22 Kids and Counting stars Christmas turmoil as family members refuse to speak

22 Kids And Counting returns to Channel 5 for a festive special this Sunday following the Radford family as they celebrate Christmas. However their holiday is marred by the fact that two of the children Chloe, and Luke haven’t spoken to each other in 18 months.

Things are so bad between the pair that parents Sue and Noel invited a trained intervention counsellor into their 10-bedroom family home in Morecambe in an attempt to get them back on speaking terms.

However, this turned out to be futile and ultimately Chloe refused to make an appearance at Christmas dinner with the family leaving Sue heartbroken.

“To see them not speaking has been really, really hard,” mum Sue, 48 admitted to The Mirror. “Especially as when we look back over the years and see how close Luke and Chloe were. But they are both very strong willed and stubborn.”

“The longer it goes on, the harder it gets,” Noel added. “There has been no backing down first. It’s not nice to see them not talking to each other.”

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Chloe, 28, and Luke, 23 fell out over a shelf of frozen pastry pies at the family’s bakery.

In the episode, Luke explains that the feud has been about a “mix of things”, but everything has “gotten worse” with them working together.

“Anyways they [the pies] just took up so much space and Chloe had set it up that way and it was early in the morning.

“I’m not a morning person… and it just kicked off. It’s the most pathetic thing but it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he confessed.

“Sibling arguments are different,” Chloe opined. “You definitely hold a grudge more.”

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The sibling fallout forms a huge part of the drama in Sunday’s episode, which sees Sue spend a whopping £500 on the components of Christmas dinner.

Sue told the show: “Having a feud in the family is heartbreaking, especially this time of year.”

Before everything went awry Sue revealed her mammoth shopping list.

Amongst other things, she purchased an astonishng 148 mince pies, 60 pigs in blankets, 60 Yorkshire puddings, 7.5 kg potatoes, 4kg carrots, 3kg Brussel sprouts, two turkeys, four Christmas puddings and 16 litres of fizzy drinks their Christmas dinner.

22 Kids and Counting at Christmas, which airs on Channel 5 this Sunday at 8pm.

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