Coleen Nolan is at home in Cheshire when we talk to her, and the Loose Women star is still reeling from the death of one of her beloved cats, which was run over two days before our interview.
“It was horrendous,” she tells us. “It’s made me think I can’t have cats again.”
Anyone who knows Coleen, who recently turned vegan, will know she is animal-obsessed. As well as her son Shane Jr, 32, and daughter Ciara, 20 – and their respective partners Maddie and Max – she also shares her home with dogs, cats, pygmy goats and horses. So when she calls it a “madhouse” we know that she’s not exaggerating.
But the twice-divorced star is in no rush for her kids to move out, saying, “Oh my God, I absolutely love them being around.” And even though her second son Jake, 29, has made the move to London, Coleen admits he “comes back all the time”.
We’re here today to talk to Coleen, 56, about her latest book, Live. Laugh. Love.: Lessons I’ve Learned, a frank and hilarious memoir where she opens up about the various trials and tribulations in her life.
Coleen writes honestly about where her marriages to actor Shane Richie, 57, and musician Ray Fensome, 63, went wrong, the challenges she’s faced in her TV career and her experiences of online dating in her late fifties. But now, she’s actually met someone really special. The smitten star thinks it could be the real deal, but is nervous about saying too much – although she confides in us by admitting, “This is the happiest I’ve ever been.”
Here, loved-up Coleen reveals why she’s done with players, who her besties are from Loose Women and why Shane’s wife Christie wishes she’d stop banging on about her husband so much!
Tell us about your new man, Coleen...
I only met him in the last year. He’s very nice and it’s going really well. I’m trying to take things slowly. We met online.
What’s he like?
We’re just getting on. He’s a lovely, lovely man. He’s kind, he’s romantic. He’s all the things I’ve been looking for really.
Is he a similar age? Is he divorced with kids too?
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