Rebekah Vardy flees the country with her children as smiling WAG is seen at Heathrow ahead of arch rival Coleen Rooney’s explosive Wagatha Christie documentary
Rebekah Vardy fled the country on Tuesday, just hours ahead of her arch rival Coleen Rooney’s bombshell Wagatha Christie documentary hitting Disney+.
The WAG, 41, was pictured at Heathrow Airport with her children as they prepared to jet off for the half-term break.
The well-timed holiday comes as Coleen’s highly anticipated documentary, The Wagatha Christie Story launches on the streaming platform on Wednesday.
Despite the teaser detailing explosive revelations about the biggest WAG war in history, Rebekah showed no signs of nerves at the airport’s departure terminal.
The mother-of-five was pictured laughing with her son Taylor, 13, and daughter Olivia, three, as the family queued to drop off their luggage.
Fleeing the country: Rebekah Vardy was pictured jetting out of the country on Tuesday, just hours ahead of her arch rival Coleen Rooney’s Wagatha Christie documentary
Holiday: The WAG, 41, was pictured at Heathrow Airport with her children (Taylor, Sofia, eight, Finley, six, and Olivia) as they prepared to jet off for the school half-term autumn break
Bombshell revelations: The well-timed holiday comes as Coleen’s highly anticipated documentary, The Wagatha Christie Story, launches on the streaming platform
Rebekah, who cut a casual figure in a pale grey tracksuit and a beige wool coat, also had her daughter Sofia, eight, and Finley, six, to look after.
The Dancing On Ice star was in full parenting mode as she held her youngest daughter Olivia’s hand, while using the other to wheel her suitcase and white Chanel handbag.
Rebekah’s husband Jamie wasn’t pictured at the airport.
After the flight, the WAG took to her Instagram stories to tease fans about her luxurious holiday.
Rebekah relaxed under a parasol and hinted she was enjoying a nice cocktail with the caption: ‘and chill’ and a drink emoji.
The three-part Disney+ series airs four years after Coleen posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts accusing Rebekah – the wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy – of leaking stories about her to The Sun newspaper.
The teaser was released on Friday where Coleen issued a warning to Vardy: ‘Don’t play games with a girl who can play better.’
Disney paid Coleen millions to tell her side of the story from her infamous ‘It’s…… Rebekah Vardy’s account post’ to their battle in the High Court.
The programme also sees Coleen reveal the moment she came close to ending her marriage to former England captain Wayne over his drunken escapades with other women, telling him: ‘I just can’t carry on like this.’
‘And chill’: After the flight, Rebekah took to her Instagram stories to share a glimpse of her stunning holiday. The WAG relaxed under a parasol and hinted she was enjoying a nice cocktail
Busy: Despite the teaser detailing explosive revelations about the biggest WAG war in history, Rebekah showed no signs of nerves at the airport’s departure terminal
Casually-clad: Rebekah looked relaxed in a pale grey tracksuit and a beige wool coat, and had her hands full as she carried her three-year-old daughter
Holiday: Rebekah looked excited to be escaping the spotlight after her rival Coleen plugged her new documentary all about the Wagatha Christie war
Luxurious escape: The mother-of-five waspictured laughing with her son Taylor, 13, and daughter Olivia, three, as the family queued to drop off their luggage
Sweet: The former Dancing On Ice star looked every inch the doting mum as she gave her youngest child a hug
Excitable: Olivia was a bundle of energy as the family worked their way around Heathrow to get to their flight
Holiday mode: The Dancing On Ice star was in full parenting mode as she held daughter Olivia’s hand, while using the other to wheel her suitcase and white Chanel handbag
Getaway: The family looked excited to head out on their holiday
Cute: Rebekah beamed at little Olivia, as she and four of her five children headed through the airport
Parenting duties: Rebekah kept her children entertained as they waited, while her husband Jamie appeared to not be accompanying them on the flight
She said she confronted former footballer Wayne, 37, after he was seen driving home with party girl Laura Simpson after a night out in 2017.
Rebekah took Coleen to the High Court for libel – and lost – after Coleen claimed in October 2019 that stories about her were being leaked to the press from Rebekah’s social media account.
The story began when The Sun ran a number of fake articles about Coleen from September 2017 to October 2019, which came from Coleen’s private Instagram.
