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Rebekah Vardy branded ‘cruel’ by friends of her agent who say star ‘ignores her sanity’

September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun publishes a number of articles about Coleen, including the fact that she traveled to Mexico to look into the treatment of baby ‘sex selection’, her plan to relaunch her career at the television and the flooding of his basement.

October 9, 2019 – Coleen takes to social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private 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 made on her personal social media page.

After sharing a series of “fake” stories and using a process of elimination, Coleen claims they were seen by an Instagram account, owned by Rebekah.

Rebekah, then pregnant with her fifth child, denies the allegations and says various people have gained 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 blew me away.’

The public dispute is making headlines around the world, with the #WagathaChristie hashtag trending.

February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the argument caused her severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. Coleen said in a statement that she did not wish to “engage in further public debate”.

June 23, 2020 – It turns out that Rebekah has filed a libel suit against Coleen.

Rebekah’s lawyers allege she “suffered extreme distress, injury, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the posting of the message and the events that followed.”

November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first hearing in the High Court in London. A judge rules Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as ‘guilty of the serious and ongoing breach of trust’.

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 about 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 say were about her – come to light in a preliminary hearing.

The court hears that Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a “nasty bitch” during an exchange with Ms Watt.

Coleen’s lawyers are seeking further information from WhatsApp messages, but the court hears Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further much information can be extracted from it.

February 14th – Coleen is denied leave to bring legal action against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, said the offer had been made 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 defamation trial, the High Court says as the case returns for another hearing.

The agent revokes permission to use her witness statement and withdraws her waiver, which would have allowed Sun reporters to say whether she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.

April 29 – Rebekah ‘seems to accept’ that her agent was the source of allegedly leaked stories, Coleen’s solicitor David Sherborne told 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 authorize or condone it’.

Rebekah’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, said the statement contained “no changes to the case being pleaded”, as his legal team had no communication with Ms Watt.

From May 10 – The trial lasts seven days


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