‘People saw in the jungle how an acorn turned into an oak’: Peter Andre hits back at Rebekah Vardy as she’s quizzed at Wagatha Christie libel trial on how she compared his manhood to a ‘chipolata’ in kiss-and-tell article
- Peter Andre, 49, took to Instagram to say the ‘chipolata’ comparison ‘wasn’t true’
- Rebekah Vardy had made the comments in an old News of the World article
- She told London’s High Court she was forced to make them by her ex-husband
Peter Andre has tonight hit back after the alleged size of his manhood took centre stage on day one of the highly-anticipated Wagatha Christie libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney.
The Mysterious Girl singer, 49, took to Instagram after Mrs Vardy told London’s High Court that she regretted comparing his private member to a ‘chipolata’ in a kiss-and-tell newspaper interview.
Mrs Vardy said she had been ‘forced’ to take part in the 2004 News Of The World article by her ex-husband.
Mr Andre, who appeared on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here in 2004, said today: ‘Do you know how hard it is to keep biting my lip on situations?
‘But the way I look at it, most people saw in the jungle how an acorn turned into an oak so I think I’m ok.’
He added: ‘At least she has now admitted it wasn’t true and was forced to say it.’
Peter Andre, 49, took to Instagram after Mrs Vardy told London’s High Court that she regretted comparing his private member to a ‘chipolata’ in a kiss-and-tell newspaper interview
Mrs Vardy, 49, (pictured leaving court) said she had been ‘forced’ to take part in the News Of The World article by her ex-husband
Mrs Vardy was being cross examined by Mrs Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne, when he asked her if she respected people’s privacy, to which she replied: ‘Yes, I do.’
He then asked her questions about an interview she gave to the News Of The World about her claimed sexual encounter with singer Peter Andre.
Mr Sherborne showed what appeared to an A3 print out of the article to Rebekah in the witness box before reading the headline: ‘Peter’s hung like a small chipolata, shaved, slobbery, lasts five minutes’.
The barrister read excerpts from the article, in which it was claimed Mr Andre had managed ‘just five minutes of sex with Rebekah’ and in which she said he had ‘the smallest trouser equipment I’ve ever seen’ that was like a ‘miniature chipolata’.
Mr Sherborne suggested to Rebekah that the News Of The World was the ‘highest circulating newspaper at the time’, read by some four million people, and asked her whether it was ‘respectful’ of Peter Andre’s ‘right not to share this information’.
She replied: ‘I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this. It is something that I deeply regret… It is not nice to read and I understand why this is being used and to me this is mudslinging and I was also threatened with mudslinging by Mrs Rooney’s team.’
Asked the question again by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, Mrs Vardy said: ‘The circumstances around it were completely different.’
She later said she did not ask Mr Andre for his permission or tell him it was going to happen in advance.
Artist impression of Wayne and Coleen Rooney at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, May 10, 2022.
Rebekah leaves court accompanied by a security guard after taking to the witness stand for the first time this afternoon
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Did you feel particularly strongly about the size of his manhood that it should be made public?’
Mrs Vardy replied: ‘It was something that I was forced to say.’
At the start of proceedings, Rebekah, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy walked across the courtroom and passed within inches of Coleen, 36, and her Derby County manager Wayne, who both glanced in her direction for the first time all day.
Rebekah, 40, then took to the stand and swore on the Bible before being quizzed by Coleen’s barrister Mr Sherborne.
The WAGs have been at war since October 2019 after Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life, before claiming she had uncovered the culprit after carrying out a social media ‘sting operation’.
Coleen publicly claimed Rebekah shared three fake stories she had posted on her personal Instagram with The Sun, a claim Rebekah vehemently denied – leading her to launch the costly libel action which finally reached trial today.
This afternoon, Rebekah repeatedly denied leaking information to newspapers in the first few minutes of her cross-examination by Mrs Rooney’s barrister.
Rebekah told how she was on holiday in Dubai on October 9, 2019 when she saw Coleen’s post accusing her of leaking stories from a private Instagram.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen Rooney leave the Royal Courts of Justice in London following today’s hearing
In a written statement, she said: ‘I felt extremely paranoid and like everyone in the beach club was looking at me. I thought I was going to pass out and Jamie decided we needed to leave straight away.
‘I do not fully remember the journey back to the hotel because I was almost hyperventilating. I knew that I had not done anything wrong.
‘I had not leaked those stories and I did not even know what posts I was supposed to have leaked.’
Rebekah, who was seven months pregnant at the time, continued: ‘I started getting really bad pains in my stomach when we got back to the hotel.
‘They were contraction type pains and I panicked that the baby was in danger. I made myself calm down and tried to think clearly. The first thing I did was ring my eldest daughter’s school.’
‘She was 13 years old then and children that age can be really cruel to each other. I needed to make the school aware of the situation so that they could try to protect her from bullying by the other children.’
‘All I cared about at that point was protecting my children. I knew that there must have been a mistake.’
She added: ‘I could not believe that Coleen had not called me before posting this accusation to the world.’
Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s long-running, vicious war unfolded before the eyes of the world
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids.
Coleen says she spent five months attempting to work out who was sharing information about her and her family based on posts she had made on her personal social media page.
After sharing a series of ‘false’ stories and using a process of elimination, Coleen claims they were viewed by one Instagram account, belonging to Rebekah.
Rebekah, then pregnant with her fifth child, denies the allegations and says various people had access to her Instagram over the years.
She claims to be ‘so upset’ by Coleen’s accusation, later adding: ‘I thought she was my friend but she completely annihilated me.’
The public dispute makes headlines around the world, with the hashtag #WagathaChristie trending.
How it all began: On October 9, 2019, Coleen Rooney, now 36, accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’ about her to the press in an Instagram post (above)
Shortly after Coleen’s public accusation, Rebekah – who was pregnant and on holiday in Dubai at the time – denied any involvement (above)
February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. Coleen says in a statement that she does not want to ‘engage in further public debate’.
June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.
Rebekah’s lawyers allege she ‘suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed’.
November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.
February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.
The court is told Rebekah was not referring to Coleen when she called someone a ‘nasty bitch’ in one exchange with Ms Watt.
Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.
February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.
The agent revokes permission for her witness statement to be used, and withdraws her waiver which would have allowed Sun journalists to say whether she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.
April 29 – Rebekah ‘appears to accept’ that her agent was the source of allegedly leaked stories, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne tells the High Court. He argues that a new witness statement submitted by Rebekah suggests Ms Watt was the source but Rebekah claims she ‘did not authorise or condone her’.
Rebekah’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson says the statement did not contain ‘any change whatever in the pleaded case’, with her legal team having no communication with Ms Watt.
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