‘She’s not taking this case for no reason’: Nicola McLean insists her pal Rebekah Vardy ‘will not regret’ £3m libel trial against Coleen Rooney
Nicola McLean has insisted that her close friend Rebekah ‘will not regret’ suing Coleen Rooney in the ongoing £3million ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial.
The media personality, 40, insisted that Rebekah, 40, has not taken the case ‘for no reason’ as she praised her pal for being ‘unapologetically her’.
‘One thing I love about Rebekah Vardy is she’s unapologetically her and she will not regret doing this,’ Nicola said while appearing on Jeremy Vine On 5 on Thursday.
‘She’s not taking this case for no reason’: Nicola McLean has insisted her friend Rebekah Vardy (pictured) ‘will not regret’ suing Coleen Rooney in the £3m ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial
‘I don’t know what happened but what I will say is Rebekah Vardy is not stupid and she’s not taking this case for no reason.’
When host Jeremy Vine described the wife of Jamie Vardy and Coleen, 36, as ‘friends’, Nicola hit back at the suggestion as she insisted the pair are not pals.
The former glamour model also addressed the leaks from Coleen’s private Instagram account and the notorious ‘Wagatha Christie’ post as she said nothing on social media is ‘private’.
Nicola, who is married to footballer Tom Williams, said: ‘I’m sorry and I’m saying way more than I should do but anything you put on social media, you know for a fact that’s not private.’
Support: The media personality (pictured), 40, insisted that Rebekah, 40, has not taken the case ‘for no reason’ as she praised her pal for being ‘unapologetically her’
Coleen, the wife of Wayne Rooney, has accused Rebekah of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life in October 2019 after she said she carried out a months-long ‘sting operation’.
Rebekah denies the allegations and has sued Coleen over the ‘untrue and unjustified defamatory attack’, with the trial coming to a close as the Royal Courts of Justice will hear final arguments on Thursday.
Speaking about the trial, Nicola admitted it has been ‘really difficult’ for both Rebekah and Coleen as she said she believes they both deserve ‘the right for truth’.
She said on the Channel 5 chat show: ‘I can take myself out and look at Coleen as well.
Case: Nicola addressed the leaks from Coleen’s private Instagram account and the notorious ‘Wagatha Christie’ post three years ago as she said nothing on social media is ‘private’
‘Coleen has stood on the stand and said that at a time when she was having personal problems with her husband, which I think we all have, it’s a very hard time in your life if you’re having marital issues, and she was having a hard time and one of her private friends was selling a story.
‘She was having a hard time, she wants that solved. Rebekah Vardy is saying that wasn’t me and you have tarnished me. Two women have the right for truth.
‘I don’t know what truth we are going to get but they do both deserve it.’
Jeremy asked Nicola what advice she would have given Rebekah if she had asked her if she should take the case, to which the TV personality said her pal ‘would never ask’ her.
She added: ‘Rebekah Vardy, no one tells her to do anything. She’s so strong, I admire her for what she’s done throughout this trial, I couldn’t have done it myself, she’s turned up every day, she’s looked amazing and let’s see what happens.
Friends: Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, Nicola also insisted Rebekah ‘wants to clear her name’ in her libel trial against Coleen
‘I would not tell her anything, I’m not in a position to tell her anything, I don’t know what’s happened. She would never ask me.’
It is not the first time that Nicola has defended her friend as she appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about the trial on Monday.
Appearing on the morning chat show, Nicola insisted Rebekah ‘wants to clear her name’ in her libel trial against Coleen.
Nicola said she found it difficult to understand why Coleen was upset over stories leaked about family to the press, as she insisted ‘it’s common practice among the celeb industry to leak stories. So many people do it’.
She explained: ‘I think I found it quite hard to understand [why Coleen was so upset].
Trial: The case brought by Rebekah (pictured on Thursday), which has cost the WAGs a small fortune, went into extra time to allow barristers to prepare their final arguments
‘The stories Coleen seemingly has a problem really didn’t seem like a big deal. But I suppose Coleen she is a very family-orientated woman.
‘She used to quite public but she has been private for a long time and when she took to the stand on Friday she said that at this time, things weren’t going well in her personal life and it just felt really personal that someone close to her was doing it.’
Nicola went on to insist that Rebekah’s sole motivation in going to trial is ‘to clear her name’.
