Natalie Cassidy is set to put her tumultuous private life to good use after signing up to become a Loose Women panellist.
The former EastEnders star will join the opinionated team on Friday after impressing bosses with her previous appearances on the show.
Her hiring comes after Janet Street Porter and Jane McDonald were forced off the panel after coming down with shingles. Natalie's Celebrity Big Brother co-star Denise Welch is also currently absent while gearing up to star in a national tour of Steel Magnolias.
The actress-turned-reality TV regular has plenty of experience to draw from when discussing hot topics with her fellow anchors - she's admitted to downing laxatives to lose weight and recently reunited with Adam Cottrell, who was convicted of assaulting the star during a bust-up last year.
After revealing she had taken her ex back, Natalie blamed his behaviour on drink.
She told The People newspaper: "I now realise everything that happened between Adam and myself was down to alcohol. Adam wanting a drink, Adam having a drink, Adam feeling guilty about having a drink."
The couple have a daughter together, Eliza, and she was part of the reason why Natalie decided to take back Adam, who has been sober for two months.
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