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I don't want to end up like Twink -- Linda

Media personality Linda Martin claims she's afraid to say no to any work that comes her way -- for fear she will end up in financial strife similar to that of her pal, Adele King.

The former Eurovision winner (63) admits that a career in showbiz is not the financial goldmine it is often perceived to be and says that her heart goes out to Twink, who is battling to hang on to her five-bedroom home, Idrone House in the west Dublin suburb of Knocklyon.

A repossession application has been lodged by Bank of Scotland Ireland, for the plush south Dublin house she owns with ex-husband David Agnew.

Twink (58) later issued a statement saying she was working on a solution, insisting that she "can't work any harder".

Linda, who has been friends with Twink since her teens, is confident she will reign triumphant and describes the mum of two as "a trooper."

"My fingers and toes are crossed for her," she told the Herald. "I think she'll be okay, I really hope so.

"She's what I would call the definition of a trooper. We've been friends since way back when, I met her during my tentative years of starting out and we've stayed close ever since.

"We don't see each other day in day out, it may only be every couple of months but the bond has always been there.

"As anyone in this showbiz world will tell you whether you're a famous actor, musician or whatever, you're almost always frightened to say no to a job in case the next one never comes.

"It's something that's instilled in you from day one.

"I know certainly with me anyway the fear is always there and although there are only seven days in a week you will work every one of them if it comes your way.

"I'm extremely lucky in that the business has always been very good to me and I can still work."

She added: "I certainly don't intend giving it up until the day I have to."

lnolan@herald.ie


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