'Broken' Tina Malone has X row as she questions why more people haven't donated to charity for late husband

Tina Malone has got involved in a row on X when posting about her late husband’s charity. Photo by Getty Images.Tina Malone has got involved in a row on X when posting about her late husband’s charity. Photo by Getty Images.
Tina Malone has got involved in a row on X when posting about her late husband’s charity. Photo by Getty Images. | Getty Images
Actress Tina Malone has appealed for help in raising more money for the charity she set up in her late husband’s memory - and has found herself caught in an X row.

Paul Chase Malone, an army veteran, died of suicide at the age of 42 in March after suffering with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Two months after his death, Tina announced that she was setting up a charity in his name to help other’s in crisis. The charity, Paul’s Flame, named after the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, was created on May 28, which would have been Paul’s 43rd birthday.

The 61-year-old soap star, who is best known for her roles in ‘Brookside and ‘Shameless’, was hoping to raise £10,000. She wrote on the GoFundMe page that the money would be given to “those in need particularly for those with mental health issues, veterans, single parents, working families struggling.” She took to her X page, however, last night (Tuesday July 9) to share her disappointment at the amount of money that had been raised - less than £200.

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Malone wrote to her 23,000 followers: “17 weeks ago at 4pm my husband left home,and took his own life at the park opposite our home,!! I’m broken totally the pain and sorrow is every day,HE FOUGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY FOR OVER TEN YEARS!!! Yet hardly anyone has donated to our charity!!! HE WAS A GOOD MAN!!!!”

Many fans commented on the post to offer their continued condolences to Tina, but some also pointed out that it may be difficult for people to donate for different reasons.

One said: “I’m sorry you and your family are dealing with this grief, but this post makes you sound very entitled! Lots of people fight for their country, suffer with mental health issues and make that ultimate decision, lots of us already support existing charities.”

Tina then hit back at the comment - and found herself embroiled in a row. She said: “I’m really offended by your msg! Yes they do,lots of people are going thru far worse then I am!! I buried my husband 14 weeks ago,IM FAR FROM ENTITLED,how insensitive of you.”

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Another person added: “I don't doubt for one SECOND your paul was an incredible man,I think people are just struggling financially at the moment.” Tina replied: “Yes OFCOURSE I get that,but why then do certain other go fund me posts get £50,000 in ten days,?? In the last few weeks? X”

A fan pointed out: “I don’t think it’s worded in the best way, the over use of exclamation marks and capital letters makes the post seem aggressive. I can totally see why this wouldn’t be the first thing on your mind at this time though, and I’m incredibly sorry for your loss.”

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When one X user than asked why Tina was “desperate” to raise the money, she sarcastically clapped back “BECAUSE I NEED ANOTHER PAIR OF JIMMY CHOOS!” To clarify the purpose of the charity, she then posted: “I wanted to raise £10,000!!!! FOR PEOPLE IN CRISIS,NOT FOR ME OR FLAME!!!! WHATS £10 per person??? People raise 33 million,£50,000!!! I CANT EVEN RAISE £5000!!!”

Tina then posted the link to the GoFundMe page for Paul’s Flame, as some fans were asking her to do so which would enable them to donate. Overnight, the amount donated to the page rose to £380.

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This morning (Wednesday July 10), Tina returned to her X account to thank her fans for their support - and apologise if her original post came across wrong. She wrote: “THANKYOU all for your comments,I apologise if I sounded aggressive last nite,I’m just so bereft,truly heartbroken 15 years together… I miss him so badly x.” She was met with lots of support from fans who told her she didn’t have to apologise.

Tina married Paul in 2010, but the two announced their separation in 2019 after 11 years together. However, they reconciled their marriage in February 2020. The star said their relationship was back to normal and said their "love never went away". The couple’s daughter Flame was born in 2013 when Tina was 50.

A former member of the 22nd Regiment of the Cheshires, Paul’s service included Northern Ireland, Belize, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands. Nicknamed “Chevy” by Army pals thanks to his surname Chase, he served for ten years. He was diagnosed with PTSD three years ago.

Speaking to The Mirror earlier this year she said she was inspired to start the charity Paul’s Flame by her family and friends who rallied around her and her daughter in the days after her husband’s death, cooking, shopping, and helping with funeral costs. She added: “I want it to shine a light on people in poverty and in crisis. The single mum who needs a new washing machine, someone who has come out of the army and needs a microwave. I saw for myself when Paul died how a community came together. Paul would be extremely proud.”

  • If you are suffering with suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans on 116 123 for free, confidential support People with hearing problems or other communication difficulties can text 07889 036 280.

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