Denise confirms marriage is over
Loose Woman Denise Welch has announced that her marriage of 23 years is over.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner broke down in tears as she confirmed the news on ITV’s Loose Women yesterday, saying that her marriage to Tim Healy ended “some time ago”:
The 53-year-old told viewers:
“I just want to say, this is going to be really difficult for me… My family made a decision that we would talk about this today. Tim and I separated some time ago.
“So I’m not having an affair, we have been living our own lives for some time now.
“I just wanted to thank everybody. Tim and I feel a sense of relief that we don’t have to hide this anymore. We’ve actually become better friends since we’ve made the decision but we wanted to have Christmas with the family without telling anybody.”
She was encouraged to admit her marriage was over, after reports surfaced last week that she had had two affairs with younger men. She was, in fact, single the whole time.
The pair have two children together, Matthew, 22, and Louis, 10.
Madsen is among the new CBB housemates
Celebrity Big Brother is back, with a host of famous – and not so famous – faces entering the house in a two-hour special on Channel 5 last night.
Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen, shamed X Factor star Frankie Cocozza and rugby star Gareth Thomas were among the stars to become housemates this year.
They were joined in the house by Natasha Giggs – known for her infamous affair with brother-in-law, Ryan Giggs – model Nicola McClean, So Solid Crew star Romeo and The Only Way is Essex’s Kirk Norcross.
Playmates Kristina and Karissa Shannon, lingerie model Georgia Salpa and Andrew Stone from Pineapple Dance Studios also entered the house, which this year has a ski lodge theme.
Loose Woman Denise Welch and Eastenders star Natalie Cassidy completed the line-up.
Upon entering the house, Cassidy was given a secret task, which involved Big Brother giving her commands via an earpiece.
The actress, who played Sonia in the Walford-based soap, had to compliment Hollywood star Madsen on his role in Free Willy, kiss Frankie Cocozza on the lips and repeatedly tell McLean that she was “ok” with her being in the house with her – all to ensure housemates received their suitcases.
Host Brian Dowling revealed on the show that the first housemate will be evicted on 11 January.
Catch Celebrity Big Brother 2012 evenings on Channel 5.