Former Loose Women star Carol McGiffin shocked the nation when she revealed she had been secretly fighting breast cancer for a year and had undergone a mastectomy last year, telling no one but her close friends and family.

The 55-year-old was praised for her bravery when she opened up about the difficult diagnosis back in February, and an outpouring of support and well wishes followed from her fans.

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Now, just five months later, Carol looks happy and healthy, as she stepped out with a smile on the red carpet for the first time since she announced her diagnosis.

Arm in arm with her loving and loyal fiance Mark, who she has described as a pillar of support during the difficult ordeal, the loved up couple stayed close and looked happy to be enjoying a night out together.

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Carol looked beautiful and confident as she walked the red carpet with Mark by her side. The TV star admitted earlier this year that one of the reason she went public with her very personal news was that she wanted to be able to ‘go out without my hat and for people not to be bothered.’

Smiling and laughing together, Mark joined Carol and her friends – previous Celebrity Big Brother cast mates Louis Walsh and Charlotte Crosby – for the event. It looks like they had a great time!

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