Loose Women star has confessed her former relationship improved after she embarked on an affair.
The former host, 58, opened up in a candid chat about cheating on her then-partner, who she did not name, on Wednesday’s episode of the chat show.
Coleen stressed that while she did not ‘condone affairs’ she began a new relationship because she was made to feel ‘unattractive and unloved’ in a romance she was in ‘years ago.’
While she went on tour with girl group The Nolans she explained she met another person who made her feel good again and ‘built up the self-esteem I’d lost.’
Speaking about the affair, Coleen continued: ‘It brought lots of heartbreak at the time but actually, when it came out, the truth came out, that relationship went on for us to have the best two or three years of our relationship we’d ever had.
‘I knew I’d done wrong and I’d never do it again but, I tried to talk to the person before it happened but they weren’t listening because they just took me for granted and thought, “She’ll get over it, she’ll be fine.”
Coleen explained it was a ‘wake-up call’ for the both of them as they both needed to ‘make more effort’ in the relationship.
‘In that respect [the affair] worked,’ she continued. ‘But I could never do that again because it isn’t the answer.’
Coleen was previously married to EastEnders star Shane Richie for nearly a decade from 1990 to 1999 and Ray Fensome, from 2007 until 2018.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.