Coleen Nolan has bought "another horse and two pygmy goats" to fill the void left by the fact her three children don't need her to look after them anymore.
The 53-year-old TV star has two sons Shane, 30, and Jake, 26, with her first husband Shane Richie, and Ciara, 18, with her former spouse Ray Fensome, and although she is proud that they have all grown up to be good people she misses being needed so is filling her home with a menagerie of animals.
Speaking as a panellist on "Loose Women" on Tuesday (25.03.19), she said: "It's awful. I sometimes have those moments where I pat myself on the back and go, "You've done well, good job, you've got them all there, you've got them all to adulthood and they've got good work ethic and they've grown up lovely." And then I have just that sense of, "My jobs done and I'm not needed." And then something as simple as this happened today and I cried. I had just arrived at the studio and got a text from Ciara and she put, "Mum I really can't make porridge like you, it's turned out all lumpy and horrible." And it was like someone had handed me a winning lottery ticket, I thought, "If I'm only needed to make the porridge I'm needed." I was so emotional, how pathetic!"
Fellow panellist Andrea McLean added: "She's got another horse and two pygmy goats!"
Coleen responded: "I am replacing them with animals. I am Mrs Doolittle!"
The "I'm In the Mood for Dancing" hitmaker previously admitted that she would rather share her home with her four dogs than a man.
The ITV star is single again following the end of her 10-year marriage to her ex-husband Ray in 2018, and Coleen insists her four-legged friends are much easier to "live with" because they "don't want anything from you".
Speaking about her mutt mates, Coleen said: "To be honest, the thing is with dogs, they're so happy when you come home, they're much easier to feed, you know, they're good at grooming themselves. So the thing with dogs is they give you unconditional love and they don't want anything from you - except feeding and loving and they won't sit there and say, "Oh you're putting on a bit aren't you!""