Vardy said the lawsuit against Coleen Rooney has landed her in the hospital twice since the episode began.
The wife of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has said she felt like her life was “falling apart” and she was “physically, emotionally and mentally drained”.
Vardy lost ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel battle
Last week Vardy lost the libel battle against Rooney over a viral social media post, after a High Court judge found it “substantially true”.
Speaking to The Sun, Vardy said she had been admitted to hospital twice to be treated for mental health issues since the initial post in 2019.
“I was having severe panic attacks,” she said.
“I had stress-induced kidney stones and felt like my life was falling apart. Physically, emotionally and mentally, it was exhausting.
She added: “It was exhausting. I had to go to the hospital several times because they were really worried about my mental well-being.
— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) July 29, 2022
“And, since the trial, I think I probably have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
“I feel physically ill when I talk about the trial and what happened, and I have nightmares.
“I haven’t gone for a diagnosis yet, but I know I probably need further therapy. It was a horrible time.
She also accused her fellow footballer’s wife of ‘arming’ her fanbase during the trial, saying Rooney’s decision to expose her publicly had been ‘sinister’ and that she had initially thought that it was “not real”.
In the original social post, Rooney said she conducted a month-long “undercover operation” and accused Vardy of leaking “false stories” about her private life to the press.
Rooney has publicly claimed that Vardy’s account was the source behind the three stories that appear in The Sun newspaper, featuring the false details she posted on her private Instagram stories.
Rebekah Vardy denied leaking stories
Vardy denied leaking stories to the media and sued Rooney for defamation.
The two women attended a week-long trial at London’s High Court in May, which attracted huge press attention.
Vardy also told The Sun that she was “scared to be in public places” after receiving up to 100 abusive messages a day.
She said some people had “gone the extra mile” to mistreat her and even linked her to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group.
“It was all horrible. At worst, I was afraid to be alone, to leave the house. I was afraid to be in public places,” she told the newspaper.
“Even the little things, like shopping, were horrible.”
“Everyone always says ‘These people wouldn’t say things to your face’, but in fact there are a few who go the extra mile.
“The abuse I was receiving was insane. At first it would be 100 messages a day.
“I was linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, people suggesting I was a member of ISIS, stuff like that.
“It was like I had killed someone.”
The total legal costs of the case are believed to be around £3million, most of which will now be borne by Vardy.