Now that the Wagatha Christie trial is over, Mrs Vardy said that she needs to seek out therapy, having been hospitalised for mental health issues twice.
The 40-year-old sensationally lost her £3million libel battle against Coleen Rooney, 36, at the High Court last week.
‘I think I’m probably suffering with PTSD,’ she told The Sun. ‘I feel physically sick when I talk about the trial and what happened, and I have nightmares.
‘I haven’t gone to get a diagnosis yet but I do know I probably need some more therapy. It’s been a horrible time.’
Rebekah Vardy has said she think she is suffering from PTSD following her High Court libel trial with Coleen Rooney. Pictured in a teaser clip from Talk TV published this afternoon
Rebekah Vardy departs the High Court in London, Thursday, May 19, during the libel trial
Mrs Vardy was enjoying a trip to Dubai when she saw that Mrs Rooney had taken to social media to accuse her of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’, ending the post with the now immortal words: ‘It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 35, said that she thought about jumping from the top floor of a shopping mall in Dubai while pregnant, after being accused of leaking the stories.
She described it as her ‘lowest point’, anticipating the UK response when she returned to the country.
‘Jamie and I were in a shopping mall at the time buying baby clothes, and I just thought, “I don’t want to go through this, I don’t want to live like this”,’ she told The Sun.
‘For a split second, I said to Jamie, “I feel like I just want to jump off this top floor”.’
The mother-of-five also said that she has been hospitalised twice with mental health issues since October 2019, when she was accused of the leaks.
She saw multiple counsellors, and was given medication for both anxiety and depression.
Mrs Vardy said she was struggling with panic attacks and felt as though her life was falling apart, describing the ordeal as exhausting.
Kidney stones had also developed due to the stress, she added.
Mrs Vardy said that she felt ‘bullied’ and ‘slut-shamed’ during the libel trial, saying that her answers were ‘manipulated’ and ‘twisted’.
While she did not regret the trial, Mrs Vardy said that it felt ‘misogynistic’ and ‘classist’, with people pitching the ‘two successful working-class women’ against each other.
Following Mrs Rooney’s famous social media post, Mrs Vardy said that she has lost some friends, but keeps a small circle, keeping football separate from her family life.
Jamie Vardy, and his wife Rebekah Vardy, arrive together at the High Court in London, Tuesday, May 17, for the libel trial
She added that she and Mrs Rooney were ‘not close’ to begin with, but said that there are ‘no bard feelings’ on her side.
Mrs Vardy had sued Mrs Rooney for libel over her claim that she had leaked details of her private life to the press.
It followed an elaborate sting operation that saw Mrs Rooney post fake stories on her Instagram in order to see which ones ended up in The Sun.
Justice Steyn, said in her ruling that Mrs Rooney had successfully proved her allegation was substantially true.
Mrs Vardy will have to pay her rival’s costs as well as her own, which sources in both camps say comes to between £2million and £3million.
The huge legal bill means the Vardys may be forced to sell their beloved Portuguese villa to cover the costs.
The bombshell verdict from Court 13 of the High Court was handed down remotely online last week by Mrs Justice Steyn just over two months after the trial in May.
Mrs Vardy’s failed libel suit has been branded the most ill-advised in history.
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