Coleen Nolan has announced an "immediate hiatus" from Loose Women due to the backlash that ensued after Kim Woodburn's controversial appearance on the show.

The panellist has also postponed her recently announced solo tour in light of the incident.

The TV star says she has been devastated by the backlash against her following an on-air row between her and her former Celebrity Big Brother co-star, which ended with Woodburn storming off the set.

A statement from Nolan's team was posted on her Twitter page which read: "Following the constant online bullying, trolling, and misrepresentation of her words, actions and re-actions, it is with sad regret that Coleen is taking an immediate hiatus from all her current commitments including Loose Women and postponing her Never Too Late solo concert tour.

"Coleen has spent 50 years in show-business and 18 years as one of the most loved members of the Loose Women panel, and has never been subjected to such a horrifying torrent of online abuse or such a heart-breaking attack on her reputation."

It continued: "Coleen is devastated to let her supporters and fans down, but is currently not strong enough to withstand this constant and unfounded online abuse, so she will be taking time out and spending it with her children and family where she feels loved and respected.

"She sends her love to everyone who has supported her and knows who she really is and plans to return when she feels stronger."

The pair, who initially feuded in the Celebrity Big Brother house, clashed on Loose Women last Wednesday (August 29), with Woodburn calling Nolan "trash".

Nolan had been scheduled to appear on today's Loose Women episode, but backed out.