Rebekah Vardy has reflected on showing off her postpartum figure unedited in 2017 following the birth of her son Finley.
The WAG, 38, posed alongside her son, who was then 12-weeks-old, and held him up to her as she leaned back while posing in Calvin Klein underwear in the snap that she shared again on Saturday.
In a lengthy caption, Rebekah thanks fans for their support at the time as she said she did the shoot because she wanted to show women have ‘wobbly belly, rolls, bigger thighs and heavy boobs’ after giving birth.
Honest: Rebekah Vardy reflected on showing off her ‘wobbly belly, rolls, bigger thighs and heavy boobs’ in throwback postpartum shoot that she shared again on Saturday
Looking back, she reflected: ‘Going through old pics and came across these of Finley and me from April 2017.
‘He was 12 weeks old at the time and almost all of the post partum pics that I was seeing in the press and on insta were of Mum’s who had “bounced back into shape” or were “wowing us with their bikini bodies” just a few weeks after childbirth.
‘Good for them and good for you if that’s how your body works, but mine didn’t work that way and I wanted to let other new Mums see how I looked as I knew I wasn’t the only one with a wobbly belly, rolls, bigger thighs and heavy boobs.
‘I felt like this was something helpful that I could use my new found platform for. I never could have imagined the amazing response that I got from people over these images, I was blown away at the amount of positive messages.’
Grateful: Detailing how she appreciated the messages of support she received, Rebekah went on: ‘I set out thinking this might resonate with a handful of women and instead it was hundreds
Detailing how she appreciated the messages of support she received, Rebekah went on: ‘I set out thinking this might resonate with a handful of women and instead it was hundreds.
‘Isn’t it mad that something so normal can cause such interest, but back then (almost 4 years ago now) we didn’t see much “reality” on social media so in April 2017 these type of raw images were a shock to lots of people.
‘After these I was approached to do fitness DVD’s to show women how to shed their baby weight with me but I turned them down. That was never what these pics were about for me.
‘These were to make new Mum’s feel good about how they looked, these were meant to empower and inspire body confidence.’
Support: Rebekah slammed the idea of making women ‘believe that they had to be thinner to be happy’, as she said being offered to do a fitness DVD at the time felt ‘insulting’ to mothers
Rebekah claimed she didn’t want to ‘insult women’ by making a fitness DVD, despite being offered a deal to do one, as she slammed the idea of making women ‘believe that they had to be thinner to be happy as happiness comes from inside, not from your appearance.’
She went on: ‘I think social media content has come a long way since 2017 as now I see unedited images every day and whilst I love a bit of glam from time to time, 90% of my life is spent with my hair in a bun with no make up and I think it’s important to share that side of life on social media too.
‘These are some of my favourite photos of myself. If you were one of the people who sent me lovely messages after these pics were published then thank you and to everyone else who shares a bit of reality from time to time, thank you too. It’s something we all need to see sometimes.’
WAG war: Rebekah’s post comes after she hinted that she and Coleen Rooney could finally end their WAG war soon in a new interview (pictured in 2016)
Rebekah’s post comes after she hinted that she and Coleen Rooney could finally end their WAG war soon in a new interview.
The Dancing On Ice star – who was accused by Coleen, of leaking false stories about her personal life to the media last year – has insisted 2021 could ‘potentially’ see them resolve their differences.
The mother-of-five has vehemently denied the accusations and is suing Wayne Rooney’s spouse for damages for libel in a £1million High Court case.
On making amends with the former columnist, the I’m A Celebrity star said in Hello! magazine last month: ‘The new year could potentially see a resolution between us. I’m pretty sure the public are sick of reading about it, too.’
The TV star has claimed Coleen wrote: ‘If you play games with me, I will play them harder,’ and that she dragged two more celebrities into her ‘Wagatha Christie’ war, according to new court documents.
The extraordinary claims came as Rebekah’s legal team lodged a robust reply to Coleen’s defence, and launched a scathing attack on her online ‘investigation’.
Social media star Rebekah has named glamour model Danielle Lloyd, 36, and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward, 47, as part of the group with access to her rival’s private Instagram account.
Details: Rebekah has named model Danielle Lloyd (L in 2018), 36, and RHOC star Dawn Ward (R in 2016), 47, as part of the group with access to her rival’s private account
But she does not suggest that either Danielle, ex-wife of Spurs star Jamie O’Hara, and Dawn, married to former footballer Ashley Ward, were behind the leaks.
She was instead claiming she has no idea who it was and hinted the leak might lie closer to home with an associate of Coleen or her husband, former Manchester United and England captain Wayne.
The mother-of-four also sent her former friend a WhatsApp message when she fell pregnant, saying ‘congratulations on your brilliant news. Hope it all goes well for you x’, it was alleged.
Why does the ruling in the case matter?
The ruling earlier this month at the High Court related to the wording in the final sentence of Coleen Rooney’s infamous Instagram post, in which she accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the media.
She wrote: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Mrs Rooney claimed she simply referred to Mrs Vardy’s Instagram account rather than Mrs Vardy herself.
But the judge said an ordinary reader would not take the word ‘account’ to ‘indicate that Mrs Rooney remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was’.
Today, the judge made an important ruling that the post ‘clearly identified’ Mrs Vardy as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
He also disagreed with Mrs Rooney’s claim that using multiple ellipses in the final line diluted the meaning.
This means the court has no doubt as to who the accusation was made against – Mrs Vardy – which will be a consideration if the libel case goes to trial next year.
Rebekah’s lawyers insist the text as ‘obvious’ proof that Coleen knew she was having a baby when she told millions of Instagram followers in October 2019 that she believed she was leaking stories about her to The Sun.
This opened her up to ‘extreme abuse’, the legal papers say. Last month, Rebekah won the first round of their battle.
The court ruled the post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’ – but minutes later Coleen hit back with a statement via her spokesman, saying she was ‘keen’ to hear what she has to say.
The ruling at the High Court related to the wording in the final sentence of the post, with the Liverpudlian claiming she simply referred to her nemesis’ Instagram account rather than the WAG herself.
But the judge said an ordinary reader would not take the word ‘account’ to ‘indicate that Coleen remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was’. He also disagreed with her claim that using multiple ellipses in the final line diluted the meaning.
Coleen’s spokesman told MailOnline following the ruling: ‘Today’s ruling on the technical legal meaning of the post changes nothing. Coleen’s defence to this misguided action was filed last month.
‘It sets out clearly the facts of her case, which remain the same irrespective of any decision on the meaning. The key issues of the case remain the three stories from Coleen’s private Instagram account published by The Sun and Rebekah’s relationship with the newspaper, including its ‘Secret Wag’ column.
‘Coleen is pleased the judge has ordered that Rebekah must file her reply to the defence, on oath, by no later than December 8. After three years of stress and anxiety about the leaks from her private social media account, Coleen is keen to see progress made on the real issues, beginning with what Rebekah has to tell the court.’
The pair have until February 8 to reach a settlement over the disagreement, or must prepare for a five-day libel hearing next year.
The message that changed their friendship: Rebekah has vehemently denied the accusations and is suing Coleen for damages for libel in a £1million High Court case