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OK! looks back at the life and incredible career of GEORGEMICHAEL THEDUKEandDUCHESSOFCAMBRIDGE step out with their children ZARAPHILLIPSand MIKETINDALLare left heartbroken after losing their baby, as the royal family gather at Sandringham The royals enjoy a pre-Christmas get-together at Buckingham Palace PRINCEWILLIAM KATEand PRINCEHARRY meet volunteers at a charity close to their heart

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DAVIDandVICTORIA BECKHAMhead to LaplandUK and share their family photos!

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KYMMARSHenjoys a family holiday in Lapland OLAandJAMESJORDAN invite us into their home MELBon Lip Sync Battle, working with Professor Green and family life SIRTOMJONES,WILL I AM,GAVIN ROSSDALEand JENNIFERHUDSONtalk about their roles as mentors on The Voice UK, before EMMA WILLISfills us in on why the show’s better than ever KATIEPIPERtells OK! about her latest book and family life with her husband Richard and their daughter Belle  ALESHADIXON,JESSICAWRIGHT and LUCY-JOHUDSONtalk about Dance Dance Dance HONEYGis ready to take on the world! DANIELLELLOYDtalks to OK! about going wedding dress shopping BENAFFLECKon being a proud parent

FREDSIRIEIXgets all romantic with OK!

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The stars glam up for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year, and ANDYMURRAYwins again

PETERANDREis among the celebs chilling out

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GARYBARLOW,MARTINKEMPand DANNII MINOGUEtalk about finding talent on their new show Let It Shine, while its presenters GRAHAM NORTONand MELGIEDROYCreveal that filming together doesn’t feel like work! SAMFAIERStalks about writing her latest book, what she’s learned about motherhood and her plans for a big family Don’t miss OK!’s diet and fitness special, as SCARLETTMOFFATT,LORRAINEKELLY, GEMMA COLLINSand ALISONHAMMOND talk weight loss REBEKAHVARDY’s diary REVIEWSOur pick of the new releases


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hristmas Day brought the tragic news of the death of George Michael, which left us, and the rest of the world, reeling. The superstar is said to have died peacefully in his sleep at his Oxfordshire home of suspected heart failure, and was discovered by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. Having enjoyed spending time with George on several occasions during his glittering career, OK! has been hit hard by his passing. Besides his enduring hits, George’s greatest legacy will perhaps be his incredibly generous spirit – the former Wham! star quietly shared his wealth with numerous charities throughout his life. In this issue, we pay tribute to George the pop star and George the man, looking back at his colourful life, his demons, his relationships and his music. We feel so lucky to have been able to enjoy his company, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this undoubtedly difficult time. Also in this issue, we join OK! favourite Kym Marsh and her daughters Emilie and Polly as they holiday in Lapland. Kym reveals all about her heartbreaking storyline that will touch many Coronation Street viewers in the coming months. And she tells us that she’s intending to buy a house with her boyfriend Matt Baker. Meanwhile, for those who might have overindulged in recent weeks, we have top diet and fitness tips from I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here! winner Scarlett Moffatt and morning TV goddess Lorraine Kelly. Enjoy, and all the best for the coming year.


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The star found fame as part of pop duo Wham! with bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, his childhood friend

Above: With boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. Below: George and former partner Kenny Goss

Mourners have laid tributes to the star outside his home in north London, including a Cypriot flag reflecting his heritage However, as the world mourned the loss of the star, his family were forced to deny reports that George had been battling ‘a spiralling heroin addiction’ and had been treated for an overdose. A family source hit back, saying: ‘The suggestion George was suffering with heroin addiction or used it in the weeks before his death is entirely false.’ They added: ‘Fans have been celebrating his life and there’s no place for such unpleasant and false allegations. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. The police have told us that directly.’ A statement from his publicist added: ‘For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and numerous plays his records have received.’ Although largely retired from public life, George had planned to re-release his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 in March 2017 to coincide with a documentary, Freedom, on his life. The programme will reportedly include unseen archival footage and focus on George’s court battle with his record label, following the tragic 6

