Denise Welch of Loose Women has had a crazy week, from a death hoax to performing in a musical based on Princess Diana’s life.
The 65-year-old, who had to deny her death this week, appeared on the ITV daytime programme on December 4 after her one-night-only performance as Queen Elizabeth in Diana: The Musical.
The musical premiered on Broadway, but it quickly became a viral success within the LGBTQ+ community, so it was brought over for a particularly special performance.
According to the mother of 1975’s Matty Healy, the Eventim Apollo crowd was quite loud about their emotions towards various royal personalities, particularly King Charles.
Denise revealed on Loose Women, “We had no idea how this would be received.” So I’m a little disoriented and overwhelmed today since we had 3,500 people on their feet.
‘They were hissing and booing for Charles and Diana. The moment I announced “Alright Diana you are to be divorced” – huge massive rapturous applause.’
The musical focuses on Diana’s post-divorce life, with Kerry Ellis as the Princess of Wales and Maiya Quansah-Breed portraying her younger self.
Alice Fearn played Camilla Parker Bowles, Andy Coxon played then-Prince Charles, and Jay Perry played James Hewitt.
Denise recounted her experience, explaining that she had been suffering from impostor syndrome alongside the musical theatre stars in the run-up to the event.
Despite having to explain that she was alive and well, the death hoax that had begun on X (Twitter) was a source of amusement for the diva amid her stage nervousness.
Her transformation into The Queen had caused a stir as Denise laughed: ‘Even my husband and my son [were shocked], Louis apparently said, “Oh my god, is that mum?”
‘They knew I was playing the Queen so who else it would be I don’t know.’
Denise continued: ‘3,500 people on their feet, it was like being at one of my son’s rock concerts.’
Her stint as a West End star couldn’t be worse than the moment she relayed to The Guardian in a recent interview.
Denise told the truth about her most humiliating moment when questioned about it.
‘Shitting myself in New York last November,’ she replied, simply. ‘I was wearing cream trousers.
‘I saw a couple of people turn and look at me. Now, although I’m not famous in New York, whenever Matty’s there I do get recognised as his mum, so I’m smiling and waving at them.
‘I went back to the hotel room and bent over to get something out of the suitcase, and my husband said: “Do you realise you’ve shat yourself?”‘
Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.
Source My Celebrity Life.