Rebekah Vardy has said she thinks she is suffering from PTSD following her High Court defamation case with Coleen Rooney, and considered jumping off a shopping mall in Dubai.
Now that the Wagatha Christie case is over, Ms Vardy said she needs to seek treatment, after being hospitalized twice for mental health problems.
The 40-year-old lost his £3million defamation battle against Coleen Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week.
“I think I might be suffering from PTSD,” he told The Sun. ‘I feel physically ill when I talk about the case and what happened, and I have nightmares.
‘I haven’t gone for a scan yet but I know I probably need more treatment. It’s been a terrible time.’
Rebekah Vardy has said she thinks she has PTSD following her High Court defamation case with Coleen Rooney. Image from a teaser clip from Talk TV published this afternoon
Rebekah Vardy leaves the High Court in London, Thursday, May 19, during a defamation trial
Ms Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Ms Vardy of leaking information to The Sun newspaper following her months-long ‘operation’.
Ms Vardy was enjoying a trip to Dubai when she noticed Ms Rooney had taken to social media to accuse her of leaking information to The Sun following her months-long ‘operation’, ending the post with the now immortal words: ‘ It’s… Rebekah’s account Vardy.’
The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 35, said she considered jumping from the top floor of a shopping mall in Dubai while pregnant, after being accused of leaking the stories.
He described it as his ‘low point’, anticipating the UK’s response when he returns to the country.
‘Me and Jamie were in the 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.
‘In a split second, I said to Jamie, “I feel like I just want to jump off this top floor”.’
On Saturday Ms Vardy posted a photo on Instagram showing her walking away from the camera with the caption ‘peace out’.
Ms Rooney pictured arriving with her husband Wayne at the High Court in London in May earlier this year
The mother of five also said she has been hospitalized twice with mental health problems since October 2019, when she was accused of the leak.
He saw many counselors, and was given medication for anxiety and depression.
Ms Vardy said she was struggling with panic attacks and felt as if her life had fallen apart, describing the tragedy as exhausting.
Kidney stones had also developed due to stress, he added.
Ms Vardy said she felt ‘bullied’ and ‘humiliated’ during the defamation trial, saying her responses were ‘changed’ and ‘misrepresented’.
Although she did not regret the trial, Mrs Vardy said it was seen as ‘feminist’ and ‘disrespectful’, with people pitting ‘two successful working class women’ against each other.
Ms Vardy said she and Ms Rooney (pictured leaving the Royal Court) had not been on close terms from the start, but said there was ‘no ill feeling’ on her part.
Jamie Vardy, and his wife Rebekah Vardy, arriving together at the High Court in London, Tuesday, May 17, for the defamation trial.
Following Ms Rooney’s famous post on social media, Ms Vardy said she has lost some friends, but has a small circle, keeping football separate from her family life.
He added that he and Ms Rooney were ‘not close’ at first, but said there was ‘no bad feeling’ on his part.
Ms Vardy had sued Ms Rooney for defaming her claims that she had leaked information about her private life to the media.
It followed an elaborate operation which saw Ms Rooney posting fake stories on her Instagram to see which ones ended up in The Sun.
Judge Steyn, said in his judgment that Ms Rooney had succeeded in proving that her allegations were true.
Mrs Vardy will have to pay her opponent’s costs as well as her costs, which sources in both camps say are between £2m and £3m.
The huge legal bill means the Vardys may have to sell their beloved Portuguese mansion to cover the costs.
The bombshell decision from the 13th Circuit Court of the Supreme Court was delivered remotely online last week by Ms Justice Steyn more than two months after the trial in May.
Ms Vardy’s defamation suit has been called the most ill-advised in history.
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Wagatha Christie Timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running battle unfolded before the world’s eyes.
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs several articles on Coleen, including her trip to Mexico to look into ‘sex selection’ treatment for children, her plan to revive her TV career and her basement flooding.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her personal Instagram account to the tabloids.
Coleen says she spent five months trying to figure out who was sharing information about her and her family based on posts she had written on her personal social media page.
After sharing a series of ‘false’ stories and going through the process of removing them, Coleen claims they were viewed by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.
Rebeka, who was pregnant with her fifth child at the time, denies the allegations and says various people have had her Instagram account for years.
He claims to be ‘very upset’ by Coleen’s accusations, and later added: ‘I thought she was my friend but she completely destroyed me.’
The public spat is making 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 crisis left her with severe anxiety attacks and ‘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 turns out that Rebekah has started a defamation case against Coleen.
Rebekah’s lawyers claim she ‘suffered great distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment from the publication of the post and the events that followed’.
November 19-20, 2020 – The defamation battle is heard for the first time in the High Court in London. A judge has ruled that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘marked Rebekah’ as ’guilty of a serious and repeated breach of trust’.
Mr Justice Warby concluded that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘frequently and repeatedly abused her position as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of the posts and Coleen’s private stories’.
8-9 February 2022 – A series of explosive text messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers claim were about her – are revealed in a preliminary court hearing.
The court was told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘bad person’ in one conversation with Mrs Watt.
Coleen’s lawyers are seeking more information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court was told Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after the boat she was on hit a wave, before more information could be released from it.
February 14 – Coleen has been refused a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of personal information to be heard in a defamation battle. High Court Judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and earlier opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence in an upcoming defamation trial, the High Court is told when the case returns for retrial.
The agency is revoking the authorization of his witness statement to be used, and withdrawing his waiver that would have allowed Sun reporters to say whether he was the source of the alleged leaks.
April 29 – Rebecca ‘appears to accept’ that her agent is the source of the alleged leaked stories, Coleen’s lawyer David Sherborne tells the High Court. He says that a new witness statement submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt is the source but Rebekah claims she ‘didn’t allow or ignore her’.
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the statement had ‘no change to the trial’, with his legal team not in contact with Ms Watt.
May 10 onwards – The case lasts seven days