death of his partner Anselmo Feleppa from AIDS complications in the early 1990s. As well as the tragic loss of Anselmo, the Faith singer’s history was fraught with depression and drug use. As the last photographs of the star – taken in September – emerged (below right), the manager of George’s local pub in Goring, The Catherine Wheel, admitted: ‘He has changed over the years, got a lot bigger and wore glasses. He was very self-conscious. He just did not look like George Michael any more.’ The star will be remembered for his incredible generosity. The double Grammy winner anonymously donated millions to help AIDS patients and cancer sufferers, and Dame Esther Rantzen, the founder of Childline, told how royalties from his hit Jesus To A Child were sent to the charity. With his contributions totalling in the millions, Dame Esther expressed her desire to hold a star-studded ‘tribute concert’ to George for the charity’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Only hours after his death, numerous reports of his secret acts of kindness were revealed – including quietly volunteering at a homeless shelter and tipping a barmaid £5,000. The star also phoned Deal Or No Deal producers to help after watching contestant Steve Gillard struggle to raise £15,000 for his wife Lynette to have IVF treatment. ‘For many years I wondered who would have been so generous and now I know,’ Lynette said. ‘I was so emotional. I couldn’t believe that a stranger would do that for us.’ It’s thought that some of the star’s £100 million fortune will be split between his godchildren – which include former Wham! backing singer Shirlie Kemp and her husband Martin Kemp’s children, Roman and Harley Moon – and Geri Horner’s daughter Bluebell, whose godfather is Kenny Goss. Posting a picture

of herself with George on Instagram, Geri, 44, wrote: ‘So so sad, R.I.P George, a dear friend, the kindest, most generous & talented person. My thoughts are with his family.’ Spandau Ballet frontman Martin, who was introduced to wife Shirlie by George, took to Twitter to put their grief into words, writing: ‘My whole family and I are devastated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!’ OK! TURN THE PAGE FOR MORE MEMORIES OF GEORGE. FEATURE BY LUCIE BARAT AND LAURA HILLS PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAMY, CAMERA PRESS, GETTY IMAGES, PHOTOSHOT, SPLASH NEWS, WENN, XPOSURE

The star was last pictured in September 2016

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uring a career spanning four decades, George Michael sold over 100 million albums with a plethora of chart-topping hits, including Careless Whisper, Faith and Outside. As half of former pin-up duo Wham!, the musical icon did more than provide the airwaves with danceable beats and honey-voiced lyrics – he also championed gay rights at a time when homophobia was rife. He once said: ‘I know I’m basically a good person whose two crimes appear to be that I’m gay and I’ve got a big mouth to go with it.’ It’s easy to forget the moment when the singer was most vilified in the press. In 1998, observed by an undercover Beverly Hills cop in a public toilet, the star was witnessed engaging in a ‘lewd act’ with another man. His punishment, aside from a £500 fine and 80 hours of community service, was a public shaming. That same year, when the singer came – or was forced – out, a survey said four in ten Britons thought same-sex relations were always wrong. He famously quipped at the time: ‘Running naked up and down Oxford Street singing I Am What I Am would have been a more dignified way to come out.’

George turned his arrest for performing a ‘lewd act’ into a triumph with Outside

Above: In Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley (above right), heartthrob George was a favourite with teenage girls 8

But George’s reaction, after years of struggling with his public sexuality, was not to grovel in shame but to hit back with the song Outside, accompanied by a satirical video featuring George – boogying in police uniform in some scenes and standing in a public toilet in others. Suggestive lyrics hint at his debt to the community having already been paid (in kind), while the closing shot features two male officers embracing in an intimate clinch. He was unapologetic as he explained: ‘I’m not really interested in selling records to people who are homophobic. I have more love, support and success in my life than I could have ever of dreamed of. I don’t need the approval of people who don’t approve of me.’ Born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, in 1963 into a Greek-Cypriot family, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou had already secured a record deal and released a single by the time he was 18. The former child busker teamed up with school friend Andrew Ridgeley to form Wham!. They pounced onto the pop scene with their blow-dried hair and toned torsos, singing and dancing to hits such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas.


