Pictured: Rebekah Vardy’s agent at The Sun’s VIP box a few months before she was pulled to the row for ‘Wagatha Christie’ leaks
- Rebekah Vardy and her agent were invited to a VIP fund rented by The Sun in 2019
- Months later, she was accused of leaking Colin Rooney’s stories to the tabloids
- Mrs. Vardy and Caroline Watt can be seen posing in a photo from that glitzy night
The Sun treated Rebecca Vardy and her agent to a magical night out just months before fellow WAG colleague Colin Rooney was accused of leaking the stories to the newspaper.
Ms Vardy and Caroline Watt were invited to the tabloid-rented VIP box for the National Television Awards at the O2 Arena in London in January 2019.
A photo of the night – one of the events of the parade year – shows two women posing with the late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis and socialite Lizzie Condé in the box, which is believed to cost around £10,000 and usually comes fully stocked with champagne and quality food.
Rebecca Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt (far, second right) pose with late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis and social worker Lizzie Condé (left) in the box
The photo came to light when Ms Watt was dragged into the Wagatha Christie legal battle, with Ms Vardy suing Ms. Rooney for defamation.
The case began after Ms Rooney, the wife of former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney, claimed in October 2019 that Ms Vardy, 39, had given a series of stories about her to The Sun.
Ms. Vardy vehemently denies this claim. Ms Rooney, 35, claimed that all the stories were obtained from her own Instagram account which only allowed 300 “trusted friends and family” to follow.
The Sun treated Ms. Vardy and her agent to a magical night out just months before fellow WAG colleague Colin Rooney (pictured) was accused of leaking the stories to the newspaper.
Concerned that the information I published was appearing in the newspaper, I set up a trap to find the leaker by spreading fake updates to increasingly limited circles of people.
Court papers filed by Ms. Rooney’s legal team appear to demand that Ms. Vardy and Ms. Watt disclose details of their private communications.
Mr Nicklin has ordered a legal hearing to determine what should be disclosed and whether Instagram should be required to publish its records.
Ms Watt, 39, was also cited as a defendant at the hearing – the first time her name has been formally mentioned in the case, which has been going on for more than 18 months.
Mrs. Watt and Mrs. Vardy were also pictured at the Television Awards with actor Richard Madden, star of the BBC 1 hit drama, Bodyguard.
Mrs. Vardy with her husband, footballer Jamie Vardy. Ms Rooney, the wife of former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney, claimed in October 2019 that Ms Vardy, 39, had given a series of stories about her to The Sun.
Mother of two, Mrs Watt, whose husband Steve played for Chelsea and Swansea City before becoming manager of Heathy in Kent, has been friends with Mrs. Vardy for at least six years.
The former Virgin Atlantic flight attendant got her start on Ms Vardy when her husband, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, became famous in 2015.
She oversaw her client newspaper and magazine interviews, and also brokered a deal for Mrs. Vardy to appear on the hit reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2018.
Before the pandemic, she was a regular visitor to a Lincolnshire home in Vardys.
Ms Watt previously worked for talent agency The Frontrow Partnership, but left in 2019 to work alone, and her clients include former Page 3 girl Nicola MacLean.
A hearing to discuss Ms Rooney’s request for “specific disclosure” of information from Ms Vardy and Ms Watt is expected to take place in February, ahead of a potentially explosive legal battle between the two warring footballers’ wives.