Denise Welch reveals battle with FOOD addiction after she banned booze

Denise Welch

by Emma Dodds |
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Former Loose Woman Denise Welch has opened up about her addiction to food after giving up alcohol

Denise Welch is known for being candidly honest about her past addictions to alcohol and drugs as well as her battle with depression, which she's recently documented in a short film.

But the former Corrie actress has now opened up about the fact that after overcoming her addictions to alcohol, she instead turned to food.

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She realises her mistake

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Sally tries to break them up

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Beth's dodgy dealings actually come good

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Beth steals Eccles as part of a plot

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Yet another jackpot for the pair

Whilst walking the dogs, Kirk helps a woman who is having trouble controlling her dog. She's so impressed that she hires him as a dog trainer, but Tyrone convinces him to lie to Beth and pretend she's in her sixties. Yeah, because that's going to work out great...

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Jenny reveals her secret tragedy

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She takes Johnny on a trip down memory lane

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Angie is NOT happy when she discovers Jude's lies

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Angie pours her heart out to Adam

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Simon's sussed it

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Simon finds out about the cottage

Simon confronts Toyah about the cottage in Lymm, which she lies about and says it was a surprise for Peter.

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Eva goes into labour

Poor Eva locks herself in the bathroom without her phone and goes into labour prematurely.

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Toyah gets there in the nick of time

Thankfully, Toyah heads over to the cottage and hears Eva's screams coming from the bathroom. She manages to break into the bathroom and call 999.

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Toyah helps Eva give birth

Toyah is coached on the phone through the birth and Eva gives birth in the bathroom before baking taken to hospital. Eva remembers that the surrogate is supposedly in Dubai, and that they'll have to come up with another plan.

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Eva tries to avoid holding the baby

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Eva looks at her baby with love

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She bonds with her little girl

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Simon is jealous of the baby

Eva hides in another room whilst Toyah video chats Peter and shows him their baby. They decide to call her Susie and Peter announces the news to punters in the Rovers. Toyah promises Eva that she will always look after her. But Simon is not happy about his new "sibling."

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Peter is overjoyed

Toyah arrives back in Weatherfield with the baby, and Peter is instantly smitten with the little girl. Simon, however, is unimpressed and tells Leanne that he thinks Toyah is having an affair, telling her about the cottage she was renting.

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Toyah bumps into Aidan

Toyah's lies catch up with her, and when she bumps into Aidan whilst taking a stroll with Peter, she's visibly shaken.

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Aidan notices Toyah's strange behaviour

Toyah's odd reaction to Aidan meeting baby Susie does not go unnoticed by Aidan, who notes Toyah's awkwardness.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, she confessed: "I had problems with alcohol and it was when I took alcohol out of my life six years ago that I started to replace alcohol with food.

"I wasn't aware I was doing it at the time, it was a slow burn.

"What was happening was I was replacing alcohol addiction with food addiction and realised that because I was eating in a destructive way, it wasn't healthy."

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Denise: left in 2012, right in 2014 ©REX/Shutterstock

But it was her engagement to her 45-year-old publicist Lincoln Towney that spurred her onto do something about her problems, and she joined Lighterlife, a weight loss company who she is now an ambassador for.

Denise revealed that it was the therapy that helped her though her food addictions, and she was able to lose a whopping two stone whilst on the diet in 2015, but still maintains it today.

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Congrats, Denise!

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