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The youngster always had bans and a four-week stint in prison a firm grip on politics, saying of – on his departure from which the Wham! era: ‘I was supposed he signed an autograph for every to be a real Thatcherite. Just by inmate and staff member. The spell dint of being a first-generation inside served as a wake-up call, with immigrant and having not had George recalling: ‘I realised it had to money, and then suddenly having be something to do with me, it shook it – and getting on planes and me out of my denial. After that crash going to Ibiza and sitting around in happened, I started drug counselling thongs. But actually nothing I was and was two weeks in detox, none of writing or doing was even vaguely which I made public. I just thought, Thatcherite.’ Either way, the boys get your head down and get on with were an international sensation, it. But it wasn’t great.’ trailing legions of adoring fans. In His fans supported him through 1985, they became the first western every tumultuous ordeal; he was pop act to tour communist China. ‘overwhelmed by the love and The duo decided to bow out on support’ shown in the form of sack a high, ending on a packed run of after sack crammed with cards and shows at Wembley Stadium. letters. He also had the stability of Life after Wham! proved to be long-term boyfriend Kenny Goss, an even steeper trajectory to mega a Texan art dealer and former stardom. George’s debut solo album flight attendant. Their relationship Faith sold 25 million crumbled over copies and was time, with George certified diamond. George’s official makes his Legendary stars announcement way to clambered to duet of the 15-year court in with the singer, relationship’s 2007 including Aretha demise in 2011 Franklin, Sir Elton saying: ‘In truth, John and Queen, Kenny and I to whom he leant haven’t been vocals after the together for two death of Freddie and a half years. Mercury. Although I love him very he had told close much. This man friends of his has brought me a bisexual leanings, lot of joy and pain.’ the record label In the same advised he keep his year, while on relationship with tour in Austria, Brazilian Anselmo George developed Feleppa secret, a serious strain especially when of pneumonia; Anselmo tested it was, he said, positive for HIV ‘touch and go’. in 1991. George But that year blamed himself for he was lucky, his lover’s eventual recovering to death two years enjoy the holiday later, saying: ‘I think season with his he went to Brazil loved ones. He because he feared remembered at what my fame the time it was the would do to him ‘best Christmas With his late and his family if I can remember, former boyfriend he got treatment surrounded by Anselmo Feleppa elsewhere. I was the people I love’. devastated by that. He added: ‘And The idea that he had the opportunity knowing that Christmas could have to go somewhere better but been very different this year for wouldn’t take it because of my fame everyone at that table. As it was we makes me feel very guilty.’ stuffed and laughed ourselves silly. The Freedom singer himself I’m such a lucky man! I hope you all was still in the closet, saying: ‘It’s had a great one.’ about family – in the years when This amazing and generous talent HIV was a killer, any parent of an wasn’t around to deliver the same openly gay person was terrified. message in 2016. But he leaves us I knew my mother well enough with a haunting quote, something that she would spend every day that is as humbling as it is beautiful praying that I didn’t come across and true. ‘In a strange way I’ve spent that virus. She’d have worried like the last 15 to 20 years trying to derail that.’ When George’s mother died a my own career,’ he said. ‘But it never few years later, the grieving process seems to suffer. I suffer like crazy. I’ve was interrupted by his very public suffered bereavements and public arrest in a public toilet in LA. The humiliations, but my career always subsequent outing and shaming seems to right itself like a plastic – combined with his recent losses duck in the bath. In some ways I OK! – made for a long and hard period resent that.’ of depression, with the singer TURN THE PAGE AS WE LOOK BACK AT GEORGE’S LIFE AND CAREER. famously turning to drugs. A series of equally bizarre arrests FEATURE BY LUCIE BARAT PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAMY, ALPHA, GETTY IMAGES, LOUIE DE followed in the early noughties, all FILLIPIS, PHOTOSHOT, RETNA, SCOPE drug related and resulting in driving 10

Above: George with his parents in 1993. Right: With Andrew Ridgeley and Pepsi & Shirlie

‘In a strange way I’ve spent the last 15 to 20 years trying to derail my own career,’ said George, performing below in Paris in 2012. ‘But it never seems to suffer’


Careless Whisper was George’s first solo single

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 Georgios Kyriacos

 Brazilian boyfriend

Panayiotou (right) is born on June 25 in East Finchley, London.

Anselmo Feleppa tests positive for HIV. Duets with Elton John on a charity version of his single Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (right). Proceeds go to several LGBT organisations.


Andrew Ridgeley (left) at Bushey Meads School in Hertfordshire.

 Anselmo dies from a brain haemorrhage.  Begins dating Kenny Goss (right). Releases the album Older (below).

 Begins dating


burst onto the pop scene with debut album Fantastic.

 His mother

dies of cancer.


Wham! release the number one hits Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (right) and Freedom from followup album Make It Big.

for lewd behaviour in a public toilet in Los Angeles.

hairdresser Fadi Fawaz (above). Announces the Symphonica world tour (right). Contracts a virulent strain of pneumonia while on tour in Austria and spends five weeks in hospital.

 Performs at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games (below).

Records the duet If I Told You That with Whitney Houston (below).

 Briefly dates actress Brooke Shields (left). Wham! become the first western pop act to tour China.

split up.



