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07 Feb 2018

Loose Women Star Coleen Nolan Announces Her Divorce from Husband Ray Fensome

by sarah@hitched

Coleen Nolan has announced the sad news that she’s set to divorce her husband of 10 years, Ray Fensome

The Loose Women star, 52, revealed the news that she and Ray had decided to end their marriage in a long and emotional statement to The Mirror. 

Coleen, who has spoken openly about her battle to save her marriage, particularly over the last ‘hellish’ year, admitted that while she originally believed the pair would ‘grow old together’, there was simply ‘too much dividing them’, which ultimately caused the split.

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Confirming the news in a statement for the paper, Coleen explained: 'We can’t go back. There is too much dividing me and Ray. I can hardly sit here and keep dishing out advice if I’m not being totally straight about what is going on in my own life.

'Once you know your marriage is truly dead you need to make your peace with that, bury the past and move on. After 17 years together that’s what I’m about to do.'

Going on to explain how she was feeling, the mum of three continued: 'I’ve got tears pouring down my face as I write this. It’s hard to imagine that so much could have changed from that day when we married. On that day I thought there was nothing that could split us up.

Coleen and Ray pictured with daughter Ciara before their marriage in 2007

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‘I was convinced we’d grow old together, hobbling to the Post Office to collect our pensions. But a decade on and it’s now clear I was wrong.’

Coleen and Ray have been together for 17 years and married since 2007, and share a 16-year-old daughter Ciara, while Coleen is also a mother to two other sons - Shane and Jake – whom she shares with actor Shane Richie from their previous marriage.

Coleen has praised her children for their support during such a difficult time, saying ‘my beautiful kids have all been unbelievably supportive and understanding. I want to show marriages can break down without families breaking down. So long as you’re honest.’

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Published 7 Feb 2018 9:03 by sarah@hitched