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This week Rebekah Vardy succeeded in having parts of Coleen Rooney's defence against her removed from their High Court libel case.
Now, sources have told OK! Coleen is putting on a brave face as she never wanted their battle to go to court.
“It’s just so sad that it has come to this. Coleen never wanted it to come this far," they said. "She really tried because she didn’t ever want it to go to court.
"It’s split the whole football world in two – everyone is taking sides."
They went on to add: “Coleen puts on a brave front but it’s not a good time for her. She will continue to put on a brave face but it’s not ideal.
"She never wanted this and it's a huge waste of money."
OK! approached Coleen's representatives for comment.
In October 2019, Coleen, 35, accused 39 year old Rebekah of "leaking false stories" and information about her to The Sun via Instagram.
High Court judge Mrs Justice Steyn this week dismissed a claim by Wayne Rooney's spouse Coleen that Rebekah showed "publicity seeking behaviour" when she sat behind her during the 2016 Euro football tournament.
At the hearing, Mrs Justice Steyn found that even if Coleen's allegation was true, it would still not help her case against Rebekah.
She said: "The fact that a person seeks media coverage of their own attendance at a football match does not make it more probable that they would disclose private information about another person to the press."
However, Mrs Justice Steyn did rule against Rebekah on other parts of Coleen's defence and denied her bid for summary judgement.
At a hearing last month, Rebekah asked the High Court to remove parts of Coleen's defence, including allegations about the relationship she held with The Sun.
Hugh Tomlinson QC argued the claims were "irrelevant or peripheral" to the case, and said the focus of the hearing was whether Rebekah had shared the stories from Coleen's private Instagram page or not.
He addressed the court: "Even if it were established that the claimant has 'an exceptionally close relationship' with The Sun, that it gave her positive coverage, that she has a history of self-promotion or is the 'Secret Wag', does not mean that it is more likely than not that the claimant had regularly informed The Sun about the defendant's private posts.
"What has happened in this case is that the defendant has gone through the claimant's appearances in the newspapers, put two and two together and made seven."
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