COLEEN Nolan announced she was stepping down from Loose Women temporarily.
The Loose Women star has been struggling with the backlash from an interview with Kim Woodburn last week.
Coleen Nolan admitted it had been the “worst week of her life” due to intense trolling and death threats.
A statement appeared on Coleen’s official Twitter, which she doesn’t use, last night, announcing she was taking a step back from showbiz for a while.
Today, her Loose Women co-stars reacted to the news, which confirmed she was taking a hiatus from the lunchtime show.
“We all just want to send her our love and our very best wishes”
Kaye Adams said: “We all just want to send her our love and our very best wishes.
“Coleen is a brilliant Loose Woman and we hope to see her back very soon indeed.”
Coleen’s statement read: “Following the constant online bullying, trolling, and misrepresentation of her words, actions and reactions, it is with sad regret that Coleen is taking an immediate hiatus from all her current commitments including Loose Women and postponing her Never Too Late solo concert tour.
“Coleen has spent 50 years in show-business and 18 years as one of the most loved members of the Loose Women panel, and has never been subjected to such a horrifying torrent of online abuse or such a heart-breaking attack on her reputation.
“Coleen is devastated to let her supporters and fans down, but is currently not strong enough to withstand this constant and unfounded online abuse, so she will be taking time out and spending it with her children and family where she feels loved and respected.
“She sends her love to everyone who has supported her and knows who she really is and plans to return when she feels stronger.”
Speaking about the incident in question on This Morning, Coleen said: “If I could go back in time, I would change the whole thing. It was never meant to be like that – I genuinely thought she was coming on to make amends, that’s what I was told would happen.”
She went on: “I don’t know what I did wrong. I didn’t say anything. I said two things in that interview. I just thought she needs help, so I thought, I’m not gonna say anything.
“Sometimes it’s hard. I’ve not called her any names, she’s called me all the names under the sun and everything.
“But then to be called a bully and be told, ‘Why can’t you die like your sister?’, ‘Why can’t you get cancer like your sister?’ I’ve had a week of it.
“And in 50 years of doing a job I love, I genuinely love, there’s a campaign to get me fired.”
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.