“Both before and after my social media posts in October 2019, I made constant efforts to avoid the need for such a public and drawn out court case.
“But all my efforts to do so were knocked back by Mrs Vardy and her lawyers.
“This left me with no alternative but to go through with the case to defend myself and to end the repeated leaking of my private information to The Sun.”
Coleen concluded by insisting she doesn’t harbour “ill will” towards Rebekah, adding: “The leaks from my private Instagram account began in 2017. They continued for almost two years, intruding on my privacy and that of my family.
“Although I bear Mrs Vardy no ill will, today’s judgement makes clear that I was right in what I said in my Instagram posts.
“Finally, I would to thank all of my legal team, my family and friends and everyone who has supported me – including the public – through this difficult and stressful time.”