Rebekah Vardy was sent 100 abusive messages from trolls every day amid Wagatha Christie row

Rebekah Vardy was bombarded with 100 abusive messages from trolls every day amid the Wagatha Christie row… with some linking her to Madeleine McCann case or claiming she was a member of IS

  • Rebekah Vardy said trolls called her a ‘rat’ after she was accused of the leaks
  • She was also linked to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and IS by haters
  • The 40-year-old said she received up to 100 threatening messages each day

Rebekah Vardy has said that online trolls called her a ‘rat’ and linked her to Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance, after she was accused of leaking stories about Coleen Rooney to The Sun.

The 40-year-old said that up to 100 threatening messages were sent to her each day, and ‘felt sick’ with the abuse, developing a fear of being in public places.

She was also sent physical letters to her home, which included ‘crazy s**t’ from psychics, and was called names in the street. 

Mrs Vardy sensationally lost her £3million libel battle against Mrs Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week.

The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 35, said that after the accusation, going out was ‘horrendous’, and was scared to leave the house, with people looking at her, and calling her names behind her back. 

Rebekah Vardy has said that online trolls called her a 'rat' and linked her to Madeleine McCann's disappearance, after she was accused of leaking stories about Coleen Rooney to The Sun. Pictured arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice on May 16

Rebekah Vardy has said that online trolls called her a ‘rat’ and linked her to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, after she was accused of leaking stories about Coleen Rooney to The Sun. Pictured arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice on May 16

Mrs Vardy sensationally lost her £3million libel battle against Coleen Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week. Pictured, Mrs Rooney with her husband manager of EFL Championship club Derby County and former England footballer, Wayne Rooney

Mrs Vardy sensationally lost her £3million libel battle against Coleen Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week. Pictured, Mrs Rooney with her husband manager of EFL Championship club Derby County and former England footballer, Wayne Rooney

‘I thought that eventually it would die down, it would go away, but it didn’t. It just got worse and worse,’ she told The Sun

‘I was linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, people suggesting I was a member of IS, stuff like that.

‘It was as if I’d murdered someone. Every time something happened it was my fault, every time something new broke, it was my fault.’

The mother-of-five also revealed that she has been hospitalised twice with mental health issues since October 2019, when she was accused of the leaks.

She saw multiple counsellors, and was given medication for both anxiety and depression. 

Mrs Vardy said she was struggling with panic attacks and felt as though her life was falling apart, describing the ordeal as exhausting. 

Kidney stones had also developed due to the stress, she added.  

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy at the England v Wales, UEFA Euro 2016

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy at the England v Wales, UEFA Euro 2016

She now believes she could be suffering from PTSD following the High Court trial.

Mrs Vardy was enjoying a trip to Dubai when she saw that Mrs Rooney had taken to social media to accuse her of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’, ending the post with the now immortal words: ‘It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’  

Mrs Vardy said that she thought about jumping from the top floor of a shopping mall in Dubai while pregnant, after being accused of leaking the stories.

She described it as her ‘lowest point’, anticipating the UK response when she returned to the country.

During the libel trial, Mrs Vardy said that she felt ‘bullied’ and ‘slut-shamed’, aying that her answers were ‘manipulated’ and ‘twisted’.

While she did not regret the trial, Mrs Vardy said that it felt ‘misogynistic’ and ‘classist’, with people pitching the ‘two successful working-class women’ against each other. 

Following Mrs Rooney’s famous social media post, Mrs Vardy said that she has lost some friends, but keeps a small circle, keeping football separate from her family life.

Mrs Vardy was sent physical letters to her home, which included 'crazy s**t' from psychics, and was called names in the street

Mrs Vardy was sent physical letters to her home, which included ‘crazy s**t’ from psychics, and was called names in the street

She added that she and Mrs Rooney were ‘not close’ to begin with, but said that there are ‘no bard feelings’ on her side.

Mrs Vardy had sued Mrs Rooney for libel over her claim that she had leaked details of her private life to the press. 

It followed an elaborate sting operation that saw Mrs Rooney post fake stories on her Instagram in order to see which ones ended up in The Sun. 

Justice Steyn, said in her ruling that Mrs Rooney had successfully proved her allegation was substantially true.

Mrs Vardy will have to pay her rival’s costs as well as her own, which sources in both camps say comes to between £2million and £3million.

The huge legal bill means the Vardys may be forced to sell their beloved Portuguese villa to cover the costs.

The bombshell verdict from Court 13 of the High Court was handed down remotely online last week by Mrs Justice Steyn just over two months after the trial in May. 

Mrs Vardy’s failed libel suit has been branded the most ill-advised in history. 

She may also have to pay damages to Mrs Rooney, who is considering a further claim over a breach of data protection and misuse of information.

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