Emotional moment Loose Women stars share their domestic abuse experiences

The ITV show's stars have launched a domestic abuse awareness campaign and shared some of their own shocking stories.

Loose Women's stars have launched a domestic abuse awareness campaign. (Yolanda Y. Liou / ITV)
Loose Women's stars have launched a domestic abuse awareness campaign. (Yolanda Y. Liou / ITV)

What did you miss?

Loose Women's stars have supported each other as they shared shocking stories of domestic abuse, with Kelle Bryan, Olivia Attwood-Dack and Janet Street-Porter among those opening up on their past relationships.

The ITV show has launched a new domestic abuse awareness campaign, Facing It Together, and in Tuesday's show they talked about their own experiences.

Some of the show's stars spoke about abuse they had not shared before as they advised viewers on how to help family or friends going through the same thing.

What, how, and why?

London, UK. 09th May, 2023. London, UK. May 9th, 2023. Kelle Bryan arriving at the photocall for the launch of ITVX upcoming comedy season, London. Credit: Doug Peters/Alamy Live News
Kelle Bryan spoke about her experiences with an ex partner. (Alamy Live News)

Kelle Bryan got support from her Loose Women castmates during a tough discussion about her experiences of domestic abuse in Tuesday's show.

The panellists had taken part in a photoshoot to raise awareness for their new campaign and singer and actor Bryan explained why she had held her own wrist in her photo.

She said: "My wrists were something he would use on a regular basis to restrain me in different ways."

Bryan was unable to speak for a moment as she became emotional and Brenda Edwards held her hand as she continued: "It was a way of them feeling that they have control over you. But equally it’s a way they can say that they didn’t hit you."

She also added: "There's still debt that I'm paying on his behalf now, because I signed things on his behalf, I'd given him a card because he'd lost his job… and yes, it was physical as well as financial."

Meanwhile, former Love Island star Olivia Attwood-Dack shared: "It would probably surprise a lot of people because I've never spoken about it publicly, but in some of my past relationships I have suffered domestic abuse and I think by being transparent it might help someone else in a similar situation.

"When I look back over past relationships, there have been issues that have shown themselves in different forms, from coercive control to intimidation. For a lot of people, it would be hard to imagine me editing myself because I felt like I was annoying or I was too much.

"I very quickly became conditioned that the things I was experiencing were normal, or my fault...They’ll always find a way for you to doubt yourself and they almost become artistic in placing those seeds of doubt and you start to believe it. If you hear something enough it becomes the truth."

Olivia Attwood-Dack opened up on her own story. (WireImage)
Olivia Attwood-Dack opened up on her own story. (WireImage)

Janet Street-Porter, who has spoken out about an abusive relationship before, shared the shocking story: "I met a guy at a party, and my friends took an instant dislike to him… I experienced controlling behaviour, terrible moods and tantrums."

She added: "He was in my house and the police had to be called on numerous occasions - he would threaten to smash the house up. He made me have sex against my will. He just was a very, very controlling person, and with a terrible, terrible temper, and to this day, I can't go to the postcode in London where his family lives."

Sophie Morgan opened up on the terrifying abuse she had suffered, saying: "During some relationships, I would have my wheelchair taken away from me when we had a row, or they would put things out of reach or I’d get left places which as I can’t walk, I can’t tell you what that feels like to have your control taken away from you."

What else has been happening on Loose Women?

Denise Welch opened up about her Celebrity Big Brother experience. (ITV screenshot)
Denise Welch opened up about her Celebrity Big Brother experience. (ITV screenshot)

On Celebrity Big Brother's comeback day on Monday, former contestant Denise Welch told the panel that despite winning the reality series in 2012 she feared her acting career would never recover.

She told the Loose Women panel: "I made the mistake, not drunk, they didn't give you enough drink for me to get drunk. It was like an aperitif in there. But I was dared when we were in the hot tub one night, because I was known for flashing my bra and flashing my boobs as a sort of funny thing. And I ran around the garden topless. But because I was 52 I was treated like Osama Bin Laden when I came out of there."

She went on: "And also somebody that I trusted was selling stories, so I felt I had a really rough deal. So to some degree, certainly from an acting point of view, it was very, very, very hard for me to come back from those things, because I seemed to have this target on my back. And other people, who are still on television, were living a far racier life and yet they seemed to be like Teflon."

Loose Women airs on ITV at 12.30pm on weekdays.

Read more: Domestic abuse