Coleen Nolan has opened up about the vile death threats she received after her infamous on-screen spat with Kim Woodburn.
The 53-year-old received a barrage of abuse and was forced to take a break from appearing as a Loose Women panelist because of online trolls.
In an exclusive interview with OK! magazine, Coleen has revealed the real impact the online abuse had on her.
The Loose Women star said: “[The death threats] affected me massively. The main thing was the shock. I didn’t understand where so much hate was coming from.
“The fact people were threatening to kill me and saying: ‘I hope you die of cancer,’ just floored me.’”
Coleen returned to the Loose Women panel in December 2018, but some fans of the show were unhappy that she was back.
While some called for a boycott of the show, others signed a petition to have her removed.
The online storm started when Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn appeared on an explosive episode of Loose Women that caused 7,000 people to complain to broadcasting regulator Ofcom.
The pair clashed after they appeared in the 19th series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
Kim, who lived and worked in Liverpool as a social worker and model in the 60s, left the house on the final day, coming third, and Coleen winning the show.
In a car-crash interview on ITV’s This Morning, recorded after the pair left the CBB house, Kim told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that Coleen was two-faced.
Then, in August 2018, Kim agreed to go on Loose Women for an interview taglined ‘Can Coleen and Kim end their feud?’
The explosive interview ended with Kim walking off the set in tears and walk off the set, while the panel said she had “shown her true colours”.
Viewers quickly turned on Coleen and her fellow panelists, accusing them of ganging up on Kim and bullying her.
Following viewer reaction, Coleen appeared on This Morning saying she had had the “worst week of her life”.
She said: “It was genuinely shocking for all of us. None of us wanted that. I never want to see anyone in that much distress as she was in the end.
“It’s been the worst week of my life actually.”
Then suddenly she burst into tears and had to be comforted by Holly, while Phil passed her tissues.
She added: “I don’t know what I did wrong. I didn’t say anything. I said about two things in that interview. She needed help really and I felt sorry for her. It’s hard. I’ve never called her names. She called me every name under the sun.
“It’s fine I can deal with that. But to be called a bully.
“People have been so horrible on social media, sending me messages like ‘why can’t you die like your sister’ or ‘why can’t you get cancer like your sister’
“I’m used to trolls but it made me think, what if I was 13 or 14 and people were sending me these messages – it’s just revolting bullying.
“I cancelled everything last week and phoned my management and my kids [and said] I can’t do it. I don’t want to do it anymore.”
Shortly after her teary This Morning appearance, Coleen pulled out of her next Loose Women appearance, and then announced she was taking a break.
Read the full story in this week’s OK! Magazine – out today.