COLEEN Nolan’s sister Linda has opened up about the Celebrity Big Brother star’s marriage and says her time in the house will “make or break” her relationship with Ray Fensome.
The 51-year-old entered the house without her wedding ring after admitting her 17-year marriage was in crisis, but now her sister Linda, 57, says being away might bring them closer together.
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder but doing Big Brother could be a make or break situation,” she told The Mirror.
“There’s a lot of time to think.
“She said she isn’t blaming it all on Ray, and that she has things to work on herself, so she will be reflecting on it.”
She added: “She wants her marriage to work but maybe she’ll think: ‘I’m in here on my own and I’m OK.
“Or she might decide: ‘As soon as I’m out I want to fight because I want to be with him’.”
The Loose Women star opened up about her marital troubles in December.
She revealed she is facing a shock split if she and husband Ray Fensome cannot find a way to save their relationship after he admitted he no longer finds her attractive.
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“We’re going to do a lot of talking over the next couple of weeks, but if we can’t fix it then I want us to have counselling,” she told the Mirror.
Coleen – of The Nolan Sisters fame – also warned that the couple could face a trial separation if counselling doesn’t work.
Guitarist Ray, 58, has been touring with Rick Astley taking him away from the family home, while Coleen’s Loose Women commitments mean the couple barely see each other.
The former popstar also revealed that they would spend nights together, often on the same sofa, just not talking to each other – sometimes for days at a time.
The I’m in the Mood for Dancing singer described the moment Ray told her he no longer found her attractive saying she was ‘totally devastated’.
“It was tough to hear, but I’d asked him for the truth and sometimes the truth bloody hurts!” she added.
Coleen, 51, insisted she wouldn’t be dieting to make Ray happy and said she found him the ‘least fanciable man on the planet’ when he had been drinking.
The pair, who have been married since 2007 and share a daughter Ciara, 15, have been speaking about trying to save their marriage, no matter how hard it is.
Author and agony aunt Coleen added: I asked if he was still in love with me and instantly he said yes and then I asked if he still wanted to be married or call it quits.
“He said he couldn’t think of anything worse than ending it – it was a huge relief. Up until that point I wasn’t sure Ray still loved me – he’s not the kind of man that says it – so it was a massive breakthrough.”Coleen insisted the pair would fight for the marriage and not give it up without a fight in honour of their child and their history.
She added: “When you still love each other, which we do, you have to fight to stay together and the majority of our marriage has been fantastic.”