Coleen Nolan: ‘Make the most of ev­ery­thing’

As Coleen Nolan an­nounces her first ever solo tour, she tells Yours why the heart­break within her fam­ily has made her want to grab life by the horns…

YOURS (UK) - - Inside - By katharine Woot­ton

Forty years on from the Nolans’ hit I’m in the Mood, Coleen Nolan is step­ping onto stages around the coun­try to sing. But in­stead of having her sis­ters by her side, Coleen will be stand­ing in the lime­light on her own. “I’m so ex­cited – but also ter­ri­fied,” Coleen laughs.

Having been en­cour­aged by friends and fans to tour solo, Coleen says re­cent events have made her re­assess what counts. Now she wants to grab ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that comes her way. “I’ve de­cided life’s too short to be put off by be­ing scared of things, so just do it any­way.”

Over the last cou­ple of years, the Nolans have faced a lot of heart­break, not only los­ing Bernie to breast can­cer in 2013 but also deal­ing with Linda’s di­ag­no­sis of in­cur­able can­cer. More re­cently, Coleen split up from her hus­band of ten years, for­mer Nolan gui­tarist, Ray Fen­some. Through it all, Coleen says the sup­port of her fam­ily has been a life­line. “When we lost Bernie, it left a mas­sive hole in our lives as she was the ex­tro­vert and the one who al­ways or­gan­ised us.

“But as a fam­ily we’ve all got each other through the hard times, so when one of us was having a bad day, the oth­ers would rally round. The Nolans re­ally are like a lit­tle army and when the go­ing gets tough, we just go to the front­line to­gether.”

Coleen says that as well as her sis­ters, her chil­dren have been a great help to her dur­ing the tough times.

“They have al­ways been sup­port­ive and just want me to be happy. So when they re­alised I wasn’t, they just said, ‘Life’s too short, Mum’.”

Un­der­tak­ing a solo con­cert tour, as well as mak­ing the most of her new sin­gle life, is a ma­jor part of do­ing that, she says.

“I am scared that I won’t have my sis­ters there to turn around to when I’m pet­ri­fied on the first night or to laugh with when some­thing goes wrong. But I’m also look­ing for­ward to it as I want to show that any woman of any size or age, what­ever they’re go­ing through, whether it’s can­cer or a break-up, can get out and do some­thing they’re afraid of.

“It’s also a chance to re­ally en­joy per­form­ing in a way I per­haps didn’t al­ways do when I was teenager, tour­ing with the Nolans. I just missed be­ing at home back then. Now I’ll re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.

“As my chil­dren have said, this will be such a fan­tas­tic thing to look back on – I just want to go out and be able to say to my­self, ‘I did it’.”

■ tick­ets to coleen’s never too Late tour, from jan­uary 11 to Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019 are on sale now priced £32.50. to book, visit coleen­nolan­ ■ YOURS EV­ERY FORT­NIGHT

coleen withdaugh­ter ciara (left). the nolans to­gether be­fore the sad loss of Bernie (above)

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