Denise Welch says she’s ‘backed off’ from Piers Morgan row to ‘look after herself’ amid depression battle

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Denise Welch has admitted she has “backed off” from her row with Piers Morgan to “look after herself and her family”.

The 62 year old Loose Women star, who recently announced she is joining the Hollyoaks cast, fell out with 55 year old Piers over their differing views on the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the row, she told OK!: “I’ve had enough of it. I’ve said my piece and I tried to do what I could for the mental health of the people that follow me.

“Now I’m just keeping my head down and looking after myself and my family.”

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Denise and Good Morning Britain star Piers’ row sparked after Denise appeared on This Morning to discuss the ongoing pandemic.

Speaking via video link she said: “I'm not saying this is over. I'm not saying how horrendous this virus is and was.

“But at the moment we have a one in two million chance of dying of Covid and I have a one in three chance of getting cancer. So can the government please tell us the proper statistics?”

She then made a dig at Piers as she said: “I'm a T-list celebrity according to megastar Piers Morgan.”

Following her TV appearance, the fallout spilled onto Twitter as Piers called Denise “dumb and deluded” and a “D-list celebrity”.

The spat caused Denise to tearfully announce her decision to take a break from social media.

Denise explained: “I’m going to be stepping back from here as it’s taking its toll. I will try and do my bit to balance the terror campaign and thank you for all your support.”

Loose Women star Denise has since opened up on her row with Piers and how her battle with depression means she will be taking medication until the day she dies…

You’re filming Loose Women from home some days – how’s that going?

The bit you see behind me is tidy, but if I was to move the camera slightly to the left, then it would be piled up dishes because my dishwasher broke just before lockdown. Often I’ll have one of my husband’s paintings in the background because I can’t be bothered to clean the kitchen. It’s lovely being back.

You got upset on the show when talking about your son Louis moving to London. How are you feeling?

It’s ridiculous because I’m in London every week. Louis said, “Mum, it’s not like you’re not going to see me.” But I’m like, “I know, it’s just like the end of an era.” It was tough going into his room and seeing it empty, but I was able to retrieve some of the cups he’s been building up over the years. He’s settling in fine in London.

And how’s Matt?

Matthew is working on a solo project. I’ve got two boys in the entertainment industry. It’s a nightmare but I’m proud of them both. I’m very lucky that my boys have both got good heads on their shoulders.

How are you feeling about your public spat with Piers Morgan?

I’ve just backed off now. I’ve had enough of it. I’ve said my piece and I tried to do what I could for the mental health of the people that follow me. Now I’m just keeping my head down and looking after myself and my family.

Why did you decide to come off Twitter?

For personal reasons and I’m not commenting on the state of the nation any more. I did what I could to allay the fearmongering.

You looked great in your swimsuit photo…

I always do a swimsuit picture. Not because I’m going, “Oh, look at me.” If I wear a swimsuit and it gives another woman with all her bumps and cellulite the confidence to put her costume on, that’s great. I will be posting pictures in bathing costumes until I’m 97.

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What’s your exercise regime?

I’m not one for jumping around, so I try to walk as much as possible. I’ve had lots of addictions in my past and the one thing I’ve tried to get addicted to is exercise and I can’t.

Andrea McLean revealed she’d gone through a nervous breakdown…

I hope I was a support to her. We’ve always been close – I’ve always known about Andrea’s condition.

Do you take medication for depression?

I take an antidepressant and a hormone replacement tablet every day. Until they steal them from my clenched fist, I’ll take them until the day I pop my clogs.

Tell us about your involvement with Mental Health First Aid England…

They’re training people to be able to help people in the right way and I’m impressed there’s such a thing. The training is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid.

Watch Denise discuss her mental health struggles as part of Mental Health First Aid England’s My Whole Self campaign, and learn why being more open and supportive of one another’s health in the workplace is better for wellbeing and business: youtube.com/MentalHealthFirstAidEngland

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