Fans of Loose Women may have noticed that regular panellist Coleen Nolan has been absent from the show in recent weeks, leading many viewers to question her whereabouts.
Now, a representative for the 52-year-old has spoken to Best magazine to confirm the emotional reason that Coleen is taking some time away from our screens.
‘Coleen is touched by everyone’s concern,’ the spokesperson reported. ‘The truth is she needs some time away from the spotlight to get her head together. With so much going on in her family, she just wanted to be at home, so that’s why she cancelled all her appearances over the last few weeks.’
‘[Coleen] is sick of being criticised on Twitter, and now her allergies have flared up, making her skin sensitive to wearing make-up.’
‘She doesn’t want the scrutiny or heartache of being attacked online for not looking her best.’
Coleen pictured with her husband Ray
The news comes just three months after Coleen revealed to the Sunday Mirror that her 17-year marriage to husband Ray Fensome was ‘in crisis’.
Coleen, who shares daughter Ciara with Ray, and is mum to sons Shane and Jake from her previous marriage to Shane Ritchie, told the paper that she wanted the couple to have counselling, and that a trial separation could be on the cards.
‘I don’t see that as a failure,’ she said of the decision at the time. ‘It’s important to know what it would be like not to have each other in our lives and it’s a chance to reflect.’
‘It would be more of a failure if we just ignored it and carried on. We’ve been in this position before and hopefully we can come through it again.’
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She also confessed to being self-conscious about her appearance when, after being quizzed by his wife, Ray admitted he no longer ‘fancied her’.
‘It was very tough to hear, but I’d asked him for the truth and sometimes the truth bloody hurts!’ Coleen exclaimed. ‘He went through a period – perhaps still is – where that physical attraction just wasn’t there for him.’