Nicola McLean has spoken out on how the Wagatha Christie court case affected the mental health of everyone involved, explaining that the whole situation is "really sad".
Rebekah Vardy, 40, who is married to Leicester City ace Jamie Vardy, 35, lost her libel trial against fellow WAG Coleen Rooney, 36, with Mrs Justice Karen Steyn delivering the verdict on 29 July.
Coleen, wife of former Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney, 36, accused Rebekah of leaking false stories about her to the press back in 2019 – Rebekah has continued to deny the allegations.
Now, glamour model Nicola, 40, has opened up on the trial and how it's impacted her friend as she told OK! magazine she's "glad it's over for everyone".
Speaking at The Cabins star Bertie Garratt's launch event for his new clothing brand WHSKY, Nicola said: "Hopefully [they'll] just move on because it's just taken a toll on so many people's mental health. It's just been really sad."
Blonde beauty Nicola said she's been supporting and speaking to Rebekah throughout everything as a friend, but insisted she has "no problem" with Coleen.
"I'm not completely taking sides, it's just that Rebekah is my friend. I think both of them deserved their day in court, they both wanted their truth. It's gone in Coleen's favour. But they've had their day in court," she told us.
Nicola, who recently said the Wagatha Christie trial had "strengthened" Rebekah's relationship with her husband, added: "It's not gone in Becky's favour, so whatever she chooses to do is up to her. But I feel like when people constantly moan about the amount that it cost…
"Both of them couldn't reach an amicable agreement so why couldn't they have their day in court? They deserved it."
When asked if she knows what Rebekah's next steps are from here, she explained: "I've spoken to Rebekah and I think she's said publicly she's waiting for legal advice to see what she can do and she doesn't accept the verdict. So, I wouldn't be surprised [if she took further legal action].
"She seems OK because she's done an interview, hasn't she?"
"She seems like she's come out fighting. I wouldn't have expecting anything less," she added.
During her interview with The Sun, Rebekah revealed that she had been admitted to hospital twice to be treated for mental health issues since Coleen's original post in 2019. She said: “I was having serious panic attacks, I had kidney stones which were brought on by stress, and I just felt like my life was falling apart. Physically, emotionally and mentally it was exhausting."
Rebekah added: “It was draining. I had to go to hospital a couple of times because they were really worried about my mental wellbeing. And since the court case, I think I’m probably suffering with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
“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.”
Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy feud
Prior to this, during the trial in May, the court saw Coleen's husband Wayne take the stand to speak out on how the ordeal had impacted his wife.
He took the stand to share: “I don’t think anyone wants to be in court. For me and my wife we don’t want to be in court. I certainly don’t, I don’t think my wife wants to be in that situation."
He continued: “I have watched my wife over the last two and a half years really struggle with what’s going on. She has become a different mother, a different wife."
“It’s been traumatic for my wife throughout the situation and hopefully whatever the judgement is in this case myself, my wife and our children can go on and live our lives because it’s not something we want to be part of."
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