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Linda Robson shuts down Pauline Quirke rumours claiming she was a ‘big support’ when she was ill

Linda Robson has shut down rumours she’s fallen out with longtime pal Pauline Quirke.

The actress, 63, claimed that she still speaks to Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline, 62, and says her friend was a ‘great support’ to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD ‘meltdown’ in 2018.

Meanwhile, Linda also quashed reports of a rift between her and her Loose Women co-stars, with Linda defiantly remarking that the same questions of a feud wouldn’t be asked if it were a men’s show.

Nothing going on: Linda Robson has shut down rumours she’s fallen out with longtime pal Pauline Quirke

Last year, it was said that Linda and Pauline were no longer on speaking terms, with it alleged that matters became so heated at one point that childhood friends had to be separated by crew members during filming at Teddington Studios in West London. 

While it was said that they are not amicable after Pauline was involved in a tense face-off with fellow TV star Lesley Joseph, 76, outside TV studio toilets.

But addressing the supposed rift, Linda told The Mirror: ‘People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn’t see her during lockdown but I’ve seen her since. She just doesn’t want to act anymore. She’s had enough – it’s long hours.’

She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, ‘all the time’, joking that during lockdown, she would leave ‘funny things’ on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye.  

No drama: The actress, 63, claimed that she still speaks to Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline, 62, and says her friend was a 'great support' to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD 'meltdown' in 2018

No drama: The actress, 63, claimed that she still speaks to Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline, 62, and says her friend was a ‘great support’ to her when she battled drink problems and an OCD ‘meltdown’ in 2018

However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there’s no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need.   

She went on: ‘When I was ill, both Pauline and Lesley rang me, or a member of my family, every couple of days to see how I was. They were both a big support and really there for me.’

Linda added that Pauline has taken a step back from acting to concentrate on her drama academies, adding that the actress is ‘very hands on’ with the project.

Last year Linda said it was Pauline’s ‘choice’ not to appear in the one-off Bird of a Feather episode in 2020 and that the cast had ‘to respect’ her decision.

What feud; People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn't see her during lockdown but I've seen her since' (Linda and Pauline pictured in 1993)

What feud; People say Pauline and I have fallen out. Obviously I couldn’t see her during lockdown but I’ve seen her since’ (Linda and Pauline pictured in 1993) 

Close: She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, 'all the time', joking that during lockdown, she would leave 'funny things' on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye (pictured in 2015)

Close: She added that she still sees fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Lesly Joseph, 76, ‘all the time’, joking that during lockdown, she would leave ‘funny things’ on her doorstep such as urinary incontinence pads and hair dye (pictured in 2015)

Pauline’s character Sharon Theodopolopodous was written out of the episode as being ‘stuck on a Covid cruise’.

It was later announced that the long-running sitcom had been axed despite attracting an audience of 7.9 million for the Christmas special, with ITV deciding against ordering more episodes after Pauline decided not to take part in the special. 

Meanwhile, Linda addressed reports of an alleged fall out with her fellow Loose Women panelists.  

She fumed: ‘Just because it’s a women’s show people always ask “Do we get on?”. We do get on. They wouldn’t ask that of a man about a men’s show would they? We all meet up with each other all the time.’

Linda went on to say that Janet Street-Porter kindly rang her everyday when she was off from work, while she also visited pal Brenda Edwards in the wake of her son Jamal’s tragic death earlier this month. 

Support: However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there's no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need (pictured in 2012)

Support: However, despite not seeing much of Pauline recently, Linda insisted that there’s no bad blood, telling how both Pauline and Lesley were a huge support to her in her hours of need (pictured in 2012)

On how Brenda is coping, Linda told how she’s not sure that Brenda ‘knows what’s hit her yet’, insisting all her co-stars ‘love’ and are ‘there for her’.

Elsewhere during the chat, Linda told how she was now ‘absolutely fine’ following her 2018 when she suffered an OCD meltdown, with the star also having anxiety and self-medicating with alcohol. 

She told how she feels like her life is getting back to ‘normal, though she noted that she still likes to be very organised, having her work clothes ‘ready to go’ the night before and will always have her house ‘really clean and orderly’ before heading out. 

Back in July, Linda once again insisted she’s not at war with Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline, despite ongoing rumours of a cast feud.  

The star told Good Morning Britain presenters Kate Garraway and Adil Ray that there was no falling out between them ‘whatsoever.’ 

Hitting back: Meanwhile, Linda addressed reports of an alleged fall out with her fellow Loose Women panelists (pictured with co-star Nadia Sawalha)

Hitting back: Meanwhile, Linda addressed reports of an alleged fall out with her fellow Loose Women panelists (pictured with co-star Nadia Sawalha)

Not impressed: She fumed: 'Just because it's a women's show people always ask "Do we get on?". We do get on. They wouldn't ask that of a man about a men's show would they? We all meet up with each other all the time'

Not impressed: She fumed: ‘Just because it’s a women’s show people always ask “Do we get on?”. We do get on. They wouldn’t ask that of a man about a men’s show would they? We all meet up with each other all the time’

Offering an explanation for the series coming to an end, she said: ‘She just doesn’t want to act anymore, she wants to concentrate on her academies. You have to respect her wishes.’ 

Pauline declined to take part in the Christmas special of the ITV series, leaving just Linda and Lesley starring in it. In May, ITV announced that the series had been permanently axed.

Speaking about the Christmas special, Linda said: ‘They asked us whether we’d like to do it and we said we’re happy to. It was a very good Christmas special.’ 

Adil joked with the TV personality, asking she would go solo, to which Linda responded: ‘I’m not sure if I could do Birds of Feather on my own!’

Back in February, it was claimed Pauline  is no longer on amicable terms with Linda after she was involved in a tense face-off with fellow TV star Lesley Joseph outside TV studio toilets.  

'You have to respect her wishes': Back in July, Linda once again insisted she's not at war with Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline, despite ongoing rumours of a cast feud

‘You have to respect her wishes’: Back in July, Linda once again insisted she’s not at war with Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline, despite ongoing rumours of a cast feud

The Sun previously alleged the bust-up with Lesley could date back to 1997, when Pauline received a BAFTA nomination for her role in The Sculptress, and reportedly asked for a bigger salary for her Birds Of A Feather stint through her manager husband Steve Sheen.

The insider said: ‘Steve was not especially popular on set. He asked for more money, which he felt was valid after her Bafta nomination, so the women started to drift apart.

‘The sense now is that they will never repair their friendship. Linda does not believe they will ever speak again.’

Back in the day: Lesley, Linda and Pauline shot to fame in 1989 when Birds Of A Feather began on BBC1 (pictured 2015)

Back in the day: Lesley, Linda and Pauline shot to fame in 1989 when Birds Of A Feather began on BBC1 (pictured 2015)

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