 Involved in a freak accident on the M1

political protest song Shoot The Dog (right).

motorway where he fell from his chauffeurdriven car.


debut solo album Faith (right), selling ten million copies and winning a Grammy. Wins another Grammy for his duet with Aretha Franklin, I Knew You Were Waiting (below).


for possession of drugs.

 Arrested for possession of drugs again. Announces semi-retirement from music.

 Splits from Kenny Goss.


the single Freedom ’90, from followup solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, accompanied by the famous video featuring the world’s five top supermodels.


for driving under the influence of marijuana after crashing his car into Snappy Snaps near his home in Hampstead (left). After a month in prison, he vows to become clean and sober for good.

the album Symphonica (right).




circulate that he’s been admitted to rehab in Switzerland for crack cocaine use.

 Found dead in his home on Christmas Day having suffered heart failure.

 Planned to release

Listen Without Prejudice 25 (left) more than two and half decades after the original, alongside a documentary about his life. OK! TURN OVER FOR CELEBRITY TRIBUTES.






‘I am thinking of George Michael’s family, friends and fans right now. He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone. I hope the Buddha will hold him in his arms.’


‘So so sad, RIP a dear friend, the kindest, most generous and talented person. My thoughts are with his family.’



‘You were such an inspiration. I’m honoured to have not only been your fan, but a friend as well.’

‘Words can’t express how much you and your music meant and means to me.’

MATTGOSS ‘I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans. RIP George Michael.’

MARKRONSON ‘George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. A lot of us owe him an unpayable debt. Bye George xx.’


‘Sad to hear the news about George Michael, and so many great singers and songwriters we lost this year.’


‘Farewell My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. Can 2016 F**k Off NOW?’

‘It’s hard to take in. One of our most talented singer songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael. Such sad, tragic news. 2016 please end.’

‘I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.’

‘Sad to hear that George Michael has died. He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers’ rights.’

‘Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.’


‘We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brilliant artist and great songwriter.’





ROBBIE WILLIAMS ‘Oh God no... I love you George... Rest in peace x.’


‘2016 has lost so many greats. It’s so sad George Michael has to join the list of Icons we had to say goodbye to too soon.’


‘This year has cruelly taken so many fine people way too young. And George? That gentle boy? All that beautiful talent? Can’t begin to compute this. RIP George. Sing with Freddie [Mercury]. And the Angels.’ OK! TURN THE PAGE FOR OK!’S EXCLUSIVE PICTURES OF GEORGE AT SIR ELTON JOHN’S GARDEN PARTIES.





‘George Michael was part of the tapestry of my life. His songs his lyrics and his melodies. True pop royalty! Heartbroken, RIP dearest George.’

George had fallen out with Sir Elton John but reconciled shortly before attending his White Tie & Tiara Ball in 2011, where they performed together for the first time in 20 years


HAVINGABALL WITHGEORGE AFTERPARTYINGWITHTHESTARONVARIOUS OCCASIONSOK!SHARESOURMEMORIES–AND EXCLUSIVEPHOTOS–OFSOMEFUNTIMESTOGETHER ere at OK!, we were privileged to be able to hang out with George Michael on a number of occasions. This was because every year Sir Elton John would fling open the doors of his Old Windsor home for the glittering White Tie & Tiara Ball. The annual event, which ran for 15 years, was a magnet for A-list celebrities from around the world. From the inception of


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the event, OK! and Express Newspapers chairman Richard Desmond had been on board as the media sponsor of the ball, which raised millions annually for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. On a number of occasions, OK! staff met up with the charismatic George Michael and partied the night away. In 2001, George accompanied his friend Geri Halliwell to the Venetian-themed

George with David Walliams and Michael McIntyre at Elton’s ball in 2012

Above: George with Geri Halliwell at Elton’s ball in 2001. Above right: George with OK!’s Phil Gould, Andrew Cowles and OK!’s Chrissie Reeves

event. The pair mingled in Sir Elton’s garden along with Victoria and David Beckham, Kate Winslet and Naomi Campbell. That year, guests were entertained by pop singer Anastacia and jazz singer Diana Krall. Ten years later, George put in a surprise appearance when he appeared on stage to duet with Sir Elton on his hit Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me at the 2011 retro space-themed ball. It was the first time in 20 years that the duo had performed together in public. The crowd broke into thunderous applause and let out deafening whoops as George appeared on stage. It was also George’s first live appearance in three years. Although the pair had fallen out, they had reconciled not long before the event. Their happiness in rekindling their friendship was obvious to see as George ended the number sharing Elton’s piano stool as they both grinned and hugged each other. The following year, George appeared at the Motown-themed White Tie & Tiara Ball, but in 2012 he could take things easy as he

