Loose Women ‘s Coleen Nolan revealed on Tuesday’s show her co stars had signed her up on several dating apps.
Coleen, 55, was already on one dating app, but her search was cranked up by Ruth Langsford, Saira Khan, and Janet Street Porter, who was dishing out online dating advice.
She explained: “It’s really difficult, I put this picture on because I have put other pictures on where I’ve got full makeup on.
“But I thought, actually, they’d better know me from the start.
“But here’s my issue – how do I know it’s the real them?”
Ruth replied: “This is the issue isn’t it, I think that’s why so many people are put off.”
She showed a poll of their viewers, most of whom said they felt they were too old to try online dating.
“I don’t know why you are embarrassed,” Janet told Coleen, who has been divorced twice.
“Most of my friends met their partners online, that’s the modern way to do it.
“And since lockdown, people are even more nervous about meeting people, and it is the only way forward, you’ve just got to get your head around it Coleen.”
She added: “The option is be lonely and only see the dogs and the kids when they come round, or go out have a bit of fun and meet someone.
“You’re not looking for a bloke you’re to marry, you’re just looking for someone to have fun with.”
Coleen revealed she “melted into a pool of embarrassment” when a man she had been talking to on the app gave her his number and asked her to give him a ring.
“That’s a bit too much,” she said, adding that she threw her phone.
“When it comes to going on a date and I fancy someone i turn into a 12-year-old schoolgirl, I forget my own name,” she said.
“I’m rubbish, I am the biggest cowardly flirt you’ll ever meet.”
But, she added: “How do I know he isn’t a serial killer?”
She added that it was a worry if people know her from her singing fame or from Loose Women.
“I had a message yesterday that said, ‘I bet you’re in the mood for dancing, and I thought, ‘Oh for god’s sake,’ and deleted him,” she said.
* Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12:30pm