Denise Welch 'spends the night' with toyboy lover after putting on a show of togetherness with Tim Healy for his 60th

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By Alanah Eriksen

Loose Women star Denise Welch secretly spent the night with her toyboy lover this week as she put on a public show of togetherness with husband Tim Healy, it has been claimed.

Reports of an affair with party planner Lincoln Townley, 39, emerged last Sunday but the next day, the Celebrity Big Brother winner told TV viewers her marriage was 'fine'.

When the claims were first made, the 53-year-old celebrated her husband of 23 years' 60th birthday at a restaurant near their home in Cheshire.

Toyboy: Celebrity Big Brother winner Denise Welch pictured with party planner Lincoln Townley who she is reportedly having an affair with

She was seen kissing and cuddling the star of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, in an attempt to show all was well in their household.

The next day she told Loose Women viewers: 'Everything’s fine at home, absolutely fine. We had a great day yesterday. It was Tim’s birthday.'

But after the show, she raced to the exclusive Marriott County Hall to spent the night with Lincoln, the Sunday Mirror claimed.

The pair were pictured outside together outside the hotel which is apparently the same spot where they have been carrying out an eight-month affair.

Staying together: The day the affair claims emerged, Denise put on a public show of togetherness with husband Tim Healy for his 60th birthday

A secret affair? Lincoln appeared in court this week, accused of stealing £12,164 from a construction company, as Denise was flashing her bra at the restaurant

Denise left on Tuesday morning for a brief appearance on This Morning before joining her colleagues in the nearby Loose Women studios.

After the show, the former Coronation Street star then dashed to the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone for coffee with her toyboy.

A fan who spotted the pair told the newspaper: 'They looked like any other couple. It was busy in the bar but they were not being discreet at all, which was surprising after she said everything was OK with her husband Tim.

'She didn’t seem to care who saw them and what people thought about her being with him... although everyone was very nice to her in the bar.'

Denise then caught a train back to the home she shares with Tim in Cheshire.

A source told the newspaper: 'She’s clearly a torn woman and finding it all very difficult. She loves Tim dearly and only wants the best for her children, but she can’t help her strong feelings for Lincoln. They haven’t changed during her time on Celebrity Big Brother.

Wedding bells: Denise and Tim at their 1988 wedding at Haringey Registry Office

'Denise has had a very busy week with her TV commitments after ­leaving the show but has still found time for Lincoln.

'She is worried her marriage has taken its course, but it’s not that simple. When she’s in front of her viewers on Loose Women, talking to her fans on the street and playing up for the photographers she makes out that all is fine at home .'

Denise is believed to have met Lincoln at a nightclub in Central London last April while she was on the Dancing on Ice tour.

They are said to have gone back to his flat in Hampstead afterwards.

They then saw each other casually while she was filming Loose Women in London and from September the relationship started to become more serious.

She apparently even discussed leaving Tim with her friends and spent a night with Lincoln at the Marriott before going into the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Lincoln's checkered past was revealed this week after he appeared in court charged with stealing £12,000 cash from a building firm.

He is accused of stealing the money from FM Conway, a construction company based in Dartford, Kent, in 2009.
The case was adjourned until May.

Meanwhile, in 2004, Denise confessed to having an affair with TV studio carpenter Steve Murray.

But in her ­autobiography she said she had repaired her marriage after that affair.

Denise caused a stir in the Celebrity Big Brother house with her erratic behaviour and her clashes with Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen.

After leaving the house last Friday night, Michael revealed: 'She offered to sleep with me a number of times. She just kept trying.'

Denise hit back later saying she was happily married.

'Even at 53, I don’t go without my offers. Why, when I have a husband and children watching at home, would I beg him for sex?'