The Liverpudlian star claimed she only shared the stories with Vardy in a ‘sting’ operation, including claims that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, a plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
Rebekah was on holiday in Dubai with her husband, Leicester striker Jamie, 36, when Coleen made the accusations on Twitter and Instagram about the leaks.
Off they go: Rebekah was in full mummy mode as she held Olivia’s hand
Airport look: Rebekah went for a minimal make-up look but wore her brunette hair back in a high ponytail
Mummy’s girl: Olivia held on tightly as the family walked through the airport to catch their flight
Expensive taste: Rebekah had a designer Flannels bag balanced on top of her suitcase and opted for comfort on her feet with white trainers
Having fun: She cuddled Olivia as they waited to drop off their larger suitcases
Special bond: They had a cuddle with Rebekah kissing her daughter on the cheek
Rebekah said: ‘At the time I felt physically sick. I think it must have been the biggest panic attack. I was totally shocked. What to do next? That’s the million-dollar question.
‘I couldn’t understand why someone would do that. Why someone would do that knowing someone’s vulnerable, knowing the impact something like that is going to cause. It’s going to cause a s***-storm – a massive one – and that it did.’
Referring to a fake story about a flooded basement in Coleen’s new Cheshire mansion, Rebekah insisted: ‘The first time I read about the flooded basement was in the Daily Mail online. I love how I get blamed for that one, incredible.
‘If I had been selling stories, where are the messages saying “Give this to The Sun”? “Make sure I get paid for this”. Where are they? There aren’t any – because they don’t exist.’
Big moment: On Wednesday, Coleen will celebrate the film with a premiere at the Everyman Cinema in Liverpool where she is expected to be joined by Wayne
How it all began: On October 9, 2019, Coleen accused Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account of leaking ‘false stories’ about her to the press (above)
Expensive legal battle: Rebekah took Coleen to the High Court for libel and vehemently denied she leaked stories. Vardy lost the case
In June the following year, it was revealed that Rebekah was launching a libel case against Coleen which began in November.
The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge ruled that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
Mr 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 of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.
In February 2022, a series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.
Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave.
In July, Rebekah lost her defamation case against Coleen, with the judge ruling that the accusation against her was ‘substantially true’.
On Wednesday, Coleen will celebrate the film with a premiere at the Everyman Cinema in Liverpool where she is expected to be joined by husband Wayne and their four sons, Kai, 13, Klay, 10, Kit, seven, and Cass, five.
Her parents Colette and Tony are also due to be in attendance, as well as a number of the Rooney’s friends – including footballers and their wives.
The 10 most shocking moments during the Wagatha Christie trial
Rebekah gets ‘honest’ in the witness box
There were several tense exchanges between Rebekah and Coleen’s lawyer David Sherborne, who had accused the WAG of having ‘selective amnesia’.
He also accused the WAG of being dishonest under oath, announcing: ‘You’re making this up, aren’t you Mrs Vardy?’ The reason you can’t get your story straight is because you’re lying.’
Yet amid the tense atmosphere there was one moment that elicited several chuckles as Rebekah started an answer during cross-examination by saying: ‘If I’m honest…’
Sherborne was quick to jump in and say, ‘Well I’d much rather you’re honest because you’re standing in the witness box,’ prompting several giggles from the crowds.
Peter Andre’s ‘chipolata’
Undoubtedly one of the most talked about moments in the case was the unexpected courtroom chatter about the size of Peter Andre’s genitalia – which had been compared to a ‘chipolata’.
Peter, 49, was dragged into the case when Coleen’s lawyer Sherborne, read out excerpts of Rebekah’s 2004 News of the World article about him to demonstrate that she has form for giving stories to the media.
Following an alleged one night stand in 2001, Rebekah sold her story to the tabloid, in which she was quoted saying: ‘When he pulled down his trousers I couldn’t believe it. It was like a miniature chipolata.’
When confronted about her crass comments in court, Rebekah claimed that she had been ‘misrepresented’ in the story and said she had been coerced to do the interview by an abusive ex-partner when she was just 22.
Peter – who is married to Emily MacDonagh, a doctor 17 years his junior, with whom he has daughter Amelia, eight, and son Theo, five – has since insisted that he feels no ‘bitterness’ towards Rebekah but had to apologise to his family after the unflattering comments were repeated in court. Peter also has son Junior, 17, and daughter Princess, 15, with ex-wife Katie Price.
