Julia Sawalha lashes out at 'lying' sister Nadia for 'destroying their household'

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Julia Sawalha has lashed out at big sister Nadia – accusing her of “destroying their family” and claiming she has told “lies”.

The Absolutely Fabulous star, 50, slammed her sister, 54, for using “fake tears” to “gain sympathy and attention” on Monday’s Loose Women.

About Sawalha
Sawalha is an Arabic surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Julia Sawalha (born 1968), English actress
Nadia Sawalha (born 1964), English actress and television presenter
Nadim Sawalha (born 1935), English actor
Woroud Sawalha, Palestinian middle distance runner

Julia Sawalha lashes out at 'lying' sister Nadia for 'destroying their family'

About lashes
Flagellation (Latin flagellum, “whip”), flogging, whipping or lashing is the act of beating the human body with special implements such as whips, lashes, rods, switches, the cat o’ nine tails, the sjambok, the knout, etc. Typically, flogging is imposed on an unwilling subject as a punishment; however, it can also be submitted to willingly, or performed on oneself, in religious or sadomasochistic contexts.
The strokes are usually aimed at the unclothed back of a person, in certain settings it can be extended to other corporeal areas. For a moderated subform of flagellation, described as bastinado, the soles of a person’s bare feet are used as a target for beating (see foot whipping).
In some circumstances the word “flogging” is used loosely to include any sort of corporal punishment, including birching and caning. However, in British legal terminology, a distinction was drawn (and still is, in one or two colonial territories) between “flogging” (with a cat-o’-nine-tails) and “whipping” (formerly with a whip, but since the early 19th century with a birch). In Britain these were both abolished in 1948.

During a special segment looking back on her life , Nadia said she had a “really volatile relationship” with her younger sister and they had gone through lengthy periods where they did not speak.

Emotional Nadia looked close to tears as she opened up their “intense on and off relationship” to her fellow Loose Women panellists.

Julia Sawalha lashes out at 'lying' sister Nadia for 'destroying their family'

However, Julia has accused her sister of “talking lies and rubbish” for six years while creating a sibling rivalry.

Julia Sawalha has lashed out at sister Nadia in a furious Twitter rant
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Emotional Nadia was close to tears while discussing her intense relationship with her sister

In a furious rant, Julia tweeted: “So tired of #nadiasawalha talking about our ‘stormy’ relationship which she created. I’ve kept my privacy for 6 years to protect my family, whilst she talks lies rubbish.

“You have destroyed our family so don’t sit on TV with your fake tears to gain sympathy attention.”

Julia added: “Yes well it’s very difficult when you only see the story from one side. I’m not actually fighting, she is, but paints a very different picture publicly and I’ve had enough”

Julia claims Nadia ‘destroyed their family’ as she lashed out
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Julia accused Nadia of using ‘fake tears’ on the show

The actress, who played Saffron Monsoon in sitcom Ab Fab, then gave a closer insight into their relationship by responding to tweets from her followers.

When one admitted it was hard to know what to do in this situation, Julia replied: “Exactly and I have allowed someone else to carry the narrative for 6 years… my pressure cooker blew today, I’m only human. Much love to you for your understanding x”

Another follower applauded Julia for her bravery, to which she responded: “Thank you, it took a lot of deliberating and my dear boyfriend putting up with my sadness for too too long. Thank you for saying that, it means so so much to me.x”

Julia said she had tried to mend bridges with Nadia
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Someone else then suggested that Julia should offer her unconditional love until her sister comes round.

Revealing that didn’t work, Julia said: “Tried that, made it even worse, but thank you”

Nadia got very emotional during Monday’s Loose Women and appeared to choke up when talking about her sister.

As part of Loose Women’s 20th anniversary, Nadia opened up on her life before joining the panel and discussed her ‘stormy’ relationship with her Ab Fab star sister.

Nadia got upset while discussing growing up with her sisters

The Loose Women panellist said: “She is totally amazing. She’s really amazing my younger sister but we’ve always had a really volatile relationship.

“So we’ve always had periods of time in our life where we don’t speak. I always say I have the best time or the worst time of my life with her. It’s the same with both my sisters.

“My dad always says ‘formidable women’. That’s all he wanted. He came to this country with £50 in his pocket because he wanted six daughters who were free.

“His sister was married at 14. He said ‘I want strong, independent, professional women that follow their dreams.

“What he got was free very independent, difficult women. Because of that we have a very intense on and off relationship.”

Nadia discussed the death of her first husband
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Nadia was also close to tears when she bravely discussed the tragic death of first husband Justin Mildwater, who took his own life on 25 December 1997.

The actress was starring in EastEnders as Annie Palmer at the time and had become estranged from Justin, who was 31-years-old when he died.

As the ladies asked Nadia about the devastating loss, it all got too much and suddenly had to stop talking as she became visibly overwhelmed reliving her past.

Speaking on Loose Women, she said: “I had a real tragedy while I was there, my first husband died and it was a truly, truly awful time for everybody. I had to carry on working, I was in the middle of a very big storyline.

“That was really hard because when somebody dies, so many people have an idea of how you should behave and how you should be. I remember just saying, ‘Can someone give me the book on what I’m supposed to be doing?’

“One of the first calls I got was from Wendy Richard. I’ll never forget it, she said ‘I can have a car there straight away, you can come to the flat, you can stay as long as you like’. I didn’t take her up because I was really scared of her, but it was such a lovely thing to do it really was.”

*Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm