Lizzie Cundy says Coleen and Rebekah’s High Court battle surprised other WAGs (Image: ITV, Getty)
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Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s High Court battle has sent shockwaves through WAG circles, according to former footballer’s wife Lizzie Cundy.
The 53-year-old says that the legal case has caused “huge tensions” within her friendship circle including “fallings out” and “rows with other WAGs”.
Rooney, 35, has accused the account of Vardy, 39, of leaking “false stories” about her private life in October 2019 after carrying out a months-long “sting operation” which saw her dubbed “Wagatha Christie”.
Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies the accusations and is suing Rooney for libel.
When Rooney initially made the allegations in an Instagram post, fellow WAG Danielle Lloyd commented on her statement with three rat emojis, which many took as a dig at Vardy.
Lizzie Cundy says that the legal case has caused “huge tensions” within her friendship circle including “fallings out” and “rows with other WAGs”
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Lizzie, the former wife of footballer Jason Cundy, described how the case was the talk of the locker room too.
She told Closer magazine: “There’s a lot of talk among football players. Wayne and Jamie get constant stick and some people have been forced to take sides.
"Both husbands have had to show support to their wives, but I do know that there’ll be conversations like, ‘Is there no way this can be worked out?’”
Lizzie said she knew both women although was closer to Rooney.
Lizzie, the former wife of footballer Jason Cundy, described how the case was the talk of the locker room too
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She said: “Both are very strong, determined, and want to fight for the truth. I don’t believe either will back down. They’re at loggerheads and it seems there’s only one way – court.
“In reality that’s the worst outcome, because it is such a huge waste of money. A lot has changed since this began – we’re in a pandemic, lives have been lost, and I think it has changed people’s way of thinking.
"For that reason, I know they have both tried to mediate this, so it didn’t go to court. Coleen wouldn’t have started this if she didn’t feel she was right, but I don’t think in her heart she thought it would go this far.”
Lizzie said that Vardy “desperately wants to prove her innocence" but that Rooney was strong and principled and wanted to fight back, although any subsequent trial wouldn’t be pretty.
Rebekah Vardy (top) and Coleen Rooney (bottom)
“I’m worried there’ll be character assassinations from both sides. The reputation for the one that loses will be tarnished, as a lot of mud will be thrown. I wish they’d find a resolution,” she says.
The case looks set to go to trial after a series of mediations failed to resolve matters.
Earlier this month Vardy claimed a partial victory after a High Court judge threw out parts of Rooney’s defence.
Mrs Justice Steyn dismissed a claim by Rooney that her fellow footballer’s wife showed “publicity seeking behaviour” when sitting behind Rooney in someone else’s seat at the 2016 Euros.
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Mrs Justice Steyn found that even assuming the allegation was true, it would still not help Mrs Rooney’s case.
She said: “The fact that a person seeks media coverage of their own attendance at a football match does not make it more probable that they would disclose private information about another person to the press.”
However, Mrs Justice Steyn ruled against Vardy on other parts of Rooney’s defence and denied her bid for summary judgment – a legal step which would see that part of the case resolved without a trial.