Linda Nolan admits she 'deeply regrets' putting career before starting a family as she applies to become a foster mother
17:36 GMT, 24 October 2012
She found fame as a popstar with her sisters in The Nolans and has played the coveted part of Mrs Johnstone in the hit musical Blood Brothers, but the success meant there was one role Linda Nolan missed out on playing – becoming a mother.
The 53-year-old has admitted she now 'deeply regrets' putting her career before having a family.
'I never had children of my own. It was my own fault. I put my career first and, in the end, it was too late. That's something I deeply regret,' she told The Lancashire and North West magazine.
Regrets: Linda Nolan has admitted she wishes she hadn't put off motherhood
But the singer now hopes to make up for lost time by becoming a foster mother. She is currently making plans which she hopes will lead to her becoming a carer for children in need of a safe and caring home.
She said: 'I hope I will be given the chance
to show some children that people can love you and that you can feel
safe and happy with the adults who look after you.
'All children should feel that – I certainly did – but sadly, it's not the case for some.'
The singer played a mother in Blood Brothers: But it's a role she's never fulfilled in reality… until now, as she hopes to become a foster mother
Linda told how she also does charity work for The Samaritans after seeking help from them when she suffered family bereavement while she was also tackling breast cancer.
Her husband Brian, who was also her manager, died in 2007 and her mum passed away just months later.
Linda said: 'I felt very, very low. I got help in various ways. One was The Samaritans and I do charity work for them now as well as for cancer charities. I'm lucky that I can give something back because of my showbusiness life.'
Reunited: The Nolan sisters have announced a farewell tour next year
Linda was delighted to be given the all-clear from cancer five years ago after gruelling chemotherapy treatments and surgery.
Now she is looking to the future and as well as hoping to become a foster mother, she also reuniting with sisters Coleen, Maureen and Bernie for a farewell tour for next