Richard Madeley has clashed with former Corrie actress Paula Williamson over her relationship with notoriously violent criminal, Charles Bronson.
64-year-old jailbird Charles has spent most of his adult life behind bars, having committed a string of grave offences including armed robbery, wounding with intent, false imprisonment and threatening to kill.
Twitter, as you can imagine, became the source for much discussion about Charles’ love-life:
‘We are getting married, and we will have a happy life together because I will not give up’ – Paula Williamson
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) August 29, 2017
Who'd want a little Charles Bronson?
She's fuckin crackers. #GMB
— Prof. Guy Ashton (@GuyAshton1) August 29, 2017
— Sian Francis (@sianfrancis0409) August 29, 2017
The unlikely couple are engaged to be married, with Paula revealing her hopes to start a family.
As Charles is still serving time on his latest sentence and is denied conjugal visits, they would have to use IVF.
The 37-year-old former soap star appeared on Good Morning Britain to explain her controversial decision and received a thorough grilling from straight-talking Richard.
You can watch part of the heated altercation below:
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Richard wasted no time getting to the point, asking Paula:
What are you doing? What are you playing at?
Undeterred, Paula gave the following romantically inclined answer:
What I am doing is I’ve fallen in love with a man. I have. Why is that so hard to believe?
Despite Paula’s declarations of adoration for the man who once threatened to eat a fellow inmate, many viewers appear to share Richard’s incredulous attitude:
— Simon (@SiBrown7) August 29, 2017
Paula Williamson is a failed actress looking for fame You will never tame Charles Bronson love, you don't even know what he's up to in there
— Sam Buchanan Mackay (@MACKAYAUSTIN) August 29, 2017
The sad lady on #gmb who wants a child with Charles Bronson is so deluded, I feel incredibly sorry for her
— kate Johnson (@Fabmrsjohnson) August 29, 2017
Richard continued to press Paula to discover her motivations for wanting such an unconventional, and potentially dangerous, relationship:
What attracted you to the serial criminal Charles Bronson?
Paula defended her man with the following answer:
He’s been a violent criminal and he’s the first one to hold his hands up to that, and I don’t want this to be a rewash of what I’ve said in the past lots of times.
He is an artist, he does a lot for charity, he’s a fitness fanatic, he’s a very, very loving person.
@GMB Charles Bronson should be allowed to become a father, there's no good reason why not
— Graham Emery (@emeryg139) August 29, 2017
Charles Bronson's fiancé on GMB fighting his corner to be released & asking to have a baby with him.. who said love is dead ?
— Liv (@OliviaJM94) August 29, 2017
According to the Mirror, a recent prison letter shows Charles is genuinely excited at the thought of bringing a new life into the world, writing:
I want a little baby. I’ve always fancied a daughter and I’ll be the best dad in the world.
I’ve even got my girl’s name, Sophie, the angel of all angels. My life will be a dream come true.
Will starting a new family be the making of Charles, or is Paula better off taking Richard’s blunt advice and using a sperm bank instead?