Coleen Rooney pulled off an elaborate, months-long sting that eventually snared Rebekah Vardy and British tabloid The Sun. Rooney and Vardy are the wives of British soccer stars Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy.
Wayne Rooney, who now plays in MLS, is one of the best English soccer players ever. He still has the England and Manchester United career goals records. Vardy, who briefly overlapped with Rooney on England’s national team, is an elite scorer for Premier League team Leicester City.
On Wednesday, Coleen Rooney said that she had spent the last five months posting a “series of false stories” on a private Instagram account that was only visible to Rebekah Vardy. That content became Sun stories “about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.”
The Sun briefly deleted the stories on Wednesday morning before reposting them with a note that says “Coleen Rooney said that she made this story up in an effort to find out who was leaking to the Press.”
Vardy issued a half-hearted denial, implying that The Sun leaks came from someone else with access to her Instagram account: “Over the years various people have had access to my insta... I’m not being funny but I don’t need to the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?”
The tactic is similar to one the NBA used to smoke out who was leaking memos to Adrian Wojnarowski years ago. Then, they sent all 30 teams slightly altered copies of the same memo and waited to see which version ended up a Woj Bomb. (It was Joe Dumars'.)
Vardy said that she was “disgusted that I’m even having to deny this,” “especially when I’m heavily pregnant.” Neither husband has publicly commented yet.