Published: 2019-10-09 23:26:01 BdST
Coleen Rooney, wife of England and Manchester United's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, said she turned sleuth to solve the mystery of who was sharing her personal information with The Sun.
In a Twitter post that made plenty of headlines of its own on Wednesday, Rooney pointed the finger of guilt at Rebekah Vardy, whose husband Jamie Vardy used to play for England with Wayne Rooney. Rebekah Vardy quickly denied she was to blame.
FILE PHOTO: Rebekah Vardy, wife of English footballer Jamie Vardy, attends the Third Place Play Off at the World Cup at St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia, July 14, 2018. File Photo
Rooney, who has 1.3 million followers on Twitter, said she blocked everyone from viewing her Instagram stories except one person. She then posted a series of false stories to see whether they leaked out, which she said they had.
She wrote that only one person had viewed the false stories, and added: "It’s...Rebekah Vardy’s account."
Denying any responsibility for the leaks to The Sun, Vardy suggested others had accessed her account.
"I never speak to anyone about you (Rooney) as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for," Vardy wrote on Twitter.
Rooney's post was retweeted tens of thousands of times with more than 177,000 likes.
The Sun said each of the stories provided to the newspaper was put to Rooney's representatives before publication, and on each occasion they declined to comment. "Like all reputable media organisations, we don't comment on sources," The Sun said.
The hashtag #WAGatha Christie, an amalgam of the late crime fiction writer Agatha Christie and the media's acronym for footballers' wives and girlfriends (WAG), was also trending.