Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson opened up about a challenging chapter in her life during yesterday’s appearance on Loose Women.
The 59-year-old revealed that she had suffered from a crippling debt habit after her heyday on the popular sitcom, and had “pretty much every store card going”.
She admitted: “I ran up a lot of debts when Birds of a Feather had ended.
“But I was used to having a good income and buying things.”
“I was lying there night after night worrying about telling Mark as he had been telling me that it would all catch up and I would get myself into doubt.”
Reliving the pain and anguish of situation, she added:
“I thought I was going to have a breakdown, I did, I really did. That initial panic telling Mark when he’d been telling me about debt… and with my kids…
“I felt ashamed.”
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Thankfully Linda overcome her fears, and while there was an element of ‘I told you so’ from her long-term partner, there was also plenty of support.
With Mark’s help and plenty of side jobs, the mum-of-three was eventually able to reign in her spending. The I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant is now ultra-careful about her finances. And she hopes to pass this money-mindset on to five-year-old granddaughter Lila.
She explained: “We gave Lila a piggybank and she’s saving up £2 because she wants to go to Disneyland.”
The revelations emerged as part of a debate on whether children as young as five should be taught money matters.