Linda Robson has officially shut down hearsay that she has fallen out with friend and fellow Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline Quirke.
The actress, 63, has set the record straight by claiming that they still keep in touch and remain close, despite recent rumours alleging the contrast.
Reports began surfacing of a bitter demise of their friendship, when Pauline quit Birds of a Feather in 2017, after a long running stint playing Sharon Theodopolopodous, to leave Linda and Lesley Joseph to carry on without her.
Moreover, rumours of a rift were fuelled by Pauline’s absence during the 2020 Birds of a Feather special, bringing further speculation.
In 2021, it was allegedly stated that the relationship between the two turned so heated that the childhood friends were forcibly separated by crew members during filming at Teddington Studios, West London.
Hitting back at the rumours, Linda has insisted that the pair remain good friends and that they never ‘fell out’.
"It’s a load of old s*** that we had a fallout,” said Linda.
"We have not fallen out and we have never fallen out. I have been best friends with her since we were ten years of age. We never fell out."
Both Linda and Pauline were spotted on Instagram having lunch with Lesley on Tuesday, which was posted by the Loose Woman star, alongside the caption:
“A lovely lunch with my beautiful friends in the @thedelaunay.”
Linda, who played Tracey Stubbs in the sitcom, told the Daily Mirror: “I was out for lunch with Pauline last Friday in London, The Delaunay, and [Birds of a Feather reunion] was discussed."
The classic sitcom broadcasted on the BBC between 1989 and 1998, before being revived by ITV from 2014 to 2016, which followed a one-time Christmas special in 2020.
Linda adds that her ‘loyalty’ is with ITV and speaks of the comeback solely being in the hands of the broadcaster.
She said: “It started on BBC and then we went to ITV. We could go to the BBC, but our loyalty is with ITV as they took us back after all that time.”
As Pauline declined to appear in the Christmas special, Linda also claimed that while she wanted to quit acting, it has not stopped them from keeping in touch.
Linda said: “Obviously I couldn't see her during lockdown but I've seen her since. She just doesn't want to act anymore. She's had enough – it's long hours.
"She's concentrating on her drama academies. She's very hands on, going to classes and all that.
"I see Lesley [Joseph] all the time because we won Celebrity Coach Trip last year. And during the lockdowns I would leave funny things on her doorstep, like Tena Lady and hair dye!"
Linda made a confirmation that when she was sick, both Lesley and Pauline regularly rang to check in on her, adding: "They were both a big support and really there for me."
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