Why are Coleen Nolan and Ray Fensome divorcing, when did they wed and was she married to Shane Richie? | The Sun

COLEEN Nolan has been open about her love life throughout her career including her marriage to Ray Fensome.

But why did the singer decide to split from her man and when did they tie the knot?

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Coleen Nolan is now dating a man ten years her junior

Who is Coleen Nolan dating?

Coleen is thought to be single but recently split from her boyfriend Michael who she started dating in January 2021.

The 56-year-old went public with the romance last year after meeting her new man on a dating app – but has kept his identity secret.

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."

How did Coleen Nolan meet her ex-boyfriend?

Coleen met Michael on a dating app and the pair had almost a decade between them.

"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 she worried the age gap may become an issue.

"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.

The couple also found being apart during lockdown was difficult.

When did Coleen Nolan and Ray Fensome split?

On February 6, 2018 Coleen Nolan announced she was divorcing her husband Ray.

The Loose Women star confirmed that her marriage of ten years was over after deciding to end the relationship after "fighting with every fibre of her being" to make it work.

She wrote in the Daily Mirror: "Me and my husband Ray are divorcing."

The Nolans star added: "There is too much dividing me and Ray.

"We can’t go back. And my future is going to be very different to the one I’d imagined back then."

The singer – admitted she believed she would “grow old” with the 60-year-old guitarist.

Coleen has spoken openly about the problems she has suffered in her marriage, and has finally decided to call time in an attempt to be happy again.

She said: "I deserve to be happy. Everyone does. And once you know your marriage is truly dead you need to make your peace with that, bury the past and move on.

"After 17 years together that’s what I’m about to do."

How long were Coleen Nolan and Ray Fensome married?

Coleen and Ray got engaged on her 40th birthday in 2005 after a long romance.

They went on to marry in 2007.

The couple have a daughter, Ciara, who was born on June 19, 2001.

However the couple divorced in 2018.

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Coleen was married to Shane RichieCredit: Rex Features

When was she married to Shane Richie?

Coleen married EastEnders star Shane Richie in 1990, and they have two sons, Shane Nolan (born 2 December 1988) and Jake Roche (born 16 September 1992).

The TV stars ended their marriage in 1999 over claims Shane had cheated on Coleen.

Yet in a no-holds barred interview Shane, 54, confessed his fondness for a tipple had played a part.

He said to Daily Mail's Event Magazine: "I lost my first wife through my drinking. A bottle of Jack [Daniel’s] and I was off.

"By 1996 my ego had taken over. I was getting a police escort to nightclubs. I’d be thinking, I’m 30, I’ve got bad skin but all these girls are screaming for me outside."

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