Rebekah Vardy says she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after losing the Wagatha Christie legal battle against Coleen Rooney - adding that she had been taken to hospital twice since the episode began.

The wife of English footballer Jamie Vardy said she felt as though her life was "falling apart" and she was exhausted "physically, emotionally and mentally".

Last week Vardy, 40, lost a libel battle against 36-year-old Rooney over a viral social media post, after a High Court judge found it was "substantially true".

Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney

Speaking to The Sun, Vardy said she had been admitted to hospital twice to be treated for mental health issues since the original post in 2019.

"I was having serious panic attacks," she said. "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.

She 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."

She also accused her fellow footballer’s wife of "weaponising" her fan base during the trial, saying Rooney’s decision to expose her publicly had been "sinister" and that she had initially thought it was "not real".

Source: Press Association