Rooney is being sued after she accused Vardy, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie, of leaking “false stories” to the tabloid press.
Rooney said she had suspected that someone whom she “trusted” had been behind the leaks and in a bid to catch out who was sharing the information, she had restricted access to who could see the posts.
“After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion. To try and prove this, I came up with an idea,” she explained.
“I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account.
“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!
She alleged: “Now I know for certain which account / individual it’s come from. I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Vardy denied the allegations, writing in a post to her own Twitter account that she “never” speaks to journalists about Rooney.
“If you thought this was happening you could have told me and I could have changed passwords to see if it stopped,” she wrote.
“Over the years various people have had access to my [Instagram] and just this week I found out I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself.
“I’m disgusted that I’m even having to deny this. You should have called me the first time this happened.”
Here’s everything we know about Rooney and Vardy’s friendship.
The pair are thought to have met through their footballer husbands.
In 2016, they were pictured sitting next to each other in the stands of the England v Wales game at the Euro championships.
Vardy was dressed in an England shirt, while Rooney wore a striped red shirt.
Both women were seen smiling, cheering and animatedly throwing their arms in the air as England won the game 2-1.
The game is the only time the pair have been spotted together publicly.
Writing in her 2019 Twitter post, Rooney described Vardy as someone she “trusted”.