EXCLUSIVE Rebekah Vardy’s Ex-Husband Joins ‘Team Coleen Rooney’ and Will Testify for Her
Rebekah Vardy’s ex-husband has sensationally joined Coleen Rooney’s ‘team’ in the long-running ‘Wagatha Christie’ battle between the two footballers’ wives, MailOnline has learned.
Businessman Stephen Clarke, 56, who had a turbulent relationship with ex-party planner Becky around 2005 – long before she married Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is one of the witnesses who gave statements in support of Coleen’s case, sources say.
Mr Clarke was tight-lipped about his evidence when approached by MailOnline, but in the past he has vehemently denied accusations made by Becky that he abused her during their time together.
Businessman Stephen Clarke (pictured), 56, who had a turbulent relationship with ex-party planner Becky around 2005, is one of the witnesses who gave statements in support of Coleen’s case, according to sources.
A source said: “Steve Clarke was Becky’s second husband and knows her as well as anyone, so being called to testify in court could be a bomb.”
In 2017, Becky claimed in an interview with The Sun that their 10 months together in her early 20s was “hell.”
She said, “I know getting married three times makes me sound like Zsa Zsa Gabor, but after a rough childhood I made some stupid mistakes and dated real snakes!”
Becky, now 39, started dating Mr Clarke, her boss at a timeshare company, after her first marriage to Mark Godden broke down.
She said of her marriage to Mr. Clarke: ‘That quickly turned into a terrible relationship – I was afraid of him. He told me what to do, where to be and how to act.
She married Mr Clarke when she was 23 and eight months pregnant by another man. She said, “It was the biggest mistake of my life.”
Weeks later, she had eldest daughter Megan, now 16.
Mother-of-five Becky told The Sun: “As soon as she was born, he had us move abroad. He claimed he owed money and wanted us to flee to Cyprus.
“It went downhill from there. He became violent towards me. He cheated, he lied.
“It took me ten months to flee back to the UK with my baby after he cheated on me.”
Rebekah Vardy (pictured), now 39, began dating Mr. Clarke, her boss at a timeshare company, after her first marriage to Mark Godden broke down
Weeks later, Clarke was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of causing death by reckless driving in a head-on crash that killed a father and grandfather.
His car had been driven into the opposite lane on a Paphos road.
Becky said, “He got his divorce papers for unreasonable behavior in prison. I was devastated by another failed marriage – now I realize I had a happy escape.’
But Mr. Clarke told the paper, ‘I’ve always been a good husband and I’ve never cheated on Becky or raised my hand to her. I am devastated that two people have died. It was a terrible accident.’
He also won charges against The Sun before press watchdog IPSO after they failed to report that he “forced” Becky to sell a kiss-and-tell story about her one-night stand with Peter Andre.
When approached by MailOnline, Mr Clarke declined to comment.
The Supreme Court libel case between the warring Wags of more than £1 million is set to take place early next year.
In August, Jamie Vardy was dragged into a legal battle after a judge ruled that his phone and computer could be searched for relevant material.
The case revolves around allegations that Rebekah Vardy leaked stories about Rooney – who is married to former England captain, now Derby County manager Wayne Rooney – to reporters at The Sun.
The court also heard details of the massive costs incurred by both sides in the case, which are set to exceed £1million.
In a setback to Becky, a judge ruled that her husband and other individuals on her management team must have their phones and other electronic devices searched for communications relevant to the libel suit. This material would then be made available to attorneys for Coleen Rooney.
The Supreme Court libel case between the warring Wags of more than £1 million is set to take place early next year. In the photo: Coleen Rooney
Judge Roger Eastman said that because of the ease with which Instagram posts can be forwarded — and the number of people who had access to Becky’s Instagram account — it made sense to allow outside experts to search for related material on those’ devices. who is closely associated with Becky.
People with access to her Instagram account included her agent, Caroline Watt, her husband, Jamie, and her husband’s social media manager.
The ruling opens up the possibility that more material about the world of football PR and celebrity journalism will be revealed in court. Becky has already been warned that she may have to hand over details of conversations with journalists at The Sun.
The case started with Coleen’s controversial claim in 2019 that a series of stories in The Sun had been leaked from her private Instagram account.
In an effort to catch the culprit, she posted a series of fake updates about her life on the Instagram account and slowly reduced the number of people who could see it until only Becky was left.
As the stories kept popping up in the sun, Coleen went public and posted, “It’s ????? Rebekah Vardy’s account,” prompting Becky – who vehemently denies responsibility – to file a libel suit.