Linda Nolan has opened up about how she and her family have been supporting sister Coleen Nolan through her divorce.

She and the rest of their family found out the news through a text.
Linda said, “We’d all known that it wasn’t right for a while and she sent out a generic text to the family initially. Then we phoned her.

“She wants it to be amicable – and so does he – and that’s great.

“It’s really sad when a marriage comes to an end. We are obviously there for her.

“She’s quite private about her feelings when you see her on Loose Women. We watch it from behind the cushion sometimes, thinking, ‘What’s she going to say about us?’

“But she’s quite private. We are all here for her and we’ve spoken about it. These things happen.

“It’s nobody’s fault and it’s come to an end and it was great while it lasted for her.”

Coleen revealed she was splitting from her second husband Ray Fensome on Loose Women earlier this year.

At the time, she confessed part of her decision was down to Linda being diagnosed with terminal cancer following the death of their sister Bernie in 2013.

Linda said: “It’s funny how those big events in your life make you think, ‘What am I doing? Am I making the most of what I’ve got?’ And sometimes there are hard decisions to make.

“In a way, that’s a good thing. When Bernie got cancer we didn’t know how long we would have with her.

“Initially she was OK. She was rediagnosed and doing her treatment, then all of a sudden that massive part of your life is taken away from you.

“I suppose, that for the girls, when I got the same diagnosis – that it’s treatable but not curable – it was so frightening. But my cancer is different.

“But I’m glad that it makes people stand up and go, ‘Oh, what’s important in my life now?’.”