Coronation Street star Bill Roache: I'm not denying I've had sex with nearly 1,000 women
The actor freely admits he's slept with 'more than 100' members of the opposite sex and when asked if the figure is closer to 1,000, admits 'Well, I'm not denying it.'
'Looking back, I didn't know any better,' says Bill, 79.
'But what I did find out is it does not bring you happiness and it is not the way to be.'
Bill, who plays straight-laced Ken Barlow in the soap, divorced first wife Anna in 1974 after she found out about his infidelity, which he 'regrets deeply'.
But he put a stop to his promiscuous ways when he met second wife Sara. They were married for 31 years before she tragically passed away in her sleep in 2009.
Once nicknamed 'C*ck Roache' by his Corrie cast members, Bill is now happily loved-up with 41-year-old TV weather girl Emma Jesson.
'I had the opportunity, I indulged it and I can tell you this: it's not worth it,' he tells Piers Morgan, 46, reports the Daily Mirror.
'The pain that it caused, and there's all sorts of dangers.
'To love somebody, and to make love to somebody that you love is the most beautiful thing in the world.'
Bill Roache on Piers Morgan's Life Stories will air on ITV next month.
Bill Roache mourned 2nd wife Sara but he's found love again with Emma Jesson...