Football wives call Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy ‘light’


FOOTBALLERS ‘Wives star Laila Rouass has called Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney “light” when it comes to their infamous Wagatha Christie row.

The actress joked that the Warring Wags would have torn apart if their feud was an intrigue in the iconic drama of the Noughties.

Laila Rouass played Amber Gates on the 2000s hit TV show Footballer’s WivesCredit: Getty

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Laila, 50, has been engaged to snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, 45, since 2013Credit: Getty

Laila, 50, played fiery Amber Gates in the cult tv show, which is experiencing a resurgence on the Britbox streaming service.

She said: “If it was the soccer wives, they would have had it in the players’ lounge, none of that stuff on the pitch, they would have torn off their buttocks, tore off the hair extensions and are moved on.

“They would have treated him that way. I think Coleen and Rebekah are lightweights, to be honest.

Coleen and Rebekah – wives of Derby manager Wayne Rooney and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – have so far spent around £ 1.4million on legal fees as they fight their quarrel in court.

The spat erupted after Coleen, 35, claimed that Rebakah, 39, disclosed stories about him on his private Instagram account in 2019.

The ensuing online meltdown could have come straight from Footballers’ Wives – Rebekah angrily fired back minutes later.

It sparked countless memes on social media, with stunned fans mocking the clash as the drama unfolded.

Footballer wives have presented countless exaggerated stories, including Tanya Turner’s baby choked to death by Amber’s dog and Frank Laslett dying while having sex with Tanya.

Feuding Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have so far spent around £ 1.4million on legal fees

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Feuding Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy have so far spent around £ 1.4million on legal feesCredit: PA: Press Association / PA Images

Despite the outbreak of a spinoff show, Footballers’ Wives: Extra Time, the racy ITV drama was cut in 2006 after five series.

Recalling the crazy schedule, Laila, who has been engaged to snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, 45, since 2013, said: “It was one of the best times ever. We were so lucky to be a part of it.

“Back then, people were like, ‘This is ridiculous’, and honestly there were times when we would get the scripts and say, ‘This is crazy, we can’t do this.’

“Then we were about to start filming and a story was going to come out where a footballer had done exactly what we thought was overkill, and we were like, ‘What are we doing now? “.

“Looks like we’re copying, it was crazy.

“It was shot in the summer, on location, with amazing clothes and great makeup.

“I had never been in a make-up chair for two hours but it had to be done, it was all about the look.

Laila with her partner Ronnie in 2018

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Laila with her partner Ronnie in 2018Credit: Alpha Press

“Usually it’s half an hour if you’re lucky. “

Commenting on its renewed popularity on Britbox, Laila said, “It’s so great to see everyone enjoying it again and I hope it will attract a new crowd of people who have never seen it before.

“We’ve covered everything, like homosexuality in football, which we are now talking about in sport. Not so much in football, but people come out and it’s wonderful.

“And I also remember people saying to me, ‘How many gay footballers are there? It’s exaggerated. And I said, ‘Are you serious? Are you insane?’.

“A lot of people were young and new to their sexuality or enjoying the glamor of our show, there was something for everyone.”

Away from Footballers’ Wives, Laila has worked on wellness brand Whole And Then Some, for which she regularly holds workshops.

Laila is well known for playing surgeon Sahira Shah in Holby City

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Laila is well known for playing surgeon Sahira Shah in Holby CityCredit: BBC

She is also well known for playing surgeon Sahira Shah in the TV drama Holby City.

She left the BBC series in 2012, but fans were thrilled to see her return for a three-month stint, which ended in January of this year.

Then, in June, it was announced that the drama was on hiatus after 23 years on our screens, with its final episode scheduled to air in March of next year.

Admitting that she was stunned by the bosses’ decision to unplug, Laila said, “Holby has phenomenal actors and it’s so well written, it’s such a shock.

“I just don’t understand why it’s coming off the air. Honestly, I am puzzled. Few people saw it coming. There are a lot of people who are going to be unemployed. It’s just a fantastic show.

“This option to go back and deepen my character won’t be there, which is a shame because I love Sahira. She’s amazing.”

And she has an idea for a script: “I could go back and have an affair with someone.”

“The character of Dawn Steele – I wish I had an affair with Ange Godard.

“Sahira and Ange Godard are going to get started by the end of the year!

Laila with her partner Ronnie O'Sullivan after receiving an OBE at Buckingham Palace

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Laila with her partner Ronnie O’Sullivan after receiving an OBE at Buckingham PalaceCredit: Rex Features
Laila Rouass (left) as Amber and Zoe Lucker (right) as Tanya

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Laila Rouass (left) as Amber and Zoe Lucker (right) as Tanya

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