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29th Jul 2022

Rebekah Vardy speaks out after Wagatha Christie verdict

Kat O'Connor

Vardy said she is extremely disappointed.

Rebekah Vardy has spoken out about the Wagatha Christie verdict for the first time.

Earlier today, it was announced that Vardy had lost the libel trial against Coleen Rooney.

In a statement this afternoon, Vardy said she is extremely disappointed by the news.

She also said that she is devastated by the judge’s findings.

“I am extremely sad and disappointed at the decision that the judge has reached,” she said.

“It is not the result that I had expected, nor believe was just. I brought this action to vindicate my reputation and am devastated by the judge’s finding.”

She continued: “As I explained in my evidence I, my family, and even my unborn baby, were subjected to disgusting messages and vile abuse following Coleen’s post and these have continued even during the course of the trial.

“Please can the people who have been abusing me and my family now stop? The case is over. I want to thank everyone who has supported me.”

Coleen Rooney said she is pleased with the verdict.

She added that she is grateful to her legal team for all they’ve done.

“It was not a case I ever sought or wanted. I never believed it should have gone to court at such expense in times of hardship for so many people when the money could have been far better spent helping others,” she said.

Rooney said she never wanted this issue to end up in court, but she had no choice but to defend her reputation, as well as her family.

“I made every effort to avoid the need for such a drawn-out and public court case.

“All my attempts to do so were knocked back by Mrs (Rebekah) Vardy.

“This left me with no alternative but to go through with the case to defend myself and to end the repeated leaking of my private information to The Sun.”

“These leaks from my private Instagram account began in 2017. They continued for almost two years, intruding on my privacy and that of my family. Although I bear Mrs. Vardy no ill-will, today’s judgment makes clear that I was right in what I said in my posts of October 2019.”

“I would like to thank all of my legal team, my family, friends, and everyone who supported me, including the public, through this difficult and stressful time.”