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FIRST FOR ROYAL NEWS
ISSUE 1167 ? JAN 8 2019
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�20 WEEKLY
KATE AND
MEGHAN?S
UNITED
FRONT
HOW THE SMILING
DUCHESSES QUASHED
RUMOURS OF A
FEUD ON THEIR
FAMILY GETAWAY
DANCING ON ICE AND CORRIE STAR
JANE DANSON
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WITH HER HUSBAND ROBERT BECK
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ISSUEJANUARY
THEDUKEANDDUCHESSOFCAMBRIDGEjoin
THEDUKEANDDUCHESSOFSUSSEXas the royal
family head to church on Christmas Day
HERMAJESTYTHEQUEEN hosts
H
appy New Year! In
our first issue of 2019
we find out how the
growing royal family
spent the festive break. Putting
on a united front, the Duchesses
of Cambridge and Sussex
joined Her Majesty the Queen
to attend the Christmas Day
service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk.
Laughing and chatting as they made their way
towards the church, Kate and Meghan proved
their close bond, despite recent rumours of a rift
between the pair. Turn the page for more.
Meanwhile, as the new year brings us closer to
the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?s
first child in the spring, on page 16 we take a
look at what life will be like for Baby Sussex and
which American traditions Meghan will uphold.
The stars will be lacing up their ice skates
this weekend as the new series of Dancing On
Ice begins. Ahead of the show we caught up
with contestant and Coronation Street stalwart
Jane Danson and her husband Robert Beck. The
couple, who have two sons, have been together
for 20 years and during our exclusive interview
they open up about their enduring love. Plus, we
catch up with the ITV show?s presenters, Holly
Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
The Voice is also back on our screens
this weekend and on page 46 we feature
interviews with all the show?s coaches and
its lovely presenter, Emma Willis.
And with new reality show The
Greatest Dancer also starting
this week, we catch up with the
dance captains and presenters,
including Cheryl Tweedy and
Alesha Dixon.
KIRSTYTYLER
Wishing you all
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a happy and
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healthy 2019!
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her annual pre-Christmas lunch
THEDUCHESSOFSUSSEXis all
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way as the stars celebrate
Christmas in style
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As Dancing On Ice returns, HOLLY
WILLOUGHBYand PHILLIPSCHOFIELDtalk
about who they?re excited to see on the ice, before
we catch up with GEMMACOLLINS,WES
NELSON,RICHARDBLACKWOOD,BRIAN
MCFADDEN,SAIRAKHAN andJAMESJORDAN
STACEYDOOLEYand KEVINCLIFTON talk
about their Strictly Come Dancing victory
As we wave goodbye to Strictly for another
year, love continues to blossom off the dancefloor
With the return of The Voice UK, EMMAWILLIS,
OLLYMURS,JENNIFERHUDSON,WILL
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AM and
SIRTOMJONEStalk about what we can expect
from the show this year
CHERYLTWEEDYmakes her talent show
comeback as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer
alongside MATTHEWMORRISONand OTIMABUSE,
who talk about what dance means to them
NICOLEKIDMANon love and loneliness
OK! brings you some New Year fitness and diet
inspiration with interviews from DAVINAMCCALL,
VICKYPATTISON,FERNEMCCANN,CHLOE
MADELEY and new mumCASEYBATCHELOR
Love Island star TYLACARRexclusively
introduces her son Archie to OK!
As Cold Feet returns, the stars reminisce about
the early days and talk about the show?s success
OK! looks forward to the babies, weddings, TV
shows, films and music set for 2019
After 17 years away from Emmerdale, LISA
RILEYtalks about her much-anticipated return
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T
he Duchess of Cambridge and the
Duchess of Sussex put on a united front
as they attended church together last
week, despite rumours of a feud. Kate
and Meghan walked side by side as they made
their way into St Mary Magdalene Church on HM
the Queen?s Sandringham Estate on Christmas
morning, along with their husbands and other
members of the royal family.
The smiling pair were seen laughing and
chatting as they walked along with Prince
William and Prince Harry, with Meghan at
one point affectionately placing a hand on
her sister-in-law?s back. Their friendly display
came after weeks of reports of a growing divide
between the duchesses.
Wrapping up warm against the wintery
morning air, Kate, 36, wore a berry coloured coat
by Catherine Walker, which she teamed with an
�0 Jane Taylor headband. Pinned to her coat
was a diamond and pearl oak leaf brooch which
she previously wore on Christmas Day three
Above: Prince Charles joined his sons
William and Harry and their wives Kate
and Meghan at church. Top: Meghan
placed a friendly hand on Kate?s back
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The beaming pair looked stylish
as ever, with Kate wearing a
berry coloured Catherine
Walker coat, while Meghan
opted for Victoria Beckham
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Above: Kate and Meghan (below
left) chatted and laughed
together, dispelling rumours of
a rift, with crowds keen to meet
the royals (below)
6
years ago. Meanwhile, mum-to-be
Meghan turned to her friend and
fashion designer Victoria Beckham
for her Christmas Day out?t. The 37
year old wore a tailored cashmere
coat and a pair of knee-high boots
from Victoria?s collection. She also
carried a powder box bag designed
by the Spice Girl.
Despite seeming in good spirits,
it was reported that the fab four
had spent the hours before the
church service apart. Meghan and
Harry, 34, had reportedly woken
up at the Queen?s Sandringham
House residence, while Kate and
William, 36, opted to stay at their
ten-bedroom Anmer Hall home. The
decision was in stark contrast to last
year, when Harry revealed he and
Meghan had enjoyed a ?fantastic?
stay at the Cambridges? home.
Last month Kensington Palace
were forced to deny reports claiming
the duchesses had fallen out after
Meghan was rude to Kate?s staff. The
reportedly heated exchange was
said to have also caused tensions
between Harry and William.
A source claimed it was the Queen
and Prince Charles who had told the
couples that any issues they had
must be put to one side on Christmas
Day. It is believed Her Majesty had
told them to make peace with each
other before her annual speech
was broadcast at 3pm. A source
revealed: ?The Queen and Charles
have allowed the situation to play out
without overtly interfering ? but they
both made it clear that Christmas
was for the whole family to really
come together.? The insider added:
?It was awkward and uncomfortable
given what?s gone on over the past 12
months. But the alternative of even
more negativity on Christmas Day
wasn?t worth thinking about.?
The news that both of her
grandsons were spending the day
with her must have been music to
the Queen?s ears. Dickie Arbiter,
her former press spokesperson,
told OK!: ?The Queen always likes
The duchesses were
the centre of
attention on
Christmas Day
to celebrate Christmas with as many of her
family as possible.?
The monarch arrived at the church shortly
before the 11am service began and was
welcomed by the Revd Canon Jonathan Riviere.
While he usually attends the service, Prince
Philip this time stayed at home, although
insiders con?rmed the duke was ?in perfectly
good health?. Prince Charles also arrived without
his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. It is believed
Camilla was resting up after coming down with
a bad cold. Also at the church service were the
Queen?s granddaughters Zara Tindall, Princess
Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Zara arrived
hand in hand with husband Mike while Eugenie
was joined by her husband of two months, Jack
Brooksbank. Beatrice, meanwhile, walked into
the church with Autumn Phillips. Prince Edward
was also there with his wife Sophie, Countess of
Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor
and James, Viscount Severn.
While Kate and William?s three children
weren?t present, the duchess told a member
of the crowd outside the church that excitable
Prince George, ?ve, and Princess Charlotte, three,
had been up ?very early? to open their presents.
She sweetly added it had been ?lovely to see
their faces?. Just a few days earlier, Kate was
spotted with George and Charlotte doing some
last-minute shopping at bargain homeware shop
The Range. Onlookers revealed that George had
begged his mum for some dinosaur slime while
they browsed the aisles picking up pictures,
children?s books and artist materials.
Despite reports that Meghan?s mum Doria
Ragland would spend Christmas with the royal
family, she was nowhere to be seen. According
to insiders the yoga instructor politely declined
the Queen?s invitation in the weeks leading
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Above: All eyes were on Meghan and
Harry, with well-wishers snapping away
(right), particularly as the royal couple
(below) will become parents this year
up to the event, choosing instead to stay
home in Los Angeles. Meanwhile her
father Thomas Markle was spotted visiting
children at a refugee camp in Mexico on
Christmas Day.
As is tradition, the 45-minute service
began with the national anthem followed
by carols. After departing, the royal
family set about meeting some of the
well-wishers from the local community
who had been waiting outside the church
since the early hours of the morning. With
her ?rst baby due in the spring, Meghan
reportedly told one member of the crowd
that she was ?excited? for the new arrival,
adding: ?We?re nearly there.? During the
morning Meghan showed off her perfect
curtsy as she paid her respects to the
Queen. Many remarked on how much
she had improved the move after being
criticised last Christmas for not curtsying
deeply enough.
Their visit to church was the ?rst of
several carefully scheduled events taking
place that day. Back at Sandringham
House the family are believed to have
gathered at 1.15pm for a traditional turkey
lunch. The meal reportedly takes place
in a green-walled dining room, where the
Queen raises a toast each year to her
senior chef as he carves the turkey. Darren
McGrady, the Queen?s former chef, once
revealed that the royal family dines on
lobster or shrimp salad, turkey with all the
trimmings followed by Christmas pudding
with brandy butter. The youngest members
of the royal family dine separately in the
nursery, which is set up just for them.
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The Duke and
Duchess of Sussex
appeared to be
enjoying Christmas
Day very much
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Below: Meghan?s deep
curtsy was said to be a
big improvement on last
year?s effort (bottom)
Of course, everyone would
have been present to watch the
Queen?s pre-recorded Christmas
speech that afternoon. This year
the monarch used her broadcast
to re?ect on the royal family?s
exciting year and to call for
people to treat each other with
?respect? despite ?deeply held
differences?. Some speculated
that her remarks could even
have been relevant to Kate and
Meghan. Addressing the nation
the Queen said: ?It?s been a
busy year for my family, with
two weddings, two babies and
another child expected soon. It
helps keep a grandmother well
occupied.? She continued: ?Some
cultures believe a long life brings
wisdom. I?d like to think so.
Perhaps part of that wisdom
is to recognise some of life?s
baffling paradoxes, such as the
way human beings have a huge
propensity for good, and yet a
capacity for evil.? Re?ecting on
her own life experiences she
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Below: Prince William and Kate
greeted the crowds who waited
patently to see them and Her
Majesty the Queen (right)
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added: ?But through the many changes I have
seen over the years, faith, family and friendship
have been not only a constant for me but a
source of personal comfort and reassurance.?
The day was no doubt one of great
celebration, as the family prepares to welcome
the latest royal baby into the fold. Harry revealed
last year that Meghan, who is due to give birth in
the spring, had been welcomed with open arms
on Christmas Day. ?It was fantastic, she really
enjoyed it. The family loved having her there.
There?s always that family part of Christmas
Above: Zara and Mike Tindall arriving at the service.
Right: Prince Edward arrived with his wife Sophie,
Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise
Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Top right:
Princess Beatrice with Autumn Phillips
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[where] there?s always that work
element there as well, and I think
together we had an amazing time.
We had great fun staying with
my brother and sister-in-law and
running around with the kids,? he
said after Meghan became the ?rst
royal ?anc� to receive an invite to
Sandringham for the festive period.
Paul Burrell, the Queen?s
former footman and butler to
Diana, Princess of Wales, recently
opened up about how lively the
Christmas period at Sandringham
can be. ?It?s the most intense
period of the year, I?ve been there
for so many Christmases, this
house is occupied by some of the
biggest personalities and egos
in the country. All these people
are members of the royal family,
they are all larger than life, have
character to go with it,? he said.
He added: ?They all want to
please the Queen and want airtime
with her, it?s the one time that they
can sit down with the head of the
family and make an impression.? Paul
also revealed that the Queen likes to
play a game of cards before or after
dinner, claiming she is particularly
partial to bridge or canasta. ?She?ll
always ask people to join her, that?s
your chance to get quality time and
tell the monarch what you?re thinking
and feeling,? he said.
The family?s festive getaway
rounded off with a traditional
pheasant shoot on Boxing Day.
Despite reports animal lover
Meghan had banned Harry from
taking part, the prince was said to
be present at the annual outing.
Meghan also accompanied him for
a lunch of cold cut meats and salad
after the shoot. OK!
Above: Newlyweds Princess Eugenie and
Jack Brooksbank were at the royal gathering,
as were Peter Phillips with his daughters
Savannah and Isla (top right)
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Above: The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge head to lunch with
their children, Prince George and
Princess Charlotte. Below right:
The Duke and Duchess of
Sussex also attended
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Princess Beatrice attended,
seemingly without her
sister Princess Eugenie
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H
er Majesty the Queen?s annual preChristmas lunch saw members of the
royal family come out in force for a
festive get-together. The Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge were among the ?rst to
arrive at Buckingham Palace, with William driving
his wife and children from their nearby home at
Kensington Palace. Three-year-old Princess
Charlotte looked as cute and con?dent as ever,
copying her mum as she waved to the crowds as
the family pulled up to the palace, while her
brother Prince George, ?ve, sat beside her. The
youngest Cambridge sibling, eight-month-old
Prince Louis was nowhere to be seen.
The family were joined by their nanny Maria
Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who was no doubt tasked
with looking after the energetic youngsters while
their parents enjoyed mingling with 50 members
of the royal family. The Queen throws the event
every year, and invitations are extended to some
family members who haven?t been invited to
Mike and Zara were among
spend Christmas Day at Sandringham with her.
the guests, along with
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also
their elder daughter Mia
present, with Harry taking on driving duties for his
pregnant wife. Meghan, who attended the lunch
for the ?rst time in 2017, was spotted
wearing a ?oral dress by Erdem. The
37-year-old former actress ?rst wore
the dress in 2016 while appearing on
US programme Today to promote
legal drama Suits. Kate, 36, also
recycled her look on the day, wearing
the same pink Stella McCartney
dress that she wore to Prince Philip?s
90th birthday celebrations in 2011.
Prince Charles, as well as Zara
and Mike Tindall ? who brought
eldest daughter Mia, but didn?t
Both Meghan
appear to be with youngest
(above in 2016)
daughter Lena ? were also in
and Kate (right in
attendance. Meanwhile, Princess
2011) recycled
Beatrice arrived without her sister
their out?ts for
Princess Eugenie, who didn?t
the lunch
OK!
appear to be present.
ASSHESHOWSOFFHERBUMP
?I?MFEELINGVERYPREGNANT?
THEDUCHESSOFSUSSEXISALLSMILESDESPITERUMOURSOFTENSIONWITH
THEDUCHESSOFCAMBRIDGEANDHERDADSPEAKINGOUTYETAGAIN
Meghan proudly
showed off her
bump as she
visited
Brinsworth
House
W
ith the countdown
until she welcomes
her ?rst baby ?rmly
on, the Duchess of
Sussex kept calm and composed
during her last outing before
Christmas, despite ongoing
family drama.
Meghan was the picture
of professionalism as she visited
Brinsworth House in London,
a nursing home for former
actors and entertainment
industry workers.
Her serene demeanour
came just hours after her father
Thomas Markle once again
appeared on TV this time calling
on Her Majesty the Queen to help
him heal his growing rift with
his daughter (see facing page).
It also coincided with intense
speculation that Meghan had
fallen out with her sister-in-law
the Duchess of Cambridge and
reports she has been dubbed
?Duchess Difficult? by palace staff.
Below: Meghan listened to
Cassidy Janson sing at the
at the nursing home and
met Reg Brigden (above)
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Royal commentator Richard
Fitzwilliams tells OK!: ?There is
no doubt that behind the scenes
everything that is going on will be
taking its toll on Meghan. However,
rule number one when you?re a
member of the royal family is that
you do not let your personal life
affect your duties. As an actress,
Meghan knows how to put on a
front in public when needed. She
always remains digni?ed, despite
how much turmoil she may be in.?
The blooming duchess, 37,
showed off her growing baby
bump as she arrived at Brinsworth
House wearing a ?gure-hugging
�4 dress by LA brand Brock
Collection and a �0 wool coat
by Soia & Kyo. While making the
visit, Meghan ? who previously
revealed she was ?running
on adrenaline? while juggling
pregnancy with royal duties ?
joked: ?I?m feeling very pregnant
today.? Despite this she added she
was feeling ?very good?.
Meghan appeared
un?ustered despite
rumours of family
problems with Kate
and her dad
MEGHAN?SDAD
ASKSFORTHEQUEEN
TOINTERVENE
M
eghan?s father,
Thomas Markle
(right) has once
again pleaded
with his daughter
to get in touch,
following months
of no contact.
While she kept
her head held high at
Brinsworth House, the duchess was
reportedly called into ?crisis talks?
with palace officials after Thomas
called on HM the Queen to help
heal their rift. Calling for the
monarch to help them reconnect,
Thomas said during the interview
on Good Morning Britain: ?I would
appreciate anything she could do.
I would think she would want to
resolve family problems.?
The retired lighting director,
who lives in America, also claimed
Meghan had ?ghosted? him despite
him texting her ?every day?. He went
on to brand the duchess a ?controlling
person?, admitting: ?She has always
been in charge ? that?s her nature ?
but she?s always been polite with it.?
A palace source revealed that
those inside the royal household
had grown ?enraged and yet
exhausted? and believed Thomas
had gone ?a step too far? when he
mentioned the Queen.
As he opened up about his
strained relationship with Meghan,
Thomas said: ?I love my daughter
very much and she has to know
that. I would really appreciate if she
would just call me, reach out to me
somehow, send me a text, just say
you?re there and you?re hearing me.?
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Richard reveals: ?While there?s no
doubt her father?s latest outburst
and rumours of a fall-out with Kate
will be very upsetting for her, Meghan
is naturally a very calm and positive
person. She won?t let any drama affect
her pregnancy. Harry will be doing his
best to ensure there is a bubble of calm
around her and that she is as protected
as possible from any negativity.?
As a former actress, Meghan was in
good company as she mingled with the
likes of comedian Richard O?Sullivan
while touring Brinsworth House, which is
supported by the Royal Variety Charity.
Meghan also showed off her bilingual
skills while talking ?uent Spanish to one
resident and revealed she had visited a
similar home in Los Angeles on several
occasions. Meghan later told one elderly
resident she could ?relate? to her when
she revealed she had chosen a career
over having children.
After her arrival, it wasn?t long until
Meghan was showing off her performing
credentials inside the home. Meghan
joined in with a festive rendition of It?s
Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
before heading on a tour of the house.
While being shown around, Meghan was
introduced to the on-site hairdresser and
met with the team of nurses and care
assistants who help look after those
who live there. EastEnders star Leslie
Grantham and actress Dame Thora Hird
are among the famous faces who have
stayed at the home over the years.
Ahead of her solo engagement it
was revealed that Meghan would
receive her ?rst royal patronage from
HM the Queen next month. It has been
rumoured her ongoing role within the
royal family will be focused on her
interest in the arts, women?s rights and
mental health.
Above: Meghan was very
comfortable carrying out her
royal duties (left) joking around
with Biddy De Nordwall and
hairdresser Anthony Shelton
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WHEREWILLTHE
BABYBEBORN?
W
hile the Duchess of Cambridge
has given birth to all three of her
children at the �500-a-night private
Lindo Wing of St Mary?s Hospital in
London (below), it is believed Meghan
could opt for something very different.
It has been reported that the duchess
is keen for a home birth but is also
considering one of the nearby private
hospitals in Windsor. A source reveals
that yoga fan Meghan is gearing up for a
?natural birth? and has been researching
hypnobirthing, a technique to help her
stay calm when she goes into labour.
Richard reveals: ?Meghan will want to
encourage an air of calm around her
before and during the birth.?
WHATAMERICANTRADITIONS
WILLMEGHANSTICKTO?
W
hile she has
undoubtedly made
the UK her home, Meghan
is likely to keep up with
some American traditions
during her pregnancy. Royal
etiquette expert Myka Meier
tells OK! that the duchess
is likely to have a big baby
shower like many of her
close showbiz pals, including
Serena Williams. ?Culturally
Meghan has grown up
associating the celebration
of a new baby with a shower.
Typically the mother-tobe?s closest friends come
together to ?shower? her
with baby products and
pampering gifts.? It is likely
Meghan will ask her best
friend and stylist Jessica
Mulroney to organise
the party, but instead of
presents Myka reveals that
Meghan could follow the
popular Californian tradition
of asking her friends to
donate to a charity in the
baby?s honour. As a fulltime, working member of
the royal family it is unlikely
Meghan will take a full year?s
maternity leave but could
follow in sister-in-law Kate?s
footsteps by taking six
months. Kate took half a year
off after the birth of Princess
Charlotte and Princess Louis,
after reportedly regretting
taking just six weeks with
Prince George. ?Meghan is a
hard worker and aware of her
duties. While she won?t rush
her time with her newborn,
she?ll be keen to get back to
work as soon as she is ready,?
Myka says.
Above: Meghan with
best friends Jessica
Mulroney and Serena
Williams (right). Left:
Meghan is thought to
favour a baby shower
WHATWILLLIFEBELIKEFORBABYSUSSEX?
A
ccording to the laws of succession, Harry
and Meghan can?t pass on their royal titles
if they welcome a daughter in the spring. The
current rules state that a male heir will inherit
a dukedom. However, if they have a daughter
she will not automatically be granted a title
? and that isn?t the only thing that will be
different for baby Sussex.
As seventh in line to the
throne, Harry and Meghan?s
son or daughter will have
the ability to live a very
different life from Kate and
William?s children.
Royal expert Richard
Fitzwilliams explains: ?With
so much distance between
their child and the throne,
they will have the freedom
to choose if he or she lives
their life as a full-time
royal. It could be that like
Harry?s cousins Princess
Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, they go on to
get a normal job and take part in very few royal
engagements.? He adds: ?Despite this, being a
senior member of the royal family will always
have limitations so they will be involved to
some extent.?
It was recently reported that the duke and
duchess are planning to take their baby on an
official tour of America and
Canada later this year. Royal
etiquette expert, Myka Meier
tells OK!: ?Meghan and Harry
are likely to travel as much as
possible with their children.
They?ll want them to learn
about different cultures and
to educate them on how
they can use their position
for good.?
And while their child will
be privileged, Myka reveals
Meghan won?t let them be
spoilt. ?Meghan grew up as a
regular girl, in a middle class family. She had
numerous jobs and worked hard to achieve her
goals, she?ll want to instil those values in her
children,? she says.
Another key difference between baby
Sussex and Kate and William?s children will
be where they live. It was recently con?rmed
that the duke and duchess will be setting up
home at Frogmore Cottage (left) in Windsor,
a property renowned for its privacy. With the
couple set to move in any day now, a number
of high-tech security cameras were recently
put in place to ensure the couple feel as safe
as possible while raising their baby.
As speculation mounts surrounding the
baby?s name, Victoria is leading the way
according to bookmakers Coral. In what would
be a touching tribute to Harry?s late mother,
Diana follows closely behind as joint second
favourite, along with Albert and Philip. OK!
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Sylvain, Freya,
Samia and Yves give
us a festive pout
Above: Theodore, Vogue and
Spencer say cheese! Below:
Wayne and Frankie with
Carter and Parker
Above: Paul Solomons and his
Christmas elf Kylie! Left:
Stacey and Joe with Leighton
and Zachary. Below: Life?s a
beach for Rio, Kate and family
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heir lives may be full of glitz and glamour, but at
Christmas, our favourite celebrities were sporting
their pyjamas and tucking into turkey and mince
pies just like the rest of us! After being
announced as a headliner for this year?s Glastonbury
festival, Kylie Minogue was in the mood to celebrate. The
singer was the picture of happiness in her festive elf
costume, as she shared a cute moment with her partner
Paul Solomons (top right). Meanwhile, David Beckham
donned some festive specs to channel Sit Elton John
(left), who is godfather to his sons Brooklyn, 19 and
Romeo, 16. The whole Beckham clan ? including Victoria,
sister Louise Adams and nieces Libby, 18, and TallulahMay, 14, joined in the fun.
Samia and Sylvain
Longchambon kept
it co-ordinated with
matching elf pyjamas
from Next. Posing in front
of the Christmas tree, the
couple?s three-year-old son
Yves, and the Coronation
Street star?s daughter
Freya, nine, pulled their
best silly festive faces!
Opting for the same
pyjamas were Frankie
and Wayne Bridge, who
revealed that their sons Parker, ?ve, and Carter, three,
couldn?t wait for Santa to visit. Frankie told her social
media followers: ?This is the 1st year that they?ve both
been ridiculously excited... it?s so amazing to get to
experience it with them!!!?
Also unable to contain their excitement were Vogue
Williams and Spencer Matthews, who enjoyed their ?rst
Christmas with three-month-old Theodore, and were
also wearing the same matching Next pyjamas. Taking
to Instagram (top left) to praise his wife of six months,
Spencer wrote: ?2018 has been the best year of my life,
largely due to my incredible wife @voguewilliams with
whom I share this wonderful Christmas elf... She is
simply the best and Theodore ?lls
my heart with joy at all times.?
Loose Women star Stacey
Solomon and her partner Joe Swash
also enjoyed their ?rst Christmas
together in their new home. Stacey
shared a cute snap on Instagram
(above left) of herself, Joe and her two
sons Zachary, ten, and Leighton, six.
