Rebekah Vardy is branded ‘cruel’ by friends of her agent Caroline Watt who accuse star of ‘ignoring her mental health struggles’ in wake of Wagatha Christie scandal
- Rebekah Vardy, 40, has been accused of ignoring her agent’s mental health
- The mother-of-five has spoken about her own struggles since Wagatha Christie
- Friends of agent Caroline Watt say Mrs Vardy has been ‘self-centred’ since trial
Rebekah Vardy has been accused of ‘ruthless’ and ‘self-centred actions’ by friends of her agent Caroline Watt.
They say Mrs Vardy has ignored Ms Watt’s mental health struggles while talking about her own in the wake of the Wagatha Christie case.
The battle between the two Wags began in October 2019, when Coleen Rooney posted accusations that Mrs Vardy had been leaking stories from her private Instagram to the press.
Ms Watt found herself at the centre of the trial after Mrs Vardy, 40, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie, sensationally blamed her for selling stories, but claimed to know nothing about the deals.
She also drew attention after her mobile phone filled with evidence that ended up at the bottom of the North Sea.
Though she did not give evidence at the High Court trial after a psychiatrist ruled she was unfit to appear.
Since losing the trial, Mrs Vardy has spoken publicly about how she thinks she is suffering from PTSD, was targeted by trolls and she considered suicide.
But furious friends of Ms Watt have branded the Wag of being ‘single-minded’ while talking about her struggles,
A source last night told The Sun that Ms Watt, 40, is ‘paying the greatest price for Becky’s ruthless, self-centred actions’.
Rebekah Vardy has been accused by friends of her agent Caroline Watt of being ‘cruel’ by ‘ignoring her mental health struggles’
Ms Watt withdrew from the Wagatha Christie case for mental health reasons but was repeatedly mentioned in evidence. They are both pictured at a TV event
Mrs Vardy Lost her libel case against Coleen Rooney last month, (pictured: Mrs Vardy arrives at Royal Courts of Justice in May)
In a short clip released from an interview with TalkTV, Mrs Vardy replied ‘yeah’ when asked if she was still speaking to her former agent, Caroline Watt. ‘I have spoken to her a couple of times,’ she said
Mrs Vardy’s agent of seven years has reportedly not worked for months due to the huge amounts of exposure she received from the battle between the two Wags
Her friends revealed that her ex-professional footballer husband Steve has been worried about her being ‘suicidal’ and had to stop working at times to look after her.
They say she has been trying to pull her life back together while Mrs Vardy has been ‘loving the limelight’.
But friends of Ms Watt are said to be furious with Becky, who they say has been ‘cruel’ and ‘selfish’.
Mrs Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’
Mrs Vardy has said she think she is suffering from PTSD following her High Court libel trial with Coleen Rooney. Pictured in a teaser clip from Talk TV published this afternoon
A source told The Sun: ‘Becky is speaking out, talking about her own mental health, while she knows Caroline has been really suffering.
‘Over the last few months she has been suicidal. She struggles day to day and would give anything to have her life go back to normal.
‘But, even now the trial has passed, Becky is dragging it on.’
Her friends say Ms Watt, known as Caz, has been ‘thrown under the bus’, while the near three year ordeal has been a massive strain on her.
Coleen’s lawyer, David Sherborne, memorably described the bottom of the sea as ‘Davy Jones’s Locker’ in court — a reference that baffled Becky and caused laughter in the courtroom.
The source told The Sun that she ‘genuinely’ dropped her phone into the sea and that she had no reason to lie about it.
MailOnline has contacted Mrs Vardy’s representatives for comment.
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Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running, vicious war unfolded before the eyes of the world
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids.
Coleen says she spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on posts she had made on her personal social media page.
After sharing a series of ‘false’ stories and using a process of elimination, Coleen claims they were viewed by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.
Rebekah, then pregnant with her fifth child, denies the allegations and says various people had access to her Instagram over the years.
She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later adding: ‘I thought she was my friend but she completely annihilated me.’
The public dispute makes headlines around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.
February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. Coleen says in a statement that she does not want to ‘engage in further public debate’.
June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.
Rebekah’s lawyers allege she ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed’.
November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules 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’.
February 8-9, 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.
The court is told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘nasty bitch’ in one exchange with Ms Watt.
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, before further information could be extracted from it.
February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.
The agent revokes permission for her witness statement to be used, and withdraws her waiver which would have allowed Sun journalists to say whether she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.
April 29 – Rebekah ‘appears to accept’ that her agent was the source of allegedly leaked stories, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the High Court. He argues that a new witness statement submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the source but Rebekah claims she ‘did not authorise or condone her’.
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the statement did not contain ‘any change whatever in the pleaded case’, with her legal team having no communication with Ms Watt.
May 10 onwards – The trial began
July 29 – Rebekah Vardy lost her defamation case against Coleen Rooney, the judge ruled Mrs Rooney’s accusation was ‘substantially true’.
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