Coleen Nolan has confessed that she can’t ‘bear the thought’ of her older sister, Maureen, undergoing a planned facelift, for fear of anything ‘going wrong’.
The Loose Women panellist was joined by Maureen for Tuesday’s installment of the daytime show. But it was set to be an emotional chat, after Maureen revealed she’d be having the face-changing surgery.
After hearing the news, Coleen admitted that it was tough to bear, given the difficult times she and her sisters have already been through. Linda, Maureen and Coleen’s sister, is currently dealing with terminal breast cancer. Their other sister Bernie, also passed away in 2013, after battling cancer.
Live on the show, Coleen confessed, “I can’t bear the thoughts of her being in pain. I can’t bear the thoughts of anything going wrong in surgery, I just can’t handle anything else happening to anymore of my sisters. It gives me a lump in my throat at the thought of it.”
The 53-year-old also said that she feels Maureen doesn’t need the surgery, saying she’s ‘fabulous’ without any work.
She explained, “I think the thing for me, I’ll always be proud of you – if you have a facelift or don’t have a facelift, I’ll always be proud of you – and there’s no denying you’ll look fabulous.
“I’ll be sitting here saying you look fabulous. Here’s my issues: everyone I meet says ‘Your sister Maureen is so gorgeous!’. I tell them your age  and I go, ‘She’s had no work done’. They say, ‘She must have’ and I say ‘No’. Now, I’ll say, ‘Yeah, she’s had a facelift’. It upsets me a little bit.”
However, former singer Maureen revealed that her decision has come from feeling as though she needs to maintain her looks as she gets older.
Explaining, the 63-year-old said, “Somehow when we were working all together as children I got landed with the term ‘the pretty one’. The older you get, possibly for someone who was tagged with that, it’s harder for them to accept getting old. Because you count on your looks a little bit too much possibly, you feel you have to live up to that. You feel that’s all you are as well. So you think, ‘Oh I’m pretty but I’ve got no talent, or no personality’.
She also admitted she doesn’t understand why surgery has to be a big deal.
“I can’t understand all the hoo-ha. Nowadays I don’t think there’s any stigma attached. For me it’s just maintenance – you maintain your car, why don’t you maintain your looks?”
But little sis Coleen insisted, “I can’t persuade her not to do it, it’s her life. I just want her to be happy, if that makes you happy. But for me, personally, nothing can make you more beautiful than the person you are already.”