Columnist and former singer Coleen Nolan has revealed that she is “nervous” about returning to Loose Women and has spoken about her reasons for quitting the show in 2011.
Coleen will reprise her role as a panellist on the ITV daytime series from today and appeared on fellow daytime show Lorraine this morning to chat about it. Speaking to Lorraine, she revealed:
“I’m very nervous. I feel like the new girl in class again.”
Coleen explained that it was her sister Bernie’s illness which initiated her decision to quit the show after ten years. She had appeared on the show between 2000-2011.
“The last two and a half years have been so tough – just near the end of my stint on Loose Women before I decided to leave, it was all getting on top of me because I knew things that I couldn’t share with them [the other Loose Women ladies] because Bernie didn’t want them to know when it was all very private.
“I was getting irritable, everything was getting on my nerves, little squabbles that women have or whatever – all of a sudden I thought ‘I need to go home’ because I need to be there for Bernie if she needs us and to spend time with my family and it was hard being in an environment where I couldn’t discuss it.
“It was a just hard time really and I just needed to go home and be with my own family as well.”
Coleen adds that she still finds strength from Bernie who lost a three-year battle with breast cancer earlier this year.
“She was the strong one for us when we were down she was like, ‘Oh be quiet and get on with it’ and that’s what has made me come back as well, because of Bernie – I can almost hear her saying, ‘What the hell are you doing? Get back out there!’ I get my strength, still, from her.”
Coleen will join Andrea McLean, Linda Robson and Sherrie Hewson on the Loose Women panel today at 12.30pm on ITV.
Coleen also donated a bra to Lorraine’s Bin Your Bra campaign which asks women to donate their bra to raise money for the charity Against Breast Cancer.