Loose Women star Coleen Nolan revealed her marriage split in her column for The Mirror, writing that the couple “can’t go back.”
The 52 year old TV star describes her past 12 months as “hellish” and says: “There is too much dividing me and Ray.”
Coleen writes in the lengthy essat: “Me and my husband Ray are divorcing. I wanted to tell you first as I can hardly sit here and keep dishing out advice if I’m not being totally straight about what is going on in my own life.
“I’ve got tears pouring down my face as I write this. It’s hard to imagine that so much could have changed from that day in 2008 when we married.
“On that day, I thought there was nothing that could split us up. I was convinced we’d grow old together, hobbling to the post office to collect our pensions.
“But a decade on and it’s now clear I was wrong. There is too much dividing me and Ray. We can’t go back. And my future is going to be very different to the one I’d imagined back then.
Jamie Redknapp and Louise Redknapp divorced in December 2017 [Getty]
“And I guess that’s what makes me sad. But, slowly, as I come to terms with the reality of it all, it’s making me excited too.
“As I’ve written a million times before – women who’ve tried everything to fix a marriage but still feel desperately unhappy, have to get out.
“We owe it to ourselves. And we also owe it to our kids to show them that everyone has a right to be happy.
“My beautiful kids, Shane Jnr, Jake and Ciara – my daughter with Ray – have all been unbelievably supportive and understanding.
Coleen goes on to describe the past 12 months as “hellish” and discusses talking about her marital issues on Loose Women and in the Celebrity Big Brother house, while saying she fought to save the marriage “with every fibre of my being.”
She finishes: “But I deserve to be happy. Everyone does. And once you know your marriage is truly dead you need to make your peace with that, bury the past and move on. After 17 years together that’s what I’m about to do.”
The pair were together for 17 years, getting engaged in 2005 and marrying two years later in 2007.