Fans of EastEnders will of course remember Martine McCutcheon played the role of Tiffany Mitchell, who, on New Year’s Eve in 1998 gasped her last outside the Queen Vic after Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) knocked her down with his car.
Since then, she has of course gone on to star in films and other TV roles, however, a role she’s been eager for is that of wife to fiancé Jack McManus, and her dream is about to come true as the couple are due to wed at the romantic Lake Como in Italy, next weekend.
However, there will be someone missing from the celebrations, and that someone is Kim Crawford who was to have been Martine’s matron of honour before the pair fell out last week.
Speaking to the Sun, Kim – who says she and Martine have been so close for years that they’re more like sisters – branded Martine “evil” and “nasty” after Martine told Kim that her husband kissed another woman on his stag night…
Having furiously denied that that ever happened, Kim reportedly told Martine, “I wouldn’t come to your wedding if you paid me a million dollars.”
Kim added, “Martine invited me to come along to her wedding dress fitting and afterwards we were chatting over champagne.
“Everything was fine until out of the blue she told me my husband Jason had kissed another woman on his stag do two years ago.
“I was distraught and it felt as if Martine was enjoying watching me in pain. I ran out of the restaurant because I needed to be alone.
“When I confronted Jason about it later he was devastated — he had never kissed anyone else.
“It was all malicious lies to throw a spanner in the works.”
The paper adds, “After patching things up with husband Jason, Kim sent Martine a furious email accusing her of trying to ruin her happiness and telling her she was pulling out of the wedding.”
Martine apparently replied, “I will say YET AGAIN that I love Jason and didn’t think it needed to be mentioned (at first) as I felt it was probably a load of b******s.
“I genuinely thought you would shrug it off and say it was jealousy and I could rest easy — you would know what to do from there.
“YOU are my best friend! It’s time you stopped being a spoilt child running away and deal with this before you make decisions that you will regret forever.
“If you truly can’t bear to see me happy at my wedding because of your own issues with Jason then I don’t know you at all and I don’t want you there anyway.”
Kim said, “Even she admitted it was just a rumour, but this is typical Martine — stirring things up and being manipulative.
“We haven’t spoken since and I don’t want anything to do with her. She’s evil, nasty and vindictive and I believe she’s jealous of my relationship.
“Since I’ve known her she’s fallen out with a lot of friends. I feel sorry for Jack, he’s a decent guy and he doesn’t know what he’s letting himself in for.
“She is a manipulative b***h — destructive and cruel.
“After throwing the spanner in the works with me and Jason, all she was interested in was getting out of what she had done.
“She couldn’t have given a toss about how I felt — it was all about her.
“Jason and I have had a wonderful three years together, apart from a few arguments which I can count on my hands. We are perfect.
“She, on the other hand, has not got that with Jack and I sussed that out very quickly.
“Although he is a lovely guy, her relationship is not half the relationship that ours is.
“Martine is just one of those people who is so demanding that she won’t ever be truly happy and can’t bear to see other people close to her find happiness. It’s sad really.
“That’s why she has lost so many friends over the years. She drives people away with her behaviour.”
Kim concluded, “I won’t ever speak to her again now. I don’t want to have a slanging match.
“But after all that’s happened, I can’t believe I stuck by her for so long.
“Good luck to her next best friend. I wish Martine a nice f***ing life and I’m glad she is out of mine.”
A spokesperson for Martine apparently declined to comment.
Yikes. I wonder if this is a case of shooting the messenger or what?
Very sad though when a friendship ends so acrimoniously.