‘It matters to her because she is categorically telling us she didn’t [leak stories].’
Nicola’s latest comments come as the case brought by Rebekah, which has cost the WAGs a small fortune, went into extra time to allow barristers to prepare their final arguments.
They’re off: But Coleen and Wayne (pictured on Tuesday) have gone on their holidays with their four sons rather than head to the High Court for the crescendo of the trial
But Coleen and Wayne have gone on their summer holidays with their four sons rather than head to the High Court for the crescendo of the trial, MailOnline exclusively revealed on Thursday.
A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s been a long and gruelling process for both Wayne and Coleen and they didn’t want to disappoint their children.’
Rebekah arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand at 10am, but was not accompanied by her husband Jamie who is playing for Leicester City against Chelsea tonight.
The Rooneys are believed to have booked to go abroad believing it would all be over by now. The couple have sat through every day of the evidence but will miss today’s closing speeches because they had a holiday booked with their children Kai, Cass, Klay and Kit.
The family were given permission from the judge to be absent. Mrs Justice Steyn will hear the final arguments on Thursday before publishing a written judgment in the coming weeks.
Court: Coleen, the wife of Wayne Rooney, has accused Rebekah of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life in October 2019 after she said she carried out a months-long ‘sting operation’
It’s not known where the family are off for their sunshine break, but it has been timed for the end of the Championship season, which saw manager Wayne’s Derby County relegated to League One after finishing second from bottom. Pre-season training will begin again in early to mid June.
Meanwhile, the Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne will have a last chance to put his case to the judge after the court hears from his opponent Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Rebekah.
It comes as Rebekah denied she is set to flee the UK to make home in the US with her footballer husband Jamie after the libel trial.
After a week of the Wags taking the witness box at London’s High Court, it was reported that the couple are planning to move across the pond regardless of how the trial ends.
A source told The Sun that Vardy is ‘keen’ to get out of the UK ‘as fast as possible’ after the fallout of her ‘disaster’ of a libel trial.
Denial: Rebekah denies the allegations and has sued Coleen over the ‘untrue and unjustified defamatory attack’, with the trial coming to a close as the court will hear final arguments
But a spokesman for Rebekah Vardy told MailOnline: ‘The story in The Sun newspaper claiming the Vardy family are planning to move to the United States is categorically untrue.’
The blockbuster trial has captivated millions with its twists and turns, and even split households into #TeamRooney or #TeamVardy factions.
The High Court trial centres around a viral social media post in October 2019, in which Coleen, 36, said she had carried out a ‘sting operation’ and accused Rebekah, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the press.
Coleen, the wife of former England footballer Wayne Rooney, publicly claimed an account behind three fake stories she had posted on a personal Instagram account with The Sun newspaper was Rebekah’s.
Relocating: It comes as Rebekah (pictured at court on Thursday) denied she is set to flee the UK to make home in the US with her footballer husband Jamie after the libel trial
Rebekah, who is married to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking stories to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s wife for libel, while Coleen is defending the claim on the basis her post was ‘substantially true’.
Over six days in courtroom number 13 at the Royal Courts of Justice, the pair have each given evidence, as has Rooney, also 36, who played for Everton and Manchester United and now manages Derby County.
Outlining Rebekah’s case on May 10, her barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC said she had ‘no choice’ but to bring the case against Coleen so she could clear her name and ‘establish her innocence and vindicate her reputation’.
David Sherborne, representing Coleen, told judge Mrs Justice Steyn that the case is essentially a ‘detective story’ and ‘like any good detective story, you never find a person standing over the body with a smoking gun’.
He said there was ‘inference’, adding: ‘You just have to conclude that it is more likely than not that Mrs Vardy was responsible, either directly or through Ms (Caroline – Mrs Vardy’s friend and agent) Watt.’
Rooney footballers’ wives have been seated just feet apart in court, in front of their barristers, for each day of the hearing. There was no hearing yesterday, but Rooney has attended every day. Jamie only appeared on Tuesday.
The fake stories Coleen planted on her Instagram during the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a ‘gender selection’ procedure, her planning to return to TV and the basement flooding at her home.
In a notorious post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……….. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Social media: The trial centres around a social media post in 2019, in which Coleen, 36, said she had carried out a ‘sting operation’ and accused Rebekah, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’
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