Rebekah Vardy is reportedly demanding a public apology from Coleen Rooney for accusing her of selling stories to the press about her.
Hours after the WAGs were set to face off in their first virtual meeting since the feud was ignited seven months ago, Rebekah, 38, reportedly said she would settle for nothing less than a public apology.
A source told The Sun: ‘Becky is adamant she’s done nothing wrong and while she wants an end to this ongoing legal battle, she also wants to be vindicated. Becky has told her team she wants a public apology.
Apology: Rebekah Vardy, 38, is reportedly demanding a public apology from Coleen Rooney for accusing her of selling stories to the press about her (pictured in February 2020)
‘She was really hurt that Coleen went straight on social media to lay blame at her door, rather than speaking to her privately.
‘She has maintained her innocence throughout and doesn’t want this to be brushed under the carpet without Coleen publicly apologising to her for the fallout which followed, including a huge amount of abuse on social media.
Rebekah, who is married to Jamie Vardy, 33, and Coleen, 34, who is married to Wayne Rooney, also 34, were previously good pals until Coleen accused Becky of selling fake stories to the press about her in an explosive social media statement.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for both Rebekah and Coleen for comment.
A source told The Sun : ‘Becky is adamant she’s done nothing wrong and while she wants an end to this ongoing legal battle, she also wants to be vindicated’ (Coleen, 34, pictured)
It comes after the WAGS were said to be holding an arbitration hearing via Zoom in a bid to avoid an expensive court case after racking up legal costs in the ‘five figures’.
Rebekah has allegedly ‘threatened to sue for libel’ while Coleen has warned she will hit back with a ‘countersue for breach of privacy’. The two WAGs will reportedly appear at the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with their lawyers.
A source told The Sun: ‘This is a final roll of the dice to prevent a court case — but both Becky and Coleen are still as determined as ever to be proven right.
‘They have both been strongly advised to reach an agreement but they’re both totally determined to stick to their guns.
The source added: ‘She was really hurt that Coleen went straight on social media to lay blame at her door, rather than speaking to her privately’ (pictured in February 2020)
‘Unless they can agree to walk away, the costs are only going to continue climbing.’
In October, Coleen publicly accused Rebekah in a statement of selling fake stories about her, sparking an angry denial from the then pregnant WAG.
The mother-of-four took to social media to reveal she had suspected someone close to her had been betraying her for years and admitted she had been planting false Instagram stories on her private page to catch Rebekah.
Avoiding court: The wife of Wayne Rooney and wife of Jamie Vardy are said to be holding an arbitration hearing via Zoom in a bid to avoid an expensive court case after racking up legal costs in the ‘five figures’ (pictured together in 2016)
Coleen admitted that stories about her basement flooding, returning to TV and gender selection were only viewed by Rebekah and these were subsequently followed by media outlets, including MailOnline.
Rebekah, who denies all allegations, cut her family holiday to Dubai short after Coleen’s dramatic accusation, which captured Britain in the so-called ‘war of the WAGs’ and earned Coleen the nickname of ‘Wagatha Christie’ by fans.
At the time, sources close to Rebekah said leading law firm, Kingsley Napley, had sent Coleen a letter on her behalf demanding she provides them with the evidence she has against Becky so that she can complete her investigation.
Accusations: In October, Coleen (pictured in 2018) publicly accused Rebekah in an explosive statement of selling fake stories about her, sparking an angry denial from the then pregnant WAG
Becky is said to have called in a forensic team to analyse her Instagram account following the explosive claims. The aim is to identify the mole who sold fake stories to The Sun from Coleen’s Instagram account.
Coleen wrote on October 9: ‘For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories.
‘There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge.
‘Libel’: Rebekah (pictured in 2019) has allegedly ‘threatened to sue for libel’ while Coleen has warned she will hit back with a ‘countersue for breach of privacy’. The two WAGs will reportedly appear at the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with their lawyers
‘After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion. To try and prove this, I came up with an idea, I blocked everyone from viewing Instagram except ONE account.’
She continued: ‘(Those on my private account must have been wondering why I haven’t had stories on there for a while).
‘Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper.
‘And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flood in my new house.
The statement: Coleen made these claims on Instagram on October 9 after discovering she had been betrayed by someone close to her and she concluded that it was Rebekah’s account
‘It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it’s come from.
‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s……… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
She also wrote: ‘This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it……’
Cryptic: Coleen tweeted these words back in January, highlighting how she has been trying to get to the bottom of who was leaking stories on her life for some time
Rebekah hit back minutes later on social media and denied the accusations, she wrote: ‘Can’t believe I’m even having to write this. I’m pregnant & on holiday & am at a loss to why she would do this.
‘I’m now having to take legal advice as I can’t deal with this stress myself when I’m this pregnant. As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this.
‘I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for. If you thought this was happening you can could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.’
‘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
She continued: ‘Over the years various people have had access to my Insta & just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself.
‘I’m not being funny but I don’t need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you? I liked you a lot Coleen & I’m so upset that you have chosen to do this especially when I’m heavily pregnant.
‘I’m disgusted that I’m even having to deny this. You should have called me the first time this happened.’
Explosive: The drama captured Britain in the so-called ‘war of the WAGs’ and earned Coleen the nickname of ‘Wagatha Christie’ by fans (Coleen pictured in 2016)