Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to press

9 October 2019, 11:03 | Updated: 9 October 2019, 16:56

Coleen Rooney has accused Rebekah Vardy of passing stories about her to The Sun newspaper - something Mrs Vardy strenuously denies.

Rooney posted on her Twitter and Instagram that private Instagram stories, which are posts that disappear after 24 hours on the social media app, had been leaked to the tabloid newspaper.

Rooney, who is married to footballer Wayne Rooney, claims she had set the privacy settings to ensure that the posts were only visible to one account, which belongs to Vardy.

She claims the posts which she set to be only viewable by the account were fake, including that she had been considering gender selection in order to have a baby girl. These stories have been written about by some newspapers.

Shortly after Rooney's public accusation, Vardy responded on Instagram denying any involvement.

Vardy, married to footballer Jamie Vardy, wrote: "As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this.

"I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for. If you thought this was happening you could have told me and I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped."

She continues to say "various people" have access to her Instagram account.

Vardy added: "I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you? I liked you a lot Coleen and I'm so upset that you have chosen to do this, especially when I'm heavily pregnant.

"I'm disgusted that I'm even having to deny this. You should have called me the first time this happened."

In Rooney's accusation on Twitter, she wrote: "For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories."

She added: "To try and prove this, I came up with an idea, I blocked everyone from viewing Instagram except ONE account."

She continued to claim over the past five months she has posted "false stories" to see if they were then written about. As well as the gender selection story, Rooney says stories about her returning to TV and a basement flood were featured in the press despite only being published by her on her private Instagram visible only to one account.

Model Danielle Lloyd waded into the argument by responding to Rooney's post.

Lloyd posted three rat emojis and a second comment, saying: "On a serious note though who does that it's terrible."

The reaction to the accusation on social media has been huge, with TV and film channel Netflix replying to Rooney's accusatory tweet to joke "we're going to have to make a documentary about this, aren't we".

Sky News has approached representatives for Rooney.

When asked for comment, a representative for Vardy referred Sky News to her Instagram post.