Coleen Nolan has announced she is divorcing her husband of 10 years, Ray Fensome.

Coleen Nolan and Ray Fensome

Coleen Nolan and Ray Fensome

The 'Loose Women' star has revealed she and Ray - who tied the knot in 2007 and have 16-year-old daughter Ciara together - have decided to end their decade long marriage after a "hellish" 12 months which left their romance "truly dead".

In her column for the Daily Mirror newspaper, Coleen wrote: "We can't go back. There is too much dividing me and Ray. 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.

"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 singer - who also has sons Shane Jr., 29, and Jake, 25, with her ex-husband Shane Richie - admitted she believed she would "grow old" with the 60-year-old guitarist.

She continued: "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 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."

And Coleen, 52, insisted she fought hard for her marriage, but has now realised the relationship no longer works.

She added: "For the last couple of years I've got up in the morning hoping desperately everything would be alright. Now I have to admit it's not going to be alright."

It comes after the star admitted in 2016 that she and Ray were going through difficulties in their marriage, as she revealed they were planning to undergo a trial separation.

She said at the time: "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. The next step is a trial separation."

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