Coleen Nolan reveals that Jimmy Savile asked her back to his hotel when she was just 14
Blackpool's Coleen Nolan said paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile asked her back to his hotel room following an appearance on Top Of The Pops when she was 14.
Loose Woman star Nolan, 56, said she was not surprised when it emerged Savile was a prolific sex offender.
During an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, the singer said at the time she thought of Savile, who was only exposed after his death in 2011, as a “dirty old man”.
After watching clips of herself on Top Of The Pops with host Savile, she said: “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.”
Nolan, who performed with her sisters as part of Irish girl group The Nolans, added: “He said he had a suite in a hotel and I should go up and see it and he’d look after me.”
She told Morgan that Savile, who died aged 84, knew she was 14 at the time.
Nolan said: “Well 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. I’ve got four sisters on the stage that would have beaten the crap out of him.”
During the interview, Nolan also discussed her sisters’ cancer battles. Both Linda, 62, and Anne, 70, have undergone treatment for the disease while their other sister, Bernie, died of breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 52.
Nolan told Morgan: “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.”
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs tonight (Thursday) at 9pm on ITV.
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