Talent agent-turned-author Melanie Blake has opened up about her past conflict with Loose Women panelist Nadia Sawalha. In the exclusive photoshoot and interview with OK!, Melanie looked back on the drama and revealed the truth behind how everything unfolded.
When we asked about what the pair had fallen out over, Melanie maintained that there is no lasting feud between the two women. However, she teased that "the night it kicked off was pretty spectacular."
Melanie explained: "It was at the TV Choice Awards in 2015. Things had been brewing with us for some time and that night it all just came to a head."
She continued: "It must have been quite a sight, two grown women having a slanging match in a room full of celebs!
"I used it as inspiration for one of the scenes in Guilty Women where an award ceremony goes wrong – but unlike the book, luckily no one died!"
Looking back on their falling out, Melanie explained: "It really doesn’t matter now, it’s years ago. As far as I’m concerned there’s no feud between us. I looked after her for about a decade and she was very professional, so it wasn’t work-related."
When we asked about Melanie's tweet – in which she called Nadia "a total witch" – she said: "Oh, I really don’t want to give that any more oxygen.
"I’m sure she’s got enough drama with her sister Julia taking digs at her on social media, she'll hardly want to be reminded of an old fall out with me."
The original tweet read: "It's a shame she 'officially gave up acting because Nadia deserve an Oscar for this speech.
"In 20 years of repping clients I never saw a nastier side to anyone than I did her and I'm not alone. Her constant 'be kind' etc speeches are so ironic considering she is a total witch."
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Although she didn't want to go into too much detail about the social media spat, Melanie did "own up" to saying, "guess how many b*****s there are on TV."
As for who those people are, Melanie said readers can work it out for themselves when they read her books.
She explained: "All my leading ladies are based on characters I know or have been told about, so that’s why they are so authentic. They say write about what you know and I’ve known a lot of b*****s! But hey, that’s showbiz."
Guilty Women is released in hardback on 28 April (HarperCollins, £12.99). Click here to order on Amazon.
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