Welch: I'm no cougar

Denise Welch likes to joke about the 15-year age gap with her new boyfriend.

Denise Welch likes to joke about the 15-year age gap with her new boyfriend.

The 54-year-old presenter - who split with husband of 24 years Tim Healy before Christmas and struck up a relationship with 39-year-old Lincoln Townley - admits she is very excited to have a younger boyfriend, but did not go out searching for him.

She said: "I couldn't have anybody who loves me more. He loves me so much. I love having a guy who I really fancy who is gorgeous.

"But it wouldn't matter what age he was - people think we're the 'Loose Women' cougars but none of us have set out to get younger men - they have come to us!

"We can't shake 'em off! We laugh about the age difference. He says, 'I will come home and visit you in your Shady Pines rest home!' "

Denise claims Lincoln has never made her feel insecure and she is delighted with how their relationship works.

She added: "Lincoln does nothing to make me feel insecure that I'm older. Nothing. So that's why I'm not insecure. Completely on the contrary, actually."

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