Nadia Sawalha’s sister Julia has accused the Loose Women star of “destroying” her family in a social media rant.
Julia and Nadia in happier times on Channel 4.
“You have destroyed our family so don’t sit on TV with your fake tears to gain sympathy & attention.” – Julia Sawalha on Twitter
Julia Sawalha has hit out at her sister Nadia following Monday’s edition of Loose Women which saw Nadia talk about her family troubles on the ITV series. In the programme the elder sister by four years discussed her early years growing up with her siblings and then reflected upon her ‘volatile’ relationship with 50-year-old Julia.
It appears behind the scenes things have been far from happy
Nadia came to fame via acting in shows such as EastEnders before switching to Loose Women in 1999 as one of the main co-hosts alongside BBC Radio Scotland personality Kaye Adams. Julia is best known for her long-running role in BBC One sitcom Absolutely Fabulous alongside June Whitfield, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.
But while both have had successful on screen careers, it appears behind the scenes things have been far from happy for the Sawalha family since the early 2000’s.
Julia took to social media following the Loose Women episode to condemn Nadia for ‘fake tears’ and ‘sympathy’ and ‘attention’ seeking.
“So tired of #nadiasawalha talking about our ‘stormy’ relationship which she created. I’ve kept my privacy for six years to protect my family, whilst she talks lies and rubbish.” – Julia Sawalha on Twitter
Nadia, second left, with some of the other Loose Women.
According to tabloid newspaper reports it appears that a rift began between the two sisters around the time comedian and actor Alan Davies became romantically involved with Julia in 2002. Nadia went on record of not being keen on Davies, branding him a ‘miserable git’.
Nadia went on to marry television executive Mark Adderley in the same year and with the union came the lucrative magazine deals, which Julia wasn’t impressed with. When photographs from the wedding were published showing Alan and Julia the sisters fell out. Nadia later went on to confirm in tabloid quotes that “She’s never liked one of Julia’s boyfriends yet.”
Despite Alan and Julia parting in 2004, after just two years, the spilt between the sisters has remained with Nadia talking about the problems in one of a number of special editions of Loose Women which mark twenty years of the low-brow gossip shop being on air.
“She is totally amazing. She’s really amazing my younger sister but we’ve always had a really volatile relationship. So we’ve always had periods of time in our life where we don’t speak. I always say I have the best time or the worst time of my life with her. It’s the same with both my sisters.” – Nadia speaking on Loose Women
She went on to note how their father described them as ‘formidable women’. And that it what he always wanted from them. ‘That’s all he wanted. He came to this country with £50 in his pocket because he wanted six daughters who were free.’ she told the ITV show.
“His sister was married at 14. He said ‘I want strong, independent, professional women that follow their dreams. What he got was three very independent, difficult women. Because of that we have a very intense on and off relationship.” – Nadia speaking on Loose Women
Loose Women is based on the more intellectual and political slanted The View which airs weekdays on ABC stateside. The View launched in 1997.