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Wags at war: Rebekah Vardy launches libel proceedings against Coleen Rooney

'Disgusted': Vardy, pictured, says Rooney should have given her a call if she had suspicions PICTURES: REX

REBEKAH VARDY has launched libel proceedings against fellow Wag Coleen Rooney.

Rooney, 34, made news around the world when she claimed that Vardy’s Instagram account was the source of leaked stories about her private life.

Vardy, 38, denied any wrongdoing and later said the stress of their public dispute had caused her to have severe anxiety attacks.

Rooney said last year that she had spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on information she had posted on her personal social media page.

The mum-of-four wrote on social media: ‘For a few years now someone 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.’

She then went on to detail how she set about uncovering who she claimed was the culprit, writing: ‘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 my Instagram stories except ONE account.

Suspicious: Coleen set a trap for the leaker

‘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!

‘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.’

Vardy denied the allegations, claiming third parties had access to her Instagram account.

She said: ‘I wish you had called me if you thought this. I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me over the years can vouch for.

‘If you thought this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped. Over the years various people have had access to my Insta and 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 and 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.’

The saga was dubbed #WagathaChristie.

Court records indicate that Vardy filed her claim with the High Court on June 12.

Rooney is the wife of ex-England footballer Wayne, while Vardy, who took part in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in 2017, is married to Leicester City striker Jamie.

No further details are available at this stage, and no date has been set for a court hearing, but the case will proceed to a trial unless a settlement is reached between the parties.