Rebekah Vardy broke down in tears as she discussed the impact of her feud with Coleen Rooney on Thursday’s Loose Women.
In October last year, the reality TV star, 37, was explosively accused by Coleen, 33, of leaking stories about her to The Sun newspaper – a claim she fiercely denies – leading to a WAG war which captivated the nation.
Reflecting on the drama, Rebekah, who was joined by her one-month-old daughter Olivia Grace on the lunchtime show, revealed she was hospitalised three times as a result of the trolling she received, comparing the row to ‘being abused by my step dad.’
‘It was the worst thing I’ve been through since being abused’: Rebekah Vardy broke down as she discussed the impact of her feud with Coleen Rooney on Thursday’s Loose Women
Late last year, it was revealed by sources close to the media personality that leading law firm Kingsley Napley had sent Coleen a letter on her behalf demanding she provided them with evidence so that she could complete her investigation.
The former I’m A Celeb star – who was seven months pregnant at the time – called in a forensic team to analyse her Instagram account and identify the mole who sold fake stories to the publication from Coleen’s social media profile.
Speaking in her first TV interview since the scandal, the mother-of-five recalled the effect of backlash and subsequent trolling on her physical and mental health.
Rebekah shared: ‘It just kind of escalated and it was not great. The trolling was the worst part for me.
Overwhelmed with emotion: The reality TV star, 37, revealed she was hospitalised three times as a result of the trolling she received
WAG-atha: In October last year, Rebekah was accused by Coleen, 33, (pictured with Wayne and sons Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass in December) of leaking stories about her – a claim she denies
The statement: Coleen was given the nickname ‘Wagatha Christie’ when it was revealed that she had been leaking fake stories on her private Instagram
‘I don’t need the money’: Rebekah denied all accusations against her minutes after the post and said she had nothing to gain and had no financial motivation
‘I have been trolled before and I do get it all the time but it kind of escalated. This was a whole new level…
‘I had people messaging me saying nasty stuff, one in particular, “You fat ugly rat. I genuinely hope you and your baby rot.” I think people just don’t realise when they’re saying stuff how it affects you.
‘It was the worst thing I’ve been through since being abused by my step dad’, she boldly added.
Becky previously confessed the harrowing sexual abuse she endured from the age of 13 until she left home at 16 drove a wedge between her and her family. She also attempted to overdose aged 14.
‘It all just escalated’: Speaking in her first TV interview since the scandal, the mother-of-five recalled the effect of backlash and subsequent trolling on her physical and mental health
Horrific: The model compared the row to ‘being abused by my step dad’. She previously confessed the harrowing sexual abuse as a teen drove a wedge between her and her family
Revealing she was sent to hospital three times while carrying baby Olivia, the model added: ‘I was struck with serious anxiety attacks and ended up in hospital three times. I ended up with kidney stones.
‘I had severe anxiety, I felt like I couldn’t go out without people just looking at me and questioning, “Did she do it? Did she not do it?” No one would ever say anything to your face and that’s the whole thing with trolling. They won’t say it to your face.’
The trolling also had a huge affect of sportsman Jamie, 33, and her eldest child, Megan, 13, explaining: ‘Jamie really struggled seeing me upset and down. It was a hard time.
‘Megan found it really difficult. There are people finding out what her Instagram account was and sending her horrible messages.’
Rebekah insisted she’s being candid about her experience in a bid to help others who may have gone through similar situations.
She said: ‘I think if you go through something like that and you don’t try and highlight it that you let them win.
‘I went to the police and several arrests were made. You just can’t let them win. The more we highlight it and say it is really serious, the more chance we can do something about it.’
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