Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s explosive row hit headlines and stormed social media after Coleen publicly accused Rebekah’s Instagram account of leaking stories to The S*n.
Rebekah hit back and claimed her Instagram account is regularly accessed by other people and said she was “disgusted” by the claims.
Rebekah, 37, said “I liked you a lot a Coleen” in a statement directly addressed to the mum-of-four – and said she wished Coleen had just phoned her instead of making their feud public.
But it hasn’t always been like this – with the pair seeming to be good friends beforehand.
Coleen and Rebekah were regularly pictured cheering on their husbands – Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy – together at England games.
In one 2016 catch-up Coleen , now 35, and Rebekah were seen chatting to each other and joking around in the stands.
Coleen is one of the country’s most recognisable WAGs , having coupled up with husband Wayne when the pair were still children and grown up together in the public eye.
She was regularly spotted supporting her husband as he started his England career in 2003 – and has been a regular fixture at games ever since.
The couple’s children sometimes made an appearance at matches too, cheering on their dad alongside Coleen.
Meanwhile Rebekah, originally from Sheffield, came through the England international WAG ranks in 2015, when Jamie was called up to the national team.
Rebekah and Coleen were seen in the stands together during Euro 2016 – and since then she has been spotted at most major tournaments supporting her husband.
Away from the stands, Rebekah and Coleen also followed each other on Instagram and other social media – regularly commenting on and liking each other’s posts.
Rebekah still follows Coleen on Instagram, but Coleen no longer follows her, after this week’s revalations.
“Sources, sources sources”: The ‘betrayal’ begins
As a raft of untrue stories started to be published about Coleen’s life, her suspicions were raised that someone was leaking information about her.
The Croxteth-born mum posted a number of tweets in the past few months hinting at her suspicions.
In January Coleen tweeted: “Thank you for the messages asking if I am ok… the car crash story was completely wrong…. I wasn’t involved in a crash …the car was damaged by another car.
“Someone on my private Instagram seen the picture [sic] and is telling or selling stories to a certain newspaper.
“It’s happened several times now over the past couple of years. It’s sad to think someone, who I have accepted to follow me, is betraying for either money or to keep a relationship with the press.”
In February, Coleen made a more direct swipe at the “so-called friend” as she tweeted: “The so-called friend that …THAT paper are relying on for information and have been for a long time and probably paying… needs to give in!
“One of the many things to correct… Valentine’s meal?? On February 14, 2019 I was in Washington and Wayne was in Florida.”
And in August she said: “Sources, Sources, Sources!!! This is how the press get away with stupid made up stories!! There are no sources, it’s just a way of getting people to read their crap!!!”
Who is in Coleen’s circle of trust?
Coleen has always been very close to her family – and beyond that she keeps a select group of trusted friends.
She called her mum Colette her ‘hero’ for all her help with the grandchildren, and has a special bond with her dad Tony.
The mum and daughter spend lots of time together, recently enjoying a night in together in matching Pyjamas.
Coleen also has a close relationship with her two brothers, Joe and Anthony McLoughlin, with Coleen also close with Joe’s partner Amy Wilkinson and Anthony’s girlfriend Carley Smith.
Coleen and Amy have been pictured at several events together over the years, including an Ed Sheeran concert and Glastonbury in 2011.
Coleen also has celebrity friends in her circle of trust, including Danielle Lloyd – who has been fierce in her support of the star.
Abbey Clancy and Dawn Ward are also among the followers on Coleen’s private Instagram where she only accepts close friends.
Also making the list are Liverpool stylists Linsey Read, from luxury fashion store Cricket, and stylist to the stars Lorraine McCulloch.
Coleen has been papped coming out of Cricket since she was still in her school uniform – and she’s developed a trusted relationship with the women who have kept her ahead of all the trends for so many years.
Coleen’s full statement
Lodging her accusation that Rebekah Vardy’s account was the source of fake stories leaked to The S*n, Coleen issued an explosive statement on social media.
She said: “Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the S*n newspaper. And you know what, they did!
“The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the later story about the basement flooding in my new house.
“It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to.
“Now I know for certain which account / individual it’s come from. I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.
“It’s……… Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Rebekah hits back
The mum-of-four, who is currently pregnant with baby number five, wrote back to Coleen on Twitter: “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 & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.
“Over the years various people have had access to my insta & just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself.
“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.”