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Monday 20 November 2017

Anna Nolan: I watched Twink ranting on TV and thought, this woman is not at all well

People like her or they loathe her – but I didn’t like seeing our answer to Sharon Osbourne looking fragile and beaten

THERE'S something about Twink that divides public opinion. Some admire her strength of character, her never-say-die attitude. Others say she is tough to work with, self-obsorbed.

Either way, it's becoming increasingly obvious that she is going through a very public and very dramatic life change right now, to put it politely.

I watched her ranting on the Late Late Show the other night. She looked tired, plumper than the woman we watched through our fingers modelling lingerie two years ago -- and I thought to myself, this woman is not well.



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Each word was said through a grimace. As she took a slug of water, gripping the glass with a white-knuckled hand, it looked as if she was about to pass out with the tension.

We all know she has been in hospital but there seemed to be more to this interview.

She spoke about how she felt the media was out to get her, that they were out to break her. She feels beaten to a pulp, she says, 'fragile'.

But why talk about it now? How is this supposed to help?

Whatever you think about Twink, when you meet her in real life, Adele King is nothing less than charming, funny and engaging.

Sure, she's old-school entertainment. She is also a loving mother who has given her life in equal measure to her family and to the public. She is our Osbournes, all rolled up into one fighting machine of a woman.

Yet throughout the raving interview on Friday, there were gems. And this is the wonder of Twink. She has lived her life for all to see and for all to judge, but perhaps for the first time she is not in control. The last time I noticed such a dramatic change in Twink was a couple of years ago when her weight dropped drastically. It made her look gaunt. But in this silly world we live in she was applauded and was asked to appear on the Late Late to model underwear.

Recently there has been talk of her losing her house -- which can only be incredibly stressful.



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There are stories now of tensions between herself and Linda Martin, her co-star from the stage show Menopause: The Musical. She has also lost her good friend Gerry Ryan and was hospitalised for asthma. For all these reasons, the interview on Friday was intriguing -- because we weren't quite sure what the agenda was.

Twink is lonely, she told us. She is on her own in a big house she used to share with her husband and her two children.

Does that give her the right to get 12 minutes of prime time television? I think it does.

I was at two functions this weekend and the main topic of conversation was Twink.

As I've said, people were divided in their opinions about the woman. But throughout all the debate, we all spoke about the broaders issues of financial pressures, children leaving home, separation, weight loss, and celebrity funerals.

We spoke about these things that are important to us because Twink bared her soul, yet again, showing us a frightened, sensitive, rambling, insecure side.

Like her or loathe her, Twink is one of a kind.

I think in a subconscious place, by going on air with an evidently uncomfortable Tubridy, Twink needed to know that she is still a star. That if she were to stop, the country would care. Simply put, this is a woman desperately needing to be loved.

And that's okay.

Celebrity airport meltdowns are no surprise to me

What is it about airports that causes people to suffer total meltdown?

Both Courtney Love, above, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, below, lost their rag at airports recently. Love, the lead singer of rock band Hole, caused mayhem as she unpacked and re-packed a bag before boarding a flight -- shrieking all the while about some item of clothing or other.

Maybe it was one of those ridiculous contraptions telling her that her carry-on luggage was the wrong shape that sent her bananas.

Rhys Meyers, on the other hand, seemingly became disruptive when about to get on a plane in JFK and was promptly refused permission to board.

But for all this, airport rage is understandable. Time is predominantly spent in infuriating queues followed by hours in a confined space with nowhere to go except up in the air in a cramped metal tube with wings.

Add excess luggage and a stupid contraption to see if it's the right shape and weight, numerous delays, bad food, too much drink and hey presto -- hello crazy airport situation.

I can't wait for the new Dublin Airport -- here's hoping it makes flying out a joy for you, me, Jonathan and Courtney.

Why can't our TDs be as sexy as other politicians?

WITH the Miliband brothers going for leadership of Labour in Britain, there's a look taking over British politics. Both are attractive and I wonder if it's a deliberate strategy. Cameron and Clegg have cute schoolboy images and, globally, many leaders are handsome.

Sarkozy is the thinking woman's crumpet. Obama could be straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster. Even Putin baring his torso, inset, rifle in hand, set a few pulses racing.

People were angry about the Dail gym receiving extra funding. How about they close the Dail bar for a year and TDs pump weights instead? I don't fancy any Putin-style pics of our Taoiseach, but a healthy-looking Cabinet wouldn't do the country's mindset any harm at all.

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