Coleen Rooney responds to Rebekah Vardy launching legal proceedings

Jennifer Savin
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From Cosmopolitan

Yesterday it was reported that Rebekah Vardy, whose Instagram account was accused of leaking stories to the press about the personal life of former friend Coleen Rooney, had launched a defamation lawsuit in an attempt to clear her name.

Their falling out made major headlines last October, as Rooney posted on social media explaining that she'd been sharing false life events, such as her mansion flooding, to her private Instagram but only allowing Rebekah Vardy's account to view them. Vardy in response claimed she'd been hacked and said multiple people had her password.

Now, Rooney's legal team have commented on the ongoing case (according to a BBC report), saying:

"It is disappointing that Mrs Vardy has chosen to issue court proceedings. Coleen feels that the time and money involved could be put to better use; her offer to meet face to face still stands. Mrs Vardy's decision to issue court proceedings does at least mean that Coleen's evidence can be made public when the time is right."

Neither Rooney or Vardy have acknowledged the lawsuit on their personal social media accounts, but Vardy has publicly denied having any involvement on numerous occasions.

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Last year, while appearing on Loose Women, Vardy said that she had been admitted to hospital "three times" with stress following online abuse. "It was really, really hard, it's probably up there with one of the worst things I've had to deal with, apart from being abused by my stepdad when I was younger," she told the panel "It was hideous, it was horrible and I don't think I was prepared for what was to come.”

There's still a chance that the two women could settle their disagreement outside of court, but given that they've reportedly already tried that, it seems unlikely.

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