Loose Women’s Linda Robson says ‘I don’t need a man’ amid split from husband of 33 years

Loose Women's Linda Robson said she 'doesn't need a partner' to love her – adding she wants ‘affection not an erection’.

The 65 year old actress – who earlier this month appeared to confirm her split from husband of 33 years Mark Dunford – received a raucous round of applause from the studio audience as she made the comments during a panel discussion on Wednesday’s show, 13 September, entitled ‘When is the right time to find love again?'

Linda, who rose to fame on hit TV comedy Birds of a Feather, was first quizzed by show anchor Jane Moore on her relationship with Tony Tyler – who she was with for eleven years and is father to her daughter Lauren.

Linda said: “It took me a long time to get over that because that was my first love.”

And then she added: “But I feel like I don’t really need a partner to love me. I’ve got my children, my grandchildren, my sisters, my friends. I'm looking for affection not an erection.”

The comments sparked laughter and clapping from the audience. Her fellow panellists – including Brenda Edwards – were left open-mouthed by the remarks.

Rumours have swirled for months about Linda's marriage to Mark apparently being in 'crisis' and her comments on Loose Women last week seemed to confirm the couple had gone their separate ways.

During a chat with her fellow panellists, Linda said: "I’ve had two loves of my life and now my grandchildren are the love of my life and my children. So no, I'm not looking for anyone."

Brenda Edwards then prompted: "You’re not looking, you’re not actively looking…" Linda cut in: “No, I can’t be f**** any more."

Show anchor Jane then had to apologise for Linda's language. Linda went on to explain: "So my grandchildren are the loves of my life.

"I had them for 24 hours and I was knackered by the time they went home. So now I'm happy with my grandchildren and my children.”

That came after Linda previously confessed to having "hiccups" in her marriage in May – however, at the time, she rubbished rumours that she and Mark had split.

She had said on the show: "That’s a load of rubbish. We’re still living together. We both love our kids more than anything else in the world, obviously you have a few hiccups in every marriage.

"We’ve been married 33 years so it’s not going to be all plain sailing, but we’re still together at the moment."

Linda has been open about her marriage and personal life on Loose Women before, as in June she revealed that she and Mark hadn't had sex in two years.

She said: “Can I just say I've been celibate for two years?"

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