Meanwhile, newly engaged Kate
Wright and Rio Ferdinand posed on
the beach in the Maldives alongside
Rio?s children Lorenz, 12, Tate, ten, and
seven-year-old Tia, from his marriage
to his late wife Rebecca. OK!
Above, right and bottom left: Pete
was joined at the car showroom
by Princess and Junior
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have a wonderful time and they should.?
fter con?rming that Junior and
Pete?s tweet came after it was reported
Princess spent Christmas Day
that the pair would be spending the day
with their mum Katie Price,
with Pete, amid Katie?s bankruptcy woes
Peter Andre indulged in some
and rehab stay, despite it being her turn.
quality time with his two eldest children
Days after his test drive, Pete joined
over the festive period.
Love Island?s Laura Anderson, Zara
The 45-year-old singer was joined
McDermott and Samira Mighty to ?lm
by Junior, 13, and Princess, 11, as he went
a YouTube series. Sharing a picture of
shopping for a new car. Pete looked in
himself with the girls, Pete captioned the
good spirits as he looked around with
snap: ?Me and my mysterious girls <3 @
his brood, with Princess looking pretty
samiramighty wrote that by the way.?
in pink as she wrapped up in a pastel
Back in the summer, junior doctor
coat. The dad of four recently test drove
Emily, 29, revealed that she and her
a �,000 BMW, but has admitted he?s
husband were hooked on the popular
still undecided on what motor to choose.
ITV2 show.
Pete con?rmed that his former wife of
OK!
four years Katie had Junior and Princess
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for Christmas Day on Twitter, saying
before the big day: ?I never normally
respond to anything. But of course
the children (j and p) will be with
their mum for Christmas. This was
always the case. And so they should.
She is their mum. Have a good day.?
Opening up about Princess and
Junior?s Christmas and his plans
once he?s reunited with them at
the home he shares with his OK!
columnist wife Emily and their two
children, Millie, who turns ?ve next
week, and Theo, two, Pete said: ?We
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always do it where if it?s not my year
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we?ll just do it [Christmas] the day
Laura Anderson and
I have them. It?s ?ne. You know, it?s
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ast year saw him score his
22nd professional win and
boxer ANTHONYJOSHUA
finished 2018 in style as he
was awarded the Order Of
The British Empire for his
services to sport.
The undefeated world
champion looked dapper
in a black and grey suit as
he collected his OBE from
PRINCECHARLES (below) at
Buckingham Palace, receiving
a friendly handshake.
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It?s not the first time
the pair have met. Charles
previously awarded
Anthony with an MBE back
in 2013, asking the 6ft 6in
athlete: ?Shouldn?t you be
playing basketball??
The 29 year old (above),
who shares three-year-old
son Joseph, known as JJ,
with former partner Nicole
Osbourne, was named an
OBE in HERMAJESTYTHE
QUEEN?s birthday honours
list back in June.
Speaking of his
achievement after
the ceremony, he said
boxing ?helps people
from all backgrounds?,
adding: ?In boxing
you meet people,
you inspire them and
they do the same. You
never know where it
could take someone.
That?s important. It?s
not just the medal,
it?s what I?ve done to
achieve it.?
fter a busy end to 2018 on
The X Factor,
and
jetted off on
a well-deserved winter break.
Ayda, 39, took to
Instagram to share a series
of snaps from their family
trip, including one of herself
showing off her impressive
abs in a black bikini as she
posed next to her husband
(above). Another snap,
captioned ?#familytime? saw
the couple joined by their
three children (below) ?
Teddy, six, Charlton, four, and
Coco, three months ? as they
gazed out to sea with Ayda
cradling baby Coco.
The family have homes
in both London and Los
Angeles, and Robbie ? who
has become the new face
of Weight Watchers, now
known as WW ? recently won
a five-year battle to build an
underground pool and gym at
their � million west London
home, despite objections
from his famous neighbour,
Led Zeppelin?s JIMMYPAGE.
Opening up about his new
role as a WW ambassador,
Robbie, 44, said: ?After
my back injury last year, I
definitely let my healthy
habits slip and I felt as
though I let myself and
my family down. I can?t
keep trying the same
things and hoping for a
different outcome.?
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ormer TOWIE star
has
rubbished rumours she was
getting ?cosy? with another
man during a trip to Dubai.
The fitness guru, who has
been in a relationship with
former Coronation Street
actor and Celebrity Big Brother
winner RYANTHOMAS since
2017 (left), came under fire
after she was filmed saying
goodbye to a mystery man,
later claimed to be fitness
entrepreneur Adam Rossiter
(below), while out partying.
The 27 year old enjoyed
a work trip to the city at the
beginning of December. In the
clip, taken at The Penthouse
at Five Palm Jumeirah, she can
be seen kissing her companion
on the cheek, hugging him
and appearing to hold his
hand (below left). But Lucy
was quick to dismiss any
suspicions, taking to Twitter
to say: ?Since when has saying
goodbye to a friend turned into
a cosy night out?! #ridiculous.?
Adam is the owner of sports
nutrition brand Bulk Powders,
for whom Lucy is a celebrity
ambassador.
A source close to Adam
said: ?It was completely
innocent, they have known
each other for years. They
bumped into each other in
the club and Lucy joined them
for a bit, but they went home
separately. She looked a little
more tactile because she?d had
a drink, but they?ve worked
together for years and there?s
nothing romantic going on.?
At the time of going to
press, 34-year-old Ryan?s actor
brother ADAMTHOMAS had
unfollowed Lucy on Instagram.
Lucy and Ryan first struck up
a romance while filming for
Channel 4?s Celebrity Island
With Bear Grylls. They recently
revealed their plans to buy
a house together to OK!,
while Lucy also spoke of her
hopes that Ryan will propose
this year.
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olds recently made their TV debut when Chris
appeared on James Martin?s Saturday Morning
At Christmas show recently (below). And, after
leaving the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on
Christmas Eve after 13 years, the star will launch
his new Virgin Radio breakfast show on January 21.
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adio presenter CHRISEVANShas confirmed
that he?s signed up for this year?s series of
Strictly Come Dancing. Speaking to ALEXJONES
on The One Show, the 52-year-old DJ revealed:
?I have said yes ? probably only because my
wife would like to go every week. You get a pair
of tickets, don?t you? So you and my wife will
go every week. You?ll have a great time, while
I?ll be petrified backstage, with shaky legs.? He
continued: ?Everyone puts it off and tries to
keep it a secret. No, announce now. We?re doing
it now.? Chris,
who has
been married
to Natasha
Shishmanian
(right) for 11
years, added
that rhythm
was ?not really?
his specialty.
The couple
welcomed
twins Walt
and Boo in
September,
and the
three month
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inner of 2015?s The Great
British Bake Off Nadiya
Hussain has tied the knot with
her husband ? again! She and
husband Abdal looked the picture
of happiness at their second
ceremony (right), 14 years after
they first said ?I do? in an arranged
marriage. Sharing the news on
Instagram, Nadiya, 34, wrote:
?Nothing fancy just love. No frills.
Just us. We did it again. I do. I
always will. I would do it all over
again #married #secondtime.?
Meanwhile, Abdal wrote on Twitter:
?You can?t run away from me now.
I love you to infinity and beyond.?
TV presenter Nadiya, who also
shared a picture of her Swarovski
ring (far left) and a cake covered
in cupcakes and macarons
(left), married Abdal (above
left) after only meeting him
once. ?I didn?t know my husband,
and then we had children, and
then I fell in love with him,? she
has said. The couple share sons
Musa, 12, and Dawud, 11, and
daughter Maryam, eight.
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t?s official ? Hollyoaks stars
Stephanie Davis and Owen Warner
are dating. The duo confirmed their
romance as they snuggled up at the
Hollyoaks Christmas party in Liverpool
(below). Stephanie, 25, captioned a
snap on Instagram with a simple ?him?
and a love heart emoji.
Stephanie is mum to son CabenAlbi, who turns two this month,
but split from his father Jeremy
McConnell back in 2017.
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But just a week after going
public with their romance, Steph
took to Instagram to reveal she
had accidentally given herself and
Owen, 19, food poisoning when she
served up raw chicken!
Elsewhere, congratulations are
in order for Stephanie?s Hollyoaks
co-stars Nadine Mulkerrin and Rory
Douglas-Speed (below). The couple
announced their engagement
just weeks after their characters?
on-screen wedding aired.
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fter more than a year of
dating, Laura Whitmore
and Iain Stirling have
reportedly moved in together.
Sharing a picture of the
couple and Laura?s pet pooch
Mick inside a removals van
(right), Laura hinted that
the couple had taken the
next step. She wrote: ?Now
taking bookings for all house
removals for 2019. Mick
charges extra.?
TV presenter Laura, 33,
later took to Instagram
Stories to tell her followers that she
was enjoying ?the first supper? at
their new home (right). The couple
appeared to tuck into fish and chips.
Laura was reportedly introduced
to Love Island voiceover star Iain,
30, by Ore Oduba while she was
competing on Strictly Come Dancing
in 2016.
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Above and above left: Brooklyn
and Hana were every inch the
loved-up couple in Beverly Hills.
Below: Brooklyn showed off his
girlfriend and his new tattoo on
his right arm on Instagram
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Meanwhile, back in the UK, Brooklyn?s famous
parents enjoyed a double date in London with
Victoria?s parents, Jackie and Tony Adams.
The foursome headed for a night out at
Annabel?s in London?s Mayfair, with fashion
designer Victoria,
44, wearing a black
suit, her trademark
shades and black satin
pumps from her own
collection. David, 43,
co-ordinated with his
wife in a black suit and
tie, which he teamed
with a grey ?at cap.
The couple
appeared to be putting
news that Victoria?s
fashion business has
seen another annual
loss behind them.
Even though Victoria
Beckham Ltd had a
sales growth of 17 per
cent to �.5 million in
Above and left:
2017, the business still
David and
made a loss of �.2
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million ? an increase
a double date
from �2 million the
with her parents
year before. OK!
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ove is certainly in the air for Brooklyn
Beckham and his new girlfriend Hana Cross.
The couple couldn?t keep their hands off
each other as they enjoyed a shopping trip in
Beverly Hills recently. The pair were pictured
holding hands and
sharing a kiss as they
walked down Rodeo
Drive, where Brooklyn
treated the 21-year-old
model to a gift from a
jewellery shop.
As well as carrying a
camera, photographer
Brooklyn, 19, was also
showing off a brand
new tattoo ? a sword
covered with ?owers on
his right arm.
The lovebirds later
went on a hike, where
they posed for a series of
sel?es together. Sharing
a picture on Instagram
(far right), both Brooklyn
and the British model ?
who is signed to Select
Model Management ?
captioned them with
a heart emoji.
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his weekend Coronation Street
actress Jane Danson will be lacing
up her skates to compete in the new
series of Dancing On Ice. While the
40 year old is nervous about ice-skating live
on national telly, she tells OK! it won?t be as
daunting as taking part in live episodes of
Corrie! ?I?m just going to give it my best shot.
I?d be more nervous doing a live episode as
that?s my career on the line.?
Ahead of the start of the series, we caught
up with Jane and her husband of 13 years,
Robert Beck, 50, for an exclusive shoot.
The couple began dating 20 years ago,
when Jane approached then Emmerdale
star Rob at the ?rst ever British Soap Awards
in 1999. Rob, who?s ten years older than
Jane, had been her teenage pin-up and
she couldn?t pass up the opportunity to
introduce herself. ?I?d had a crush on Rob
since I was 15, so I thought, I have to speak
to him, it?s fate!? laughs the star as she
recalls their ?rst meeting.
Her bravery paid off as the pair clicked,
went on their ?rst date the following week
and quickly fell in love. They married seven
years later in a ceremony exclusively
covered by OK! and went on to have two
sons, Harry, 12 and Sam, 9 and the happy
couple, who recently celebrated their
thirteenth wedding anniversary, live near
the Corrie set in Manchester.
For over two months, Jane ? who has
played Leanne Battersby on the ITV soap
for 21 years ? has been training for at least
ten hours a week with her professional iceskating partner, Sylvain Longchambon, who
is the husband of one of her best friends
and Corrie co-stars, Samia Longchambon.
Here Jane and Rob open up about all
things ice-skating, their happy marriage
and family life?
Jane: When we
did Coronation
Street Live back
in 2010, our
youngest Sam
was really young
and he didn?t
sleep at all and
How many hours a week have you
we did a month
been training?
of night shoots
Jane: At least ten hours, mainly at a rink
and then went
in Altrincham, which is near to where
straight into the
Sylvain and I both live. The training
live episodes and
has de?nitely given me the kick up the
it almost broke
bum I need to get into a good routine
Jane with her
me, but I got
exercise-wise! I?m one of those people
Corrie co-star
through it. This
who?s all or nothing at the gym. I?ve
Ben Price
is exhausting
de?nitely toned up.
but not on that
Rob: You?ve developed a six-pack! I can
level, so whenever I feel exhausted I refer
really notice it across Jane?s tummy.
Jane: My core strength is a lot better too.
back to then!
Sylvain?s lifting me and taking my weight, but
you can?t be a sack of spuds ? you have to
Jane, you?re partnered with your cohelp him out a little bit!
star and friend Samia Longchambon?s
husband Sylvain. Were you pleased?
How are you ?nding juggling DOI training
It?s been really interesting, as we?re friends
with family life and work?
but Samia is my best friend who I?ve known
longer, so I?ve got to know Sylvain in
a different way. He hasn?t gone easy
on me because we?re friends. He?s a
perfectionist and I love watching him
dance; he?s really graceful. We?ve had
a laugh along the way and it?s great
for Samia too, as we?re so close so her
vote won?t be split between Sylvain
and me now! She?s actually come down
to training a few times and has shown
me how to do certain moves. It?s hard
to visualise how a lift goes, so it?s been
really helpful seeing her do it.
moves ? I?m always four steps behind
everyone else in aerobics!
Rob: Jane was pretty similar to me,
she could go around in circles when
we?re ice-skating with the boys, so the
progress she?s made is extraordinary.
Jane, are you excited about competing?
Yes, and I?m a bit nervous. I?ve loved the
training so far! It?s hard and initially I
wondered if I?d be able to do it as it?s out of
my comfort zone, but it?s one of the best
things I?ve ever done.
Had you done much ice-skating or
dancing beforehand?
Jane: I?ve probably been ice-skating four
times in my life and I?ve never been good at
dancing either. I?d never be able to grasp the
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Jane has been partnered
up with good friend
Sylvain Longchambon
Was there any initial awkwardness
dancing in close proximity to your
best friend?s husband?
Jane: You?re so busy concentrating on
the moves and it becomes so formulaic
that it doesn?t come into the equation.
We feel at ease with each other.
Rob: I?m glad she?s partnered with
Sylvain. For Jane to be skating every day
with someone she?s friends with already
is fantastic. I know she?s having a good
laugh as well as working hard. He?s such
a great guy and they live down the road
so any stress of travelling for training
has been taken out for them both.
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Jane tells OK! she made the
?rst move on Rob, revealing:
?I?d had a crush on Rob since
I was 15 so I thought I
have to speak to him?
Jane has been working hard in preparation for
Dancing On Ice, telling us: ?The training has
de?nitely given me a kick up the bum.?
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Do you all socialise together?
Rob: Sam and Jane are best friends going
back years, so we see them quite a lot and go
out regularly.
Jane: We live within a mile of each other so we
get together quite a lot.
Are you dreading the seemingly inevitable
Dancing On Ice curse stories that tend to
surface each year?
Jane: Not at all. I know people make jokes but it
doesn?t enter into our arena.
Jane, have you suffered any injuries?
I?ve taken a few tumbles and I?ve got a few
bruises. Weirdly, my laces have given me burns
on my ?ngers so I?m ?nding it hard to get my
wedding rings on and off. You wouldn?t think
your laces would give you grief!
Rob: She might get the odd bruise but the
professionals don?t make them do anything they
can?t do too quickly. Jane?s in the safest hands
with Sylvain, he?s an amazing skater and he?s
strong. He can lift me above his head ? in fact
I think he might have done in the past; it?s his
party trick!
Jane, are you up for doing
a headbanger?
No! I think I?d give my mum a
heart attack and I promised
Helen Worth, who plays Gail
Platt, that I wouldn?t.
Rob: I don?t think it?s a
huge risk as Jane?s with
a professional skater. If
Sylvain said he thought she
was ready to do it, I?m sure
she?d give it a go.
Jane: I think that?s something
for further down the line.
That said, Brooke [Vincent] didn?t do it and she
was in the ?nal, so maybe there?s no need!
Has Brooke ? or any of your Corrie co-stars
who have appeared on the show ? given you
any advice?
Jane: They?ve all said, all I can do is my best
and enjoy it. Everyone at Corrie has been so
supportive. Doing live shows in something that
isn?t my comfort zone is scary but at the same
time, I?m just going to give it my best shot. I?d be
more nervous doing a live episode of Corrie as
that?s my career on the line. It?s been a life-long
dream to ice skate so I just want to enjoy it!
Have you spent much time with your
fellow contestants?
Jane: Only at the recent press conferences, so
we?re all getting to know each other. Didi Conn
was joyful and gorgeous. She?s an icon and
was so kind to everyone, I loved spending time
with her.
You recently marked 13 years of marriage ?
how did you celebrate?
Jane: I was working
and skating that
day, but we had
a glass of ?zz in
the evening and
toasted ourselves.
You can tell we?ve
been together
for a long time
as I bought Rob
underpants and he
bought me some
Jane and Rob?s wedding in 2005 was
socks. We?re really
covered exclusively in OK! with
romantic [laughs]!
friends Samia Longchambon and
Rob: We usually
Tina O?Brien among the guests
like to go to The
Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire ? which is
where we got married ? but we couldn?t go as
Jane?s been so busy.
How did you meet?
Rob: We met at the ?rst ever Soap Awards back
in 1999. I was in Emmerdale at the time. Jane
came over and introduced herself.
Jane: I?m not the world?s most con?dent
person but I?d had a crush on Rob since I was
15, so I thought, I have to speak to him, it?s fate.
Something took over me and I approached him.
I was like: ?Where?s the bar please?? And he was
like: ?It?s just there.? [Laughs] I was no good at
chat-up lines!
So Rob was your pin-up when you were a
teenager, Jane?
Rob: She had a sticker of me on her pencil case!
Jane: And a poster of him ? I?ve still got it! It?s
mad to think I married my teenage crush. When I
think about it, it doesn?t seem that long ago but
it?s half my life ago that we met.
When did you start dating?
Rob: We went on our ?rst date the following
week and that was it! I was living and working in
Leeds at the time, so for the ?rst few months it
was tricky ? we used to drive up and down the
M62 a lot!
Jane: Obviously I was very attracted to Rob
but we realised we had similar upbringings and
morals. We realised quite quickly that we ?t with
each other. It was daunting at ?rst as I was only
20 but we just grew together.
How has your relationship changed over
the years?
Rob: Luckily we?re both easy going so we rarely
have harsh words. I met Jane when I was 30 so
I?d got my ridiculousness out of my system and
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Below: Jane says Rob
is ?absolutely my best
friend in the world?.
The couple have two
sons, Sam and Harry
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month scan. It was heartbreaking and it took
us a long time to get over it ? I don?t think you
ever do. There will always be that sadness there
and there?ll always be that desire, but we?re
getting older now and the boys are growing up.
Sometimes you just have to appreciate what
you have. I was very sad for a long time but now
I?m at a place where I think it wasn?t meant to
be. I?m so grateful to have two beautiful boys
who are our everything.
I?d grown up. We just clicked and it?s the same
now, we just get on. I know it?s a clich�, but she?s
my best mate and it?s worked from day one.
Jane: It?s true, Rob?s absolutely my best friend
in the world. We?ve only had about two rows in
20 years. I?m not saying we don?t get on each
other?s nerves sometimes but we?re a strong
team and we?ve always allowed each other to
be individuals. I love the continued support, love
and friendship our marriage brings.
Would you ever renew your vows?
Rob: We discussed it years ago but thought it was
a bit of a ridiculous idea. I know lots of people do
it and they can do what they like but your vows
don?t run out! Your wedding day?s the best day of
your life, so I think it?s just an excuse for a party!
Jane: We?d never get all those people in the
same room again. We?ve both lost our dads and
we miss them terribly. Everyone we loved was in
that room and we couldn?t achieve that again.
You turned 40 recently Jane. How did
you celebrate?
We hired a room in a restaurant and we had a
sing-along. Shayne Ward was there, as were
loads of my Corrie co-stars, including Georgia
Taylor, Samia and Sylvain, Alan Halsall and Andy
Whyment. Part of the reason for doing Dancing
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Rob, will you and the boys be down for the
live Dancing On Ice shows?
We?ll be there for the ?rst one and, depending on
how Jane does, I?ll be down every weekend but
as it?s on a Sunday night it?s hard for the boys as
they have school the next day.
Jane: The kids are quite cool about the show
at the moment. Harry said: ?Just don?t get
voted out ?rst, Mum, as that would be really
embarrassing!? [Laughs.]
What are you up to at the moment, Rob?
My full-time job is father and captain of the
ship. When we had our eldest 12 years ago we
made a decision that I would stay at home and
look after him, as I?ve always been a jobbing
actor. Acting took a back seat. I still work when
it becomes available but while Sam?s still only
nine, I?m very much still required at home.
Do you miss it?
I?ve never regretted it. My family is my priority
and the thing I love most in the world. A lot of
people would jump at the chance of work but I?d
rather be at home with my boys.
On Ice was because I turned 40. My children are
a bit older now and I thought, maybe it?s time to
do something new for me. Being 40 has made
me feel more positive about life and trying new
things. Sadly Rob and I have both lost friends
far too soon and it makes me want to do more
things that test me.
How are your sons Harry and Sam?
Rob: They?re lovely boys and both so different.
Harry?s calmer, quieter and introspective and
Sam?s our cheeky little monkey, he?s just got
energy to burn!
Jane: They?re both a bit like us. Rob?s a bit shyer
than me ? he?s not a show-off at all. The boys
are both equally unique, but in different ways.
Are either of them showing any signs of
following you both into acting?
Rob: When Harry?s a bit older he might show
an interest; he does have a creativity. Sam?s
learning to play the drums ? he can?t wait to be
old enough to come to gigs with me. So we may
have an actor and a rock star! I?d rather them
have proper jobs, to be honest [laughs]!
Would you like to have any more children?
Jane: Sadly we lost our third child a few years
ago ? I found out I?d miscarried at the three-
Jane, apart from a brief hiatus, you?ve been
on Corrie for 21 years ? do you love it there?
Yes, I?m the happiest I?ve ever been on the show. I
think that comes from life experience. It?s a lovely
place to work. Although it will be nice for people to
think of me as Jane and not Leanne for a change.
Can you see yourself seeing out your career
at Corrie?
Jane: I genuinely don?t know. There is part of
me that has a few more boxes to tick, but at the
same time they?ve given me such wonderful
work. Regular acting work isn?t to be sniffed at
and it?s afforded me opportunities like doing
Dancing On Ice. I don?t take it for granted as
producers can come in and make changes.
Whatever happens I?m at peace as I?ve had an
amazing run there. OK!
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with Rob telling OK!: ?Your
vows don?t run out!?
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he KARDASHIAN-JENNERS certainly
didn?t disappoint with this year?s
annual family ?Kristmas? card. The lastminute offering, shared on Instagram,
shows a tiara-topped KHLOE, KOURTNEY,
KYLIE andKIM, surrounded by their
adorable children (above).
As Kim cuddles her own three ? North,
five, Saint, three, and 11-month-old Chicago
? half-sister Kylie holds tight to her tenmonth-old daughter Stormi, while Khloe
cosies up to eight-month old daughter
True. Kourtney?s two youngest, Penelope,
six, and Reign, four, are perched on her
knee, while her oldest son Mason, nine,
receives a huge hug from Dream, the twoyear-old daughter of ROBKARDASHIAN,
who doesn?t appear in the photo.
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Also absent is KENDALLJENNER, who
according to half-sister Khloe ?chose not
to be in the picture because she thought it
was cuter that it was just the babies and
the mommies?.
Kim and her husband KANYEWEST
treated fans to more snaps taken at
the annual Kardashian-Jenner annual
Christmas Eve party. Wearing a plunging
satin gown, Kim posed with her family
of five in front of some festive frosted
Christmas trees. However, it was little
North who stole the show with her bright
red lipstick and model pose (left).
The winter wonderland-themed
evening bash ? held at Kim and Kanye?s
Calabasas home ? was said to have cost
an eye-watering �0,000. Lavish touches
included a festive feast for 200, real snow,
igloos, a snowy hill to go sledding on,
a candy bar station featuring different
desserts and fake clouds on the ceiling of
the main dining room (left and far left) .
Proving that she and her former partner
KRIS have put aside their differences,
Kendall and Kylie?s father CAITLYNJENNER
was also in attendance, arriving with her
rumoured girlfriend, Sophia Hutchins.
Other guests included JENNIFERLOPEZ
and her partnerALEXRODRIQUEZ, pop
star SIA, socialite PARISHILTON and
singer JOHNLEGEND with his model wife,
CHRISSYTEIGEN.
