Celebrity Big Brother winner Denise Welch accused of 'cheating on husband Tim Healy with party planner'
After winning Celebrity Big Brother on Friday, Denise Welch is looking forward to spending time with her family.
But the actress's 23-year marriage is set to be rocked by new claims Welch has been having an eight month affair with a party planner.
The Sunday Mirror alleges the mother-of-two, 53, has been secretly seeing party organiser Lincoln Townley, 39, since last year.
Trouble Denise Welch, pictured last November in Manchester, has been accused of cheating on her husband Tim Healy
A friend of Townley told the newspaper that Welch met Townley at the Jet Black club in London last April after filming Loose Women and had even spent the night with her before she went into the Celebrity Big Brother house.
They added: 'They started seeing each other on a
casual basis. Lincoln said she was the same away from the cameras as
she was on TV. He saw the Loose Woman in her come out when they were
The friend added that Denise would stay at his home occasionally but they would mostly spend time in her hotel room near the Loose Women studios after the show had been filmed and then she would head home to Cheshire the following day.
'Lincoln said they have a great time
together, the age difference doesn’t matter. She is a party girl,
without doubt. He loves being with her because she’s such great fun. It was very casual and all about having fun. Lincoln enjoyed it because there was no emotional stress.'
Lincoln is even believed to have told friends that he was surprised that Denise never tried to hide their relationship and they were always seen together at bars and restaurants in central London.
Celebration: Denise threw her arms in in the air in jubilation after being declared the winner of Celebrity Big Brother on Friday night
Ever the exhibitionist: Denise couldn't resist one last flash of her ample assets as she left the house
But by the early autumn, the friend said their relationship started to get more serious and Denise began talking openly about her marriage problems and said she felt she was living a 'double life'.
News of the alleged affair comes two months after Healy, 59, was rushed to hospital for surgery on his blocked arteries.
At the time, Welch said: 'I didn’t need reminding how much I love Tim but something like this has made us both stop, think and re-evaluate everything.'
Fans of Welch will know the actress has been open about her previous affairs on Loose Women and in her autobiography.
In an interview last May, Welch said: 'There
is a perception that Tim is the long-suffering husband and I’m bad
Denise. It’s not true. We’ve both, by our own admission, strayed.
Wedding bells: Denise and Tim at their 1988 wedding at Haringey Registry Office
'But we have both chosen to remain together because it’s what we want. Marriage is tough…We’ve admitted our mistakes and have been together 22 years.
Lover: Carpenter Steve Murray, who Denise admitted to having an affair with – Healy found out after she left a message for him which was meant for Steve
'Tim’s not easy, I’m not easy but we understand each other, we have a lot of good times and we are a unit.'
In her 2010 autobiography, Welch admitted to an affair with a toyboy named Steve Murray, while her husband was away filming Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
She recalled her affair being found out by Healy when she accidentally left a message for Murray on her husband's answermachine.
She wrote in her book Pulling Myself Together: 'I called him back and left a message: “Hi, darling, it’s me. What a nightmare that we can’t get together, I will try to nip off if I can. Speak to you later. Thanks. Love you!”
'Then Tim phoned half an hour later: “Hi, darling!” I said. “I want a divorce. You have left a message for your boyfriend on my answer phone,” he replied.
'My insides turned over and I wanted to be sick. Instantly I realised my mistake: I had dialled Tim instead of Steve and left a message that ended with “Love you!” It was clearly for someone other than Tim, and clearly directed at a man.'
But the couple decided to put the affair behind them for the sake of their family.
She said: 'I think our marriage became stronger after that. It was a turning point in as much as we realised we had to make more time for each other.'