Now though she happily concedes that the boozy-tabloid-fodder phase is behind her."I'm enjoying life," says the 56-year-old, who was loved by audiences on Loose Women during her stint on the ITV show from 2005 'til last year.A few years ago, it seemed almost impossible to open a tabloid newspaper without being confronted by photos of Denise Welch looking a little sloshed or flashing her underwear.
"I feel so well in myself, much more positive and in control." This hasn't come about overnight, of course.
And Welch, whose battles with depression and addiction date way back (she confessed to snorting cocaine during filming breaks when she was on Coronation Street in the Nineties), knows these struggles can be a roller-coaster you often have to ride for life.
“[Kids] from middle America, to smaller towns in Australia, to all over the world — if they don’t quite understand why they don’t quite feel comfortable in a dress, but all their friends wear dresses, or if they’re a boy and they want to wear a dress or they want to wear a skirt, they’re gonna get picked on.
To be able to make this huge impact on what was really a huge transgender and gender-fluidity movement last year is really going to be for the greater good of society because it’s going to let people know they’re not different in a weird way; they’re different in a way that should be celebrated.” The last line in this quote was used in the article subheadline, emphasising how “different” these young people are from their peers.
At the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, he recently called for an online safety standard and collaboration among sites, making game worlds safer for kids. Then I’m going to talk about the need for the industry to actually set standards around what good safety is.
Because right now everyone is positioning themselves, alone, as…”I set a standard by doing X.
"Two and a bit years ago, I gave up alcohol completely," she begins.
"I followed Lincoln, who'd given up a couple of months before.
This piece followed an earlier article in which Katie Glover, editor of transgender magazine …to help make it plain for anyone to see which gender you are, you put on a uniform.