MILEYANDMEGHANSAY?IDO!?
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ust six weeks after their
Malibu mansion was
wrecked by the Californian
wildfires,MILEYCYRUS
and LIAMHEMSWORTH
had some good news as
they tied the knot in a secret
ceremony near their home
in Franklin, Tennessee.
The couple ? who met
in 2009 on their movie The
Last Song and got engaged
six years ago ? shared
a selection of black and
white images on Instagram
(below) marking their
special day, which took
place on December 23.
Wrecking Ball singer
Miley, 26, evoked old-school
Hollywood glamour in her
�800 Vivienne Westwood
gown (left), while Hunger
Games star Liam, 28, who
referred to his new wife as
?my love? on social media,
teamed his black suit with
white trainers (far left).
Posting a gorgeous
image of her and Australian
actor Liam sharing a
smooch, Miley wrote:
?This is probably our one
millionth kiss.?
There were also photos
of the bride and groom
cutting the
cake and Liam
downing shots
with his
movie star
brothers
CHRIS
and LUKE.
Meanwhile,
a day earlier,
US singer
MEGHAN
TRAINOR
got hitched
to Spy Kids star DARYL
SABARA (above) on her
25th birthday at their Los
Angeles home. Describing
herself as ?a wifey for lifey?,
she said later: ?It?s the
beginning of an awesome,
whole new life. I got way
more than I ever wished for.?
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harmonious things
are between her and her
former husband CHRIS
MARTIN, GWYNETH
PALTROW has revealed
she has a Christmas
stocking for both the
Coldplay frontman and her
current husband, producer
BRADFALCHUK (right)!
Sharing a snap of
herself by her fireplace
(far right), stockings can
be seen hanging for Brad,
Chris and her and Chris?s
children ? Apple, 14, and
Moses (right), 12.
Gwyneth, 46, and Brad, 47,
tied the knot in September.
The actress and Chris
?consciously uncoupled?
in 2014 but have remained
close, with the Goop founder
even referring to the musician
as her ?brother? last year.
Chris is also said to sleep
at Gwyneth?s house when
she is travelling.
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Above: This year?s
contestants
fter a triumphant stint co-hosting I?m A
Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of Here!, Holly
Willoughby is now back on home soil.
And we hope she has her thermals at
the ready, because the 37 year old has
swapped the Australian outback for the ice rink
as she presents the new series of Dancing On
Ice alongside her TV husband Phillip Scho?eld.
The pair began presenting DOI together in 2006
and, after hitting it off, Holly was named as
Phillip?s This Morning co-host.
And Holly recently revealed her loyalties still
lie with Phil, putting to bed rumours she will
once again replace Ant McPartlin when I?m A
Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of Here! returns at the
end of the year. ?It was a one-off, once in a
lifetime adventure,? Holly said as Ant prepared
to return to work on Britain?s Got Talent.
Things have been a little easier for Holly
since DOI returned in 2018 following a four-year
hiatus, as she pointed out she no longer has
the pressure of carrying ?a big bump? on the ice.
In the past, the star has
been pregnant with Harry,
now nine, and Belle, now
seven, while presenting
the show; she also shares
son Chester, four, with
husband Dan Baldwin.
Phillip, 56 ? who
has two daughters,
Molly, 25, and Ruby, 22,
with his wife Stephanie
Lowe ? may have been
presenting the show
since it began, but he?s
not so keen to get skates
on himself: ?We?ll leave it
to the pros,? he laughs.
Here the TV duo open
up about Dancing On Ice
A
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danger, wanting to see Gemma Collins on the
ice and why they?re happy to be reunited...
What?s it like to be working together again?
Phillip: It?s so lovely, the ?rst time we saw each
other again was like waiting for my sister to
come home. I?ve been busting to see her!
Holly: I was excited to get back and excited to
see Phil. I?ve missed his little face!
Phillip, what was it like seeing Holly with
another TV husband ? Declan Donnelly ?
on I?m A Celebrity...?
She did so well. I enjoyed myself enormously
watching, she was brilliant, hilarious and she
was caring.
Do you get withdrawal symptoms when you
are apart?
Holly: De?nitely, yes. There?s like a rhythm with
each other that we know so well. I know what
he?s thinking and I know what he?s about to say.
Sometimes we say the same sentence at the
same time and that?s a bit freaky!
Phillip: I?ve missed her horribly. But the nice
thing was that Holly was so brilliant in Australia.
Rochelle [Humes, who stood in for Holly] was
fantastic with me on This Morning. So it worked
really, really well.
Will it be business as usual on I?m A
Celebrity... next year?
Holly: Oh, de?nitely. That was a one-off, a once
in a lifetime adventure, but that?s it.
Does Dancing On Ice have a special place in
your hearts as it?s where your presenting
double act began?
Holly: For that reason alone it?s a very special
show for both of us.
Phillip: It?s funny because we were both
nervous for very different reasons when we
started doing DOI. Holly because it was her
?rst big night-time show, and it was a monster!
For me, because no one had any idea whether
there was an appetite for it, until we got the
[viewing] ?gures the next day.
Does the show feel different after the break?
Holly: It does, mainly because I?m not
pregnant! The ?rst time we did the show, it
seemed I was always on the ice with a big
bump so it?s nice not to be pregnant this time.
Above: Phil with wife
Stephanie and daughters
Molly and Ruby. Left:
Holly with husband Dan
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean joined
the judging panel last year, how would you
describe the panel?s dynamic?
Phillip: For me, it?s the best it has ever been.
Jayne and Chris were brilliant, because who
knows more than them? Jason [Gardiner] is
fabulously caustic as always. I love the fact that
you never quite know what he?s going to say,
and Ashley [Banjo] was a revelation.
Holly says she was
?excited? to see Phil
after her return
from I?m A Celeb...
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Looking at this year?s line-up, is there
anyone that you?re intrigued to see?
Phillip: I think the nation is intrigued to see
Gemma Collins! I?ve said to Gemma: ?If you
make the first show it?ll be a miracle,? and she
seems committed. We all know Gemma for
being a bit of a quitter, so I?m hoping she?ll be
there. I think she is surprisingly good.
Holly: To be honest they all look pretty
confident. We?ve had launches where
they?ve been a bit shaky but they all look
pretty good. I?m really excited about Gemma
too, there?s no doubt about it. She is just
going to give it some isn?t she? I think she is
excited to show everybody what she can do.
Have you ever been asked to come on the
show on skates?
Phillip: When Christine [Lampard, Phillip?s
former DOI co-host] and I were hosting
we did it. We worked really, really hard for
weeks and I was thrilled with our routine.
Then I watched it back and we were going
so slowly! That was a lovely opportunity to
have a try and now we?ll leave it to the pros.
Holly: I thought he did amazingly. I can
barely walk straight at the moment, let alone
put a pair of skates on my feet! I?d absolutely
love to learn to do it but it?s finding the time.
Your kids must be excited about DOI?
Holly: Mine really are, they love it. They love
coming down to rehearsals.
Philip: We get a ticket allocation and it?s so
funny because you have people you don?t
hear from all year and suddenly it?s, ?Any
tickets?? So Steph?s done a spreadsheet!
Would the kids like to see you on the ice?
Holly: They would! I?ve been skating with
them and I can sort of get around.
Holly, your outfits get a lot of attention.
What is the difference between your This
Morning and DOI styles?
Oh my God, the glitter and the sequins. It?s
lovely on Dancing On Ice to be able to wear
a big frock and something you never get to
wear in real life! It?s like being a princess and
going to the ball every Sunday night!
How does DOI compare to Strictly?
Phillip: On Strictly, if you fall over it?s not
likely you?re going to get your fingers cut off.
DOI is dangerous! There?s been blood.
Do you feel the show needs to up its game
compared to Strictly?
Phillip: No, because Strictly is the same,
there?s no upping of anyone?s game.
Holly: After Christmas, DOI just explodes
onto your screen. It?s glamorous. Strictly is
brilliant, I sit and watch it with my family
and we?re gutted when it?s over. So it?s nice
to have another show you can all watch
together. Proper family TV. OK!
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?I was born
glamorous,
darlIng!?
gemma collins tells ok! why the
pressure Is on and about her baby
plans followIng ?dancIng on Ice?
S
he quit I?m A
Celebrity ? Get Me
Out Of Here! after
just 72 hours and
was voted out of diving
show Splash! in week one,
but Gemma Collins is
determined that Dancing On
Ice will be different. The 37
year old is planning on doing
well in the competition, with
help from her professional
partner Matt Evers. ?I want to do the
splits, I want to do a couple of spins, I
want fireworks,? she says, adding: ?Torvill
and Dean, you?re going to take a step to
the left because I?m about to win The
Bolero Cup.?
Gemma?s relationship with James ?Arg?
Argent was skating on thin ice for much
of 2018, but the two are now stronger
than ever and Arg plans to support
Gemma at the rink every week.
Here, the TOWIE star chats about the
pressure to succeed?
hardest I?ve
ever worked,
it?s tiring.
Do you love
the glamour of
ice-skating?
I was born
glamorous, darling!
When we were first
on TOWIE it was all
about the big hair and
the big make-up ? very Essex. The
more famous we got everyone tried to
tone it down apart from me, so I?m loving
being on this show because it?s like being
back in the old TOWIE days.
Brian McFadden said you?re a bigger
diva than Mariah Carey...
Brian and I have the most fantastic fun,
we don?t stop laughing. Brian loves it. I
suppose I am really! Harrods did shut
down for me last month, though! It?s all
part of the GC fun.
How is training going, Gemma?
It?s good, now we?re getting to the fun bit.
We have all worked so hard and everyone
appreciates and respects what each of
us has been through. It hasn?t been easy.
You?ve already lost a stone?
I?ve just started shrinking! I?m losing
weight in places I didn?t think it would
come off. It?s like a fat freeze! I am eating
more than normal now, though.
Are you feeling under pressure?
There?s a lot of pressure on all of us.
People think I?m going to walk out before
the show starts. I?m just going to get out
there and show people what I?ve done
? I?m not worrying about it. This is the
Your co-star Didi Conn said her
husband massages her after training.
Has Arg been doing the same?
No, he?s in panto in Manchester at
the minute so I?ve not had anyone
massaging me. He?s proper proud of me
for doing the show. All of my family went
to his house for Christmas.
Saira Khan said that ice-skating has
made her ?horny?. Do you agree?
Not really! I just want a cup of
tea afterwards.
When do you think you would like to
start a family?
I reckon towards the end of this year.
After this show, we are going to have a
b****y good holiday. We will go to Dubai
and then see what happens. I?m really
looking forward to our holiday together
and then having a baby towards the end
of the year probably. We?ve both had a
really busy few months.
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Above: Gemma says she and Arg
(top left) want to start a family by
the end of this year. Left: With
skating partner Matt Evers
from the villa to the ice
?it?s
just fun,
isn?t it??
wes nelson tells ok!?s josie
copson why getting on the
ice doesn?t make him nervous
and how his body is changing
I
nitially finding fame with his
top off on Love Island, Wes
Nelson is now attempting
to melt hearts with his
clothes firmly on! And he?s
already proved to be a strong
Dancing On Ice competitor,
with fellow contestant Richard
Blackwood revealing: ?Wes
isn?t scared of anything!?
The 20 year old may be taking
to the ice with reigning Dancing
On Ice champion skater Vanessa
Bauer, but Wes has another very
important lady in his life, his
girlfriend Megan Barton-Hanson,
who he met on Love Island.
However, Megan?s already
angered skater Matt Evers, who
accused her of being ?unfair?
when she called the Lycra
skating costumes ?unmanly? and
?repulsive? and said watching Wes
on the ice will make her ?cringe?.
Wes and Megan have proved
that they?re solid compared to
other couples from the villa who
have faltered, and here Wes tells
us why they?re not worried about
any ?curse??
When you were in the Love
Island villa, did you ever
imagine that you would find
yourself here?
Before I went into the villa, I said
the one thing I wanted to do
afterwards, if I made it far on the
show, was Dancing On Ice. I saw
Kem [Cetinay] do it last year and
was like, that?s so sick. He
did really well and I wanted to try
and follow in his footsteps.
You give the impression that
you?re not scared of skating?
Yeah, I just find it fun. I thought
I would be more nervous than
I am. It?s just fun, isn?t it?
Are you worried about the
live shows?
I don?t think I?m worried about
much, but dropping my partner
when doing lifts will be a worry.
It?s a big responsibility.
What does Megan think about
you doing the show?
Megan?s fine with it. You keep
seeing all these headlines like,
is it going to be like Strictly and
have a Dancing On Ice ?curse??
Obviously not ? she knows it?s
not. It?s just all the media hype
around it.
Has training affected how often
you two get to see each other?
Not at all ? training is two hours
a day and only 15 minutes away
from home. We?ve got another 21
hours of the day!
Has Megan said training is
affecting your body?
I?ve not been to the gym so it?s
different. Skating is more cardio
as opposed to weights, so yes,
I?m leaner than I was.
We?re not used to seeing you in
so many clothes, Wes?
Megan?s more
concerned
about this! Did
you see the
headlines?
?Megan cringes
at Wes?s
Dancing On
Ice costumes.?
And now I?m
in glittery
trousers! But
I think they?re
fun. You?re
never going to
be dressed in
all black, it?s
got to be
extravagant!
Above: ?I thought I would be more
nervous than I am,? Wes says about
Dancing On Ice with his partner
Vanessa Bauer (below right). Below
left: With girlfriend Megan BartonHanson, who he met on Love Island
Are you going
to be taking
your top off
while you?re
on the ice?
Absolutely
not! Have
you felt how
cold it is
out there?
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hitting the ice
?we all
get along?
richard blackwood tells ok!?s josie
copson about the group dynamic
A
fter his dramatic exit from EastEnders
last year, Richard Blackwood is hoping
to make a powerful entrance on to
the ice. And the single 46 year old?s
boundless enthusiasm for the show, along with
his professional partner Carlotta
Demetriou, is already evident.
While he?s keen to wow the
judging panel, the star will no doubt
also be looking to
impress his son
Keaun, 17.
Here Richard
talks about why his
skating experience
hasn?t given him a head start?
The Dancing On Ice lifts are a
massive responsibility for
male contestants?
I?m always concerned about
Carlotta and not wanting her
to fall, so I?d rather take the fall
for her. As the man, you?re expected to
lead and protect your partner on the
ice, even if she?s the pro. It?s pressure!
Who?s your biggest competition?
Wes [Nelson]. I?m watching
him! I know he?s been on
holiday in Mauritius but I bet
he was ice-skating out there.
Above: ?Anything I enter, I want
to win,? says Richard. Left:
Richard and his son Keaun. Far
left: With professional partner
Carlotta Demetriou
You used to live in Sweden,
where you ice skated. How easily
have you picked it back up?
I had bad habits as I wasn?t trained!
So I had to start from scratch. Then
they get you to the point where you can skate
and they?re like: ?Okay, now the lifts and the
throws.? Sweden helped with the basics, though.
are no egos. We?re all either in sports or TV, so
we have that competitive nature already. There?s
an understanding that the best man or best
woman wins, but it?s not at the forefront. It?s
every person for themselves on the ice, but off
the ice we?re supporting each other because we
want a good show.
Which of your fellow celebrities were you
most excited to meet?
I didn?t know who was going to be on the show. I
was pleasantly surprised. We all get along, there
Are you in it to win it?
Anything I enter, I want to win. I believe you
should aim for the highest point and then
anything below is good enough.
?this
is
a
walk
in
the
park?
brian m?fadden tells ok! about his injuries and competition
T
he live shows haven?t even started yet,
but there is already a fierce rivalry
between friends Brian McFadden
and James Jordan.
Hopefully there are at least three people who
will be firmly team Brian ? his daughters Molly,
17, and Lilly-Sue, 15, from his marriage to Kerry
Katona, alongside his long-term girlfriend, PE
teacher Danielle Parkinson.
Here Brian, 38, who is partnered with Alex
Murphy, talks about incorporating his Westlife
stool into his routine?
Are you reforming with Westlife?
Not right now. I don?t have plans to.
Will there be any stools in your routines?
My first routine does actually start on a stool in a
bar, it?s very fitting!
Your girlfriend Danielle
is sporty ? has she been
giving you any help?
She just says don?t get
hurt! I?ve taken her on
the ice.
Above: ?I?ve put on weight!? says Brian
during his DOI training with his dance
partner Alex Murphy (right). Far right:
With girlfriend Danielle, daughter
Lilly-Sue and skating partner Alex
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Have you had any
injuries so far?
No matter how I fall, I
land on the exact same
spot on my a**e every
time. I sat down and thought I had my wallet in
my pocket, but it was just a big lump.
Who do you want to beat?
I just need to beat James [Jordan]. We don?t care
about the rest.
Is this the biggest challenge you?ve had?
No, I?ve been married. This is a walk in the park!
Are you getting fitter?
No, I?ve put on weight! I don?t normally eat carbs
but because I?m training six hours a day, I?ve been
eating pizzas and burgers ? I look pregnant!
Do you get on well with Gemma Collins?
We all get on with each other but Gemma is just
mad as a brush. I?ve never seen a bigger diva.
She?s constantly screaming at people to
make her tea, and getting people
to do her hair and make-up. She?ll
be doing an
interview and
then she?ll make
them delete it
because she
doesn?t like it,
and they?ll have
to do it again.
Mariah Carey
doesn?t have a
patch on her.
?i?ll take it
on the chin?
james jordan on clashing with judges
j
ames jordan may not have won the
glitterball trophy during his eight years
as a pro on Strictly Come Dancing, but if
early indications are to be
believed, he could scoop the coveted
top spot on Dancing On Ice. james?s
wife, fellow professional ola, will of
course be cheering him on as he
performs with professional partner
Alexandra Schauman, but here,
40-year-old james reveals she isn?t so
sympathetic to his ailments?
How is training going, James?
I was shocking at the start. It?s nice to see
how far we?ve all come since we started in
october. If I was in my twenties, I?d be more
fearless, but I?m scared of falling ? it hurts!
Do you have an advantage because of
your dance background?
I have some advantages like timing, but
skating has zero to do with dancing! Normally
I?m teaching, so it?s nice being on the other
side. Alex is from Finland so she doesn?t have
a clue who I am. When I look down at my feet,
she?s like: ?Are you sure you?re a dancer??
Is Ola supporting you?
Yes, but she?s not very sympathetic! I took
her to training and she was standing on the
sidelines saying: ?Your posture is bad.? She?s
too scared to get on the ice, she did [Channel
4?s] The Jump and snapped her knee!
Do you think you could clash
with the judges?
I used to be protective of my
partners when I was on Strictly,
but this time I?m the one being
judged so it?s different; I have
to take it on the chin. If it gets
personal then I can?t control
what comes out of my mouth.
Have you lost weight?
Two stone. I was just under 12 stone on
Strictly, and then I went up to 15 stone
in four years so I thought I needed to
do something about it. I was still fit,
but I was just heavy.
What do you think of Stacey Dooley
winning Strictly?
Do I think she was the best dancer?
No. But the public wanted her to win
and that?s the idea of the show. If it
was a proper competition, you?d have
proper judges ? that?s the first thing.
And you?d know that Ashley [roberts]
was going to walk the competition
because she was by far the best.
Above: ?I have some
advantages,? James says of
being a dancer. Top left:
With wife and fellow dancer
Ola. Left: James with his
skating partner Alexandra
?skating makes me horny?
saira khan on being broody at 48
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resenter Saira Khan was persuaded to
take part in Dancing On Ice by her two
children, Zac, ten, and Amara, seven, who
she shares with her husband of 14 years,
Steve Hyde. The Loose Women star admits that,
although the training has been pushing her to her
limit, it has also left her feeling ?horny?!
Here, Saira, 48, who is paired with
professional Mark Hanretty, chats about toning
up, and some harsh truths from her fellow Loose
Women panellists?
How is training going, Saira?
All this skating is making me feel horny! When
they have to hold you and look into your eyes,
you think, that?s what?s missing in my life! I go
home to my husband and say: ?I think we need to
do some skating.? You forget what holding hands
and looking into somebody?s eyes feels like.
Above: ?It?s a sisterhood, they
want me to do well,? Saira says of
her Loose Women co-stars. Right:
With husband Steve and their
children Zac and Amara. Far right:
Saira with skating partner Mark
Have you met Christine Lampard?s daughter yet?
I haven?t yet. I think she?s quite private, so when
she brings her to work we?ll give her a cuddle.
It?s so exciting having a baby on Loose Women.
I?m broody but I?m 48! I?m going through the
menopause, it?s not going to happen now.
Has your body changed during training?
My bum and thighs have got slimmer, I?m toning
up. I?m eating more as I?m burning it all off. OK!
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Are your Loose Women co-stars supportive?
They are, but they have been telling me too
many truths! Andrea [McLean] told me about
her broken ribs, Nadia [Sawalha] said it was the
worst thing ever and Coleen [Nolan] did alright,
so it?s like, thanks girls that?s very helpful! But of
course, it?s a sisterhood, they want me to do well.
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as they go their separate ways
?it was a shock when
they called our names?
?strictly come dancing? champions stacey dooley and kevin
clifton on their surprise win, the wrap party and branching out
A
fter making the Strictly Come Dancing
final four times without a win, it?s no
surprise that Kevin Clifton broke down
in tears when he and Stacey Dooley
were announced as last year?s champions.
Stacey recently admitted: ?I honestly thought
Joe [Sugg] had it in the bag!? But while they bask
in the glory of their victory, sadly the pair will
soon be split up, with Kevin, 36, unable to make
the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. Instead,
Stacey will dance with ?ugly Alja? ?korjanec? as
she jokingly calls the dashing Slovenian dance
professional. During a recent interview, Kevin
laughed: ?She?ll soon forget about me, no doubt!?
And while Stacey, who lives with her boyfriend
of three years, Sam Tucknott, can?t wait to get
back to making documentaries, the star hasn?t
written off branching out. She revealed: ?Who
knows? I love doing the lighter stuff. Everyone has
been so kind.? Stacey, 31, recently teamed up with
video blogger Joe Sugg to present a New Year?s
Eve concert for the BBC.
As they appeared on ITV?s This Morning, Kevin
and Stacey opened up about the star-studded
Strictly wrap party and getting their own back
on judge Craig Revel Horwood for giving them
a nine in the final?
Did you really not believe you had won?
Stacey: I think we?d kind of accepted that we
weren?t going to win. I honestly thought Joe
[Sugg] had it in the bag. So I felt really calm.
Kevin: I think we were definitely expecting Joe
and Dianne [Buswell] to win. Then Craig [Revel
Horwood] killed us a bit with the scores, so we
were bottom of the leader board, and I thought,
yeah, there?s no chance. It was a complete shock
when they called out our names.
You made a face at Craig when he gave you
a nine for the paso doble, didn?t you?
Stacey: Good for you, Kev!
Kevin: Yeah. He always seems to come down
on my partner and me in the final, so I was like,
Below: Kevin and Stacey
celebrate their Strictly
win. Below right: The pair
perform their show dance
in the final
no, not again! But I saw him at the wrap party
afterwards and I was like: ?Craig, man, you were
killing us there,? and he just laughed.
Stacey: He was on great form ? as good as gold.
Stacey, with no prior dance training at all,
did you ever think you would be named the
winner of Strictly?
I know it?s ridiculous to say because everyone
always says: ?Oh, I never thought it would be
me,? and plays it really earnest. But I truly didn?t,
as there were so many brilliant dancers. I just
didn?t want to look like a total idiot or embarrass
myself. And week two was such a write-off. I
remember saying to Kev: ?I don?t know if I can go
out there. I feel like such a plonker.? You?ve just
got to put the hours in.
You had a lot of support from the public in
your home town of Luton?
Stacey: I love home. That?s where all my crowd
are from, it?s where I grew up, it?s where you?re
shaped so, of course, when people say: ?Oh
Luton?? you?re fiercely protective and you?re
proud of what you?ve done.
What do you think they?ll have made of you
flashing your knickers?
Stacey: [Laughs] Probably no real surprise, to
be quite honest! At least they were big. They
were like big Bridget Jones [knickers]. I thought:
?They?re not even fancy or lacy.? It?s like a built- in
bodysuit. So they weren?t my actual knickers.
But I didn?t even realise. Then when I went into
wardrobe, the girls were like: ?Stace, I?m so sorry
but you were showing your area.?
Stacey with her
boyfriend of three
years, Sam Tucknott
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Do you see life changing for you in terms of
who you are on TV after this?
Stacey: Who knows? I?ve never been adamant
that I?d only do current affairs. That?s my passion;
I love making my documentaries. But I do like
other factual entertainment as well, and I like
doing the lighter stuff. Everyone?s been so kind.
You don?t assume that people are going to take
to you. So I feel very lucky.
How was the Strictly wrap party?
Stacey: I left at 5am and I don?t even booze.
I was just on the stage showing off with
the trophy.
Joe and Dianne have gone public? what do
you think of them as a couple?
Stacey: I love Joe. Joe?s my boy and Dianne?s a
sweetheart as well.
Kevin: They are both so lovely, and they need to
be really proud of themselves as well. They did
a great job on Strictly. It?s lovely! OK!
