Rebekah Vardy leaves court earlier this year (Photo: Karwai Tang via Getty Images)
Rebekah Vardy spoke out in her first interview since a judge ruled on the infamous WAGatha Christie case Coleen Rooney‘s favor.
The two footballers’ wives have been embroiled in a very public feud since October 2019, when Coleen made a now infamous post on social media, in which she claimed Rebekah’s Instagram account was the source of several “fake stories” about her dating The Sun was passed on.
After this has been denied, Rebekah sued Coleen for defamationin a trial that took place over a week in May this year.
Last week a judge ruled in Coleen’s favour, with Rebekah now insisting to The Sun that she “does not regret” taking the matter to court despite the verdict.
“Going to court was expensive,” she said. “Legal fees are expensive. But I had no choice.
“I wanted to clear my name. Because I was accused of something I didn’t do and I felt very powerful about it. I still do now. I would do it again tomorrow if I had to because I’m innocent. I regret nothing.”
Coleen and Wayne Rooney (Photo: SOPA Images via Getty Images)
Revealing that she is considering appealing the verdict, Rebekah continued: “That’s in the hands of the lawyers. They’ll look things over and I’m sure they’ll have a conversation soon if they haven’t already.
“But it’s really hard because I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it then; I didn’t do it yesterday, I didn’t do it when I was in court and I still haven’t.
“I’m a fighter and it’s been really hard over the last few years to keep pushing, pushing and pushing for the truth to be out there and justice to be obtained.
“I don’t know, my stomach is everywhere. For now it’s just a matter of letting the dust settle and checking all the facts again and then we’ll see where we are.”
Judge Mrs Justice Steyn said in her judgment It was “probable” that Rebekah’s then-agent, Caroline Watt, took “the direct action” by leaking the information to The Sun.
She added: “Nevertheless, in my view, the evidence … clearly shows that Ms Vardy was aware of and condoned this behavior, actively participated in it by referring Ms Watt to the private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Ms Rooney’s posts and raising awareness of topics of potential interest to the press and answering additional questions from the press about Ms. Watt.”
While the judge also found that Rebekah Vardy’s evidence at trial was “manifestly inconsistent” with other evidence on “many occasions,” she also made a point of condemning the abuse that occurred to the former in her ruling dancing on ice star had received in the past three years.
Rebekah with her husband Jamie Vardy (Picture: Neil Mockford via Getty Images)
Of that abuse, Rebekah told the tabloid: “At worst, I was worried about being alone and leaving the house. I was afraid to be in public places.
“Even the smallest things, like shopping, were horrific.”
She continued, “Everybody always says, ‘These people wouldn’t say anything to your face,’ but actually there are a select few who take it a step further.
“The abuse I got was insane. In the beginning it would be 100 messages a day.”
“I was linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, people implied I was a member of ISIS, stuff like that. It was like murdering someone.”
Rebekah revealed she had been hospitalized twice for mental health issues since Coleen’s first post, adding: “I’ve had severe panic attacks. I had kidney stones caused by stress and I just felt like my life was falling apart. It was exhausting physically, emotionally and mentally.
“It was exhausting. I had to go to the hospital a few times because they were really worried about my mental health. And since the court case, I think I probably have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
“I get physically sick talking about the process and what happened and I have nightmares. I haven’t received a diagnosis yet, but I know I probably still need therapy. It was a terrible time.”
Rebekah also spoke to TalkTV for a sit-in interview that will air Wednesday night.
In a preview clip released Tuesday, Rebekah can be heard saying, “I feel let down by a lot of people and a lot of things, but most of all I feel let down by the legal system.”
Following the verdict, Rebekah said in a public statement: “[I am] very sad and disappointed by the judge’s decision. It’s not the result I expected, nor do I think it was fair. I brought this lawsuit to uphold my reputation and am shocked by the judge’s finding.
“The judge accepted that posting Coleen’s post was not in the ‘public interest’ and she also dismissed her claim that I was the ‘secret prankster’. But as for the rest of her judgment, she was wrong and I cannot accept that.”
Meanwhile, Coleen has also spoken out to say that while she was “happy” with the decision, she “never believed” the matter should have gone to court.
“It wasn’t a case I ever wanted or wanted. I never would have believed that in a time of need for so many people it should have gone to court at such a cost when the money could have been much better spent helping others,” she said.
“Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I did everything I could to avoid the need for such a lengthy and public trial. All my attempts to do so were rebuffed by Mrs Vardy.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.