Gossip: Undoubtedly one of the most talked about moments in the case was the unexpected courtroom chatter about the size of Peter Andre’s genitalia – which had been compared to a ‘chipolata’
Coleen is compared to a pigeon
One of the most notable quotes from the trial were Rebekah’s comments that arguing with Coleen was ‘as pointless as arguing with a pigeon’.
Coleen was seen in the courtroom looking on intently as the court heard a quote that Rebekah gave to the Daily Mail, shortly after the original leaking accusation was made.
In the interview she exclaimed: Arguing with Coleen is like arguing with a pigeon. You can tell it that you are right and it is wrong but it’s still going to s**t in your hair.’
Reflecting on her remarks, Rebekah showed remorse on her choice of words, declaring: ‘Rightly or wrongly, maybe that interview shouldn’t have been done. I don’t know… I wasn’t thinking straight the day after this had happened.’
Rebekah’s 2018 bust-up with the late Sarah Harding
Many were shocked to learn that Rebekah had once got into a heated argument with singer Sarah Harding at the 2018 National Television Awards after the Girls Aloud singer spotted her rifling through her handbag.
In her written statement, Coleen said that she was ‘aware’ that Rebekah had ‘provided various pieces of ‘behind the scenes’ footage for The Sun’.
Coleen claimed: ‘She also got in a spat with former Girls Aloud group member Sarah Harding during the 2018 event because Sarah apparently caught Becky taking photographs of the contents of Sarah’s handbag when Sarah had dropped it on the floor. Their dispute subsequently appeared in The Sun.’
According to an article published at the time in The Mirror, Sarah accused Rebekah of taking ‘sneaky pictures’ of her, sparking a ‘heated’ row between the pair that caused a ‘huge scene’.
Sources claimed that Sarah had dropped her bag inside the bash, and as she proceeded to pick up her belongings from the floor, she saw a camera flash and I’m A Celebrity star Rebekah standing nearby with her phone in her hand.
It is said the singer saw red and accused mother-of-five Rebekah of taking sly pictures of her, with Rebekah insisting that hadn’t been the case, offering to show Sarah her phone, before demanding an apology from the Celebrity Big Brother star.
Sarah did not discuss the incident publicly at the time, and tragically passed away in September 2021 at the age of 39 after battling breast cancer.
Shocking: Sarah Harding (left) is said to have got into an argument with Rebekah (right) at the 2018 National Television Awards (red carpet pictured) after spotting her taking photos inside her handbag
Crucial evidence ends up ‘in the sea’
A preliminary court hearing in February revealed a series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers alleged were about her.
The court was told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘nasty b***h’ in one exchange with Caroline.
However, when Coleen’s lawyers sought further information from the WhatsApp messages, the court was told that Caroline’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC said ‘we have no way of knowing’ if this was done to destroy evidence or an accident, adding ‘Mrs Vardy doesn’t know… and this can’t be used against her.’
He later went on to state Rebekah ‘has no knowledge’ of an incident that saw her agent’s phone fall into the North Sea and ‘doesn’t know’ if she was a leaker.
The mystery surrounding Davy Jones
As Rebekah was grilled about the phone in question, the WAG asked the High Court ‘who’s Davy Jones?’ following a nautical reference by Coleen’s barrister.
The High Court burst into laughter after the exchange – which concerned the claim that Rebekah’s agent lost her phone containing WhatsApp messages when it fell off a boat into the North Sea.
‘We know that Ms Watt’s phone is now in Davy Jones’ Locker, don’t we, Mrs Vardy?’ Coleen’s barrister said. Rebekah then replied: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know who Davy Jones is’.
The judge then had to describe the idiom, which refers to the legendary resting place of sailors who have drowned at sea.
The idiom inspired a fictional character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series who served as the tyrannical captain of ghost ship the Flying Dutchman.
The fictional Davy Jones should not be considered with Monkees singer David Thomas Jones, who also adopted the name.
Looks familiar: Rebekah asked the High Court ‘who’s Davy Jones?’ following a nautical reference by Coleen’s barrister as the £3million Wagatha Christie libel trial continued for a third rollercoaster day
The silence of the lads
Rebekah was accused of trying to ‘do the dirty’ and spill the beans on unrest in the Leicester City dressing room when star player Riyad Mahrez went ‘on strike’, the High Court heard.
