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TWINK'S TEARS 'I've even lost my hair over it' - Twink opens up about losing her home as work dries up


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Twink is on Lodging with Lucy

Twink is on Lodging with Lucy

Twink is on Lodging with Lucy

Showbiz legend Twink broke down in tears over losing her home - saying the stress of the legal battle has caused her hair to fall out.

The panto queen previously faced trouble with the banks over a mortgage on her mansion in Knocklyon in south Dublin, and at one stage put the property on the market before withdrawing it from sale.

But the 69-year-old pensioner tells presenter Lucy Kennedy on Virgin Media's Lodging with Lucy that the writing is finally on the wall for the Georgian pile.

Twink, who makes cakes in her spare time and sells them from under a canopy outside her house to make an extra few bob, admits the stress of losing her home got so bad that her hair fell out.

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Twink in the show

Twink in the show

Twink in the show

"I suppose it was the darkest hour really, I'm not going to go into it, I lost a huge amount of myself," she reveals. "I lost my hair, my hair fell out. It's only growing back.

"It's very difficult to talk about it. I get upset like this sitting in my house and think, 'God I've worked my ass off since I was six years of age to entertain people when there has been not only pandemics and economic downturns and 9/11 and catastrophes all over the world'.

"I just feel that now with the entertainment industry on death's door it's totally impossible to keep it now [the house], that's kind of heartbreaking after such a fight."

Twink also breaks down in tears when she talks about the last time she visited a dying Brendan Grace in hospital.

"I don't have the words to tell you how much I miss Brendan Grace.

"I really lost one of of my all time besties, I can't believe he's gone.

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Twink's house previously up for sale

Twink's house previously up for sale

Twink's house previously up for sale

"I said to Eileen , 'I'll never be able to thank you enough for letting me into the room when he had hours left'.

"We got back to Dublin and about a quarter to 12 and the strangest feeling came over me and I thought 'you're gone, Bren'."

The singer, who is divorced from oboe player David Agnew - who she famously told to "zip up your mickey" - also reveals she has a mystery lover she sometimes meets up with abroad.

"I have a lovely chappy who is part of my heart and life but mercifully for me he is completely academic and he's the far, far side of the world, so nobody's business or knowledge," reveals the mum-of-two.

"I'd just often go out and meet him in London, or if he's over doing lectures in Frankfurt or something. It's really sweet.

"He has his world and his life out there that I'm not part of, and he's not part of my culture and life, but when the two meet for a brief sojourn it's lovely. But with being in love again, oh my goodness, I gave it a great lash, I really did and I enjoyed every fizzing minute of it."

Barred

The star, whose real name is Adele King, recently hit the headlines when the Sunday World pictured her with her pet cockatoo Timberlake on her shoulder while in SuperValu in Knocklyon. The store's management has since barred her from bringing the bird into the shop.

"He is a rescue bird and he just lives with me there [on her shoulder] or on the pillow behind me in bed, or on the seat behind me in the car," says Twink, who has had the bird for 20 years.

"I have his little perch with me that he likes. As long as he's with his mammy he couldn't care less what's happening in life, because he can't see, so he relies on my voice and my nearness.

"Wait until you hear him talking. He is very funny, he loves himself. He has the wicked sense of humour, Chloe and I were watching a thing on TV, in the distance in the kitchen, and the next thing we heard, he laughs at the show."

  • Lodging with Lucy is on Virgin Media One tomorrow at 9pm.