A judge ruled that Rooney, wife of former England star Wayne Rooney, did not libel Vardy, 40, when she accused her of leaking false stories about her to the press.
In October 2019, Rooney, 36, conducted a sting operation and claimed to find that the false stories she had planted about herself were only seen by Vardy’s Instagram account. Despite the judge citing concrete evidence that Vardy was the source of the leak, the mother-of-five has vehemently denied this.
Hours after the bombshell interview, Rooney shared a fresh Instagram post making no mention of her rival’s comments but instead showing a wholesome video of her four sons – Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, six, Cass, four – playing football.
Rewarding themselves after hard work on the pitch, the youngsters were also seen lining up to buy ice cream, with eldest child Kai seen bending down to help his youngest sibling Cass make a choice on the flavour.
The Rooney boys rushed to the ice cream van for sweet treats (Picture: @coleenrooney, Instagram)
Coleen proudly shared footage of one of her sons getting a touch of the ball (Picture: @coleenrooney, Instagram)
‘Footy with the tribe,’ Rooney captioned the post.
It comes after Vardy said in her interview that she hadn’t spoken to Rooney since the judge made her ruling, saying that she ‘made an attempt to contact her in November last year in a private message’.
‘She didn’t respond to it. She just gave that straight to the lawyers,’ Vardy said, before addressing the statement recently made by Rooney’s lawyer that his client didn’t want the case to go to trial and ‘tried hard’ to settle.
Giving her point of view, Vardy addressed the lawyer’s claim by saying: ‘If that’s their version of events, I wouldn’t class that as any form of olive branch.’
‘You can’t enter into settlement negotiations with people that are being aggressive and trying to offer settlement basically saying that I accepted blame anyway,’ she stated.
Coleen released a statement after the verdict but has not addressed Vardy’s interview (Picture: Rex Features)
Vardy vehemently denied any wrongdoing (Picture: WireImage)
When asked whether she felt she should accept any blame for the situation, Vardy replied: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t do it.’
Rooney released a statement after the verdict thanking her legal team, family and friends for their support over the almost three-year legal battle.
‘Naturally, I am pleased that the judge has found in my favour with her judgment today,’ Rooney said.
‘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 later added: ‘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.’
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