EPL

WAGS at War - Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy embroiled in Twitter row

By Sports Desk October 09, 2019
Coleen Rooney & Rebekah Vardy Coleen Rooney & Rebekah Vardy

Rebekah Vardy has denied leaking private Instagram stories from Coleen Rooney to a national newspaper, in a startling case of claim and counter-claim between the wives of two former England strikers.

Rooney, who is married to England's record scorer Wayne Rooney, posted a tweet on Wednesday in which she revealed how she came to suspect Vardy, who denies any wrongdoing.

In the message, she said Vardy – wife of Leicester City's Jamie Vardy – held the only account that had access to her Instagram stories.

Rooney said she had removed access to all users except Rebekah Vardy, and alleged a series of "false" stories that she posted on there found their way to UK tabloid The Sun.

Rebekah Vardy responded by tweeting a lengthy message to Coleen Rooney, who she claimed to have discussed the matter with on the phone, to reject the claim.

"This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it……" Coleen Rooney tweeted, along with an image of a longer statement.

Coleen Rooney's statement read: "For a few years now, someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The SUN newspaper of my private posts and stories.

"There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge.

"After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion.

"To try and prove this I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account. (Those on my private account must have been wondering why I haven't had stories on there for a while.)

"Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.

"It's been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it's come from.

"I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

"It's………. Rebekah Vardy's account."

In a tweeted reply, Rebekah Vardy said she had never passed on such information – despite claiming to have been approached to do so by journalists.

She blamed "various people having access to my insta" and was "disgusted" to have to deny involvement at a time when she was "heavily pregnant".

"As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this," Rebekah Vardy's statement read.

"I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.

"If you thought this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.

"Over the years various people have had access to my insta and just this week I found I was following people I didn't know and have never followed myself.

"I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?

"I liked you a lot Coleen & I'm upset you have chosen to do this, especially when I'm heavily pregnant. I'm disgusted that I'm even having to deny this.

"You should have called me the first time this happened."

Rooney, who is also Manchester United's record goalscorer, will return to English football following his time with MLS team DC United when he joins Championship club Derby County in January.

Vardy has scored five Premier League goals for Leicester this season, with Brendan Rodgers' men riding high in fourth position.

Related items

  • Roma want to sign Man Utd defender Smalling and Arsenal's Mkhitaryan permanently Roma want to sign Man Utd defender Smalling and Arsenal's Mkhitaryan permanently

    Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca said the Serie A side want to sign loanees Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan permanently.

    Smalling and Mkhitaryan are on season-long loan deals from Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.

    United centre-back Smalling has impressed for Roma, who are determined to make the England international's deal a permanent one in the Italian capital.

    "Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional," Fonseca told Sky Sports News.

    "The adaptation [to Italian football] was very easy for him. He's a boy that everyone loves in the club because he is a great professional.

    "I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don't know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important.

    "He is a great player, a great man with a great attitude every day and for all of these reasons I would be very happy if Chris stays."

    Mkhitaryan, a former United team-mate of Smalling, has experienced an injury-interrupted spell with Roma.

    However, the attacking midfielder has still managed five Serie A goals and a pair of assists after scoring and creating another in the 4-0 rout of Lecce on Sunday.

    "Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality," Fonseca said.

    "Let's see. He is a player with great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team."

    Roma are fifth in the Serie A standings, three points adrift of Atalanta, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.

  • Rumour Has It: Madrid could turn to Haaland over Mbappe as Barca step up Martinez pursuit Rumour Has It: Madrid could turn to Haaland over Mbappe as Barca step up Martinez pursuit

    Erling Haaland has taken the world by storm since joining Borussia Dortmund in January.

    Already stunning Europe with his exploits for Salzburg, Haaland has scored 12 goals in eight appearances as a Dortmund player.

    Now, Real Madrid could be about to come sniffing in their pursuit of goals.

     

    TOP STORY – HAALAND AN OPTION FOR MADRID

    Borussia Dortmund sensation Haaland could be a cheaper alternative for Real Madrid instead of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, writes Marca.

    Mbappe has long been linked with a move to Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane is a keen admirer of his fellow Frenchman.

    However, 19-year-old Dortmund recruit Haaland – whose €75million release clause is set to kick in next year – has emerged as an option for Madrid, with PSG set to demand a mammoth fee for Mbappe.

     

    ROUND-UP

    - Reports linking Inter star Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona are gathering steam and Calciomercato says the LaLiga champions want to start negotiations by May. Madrid and Manchester United are also reportedly interested.

    - Staying at Camp Nou and Barca are keen on signing Valencia centre-back Hugo Guillamon, according to Sport. The 20-year-old will be available on a free transfer at season's end.

    Bayern Munich are interested in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano but Kicker claims the Bundesliga champions believe he is too expensive at €60m. Upamecano has been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham, Barca and Madrid.

    - Remaining in Munich and Kicker also says Bayern are unconvinced by the €100m price tag of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, whose admirers include the likes of Liverpool and United.

  • Klopp: Liverpool success helps and hinders with transfers Klopp: Liverpool success helps and hinders with transfers

    Jurgen Klopp admitted success helped Champions League titleholders Liverpool attract players, but it also made completing signings harder.

    While they hold a 19-point lead atop the Premier League, Liverpool have been linked with moves for numerous players, including RB Leipzig star Timo Werner.

    Klopp is unfazed by suggestions his team are the world's best, but said it could help with signings.

    "It's easier if players see you as that. If they see you are successful, it's easier to get into talks with players," he told UK newspapers.

    "But on the other side, it's more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like, 'where and when would I play?'

    "We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that's it.

    "We have these players and whoever wants to join us needs to have exactly this kind of attitude."

    Liverpool are still unbeaten in the Premier League ahead of hosting West Ham at Anfield on Monday.

    Klopp said finding the right players to add to his side, who were Champions League winners last season, was difficult.

    "The age group of the team is good in the moment. In two or three years, maybe it'll be different but for the moment, it's good," he said.

    "It depends on what you want. Is it a good age for selling? Probably not. But is it a good age for performing? Yes.

    "So there are a lot of things we have to think about. It's an interesting period."

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.