All eyes were on Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy last week as their highly-anticipated Wagatha Christie trial kicked off.
But things soon took a very unexpected turn when Peter Andre – and his manhood – was dragged into the court case.
Pete’s name took center stage in the trial after Rebekah’s historic interview about their alleged night together was brought up in the courtroom, in which she talked about “having had sex” with the star and that he was “hung like a miniature chipolata”.
A source close to Pete, 49, has told OK! he’s been left furious – and that it’s taken a huge toll on his personal life.
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“Pete is livid,” our source said. “This whole thing has been really hard on him and the family, but it’s made him think about the wider story and that is that other people shouldn’t be allowed to talk about others in this way.
“It’s so disccriminating to say this about a man, this would not be said about a woman. His children have been asking what the story is about, which is really difficult. He has no recollection of meeting this person, never mind anything else.”
The source adds that Pete – who is dad to children Amelia, eight, and Theo, five, with wife Emily, 32, as well as his teenage kids Junior, 16, and Princess, 14, who he shares with ex-wife Katie Price – was blindsided about what had happened.
“Pete wasn’t told his name would be mentioned in a major court case and he feels it’s totally wrong. This story has been regurgitated for 15 years and he’s been biting his lip for 15 years,” they continued.
“For someone else to talk about personal parts of his body is upsetting for him and his family. He’s got children that go to school and can hear all of this. It shouldn’t be allowed for someone to do this to another person.
“Thank God she’s admitted it’s a made up story.”
Pete took to Instagram to address the situation, saying he has had to endure years of jokes.
“Fifteen years this has been going on, and I kept quiet and didn’t say anything, and I let everyone have their laugh and say what they wanted to say,” he said.
“Now, she [Rebekah] has gone to court and admitted that the story was made up and she did that because her ex-husband forced her to – fair enough – but put that all aside, and just think how it feels.”
He continued, “The only one that sits there and takes hit after hit about it, is me. I’ve been laughing about it for a while, but think about how it would feel if it was the other way around. That’s all I’m saying.
“I think we all know now it was just a made up story, but it’s a little more serious than that. And I think it’s not fair that something like this can happen again and again and again.”
Pete captioned the post with an apology to his wife Emily and their family, as he wrote, “Just a couple of things first. Sorry to Emily and the children that have had to see and hear some not very nice things. You all know I like to take the p*** out of myself but maybe I felt a bit vulnerable this morning.”
Celeb pals rushed to the comments section to support Pete, with James Jordan writing, “Well said mate.”
Shaughna Phillips said, “You are, and have always been the epitome of class,” while Katie’s ex-husband Kieran Hayer simply commented a clapping hands emoji.
It comes just days after Peter posted – and quickly deleted – an initial defense of the hurtful comment. He wrote, “Do you know how hard it is to keep biting my lip on situations? But the way I look at it, most people saw in the jungle how an acorn turned into an oak so I think I’m ok.
“At least she has now admitted it wasn’t true and was forced to say it.”
Rebekah, wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, was grilled by Coleen’s lawyer while being cross-examined, and was asked about the interview quotes she gave about Pete’s manhood.
Barrister David Sherborne questioned, “Did you think it was respectful of Mr Andre’s desire not for this to be made public for you to say all this to the News Of The World and 4 million readers?” to which she replied, “I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this story.”
Rebekah gave the interview in 2004 after enjoying a reported fling with Peter back in 2001. The mum-of-five had been married to her first husband, Mark Godden, for just four months at the time, but she has always insisted that her marriage was coming to an end.
The trial, which continues this week, is the culmination of a nearly three-year long battle between Coleen, 36, and Rebekah, 40, which began when the former accused the latter’s Instagram account of leaking stories.
In October 2019, Coleen, claimed that posts from her private Instagram account were being given to the press. In order to get to the bottom of it, the wife of Wayne Rooney – who joined her in court last week – restricted access on who could view her posts, stating that the only individual permitted to see them was Rebekah Vardy.
Rebekah has always vehemently denied the claims, and first launched legal action, su Coleen for libel.
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