Coleen Nolan’s new boyfriend Michael has great friendship with her ex-husband

Loose Women star Coleen Nolan and her boyfriend Michael Jones have opened up about being part of a blended family, including Michael’s relationship with her ex-husband Ray Fensome.

In their first exclusive interview and shoot with OK!, Coleen, 56, and her new man Michael, 57, spoke extensively about their relationship for the first time.

The new couple also went on to explain how important it is that they both get along with Coleen’s ex Ray, who she split from in 2018.

Speaking about meeting Ray, Michael, who met mum-of-three Coleen on Tinder, explained: “We get on well. We spent Christmas Day together.”

But it seems this is just the beginning of Michael and Ray’s budding friendship, as Michael went on to explain that the duo are already planning days out for them to enjoy.

Michael, who works in logistics for a big supermarket chain, said: “I think we’re going to a rugby match together next month!”

Coleen and Michael also went on to reveal that Michael is yet to meet Coleen’s first husband Shane Ritchie, but that he’s “really happy” for the couple.

Elsewhere in the exclusive chat, Coleen – who’s mum to Shane Jr, 32, Jake, 28 (her sons with first husband Shane Ritchie) and Ciara, 20 – also spoke about when she and Michael met each other’s children for the first time.

The TV star said her children “terrorise” Michael all the time, but that “he loves it.” She also went on to describe Michael’s 20-year-old son Nico from a previous long-term relationship as “part of the family.”

Michael agreed, adding: “I met Ciara within a couple of weeks. I went for a BBQ. And then Jake and Shane. Everybody’s been fantastic.”

However, Coleen was the first to admit that there were some initial teething problems that they quickly overcame.

She confessed: “It was weird for my kids in the beginning, especially for Ciara. She’d only ever known me to be with her dad Ray, and that wasn’t a very tactile, romantic relationship.”

“Then I had three or four years on my own where it was just me and her. And then Michael came along and initially she wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. She wasn’t used to seeing a man hold my hand or give me a hug.”

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But the three quickly had a heart-to-heart where they discussed everything openly and honestly and it’s been smooth-sailing ever since.

Coleen recalled: “She sat us both down and got it all off her chest. She felt a bit left out.”

“She said, ‘Every time I see you it’s Michael this and Michael that!’ She was a bit jealous. She missed having time with her mum.”

Michael added: “We had a chat about it and made sure Coleen was spending time with Ciara and I was spending time with my son. But now everyone has gelled together really well.”

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