… ‘How’d it go, love?’ Jamie squeaks.
‘Oh you know, pretty good. Pretty good! I think we’ve got that **** on the ropes. But also hun, while you’ve got a min… could you be a darling and pop three mill in the current account? Just in case!’
Coleen ‘weaponised her fans to turn against me’
Tearful Vardy’s claim as £3m libel trial is halted twice
By Vanessa Allen
Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her fans when she accused her of leaking stories to the Press.
Mrs Vardy broke down in court and the hearing had to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Mrs Rooney’s famous ‘Wagatha Christie’ tweet.
It declared that she had been betrayed, adding: ‘It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’ The 40-year-old wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy said she was immediately bombarded with vile abuse and death threats.
She told the High Court: ‘It seemed she had weaponised her fan base against me.’
The mother-of-five wiped away tears as she was accused of leaking private information about Mrs Rooney, attempting to destroy incriminating evidence and pinning the blame on her agent and friend Caroline Watt.
Weeping Wag Rebekah Vardy yesterday claimed Coleen Rooney ‘weaponised’ her fans when she accused her of leaking stories to the Press
Mrs Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne claimed Mrs Vardy had betrayed Mrs Watt by ‘throwing her under the bus’. Mrs Vardy sobbed: ‘She’s been driven to suicidal thoughts by these proceedings and the antics of the defendant [Mrs Rooney].’
The footballer’s wife was led from the court in tears twice during the hearing and at the end of the day as she struggled during cross-examination by Mr Sherborne.
She has told how she received a ‘torrent of insults’ and death threats within moments of Mrs Rooney’s social media post in 2019. She was seven months pregnant and feared she could lose her unborn baby.
Mrs Vardy is suing Mrs Rooney – wife of former England striker Wayne Rooney – for libel over the post, which led to her being dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’.
Mrs Vardy broke down in court and the hearing had to be halted twice as she described the fall-out from Mrs Rooney’s famous ‘Wagatha Christie’ tweet
Davy Jones? Rebekah is all at sea…
The courtroom burst into laughter yesterday when Rebekah Vardy admitted she didn’t know who Davy Jones was.
It came as the court was reminded that Mrs Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt had said in an earlier hearing that her phone had fallen into the North Sea.
David Sherborne, for Coleen Rooney, said: ‘We know that Miss Watt’s phone is now in Davy Jones’ Locker, don’t we, Mrs Vardy?’ Mrs Vardy replied: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know who Davy Jones is.’
Amid laughter, the judge explained that the idiom related to the resting place of drowned sailors.
The character also appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, with Bill Nighy, pictured above, playing the role of the tyrannical captain.
She accused Mrs Rooney of deliberately provoking the furore, saying: ‘She knows exactly how aggressive and nasty the social media community can be… She should have used her influence and reach to call the trolls off. She didn’t.’
In a series of tense exchanges with Mr Sherborne, Mrs Vardy was repeatedly accused of leaking information from Mrs Rooney’s private Instagram account to The Sun and of lying in her evidence to the court.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Would you not agree, Mrs Vardy, that if it looks like a leak and it sounds like a leak – and you even use the word leak – that it’s more likely than not to be a leak… That’s what you are, isn’t it, a leak?’
‘No,’ Mrs Vardy said repeatedly, shaking her head and wiping her eyes. The lawyer claimed she had betrayed Mrs Watt, expecting her ‘to do the dirty work’ by contacting journalists and then attempting to pin the blame on her.
He said: ‘It’s you that betrayed her by throwing her under the bus.’
Mrs Vardy broke down, shaking her head and muttering: ‘That’s a joke.’ WhatsApp messages between Mrs Watt and Mrs Vardy have been read to the court in which the two women discussed posts on Mrs Rooney’s private Instagram account.
Mrs Vardy insists they were gossiping and she was joking about leaking the information, although she has admitted that Mrs Watt may have contacted journalists.
Mrs Watt, 40, was expected to be called as a witness but the court has heard she is now receiving psychiatric care and has been deemed too unwell to give evidence.
Mrs Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne claimed Mrs Vardy had betrayed Mrs Watt by ‘throwing her under the bus’
Experts were also unable to analyse her iPhone after she accidentally dropped it overboard while filming the Scottish coastline on a boat trip – days after the court ordered the mobile should be searched. Mr Sherborne said the episode was part of a ‘catalogue of so-called unfortunate events’ which had affected the case. The court heard that screenshots and videos sent on the WhatsApp chat between Mrs Vardy and Mrs Watt were permanently deleted during a data transfer and Mrs Vardy’s laptop was discarded after it stopped working.
Mrs Vardy repeatedly denied she had deliberately deleted potentially incriminating evidence and disposed of her laptop.
She said she believed the messages would have been ‘extremely helpful’ to proving her case.
Earlier, Mr Sherborne accused her of ‘selective amnesia’ over her recollection of events. She denied she had orchestrated a tip-off to paparazzi over a photo of her with other England Wags – wives and girlfriends – during the World Cup in Russia in 2018. She and Mrs Watt exchanged messages in which they appeared to plan the photo, but Mrs Vardy said it was only intended to be a picture of her.
Mrs Vardy repeatedly denied she had deliberately deleted potentially incriminating evidence and disposed of her laptop
The photo led to complaints from Wags and at least one player as English football bosses wanted media coverage focused on the team and the tournament rather than the wives and girlfriends. In a message to Mrs Watt, Mrs Vardy said: ‘England will do their nut.’ Asked about an article about the Wags at the World Cup, Mrs Vardy said: ‘If I’m honest, I can’t remember that at all.’ Mr Sherborne replied: ‘Well, I would much rather you were honest because you are in a witness box under oath.’
The court also heard a message she sent to Mrs Rooney in which she suggested that her phone could have been hacked. She denied it was an attempt to divert suspicion away from her. In an uncomfortable exchange, she was also asked about an article which claimed the Rooneys’ marriage was over – while Mrs Rooney and Wayne sat feet away from her.
Mrs Rooney, 36, is expected to start her evidence in the £3million libel trial today. She took copious notes throughout former friend Mrs Vardy’s evidence and has reportedly signed a contract with Netflix to make a documentary about the trial. The case continues.
nSinger Peter Andre yesterday complained he has taken ‘hit after hit’ for years after Mrs Vardy compared his private parts to a chipolata.
The quote was mentioned earlier in the case. Andre, 49, who is said to have had a fling with Mrs Vardy in 2001, posted a video online claiming there would be ‘absolute outrage’ if he made a jibe about her anatomy. He added: ‘I’ve taken it for 15 years.’