The court heard Rebekah contacted her publicist after Mahrez failed to turn up for training for the second day running. At the time of the exchange in February 2018, Mahrez was seeking a move to Manchester City.
In the WhatsApp message, Rebekah wrote: ‘Mahrez not turned up for training again. The lads are fuming.’
As her agent suggested she contact TV reporter Rob Dorsett who was one of the journalists covering the story for Sky Sports News, Rebekah replied that she didn’t want the story to ‘come back on me.’
Under cross examination from Coleen’s barrister, Rebekah said she did not know whether or not her husband’s then teammates were ‘fuming’ about Mahrez not turning up for training.
‘It was probably something I was plucking from thin air. It was just a gossip that was all… Jamie and I never discussed whether ‘the lads were fuming’.’
Gemma Collins’ unexpected cameo
As the trial continued the High Court heard how Rebekah received a text from her agent, announcing ‘it was me’ after Coleen first publicly claimed that someone had been leaking stories from her private Instagram.
Rebekah agreed her agent ‘appeared to be the source’ of a news story on Coleen’s 2019 car crash that ended up in The Sun but was questioned by Coleen’s lawyer on why she did not challenge her.
She said it was because she had been ‘watching Dancing on Ice’ and was distracted by Gemma Collins’s infamous ‘faceplant’.
Rebekah was referring to the moment the celebrity tripped and fell face-first on the ice during one of the routines in the ITV show.
Gemma’s face plant has cemented itself as one of pop culture’s most iconic moments in recent years, with Gemma later admitting she thought her ‘life was over’ when she tripped onto the rink.
Down she goes: Rebekah agreed her agent ‘appeared to be the source’ of a news story on Coleen’s 2019 car crash but said she hadn’t challenged her because she was ‘watching Dancing on Ice’ and was distracted by Gemma Collins’s ‘faceplant’
It all ends in tears
During a gruelling cross-examination on the third day of the trial, Rebekah broke down twice – resulting in the trial being temporarily halted so she could compose herself.
The first time, Rebekah had corrected Coleen’s Sherborne lawyer after he confused her for Coleen, prompting him to reply, ‘Is that your best point Mrs Vardy?’.
After she began crying, her barrister Tomlinson QC rose to his feet to intervene, saying Sherborne was ‘constantly commenting and making remarks to the witness’.
It led to the judge saying: ‘It is unnecessary and there’s not really enough time for those comments in any event.’
Moments later the judge asked if Rebekah would like to take a break as she appeared distressed. She adjourned the hearing for 10 minutes to allow Rebekah to compose herself.
In the second incident – less than half an hour later – Rebekah became emotional after she was questioned over a fake story posted by Coleen about a flood at her £20million Cheshire home, which has been likened to a Morrisons supermarket.
Rebekah had told the court she had not seen Coleen’s Instagram post, only for Sherborne to remind her of a statement made two years ago when she admitted she had seen it.
Becoming visibly upset, Rebekah’s voice broke up as she said: ‘There was a lot of abuse at the time.’
It’s Jamie vs Wayne
Rebekah and Coleen’s husbands found themselves dragged into the Wagatha Christie trial, with ex-England captain Wayne testifying that team manager Roy Hodgson asked him to have an ‘awkward’ chat with Jamie to tell his wife Rebekah to ‘calm down’ during Euro 2016.
Wayne told the court during his evidence that Rebekah’s behaviour was a distraction for the England team and there were concerns that she was writing a diary column during the tournament.
But his ex-England teammate Jamie hit back after Wayne’s evidence by releasing a press release accusing Wayne of being confused and insisting that the players’ chat never happened.
Rebekah said in court that the conversation never took place, but her husband, Leicester City striker Jamie, 35, did not give evidence in the case. Instead, he sat at his wife’s side yesterday and stared daggers at Wayne.
After the mid-afternoon break, the Vardys left the court building early, shortly after Rebekah’s publicist issued a sensational statement from Jamie accusing Wayne of ‘talking nonsense’ and being ‘confused’
Tension: Rebekah and Coleen’s husbands found themselves dragged into the Wagatha Christie trial, with ex-England captain Wayne testifying he had an ‘awkward’ chat with Jamie to tell his wife Rebekah to ‘calm down’ during Euro 2016
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