It's a trying time for Coleen and Ray...
Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan has been married to husband Ray Fensome for 17 years. But it seems that one of the most enduring marriages in showbiz could be on the rocks, after a frank confession in a new interview with the Sunday Mirror.
51-year-old Coleen admitted that the couple have been struggling with their relationship for the past 12 months.
“My marriage is in crisis and I won’t lie about it”, she told the paper.
Coleen and Ray, 58, are hoping the festive season will bring them together. However, if they don’t manage to see eye to eye as Christmas draws to a close a trial separation could be on the cards.
“We’re going to do a lot of talking over the next couple of weeks, but if we can’t fix it then I want us to have counselling,” she admitted.
Nolans star Coleen and guitarist Ray wed in a November 2007 and have teenage daughter Ciara together. This is Coleen’s second marriage – her first to EastEnders star Shane Richie, ended after seven years following revelations about his infidelity. They have two sons together Shane Jr. and Jake.
The TV star first hinted about potential cracks in her marriage two years ago. Reflecting on the death of her sister Bernie from cancer aged just 52, Coleen revealed how it acted as a wake up call.
She said at the time:
“Bernie dying so young has taught me that life is too short to be unhappy.”
Speaking live on Loose Women in October she also confessed her doubts as to whether the couple’s love was equally felt on both sides.
“Does he love you as much as you love him?” I go “I don’t know actually”,’ she revealed.
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