Coleen Rooney, footballer Wayne Rooney’s wife, has released a statement on social media, accusing Rebekah Vardy, footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife, of leaking fake stories about her to the press.

For a while, Rooney had been suspicious about someone leaking stories to the press about her so she figured out a technique to find out who it was.

By blocking all but one account from viewing her private Instagram stories, and posting fake stories about herself she could see if they made it to the news.

“And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about basement flooding in my new house.”

Rooney also revealed that she had screenshotted the original stories, showing that only Vardy had viewed them.

Vardy has denied the allegations, and responded:

“As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this. I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me over the years can vouch for.”

Do these allegations suggest that the press have not learned their lessons from the phone hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry? Do they still rely on unethical practices to find stories about private individuals?

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