Coleen Nolan's Loose Women nerves

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 October 2013
Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan was "really nervous" ahead of her 'Loose Women' return today (07.10.13) after two and a half years away from the daytime talk show

Coleen Nolan felt "really nervous" ahead of her 'Loose Women' return today (07.10.13).

The TV presenter returned to the daytime talk show as a regular panellist alongside host Andrea McLean and fellow panellists Linda Robson and Sherrie Hewson for the first time since she quit the programme in July 2011 following an 11-year stint on the show.

As the 48 year old was welcomed back to the panel to huge cheers from the studio audience, she said: "I feel really nervous, like the new girl at school."

Linda - who is famed for her role as Tracey Stubbs in sitcom 'Birds of a Feather' - was delighted to have her co-host back, and she joked: "It's just nice to have someone on here with bigger breasts than myself!"

Earlier in the day, Coleen said the deteriorating health of her sister Bernie - who died in July aged 52 after losing her battle with breast cancer - had contributed to her decision to leave 'Loose Women'.

Speaking on ITV's 'Lorraine', she explained: "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].

"Bernie didn't want them to know when it was all very private - so 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."

Speaking of her sister Bernie, Coleen recalled: "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."

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