The tragic news about Caroline Flack is heartbreaking and my thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.
When you’re going through something difficult in your private life and versions of it are being documented in public, it’s awful. I can only imagine how hard that must have been for Caroline, and for her boyfriend Lewis.
You hear people say, “You’re famous, you should expect the invasion of your privacy.” Why? No matter what job we do, we all hurt in the same way – we’re all human beings. I love my job and, to a degree, you have to embrace certain things that go with that territory, but I don’t believe that includes being vilified or ridiculed.
It’s not acceptable. I’ve been judged by total strangers in the past and have read cruel comments online about the death of my son. It’s horrific.
Coronation Street’s Tina O’Brien has quit what she calls “toxic” Instagram and I get where she’s coming from. We could all do with taking a break from it.
My Friend For Life
James Burrows has announced that he’s leaving Corrie. He played my on-screen son Dr Ali Neeson [below] for two years and I adore him. He’s a fantastic actor and a friend for life. We always had a good giggle on set and he still calls me “mum”.
I actually knew his plans ages ago but was sworn to secrecy. He says he misses the creative side of acting and having different roles. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to break away from the cobbles for a while. You want to play different roles and keep challenging yourself.
Corrie is an amazing place to work but I do also understand his reasons for spreading his wings. He doesn’t need me to wish him good luck, he’ll do amazingly well.
On Popping the question
Once every four years there’s a leap day when, according to tradition, women can propose to their partners and it just so happens that it falls this weekend.
I think it’s a great idea, as women have been fighting for equality for decades and still are, especially in the workplace. But I have to tell you, I won’t be popping the question to my Scott! We’re in a really good place right now but I just don’t think it’s the right time for us.
Scott’s back with his regiment and I’m busy with my work, so we don’t have time for a wedding anyway. I also don’t feel I need a ring on my finger to strengthen our relationship. If there’s anything that tells us we’re meant to be together, it’s the fact we’re still strong despite so much time apart.
I heard that Joanna Lumley purposefully doesn’t speak to her husband when she goes away filming for a month at a time. She sends him postcards instead which is very sweet of her, but it’s not something I’ll be doing!
There have been times when Scott’s been away and I haven’t had any contact with him because there’s been no signal. That’s hard, so I think it’d be incredibly hard to go a month without speaking to him, particularly considering the nature of his job.
It’s important that we stay in touch so I know he’s okay. FaceTime is the one thing that has really helped more than anything.
Although I miss Scott, I’m blessed to have my gorgeous children Emilie, David and Polly to keep me company, not forgetting my grandson Teddy. How cute is he?!
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