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Coleen Nolan lifts the lid on tension with her Loose Women co-stars after show's famous feuds

COLEEN Nolan has revealed the "difficulty" of working on Loose Women amid rumours of feuds between co-stars.

The 56-year-old has lifted the lid on the relationships between her and the new panellists for the ITV chat show.

TV personalities including Frankie Bridge, Katie Piper, Brenda Edwards and Judi Love are among the newest stars to join the show in recent years.

AndColeen – who's been a panellist for 21 years – admits it can be hard to form bonds with the new arrivals.

Speaking to Johnny Seifert on the Secure The Insecure, Coleen said: "I do find it hard sometimes because there are a lot more Loose Women now.

"There used to be a core ten of us and now there's 22 on the books."Sometimes you go on and it's a show with a new panellist or two panellists.

"It takes a long time to build up a rapport with someone where you're totally at ease and they get your humour or you sarcasm without being offended.

"Sometimes it's hard, not because of them women they've got because they're all great.

"But that rapport I've got with Carol McGiffin, Kaye Adams, Ruth Langsford, that's happened over years because we've been there for years.

"We could have banter on the panel because we knew it never spilled off once the programme was finished we were.

"It was great to feel comfortable enough to have a heated debate with one of your mates and know it wasn't going to ruin a friendship.

"What happens now is that when you're with a new person and you don't agree with each other's opinions, I would be loathed to be with them how I am with Carol because I don't know them well enough yet.

"I would be scared in case they thought I was being mean or they'd take it really personally."

Coleen and Carol's fiery relationship was on display yesterday when they began rowing live on air today after the pair traded insults.

Coleen took exception to one particular barb telling her: "I'm going to absolutely batter you."

Speaking during a debate about whether women were better at handling heartbreak, Carol sniped at her co-star.

Coleen said: "The issue with me is I've broken somebody's heart and that broke my heart more than me being dumped."

Carol, 61, told her: "It's not competitive heart-breaking you know."

Trying to ignore her, Coleen went on: "It broke my heart to break someone's heart."

Carol cut in again saying: "Why did you do it? See, you're not nice."

Turning to her fellow panellist, Coleen told her: "I'm going to absolutely batter you in a minute, I don't care that it's lunchtime."

Gesturing at her colourful outfit, she added: "Get back to children's television or whatever you're dressed for."

Carol was seen roaring with laughter before bringing up The Sun's story that Coleen wants to marry her new man calling it a case of "third time lucky".

Her first marriage was to former EastEnders actor Shane Richie. They tied the knot in 1990 but split in 1997 after he admitted to being unfaithful. They share sons Shane Nolan, 30, and Jake Roche, 29.

In 2018, she split from second husband Ray Fensome. Together they have daughter Ciara, 20.

Coleen and Carol, who are known to be friends, are often combative on the show, though rarely insult each other to the degree seen on screen today.



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