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coupling up after the final
from dancing
to romancing!
With the battle for the ?strictly? glitterball over,
love continues to blossom off the dancefloor
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here?s no denying that Strictly Come
Dancing has been the birthplace of
many budding romances over the
years. And the most recent series
was certainly no different. After months of
speculation, following the show?s final,
contestant Joe Sugg confirmed his romantic
relationship with his professional dance partner
Dianne Buswell.
Sharing an adorable snap of the pair gazing
into each other?s eyes on Instagram (facing
page), Joe wrote: ?I may not have won the
Glitterball, but I?ve won something a million
times more special.? The pair went on to
celebrate the end of the series with an evening
of karaoke. Dianne, 29, even shared a clip of
Joe, 27, serenading her with James Blunt?s
2004 hit You?re Beautiful.
And Dianne has already won the approval of
Joe?s beloved grandmother Phyllis. The 95 year
old revealed: ?I could see that twinkle in his eye
? and the way they looked at each other. He
brought Dianne over to meet me too and that?s
a sign that there is romance in the air. She
seemed like a lovely girl. I think he might be
head over heels.?
The couple kicked off their relationship in
style, joining Joe?s sister Zoe and her boyfriend,
vlogger Alfie Deyes, at a couples? retreat in the
New Forest. The foursome checked into the
luxurious The Yews at Chewton Glen Hotel &
Spa, where prices start at �850 per night! As
well as enjoying massages, and a
dip in the hot tub, Dianne and Joe gave Zoe and
Alfie the Strictly Come Dancing board game as
an early Christmas present. And it was early
gifts all round, with Dianne jetting back home
to Australia following their trip. She wrote on
Twitter: ?Flying home for Christmas meant
early Christmas presents from
@Joe_Sugg best
presents ever.?
And while she
enjoyed the
Australian sun with
a beach trip and a
visit to a vineyard,
Joe wasn?t far from
Dianne?s thoughts.
Sharing a snap of
herself cuddled up
on his lap, she
wrote: ?When I was
sat on Santa Suggs
lap he asked me
what I wanted for
Christmas? My
response was
(apart from a
tamagotchi) I have
everything that
makes me happy
already.?
Dianne was previously in a relationship with
Emmerdale star Anthony Quinlan, but the
couple announced their split back in October,
after ten months together. While some have
speculated that their relationship had become
strained due to Dianne?s close bond with Joe,
Anthony quickly denied the claims, putting the
break-up down to the long distance between
them, and insisting that he and Dianne had
remained good friends.
Things appear to be hotting up too between
fellow finalists Ashley Roberts and Giovanni
Pernice. Although they weren?t partnered on the
show, the duo have been linked throughout the
series and reportedly shared a kiss at the Strictly
Come Dancing wrap party. An insider claimed:
?They felt they had to keep things quiet during
Joe, Dianne and Joe?s sister
Zoe and boyfriend Alfie
Deyes relax in a hot tub
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According to judge Darcey
Bussell, Joe and Dianne
?nailed? their paso doble
in the Strictly final
the show but threw caution to the wind at the
party. They couldn?t keep their hands off each
other.? While Giovanni has insisted that he?s ?not
in a relationship? with the former Pussycat Doll,
when quizzed on the
prospect of making her his
girlfriend, he replied: ?Never
say never.? And though he had
revealed he would be
heading home to Italy for
Christmas, Giovanni was
spotted arriving at Miami
airport with Ashley,
suggesting he spent it in
Florida with the singer and her relatives.
Meanwhile, series 15 contestant Gemma
Atkinson and professional dancer Gorka
Marquez have moved in together after a year of
dating. The couple
met on the dance
show although they
weren?t partnered
together, and only
went public with their
relationship following
the Strictly Come
Dancing tour. The
move came after an
insider claimed that
Gemma was annoyed
during last year?s tour
by married
professional dancer
Katya Jones?s alleged
flirting with Gorka
Above: Gorka and Gemma
backstage. OK!
have moved in together
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despite rumours of Katya
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Giovanni Pernice
(above) and Ashley
Roberts (right) are
said to have kissed
Above: Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell
share a loving look. Right: Giovanni
Pernice and Ashley Roberts touch down
in Miami fuelling rumours of a romance
Above: Dianne posted cosy snaps
with Joe, and mentioned him when
she was back home in Australia
for Christmas (left and right)
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as the talent show returns
?I would love to brIng
my husband to work?
emma willis talks to ok! about the return of ?the voIce uk?,
plannIng her vow renewal and why her kIds are her bIggest fans
W
hile post-Christmas bank balances
are suffering and the dark nights
seemingly neverending, there?s no
better month than January for cosy
Saturday nights in. And as The Voice UK returns
to our screens, Emma Willis will once again take
the helm alongside coaches Olly Murs, Will.i.am,
Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson.
The 42 year old has been a host on the show
since 2014, and now for the first time this year
contestants can audition as trios, as well as
duos and solo singers. Among Emma?s most
loyal viewers are her husband, Busted singer
Matt, 35, their daughters Isabelle, nine, and
Trixie, two, and their seven-year-old son Ace.
Emma and Matt threw a star-studded vow
renewal bash in honour of their tenth wedding
anniversary in July. But while 2018 was in many
ways a year of celebration for the star, it was
tinged with sadness for Emma, who presented
the final series of Big Brother after eight years
with the team.
As the first round of blind auditions kicks off,
Emma opens up about reuniting with her costars and why nerves are a good thing?
Has it been nice having all four coaches
return to the panel this year?
So nice! Will and Tom are pros at this now,
they?ve done it for so many years. Jen just
settled in brilliantly. I was so scared she wouldn?t
come back when I heard that she was doing the
US version again, but she stayed true and came
back, which is lovely. And Olly? Olly was just
brilliant last year so that was a no brainer.
Are your kids still big fans of the show?
They still watch it. In fact, I spoke to Matt the
other day and he was saying he had just got
Above: The Voice UK returns this week
with judges Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones,
Jennifer Hudson and Will.i.am. Top:
Emma and Matt renewed their vows in
July. Above right: Emma was sad to
say goodbye to Big Brother
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You recently celebrated your tenth
wedding anniversary by renewing your
vows. Did it involve a lot of planning?
Yeah, it b****y did [laughs]! A good nine to 12
months went into planning it ? like a wedding,
really! Without the stress and pressure, though.
It was amazing. The kids loved it!
Jennifer has said that The Voice US coaches
have a WhatsApp group. Is that something
you would like to set up here?
I don?t think I?d have the b***s to ask them
for their numbers [laughs]! I speak to Jennifer
on Instagram and we send little messages to
each other. I just texted Olly because I have his
number. I don?t think you could ever ask a legend
for their number, like: ?Alright Tom, can I have
your number?? Will?s got every gadget so he?s
got to have at least five different numbers and I
can imagine that would get quite confusing. I?m
a technophobe as it is! I?d rather just knock on
their door and have a little chat.
home and the kids were playing. It wasn?t a
specific game, but they were doing a show and
had various other children and friends who were
the judges, so I mean, even when I?m not there
it?s still happening [laughs]!
Did they have the chairs?
No. On my very first series I was promised one
of the chairs and I still haven?t got it, even six
years later!
Matt and the Busted boys have an album
coming out in February. Will you sweet-talk
them into performing on the show?
That?s up to them. Obviously, I would love to
bring my husband to work.
Do you still get nervous when hosting
the live shows?
I?m always nervous. Nerves are good because
they keep you on your toes. You don?t want to
get complacent.
A couple of times
when I was hosting
Big Brother last year
I started thinking
about the fact that
I?m reading words.
I?m talking to around
a million people and
the minute you start
thinking that, you
absolutely s**t your
pants [laughs]!
Were you sad
to say goodbye
to Big Brother
after it was axed
following the most
recent series?
Of course I was.
I?m a huge fan of
it and I was even
before I started
working on it, so
it?s hugely disappointing, but I do believe
everything happens for a reason. I always try
to think it?s hopefully a good thing in one way
or another. Whether it?s because it needed to
end or whether it?s because it needs a break, or
whether it needs to be in different hands, only
OK!
time will tell.
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Emma admits she
doesn?t have the guts
to ask Sir Tom Jones
for his number to
create a The Voice UK
WhatsApp group!
?i?m always
nervous.
nerves are
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as they take their seats
?i?m at my
best under
pressure?
?the voice uk? coaches
reveal what we can expect
from the show this year
will.i.am and tom jones
W
hile Will.i.am
has been a
coach on The
Voice UK since
day one, Sir Tom Jones
returned in 2017 after a year
away from the show. And as
reigning champion, following
his win with contestant Ruti
Olajugbagbe last year, the
78 year old has high
standards to uphold!
Meanwhile, Black Eyed
Peas frontman Will, 43,
reunited with his band, minus
lead singer Fergie, last year,
so is keen to put his expertise
to good use as the show
allows trios for the first time.
Here, the pair tell us what
we can expect from the
contest?s eighth season?
Will, what do you make of
the introduction of trios in
the competition as you are
part of one yourself?
Being part of a trio or a
group, you?ve just got to
know each other really well
and it can either be three?s
company or three?s a crowd.
One person?s nerves can
affect another?s nerves and
the one person who has their
nerves under control is
now p****d.
Tom: It?s a team effort?
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As reigning champion,
have you had bragging
rights this series, Tom?
Yeah, I haven?t used it to the
full yet?
All four coaches have
returned this series. Has
that been really helpful?
Tom: I think so. It?s good
when we know one another.
It?s like picking up where you
left off.
Tom and Will, your finalists
Ruti Olajugbagbe and
Donel Mangena finished in
first and second place last
year. How are they both
doing now?
Tom: Ruti?s working with
other writers and they?re
sending stuff to me to listen
to. When you win, you?re
signed to a record label and
management, but I can still
give advice. Ruti?s a great
singer and I will help her as
much as I can.
Will: Donel?s single Bang Like
A Drum did really well and
he?s working on a second
video now. He?s really out
there, putting out music as
much as possible, so I?m
happy with Donel?s progress.
Do you both have any
pre-show rituals?
Tom: You try to prepare
yourself as much as you
can, like for the coach?s
performance. You have to
get that right because how
can you give advice to other
people when you can?t get
yourself together?
Will: For me, I don?t like to
prepare because then I lose
the spontaneity. I love the
excitement and adrenaline.
As soon as I know the plans,
I?m bored! I?m at my best
under pressure.
Above: ?It?s like picking up where
we left off,? Sir Tom Jones says
of the return of all four judges.
Left: Tom with last year?s
winner Ruti Olajugbabe
?until i win
i?ll still feel
like the
new boy?
olly murs and
jennifer hudson
B
ack for round two after making
his debut on The Voice UK last
year, coach Olly Murs is taking to
his red chair alongside Jennifer
Hudson once again. And the duo
couldn?t be happier to be reunited, as
Jennifer, 37, tells OK!: ?We love each
other!? And while Olly, 34, is revelling in
no longer being the new kid on the block,
Jennifer ? who is mum to nine-year-old
son David ? has her work cut out,
splitting her time between the US and
UK versions of the show.
Here, the duo talk about getting
competitive, why their famous red chairs
need an upgrade and Olly reveals why he
feels like he needs to earn his stripes?
Olly, you?re no longer the new boy?
Exactly! But until I win I?ll still feel like the
new boy. I need to earn my stripes but
it?s great. I don?t feel as inexperienced
this time, I feel like I?m more in it.
Do you have a WhatsApp group
for the coaches?
Jennifer: In the US [Jennifer is also a
judge on the US version of The Voice] we
have a coaching text chain but here we
don?t. We text each other individually.
Olly: I?m not even sure that Sir Tom
Jones is on WhatsApp! We haven?t got a
group, that?s dangerous for me. Anytime
Jen hears from me it?s always when I?m
out drinking and hear one of her songs
so I send her a video. It?s like: ?Jen I love
you, Jen [sings her track Spotlight].?
What will the introduction of trios
bring to the competition?
Jennifer: It?s almost like a group in a
way and I like that.
Olly: [To Jennifer] I mean you were
obviously in Dreamgirls and there were
three of you, so you would know what
it?s like singing in three-part harmonies.
It?s pretty awesome.
Do things get competitive between
the coaches?
Jennifer: I think that it?s always
competitive, especially when we all
turn around and it?s time to pitch for
somebody we all really want.
Olly: People throw things, I can?t
say any more!
Jennifer: Did I throw something? I threw
my shoe, didn?t I? I forgot about that!
Olly: Me and Tom didn?t throw our
shoes because we thought it was
quite dangerous [laughs].
Are the seats more comfortable in the
US, Jennifer?
Well, I do have a heater in my chair in the
US. And we have an iPad so they can
send us messages. I?ve handled the jet
lag well this time, thank God.
Olly: Our seats are like economy class ? the
OK!
US ones look like they?re first class!
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tripping the light fantastic
cheryl?s
back!
?the greatest dancer? stars talk about the
new series, starting with cheryl tweedy
Cheryl with co-stars
Matthew, Alesha,
Jordan and Oti
S
he?s back and she?s
back with a bang!
Following her
departure from The X
Factor in 2016, Cheryl Tweedy
has returned to a judging panel
? this time to mentor talented
dancers in BBC One?s hotly
anticipated new show The
Greatest Dancer.
The 35 year old is currently
working alongside two fellow
dance captains ? Glee star
Matthew Morrison and Strictly
Come Dancing?s Oti Mabuse ?
to guide competitors through
the show, which is hosted by
Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo.
Following speculation about
friction between Oti and Cheryl,
Oti hit back via Instagram
recently, saying: ?THERE [is]
ABSOLUTELY NO TENSION
between @cherylofficial and
myself. This beautiful woman
has been nothing but caring,
accepting and guiding towards
me, she?s funny, smart and
honest.? Meanwhile, Cheryl?s
representative said there was
?no truth? to the rumours.
Cheryl?s appearance
comes after a rather turbulent
year in which she ended her
relationship with former One
Direction singer Liam Payne,
25 ? with whom she shares her
21-month-old son Bear ? and
released her comeback single,
Love Made Me Do It, after a
four-year break from the
music business.
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Here, Cheryl chats about
when her passion for dancing
started and her memories of
The X Factor...
You?ve been dancing since
age three, what inspired you?
I was the fourth child and my
mother needed some time. She
was like, off you pop, see you
in a few hours. I took to it like a
duck to water, I loved [dancing]
and have done ever since.
We see both you and Oti
laughing and crying ? why
do you think dancing makes
people so emotional?
It?s like music ? it?s a form of
expression, it?s art and it?s open
for interpretation. Throughout
the auditions, some of us would
really feel it.
What are your standout
moments from the series?
Oti dragged me up to jive and
I could?ve killed her as I was in
six-inch heels!
How does this compare with
your X Factor experience?
It felt more competitive with
The X Factor because someone
was winning a massive
record contract and you felt
responsible for their career.
With this show, you?re helping
them to win �,000 and the
chance to perform on Strictly.
So you?re giving a platform, but
not a career.
You were on the talent show
Popstars: The Rivals ? does
that experience set you apart
from the other judges?
Absolutely not ? they both
have really long careers in
dance and performing arts.
In terms of knowledge, they
are more than qualified.
Did you deliberately choose
dancers outside your area
of expertise?
I went for contestants who
excite me. I have a diverse
group for sure, I want to be
challenged as well. I don?t
want to sit in my comfort zone.
I went to the summer school
at the Royal Ballet when I
was nine but I couldn?t tell a
ballerina what to do ? that was
a long time ago!
?they are
brutal!?
alesha dixon on
what makes ?the
greatest dancer?
different
J
oining Cheryl on screen is the
host of the new BBC One talent
show, former Strictly Come
Dancing judge Alesha Dixon.
The 40-year-old star has been
paired with Diversity?s Jordan Banjo
as a presenting double act. ?We
just pretend to like each other,? she
jokes, adding: ?Actually, though, he?s
amazing, funny, witty, natural.?
When telling us about what makes
The Greatest Dancer different from
other dancing shows, Alesha says:
?The fact that the power lies with
the audience, that?s what makes it
stand out ? they are brutal! I feel like
everyone sat at home watching TV
already feels like a judge. They feel
a sense of responsibility and I don?t
think I?ve seen that on another show.?
Alesha ? who shares her fiveyear-old daughter Azura with partner
and fellow dancer Azuka Ononye
? reveals that watching the first
episode for the first time made her
feel ?really good? and summed it up
as a ?really special show?.
Alesha, who has been a longstanding judge alongside Amanda
Holden, David Walliams and Simon
Cowell on Britain?s Got Talent, says
that on The Greatest Dancer: ?We
all feel like a team.?
Above: ?I want to be challenged
as well,? Cheryl says of judging
on The Greatest Dancer. Left:
Cheryl and Oti have both
denied rumours that there is
tension between them
Above: After being a
judge on Britain?s Got
Talent (above left),
Alesha will now be
on the panel of The
Greatest Dancer.
Left: With partner
Azuka and their
daughter Azura
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talking fame and family
?cheryl
reminds me
of my wife?
matthew morrison
tells ok!?s chrissie reeves
about his new role
B
est known as teacher Will
Schuester in the smash-hit
TV show Glee, Matthew
Morrison can now add
talent show judge to his already
impressive CV!
Having started his career on
Broadway, Matthew is now taking
his place on the judging panel
alongside Cheryl Tweedy and
Strictly pro Oti Mabuse for BBC
One?s The Greatest Dancer. Matthew
also briefly worked with Cheryl on
the 2012 film What To Expect When
You?re Expecting.
The California native is living in
London for the duration of the show
with his interior designer wife Renee
Puente and their one-year-old son,
Revel. Ahead of the show starting,
OK! sits down with Matthew to hear
about his new role?
How is The Greatest Dancer going?
You?re going to love it, the auditions
were wild. This show is so different
Matthew with his
wife Renee and their
adorable son Revel
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and it?s got a lot of heart. We
had auditions from people
who were deaf so they had to
feel the beat, and an amazing
ballet dancer who had been
in a car accident and was
now in a wheelchair but he
still wanted to dance. It?s so
beautiful to watch.
What kind of judge are you?
Nobody is the bad guy, we all
change roles depending on the act.
We are mentors rather than judges,
even the people who don?t get
through leave with some guidance
and constructive criticism.
The stars of dance talent shows
are often stuck by the ?curse?
That was actually a worry of mine,
especially with the press over here.
I?m a family man and proud of being
a father and being a supportive and
loving husband.
You met Cheryl Tweedy
before the show, as you
starred with her in a film. Do
you get along well?
The connection Cheryl and I
have is apparent, we talk about
our kids and we relate so much
because of our children. She
reminds me a lot of my wife.
She?s a strong woman but
having a baby has created a
softness in her. Our boys are
similar ages.
Do you think becoming a dad
has changed you?
It changes everything. My son
makes me want to make him
Above: ?It?s beautiful to watch,?
Matthew says of The Greatest
Dancer. Above left: With fellow
mentors Cheryl and Oti. Below
right: On Glee as Will Schuester
alongside Lea Michele
proud and be the best possible man
I can. Parenthood also changes
your relationship with your spouse,
so Renee and I have at least one
date a week where we go out and
be ourselves ? it?s important. We
co-sleep with Revel so a lot of the
intimacy can go, but at the same
time it helps us sleep, because it?s
so easy for him to turn, get fed and
then he?s back to sleep again.
Were you hands on during
Revel?s birth?
My dad is a midwife so I grew up in
that world ? I actually asked my dad
to deliver the baby but he refused
in case anything happened and I
totally get that. Renee went right
to full term and then felt him shoot
down her birth canal at home so I
drove to the hospital at 100mph. We
arrived at hospital and 20 minutes
later he arrived with no pain relief.
How many kids would you like?
One more. Renee wanted four and
I wanted one so we compromised,
so two is perfect. We have embryos
frozen so we?re going to pop in our
girl and then if it doesn?t take then
we?ll just try naturally.
Matthew appeared
alongside Cameron Diaz,
Cheryl and Rodrigo
Santoro in What To Expect
When You?re Expecting
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?i?m so proud?
oti mabuse talks about her surprise
job before dancing and positivity
S
he?s spent the past three years being
judged on Strictly Come Dancing, but
now Oti Mabuse is giving her dancing
shoes a rest, as she puts on her
mentoring hat for The Greatest Dancer. Here
the 28 year old, who is married to fellow dancer
Marius Lepure, opens up about turning her
hand to something new?
was working full
time, it just didn?t
fulfil my soul. I then
chose to move to
Germany, did Strictly
in Germany and
then was stolen by
the UK version!
As a Strictly dancer, how is it being on the
other side of the table?
I said to Matthew [Morrison]: ?I?m going to put
my mic right down my skirt so I?m not too loud.?
But I am so proud because this is the first time
that I?m actually mentoring, sitting on the other
side and seeing the
whole thing from
beginning to end.
As a dance
Dancing on
captain, are you
Strictly Come
different from the
Dancing
Strictly judges?
It?s about the journey
the acts will go through from the time we see
them in the auditions to the time they get to the
final. I want it to be special because we don?t
judge them, we mentor them and just fill them
with positivity.
You were once
training to be a
civil engineer.
How did you end
up being a dancer?
I did that in South
Africa for four years
and, honestly, I
hated it. I was in the
middle of nowhere
and had to stop
dancing because I
Did you deliberately pick dancers who
weren?t dancing Latin or ballroom?
When I chose my acts, I went for dancers as
individuals ? people who touched me. Latin and
ballroom is my world, and there are little things
that I could see technically that I loved when
people did Latin and ballroom. Especially in the
young girls as they?re the future of what I do.
But for others, it was just a personal thing that
I really enjoyed. I think people will not expect
what I?ve chosen.
Above: ?I think people
will not expect what
I?ve chosen,? says Oti,
who is married to
Marius Lepure (left)
?i was nervous?
jordan banjo on presenting ?the
greatest dancer? with alesha dixon
J
oining Alesha Dixon as host of The Greatest
Dancer is Diversity star Jordan Banjo,
marking one of the 26 year old?s first big
presenting roles since winning Britain Got
Talent with his dance troupe in 2009. Jordan,
who also took part in I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me
Out Of Here! in 2016, became a dad in May,
welcoming son Cassius with his long-term
girlfriend, Naomi Courts.
Here, Jordan talks about working with
Alesha and his big hosting break?
Above: ?It was really
fun,? Jordan says of
co-hosting the show.
Right: With girlfriend
Naomi and Cassius
How did you find presenting with Alesha?
I was really nervous
before we started
because it?s
Alesha, you know?
We?ve worked with
each other before,
but I?ve been
like: ?Look, that?s
Alesha!? That?s
some big shoes to
fill, but we have so
much fun.
The show?s audience is responsible for the
outcome of the contestants, how have you
found that?
It was funny during filming because, before
the dancers perform, everyone in the audience
has to be quiet and it?s hard to manage a room
of that size! But it was the other way around,
because they?re judges, I?d be talking to Alesha
and someone the next minute would go: ?Shh,
shut up!? ? they really got in to it.
You have a dance background, so how was
it to see other people growing and going
through that journey, too?
Having dance experience is cool as hosts
because we know what we?re looking at.
It was kind of funny to try and influence
people who were close to us. It just gave
us a new insight into the show and it was
OK!
really fun to be on that side of it.
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talking marriage and motherhood
?i was very lonely and
i didn?t want to be?
?big little lies? star nicole kidman on typecasting,
loneliness and falling in love with her husband
N
ot many people have the star power
that Nicole Kidman has. Anything the
Australian-born actress puts her name
to seems to become a roaring success.
Her latest role is as Queen Atlanna, mother of
superhero Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa,
in Aquaman. In real life, she?s a bit of a superhero
herself ? battling the industry?s sexism to take
on roles that push boundaries, such as her
character Celeste in Big Little Lies, and juggling
her busy Hollywood career with being a mum.
Next month she?ll also be starring in Boy Erased
alongside Russell Crowe (see page 80).
The 51 year old has been married to country
singer Keith Urban for 12 years, and the couple?s
loved-up red carpet appearances suggest they
are just as smitten now as when they first met.
Perhaps her happy home life is down to
her recent revelation that they have a ?no
technology? household, with Nicole saying:
?We have a no devices house. [The children?s]
friends can?t bring devices over. The general
rule is: play, hard core and outside.? The couple
have two children ? Sunday, ten, and Faith, seven
? while Nicole also has Isabella, 25, and Connor,
23, from her marriage to Tom Cruise.
Here Nicole chats about having acting
?in her blood?, her desire to ?mother? and the
career pledge that she?s made to herself?
Do your kids like your films?
I?m lucky that I have a family who understand
what I do. Even though I have young children,
they have an almost fascination with it. They
both have interests in storytelling now and their
imaginations have been really strengthened
by watching me. Their favourite film so far is
Aquaman. With Destroyer [a crime thriller in
which Nicole plays an LAPD detective], they?re
like: ?Eh?? But they give me the space to go
create it, as does Keith, so I?m very lucky.
What was it like growing up in Australia?
My mother would keep me out of the sun
because she was also fair and had a lot of skin
cancers, so she was determined to protect
With Meryl Streep,
who plays her mother
in the second series
of Big Little Lies
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my skin when I was a little girl. I hated being
fair skinned and so badly wanted to be darker
skinned. But because of that, I would stay
indoors and read and, through reading, came my
love of characters, and my imagination grew.
