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Britons live for two things: football (soccer, in the US) and tea – and there’s a lot of hot tea spilled in the $3.7million ‘Wagatha Christie’ lawsuit that kicked off on Wednesday. other side of the pond.

The sensational affair, every tasty morsel of which has been obsessed over in the UK, revolves around two of the world’s most famous ‘WAGs’ – i.e. the glamorous wives and girlfriends of superstar athletes – Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. The sexy soccer wives are embroiled in a vicious libel lawsuit.

Here’s who they’re up against: Rooney, 36, married to former Manchester United striker-turned-Derby Football Club manager Wayne Rooney; and Vardy, 40, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. They are extremely rich and incredibly dramatic.

Raging Rooney accused Vardy, in the most public way, of leaking secrets about him to The Sun newspaper, and vengeful Vardy is suing Rooney for defamation in response.

The salivating British press dubbed their catfight “Wagatha Christie” because, in Miss Marple fashion, Rooney dramatically “solved” his own mystery and announced the shocking discovery in a Twitter post resembling a drawing room scene.

Since then, it’s been at loggerheads between women.

Rebekah Vardy arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on May 13.
Rebekah Vardy is suing her former friend Coleen Rooney for defamation.
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This lawsuit has it all: gossip about a D-list celebrity’s manhood, tears in open court, shoulder pads, Chanel and Prada looks — and a whole lot of bronzer and diamonds bigger than your knuckles. These two make Krystal and Alexis’ “Dynasty” pool fight feel like a relaxing bubble bath.

The women’s battle began with an alleged months-long betrayal – on Instagram.

In 2017, private stories about Rooney’s life began to be published by The Sun – scoops that only his close friends online would know about.

Fed up, in 2019 the wealthy soccer wife began what she called an “undercover operation”.

For five months, Rooney blocked all of his Instagram followers from seeing his stories, except for one account, Vardy’s.

Coleen Rooney leaves the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on May 13.
Coleen Rooney has launched an “undercover operation” to find out who was leaking stories about her and her family to the British press.
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Crafty Rooney said she then published “a series of fake stories to see if they ended up in the newspaper”. And lo and behold, they did. Headlines have emerged over a rumored appearance on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (the UK version of ‘Dancing with The Stars’) and his flooded mansion.

In August 2019, another Sun article said she flew to Mexico for gender selection treatment to ensure her fifth child was a girl.

It was all rubbish, planted by the WAG.

And she hadn’t finished yet.

Speaking from the witness box this week, Rooney said: “It could only have come from my private Instagram account. The fact that The Sun reported all these things that had happened that were untrue gave me the anger of telling the public that someone was giving out my private information. I was angry. I was fuming.

A court artist's sketch shows Coleen Rooney's attorney questioning Rebekah Vardy.
Rebekah Vardy, seen in a sketch, says many people have accessed her Instagram account over the years.
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Believing she had caught the culprit, Rooney took to Twitter in October 2019 and, like a mustachioed Hercule Poirot, dramatically revealed her findings.

“It’s been a burden on my life for a few years now and I’ve finally gotten to the bottom of it,” she wrote.

“It’s been hard to keep it to myself and not comment, especially when the stories got leaked, but I had to. Now I know for sure which account/individual it’s from.

“I have recorded and captured all of the original stories which clearly show that only one person saw them.

“This is……Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Coleen Rooney leaves court with her husband Andy.
Coleen Rooney is married to former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
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The internet exploded with demand, and “Wagatha Christie” was born.

Their feud spilled over into the court system in July 2020, when mother-of-five Vardy filed a libel suit against Rooney, alleging the accusation caused “extreme distress, injury, anxiety and embarrassment”. Vardy denies any wrongdoing.

At a preliminary hearing in November 2020, the judge found that Rooney’s Twitter statement blaming “Rebekah Vardy’s account” constituted a direct accusation against Vardy.

In an attempt to end the drama, Rooney said she tried three times to settle the case to prevent a show going on. Vardy did not bite.

She said she felt ‘bullied and manipulated’ and sued the defamation suit ‘to clear my name, and not just for me, for my family and my children’.

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy were friends and watched their husbands play football for England before Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking stories to the press.
Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy were friends and watched their husbands play football in England before Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking stories to the press.
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English libel law requires Rooney to prove that it was precisely Vardy who leaked the stories or convince the judge, Judge Karen Steyn, that disclosing it was in the public interest. It could be complicated, as Vardy insists other people have had access to his Instagram account over the years. One of these yet unknown individuals could have been Deepthroat.

This week, however, we learned that Vardy had a history of gossiping with the press, and Rooney’s lawyers tried to portray her as a “serial leaker.”

The loose-lipped WAG admitted she tried to go public with a story about her husband’s Leicester team-mate Danny Drinkwater being arrested for drunk driving in 2019, but she insisted it was was a unique case.

The court heard that Vardy told his manager to use his personal Instagram account to “monitor” Rooney’s account. She denies this allegation.

Vardy was also asked about a 2004 interview she gave to the now-defunct News of the World newspaper in which she referred to 90s Australian pop star Peter Andre’s penis as a “chipolata” (a little sausage) after the couple had a night of passion in 2001.

Jamie Vardy (left) and Wayne Rooney are longtime teammates.
Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney have been teammates in the past.
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She called the interview below the belt “one of my biggest regrets.”

It was claimed that Vardy would pass the stories on to his agent Caroline Watt, who would then sell them to The Sun. But water was thrown on this accusation in court. Watt’s mobile phone – believed to contain damning evidence and messages – is believed to have fallen into the North Sea.

A lawyer for Rooney said Watt had “filmed the coastline” on a boat trip in Scotland and dropped her phone, leaving her “unable to retrieve it”.

He added it was “a pity” that messages between journalists – allegedly leaked – and Ms Watt were “laying at the bottom of the sea in Davy Jones’ locker”.

Vardy, not the sharpest coral on the reef, had the courtroom screaming with his response: “Who is Davy Jones?”

Jamie Vardy watches with Wayne Rooney during the England training session in 2015.
Jamie Vardy watches with Wayne Rooney during the England training session in 2015.
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The patient judge explained that the reference was a figure of speech that “simply means the bottom of the sea”.

Rooney’s team isn’t buying the ocean dive line. His attorney alleged in written submissions that Vardy and his defense engaged in a “deliberate and calculated” effort to eliminate the evidence. Vardy’s lawyers, however, said it was “completely baseless…there is no such suppression campaign…the reason why there is no direct evidence against Ms Vardy , it’s because she didn’t”.

Watt, the agent, was found to be in poor health to testify.

Meanwhile, Vardy broke down in tears four times on the stand. She started sobbing when asked about her state of mind when she had her fourth baby, just two months after Rooney’s ‘Wagatha’ post – and said she feared losing the child.
The verdict will come shortly.

Until then, the cleats will be on.

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