Coleen Rooney has admitted she “didn’t know how her marriage was going to work out” after her husband Wayne was arrested for drink-driving during her first testimony at her high-profile libel trial.
Rooney is facing off against Rebekah Vardy at the High Court after she accused her of leaking “false stories” about her private life to journalists.
Rooney was questioned about two posts she shared on her Instagram accounts of her family – one on her private Instagram account including Wayne, and another without him on her public account.
She posted the pictures after the former England footballer was arrested for drink-driving in September 2017.
He was found to be almost three times over the limit and with a female passenger he picked up in a bar also in the car.
“I was in a vulnerable situation, I didn’t know how my marriage was going to work out,” she told the court.
Rooney and her children were staying at her parents’ house when she posted the pictures in October 2017.
Rooney said: “Me and Wayne was trying to figure out our relationship, and see how things were going.”
An article appeared in The Sun a month later saying Wayne Rooney had “been allowed back into the marital bed” after his wife forgave him.
Coleen Rooney said this was one example of private information leaked to The Sun.
She told the court: “That was information that I was happy to share in the private group… but I didn’t want the public to know that.”
Rooney complained about the leak at the time, putting a screenshot of the private post and saying: “The GRASS strikes again!!!”
She said she put the picture on her private account wondering if it would appear “that HORRIBLE newspaper”.
She added: “If you really needed the money that bad you could have always just asked instead of being SLY!!!”
She called this her “first warning shot” and said Vardy contacted her at the time to sympathise with her over the leak.
More key points from the day:
- Rooney said she was “surprised” by how much interest there was in her viral social media post accusing Rebekah Vardy’s account of leaking stories about her and she had used it as a “last resort”
- She also said she had tried three times “in vain” to avoid the matter going to court
- Rebekah Vardy said she felt “bullied and manipulated” while giving evidence and had come to court to “clear my name”
The incident with Abbey Clancy
She was also questioned about an Instagram post by Abbey Clancy, in which the model had mistakenly shared private information from Rooney.
Vardy’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC said this showed things had been leaked before, though Rooney said this was a good example as Clancy had contacted her immediately and apologised.
She said Clancy hadn’t realised it was information on Rooney’s private account and had offered to take it down.
Tensions between Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney were ‘b*******’
Vardy’s lawyer also brought up a series of media stories suggesting there was tension between her footballer husband, Jamie Vardy, and Wayne Rooney due to Rebekah constantly seeking media attention.
The stories claimed Wayne Rooney had suggested to Jamie Vardy that he ask his wife to keep a lower profile.
Asked whether the conversation had taken place, Rebekah Vardy said her husband told her there was no discussion between the two men and he had called it a “load of b*******”.
She said she believed it was a made-up story put out by the media to “try to cause trouble and make unnecessary drama”.
Rebekah Vardy is suing Coleen Rooney for libel. The trial before Mrs Justice Steyn continues, with a decision expected in writing at a later date.