Rebekah Vardy 'to hire IT expert to look into her Instagram' after Coleen Rooney accuses her of selling stories

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Lucy Watson

Rebekah Vardy's lawyers are getting a forensic IT person to look at her Instagram account, ITV News understands, after Coleen Rooney has accused her of selling stories to the tabloids.

Coleen Rooney, who is married to former England captain Wayne Rooney, said she has spent five months attempting to work out who was leaking information about her and her family based on information she had posted on her personal Instagram account.

After months of detective work, Rooney claimed she has finally worked out it was "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!" star Vardy, the wife of another England footballer, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

But Ms Vardy's representatives have said up to 10 people could’ve had access to her account over the years.

ITV News has also been told she’s also now receiving online abuse with one direct message saying "I hope that baby dies inside you."

A representative said: "She’s in a really bad way, she’s really upset."

Rooney wrote on Twitter: "For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories.

"There has been so much information given to them about me,my friends and my family - all without my permission or knowledge.

"After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be,for various reasons, I had a suspicion."

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy pictured together in 2016. Credit: PA

Rooney, 33, said she "came up with an idea" to try to prove her theory that it was Vardy, and that she blocked everyone apart from her from seeing her Instagram stories.

She added: "Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper.

"And, you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV, and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.

"It's been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked; however, I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it's come from.

"I have saved and screen-shotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

"It's ... Rebekah Vardy's account."

Rebekah Vardy has responded to the claims in her own Twitter account, saying she was "disgusted" she was having to deny the claims wile heavily pregnant.

"I like you a lot Coleen and I'm so upset you have chosen to do this," she said.