Coleen Rooney, wife of English football star Wayne Rooney, has publicly accused Rebekah Vardy, wife of Rooney’s former England teammate Jamie Vardy, of leaking stories from her private Instagram account to the UK tabloid The Sun.
That on its own is a wild story. But even wilder was Rooney’s thorough explanation for how she determined Vardy was the culprit.
Because Rooney didn’t just accuse Vardy in the heat of the moment, she staged a five-month Instagram sting to definitively determine that Vardy was behind all the leaks.
Rooney detailed the entire sting operation in a tweet she posted on Wednesday morning.
This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it...... pic.twitter.com/0YqJAoXuK1— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) October 9, 2019
In short, Rooney suspected Vardy was behind the leaks, so she blocked everyone but Vardy from seeing the posts on her private account. She then posted a number of false stories to see if they’d appear in The Sun.
They did, and the only person who had viewed those Instagram stories was Vardy.
It’s a brilliant plan, and it only worked because Rooney was willing to keep her suspicions to herself and wait five months until she felt she had enough evidence to come forward.
Vardy has released a statement on Instagram — the scene of the crime! — denying the accusations.
Vardy deflected blame by saying that a number of people have access to her Instagram account, and that she’s ‘disgusted’ to have to deal with this while she’s “heavily pregnant.”
Social media erupts over WAG drama
Social media users on both sides of the Atlantic have quickly become obsessed with the story, but the best response by far came from Netflix’s UK and Ireland Twitter account.
we're going to have to make a documentary about this, aren't we— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 9, 2019
It may have been a joke, but it shouldn’t be. Make it happen, Netflix.
Many also referred to Rooney as WAGatha Christie.
This Colleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy saga is a WILD RIDE pic.twitter.com/u1sCJSNQHg— Jerome Doraisamy (@JeromeDoraisamy) October 9, 2019
For any writers out there wondering how to tell a good story, Colleen Rooney has nailed it. Lead your reader gently but with efficient pace to the big reveal, no extraneous detail, carry us all the way and then hit us in the face with plot twist/shock and awe. https://t.co/70jTHXsITX— Lorna Cook (@LornaCookAuthor) October 9, 2019
Who would have thought the shock of the decade would come from Coleen Rooney I am shook. https://t.co/Wv4FqDg6Ij— Laura Parrott (@LauraParrott) October 9, 2019
‘It’s ..........Rebekah Vardy’s account’ is the most dramatic ending I’ve seen since Danny Welbeck nodded home a Mesut Özil free-kick in the 95th minute.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 9, 2019
Coleen Rooney explaining how she was gonna trap Rebekah Vardy to Wayne pic.twitter.com/TGyq7mAFrl— lou (@lou_tredaway) October 9, 2019
I’ve read it 4 or 5 times and still every time I read:— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) October 9, 2019
“It's ..........Rebekah Vardy's account.”
My brain then immediately plays the ending of Eastenders... 🤷🏻♀️
“I think it’s Victoria Beckham”— Quickly Kevin (@QuicklyKevin) October 9, 2019
“It’s......... Rebekah Vardy’s account” pic.twitter.com/1Og0Ytbnw9
good afternoon to no-one except rebekah vardy, because i have blocked everyone but her— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) October 9, 2019
Coleen Rooney: WAGagtha Christie.— Dan Atkinson (@Danatkinson) October 9, 2019
"It's ..........Rebekah Vardy's account." is arguably the best ending to anything that I've ever read.— Danger Mouse Is Cool, Okay (@ScoutedSav) October 9, 2019
I will vote for any political party who agree to immediately give us the rest of the day off so we can follow this Coleen Rooney/Rebekah Vardy thing properly.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) October 9, 2019