So how did you get into acting?
There was nothing in my family that suggested I?d
become an actress, which is why I?ve always said
that it?s in my blood. I don?t know where it came
from but it?s like a calling. As much as I?ve tried to
move away from it ? and there have been times
where I have, particularly after I gave birth to
Sunday Rose, when I was like, I?m done, I?m going
to live on this farm in Nashville ? but it?s like this
slow thing that pulls me back. I love it.
How do you always manage to pick the
right parts?
I follow my heart. Sometimes I?ll choose to do
things on a whim. I like not feeling trapped; I like
to feel that I?m free to go wherever I want to. I?ve
never really lived by
a plan. I mean I fell in
love very young and got
married very early ? I
was 23 years old ? so
that was like, oh, now
this is what I?m going
to do. If you?re too
attached to your own
identity that?s when
you get stuck. I?ve
been lucky in the sense
that I?ve not been
pigeonholed into one
thing and that?s what
happens to actresses.
It?s not fair because
there are incredibly talented women out there
but a lot of times they get stuck into one thing.
Have you been afraid about being typecast?
As a woman in this industry it?s hard, and it?s
hard to keep forging ahead, to not then get
typecast in that kind of role. So it?s about
constantly being willing to try things
and change. As my mother says to me:
?It?s never been easy.? It?s never been
given to me on a platter and, as much
as it may have looked that way, it?s
never been like that. I?m interested in
pursuing this whole idea of how you
mix things up and how you always
want to try something risky next.
As you win BAFTAs and Oscars, is
there a sense that you?ve got more
to lose?
No, I don?t think so. There?s expectation
? so, maybe you don?t live up to that
expectation for a year or two, but then
you rise up again or discover something
Above: With husband Keith Urban.
Below left: The couple with their
daughters Sunday and Faith
else. In my case, I met somebody and fell in love,
and I had a different path in
terms of what I wanted to do.
I was very lonely and I didn?t
want to be. So I went, okay,
I?m now going to try and meet
my partner, and that takes
time, so you can?t be working
all the time and flitting off
around the world. So I kind of
went more inward, and then
out of it I managed to meet
a wonderful man and I now
have two children from that
marriage, which has given
me incredible nourishment
and unbelievable blessings.
So I think it highlighted to me
the idea that? I needed to have more of a real
life because I had an incredible artistic life, I just
didn?t have the balance there.
How does being a mum affect your work?
I think it probably [affects] my energy. I have a
deep sense of taking care of people and this
desire to mother ? not my husband, thank God.
I?m deeply satiated by taking care of people, so
that maternal pull is very strong for me.
How do you feel about the ratio of male to
female directors in the industry?
A couple of years ago, I made a pledge to work
with a female director every 18 months because
you?ve got to act to change the statistics. I have
to do something. We can all talk about it, or I can
just get out there and do it. OK!
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Of meeting Keith and
having a family, Nicole says:
?I needed to have more of
a real life because I had an
incredible artistic life, I just
didn?t have the balance.?
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feeling fit and fabulous in her fifties
?i?m 51 and still
wearing a bikini?
davina mccall talks about becoming a personal trainer, how
exercise has changed her life and being confident with her body
L
ast year Davina McCall took her passion
for fitness to the next level by training
to become a fitness instructor. Now the
TV presenter is putting her skills to good
use by releasing a new exercise DVD, Davina:
Power Box And Tone.
Despite looking fit and fabulous at the age
of 51, Davina reveals that even she isn?t immune
to nasty comments online. ?Anybody that looks
good and is healthy and fit should be celebrated,
and anyone who is confident and feels good
about themselves should also be celebrated,?
she says.
The Long Lost Family host recently revealed
that she is looking for love again after splitting
from her husband of 17 years, Matt Robertson,
in 2017. The pair, who divorced last April, are
parents to daughters Holly, 17, and Tilly, 15, and
12-year-old son Chester.
?What I want is, I want men ? and this is for
my daughters and my son and this is for me ? to
stand next to me as a partner,? she said.
Here Davina fills us in on her rigorous fitness
regime, staying young and why she still loves
to go clubbing?
Do you get lots of people asking you for
advice since becoming a fitness instructor?
I would never give unsolicited advice, but now
I?m an instructor people do sometimes ask me
things. I do feel like I can give advice as far as
working out goes, because I have got some kind
of a qualification behind me. I may notice that
someone is doing an exercise a bit wrong, but I
wouldn?t offer any help unless they asked me.
It must be hard not to tell them if you spot it?
It?s all new territory for
me because I used to be
really bossy and think I was
helping, but I?ve learnt a
lot. It?s something that I?ve
consciously had to do. I?m
not very zen like that. I try to
be more inquisitive and ask
questions these days rather
than telling anyone what
to do. I used to be a terrible
teller. If it?s something
you?re really passionate
about and you want to help
then it?s even harder, but
I?m learning.
How do you feel about the
body shaming that can
happen on social media?
Anybody that looks good
and is healthy and fit
should be celebrated, and
anyone who is confident
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and feels good about themselves should also
be celebrated. If somebody is unhealthy or a bad
role model, it doesn?t need to be said. It?s about
promoting the good and ignoring the ?bad?. Don?t
go and bang gongs and tell people they need to
get healthier and fit and lose weight because it?s
not for you to tell them.
What can we expect from Davina: Power Box
And Tone?
I?ve really fallen in love with boxing-based
movement and how well it can strengthen and
tone up every part of your body. I?ve been doing
a lot of classes with my friend Sarah [Gorman],
who is also my trainer and features on the DVD,
and I come out of every class feeling amazing.
The DVD is really upbeat, there?s essential fat
?i certainly
wasn?t always
that person that
loved exercise
so i know how
hard it is?
burning as well as the toning element, and
it?s broken up into sections so you can run
them all together and do a workout that will
really push you, or you can do a shorter one if
you have less time.
Above: Davina split from her
husband of 17 years, Matt
Robertson, in 2017. Top right:
?Exercise is the thing that is
going to make you feel much
younger,? says Davina
What helps to keep
you motivated?
I feel good and comfortable
in myself and that?s
because I work out and
have a very balanced diet.
I?m 51 and I?m still wearing
a bikini, even if I may have
a few rolls on my tummy.
I?m really enjoying life. I can
go for a run and not be out
of breath and I can play
with my kids or run up an
escalator and not feel like
I?m going to keel over at the
top. All of those things are
because I work out and
eat healthily.
Tell us more about your
healthy diet?
I eat a really balanced diet
and that means I don?t
exclude any food groups. I will eat fat, protein
and carbs, but I still avoid refined sugar as much
as possible and I have done for a long time.
Crumpets are a real weakness of mine!
How do you stay feeling young?
Without a doubt, exercise is the thing that is
going to make you feel much younger. It has
a positive effect on every bit of your life, so
why would you not want to do it? Working out
can literally be life changing. I certainly wasn?t
always that person that loved exercise so I know
how hard it is to turn that around, but you can do
it at any time and at any age.
Do you still go clubbing with your mates?
I do still go clubbing and
I love it. I?ve got a girlfriend
who is a choreographer
and she is the greatest to
go out with. I did a club
night last year and I?m doing
another one this year called
Rerun 19. I might do the
warm-up DJ set! I?m all for
branching out and trying
new things. OK!
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?working out
can literally
be life
changing?
Above: Davina says
she?s ?really enjoying
life? because of her
healthy lifestyle. Left:
Davina: Power Box And
Tone is inspired by
her love of boxing
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healing from heartbreak
?exercise isn?t
all about how i look ?
it?s about therapy?
vicky pattison tells OK!?s chrissie reeves about staying
positive, dealing with social media and her goals for 2019
S
ince announcing her split from fianc�
John Noble in November, Vicky
Pattison hasn?t been afraid to
share her heartbreak with fans.
Taking to social media late last year, Vicky
revealed that she had cried ?every day? and
felt ?crippling humiliation? after ending her
relationship of over two years, following
a video of John canoodling with another
woman in Dubai.
Despite this, the former I?m a Celebrity ?
Get Me Out Of Here! winner is feeling positive
and is looking to the future when OK! catches
up with her.
Talking about her plans for 2019, Vicky, 31,
told us: ?My sister is getting married on January
8 in Mexico and I?m really excited. It won?t
be what I thought it was going to be but I?m
hoping it?ll be amazing in different ways. I?m
keeping positive.?
It was recently revealed that Vicky will
be documenting her heartbreak in a one-off
reality show for TLC, airing later this month.
Here, we chat to Vicky about battling
anxiety, focusing on herself and coming out
the other side of her heartbreak?
You?ve been through a hard time with your
break-up, what has helped you through?
I?ve been very open in the last year about
my struggles with anxiety. I?ve dealt with my
own personal situation by trying to eat well
because if you?re putting toxins constantly in
your body then you?re going to feel rubbish,
which will add to anxiety. Bottling stuff up is so
British, but it gets you nowhere, so my advice
is to talk to your friends or family, a life coach
or a therapist ? do whatever helps.
Who do you talk to?
Friends and family. I also
have a therapist who I
see regularly. Exercising
three times a week or
more makes me feel
stronger and mentally
more capable to deal
with whatever life throws
at me. I hate it when I
don?t work out because it
affects my mood. Even just
chatting to my personal
trainer helps me work
through stuff. Exercise isn?t
all about how I look, it?s
about therapy, which is
super important. If I don?t
exercise, I?m more prone to
stress and anxiety. Life just
feels more manageable
with it.
Now you?re single, do
you have any girls?
trips planned?
?I?m healthy 80 per cent
My sister is getting
of the time, the other 20
married on January 8
per cent I?ll let my hair
in Mexico and I?m really
down,? Vicky tells us
excited. It won?t be what
I thought it was going to
be but I?m hoping it?ll be amazing in different
How do you stay in shape?
ways. I?m keeping positive. I?m looking forward
I try not to be too strict or unrealistic because
to spending some time on working on myself.
life is for living. I?m healthy 80 per cent of
the time, the other 20 per cent I?ll let my hair
down. I love putting on a little black dress and
having a good night out, and if I want a gin and
tonic or a pizza, I?ll have it. I?m a size 8 to 10. I
haven?t been on the scales for ages. I?m just
maintaining a healthy routine, exercising and
eating well when I can and enjoying myself.
Above: With former fianc�
John Noble. Left: With her
soon-to-be married sister
Laura and her mum Caroll
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What do you eat in a day?
On a good day, breakfast is either porridge
with blueberries, poached eggs on toast or
crushed avocado, poached eggs and feta.
Lunch is soup, a wrap or a big salad. Dinner is
a good portion of protein like steak or chicken
breast with stir-fried vegetables. Today, I?ve
had a chicken katsu curry and chocolate cake
and ice cream. It?s all about balance. When I?m
craving something sweet, rather than blow my
whole diet, I?ll have a Hartley?s 10 Cal Jelly Pot
and I?m satisfied and still on track.
Do your emotions influence what you eat?
Yes, although I?ve tried so hard not to [let
them]. If I?ve had a long day working and a
Above: Vicky hits
the gym. Below:
The ?fridge with
arms? bikini shot
that angered fans
night out, the
next day I?ll
be tired and
hormonal, and
want comfort
food. I try not
to be too hard
on myself. If
I have a day
eating bacon
sandwiches
and drinking
McDonald?s
Millionaire
Lattes, I?ll be
sensible the
next day.
You faced
a backlash
recently after
posting a
bikini shot
(above left)
and writing that you felt ?like a fridge with
arms?. Did that upset you?
All I was saying was that I like my body here
but I?ve spent all weekend drinking prosecco
?Bottling stuff
up is so British,
But it gets you
nowhere ? talk
to your friends
or family?
and eating pizza, so I?m posting this to remind
myself what I could look like. People were
saying: ?You?ve got a great body, it?s a bad
message you?re putting out!? But they didn?t
read what I was saying. You need a thick skin
and to take it with a pinch of salt.
What are your New Year goals?
I want to stick to my fitness and healthy
routine. Last year, I ran the Great North Run
and tried hot yoga, so I want to keep trying
new things. This year I want to dedicate to
me, to living and having a good time. OK!
Vicky says that exercise
makes her feel stronger
and mentally more able
to deal with whatever
life throws at her
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?i?m so happy
with my body?
Ferne M?cann tells ok!?s emily whitwam about her healthy new
outlook, being a single mum and her new year dating plans
F
erne McCann is looking happier and
healthier than ever. Since giving birth to
her daughter Sunday in November 2017,
she has been on a fitness journey and,
catching a glimpse of her toned abs, we can
safely say she?s in incredible shape!
With a beaming grin, the 28-year-old TV
presenter says she enjoyed the process so
much she wanted to create a DVD to share her
training tips with her fans. ?It was a no brainer,?
she says of creating Fit As Ferne. ?I?ve had so
many people asking how I look this good [but]
this isn?t a big before and after transformation.
This is me sharing my fitness journey and I?m
so excited for everyone to see it!?
Motherhood hasn?t all been smooth sailing
for Ferne. In November 2017, Sunday?s father
Arthur Collins was sentenced to 22 years in
prison after carrying out an acid attack in a
London nightclub.
After the heartbreaking ordeal, Ferne
has fully focussed on being the best single
mum she can be. Having previously admitted
she would be ?depressed? without Sunday,
Ferne also puts her positive outlook down to
exercise. ?When I work out, things seem to go
better for me in life,? she tells us, adding: ?I can
see things more clearly.?
Though she?s been linked to Love Island?s
Charlie Brake, she says she?s currently single.
But all that could be about to change as
one of her New Year?s resolutions is to go
on more dates!
Here, Ferne opens up about giving up
alcohol, how she really feels about Charlie and
why she can?t wait to get back into a bikini?
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Tell us about the Fit
As Ferne workout?
This is me sharing my
fitness journey and I?m
so excited for everyone
to see it. The DVD is
so genuine and natural
and the exercises are
really fun!
What exercises can
we expect?
Two 15-minute full
body workouts and
one 15-minute glutes,
which focuses on
your bum and lower
body. Then there?s
one 15-minute upper
body workout ? which
is for your arms,
shoulders, back and
Above: Ferne has created her new DVD, Fit As
chest. There?s also ten
Ferne (facing page bottom right). Bottom left: ?My
minutes of training
priority is obviously Sunday,? she tells OK!. Below:
your abs. If you only
Ferne was linked to Love Island?s Charlie Brake
have ten minutes to
spare, you could just
do the ten-minute HIIT session,
with my baby 24/7, that hour in the gym is
which is also included. I train twice in the
a nice escape. It?s like meditation.
gym and then once a week at home, so the
exercises on the DVD need
Tell us about your diet?
minimal equipment.
I eat very clean during
the week and then treat
Are you happy with your
myself on the weekends. I
figure right now?
love to cook fish and loads
For the first time in my life,
of vegetables. I like to be
I?m so happy with my body
realistic, but I just make sure
and how it looks, I don?t want
everything is in moderation.
to lose any more weight.
This is the first time I?ve had
Do you have treat days?
definition, abs and a peachy
Throughout this whole
bum. Someone once told me
process, I?ve had my
that I was never able to get rid
takeaways and gone for
of my cellulite, that I wouldn?t
dinner with my friends ? if
be able to get rid of it unless I
they organise an Indian I
had surgery, but I did.
will eat some poppadoms
and naan bread. I?ll still have
Do you feel body pressure
the odd glass of wine, but
being in the public eye?
I?ve just done four weeks of
There?s a lot of pressure for
no booze, which was very
new mums to snap back into
cleansing for the mind and
shape. When you give birth
the soul. I really wanted
you?re in such a baby bubble
to challenge myself to
and I wasn?t thinking about
have a break.
getting back into the gym
after having Sunday. But
Do you feel confident in
when I work out, things seem
a bikini now?
to go better for me in life, I
I can?t wait to get in a bikini
can see things more clearly
and show off my body
and it?s so good psychologically. When you
when I go away soon. If you?ve worked hard at
cut back on alcohol, eat clean and train, it
something, you should definitely showcase it.
combats stress. And as much as I love being
I?m going for a little bit of winter sun with Carl
?I mIght
have
to do a
harry and
meghan
and date
In secret?
[Ferne?s best pal]
and my baby.
Do you find
dating difficult in
the public eye?
Yeah. Like with
[Love Island?s]
Charlie Brake, I got
pictured with him
on a night out with
mates and before
I know it we?re ?in
a relationship?. A
picture can say a
thousand words.
I might have to
do a Harry and
Meghan and date
in secret. Yes, I
think Charlie?s
handsome, but right now, I haven?t got the
time to date. My New Year?s resolution is
to make time to date, but my priority is
obviously Sunday.
How would you feel introducing a new
man to Sunday?
It would have to be somebody so, so special.
Do you think you would ever return
to TOWIE?
No, why would I go back? TOWIE?s changed
so much, it?s a completely different show
now but I love watching it. I love all the reality
shows like Absolutely Ascot; I?m obsessed.
How do you cope with the trolling on
social media?
I?ve grown a thick skin. I remind myself
what?s important, which is Sunday and my
friends and family. These people ? and it?s
just the odd person who will say something
mean ? don?t even know me. But there?s
been a big change in
the past year and now
I get nothing but love
and support. I think my
story has really touched
people; there are a lot of
single parents out there
who know what I?m
OK!
going through.
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BREAKFAST: An egg on rye toast.
LUNCH: A salad with lots of
Above: ?My New Year?s
resolution is to make
time to date,? says
Ferne. Top right: Ferne
says she can?t wait to
get back in a bikini
ingredients, such as beans or pulses,
pomegranate, feta ? or sushi.
DINNER: Typically a piece of fish,
usually salmon, and a sweet potato
and steamed vegetables. I rarely eat
red meat now.
SNACKS: Dried mango, almonds
or other nuts. Cottage cheese or
avocado on rye with tabasco.
DRINKS: I drink less alcohol these days
but if I?m going to treat myself at the
weekend, it would be a glass of ros�.
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fighting fit
?training really
saved my life?
dIeT &
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newlywed chloe madeley tells ok!?s katie
langford-foster about her mental health
T
hey say couples who train together stay
together, but that?s not something Chloe
Madeley and her husband James Haskell
buy into. Chloe tells OK!: ?The only time
we ever work out together is on holiday!? Yet the
couple have been going strong for four years and
tied the knot just before Christmas in an intimate
church ceremony in Berkshire.
Though they are now legally married, the
couple tell us they will celebrate properly with a
bigger wedding bash in 2020 after the Rugby
World Cup, which James is hoping he?ll be fit for
following a recent ankle injury.
Last year was a busy one for Chloe, who spent
it penning her second fitness book, The Fat-Loss
Blitz, a 28-day workout programme complete
with recipes and a nutrition guide designed by
the qualified personal trainer. She also attended
the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
in May, although she tells us Harry and Meghan
didn?t inspire her own nuptials!
Here 31-year-old Chloe, the daughter of TV
presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan,
opens up about wedding plans and her approach
to health and fitness?
Is it true you?re planning a second wedding?
The first one was small, it?s just the legality side of
things. We?ll do the big wedding in 2020 after the
Rugby World Cup.
It was rumoured you were inspired by the
Duke and Duchess of Sussex?s wedding while
planning yours?
We weren?t. People just want to talk about the
fact we went to their wedding. James said: ?When
we do our legal wedding, we should do it in a
church.? He liked the hymns.
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Were your parents excited about the wedding
in the run-up to it?
I kept catching my dad watching Father Of The
Bride so I knew he was
excited. We?re really
close. My mum was
more excited about
having my brothers,
the grandkids and me
all in one room. I never
see her as happy as
when the entire family
are together.
You?ve spoken
about the effects
of exercise on your
mental health...
I?ve always struggled
with anxiety and
when I was in my
early twenties it got
really bad. It got to
the point where I was
having full-blown
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panic attacks, teetering on depression. I started
therapy, which helped but when I started training
properly, it alleviated a lot of my mental health
issues almost immediately. I?m still susceptible
to it, but I?m all for talking about it. I think stigmas
are only real if we all buy into it. Yes, I have
mental health issues, I work on them actively and
training really saved my life at the right time. I got
very lucky.
Has training affected your
confidence, too?
Before I started training, I was
insecure about a million and
one things but never my body.
Ironically now that I work
in the industry, I?m more
aware of my body than ever
before and I have to really
work on being happy with
it. I think body confidence
was something I took for
granted before I started to
question it.
How often do you
work out?
I lift weights six days
a week, no matter what.
If I?m getting into a fatloss phase, then slowly
over the course of a few
weeks and months I will
add cardio ? for example,
every week I?ll add ten
minutes of cardio. If
I?m coming out of a
fat-loss phase, I?ll
slowly decrease it.
Tell us about The
Fat-Loss Blitz?
There are different
plans to follow
depending on your
starting out point, so
it doesn?t have to be
hard. I?m pro-women,
I don?t want to tell
women that they
should look a
certain way. When
my clients tell
me that they?re
feeling healthier,
happier and
more educated,
that means I?m
doing a good
job! OK!
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Above: ?Body confidence was
something I took for granted
before I started to question it,?
says Chloe. Left: Chloe and James
at Harry and Meghan?s wedding
on fitness, family life and florence
?i was
classed
as obese?
casey batchelor tells ok! about
motherhood, losing four stone and
keeping her stress levels down
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INTErVIEW BY MICHEllE GArNETT; PHoToGrAPHS BY INSTAGrAM
ince the birth of her daughter
Florence in May, Casey
Batchelor has been
documenting her incredible
body transformation on social media. As
a trained yoga instructor, she has created
a 12-week programme based on her own
dramatic weight loss, which has seen her
drop five dress sizes to a size 8. There are
Yoga Blitz routines, which improve
flexibility while burning fat, and Yoga
Bliss tips, promoting mental wellbeing,
and a calorie-controlled diet to follow.
Casey, 34, says her partner,
businessman Dane Goodson, 32, has
been a huge support during her ?tough?
early days of motherhood, following a
traumatic birth when her epidural went
wrong. ?I was quite poorly,? the former
glamour model tells OK!. The couple plan to
have more children and Casey reveals: ?I drop
hints about a proposal all the time!?
Here Casey reveals how she feels about her
post-baby body, what?s surprised her about being
a mum and why her love for Dane has changed?
moves with high-intensity
moves, like jumping jacks. I also
followed a healthy diet. I lost a
stone in a month.
?I?m eight stone now and I
don?t want to lose any more
Are you at your target weight?
weight,? says Casey
Yes, I?m eight stone now and
Your weight transformation has been
I don?t want to lose any more
impressive. How much did you lose?
weight. I?m really happy with my stomach now,
the worst and it really tests a relationship. It?s
Four stone. During pregnancy I?d eat four Krispy
I?ve got abs popping, but it was the hardest to
actually made me appreciate Dane more.
Kremes in one go and I went up to 12 stone. After
shift the weight from. I could do with doing some
having Florence, people were asking if I was still
squats to get a bigger booty and I?ve got pretty
You?re close to Vicky Pattison, who split from
pregnant. I?m 5ft 2in and I was 30.7 on the BMI.
sad, empty boobs now. Poor old Dane, he?s a
her fianc� John Noble in November. Have you
I was classed as obese, which was a shock. My
boob man! They?re a 36DD now. For me, that?s
been in touch with her?
thighs, arms and stomach were really big and
small. I haven?t been a DD since I was 12 years old.
We speak on the phone loads and I?ve been
my boobs had gone from a 34E to a 44GG. I was
supporting her. It must be so difficult for Vicky
getting out of breath carrying Florence upstairs.
Will you have work done on your boobs?
but I didn?t meet Dane until I was 31 and she?s 31
We definitely want more children, and we?ll
now, so this is going to be her year! She?s such a
How soon did you start exercising again?
start trying in a year, so I?ll decide after that. I?ve
strong woman, she?ll be absolutely fine.
After six to eight weeks I started doing gentle
got a few crinkles on my belly, too, but they?re
yoga, but then I started to combine easy yoga
my battle scars. They just show I?ve created a
Tell us about your Yoga Blitz workout?
lovely baby.
I?ve devised lots of five-minute routines and I
advise doing three sets a day to get the heart
How is Florence?
rate up, plus warm-up sets and cool-down sets.
Amazing, she?s
the happiest
What?s the Yoga Bliss side to the plan?
baby. She?s learnt
It?s all about good mental health and involves
how to blow
guided meditation. There are also body
raspberries when
confidence blogs. No one tells you how b****y
she?s eating. She
tough being a mum is. I love being a mum, but
loves her food and
meditation brings the stress levels down.
has the chunkiest
legs ever.
What diet plan did you follow?
I cut out the crap. A nutritionist devised a simple
Above: Casey says she and
What has
calorie-counting plan for me. I had around 300
Dane ?definitely want more
surprised you
calories for breakfast, 400 for lunch and 500 for
children?. Left: Casey has
most about
dinner. I still enjoy a slice of pizza and a glass of
dropped four stone since
motherhood?
wine, but I get straight back on it! OK!
welcoming Florence (top left)
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welcome to the world, archie!
?it was the
most magical
moment ever?
