I'm A Celeb's Shane Richie backed by ex-wife Coleen Nolan – 21 years after he broke her heart by having an affair

I'M A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!'s Shane Richie has been backed by his ex-wife Coleen Nolan – who has thrown her support behind the star 21 years after he broke her heart.

The former couple married in 1990 but split nine years later after the 56-year-old actor had an affair.

But it appears to be water under the bridge for 55-year-old Coleen, who heaped praise on her "hilarious" former husband this evening.

Taking to her Instagram page after the show's launch, the TV favourite shared a photo of the full I'm A Celeb line-up.

She captioned the post: "Loving @imacelebrity so much already.. especially with @beverleycallard @vicderbyshire and of course @theshanerichie who’s bloody hilarious already!"

Although the pair are now on good terms, Coleen previously opened up about the devastating impact Shane's infidelity had on her on Loose Women.

She said at the time: "It’s humiliating, for a long time even when I did find out I wanted to try and fight for it.

"People thought I deserved everything I got.

"It’s when people know and your close friends know. You dread it coming out and it’s the moment that everyone knows. I’d go out supermarket shopping and everyone was so lovely.

"But I’d be like, ‘Don’t hug me else I’ll cry’… It's been 20 years since me and Shane split up.

"I feel sorry for him because every time people say she was married to Shane Richie, 'who cheated on her'…

"It's like OK move on, we've moved on."

The pair had two children together, 28-year-old Jake and 31-year-old Shane Jnr.

The Sun recently revealed that Shane Jnr, who changed his surname to Nolan in 2017 when his mum competed on Celebrity Big Brother, was planning on changing it back to Richie in support of his dad's reality TV stint.

I'm A Celeb fans were thrilled with the return of the ITV reality show this evening, with Shane and nine other stars making their way into the new Welsh camp for the first time tonight.

However, some celebrities had a worse start to castle life than others as the public voted for Jordan North and Shane to take on a terrifying Bushtucker Trial tomorrow night.

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