Michelle: I’m not a cougar!

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COR­RIE babe Michelle Collins says it drives her mad when peo­ple call her a COUGAR.

The ac­tress, whose char­ac­ter Stella Price is dat­ing burly builder Ja­son Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) on the soap says she’s re­ceived flack about the age gap.

Michelle, 51, said: “I hate that word. Well they’ve been to­gether for a while now and ev­ery­one does think ‘what on earth is she do­ing, she’s old enough to be his mum!’

“But Stella is very much like, ‘this is who I’m see­ing. If you don’t like it you can lump it’.

“Most peo­ple have ac­cepted it. It doesn’t go down too well that Eileen – Ja­son’s mum – and Stella are the same age.”

Michelle, who shot to fame as Cindy Beale in ri­val soap Eas­tEn­ders, says she loves be­ing in the ITV show now.

She added: “I have to pinch my­self some­times. It’s not just an­other act­ing job. It’s a na­tional trea­sure, loved by mil­lions.”

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