RALPH BULGER JOINS US JUST THREE DAYS AFTER WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS SON, JAMES', 28TH BIRTHDAY TO DISCUSS HOW HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER HAVE HELPED WITH HIS GRIEF.
In a bid to help others who may be struggling in grief for the loss of a loved one, Ralph Bulger spoke to Coleen, Kelly, Linda and Jane about his memories of James, revealing how his wife and daughter have helped heal him following the brutal murder of his son is brutal murder by 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.
On the show, Jane told Ralph; 'The thing that struck me at the time, we do in situations like this often give a lot more sympathy to the mother, because it's that maternal thing, and dads sort of get kind of forgotten a little bit, but your grief is just as great.'
Ralph responded, 'You just have to deal with it the best way you can don't you?'
Talking about how he marked what would've been James' 28th birthday, he added: 'I went to the grave and put my flowers on the grave and remembered him the way I normally do. The main thing I remember was pushing him in his go-kart. He was a lovely boy.'
Discussing how he handled the devastation at the time, Ralph explained: 'I had a friend who did kickboxing who took me under his wing, so I got really into boxing and health and fitness, which helped me a lot. I try to keep myself busy.'
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH RALPH
KIM WILDE JOINS LOOSE WOMEN TO EXPLAIN WHY AFTER YEARS AWAY FROM THE MUSIC SCENE, SHE'S BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM AND TOUR...
We already knew that80s pop sensation Kim Wilde is out of this world, but we had no idea that her comeback was inspired by an alien encounter. Appearing alongside Ruth, Coleen, Gloria and Jane, the Kids In American star explained that a UFO sighting made a profound impact, even leading to her calling her new album Here Come The Aliens.
'It was in 2009. I was in our garden with my husband and a friend.
'Helicopters and a bright light came towards us. Maybe they were after someone. But then they left. The light remained behind a cloud in the sky and everyone thought I'd been on the Pinot Grigio...
'I was looking up and it moved from 11 o’clock to 2 o’clock and again and again, then a smaller one joined it.
'My husband went running in to find something to film it, but I felt compelled to watch it. It was a UFO, I can't believe I saw it.
'I believe aliens are here already, and have been for a long time. They have been keeping an eye on us for a long time, and are in despair because of the way we treat each other and the planet.'
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH KIM
JOEY ESSEX JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT APPEARING IN E4'S FIVE STAR HOTEL, TRYING TO STAY SINGLE AND EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ENCOUNTERS...
He shot to fame on The Only Way is Essex in 2011 and captured the nation's heart as a lovable rogue, but now he's now swapping reality for room service as he takes on a new project appearing in E4's Five Star Hotel, which sees him and four other celebrities battle it out to be the employee of the season.
Talking about competing alongside former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, Joey explained: 'He tried to lord it over me but I put him in his place... By the end of it we came out as good mates.
'He was always trying to compete against me but it didn't work for him.'
The panel - Ruth, Coleen, Gloria and Jane - were keen to know if there had been any romance, leading to Joey saying: 'I am currently single. I think I'm going to put myself on a ban from relationships and stuff like that for two years though.
'I've been in relationships for the past four years and I feel like I need to step back and focus on my career.'
When Ruth asked Joey to elaborate, he responded: 'What's celibate? Is that when you don't do it with anyone?'
'It's not happened for a long time,' Joey continued, 'but that's like saying I'm going to quit drinking…'
Well good luck either way, Joey!
WATCH JOEY'S FULL CHAT HERE
WE CELEBRATE LINDA ROBSON'S 60TH BIRTHDAY AND 50 YEARS IN SHOWBIZ WITH A SURPRISE PACKED SHOW!
If there's one woman worth celebrating it's Linda Robson - our Nanny Linda who is loved by every Loose Woman and every member of the show's team too.
So to mark 50 years in showbiz and her 60th birthday, we threw a huge surprise show for Linda an reduced her to tears within seconds as the audience was entirely filled with her friends and family.
After her daughter Lauren removed a blindfold, tearful Linda was overcome and gushed: 'I can’t believe it, I swear to god! I’m crying already, they’ve just spent an hour doing my make-up. What a shock!'
Linda spent most of the show dabbing her eyes with a tissues as she was emotional seeing close friends such as Joe and Shana Swash with their mum Kiffy and Brooke Kinsella.
ACTRESS SUE JOHNSTON TALKS ABOUT ROYLE FAMILY CO-STAR CAROLINE AHERNE: 'SHE WAS TAKEN TOO YOUNG. I CAN'T DELETE HER PHONE NUMBER'
We were joined by the wonderful Sue - star of Brookside, Coronation Street and The Royle Family - to talk about her latest acting projects: movie Walk Like A Panther and The Good Karma Hospital.
And on International Women's Day, Sue paid tribute to her 'shero' Caroline Aherne who died in 2016.
'She was taken too young and she was one of the most generous, kind, and we all know how funny...' Sue said. The cast are due to reunite later this year for the first time since Caroline's death which will no doubt be emotional.
'We’re all going to have a little reunion,' Sue revealed. 'They’re getting us all together. I’ve seen people individually but it’s going to be hard. If you don’t see people regularly, you don’t miss them continuously. But then suddenly you get a realisation that she’s gone.'
Sue also admitted she can't bring herself to delete Caroline’s number from her phone.
'I’ve not been able to watch any [Royle Family] and I can’t do delete,' Sue said before starting to well up. 'She was groundbreaking and also so generous with the cast and crew.'
Sue also bravely opened up about experiencing bulimia in her thirties.
'You sort of think you’re sensible and everything, but I think it was pressure,' she revealed. 'I never had enough confidence and I always felt I wasn’t good enough then I started being on tele and being recognised and it threw me.'
'I wanted to be thin from the sixties, so I thought being thin was to be beautiful and I thought I would be accepted if I was beautiful. And then you have ten pounds added on to you on the tele and I just didn’t know I was ill.'
'I can remember the feeling the logic of thinking, "Oh well, if I eat all that and throw it up", I’m so full of shame about it, but my logic was "I can eat and be thin" so I’m answering my problems and, of course its not, you need to talk about it.'
Watch the video to see the full chat with Sue.