LOOSE Women star Coleen Nolan has revealed she worried she’s “too old” for her boyfriend, who is almost 10 years her junior.
The 55-year-old went public with the romance last year after meeting her new man on a dating app – but has kept his identity secret.
TV host Coleen revealed that she and her mystery man have much in common, despite their eight-year age gap.
She told The Mirror that the couple don’t find the difference to be a problem, but admitted she does worry that she is “too old for him”.
“I have moments of worrying I’m a bit too old for him,” she explained of her 47-year-old beau. “[But] he’s divorced with children, as am I, so we have a lot in common.”
Coleen says she is supportive of age-gap relationships, and vows they can be a success if the couple have the same “attitude to life”.
“You can be an old soul at 30 and find people of your own age tiresome or a younger 50 who’s still keen to party and is better suited to someone younger,” she explained.
But for Coleen, it doesn’t stop the worry that in the future, the age difference may become an issue in her relationship.
“I suppose my insecurity with dating someone a lot younger would be that he’d get to a point where he thought I was too old for him or that I’d start to feel old because I was with someone so much younger,” she revealed.
Trying to dispel her own worries, the Nolan sisters singer looked to the relationship of the late Barbara Windsor and husband Scott, who were “blissfully happy for many years”.
The age gap hasn’t been the only testing part of Coleen’s relationship, as she confessed being apart during lockdown has been difficult.
The star has been keeping her romance alive over the phone as she admits she “isn’t one for endless FaceTime calls” as it makes her “self conscious”.
Keeping the spark alive, Coleen said she’d rather her new man didn’t “see her in trackie bottoms” and instead spoke on a call every day.
While they haven’t seen each other since September, Coleen revealed things are still going well.
She explained: “I’m enjoying the flirtation and having something nice to look forward to during the endless hours of lockdown.”
Coleen has been single since she split from husband number two, Ray Fensome, in 2017 after 11 years of marriage.
Previously, she was married to EastEnders star Shane Richie, who is the father of her two sons, Jake Roche and Shane Roche Jr.