Rebekah Vardy has said she thinks she is suffering from PTSD following her High Court libel trial with Coleen Rooney, and thought about jumping off the top of a shopping mall in Dubai.
Now that the Wagatha Christie trial is over, Mrs Vardy said that she needs to seek out therapy, having been hospitalised for mental health issues twice.
The 40-year-old sensationally lost her £3million libel battle against Coleen Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week.
‘I think I’m probably suffering with PTSD,’ she told The Sun. ‘I feel physically sick when I talk about the trial and what happened, and I have nightmares.
‘I haven’t gone to get a diagnosis yet but I do know I probably need some more therapy. It’s been a horrible time.’
Rebekah Vardy has said she think she is suffering from PTSD following her High Court libel trial with Coleen Rooney. Pictured in a teaser clip from Talk TV published this afternoon
Rebekah Vardy departs the High Court in London, Thursday, May 19, during the libel trial
Mrs Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’
Mrs Vardy was enjoying a trip to Dubai when she saw that Mrs Rooney had taken to social media to accuse her of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’, ending the post with the now immortal words: ‘It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 35, said that she thought about jumping from the top floor of a shopping mall in Dubai while pregnant, after being accused of leaking the stories.
Speaking in a video with The Sun’s Clemmie Moodie, she described it as her ‘lowest point’, anticipating the UK response when she returned to the country.
‘Jamie and I were in a shopping mall at the time buying baby clothes, and I just thought, “I don’t want to go through this, I don’t want to live like this”,’ she told The Sun.
‘For a split second, I said to Jamie, “I feel like I just want to jump off this top floor”.’
The comments were Mrs Vardy’s most detailed yet about her emotional reaction to the bitter court battle.
They illustrate the psychological toll on the WAG following one of the most high profile and embarrassing celebrity spats of recent times.
On Saturday Mrs Vardy posted an image on Instagram showing her walking away from the camera with the caption ‘peace out’
Mrs Rooney pictured arriving with husband Wayne to the High Court in London in May earlier this year
The mother-of-five also said that she has been hospitalised twice with mental health issues since October 2019, when she was accused of the leaks.
She saw multiple counsellors, and was given medication for both anxiety and depression.
Mrs Vardy said she was struggling with panic attacks and felt as though her life was falling apart, describing the ordeal as exhausting.
Kidney stones had also developed due to the stress, she added.
Mrs Vardy said that she felt ‘bullied’ and ‘slut-shamed’ during the libel trial, saying that her answers were ‘manipulated’ and ‘twisted’.
While she did not regret the trial, Mrs Vardy said that it felt ‘misogynistic’ and ‘classist’, with people pitching the ‘two successful working-class women’ against each other.
Mrs Vardy said that she and Mrs Rooney (pictured leaving the Royal Courts Of Justice) were ‘not close’ to begin with, but said that there are ‘no bard feelings’ on her side
Jamie Vardy, and his wife Rebekah Vardy, arrive together at the High Court in London, Tuesday, May 17, for the libel trial
Following Mrs Rooney’s famous social media post, Mrs Vardy said that she has lost some friends, but keeps a small circle, keeping football separate from her family life.
She added that she and Mrs Rooney were ‘not close’ to begin with, but said that there are ‘no bard feelings’ on her side.
Mrs Vardy had sued Mrs Rooney for libel over her claim that she had leaked details of her private life to the press.
It followed an elaborate sting operation that saw Mrs Rooney post fake stories on her Instagram in order to see which ones ended up in The Sun.
Justice Steyn, said in her ruling that Mrs Rooney had successfully proved her allegation was substantially true.
Mrs Vardy will have to pay her rival’s costs as well as her own, which sources in both camps say comes to between £2million and £3million.
The huge legal bill means the Vardys may be forced to sell their beloved Portuguese villa to cover the costs.
The bombshell verdict from Court 13 of the High Court was handed down remotely online last week by Mrs Justice Steyn just over two months after the trial in May.
Mrs Vardy’s failed libel suit has been branded the most ill-advised in history.
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Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running, vicious war unfolded before the eyes of the world
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids.
Coleen says she spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on posts she had made on her personal social media page.
After sharing a series of ‘false’ stories and using a process of elimination, Coleen claims they were viewed by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.
Rebekah, then pregnant with her fifth child, denies the allegations and says various people had access to her Instagram over the years.
She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later adding: ‘I thought she was my friend but she completely annihilated me.’
The public dispute makes headlines around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.
February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. Coleen says in a statement that she does not want to ‘engage in further public debate’.
June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.
Rebekah’s lawyers allege she ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed’.
November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.
February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.
The court is told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘nasty bitch’ in one exchange with Ms Watt.
Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.
February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.
The agent revokes permission for her witness statement to be used, and withdraws her waiver which would have allowed Sun journalists to say whether she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.
April 29 – Rebekah ‘appears to accept’ that her agent was the source of allegedly leaked stories, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the High Court. He argues that a new witness statement submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the source but Rebekah claims she ‘did not authorise or condone her’.
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the statement did not contain ‘any change whatever in the pleaded case’, with her legal team having no communication with Ms Watt.
May 10 onwards – The trial lasts seven days