?love island? star tyla carr and her partner rossco proudly
introduce their baby boy and tell ok!?s josie copson all
about his arrival and their plans for the future
OK! visited Tyla, property developer Rossco,
33, and their adorable newborn son Archie Ray
Edmonds at their Surrey apartment. Archie,
who was born on Thursday December 13 at
12.25pm in Epsom Hospital weighing 6lbs 13oz,
is sleeping as we chat.
Here the happy couple open up about Tyla?s
high-risk pregnancy and whether marriage is
on the cards?
Congratulations to you both! How did you
decide on the name Archie?
Tyla: I?d thought I?d call my son Archie since I
was nine years old. His middle name is Ray after
my granddad. If we had a little girl I wanted her
to be called Rae, but Rossco wasn?t convinced.
Tyla, you described your pregnancy as ?high
risk?. Why was that?
When I was 32 weeks I noticed I wasn?t feeling
much movement. Rossco was on holiday at
the time, so when he came home we went to
the hospital as I didn?t want to go by myself.
I?d been leaking fluid so they tested to see
if my waters had broken and I had to go for
an emergency scan. The nurse phoned the
consultant and said: ?I think her waters are
gone. There?s no fluid and he hasn?t grown for
two weeks.? I felt stupid for not going in earlier.
What happened next?
I got sent to the labour ward, which completely
freaked me out. I was told I was going to be
Left: ?The way he is with me
and Archie has made me
fall in love with him all over
again,? Tyla says of partner
Rossco. Facing page: Tyla
says the love she feels for
Archie is ?unreal?
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ince Tyla Carr left the Love Island villa
18 months ago, her life has changed
immeasurably. Following failed
romances with ?Muggy? Mike
Thalassitis and Jonny Mitchell, the 25-year-old
model left Majorca without finding love. But
a chance meeting with old friend Rossco
Edmonds four months later changed
everything for her.
While the pair had previously dated on and
off for nine years, the timing was never quite
right. But this time destiny stepped in and soon
self-confessed party girl Tyla was swapping
nights on the town for cuddles on the sofa. And
it wasn?t long before Tyla and Rossco were
joined by a new member of the family.
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Above: Once a selfconfessed party girl on Love
Island (below), Tyla has now
settled down with partner
Rossco and their newborn
baby Archie (top right)
induced and they were going to give me steroids
to develop the baby?s lungs. Then the consultant
did a scan and said, although the fluid was low,
he was fine. So they just decided that they?d see
me weekly throughout the rest of my pregnancy.
I was originally meant to have a C-section on
December 20 because he was breech, but they
brought it forward as his heart rate was up and
down. I was relieved. I know it?s naughty, but I
was trying to induce the labour anyway as I was
so excited to meet him. I was eating spicy food,
drinking raspberry leaf tea, using my breast
pump, but sex was a no go because I was so big!
Why did you decide on a C-section?
Tyla: A C-section was more risk to me and
a vaginal birth was more risk to him, so obviously
I went for a C-section. It was a horrendous
experience ? I hated every minute of it until I
heard Archie cry.
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be able to do that job! Tyla had a strong old grip
on my hand ? she drew blood at one point!
Tyla: Rossco was unbelievable. He kept me
really calm.
What pain relief did you have ?
I asked for gas and air to calm my nerves, they
then put in an epidural and hit a nerve. I was
panicking because you hear all these horrible
stories about epidurals. They
then put the sheet up, and it
honestly did feel like someone
was doing the washing-up
in my stomach. You can?t
feel pain, but you can feel
everything else.
Rossco, how did you find it?
I was trying to distract Tyla
by talking about holidays and
what she wanted for lunch. I
put my head around the curtain
at one point and it?s not nice.
Hats off to the surgeons and
midwives because I wouldn?t
What was it like seeing Archie for the
first time?
Tyla: They held up the baby and when I saw
the willy I was like, oh my God, as we were so
convinced it was a girl from day one. It was so
overwhelming. I held him while they stitched me
up. He was so content, it was the most magical
moment ever.
Rossco: I?m not the most sensitive guy in the
world, but I got this feeling that I cannot describe. I
really wanted a son because I have three nephews
and a brother, so I know what I?m doing with boys.
I struck gold.
What did you do with Archie?s umbilical cord?
Tyla: We decided to donate it to help with stem
cell cancer research. I also sent off my placenta
to be made into pills which I think have definitely
helped my recovery.
When did you bring Archie home?
Tyla: We went in on Wednesday, had him on
Thursday and left on Saturday. They wanted me
to stay a bit longer, but I felt equipped because I
was a nanny before Love Island, and Rossco has
been so amazing.
Rossco: I?m loving having him at home. It?s all new,
but I?m learning. Dressing Archie was tough at first
? I was getting him all tangled up and the nappies
are grim. I was adamant before he was born that I
wasn?t going to change any ? that lasted for about
20 minutes.
Are you breastfeeding, Tyla?
Yes, at first it was a bit scary because I didn?t
know if Archie was getting anything, but I?m really
enjoying it now!
How are you feeling after the operation?
Really well! I?ve probably been doing too much,
but because I have ADHD I hate
being still. I?ve been getting
up in the night as Rossco is
working, but it doesn?t bother
me because I can nap in the
daytime when Archie does.
What is the best thing about
being parents?
Rossco: We?ve got to mould this
little boy into a good person, we
are up for the challenge!
Tyla: That love you feel is
unreal. You look at them and
think, how can I love someone
this much?
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Above: ?He was so content,?
Tyla says of holding Archie
(below) for the first time
Has Archie changed your relationship?
Rossco: he?s brought us closer together.
once you?ve seen your girlfriend go through
that you have a new respect for them, because
it?s so tough.
Tyla: the way he is with me and archie has
made me fall in love with him all over again.
Is a wedding next?
Rossco: i?d like to get engaged. we?ve only been
together a year. we?re going to concentrate on
archie for the time being, but it?s the next step.
Tyla: i?d like to be engaged by the time archie
starts school. i?m not that fussed about actually
getting married, though.
Would you like more children?
Tyla: when i was on the surgeon?s table i said to
rossco: ?i?m not having another baby for another
four years?, but i?d like two or three eventually.
Rossco: he?s got to have a little brother or sister!
Why did it take you nine years to get together?
Rossco: it was timing, fate and destiny. the stars
were aligned. i?m very spiritual [laughs].
Tyla: we have dated in the past and then it?s
fizzled out. it?s all worked out in the end despite
how fast we got pregnant. i don?t know if the lack
of sleep will change that [laughs]. seeing rossco
and archie together is the best thing in the world.
Tyla, do you keep in touch with anyone from
Love Island?
gabby [allen] ? she can?t wait to meet archie.
i?ve been sending her pictures, and she thinks
he?s gorgeous.
Are you used to Tyla being in the public
eye, Rossco?
yes, i didn?t want to be
a part of that life but i?m
getting used to it. i?m getting
good at holding bags and
taking pictures.
How do you feel about
your body after your
pregnancy, Tyla?
i put on four stone during
pregnancy and really want
to get back into modelling,
so i?ve decided to work with
muscle Food. they?re great
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personalise them. as i?m now a mum, it helps as
i?m not having to spend the time preparing meals
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How long have you lived here?
Tyla: we started renting in june. we?re
actually looking to buy in the area, though.
Do you have a favourite room?
Rossco: the living room ? we love napping
on the sofa and watching box sets.
Have you started the nursery?
Tyla: we wanted to wait until archie was
born to find out what sex he was. i was
only looking at girls? stuff because i was so
convinced. i even bought a few bows! OK!
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the ?90? favourites are back
?it?s pretty shocking,
but it happens?
the stars of ?cold feet? tell ok!?s clare fisher what we
can expect from the fab five in their upcoming series
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fter a 13-year hiatus, much-loved
ITV show Cold Feet returned in
2016, delighting fans who had
missed the tangled relationships
of the original cast and their stylish
Manchester lives.
Once 30-somethings, the famous five
are now 40- and 50-somethings as Cold
Feet returns for its eighth series, which
the cast think is their best yet. ?We?re all
excited about this series,? John Thomson
says, and Fay Ripley agrees: ?I?ve not
known us all to be so communally
positive.? Referring to suggestions that
the show had lost some of its charm,
James Nesbitt concedes that the Cold
Feet cast took a bit of time to ?settle into
our boots?. ?But I think it has found its feet
again,? he adds. ?It?s a wonderful series,
one of the ones I enjoyed most,? adds
Hermione Norris.
OK! was lucky enough to enjoy a sneak
preview of the much-anticipated series
and agrees that this is Cold Feet back to
its best and most heart-wrenching.
Here the cast ? James, 53, John,
49, Fay, 52, Hermione, 51, and Robert
Bathurst, 61 ? open up about ?90s
nostalgia, unexpected romances and
a shocking cast cancer scare?
Why do you think Cold Feet has been just as
successful second time around?
John: Nostalgia. You see it in bands getting back
together and things being rebooted.
Robert: At its best, Cold Feet strides drama and
comedy without hitting either too hard, and I
think this series is strong like that ? it certainly felt
like that making it.
Was it emotional watching yourself in the
scenes that flashed back to the pilot?
Fay: I watched through my fingers, but seeing
Helen [Baxendale, who played Rachel who died
in series five]? Oh, she?s so beautiful, I still crack
up and laugh about the stuff she said on set all
the time. We do talk a lot about the old days.
John: I got a bit of a lump in my throat.
Hermione: Outside of your family, you will never
see footage of yourself like that as a group, it was
such a wonderful time. The ?90s were positive,
socially and politically, it felt like things were
opening up. Now it feels like the opposite.
Has Cold Feet got a new audience who didn?t
watch it first time around?
Hermione: Lots of students watch it.
James: They watch the new stuff and then go
back and follow up with the old series.
Do you have a say in what happens to
your characters?
Fay: We?re not shy in coming forward! Who
knows these characters better than us?
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Could Cold Feet cope with the death
of another character?
Robert: There comes a point in life
where people are dying all around you
and life carries on for those who are left.
We also see Adam dating again this
series, James?
It?s about time! In previous series Adam
lost a bit of his likeability. No matter how
flawed, idiotic, selfish and embarrassing
he was being, Adam was always a
likeable character and if he loses that,
he becomes a bit bitter. This series is a
big eye opener for him, his son Matthew
tells him he?s pathetic. He gets to the
point where he has to look in the mirror,
physically and metaphorically, and go,
right, what happens now?
We also see Adam have a fling with
Karen, who is played by Hermione?
James: That?s a shocking moment
but what?s more exciting is what it?s a
springboard for?
John: It?s pretty shocking, but it
The Cold Feet gang first
happens. I mean, I?ve slept with all of my
time around, complete
friends? that?s a joke obviously!
with Helen Baxendale
Hermione: The whole cast had an
opinion [on Adam and Karen kissing]!
I signed up for this series 21 years ago. It?s quite
an emotional thing to play a character for such a
long time because you invest a huge amount and
you care really deeply about them. Things like
Adam and Karen change the dynamic so we had
to be sure it was the right thing.
?it?s like
dropping a
pebble in a
pond; the ripple
effect of one
huge storyline?
Fay, tell us about Jenny?s cancer storyline?
When the writers asked me how I felt about Jenny
getting breast cancer, I just said I wanted it dealt
with properly. There?s a weight of responsibility
as so many people I know are affected by it. Sadly
that is life. But I don?t know how it?s going to pan
out for Jenny long term.
James: She?s incredible in it. It?s a very important
storyline and that?s where Cold Feet is so good.
Did you have to do much research, Fay?
Unfortunately I didn?t need to do any because it?s
such a part of our lives and certainly mine.
James, your character Adam had testicular
cancer is series two. Does this shared
experience bring Adam and Jenny closer?
Cancer has impacted all of them. It?s like
dropping a pebble in a pond; the ripple effect
of one huge storyline.
We also see Karen offering Adam some
dating advice?
Hermione: She?s giving it to him straight that
we?re going to die and that going out with loads
of younger women isn?t a good idea. He?s getting
older and he needs someone he can be real with,
share life with.
Have you made a pact that if one of you
wanted to stop filming Cold Feet you?d
all stop?
Hermione: I wouldn?t want to do it unless the
others were doing it. It wouldn?t be Cold Feet. Cold
Feet is these characters.
So you?d all be up for another series?
John: Yes!
Fay: I?d bite their hand off!
James: So, yes!
Robert: We always assume that every season
is the last one, but if ITV clicked their fingers,
OK!
then yes.
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forward to the new series with John,
Hermione, James and Robert
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new year, new baby!
new kids on the block
OK! takes a look at the celebrity couples
who are adding to their brood in 2019
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elliott and sadie wright
fter marrying in October 2017 in a stunning Kent ceremony
covered exclusively by OK!, Elliott and Sadie Wright are now
starting their own family. Former TOWIE star Elliott, 38, who is
already dad to Elliott Jr, 11, and Olivia, nine, from his previous
marriage, told OK! that it was 26-year-old Sadie?s relationship with
his kids that made him certain that she was the one. ?To embrace
my kids the way she did and how my kids took to her, I just knew
that she?s going to be a great mum,? said Elliott, who is Mark
Wright?s cousin.
The couple currently live in Spain where they run their restaurant
Olivia?s La Cala. Their first child is due in January.
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gregg and anna wallace
hen Anna asked MasterChef star Gregg Wallace for advice
on a rhubarb recipe on Twitter, she thought the best-case
scenario would be a lovely pie. But five years on, the couple are
happily married and have their own bun in the oven.
After two years of trying to conceive, Gregg, 54, and Anna, 32, were
planning on embarking on IVF, but were happy to discover that Anna
had fallen pregnant naturally.
Announcing the news that they?re expecting a boy exclusively
in OK!, Gregg ? who has children Tom, 24, and Libby, 21, from his
second of four marriages ? told us: ?Seeing a scan of our baby son
and the strength of his heartbeat made me cry.? The couple also told
us that Anna?s parents are living in Gregg?s Kent home to help out
with the newborn, who is due in May.
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AlEX jONES AND
CHArliE THOmSON
hile hosting The One Show, presenter Alex Jones announced the
exciting news she?s expecting her second child with husband
Charlie Thomson. Alex (below), 41, joked: ?I?ve not been on the mince
pies ? there is a little baby!?
The couple (below right) are already parents to Teddy, who?s
turning two this month, and Alex documented their road to
parenthood in her book Winging It!: Parenting In The Middle Of Life!.
Her honesty hasn?t stopped, with the star admitting it wasn?t easy to
conceive baby number two. ?I have to say the first time ? absolutely
fine. Luckily, God, it happened!? She added: ?But second time, not so
easy. I?m older now, but we took it for granted that it would be okay.?
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS
OF SUSSEX
T
hey took on new titles ? the Duke and Duchess of
Sussex ? in 2018 following their wedding, but this
year Harry and Meghan are taking on what are
arguably even more important names, Mum and Dad.
Harry, 34, and 37-year-old Meghan?s love story had
everyone gripped in the run-up to their wedding and,
eager to expand their family, they announced they
were expecting their first child this spring.
The couple (left) haven?t held back from sharing
their delight about expecting a baby, who will be
seventh in line to the throne, with Meghan (far left)
recently declaring: ?We?re ready and excited to join the
club.? What a fairy tale!
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ASHLEY AND FRANCESCA BANJO
D
iversity star and Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo and his wife
Francesca are set to have their first baby this spring. Their journey
to parenthood hasn?t been easy, so they were overjoyed to share the
news. Ashley wrote: ?It has been a more difficult journey to this point
than most people know but we are now here with one of the most
precious gifts in the world... A little girl!?
He continued: ?I?m so excited to see our little one grow up and if by
any chance she wanted to be like her daddy and bust a few moves,
I?ve already got the dancing shoes covered!? Before he knows it, she
could be giving him a run for his money! Ashley?s baby will be a cousin
to his brother Jordan Banjo?s baby Cassius, who was born in May.
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RICHARD GERE AND
ALEJANDRA SILVA
ollywood legend Richard Gere will become a dad
once more at the age of 69 with his wife
Alejandra Silva. The pair announced they were
expecting their first child together five months after
tying the knot in April. Alejandra said after their
nuptials: ?Without a doubt, I feel like the luckiest
woman in the world.?
Both have parenting practice as Richard has
18-year-old son Homer from a previous relationship,
while Alejandra, 35, has six-year-old Albert.
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BILLIE PIPER AND
JOHNNY LLOYD
ctress Billie Piper announced she was expecting her
first child with boyfriend of two years, Johnny Lloyd,
in July. Billie and the front man of rock band Tribes are
?delighted? at the news, according to a source.
This might not be the last new addition for Billie, 36,
who is already mum to sons Winston, nine, and Eugene,
six, with former husband Laurence Fox. She admitted: ?In
my dream world I?d have loads.?
The star doesn?t plan on taking it easy before the
arrival, saying: ?I am working until the end, as I always
have done. That seems to be the way now, doesn?t it,
if you?re a working woman.?
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JAMES AND
VICTORIA BYE
h
is character martin fowler
may have his fair share of
relationship ups and downs,
but things couldn?t be more
different for EastEnders actor
james bye.
james, 34, is blissfully happy
with his wife Victoria and they
are expecting their third son
on Valentine?s day. the couple
already have edward, five, and
louis, two.
Victoria, 36, exclusively
told OK! that she ?thought
our baby-making days were
over? after she was diagnosed
with endometriosis and had
to undergo surgery twice in
2017, so they are ecstatic to be
expanding their brood.
SOPHIE ELLISBEXTOR AND
RICHARD JONES
t
a
JAMES BURROWS
AND SOPHIE COATES
ctor james burrows and his long-term girlfriend sophie
coates are expecting their first child together. Coronation
Street?s james, 27, took to instagram in october to share their
ultrasound scan, telling his fans they were ?over the moon?,
adding that they could not ?contain our excitement?.
james has taken a break from playing his character ali
neeson, but assures fans he?ll be back. the couple have been
using the time to enjoy their last few months without a baby in
tow by doing some travelling together.
wo people not afraid of being
wildly outnumbered are
musicians sophie ellis-bextor and
husband richard
jones (right). the
couple are currently
expecting their fifth
child together! sophie,
39, revealed the news
live on radio, saying:
?the album will come
out around the same
time as my fifth infant
because i?m having my
fifth baby in [march].
mental!? sophie and
the feeling guitarist
richard, 44, are already parents to
sons, sonny, 14, kit, nine, ray, six, and
jesse, three.
sophie (right) has previously
admitted that parenting doesn?t get
easier, but confessed ?you get more
relaxed with chaos?. OK!
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wedding watch
all set to say ?i do?
OK! takes a look at the celebrity couples
who are planning to tie the knot in 2019
leona lewis and dennis Jauch
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he former X Factor winner is ?bursting with joy? over her
upcoming wedding to her partner of eight years, Dennis Jauch.
Leona, 33, confirmed the news in November after being spotted
wearing a huge diamond engagement ring last summer. ?My heart is
singing the happiest song it?s ever sung,? she told her 550,000
Instagram followers, describing her fianc� as ?my best friend, my
partner in crime, my ride or die!? Giving a hint of what to expect from
their special day later this year, she added: ?Now let?s go have a big
ol? partyyyyyyyy.? The happy couple met when Dennis, 30, worked
as a dancer on Leona?s 2010 tour.
billie Faiers and greg shepherd
T
he reality stars? ?intimate? Maldives wedding is set to be a
showstopper if their hen and stag dos are anything to go by, despite
Greg, 33, fretting about the spiralling cost. The couple ? who are parents
to Nelly, four, and 21-month-old
Arthur (above) ? plan to tie the knot
in the same location as Greg, who
stars with Billie, 28, in ITVBe?s The
Mummy Diaries, popped the
question in February 2014. Speaking
about the big day, Billie (right) said: ?I
want to look glamorous and bridal,
but I can?t see myself walking down
the beach barefoot.? Billie?s sister
Sam will be her maid of honour,
while Nellie, Arthur and their cousins,
Paul and Rosie, will have VIP roles.
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Sophie turner and Joe JonaS
S
ave the dates have already gone out for the June nuptials of Game
Of Thrones star Sophie Turner and US musician Joe Jonas (above).
Guests have been sent a wooden box etched with the couple?s names
and ?2019 France?, revealing the ceremony?s location. Sophie and Joe
recently attended Joe?s brother Nick?s
lavish wedding to Priyanka Chopra. ?It was
very much a fairy tale. If I could relive it
again, I?d love that,? said Joe, 29, setting
the stage for an elaborate bash for his
own. Joe popped the question to English
actress Sophie, 22, in October 2017, and
they announced their engagement with
photos on Instagram (right), writing: ?She
said yes? and ?I said yes?.
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Kate Wright
and rio Ferdinand
fter dating for two years, former footballer Rio Ferdinand
asked former TOWIE star Kate Wright (above) to be his
wife in November in front of his three children. The family
proposal took place in Abu Dhabi (below) and sharing the
happy news with her Instagram followers, Kate, 27, said: ?How
could the answer not be yes?? Rio lost his first wife Rebecca
Ellison ? the mother of his children ? to cancer in 2015, and
Kate and Rio met in Dubai shortly after the end of her
relationship with
TOWIE co-star
Dan Edgar. She
quit her job in a
bank to spend
more time with
Rio, 40. Though
a date is yet to
be set for their
wedding, if Rio?s
lavish proposal
is anything to
go by, it?s sure
to be out of
this world!
danielle
lloyd and
Michael
o?neill
M
um-of-four Danielle
Lloyd is busy planning her
spring beach wedding to
fianc� Michael O?Neill, father
to her son Ronnie, aged two.
Having postponed their
big day after she fell pregnant
with Ronnie, Danielle, 35,
has picked out her dream
dress. Revealing it will be an
intimate affair, she said she
wants ?everyone to get really
drunk and have lots of fun?.
The pair got engaged on
Valentine?s Day 2016 after six
months together. Danielle has
three older sons, Archie, eight,
Harry, seven, and George, five,
from her marriage to former
footballer Jamie O?Hara.
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ElliE GouldinG and
Caspar JoplinG
ove was in the air last summer when Ellie Goulding announced
her engagement to art dealer Caspar Jopling (above) after dating
for 18 months. The couple, who are thought to have bonded over
their shared love of art, announced the news via The Times, and
Caspar presented his love with an antique ring, dating back almost a
century (right)! ?I love that there?s a
history behind it,? revealed Love Me Like
You Do singer Ellie, 32. She also said
that despite she and Old Etonian
Caspar, 26, having talked about
marriage, she was still surprised when
he popped the question. ?I didn?t have a
clue, though he had the ring for a while,?
she said. ?Some people were like:
?Wow, you haven?t been together that
long!? But we knew quite early on.?
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Cara dE la HoydE
and natHan MassEy
ormer Love Island winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey
have already started looking at venues for their 2019 wedding.
?I?d love to get married in Disneyland,? Cara, 28, recently told OK!, ?but
Nathan doesn?t seem convinced.? The couple, who share one-yearold son Freddie-George, are also looking at locations in Essex and
Kent. The wedding will be particularly poignant for the pair as
they split for several months while Cara was pregnant. ?I needed
to grow up and we needed
time away from each other.
That was the best thing
we?ve ever done,? Nathan
explained to OK!. Once
they were back together,
Nathan, 29, quickly made
things official with a
proposal in Majorca in
July 2018 and now they?re
looking forward to their
big day!
alExandra BurkE
and JosHua
GinnElly
S
ince getting together in April 2016,
former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke
and her boyfriend Josh Ginnelly (left) have
been inseparable. And in January 2018,
Alexandra, 30, confirmed she was set to
become Mrs Ginnelly by sharing an
Instagram picture of her and Joshua kissing
(right), with ?I said yes? written on her palm.
The happy news came just after Alexandra?s
stint on Strictly Come Dancing which,
unfortunately, was tinged with sadness as
her mother Melissa Bell died of cancer just
before the series started. She has revealed
that Joshua had popped the question in
Paris. ?My soul mate and my love asked me
something that I could only have dreamt of.
Being in love is one of the most magical
feelings life has to offer,? she said.
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Louise Thompson and Ryan Libbey
tar of Made In Chelsea Louise Thompson has
revealed she ?cried for three days? when her
boyfriend Ryan Libbey got down on one knee in LA
and asked her to be his wife (right). Louise, 28, said she
was ?shell-shocked? by the proposal, telling OK!: ?It?s
the most exciting thing that?s ever happened to me in
my entire life.? She added: ?Ryan and I have known that
we want to spend the rest of our lives together for
quite a long time. I love him more and more every day,
which sounds so clich閐, but it?s the truth.? Louise and
Ryan (above), who started dating in 2016 shortly after
her split from fellow MIC star Alik Alfus, have set the
date for later this year. They have also confirmed
Louise?s former co-star Binky Felstead and Binky?s
19-month-old daughter India will be her bridesmaids.
his is the year Idris Elba is set to wed,
breaking hearts everywhere! The Luther
star, 46, met his fianc�, model Sabrina
Dhowre, on the set of 2017 film The
Mountain Between Us and proposed to her
in February 2018. Clearly a fan of a big
gesture, Idris dropped to one knee in front
of a packed audience after a screening of
his film Yardie, later describing the
experience as ?the most nerve-wracking
thing for me ever?. And it seems no one is
more excited about the big day than
Sabrina herself, as when Idris was named
People magazine?s Sexiest Man Alive,
Sabrina, 29, took to Instagram to say:
?That?s my hubby!? Idris, meanwhile, has
said: ?She makes me laugh... She makes
me happy. She makes me celebrate my
successes and when I?m not too sure about
stuff she makes me think.? OK!
