Janet Street Porter reveals how she plotted to KILL her sister during intimate personal interview on her 500th Loose Women show
The Loose Women star got a grilling from her fellow panelists during the special show
Janet Street Porter has revealed how she plotted to KILL her sister during an intimate personal interview.
The Loose Women star was celebrating her 500th appearance on the show by taking a grilling from her fellow panelists.
The 70-year-old was quizzed about everything from her difficult childhood, her failed marriages and her strained relationship with her mother.
But in her most shocking confession, Janet revealed she despised her younger sister Patricia Balsom, but made peace with her before she died from cancer aged 57.
She said: "Yes I did plot to kill my sister. I was outraged when she was born. How dare my mother have another child. My sister was a much more upbeat, happy kind of person.
"And we had to share a bedroom. That's the other thing, no one asks you, they just plonk them down in your bedroom. I said 'cross my line and you’re dead meat'."
Janet explained how she got close to her sister after the death of their parents and supported her through her cancer treatement.
She said: "I think when my mother died we did make friends. First of all when my dad died we started getting closer to each other. Each parent, I think a lot of parents do this, they play one child off against the other because their relationship is quite rocky in itself. So my mother always took my sister’s side.
"My dad was an engineer who started off as an electrician. He was very ambitious for me – and he used to take me to football and speedway and all those things and make models with me as a child, so he projected onto me what he would like to do."
“When my sister and I got close it was definitely after the deaths of our parents. When she got sick with cancer I did support her and fund some of her treatment - anything to prolong her life.
"We were still, even to the end, arguing. We just do – sisters! You know, there’s no guarantee you’re always going to get on.”
Janet had re-entered the studio and was showered with confetti before looking back at a snapshot of her life.
The renowned journalist got a few surprise along the way, including a cake wheeled in on a trolley by Eamonn Holmes.
Speaking of whether she’s followed her mum’s path she said: “I love my mum for being my mother, but we had a very, very difficult relationship. When I got engaged when I was 18 or so, and then I broke it off and then I ran away from home and lived with someone I then married, she said to me that she was embarrassed and that my behaviour was terrible.
"She said she couldn’t hold her head up in the street because of how I was behaving. It was only years later that I discovered that actually my behaviour was a little bit like hers.
“The other thing to remember in slight defence of my mum – she grew up in a really poverty stricken background. A very, very close knit Welsh family. Welsh was their first language. My grandfather worked in a quarry and when he couldn’t work anymore my mother had to go out to work at 14.
"I can understand the resentment that she must have felt about that. She just would. She was highly intelligent and she was very gregarious. There are elements of my personality that I’ve got from her.”