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Monday 20 August 2018

My friendship with Twink is over forever, says Linda

FORMER Eurovision winner Linda Martin has confirmed to the Herald that her friendship with Twink is over forever.

In an interview today, Linda tells how she will never be able to forget or forgive being left distraught after overhearing Twink making hurtful remarks about her, imitating her northern accent and calling her "a word beginning with C" while the pair toured with Menopause: The Musical earlier this year.

Four months on from the spat, Linda insists: "I've truly nothing to hide. I'm over it. Of course I am. Certainly on a professional level I'm over it. I didn't get over it overnight and I don't think I'll be able to forget it because the hurt was tremendous.

"My opinion of her hasn't changed. The friendship is over".

Linda explains: "I don't know what I did wrong. I just knew from very early on in the tour that there was a little rumble happening. I knew that but I tend to walk away.

"On the last weekend we were in Castlebar, and right beside it is an exquisite hotel called the Harlequin. At 1am I went up to my hotel room.

"I walked in and opened the window and I could hear voices and I thought to myself "oh that's the girls, they must be next door.

"All of a sudden I could hear: 'that Linda Martin conspires ... ' and suddenly I went from being Linda Martin to a word that begins with C.

"She hated my voice. She's always hated my voice. She was doing the northern accent. She said I wasn't fit to be on that tour. It went on. She said I had deep-rooted emotional problems, which I hadn't."

The 58-year-old admitted she was reduced to tears.

The following evening, Linda faced her co-stars in the dressing room.

She recalled: "I said to them: 'did you have a nice night last night?' and they said it was alright and I said to them that I'd had a very interesting night.

"I said: 'I was in the room next to you guys. My window was open, so was yours and I heard every single thing you've said about me'."

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