Tuesday 27 September 2016

Denise Welch praises artist husband for helping her battle with alcohol

Published 22/08/2016 | 00:36

Denise Welch and Lincoln Townley on the red carpet
Denise Welch and Lincoln Townley on the red carpet

Loose Women star Denise Welch has revealed that her relationship with her artist husband has helped her in her battle with alcohol to focus on healthier living.

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Welch, who married Lincoln Townley in 2013 after a 24-year marriage to Benidorm star Tim Healy, said he has been her "anchor".

She told Hello! magazine: "We were party animals, two people in a mess, when we first met.

"My marriage was in freefall and I was drinking too much. Being with Lincoln could have been the most explosive disaster, but it went the opposite way. We've been each other's anchor."

Townley, 43, added: "We encouraged one another to pursue what matters most. As a couple we have positive energy constantly flowing through us."

Welch, 58, said she was not concerned by their 15-year age gap, adding: "Lincoln keeps me young and his enthusiasm rubs off into my world. Some people joke that I've married my carer. But who knows what the future holds. Lincoln has always preferred older women anyway."

Townley agreed, saying: "I've never met or loved anyone as much as I love Denise."

Townley has recently embarked on a career as an artist for Hollywood stars including Sir Michael Caine and Al Pacino.

His work commands six-figure sums and his clientele also includes Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte, Gary Oldman, and Charlie and Martin Sheen.

The former Coronation Street star told the magazine the couple were invited to tea at Sir Michael's London flat after her husband painted a portrait of Sir Michael's wife Shakira.

She said: " The portrait of Michael was already on the wall, but Shakira wanted to place her picture next to his above the fireplace. Watching Lincoln and Michael hanging the two pictures was surreal."

Read the full interview in Hello! out now.

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