Coleen Nolan opened up about feeling ‘guilty’ about grieving for the end of her marriage to Shane Richie rather than her late dad, who died around the same time after a period of illness.
The entertainer’s dad Tommy died in 1998, and she split from ex-husband Shane in 1999. The former couple share sons Shane, 31, and Jake, 28.
On Tuesday’s Loose Women the panelists – Coleen, Kaye Adams, Judi Love and Janet Street Porter – were asked by a viewers if it is possible to overcome grief after a parent’s death.
The panel, who have all lost parents, agreed that you learn to live with the grief rather than get over it completely.
Coleen, whose mum Maureen died in 2008 after a battle with Alzheimer’s, recalled the difficult period she had around the time Tommy died.
She said: ‘The thing I remember about my mum and dad, even though they were very ill later on in life, and they were quite old so it was kind of, this is life and death and this is what happens.
‘I was going through a break up with Shane at the time, so my emotions when my dad died – it was right in the middle of all of that – so my emotions were focused on that.
‘Then I had guilt because I felt I was crying about my marriage more than I was crying about my dad dying.
‘I saw a therapist and she was like, “That’s absolutely normal because one’s gone that you can’t see and you’re grieving for something you can see. That’s how your brain deals with it.”‘
She also touched on her late sister Bernie who died of breast cancer in 2013.
Coleen felt ‘guilt’ for being more upset about her marriage ending (Picture: ITV)
‘With my sister Bernie that hit me hard because she was the next one up from me and she was only young,’ Coleen said.
‘When I have days when it hits me or I literally don’t want to get out of bed, you know what I do? I think exactly what would Bernie say to me and it makes me get out of bed.
‘She’d say get out of bed you lazy cow! That helps me get through the day.’
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.