Coleen Rooney 'to delete post outing Rebekah Vardy to reach settlement'

Coleen Rooney could be forced to delete her famous Instagram post accusing Rebekah Vardy of selling fake stories about her to the press, if she wants to reach a settlement in their libel case.

In one of the biggest celebrity scandals, Coleen, 34, decided to publicly out Rebekah, 38, on social media and claimed she had been selling fake stories – made up by Coleen on her private Instagram – about her to the press.

Coleen’s final line of her statement, ‘it’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account,’ went viral online as a result and saw the birth of the #WagathaChristie hashtag on Twitter.

Rebekah has repeatedly denied Coleen’s claims and insisted someone else had access to her account, prompting the pair to lock horns and they’re now currently embroiled in a legal dispute.

The Dancing On Ice star vowed to ‘clear her name’ and issued court proceedings against Coleen for defamation, with Rebekah winning the first stage of the libel trial.

It’s now been claimed both Coleen and Rebekah are looking to settle the case, before it continues, with sources revealing in order to do so Coleen will be required to delete her infamous Instagram post that still remains on her feed.

‘The accusation is still there for the world to see. If they are to shake hands and walk away then Coleen will need to agree to remove it — and that it will never be repeated,’ a source told The Sun.

‘Coleen has never wanted it to go to court and thinks the whole saga has dragged on way too long. But the fact neither side will say sorry means there is still a lot to sort out.’ 

In the post, Coleen explains that she masterminded an elaborate ruse on Instagram to try and uncover the person behind the leaked stories. She decided to share a series of false claims to her Instagram story on her private account – changing the settings so the stories could allegedly only be seen by Rebekah.

She concluded her statement by writing: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’

It’s claimed that deleting the post is part of the terms for Coleen and Rebekah to reach a settlement, which would prevent them from a fortnight of mediation and a libel trial set to take place this summer.

The settlement would see both Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen and Rebekah donate a sum of money to charity.

‘Coleen has tried to settle this on three previous occasions. As far as she is concerned this has gone too far. The legal costs on both sides are well into six figures,’ the source added.

Rebekah – who is married to Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy – had hinted that a ‘resolution’ between the pair could come this year.

During the first stage of their case, Coleen was ordered to pay Rebekah £23,000 after a judge ruled that Coleen’s post directly points the finger at Rebekah.

Coleen’s team claimed her statement outlined ‘reasonable grounds’ she had to suspect Rebekah of breaching her trust and the judge rejected her contention that she had referred to Rebekah’s Instagram account, rather than Rebekah herself.

The judge ruled: ‘I certainly do not think that the ordinary reader would take that single word (account), albeit repeated, to indicate that Mrs Rooney remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was.

‘There is nothing in these words, apart from the word “account”, that in any way suggests that the behaviour of which Mrs Rooney is complaining might have been carried out by anyone other than the account holder, Mrs Vardy.’

Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps for Coleen and Rebekah.

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