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tune in for some top telly
put your feet up
ok! compiles our pick of the year?s most eagerly anticipated
tv shows, including new series and some returning favourites
?stranger things?
netflix
Following the enormous success of the
first two seasons, Netflix?s sci-fi sensation
Stranger Things returns this summer with the
original cast featuring Millie Bobby Brown,
Finn Wolfhard and Winona Ryder. The new
?cleaning up?
itv
BAFTA-award winning actress Sheridan Smith
dives into the hotly anticipated new six-part
series Cleaning Up, written by newcomer
Mark Marlow. The show ? which begins
series sees the supernatural stories unfold,
cliffhangers from season two conclude and
friendships develop. We previously saw that
the citizens of Hawkins were still shaken from
the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets
of Hawkins Lab, but what will the summer of
1985 bring? Fans are sure to be hooked by the
eight new episodes, which are expected to
mirror the success of the previous series.
?the crown?
netflix
Set between 1964 and 1967, the third
season of The Crown returns with an all
new cast. Series writer Peter Morgan
continues to tell masterfully the story of
the House of Windsor under the rule of
Queen Elizabeth II. The new season, which
has yet to be given a release date, will
cover a plethora of major historical events,
from the Queen watching the UK enter the
Common Market to the death of the Duke
of Windsor and the breakdown of Princess
Margaret?s marriage to Lord Snowdon.
The cast shake-up sees Broadchurch?s
Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen
Elizabeth II, while other new additions
include Call The Midwife?s Emerald Fennell
as Camilla and Oscar-nominated Helena
Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
on Wednesday January 9 at 9pm on ITV ?
focuses on Sheridan?s character Sam, cleaner
by day, insider trader by night. The sassy
office cleaner is strapped for cash due to her
online gambling addiction and conjures up a
deceptive plan that she hopes will answer all
her financial problems. The question is, how
far will she go to survive?
?playlisters?
BBc one
Husband and wife hosting
duo Rochelle and Marvin
Humes are teaming up for
Playlisters ? coming soon
to Saturday nights ? to test
the music knowledge of the
nation. The new quiz show
sees three couples battle it
out each week to see who
really is the master of music in
a bid to win the �,000 prize.
To win the cash, contestants
must successfully identify
song names and artists,
with genres ranging from
the swinging ?60s to
contemporary hits.
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?Game of ThroneS?
Sky aTlanTic
Fantasy adventure series Game Of Thrones
is back in April bringing all the action. Think
plot twists and intricate storylines for the
eighth and final season. Following a twoyear break, one of the nation?s favourite,
binge-worthy shows sets out to leave a
lasting impression right to the final battle.
Fans can expect a divisive ending to this
emotion-filled, haunting and bittersweet
final season, as the characters are faced
with certain death. Ensuring the plot was
kept under wraps, specialised devices were
used to kill drones flying over the set during
filming. There?s no doubt GOT will be all
anyone?s talking about in 2019.
?peaky blinderS?
bbc one
?Top Gear?
bbc Two
Friends actor Matt
LeBlanc isn?t returning
for 2019, but comedian
Paddy McGuinness
and former England
cricketer Freddie
Flintoff will join
returning host Chris
Harris for season 27 of
the biggest motor show
on television, which will
begin in early 2019. Top
Gear brings all the car
chaos with a comedic
edge in what promises
to be one of television?s
most explosive hosting
combinations.
?wild bill?
iTV
Tipped as one to watch in 2019, new
six-part crime drama Wild Bill will
see former West Wing star rob Lowe
play high-flying uS cop Bill Hixon,
who relocates to the uK with his
14-year-old daughter Kelsey after
being appointed chief constable of
the East Lincolnshire police force. of
the role, Hollywood actor rob has
said: ?Bill is a larger than life character
who is outrageously articulate, has
nothing to lose and revels in being an
American fish out of water.?
The iTv drama, which has yet to
get a 2019 release date, also stars
Waterloo Road?s Angela Griffin as
a local journalist, and Bodyguard
actress Anjli Mohindra as deputy
chief constable Lydia Price.
BAFTA-winning show Peaky Blinders has
recruited some fresh faces for its fifth
series, including The Hunger Games star
Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy from
thriller The Split. They?ll be joining the
original cast including Cillian Murphy,
who plays Tommy Shelby, and Helen
McCrory, who plays Polly Gray. The new
series, which could air as early as spring,
sees Birmingham?s notorious gangsters
aim to further their corruption and power
in the wake of Tommy?s election win and
we?ll see the Shelby family drawn into
the politics of Britain and Europe as the
1920s end and the ?30s begin. We imagine
there?ll be no Tom Hardy in the new series,
due to his character Alfie Solomons being
shot by Tommy in the last series finale.
However, when asked if Alfie was really
dead, series creator Steven Knight said:
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lighting up the silver screen
hitting the big
screen in 2019
dim the lights and grab your popcorn ? here are some
of the blockbusters coming to a cinema near you
?boy erased?
Based on the 2016 memoir of the same name, this gripping drama
tells the story of Arkansas native Garrard Conley (Lucas Hedges),
who was enrolled in conversion therapy by his Baptist parents
(Russell Crowe and nicole Kidman) after being outed as gay in his
teens. Tipped for an Oscar and with two Golden Globe nominations
in the bag already, it also stars Joe Alwyn and Joel Edgerton, who
also directed. Describing nicole as ?so easy-going?, Joel recently said:
?She would just sit on the set on a sh***y couch in a weird, backward
hotel and wait for the next shot.?
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?mary Queen of scots?
Ladybird star Saoirse Ronan takes the title role in this highly charged
costume drama which critics have described as ?sexy and spirited?.
The Oscar nominee ? who found romance on set with her on-screen
love Jack Lowden ? has earned rave reviews for her performance
as the Scottish royal who believed she had first claim on the British
throne, ahead of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Australian actress
Margot Robbie stars as the Virgin Queen and Taylor Swift?s boyfriend
Joe Alwyn, who plays Robert Dudley, says he didn?t recognise her in
her regal costume! Humans? Gemma Chan also stars.
In CInEMAS On JAnuARy 18.
?aladdin?
In this Disney animation that?s been given a live-action makeover,
Will Smith is let out of the bottle as the gregarious genie, a role voiced
by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. The Men In
Black actor admits he was ?terrified? by the challenge, but hopes he?s
?found a lane that pays homage? to Robin. Director Guy Ritchie adds
some magical flair to the film, which stars Canadian newcomer Mena
Massoud in the title role and naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. La La
Land songwriters have penned new tracks but Aladdin fans will be
thrilled to know that the original songs also feature.
In CInEMAS On MAy 24.
?vice?
Christian Bale is unrecognisable in this political ?dramedy? after
?eating a lot of pies? to put on 40lbs to play Dick Cheney, the former
uS vice president. Shock physical transformations are Christian?s
thing and he famously starved himself for The Machinist before
hitting the gym for Batman Begins. His co-star Steve Carell, who
plays former uS defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, says the actor
even did special exercises to thicken his neck. Amy Adams, as Dick?s
ambitious wife Lynne, has sparked talk of an Academy Award, while
Sam Rockwell is impressive as George W Bush.
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?downTon abbey?
following endless speculation ? and three
years after the itv finale ? the phenomenally
popular period drama hits the big screen.
as we follow the aristocratic crawley family
(left) and their loyal servants, many of our
favourite stars return, including Michelle
Dockery (below right), laura carmichael,
Joanne froggatt, hugh bonneville, elizabeth
McGovern, brendan coyle and Matthew
Goode. and despite remarking that a movie
version would be ?squeezing it dry?, Dame
?CapTain MarveL?
Brie Larson stars in the first
female-led superhero film from
Marvel, playing the title role, Air
Force pilot Carol Danvers, who
gains superpowers in a cosmic
accident. The actress did nine
months of training to kick alien
butt, as Captain Marvel attempts
to protect Earth in the midst of a
galactic war. Brie revealed: ?I?ve
never been a particularly athletic
person. I?m just an introvert with
asthma? so I started training
as soon as I could.? Samuel L
Jackson, Jude Law and Ben
Mendelsohn also star.
Maggie smith is also back as the formidable
Dowager countess. sadly Mamma Mia: here
we Go again?s lily James won?t be lighting up
the screen as lady rose who, as she points
out, has moved to new york. but new to
the cast is imelda staunton, whose real-life
husband is Jim carter (butler carson). the
story picks up not long after series six ended
when lady Mary (played by Michelle) was
expecting her second child.
in cineMas on septeMber 13.
?The Lion King?
with beyonc� providing the voice of lioness nala, Disney?s live-action,
computer-animated reboot of its 1994 classic is going to be one fierce
offering. we?ll be whisked on a nostalgic journey back to pride rock to
relive the trials and tribulations of future king simba, voiced by Donald
Glover (aka rapper childish Gambino), while billy eichner and seth
rogen are cast as daft duo meerkat timon and warthog pumbaa.
the movie will feature four hits from the original, including sir elton
John?s oscar-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight. OK!
in cineMas on July 19.
in cineMas on March 8.
?onCe Upon a TiMe
in hoLLywood?
Director Quentin tarantino has
lined up a stellar cast for his semifictional telling of the 1969 brutal
murder of pregnant american
actress sharon tate. Margot
robbie ? complete with prosthetic
bump ? stars as the victim who
was stabbed to death by members
of the Manson family cult. her costars include leonardo Dicaprio,
Dakota fanning and brad pitt.
in cineMas on July 26.
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2019?s biggest albuM releases
Music to our ears
with reggae froM rihanna and
dance vibes froM dido, here?s OK!?s
pick of the year?s hottest albuMs
rihanna
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wo years have passed
since ANTI topped the
Billboard 200 album chart,
and it?s been nothing but
?work, work, work, work,
work? for Rihanna ever
since. While she?s been
busy with her beauty
and fashion label, Fenty,
Rihanna has also been
in the studio, and her
father Ronald Fenty has
confirmed she?s been
working on two albums
for release in 2019. Last
year, the singer revealed
that her next collection of
tracks would be a reggae
record, and fans have
since been referring to it as
R9. While she has teased
some studio sessions on
Instagram, Rihanna is yet
to confirm any further
details on either of her
expected releases, but it?s
thought one will be more
chart-friendly, while the
other will explore more
experimental territory.
ido, the voice behind noughties
hits such as White Flag, Thank
You and Eminem collaboration
Stan, is back with Still On My Mind,
her first album in five years. During
her time out of the limelight, Dido
has been raising her son Stanley,
seven, and reveals: ?Being a mum
is definitely the best thing.? The
Grammy-nominated artist opens
up about being a mum on the
album?s last track, Have To Stay.
Written with her brother Rollo
Armstrong, of Faithless fame,
Dido describes laying down the
record as ?an absolutely magical
experience?. Dipping into various
genres for inspiration, it?s said the
album ? due
for release
on March 8 ?
most strongly
features
dance and
electronic
vibes.
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anye West certainly knows
how to build his own hype.
Announced on social media
in September, the expected
release date of his ninth studio
album Yandhi (below right) was
pushed back to November 30
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dido
2018, with the rapper explaining
he needed to head to ?what is
known as Africa? for recording. He
subsequently jetted to Uganda
and said he needed to ?have my
kids in the studio, and have the
mic in the open so you can hear
nature while we?re recording?.
Firm details are yet to materialise,
but fans hopefully won?t have to
wait long, with Kanye insisting:
?I?ll announce the release date
when it?s done.? While 2013?s
Yeezus saw him compare himself
to Jesus, the much-anticipated
Yandhi is thought to be a spin on
the name of Indian civil rights
activist Mahatma Gandhi. Kanye
has suggested that Rihanna and
Ty Dolla
$ign, who
previously
dated his
sister-in-law
Kylie Jenner,
will feature
on the album.
till as yet
unnamed,
Madonna?s 14th
studio album will
appear a little later
than its expected
2018 release. While
promoting her MDNA
skincare range last
year, she revealed
fans would have
to wait until 2019,
teasing: ?Yep, in
between rose mist
spray and serums,
I?m actually making
music. Can?t quit my
day job.? Speculation
is rife over what to
expect from the
queen of pop this
time around, for her
first release since
2015?s album Rebel
Heart. As Madonna
now resides in
Lisbon, it?s been
suggested the new
album may have
Latin influences, and
she shared a snap of
herself in the studio
with Brazilian singer
Anitta, as well as
referencing mambo,
a Cuban dance style.
unmissable live music
tours de
force
from pop reunions to chart
favourites, it?s set to be a huge
year for britain?s music scene
take that:
?greatest
hits live
tour 2019
april 12?June 8
After celebrating their
30th anniversary with
their greatest hits album
Odyssey in 2018, Take
That ? now a trio ? are
hitting the road.
Gary Barlow, Mark
Owen and Howard
Donald will be joined by
special guest Rick Astley
for the 41 UK dates. Jason
Orange won?t be taking part.
However, after delighting fans
by reuniting with the boys on
the X Factor final in December,
Robbie Williams said he hasn?t
ruled out joining them. ?When
the boys are on tour, I?m on tour
too. If we?re in the same place
at the same time, there?s an
open mic at my gig. I?m sure
there?s an open mic at theirs
too,? he said.
Robbie is set to headline
Hyde Park?s British Summer
Time festival on July 14.
spice girls ? ?spice World ? 2019?
uk and ireland tour
may 27?June 15
Westlife ? ?the tWenty? tour
may 22?July 2
Celebrating the band?s 20th
anniversary, The Twenty tour
will see Kian Egan, Shane Filan,
Markus Feehily and Nicky Byrne
reunite eight years after their last
album, Gravity. Fans may be sad
to hear that Brian McFadden, who
left the band back in 2004, won?t
be joining them. The star recently
revealed he hadn?t been asked to
take part, but admitted his former
bandmates may have struggled to
get hold of him as he has changed
his number! The group have also
confirmed that their 11th studio
album will follow.
sir elton John ? fareWell
yelloW brick road tour
June 9 in hove and June 15 in cardiff
Sir Elton John brings his 300date farewell tour to the UK
for just two nights in June, but
returns again in 2020 as the
tour draws to close at London?s
O2 Arena!
After more than half a century
on the road, the 71 year old says:
?I don?t want to go out with a
whimper. I want to go out with a
bang. It?ll be the most produced,
fantastic show I?ve ever done.? The
musician ? who has two sons,
Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five
? explained: ?My priorities have
changed. I have young children.?
While there are certainly
some classic hits on the set list,
the shows so far have been an
eclectic mix of tracks spanning
Elton?s career that are geared
towards die-hard fans.
News of the Spice Girls? hotly
anticipated comeback tour
sent fans into meltdown in
November. But while they
invented Girl Power back in
the ?90s, Sporty, Scary, Ginger
and Baby will be changing
their motto this time around.
Emma Bunton
revealed: ?It?s
people power.
We?re about
equality and
bringing everyone
together.?
While Victoria
Beckham has
bowed out of the
reunion for now,
Mel B recently
said: ?I?m hoping
if I say it enough
times then she?ll [make an
appearance].?
The group, completed by
Geri Horner and Mel C, have
hinted that the likes of Adele
and Katy Perry may step into
Posh Spice?s platform shoes
for cameos.
ed sheeran ? ??? (divide) World tour
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If you?re in love with the shape
of Ed Sheeran, then you know
where you need to be this
August. Ed ? who earned a
staggering �2 million in
2018 ? brings his ? tour home
this summer for his third UK leg
since heading out on the road
in 2017. Playing just six dates
at venues close to his heart,
including Roundhay Park in
Leeds and Ipswich?s Chantry
Park, close to his hometown of
Framlingham, expect festival
vibes at these outdoor venues,
as Ed takes you through his
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as she returns to the Dales
?I?m a DIngle
for lIfe!?
Lisa RiLey talks about reprIsIng her role on ?emmerDale?
after 17 years away anD how It feels to be back on set
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he may have been away for 17 years,
but Lisa Riley has never been able to
shake off her much-loved Emmerdale
character, Mandy Dingle. ?I get on planes
and people sing Barry Manilow?s Mandy as I
come down the aisle,? laughs Lisa, who has lost
12 stone since leaving the ITV soap. After much
thought, the 42 year old decided to reprise her
role as the brash barmaid, and this week will
see Lisa set foot in the Dales as Mandy Dingle
once again.
Last year Lisa revealed she was engaged to
her long-term partner Al, after the pair kept their
relationship a secret for three years. Speaking
about her decision to keep their romance quiet,
Lisa previously said: ?The reason why it works is
that it?s the only thing I?ve got. It?s our own little
thing and we?re so happy.?
Here, the former Strictly Come Dancing star
chats about the show bringing back memories
of her late mum Cath and if she?s back for good?
How did it feel to return to Emmerdale after
all these years?
It?s really weird. So much has happened in my
life in 17 years. The whole process and the weekto-week roster is really different. They?ve been
really kind and eased me in slowly. I haven?t got
a fully-fledged pass yet, I?m still on a guest pass!
I?m like the new girl at school!
Why was now the right time to return?
I did a question and answer for Strictly earlier
this year and there were 4,000 people and
they were asking: ?Why won?t you go back to
Emmerdale?? And I had no answer. I thought,
well, why not? The reaction has been fantastic.
When my seven-year-old nephew was at the
school gates, they were saying: ?Your aunt
is going back to play Mandy,? and he was
saying: ?Who?s Mandy?? I said: ?It will make
sense very soon!?
How did your return
come about?
The first offer was for a long
period but because of work
and my commitments I
couldn?t do it. I had a secret
meeting. I had to get in a cab
with a different name and the
driver was like: ?Oh aye, it?s
Lisa Riley!?
Did you watch the show
during your time away?
Everywhere I go, like if I?m in
Asda, people say: ?Have you
seen what?s happened with
Paddy and Chas?? That?s the
power of the programme. I might not watch
it myself, but I?m always told. I thought the
dementia storyline with John Middleton [who
?they?ve
been really
kind and
eased me in
slowly
played Ashley Thomas] was brilliant. They didn?t
speed it up, they did it to time. My aunt had
chronic Alzheimer?s, so I thought it was perfect.
Who have you stayed in touch with?
Dominic Brunt [Paddy Kirk] constantly, Mark
Charnock [Marlon Dingle] and Steve Halliwell
[Zak Dingle]. I?m a Dingle
for life!
Does Mandy still have
feelings for Paddy?
I don?t want to give that
away, I think that would
ruin it for everybody. Even
my dad?s like: ?What?s
happening with you and
Paddy?? I?m like: ?I?m not
telling you a thing!?
Was it easy slipping back
into character?
Completely ? I saw Mark
on the first day, and as
soon as I saw Dominic it
was just heaven.
What?s happened for Mandy over the
past 17 years?
She?s still in Southampton and something has
happened to her. She has a child, Vinnie. She?s
been very happy and has a bit of money now.
It?s been fantastic because leopard print is so
on-trend now, so we didn?t struggle getting any
of her costumes this time. She?s a little bit more
glamorous than the mismatch she was before.
Going back to the show must have brought
back a lot of memories for you?
It?s been wonderful. The first thing Dominic said
was: ?Your mum would have been here.? So I
think that?s just divine. With Mark and Dom, their
memories were when my mum was visiting the
set with her big personality. But just how proud
she?d be, and my gran, she?d be over the moon.
She used to go to bingo and she?d say: ?You know
my granddaughter?s Lisa Riley, Mandy Dingle!?
Does this open the door for Mandy to return
for longer?
Yes! I?m not dead, I?m very much alive.
Do you prefer acting or presenting?
Acting, it?s in my blood. But I like to be able
to show the fun side of me, too. I grew up
on Emmerdale. All my best friends were at
university having fun, but I went through my
teenage years on screen. Wherever I went it was:
?Oh look, there?s Mandy,? but when I did You?ve
Been Framed I was suddenly Lisa, which was
OK!
great, too.
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Emmerdale in 1999 with Dominic
Brunt, who plays Paddy. Top
right: With Mark Charnock
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sleep can raise levels of the hormone cortisol, which can mess
with our immune systems and blood-sugar levels, as well as the
supportive collagen in our skin. ?Sleep is the most important pillar of
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?When I worked on Channel 4?s
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THe soap sTar on Her
new Home, THe year
aHead, sTaying fiT
and cHeering on
?corrie? co-sTar jane
T
danson
on ice!
his weekend my Corrie co-star
Jane Danson will appear on
Dancing On Ice. When I saw her in
the green room at work the week
before Christmas, she told me that
although she?s found the training
a challenge, she?s really enjoyed
it and can?t wait to get started.
I think it?s great that she?s paired
with Sylvain Longchambon
[right]. It?s a bonus, as they?re
friends already and live near each
other, so they can get some extra
training in. I have a feeling that
Jane will be really good as she is
a very determined and positive
person. Plus, she?s petite, which
is probably good in terms of the
tricks that she and Sylvain do.
I?ll be rooting for them both!
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more, which will also help
with my stress levels. i?ve
decided that i?m going to do
at least one thing a week
that?s positive and makes
me happy ? whether that?s buying myself a
bunch of flowers or having a manicure.
my hopes for the new year are
that my children are all healthy
and happy, and i?m looking
forward to welcoming emilie?s
[right] baby boy into the family
in may.
i?m very happy in my personal
life and i want that to continue
in the same way. i plan to have a
holiday or two with scott before
he goes away again. He?ll be
heading to afghanistan for six
months later this year. i?ve got
him for a little while yet, but you
F
fiTness
firsT
can?t help but think about it. He?ll get a break in
between when he can come back for a couple of
weeks, and then he?ll have to go back again. i?m
staying really positive about it. it?s just another
test in our relationship and i think we?re strong
enough to get through it.
career-wise, i?d like to stay at Corrie. there?s
lots of drama in the new year,
including a collapse in the
underwear
factory, and
there are
reports that a
much-loved
character dies
? i?d hate it to
be either of my
work besties,
alison King
[right] and
antony cotton.
itness is a priority
for me in 2019. i do
still have a six-pack,
so i shouldn?t be too
hard on myself, but
sometimes it?s more
visible than others!
now that scott?s back,
i train with him. i love
that working out is
something we can do
together. He?s really
good as a trainer and
keeps it fresh ? i think
it?s good to change up
your routine at the gym.
i?ll also be following a
paleo diet again, which
is the one that works
best for me. OK!
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B
eing settled
in my new
home for
the start
of 2019 feels
wonderful. But
i?m not going to lie,
the move over
christmas was a bit
stressful and we?re
still surrounded by
boxes, but i do love
my new home
[centre and far
right] and so do the
kids. due to the
nature of both mine
and scott?s work,
i don?t know where
we?ll be in the
future, so i won?t
say it?s my forever
home. also, when
the kids fly the nest, which is inevitable in the
next few years, i will downsize, but i can see us
staying here for quite a while yet.
annoyingly, our boiler packed up over
christmas, so while we were waiting for
someone to come and fix it, scott [above] went
out into the garden to break up some wood for
the wood burner so that we had some heating.
the problem was we didn?t have a saw or an
axe, so he was kicking it to break it. you couldn?t
make it up ? it was hilarious to watch!
normally, i don?t make new year?s
resolutions, but i?ve changed my mind for 2019.
i?m naturally a bit of a stress head and i tend to
put everyone before myself, so my resolution is
that i?m going to start doing things for me a little
ready for a fabulous 2019
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aphrodite?s
island home
with its historic sites and fabulous food,
you?ll love the cypriot resort of paphos
Below: Soak up the sun
at the Elysium in Paphos,
where stars including Emma
Bunton (right) have stayed
keftedes (meatballs), halloumi cheese and
addictive desserts such as loukomades (fried
doughballs with honey and nuts) and baklava
(layered filo pastry with nuts and syrup). If all
that sounds tempting, the Elysium offers a fivenight Taste of Cyprus package so you can learn to
cook Cypriot dishes while staying at the hotel.
With its Italian ambience, vaulted ceiling and
wine cellar, Elysium?s Bacco restaurant serves a
Tuscan-inspired menu with OK!?s favourite dish
? the heavenly aromatic lobster served with
homemade tagliatelle in a shellfish, tomato
and basil sauce.
For a scenic day trip, head along the
Akamas Peninsula, a wooded nature reserve
set on a headland on the island?s northwest tip, where you?ll find steep gorges,
waterfalls, wild flowers, butterflies,
and native birds. Stop for lunch at
Viklari, The Last Castle, a popular
seafront taverna which offers a
simple menu with specialities including
barbecued chicken and pork ? its sizzling
pork kebabs are amazing ? served with
potato wedges and salad.
where can i relax?
N
ew Year?s resolutions don?t have to be all
about detoxing and abstinence. Why not
acquire a new skill or try a new activity
such as cooking or yoga classes, or even
learning about Greek culture and mythology?
You can do all these on a trip to the Elysium, a
five-star hotel located just two kilometres from
the harbour city of Paphos on Cyprus?s southwest coast. And while you?re enjoying your new
activity, you?ll find the spring temperatures on
this Mediterranean island far warmer than back
home, often reaching 20?C degrees in March.
