Jake Roche pens songs about dad Shane Richie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 August 2016
Jake Roche

Jake Roche

Rixton frontman Jake Roche has revealed he has written songs about his fraught relationship with his dad, 'EastEnders' actor Shane Richie

Jake Roche has revealed he's written new songs about his dad Shane Richie.

The 23-year-old singer has poured his heart and soul into the lyrics of his band Rixton's latest tracks and one of the main themes is his strained relationship with the 'EastEnders' actor.

Jake - whose mother is 'Loose Women' panellist Coleen Nolan, Shane's ex-wife - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'm writing a lot about my dad and our relationship. I don't know if it's positive but it's about him and what's happened."

Shane - who plays Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap - married Coleen in 1990 and they had two children, Jake and 31-year-old Shane Jr., but they divorced in 1999 after the actor had an affair with 'Grease' dancer Claire Tyler. Jake was just aged seven at the time.

Jake - who is engaged to Little Mix star Jesy Nelson - added: "One of the lyrics is, 'You shouldn't see it when you are 10 years old.

"These things affect you a lot. I haven't spoken to my dad about it. It's art at the end of the day."

Shane has spoken about how he had one-night stands - including an alcohol-fuelled threesome with two backpackers - while he was in a relationship with Coleen in his autobiography 'Rags to Richie'.

Coleen has previously spoken of Shane's cheating and how it "caused untold damage" to their sons.

She said: "During the years we were together Shane had a long-running affair with a dancer. Later, I discovered there had been plenty of other women too. It totally destroyed me."

Shane, 52, remarried in 2007 and went on to have three more children with wife Christie Goddard.

Nolan Sisters singer Coleen, 51, also remarried, tying the knot with Ray Fensome in 2007 with whom she has a daughter Ciara, 15.

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