Coleen Nolan recalls Jimmy Savile wanting to ‘look after her’ in his room when she was 14
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Coleen Nolan, 56, recalls infamous paedophile Jimmy Savile, asking her back to his hotel room after an appearance on Top of the Pops in December 1979 when she was just 14-years-old. The shamed TV personality used to present the music show back in the day, and Coleen admits she wasn’t surprised when the vile truth about his shocking behaviour behind closed doors emerged.
I was 14 there and that same night, he asked me to go to his hotel
Savile was exposed as one of the UK’s most prolific sexual predators who used his position of fame to abuse hundred of people throughout he course of his career.
His horrific crimes, however, only came to light after his death at the age of 84, back in 2011.
In Coleen’s interview with Piers Morgan on Life Stories tonight, she reveals how he promised to “look after” her in private following her show.
As clips of her on Top of the Pops played, the singer tells the former Good Morning Britain host: “You know when it came out about Jimmy Savile, I wasn’t in any way shocked thinking about it.
“I was 14 there and that same night, he asked me to go to his hotel.”
She continued: “He said he had a suite in a hotel and I should go up and see it and he’d look after me,” before confirming that Savile wasn’t aware of her age at the time of his invitation.
“At the time I just thought, you dirty old man. As if I’m going to go up there, I wouldn’t do it anyway,” she scoffed, according to The Mirror.
“I’ve got four sisters on the stage that would have beaten the c**p out of him.”
The band The Nolans, was made up of five of the Irish teens – Linda, Anne, Coleen, Maureen and Bernie – with Coleen the youngest of the eight siblings, formally joining the family group in 1980, the year she turned 15.
The Nolan sisters made headlines last years after Linda and Anne announced they were both diagnosed with different forms of cancer just days apart, shortly after they returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising in March.
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Linda announced she has with cancer of the liver and Anne suffering with breast cancer, the latter of which their sister Bernie, tragically passed away from in 2013 at the age of 52.
Coleen told Piers: “Bernie would not accept any other scenario except she’s going to live.
“Whatever they said, she was going to live. And I guess she convinced us of that as well. I’ll never, ever forget her.
“And we talk about her as if she’s still here and it still does feel like she’s a massive part of our family because whatever we do, Bernie is mentioned.
“Sometimes sadly because everything we do we say, Bernie would love this. She was just so full of life and it was, it was… hard.”
The Loose Women star also revealed she “seriously considering” having a double mastectomy following her sibling’s diagnosis, as a hereditary gene in the family means there is an ‘incredibly high’ chance she could develop cancer as well.
“I’ve said, ‘Look what are my chances of this’ and he [the Dr] said, ‘incredibly high’ and although we don’t carry the gene – the known gene BRCA1 and BRCA2 – he said it will be gene related somewhere, it will just be a gene we haven’t found.”
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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