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Coleen Rooney blames wife of England star Jamie Vardy for leaking stories to Sun tabloid

It’s either a masterful piece of amateur detective work, or a badly unfounded allegation.

Coleen Rooney, the wife of former England soccer ace Wayne Rooney, took to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse another player’s wife of leaking stories to England’s controversial Sun tabloid. To get to the bottom of the riddle, she said, she used some amateur sleuthing and a series of fake, planted stories.

Rooney claimed that after seeing a wave of pieces posted about her private life by the tabloid, she began to suspect that someone on her private Instagram account was using her messages and private posts to leak details to the paper, which was then running with those details.

With her Sherlock Holmes cap on, she says she blocked every account among her private followers, so that they couldn’t see her private posts. She left one open, however: that of Rebekah Vardy, wife of England star Jamie Vardy, second-highest scorer in England’s Premier League when his club Leicester won an historic title in 2016.


Rebekah Vardy, wife of English footballer Jamie Vardy, attends the Third Place Play Off at the World Cup at St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia, July 14, 2018.

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Then, Rooney says she began making up spoof stories to see if those, too, would end up in the Sun. They did — including ones about her mansion basement flooding and more.

The Mirror reports that the first story, on Aug. 15, involved Rooney and her husband Wayne jetting to Mexico to examine options on gender selection treatment, because Coleen wanted to have a girl.

Rebekah Vardy has denied being the source of the leaks, taking to Instagram to say she is on vacation and that the claims have stressed her out while she is pregnant. She said she is considering legal action. The Sun has amended the stories in question to show that they might be fake.

“Like all reputable media organisations, we don’t comment on sources,” the paper said in an online statement.

Below one story, a breathless take on Coleen’s apparently imminent return to TV to perform on Strictly Come Dancing, the Sun included the note:

“On Wednesday October 9th, Coleen Rooney said that she made this story up in an effort to find out who was leaking to the Press.”


Interim England manager Gareth Southgate (C) walk on the pitch with England’s strikers Wayne Rooney (L) and Jamie Vardy prior to a training session on the eve of the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Slovenia and England in Ljubljana, on October 10, 2016.

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“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,” Rooney wrote in her post.

“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 with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except one account. (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 basement flooding in my new house.

“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.”

Mic drop.

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