In addition to its luxury beachfront hotels and
UNESCO-protected archaeological sites, Paphos
offers plenty of waterfront restaurants, highstreet shops, sandy beaches and water parks, as
OK!?s Kirsty Tyler discovered?
Cyprus. The low-rise hotel, built with local
honey-hued stone, arches and classical-style
columns, successfully manages to appeal
to both couples and families alike. There?s a
kids? club, playground and children?s pool as
well as an adults-only pool and a Byzantinestyle chapel for
those who wish to
get married. The
hotel?s centrepiece
is a stunning
multi-level outdoor
pool which
wraps around a
smaller hydromassage pool
and is surrounded
by flowering
bougainvillea
With its stunning sea views, lush landscaped
and palm trees.
grounds and excellent service, the newly
In addition to the
refurbished Elysium is one of the top resorts in
outdoor pools,
the 250-room hotel overlooks a beach
lined with rows of turquoise-cushioned
Below: Visit the Byzantine
sun loungers if you prefer to have sand
fortress of Paphos Castle.
between your toes. Splash out and stay
Above right: Enjoy a taste
at one of the hotel?s 12 Royal Garden
of Cyprus at the Elysium?s
Villas, with their lovely private pool and
Epicurean restaurant
gardens, if you really want that full-on
celebrity holiday experience!
where can i stay?
where can i eat?
If you don?t want to take a taxi or stroll
along the seafront promenade into
Paphos to dine at one of the harbourside
eateries, the Elysium has five restaurants
to choose from. The elegant Epicurean
Restaurant offers nightly themed buffets
where one evening OK! sampled some
tasty Cypriot specialities including
sheftalia (lamb and pork sausages),
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If one of your resolutions is to take better
care of your body, then why not sign up for
one of the hotel?s fitness and yoga retreats
hosted by well-known instructors. The
hotel also offers Pilates and aqua-aerobic
classes as well as a well-equipped gym
with personal trainers and a nutritionist on
site. For some serious pampering, head to
the hotel?s Opium Health Spa which offers
treatments using ESPA products, as well as an
indoor pool and a relaxation room. As part of the
hotel?s five-night Age-Old Wellness Package,
guests can enjoy both an Aphrodite aromatic
massage and radiance facial using local olive oil,
honey and herbs. When Denise Van Outen visited
the spa, she told
OK! that she had a
?full-body massage,
reflexology and spent
an hour a day in the
relaxation room?.
which stars
have been
here?
Spice Girl Emma
Bunton has stayed
at the Elysium, as
have Coleen Rooney,
Christine Bleakley
and footballers Rio
Ferdinand and the Neville brothers. OK! favourite
Peter Andre owns a holiday home near Larnaca
on the south-east coast, which he visits with his
wife Emily and his children. This summer he was
in Cyprus to film four programmes featuring him
cooking Cypriot dishes for ITV?s Good Morning Britain.
what should i see?
Legend has it that the Greek goddess of love
and beauty, Aphrodite, emerged from the sea off
the Akamas Peninsula. Her mythical birthplace
Petra tou Romiou ? known as Aphrodite?s Rock
? is a popular place to visit, as are the Baths of
Aphrodite, the natural rock pools shaded by a
fig tree where she?s meant to have bathed and
met her lover, Adonis. It?s also worth visiting the
Tombs of the Kings, near the hotel, where you can
view underground tombs dating back to the 3rd
Century BC. In town, you can visit Paphos Castle,
Below: The unspoilt Akamas
Peninsula on the island?s northwest tip. Below left: The palatial
lobby in the Elysium. Below right:
Enjoy a cocktail and watch the
sun set from the hotel?s terrace
a Byzantine fort built to protect
the harbour and admire the
well-preserved mosaics at the
Paphos Archaeological Park.
The Elysium offers a five-night
Mosaics Masterclass package
which includes guided tours of
the mosaics and visits to local
artists? studios.
For families, adrenalinpumping rides such as Twister,
and Super Volcano at Paphos
Waterpark are a big draw,
while the beach at Coral Bay
in Peyia just north of Paphos
is popular. If you?re into
trekking or mountain-biking,
head inland to the Troodos
Mountains, and climb the
highest peak, Mount Olympus,
for wonderful views across
the island. OK!
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from other uk airports, too. A one-night stay in a
deluxe bedroom with a sea view including buffet
breakfast, service charges and all taxes at The
Elysium, Paphos (www.elysium-hotel.com) costs
from �7 per night. The hotel also offers three
new five-night packages ? Age-Old Wellness,
Mosaic Masterclass and A Taste of Cyprus, from
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?A ReAl Good Kid?
ith Golden Globe and
Critics? Choice nominations
aplenty, The Favourite is
set to be one of 2019?s biggest films.
Arty director Yorgos Lanthimos
brings together Olivia Colman,
Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for
this dark comedy-drama set in the
early 18th Century. England is at war
and Queen Anne (Colman) is on the
throne, with her right-hand woman
Lady Sarah Churchill (Weisz) at her
side. However, Anne?s ill health and
the arrival of Lady Sarah?s cousin
Abigail Hill (Stone) soon causes a
stir. Abigail quickly makes her way up
the ranks of the servants, and Lady
Sarah is forced to compete with her
cousin for Queen Anne?s affections.
Hilarious and entertaining, Oscar
nominations are surely also on the
cards for this outrageous comedy.
KH ????? Out JANuARY 4
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A
fter storming onto the
music scene back in
2009 with his hit album
Cooler Than Me, Mike
Posner has undergone
an evolution. His new album eloquently reflects
both his musical and personal progression as he
sheds light on the loss of his father. Intertwining
touching lyrics with angelic choral harmonies and
acoustic guitars, and a glimpse of rock-infused
instrumentals, Mike expresses his first-hand
experiences of love, loss and acceptance. A
fitting ode to his late father, Mike?s third album
definitely leaves a lasting impression. AM ????
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Ruby wARRinGton
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id you feel like you were
drinking to excess over the
Christmas period, mindlessly
knocking back gin and tonics
and prosecco without even
contemplating the effects on
your mind and body? Us too. So
now we?ve turned to lifestyle
journalist Ruby Warrington?s
witty and insightful book Sober
Curious in which she asks, would
life be better without booze?
Ruby explores her own eminently relatable
relationship with alcohol and uncovers how we can
enjoy work parties, holidays and weddings without
reaching for a drink. Not only that but, like her, you
could build stronger relationships, enjoy better sleep
and discover your innate confidence. Dry January?
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aking his final appearance on the muchloved show, James Norton reprises his role
as charismatic clergyman Sidney Chambers in
Grantchester?s fourth series. New cast member
Tom Brittney, who plays the village?s latest vicar
Will Davenport, will fill his shoes on his departure,
helping DI Geordie
Keating (played
by Robson
Green) solve the
community?s
mysterious
crimes. But before
Sidney bows out,
expect forbidden
romance, political
uproar and a brutal
murder that the
trio are determined
to get to the
bottom of. KLF
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golden age of circus
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his year my new year?s
resolution is to get a hobby.
i used to do loads of sport
and go to the gym but, with
work and the kids, it?s hard to find
the time, so my aim is to try and
find something that?s just for me.
We have a lovely hockey club near
our house which takes kids from
age seven, and once millie [left]
turns seven, we?ll join up together.
in the meantime, i?m going to try
and find something else. i?m also
looking forward to a few trips to our
home in cyprus this year.
it?s millie?s birthday next week
? she?s going to be five! it?s hard to
believe that i?m going to have a five
year old. she got a dolls? house for
christmas, and i?ve bought her a
pram for her birthday as she loves
role play. she?s having a
party later this month
with some of her school
friends. it?s great because there are a
few children in millie?s class who have
a birthday in January, so a few of us
have joined forces for a big joint party!
i?m working over new year,
but i don?t mind as i?m more into
christmas. anyway, i think i?ll struggle
to keep my eyes open until midnight
and i?m working new year?s day!
We had an amazing christmas. We
spent it at home, and i cooked my first
christmas dinner, which thankfully
went well. Pete also joined me for
a nEEd for nEw botox law
F
ormer The Apprentice
winner dr Leah totton
[right] has revealed how she
juggles running her multimillion
pound aesthetics business
with working weekly night
shifts in a&e at a London
hospital. i think it?s great that
she still works for the nhs ?
it?s a challenging but rewarding
job, and it?s great to still use all
the skills you?ve learnt during
your training. Lots of doctors
are training in aesthetics in
addition to their normal day job, as it?s such a booming
industry. i think the rules on who should be able to perform
procedures like injecting Botox should be reviewed, as
currently you don?t have to be medically trained. there are
more and more stories about procedures going wrong,
so hopefully the legislation will be reviewed soon. OK!
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S
a boost for brEastfEEding
eeing Sam Faiers [right] using a breast pump before going to an event
during a recent episode of her show The Mummy Diaries was great. For
some reason, I think breast pumps [below]
are something that people get freaked out by,
but they?re not a big deal. The more people we
see doing things
like this, the more
normalised it will
become. After I
had Theo, I was
expressing on a
plane and no one
even noticed! It?s
good to see people
in the public
eye promoting
breastfeeding
and being so open
about life as a
working mum.
my work christmas party, which was loads of
fun! We messed around with a wig, took lots
of pictures, and had a real laugh [above]. We
couldn?t stay late as, unfortunately, theo was ill,
but it was still nice to have a night out together.
Over christmas, we filmed some festive
cooking segments for Lorraine at our house [left],
which was lovely and christmassy. i used some
of the recipes on christmas day, which went
down really well, and we baked some mince pies
with the kids. i never watch anything back as it
makes me too nervous, and i especially can?t
bear the sound of my own voice!
OK! parties
ar
good sports
What: 2018 BBC Sports Personality Of
Above: Lauren Steadman
and AJ Pritchard. Above left:
Rebecca Adlington. Below:
Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley
bbc, getty images
The Year.
Where: The Vox Conference
Centre, Birmingham.
When: Saturday December 15.
Who: Guests included Lewis Hamilton,
who took second place, and Harry Kane,
who came third.
LoWdoWn: Cyclist Geraint Thomas
proudly took away the biggest gong of the
night ? presented by 2017 winner Sir Mo
Farah ? after his Tour de France triumph.
Above: Tania Nell and Mo Farah.
Top: Katie Goodland and Harry
Kane. Right: Gareth Southgate
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Above: Lewis
Hamilton. Right:
Geraint Thomas
Above: James Lock and Yazmin
Oukhellou. Left: Paloma Faith.
Below: Jessica Ennis-Hill
a sea of stars
What: Sharkwater Extinction
Above: Princess Eugenie.
Above left: Pixie Geldof.
Below: Cressida Bonas.
Below left: Holly Branson
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UK premiere.
Where: Curzon Soho, London.
When: Tuesday December 18.
Who: Newlywed Princess Eugenie
joined Cressida Bonas for the
charity night.
LoWdoWn: The documentary
about the illegal fishing industry,
which is directed by the late Rob
Stewart, is close to Eugenie?s heart
as she?s an ambassador for global
ocean charity Project Zero.
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WhERE: SVA Theater, New York.
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WhO: Emily Blunt posed with
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attended the screening.
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Take a Trip down
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issue 1076 MarCh 28 2017
?Dancing on ice? star Brian M?Fadden
introDuces his new girlfrienD Danielle
W
hile he?s currently
hoping to wow
the Dancing On Ice
judges, back in March 2017
Brian McFadden was busy
trying to impress someone
else entirely! In their exclusive
first interview as a couple, the
former Westlife singer and his
girlfriend Danielle Parkinson
exclusively shared the story
of their blossoming romance
with OK!.
Going public with PE
teacher Danielle signalled the
end of a series of high-profile relationships for
Brian. He said at the time: ?It never even crossed
my mind. If I meet someone, I like someone for
who they are, not for what they do. I didn?t set
out not to be with someone in the public eye.?
Following his marriage to Kerry Katona,
with whom he shares daughters Molly and
Lilly-Sue, Brian, now 38, dated Australian
singer Delta Goodrem for seven years, before
calling off their engagement in 2011. His
second marriage, to model and DJ Vogue
Williams, ended after three years in 2015.
Though Brian and Vogue initially remained
friends, he told OK!: ?It?s very difficult to remain
friends unless you?ve got children; I think it?s
pointless, as it?s going to get in the way of
you having a future with other
people. There are no bad vibes
now ? we?ve just moved on.?
Brian, who was introduced
to his girlfriend by mutual
friends, also revealed that
Danielle and his daughters
?get on like a house on fire?.
He added: ?My kids are very
well-mannered and get on
with pretty much everyone.?
He also said: ?I?d love to
have more kids in the future.?
Unfazed by Brian?s fame,
Danielle admitted that she
and her school friends preferred Take That
and East 17 to Westlife! ?Because I work
in a school, the kids know who he is, but
they?re not massive fans ? it?s the mums!
The kids say: ?My mum says: ?Can I have an
autograph???? she joked.
As Brian gets his skates on, sporty
Danielle may well be the perfect influence
on him. ?I think I?m probably rubbing off on
him,? she told us, adding that she prefers
exercising to depriving herself to stay
in shape: ?I could never do anything like
juicing. I?d rather just train and eat a normal
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former West Wing star rob Lowe
play high-flying uS cop Bill Hixon,
who relocates to the uK with his
14-year-old daughter Kelsey after
being appointed chief constable of
the East Lincolnshire police force. of
the role, Hollywood actor rob has
said: ?Bill is a larger than life character
who is outrageously articulate, has
nothing to lose and revels in being an
American fish out of water.?
The iTv drama, which has yet to
get a 2019 release date, also stars
Waterloo Road?s Angela Griffin as
a local journalist, and Bodyguard
actress Anjli Mohindra as deputy
chief constable Lydia Price.
BAFTA-winning show Peaky Blinders has
recruited some fresh faces for its fifth
series, including The Hunger Games star
Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy from
thriller The Split. They?ll be joining the
original cast including Cillian Murphy,
who plays Tommy Shelby, and Helen
McCrory, who plays Polly Gray. The new
series, which could air as early as spring,
sees Birmingham?s notorious gangsters
aim to further their corruption and power
in the wake of Tommy?s election win and
we?ll see the Shelby family drawn into
the politics of Britain and Europe as the
1920s end and the ?30s begin. We imagine
there?ll be no Tom Hardy in the new series,
due to his character Alfie Solomons being
shot by Tommy in the last series finale.
However, when asked if Alfie was really
dead, series creator Steven Knight said:
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lighting up the silver screen
hitting the big
screen in 2019
dim the lights and grab your popcorn ? here are some
of the blockbusters coming to a cinema near you
?boy erased?
Based on the 2016 memoir of the same name, this gripping drama
tells the story of Arkansas native Garrard Conley (Lucas Hedges),
who was enrolled in conversion therapy by his Baptist parents
(Russell Crowe and nicole Kidman) after being outed as gay in his
teens. Tipped for an Oscar and with two Golden Globe nominations
in the bag already, it also stars Joe Alwyn and Joel Edgerton, who
also directed. Describing nicole as ?so easy-going?, Joel recently said:
?She would just sit on the set on a sh***y couch in a weird, backward
hotel and wait for the next shot.?
In CInEMAS On fEBRuARy 8.
?mary Queen of scots?
Ladybird star Saoirse Ronan takes the title role in this highly charged
costume drama which critics have described as ?sexy and spirited?.
The Oscar nominee ? who found romance on set with her on-screen
love Jack Lowden ? has earned rave reviews for her performance
as the Scottish royal who believed she had first claim on the British
throne, ahead of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Australian actress
Margot Robbie stars as the Virgin Queen and Taylor Swift?s boyfriend
Joe Alwyn, who plays Robert Dudley, says he didn?t recognise her in
her regal costume! Humans? Gemma Chan also stars.
In CInEMAS On JAnuARy 18.
?aladdin?
In this Disney animation that?s been given a live-action makeover,
Will Smith is let out of the bottle as the gregarious genie, a role voiced
by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated version. The Men In
Black actor admits he was ?terrified? by the challenge, but hopes he?s
?found a lane that pays homage? to Robin. Director Guy Ritchie adds
some magical flair to the film, which stars Canadian newcomer Mena
Massoud in the title role and naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. La La
Land songwriters have penned new tracks but Aladdin fans will be
thrilled to know that the original songs also feature.
In CInEMAS On MAy 24.
?vice?
Christian Bale is unrecognisable in this political ?dramedy? after
?eating a lot of pies? to put on 40lbs to play Dick Cheney, the former
uS vice president. Shock physical transformations are Christian?s
thing and he famously starved himself for The Machinist before
hitting the gym for Batman Begins. His co-star Steve Carell, who
plays former uS defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, says the actor
even did special exercises to thicken his neck. Amy Adams, as Dick?s
ambitious wife Lynne, has sparked talk of an Academy Award, while
Sam Rockwell is impressive as George W Bush.
In CInEMAS On JAnuARy 25.
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?downTon abbey?
following endless speculation ? and three
years after the itv finale ? the phenomenally
popular period drama hits the big screen.
as we follow the aristocratic crawley family
(left) and their loyal servants, many of our
favourite stars return, including Michelle
Dockery (below right), laura carmichael,
Joanne froggatt, hugh bonneville, elizabeth
McGovern, brendan coyle and Matthew
Goode. and despite remarking that a movie
version would be ?squeezing it dry?, Dame
?CapTain MarveL?
Brie Larson stars in the first
female-led superhero film from
Marvel, playing the title role, Air
Force pilot Carol Danvers, who
gains superpowers in a cosmic
accident. The actress did nine
months of training to kick alien
butt, as Captain Marvel attempts
to protect Earth in the midst of a
galactic war. Brie revealed: ?I?ve
never been a particularly athletic
person. I?m just an introvert with
asthma? so I started training
as soon as I could.? Samuel L
Jackson, Jude Law and Ben
Mendelsohn also star.
Maggie smith is also back as the formidable
Dowager countess. sadly Mamma Mia: here
we Go again?s lily James won?t be lighting up
the screen as lady rose who, as she points
out, has moved to new york. but new to
the cast is imelda staunton, whose real-life
husband is Jim carter (butler carson). the
story picks up not long after series six ended
when lady Mary (played by Michelle) was
expecting her second child.
in cineMas on septeMber 13.
?The Lion King?
with beyonc� providing the voice of lioness nala, Disney?s live-action,
computer-animated reboot of its 1994 classic is going to be one fierce
offering. we?ll be whisked on a nostalgic journey back to pride rock to
relive the trials and tribulations of future king simba, voiced by Donald
Glover (aka rapper childish Gambino), while billy eichner and seth
rogen are cast as daft duo meerkat timon and warthog pumbaa.
the movie will feature four hits from the original, including sir elton
John?s oscar-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight. OK!
in cineMas on July 19.
in cineMas on March 8.
?onCe Upon a TiMe
in hoLLywood?
Director Quentin tarantino has
lined up a stellar cast for his semifictional telling of the 1969 brutal
murder of pregnant american
actress sharon tate. Margot
robbie ? complete with prosthetic
bump ? stars as the victim who
was stabbed to death by members
of the Manson family cult. her costars include leonardo Dicaprio,
Dakota fanning and brad pitt.
in cineMas on July 26.
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and it?s been nothing but
?work, work, work, work,
work? for Rihanna ever
since. While she?s been
busy with her beauty
and fashion label, Fenty,
Rihanna has also been
in the studio, and her
father Ronald Fenty has
confirmed she?s been
working on two albums
for release in 2019. Last
year, the singer revealed
that her next collection of
tracks would be a reggae
record, and fans have
since been referring to it as
R9. While she has teased
some studio sessions on
Instagram, Rihanna is yet
to confirm any further
details on either of her
expected releases, but it?s
thought one will be more
chart-friendly, while the
other will explore more
experimental territory.
ido, the voice behind noughties
hits such as White Flag, Thank
You and Eminem collaboration
Stan, is back with Still On My Mind,
her first album in five years. During
her time out of the limelight, Dido
has been raising her son Stanley,
seven, and reveals: ?Being a mum
is definitely the best thing.? The
Grammy-nominated artist opens
up about being a mum on the
album?s last track, Have To Stay.
Written with her brother Rollo
Armstrong, of Faithless fame,
Dido describes laying down the
record as ?an absolutely magical
experience?. Dipping into various
genres for inspiration, it?s said the
album ? due
for release
on March 8 ?
most strongly
features
dance and
electronic
vibes.
S
anye West certainly knows
how to build his own hype.
Announced on social media
in September, the expected
release date of his ninth studio
album Yandhi (below right) was
pushed back to November 30
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2018, with the rapper explaining
he needed to head to ?what is
known as Africa? for recording. He
subsequently jetted to Uganda
and said he needed to ?have my
kids in the studio, and have the
mic in the open so you can hear
nature while we?re recording?.
Firm details are yet to materialise,
but fans hopefully won?t have to
wait long, with Kanye insisting:
?I?ll announce the release date
when it?s done.? While 2013?s
Yeezus saw him compare himself
to Jesus, the much-anticipated
Yandhi is thought to be a spin on
the name of Indian civil rights
activist Mahatma Gandhi. Kanye
has suggested that Rihanna and
Ty Dolla
$ign, who
previously
dated his
sister-in-law
Kylie Jenner,
will feature
on the album.
till as yet
unnamed,
Madonna?s 14th
studio album will
appear a little later
than its expected
2018 release. While
promoting her MDNA
skincare range last
year, she revealed
fans would have
to wait until 2019,
teasing: ?Yep, in
between rose mist
spray and serums,
I?m actually making
music. Can?t quit my
day job.? Speculation
is rife over what to
expect from the
queen of pop this
time around, for her
first release since
2015?s album Rebel
Heart. As Madonna
now resides in
Lisbon, it?s been
suggested the new
album may have
Latin influences, and
she shared a snap of
herself in the studio
with Brazilian singer
Anitta, as well as
referencing mambo,
a Cuban dance style.
unmissable live music
tours de
force
from pop reunions to chart
favourites, it?s set to be a huge
year for britain?s music scene
take that:
?greatest
hits live
tour 2019
april 12?June 8
After celebrating their
30th anniversary with
their greatest hits album
Odyssey in 2018, Take
That ? now a trio ? are
hitting the road.
Gary Barlow, Mark
Owen and Howard
Donald will be joined by
special guest Rick Astley
for the 41 UK dates. Jason
Orange won?t be taking part.
However, after delighting fans
by reuniting with the boys on
the X Factor final in December,
Robbie Williams said he hasn?t
ruled out joining them. ?When
the boys are on tour, I?m on tour
too. If we?re in the same place
at the same time, there?s an
open mic at my gig. I?m sure
there?s an open mic at theirs
too,? he said.
Robbie is set to headline
Hyde Park?s British Summer
Time festival on July 14.
spice girls ? ?spice World ? 2019?
uk and ireland tour
may 27?June 15
Westlife ? ?the tWenty? tour
may 22?July 2
Celebrating the band?s 20th
anniversary, The Twenty tour
will see Kian Egan, Shane Filan,
Markus Feehily and Nicky Byrne
reunite eight years after their last
album, Gravity. Fans may be sad
to hear that Brian McFadden, who
left the band back in 2004, won?t
be joining them. The star recently
revealed he hadn?t been asked to
take part, but admitted his former
bandmates may have struggled to
get hold of him as he has changed
his number! The group have also
confirmed that their 11th studio
album will follow.
sir elton John ? fareWell
yelloW brick road tour
June 9 in hove and June 15 in cardiff
Sir Elton John brings his 300date farewell tour to the UK
for just two nights in June, but
returns again in 2020 as the
tour draws to close at London?s
O2 Arena!
After more than half a century
on the road, the 71 year old says:
?I don?t want to go out with a
whimper. I want to go out with a
bang. It?ll be the most produced,
fantastic show I?ve ever done.? The
musician ? who has two sons,
Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five
? explained: ?My priorities have
changed. I have young children.?
While there are certainly
some classic hits on the set list,
the shows so far have been an
eclectic mix of tracks spanning
Elton?s career that are geared
towards die-hard fans.
News of the Spice Girls? hotly
anticipated comeback tour
sent fans into meltdown in
November. But while they
invented Girl Power back in
the ?90s, Sporty, Scary, Ginger
and Baby will be changing
their motto this time around.
Emma Bunton
revealed: ?It?s
people power.
We?re about
equality and
bringing everyone
together.?
While Victoria
Beckham has
bowed out of the
reunion for now,
Mel B recently
said: ?I?m hoping
if I say it enough
times then she?ll [make an
appearance].?
The group, completed by
Geri Horner and Mel C, have
hinted that the likes of Adele
and Katy Perry may step into
Posh Spice?s platform shoes
for cameos.
ed sheeran ? ??? (divide) World tour
august 16?26
If you?re in love with the shape
of Ed Sheeran, then you know
where you need to be this
August. Ed ? who earned a
staggering �2 million in
2018 ? brings his ? tour home
this summer for his third UK leg
since heading out on the road
in 2017. Playing just six dates
at venues close to his heart,
including Roundhay Park in
Leeds and Ipswich?s Chantry
Park, close to his hometown of
Framlingham, expect festival
vibes at these outdoor venues,
as Ed takes you through his
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