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TWINS MARRY THE SAME MAN; Sisters tell amazing story of weddings 23 years apart.

Byline: DAYLE CRUTCHLOW

IDENTICAL twins Made-laine and Michelle Little-johns have always shared everything - right down to marrying the same man two decades apart.

Madelaine, 54, from Queens Road, Nuneaton, wed Roy Littlejohns in 1980 - and 23 years later, Michelle walked down the aisle with her former brother- in-law.

All three appeared on GMTV today to tell their amazing story.

Madelaine and Roy's marriage fell apart in 1995 and Madelaine moved out, making way for identical sibling Michelle, of Northampton, to move in.

The couple married in Las Vegas earlier this year.

In an interview with Closer magazine this week Madelaine said she was shocked to find out about Roy and Michelle's relationship - but put it behind her to save their relationship.

She said: "Roy and I were married for 15 years and I still love him. But I'm glad he and Michelle are together. The fact that he is still in the family makes me feel secure."

Madelaine married Roy at Nuneaton Register Office in 1980.

Then, when she had to go into hospital for six months in 1991, she said: "Michelle took over my role at home. She and Roy became good friends while I was in hospital but I never felt pushed out or jealous."

The marriage, though, fell apart after she came out of hospital.

Madelaine told the magazine: "Although we never argued, we stopped sharing a bedroom and didn't kiss or cuddle. I didn't worry Roy was having an affair. He was too busy working."

Eventually, Madelaine moved out and the pair were divorced. And then came the bombshell that her twin and ex-husband had started a relationship.

"The thought of them sleeping together was hurtful," she said. "I didn't feel jealous, just heartbroken. I wished Michelle had chosen someone else."

Michelle said: "Although I'm married to him, that doesn't alter how much I love my sister."

Mr Littlejohns, 58, said: "The twins aren't that different, but Michelle is more worldly wise and we have more in common. We are more affectionate, which is something that dwindled with Madelaine. But we'll always be close."

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VERY CLOSE: Madelaine (left), Roy and Michelle, (above) Madelaine's wedding in 1980 and (right) Michelle's wedding this year, with the story in Closer
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