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Exclusive: Coronation Street's Beverley Callard on her mental health battle 'Depression is the curse of the strong'


Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has spoken openly about her experiences of depression to encourage people with mental health issue to start a conversation and help those who want to support loved ones.

'I think it’s important you talk about [having depression],’ Beverley said. ‘But I think it’s really difficult for the person you are talking to about it.’

'Some people back off because they're afraid of it,' Beverley said. 'Most friends were fantastic. Certainly this one [Coleen Nolan] was fantastic. But a couple of really good friends totally backed away. I think because she maybe had symptoms and she was worried that the same thing might happen to her.'

As for people in the TV industry being supportive, Beverley said. ‘Most people were yeah. Of course there’s always a couple who are negative. I’ve mentioned it before - One person in our industry said “Well, you know, you’re probably not gonna work again. Because you’ve had clinical depression you might be flaky and unreliable".'

‘And of course, you’re not. I think depression is the curse of the strong in a way,' Beverley said. 'You’re anything but flaky and unreliable. Sometimes your mind just works against you, like your appendix or tonsils or whatever.'

For information on Loose Women's Lighten The Load campaign and mental health helplines click here.

Beverley Callard talked openly about her mental health problems

Exclusive: Lisa Riley takes lie detector test to prove she lost 9 stone naturally and hasn't had a gastric band!


Since losing an incredible 9 stone, Lisa has been hounded by people accusing her of having gastric surgery to aid her weight loss.

Determined to prove she lost weight naturally through healthy eating and exercise, Lisa took a lie detector test.

‘When I came on this show first time and the big weight loss was revealed, 93 per cent of people are supportive,' Lisa said.

'Basically, what’s happened is the other few percent are calling me a liar. One thing I’m not is a liar. What I’ve done is such a good achievement.'

'People who have had gastric bands… brilliant, good on you. I did this my way. All I want to do is help other women and men.'

Lisa, who has given up alcohol as part of her healthy eating, said, 'Fad diets didn’t work remotely for me. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’ve done this slowly. I’ve been patient.'

'There’s no feeling like it when I put on a dress for this show and it’s a smaller size. I think as women we should look out for each other. I don’t understand in this country when someone has done something really good, they start throwing darts.'

Lisa answered four questions: Since January have she taken diet pills? Has she had liposuction? Has she had a gastric band? Has she had bariatric surgery?

And Lisa passed the test. She said, ‘Amazing. Such a sense of relief. Once and for all I draw a line under this. I haven’t lied and there is the proof.’

Exclusive: John Middleton on the Emmerdale car crash and Ashley Thomas' Alzheimer's


Emmerdale - officially the best British soap - and most dramatic scene ever aired in a multiple car crash which will see much-loved characters dead and injured!

'Basically I'm saying Emmerdale is seven times better than Star Wars,' John says. 'This is definitely the biggest week I've been involved in - it's massive, there are so many different incidents. It's about the most cinematic thing you'll ever have seen in soap.'

Did you know...

John's first role on Emmerdale was actually playing PC John Jarvis at the time of the Post Office raid in 1994.

He got his dog collar and landed the role of Vicar Ashley Thomas in December 1996.

Before stepping a foot in the dales, John walked down the cobbles - twice! In 1993, he appeared in Coronation Street as John Hargreaves, the man who killed Lisa Duckworth in an accident. A year later John played a hospital consultant in Corrie too.

John Middleton talks Emmerdale on Loose Women

John Middleton joined Emmerdale in 1996

Exclusive: 7 moments Donny Osmond proved he's the ultimate pop star on Loose Women!


Two words that are proven to get Coleen flustered and fluttering her eye lashes like a teenager in Puppy Love.

And there are MANY reasons why we love Donny so much after all these years....

1 He's funny
'I've been in showbiz 53 years but who's counting. I started when I was five and I'm 40 now - the math doesn't work.'

2 Elvis Presley gave him advice
'I learned a very interesting lesson when I was 14 years old from Elvis. He said to me, 'If I could do it all over again, I'd get closer to my fans and appreciate them a little bit more.'

3 Donny loves Snapchat
In the green room he was playing with Snapchat, adding the dog filter to him and Coleen before doing a face swap with her too!

Puppy Love with Donny Osmond and Coleen Nolan on Snapchat

4 There have been some intense Donny fans
'There have been times when people have snuck into the dressing room or shower. That happened in Ireland. It's all innocent as far as I'm concerned because they know how happily married I am and how dedicated I am to my wife.'

