Twink unzips her secrets of how she took a lover

Adele King has had her ups and downs since her husband's infidelity, and her new book reveals all, writes Niamh Horan

Singer and actress Adele King -- aka Twink -- will reveal how she took a lover after David Agnew strayed.

The entertainer will reveal this week that she sought affection with another man after her husband of 21 years left her for a younger woman.

Controversial Twink will speak candidly about the relationship in her tell all book, due out in the coming days.

Entitled Twink Unzipped!, the long-awaited 288-page memoir is a no-holds-barred account of her life -- including the breakdown of her marriage, her husband David Agnew's much publicised affair with PR executive Ruth Hickey, and her time in RTE.

In 2006 Twink hit headlines when a feisty voicemail she left on her cheating husband's answering machine was subsequently leaked on to the internet.

In the recording, she berated the musician for straying in their marriage and advised him: "You need to zip up your mickey."

The title of the 61-year-old's new book is itself a clear reference to the notorious message.

The message went viral and comedy merchandise emblazoned with the words "Zip Up Your Mickey" was produced in the aftermath.

But now, in her warts-and-all account, which is hotly tipped to be the number one bestseller this Christmas, Twink reveals her own relationship with another man who she took on in her 60s.

As a source close to the performer explained: "Fans of Twink will be shocked to discover this but she took a lover. And she will talk candidly about it in her book.

"This is her story, finally, in black and white. And she doesn't hold back.

"It is colourful, it is thought-provoking and it's brutally honest." The source added: "From what I understand, David has yet to see a copy of the book."

Speaking ahead of the launch Twink said: "I've always done the decent thing in showbiz and zipped it, so this is my right to reply and I thought 'fuck it, my book, my turn' so I let loose big time," she said.

The mother of two also described how she is experiencing last-minute nerves in the run up to the publication: "I am nervous, I'm hugely nervous. I'm worried -- I'd be lying if I said differently.

"I cannot emphasise enough, I did not write this book in any way to diss anyone or to hurt anyone, be they husband, work colleague or whatever. No way, I'm not that kind of person. I've had amazing ups and downs. Life threw me off the top of a building many, many times."

Dubliner Twink explained how she was devastated by her marriage split: "I have never been this honest before, I have always held back the really private stuff.

"But in a weird way I am writing this book for the women of Ireland.

"Over the years they have sent me so many messages saying, 'How do you do it? My marriage broke up the same time as yours, but you are on TV looking glamorous and I'm at home eating Chinese food and drinking two bottles of wine.'

"I wanted to show them it's the same with me, it's no different. I cried. I was miserable.

"But almost for the sake of these women, I've kept up. I feel I have a responsibility and with the book I'm saying thank you and letting them know I have got feet of clay and I do have pain and I do hurt, so they shouldn't be so down on themselves."

And speaking about her former husband she said: "Certainly with David I'm not bitter. Even this time last year I was much angrier."

She added: "God, it's so terribly dreary, we could all do with a bit of cheering up.

"I wanted the book to be interesting, poignant. There are sad parts, of course, but I wanted it to be funny too. That's why there's little laugh-out-loud bits throughout."

Twink Unzipped! is published by Blackwater Press and will hit bookshops this week

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