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Saturday 30 May 2015

Welch quit booze after seeing video

Denise Welch was filmed by fiance Lincoln Townley
Denise Welch was filmed by fiance Lincoln Townley

Denise Welch has said she quit drinking after watching a video of herself on a night out.

The Loose Women presenter said her fiance Lincoln Townley filmed her during a drinking session with friends while she was starring in a play.

Speaking to Piers Morgan on Friday's episode of Life Stories, she said she asked Lincoln at the start of the night to take her home if she looked like she might stay out too late.

She said: "And he tried to do that, and I just kicked off. I went mad, or so I'm told. I don't remember very much. And Lincoln had made a request, observed by others, which was just, 'Darling, listen, the paps are trying to get you, you're doing your play, you need to go home. Come on sweetheart, let's go'. And I just kicked off.

"I don't remember the rest of the night, but he taped me, on his phone, because he'd never seen anything like that before. And my behaviour was appalling and I don't want to be that person ever again. I wish I'd done it earlier."

She said her marriage to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet actor Tim Healy was ruined by drink.

She told Piers: "We didn't discuss things in a healthy, adult way. We chose to have a few drinks before we did so. We had some real humdingers, fuelled by excess."

:: See the full interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Denise Welch on ITV1 at 9pm.

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