5 He understood when fans burned his records!
'There were Donny Osbourne record burning parties after I got married. And I completely understand it. I knew my career would go into the tanks.'

6 He loves Las Vegas
'We just announced our ninth year [in Vegas]. It was suppose to be six weeks back in 2008 and we just announced our ninth year.'

Donny Osmond super fan Coleen

7 He has some SERIOUSLY good relationship advice

'When I got into a relationship with my wife... I think relationships have been really messed up lately. It's all about what can you do to make me happy? It doesn't work that way - what can I do to make YOU happy.'

'There is nothing more empowering to a woman than have a man respect her. Not just love her. I don't look at my wife like a sexual object, she is my partner, part of me. So I respect her, love her and appreciate her and that empowers her as a woman. That's the way men should treat women. '

'It's simple to me. If I want to make you happy and you want to make me happy it's not what I can take from this relationship, it's what I can put in to this relationship.'


Loose Pup Polly loves Donny

Exclusive: Geordie Shore's Marnie Simpson 'I'm 100% in love with Lewis Bloor'

After failing to bond in the Celebrity Big Brother house this year, Saira was reunited with Geordie Shore's Marnie Simpson on the show. And talk soon turned to Marnie's relationship with their CBB housemate Lewis Bloor who she was rumoured to have broken up with recently.

'It’s tough because we live so far away with each other,' Marnie said. 'We had an argument and I deleted every single picture of him from Instagram. We’re working through it.'

'Things on the outside [of Celebrity Big Brother] are just completely different. It's just back to basics for us. I haven't cared about anyone the way I care about Lewis. I'm100% in love with him.'

Marnie and Lewis found love in the CBB house

Exclusive: Angie Best on her son Calum Best's struggle with drink and drugs 'Somebody had to save him'


Angie gave up her life in the US to move back to the UK and be there for son Calum who has talked openly about struggling with drink and drugs in the past.

'You feel so powerless because you know the road he's going down because you've seen it before,' Angie, 64, told us. 'What can you do? I gave everything up in Malibu and came back here to keep an eye on him. Somebody had to save him, there was nobody here to save him and someone had to.'

'My mum raised me in Los Angeles to avoid the situation of me being in someone's shadow, no disrespect to anybody because I'm really proud of that,' Calum said of his late father George Best.

'Then there's the point of me losing this person - my dad - and me going down this dark path for many years,' Calum, 35, added. 'Bless my mum, she packed up her stuff and moved to the UK and even when she came back I was so confused. I didn't know how to show emotion to anyone at the time. I messed up for a while but now we're stronger than we're ever been before.'

Calum is now patron of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics.

Angie and Calum Best talk about their bond on Loose Women

Angie and Calum Best joined Loose Women

Exclusive: Sir Cliff Richard joins Loose Women 'I'm thrilled!'

Sir Cliff Richard will be joining us for a very special episode on Tuesday 15 November!

Gloria announced he will be joining the show for a Cliff Richards special.

'I am so excited. I just heard that Loose Women are going to do a Cliff Richard special on Tuesday 15 November - I'm thrilled,' Cliff said. 'Loose Women, I'm sure you've got a lot of things planned for me. Should I be worried? I hope not! I can't wait to be there.'

'He should be very worried, shouldn't he,' joked Gloria.

Cliff will be talking about his new album AND singing live in front of an audience of Cliff superfans.

Sir Cliff Richard will be live on Loose Women

Anne Diamond's tears over son Sebastian's cot death: 'It is wonderful to talk about him because it makes him real'


Anne and Nadia bravely shared their personal stories during a highly emotional conversation about during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Anne discussed the heartbreaking experience of losing her baby son Sebastian to the cot death Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 25 years ago when he was just four and a half months old.

Sebastian, Anne's third child, tragically passed in 1991 and Anne revealed, 'He would be 25. It is wonderful to talk about him because it makes him real. Someone once said to me, "You will get over the pain but you will never stop loving him".'

Anne, 62, talked emotionally about her son's sudden death, saying, 'It was painful to hold him after he died because he was so cold. It was a Friday so they didn't do the postmortem til Monday. I was so angry as I wanted to know what happened.'

And Nadia, 51, revealed she had suffered three miscarriages in between her daughters Maddy and Kiki.

'I think it's better to tell people as soon as you are pregnant', she said. 'If you lose it and you haven't told anyone, it's hard to get support from them. They think it was just a moment, they haven't been on the journey with you.'

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on baby loss here.

Nadia and Anne shared their personal tragedies

Anne talked about losing her baby son to cot death 25 years ago