Denise Welch was forced to cancel her appearance at the DIVA Awards after becoming ill with vertigo

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‘So sad to miss my favourite event’: Denise Welch reveals she had to pull out of her appearance at the DIVA Awards after becoming ill with ‘a bout of vertigo’

Denise Welch was forced to cancel her appearance at one of her ‘favourite events of the year’ after falling ill with vertigo. 

The 63-year-old Loose Women star took to her Instagram stories on Saturday to explain to fans that she was ‘so sad’ after her health issue meant she had to miss the DIVA Awards the previous evening.

The annual event celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people which Denise has been an advocate for, for years. 

Under the weather: Denise Welch was forced to cancel her appearance at the Diva Awards on Friday after falling ill with vertigo

Under the weather: Denise Welch was forced to cancel her appearance at the Diva Awards on Friday after falling ill with vertigo 

Taking to her social media, she posted: ‘So sad to miss my favourite event of the year @divamagazine Diva Awards.

‘Congratulations to our wonderful friend and head lesbian of the world @diversityriley and to all the winners.’ 

She added: ‘Missed seeing you @suranne_jones, @sallylindsay73 #divaawards.’

Sad news: The 63-year-old Loose Women star took to her Instagram Stories to explain to fans that she was'so sad' after her health meant she had to miss the Diva Awards

Sad news: The 63-year-old Loose Women star took to her Instagram Stories to explain to fans that she was ‘so sad’ after her health meant she had to miss the Diva Awards

Next time: Denise shared her disappointment at missing the event by posting an update on her Instagram, along with a snap of her former Corrie colleagues Suranne Jones and Sally Lindsay

Next time: Denise shared her disappointment at missing the event by posting an update on her Instagram, along with a snap of her former Corrie colleagues Suranne Jones and Sally Lindsay

Denise has always been open about her health, earlier this month she celebrated 10 years of sobriety.

The actress, marked the milestone by sharing two snaps of herself on her Instagram, taken a decade apart, and penned a poignant message about her journey.

She explained that going tee-total was the ‘best decision I ever made’ and that it had helped save her relationships with her friends and family.

Before and after: It comes after Denise took to Instagram earlier this month to celebrate exactly 10 years since she last had a drink, sharing two snaps of herself, taken a decade apart

Before and after: It comes after Denise took to Instagram earlier this month to celebrate exactly 10 years since she last had a drink, sharing two snaps of herself, taken a decade apart

She wrote: ‘Got a few more lines and wrinkles but it’s in the eyes. They have it.

’10 yrs ago today I took my last alcoholic drink. Not a sherry trifle since and it’s been the best decision I ever made.

‘It changed my life and the lives of everyone I love and who loves me.’

Denise added she was still haunted by the memories, and that losing her sobriety ‘terrifies me’.  

Candid: The actress explained that going tee-total was the'best decision I ever made' and that it had helped save her relationships with her friends and family

Candid: The actress explained that going tee-total was the ‘best decision I ever made’ and that it had helped save her relationships with her friends and family

She continued: ‘I self medicated for years and the memory of those times haunt me. Guilt and shame are very different. Guilt is something most of us have. Especially mothers.

‘Shame is another animal. It took me years to overcome and I still have nightmares that take me days to recover from. The thought of going back there terrifies me.’

She went on to say she was ‘proud’ of her progress, as it allowed her family not to worry about her anymore.

Denise said: ‘The ripple effect of my sobriety on my family is the thing I’m most proud of. My children are free to live amazing lives because they don’t have to worry about mum.

Haunted: Denise added that she was still haunted by the memories, and that losing her sobriety'terrifies her'

Haunted: Denise added that she was still haunted by the memories, and that losing her sobriety ‘terrifies her’

 ‘My husband and I have a wonderful marriage because we take time to nurture and care for it.

‘My dad died knowing that I was in a good place with a good man. My sister looks at me with respect which vanished for a long time.’

She concluded by giving advice to others going through similar issues, and confessing she was in a better place.

She wrote: ‘If alcohol is making you miserable, sad, anxious, ashamed rather than a bit giddy on a Saturday night then you’re drinking too much.

‘Stopping isn’t easy and staying sober is a lifestyle but it’s a much much better life.

‘So today I’m happier and healthier in my 60’s than I was in my 40’s and 50’s.

‘Today Im thinking of all those on the threshold of a major change and I can tell you it will be the best thing you’ll ever do.

‘And to my friends who love a drink and don’t have a problem…..raise a glass to me today on my anniversary!!!’

Come so far: She went on to say she was'proud' of her progress, as it allowed her family not to worry about her anymore

Come so far: She went on to say she was ‘proud’ of her progress, as it allowed her family not to worry about her anymore

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