Denise Welch tells of anguish of mum’s death in emotional confession

Denise Welch opened up on one of her "biggest regrets" in life, seven years on from the death of her mother.

Her mother Ann passed away in 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

Speaking on Loose Women on Tuesday, it was the panellist's turn to take the hot seat and reveal all on her life before the show.

Denise revealed she was close with her mother, who would often come and watch her on Loose Women from her dressing room.

She even confessed Ann wasn't so keen on her daughter being such a hit on ITV soap Coronation Street , because it made it unbelievable.

Speaking to her co-stars she opened up on her mother's passing, which happened around the time the actress gave up drinking following a long battle with addiction.

Denise revealed that while her mum got to see her on the path of recovery, she never got to see her daughter remain sober and lead the very different life she is leading now.

She explained: "I miss her very much and I think one of my big regrets in life, if I have one, is that she knew I'd stopped drinking three weeks before she died, but I'd love for her to see the life I have now because I was in a dark place then."

Denise has often spoken out about her battles with addiction, which she and her husband Lincoln Townley tackled together when they both went sober for good.

She has also battled depression throughout her life, another subject she is honest about – with her admitting her mother could always tell when she wasn't well.

Speaking of their bond, she went on: "My mum was my rock and she died seven years ago. She was a great loss, she used to come down to the show."

Revealing how her mother would always be in her dressing room waiting for her after Loose Women, Denise admitted she'd always run upstairs after each show to see her thoughts on what she'd discussed on-air that day – with her often telling her: "I'm going to kill you."

Denise went on to add that while she still battles severe episodes of depression, she now knows how to live with the condition and how to get through the episodes much more than she did before.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.

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