was a guest along with his partner, celebrity hairdresser Fadi Fawaz. OK!’s associate editor Phil Gould and showbiz editor Chrissie Reeves spent over half an hour chatting to the couple. George seemed really happy at the event. He was very relaxed and chatted about how he was enjoying his life. OK! photographer Toby Hancock also chatted to the global superstar and got a cheeky snap of himself with Fadi, Hofit Golan, Beth Ditto, George and Grace Jones (facing page bottom right). OK! FEATURE BY PHIL GOULD PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, MARK MOODY, TOBY HANCOCK





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fter breaking with royal tradition by choosing to spend Christmas away from Sandringham, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave onlookers a festive treat as they attended a low-key church service with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. William, 34, and Kate, who turns 35 this week, were snapped on Christmas morning as they arrived at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, close to Kate’s parents’ home. They were joined by her mum and dad, Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her brother James

and sister Pippa with her fiancé James Matthews – who are rumoured to be getting married at the same 12th-century church on May 20. Wearing a burgundy Celeste coat from Hobbs, Kate accessorised her outfit with a red clutch bag and pearl drop earrings. She looked as radiant as ever with soft, natural make-up. She was carrying adorable 20-month-old Charlotte in her arms, who wore coordinating red tights and a matching hair slide, with a navy coat and shoes. However, eagle-eyed onlookers noticed that Kate had a plaster on the thumb of her left

Left: The Duchess of Cambridge arrived carrying a pouting Princess Charlotte! Facing page top: The family on Christmas morning


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Above: William holds onto George’s hand as he chats to Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones. Below left inset: Kate’s plaster hand, perhaps from a minor cooking accident during preparations for the family’s Christmas lunch later that day. William also stuck to the dress code, wearing a burgundy tie and a dapper navy coat. Chatting to the local priest, he tightly held threeyear-old Prince George’s hand – who was also dressed formally in a £120 wool coat from Pepa & Co, along with shorts and long socks. Pippa, 33, was wrapped up against the chill in a grey marl checked coat and floral scarf, teamed with brown boots and leather gloves, while bearded James must have got the memo about the colour theme, as he also wore a burgundy tie with his blue suit. The hour-long church service was held for 100 locals and began promptly at 10.30am, after the family arrived in a black Range Rover driven by William. Led by Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, it opened with a rousing rendition of the hymn Joy To

The World, before continuing with various readings. But while Charlotte and other local children were given the chance to try some festive crafts in a crèche area during the service, George apparently chose to remain in the pews with William. It was the first-ever Christmas ceremony for the young prince and princess, and a fellow attendee said the youngsters took Holy Communion at the end. ‘George and all the others had Communion, they queued up with everyone else,’ the source said. ‘It was all smiles.’ As they emerged from the church, both tots were clutching striped candy canes, which had been given out as a symbol of Jesus being the rock, ruler and redeemer. But while George sucked happily on his sugary treat, Charlotte tried to stick her cane in the ground. Sources also say she attempted to take home one of the teddy bears from the church, before Kate wrestled it from her hands and returned it to its rightful place!

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Above: Prince George and Princess Charlotte (left) were given candy canes, with Charlotte trying to dispose of hers outside the church (below right). Below left: Carole, Michael and James Middleton leave the service William and Kate’s decision not to spend Christmas with Her Majesty the Queen and the other royals at Sandringham came as a big surprise, as it has been a tradition held for decades. It’s thought that the couple decided on a more informal affair for their two young children at the Middleton family home. Christmas runs to a strict

schedule at Sandringham – everything from the guests’ arrival time to dogwalking sessions are said to be timetabled, with lunch typically eaten and cleared away in less than an hour. The festivities were no doubt far more relaxed at the Middletons’ seven-bedroom country mansion in Bucklebury, and Pippa once revealed that her and Kate’s dad Michael likes to dress up on the big day. ‘My father has developed this funny tradition of surprising us at some point by appearing in fancy dress,’ she said. ‘He buys a new costume each year and typically gets a bit carried away. A couple of Christmases ago, he appeared in an inflatable sumo outfit!’ Meanwhile, it’s emerged that William and Kate have put George’s name down for a London school, prompting rumours that the family will move from Norfolk to the capital. The school they’re believed to have selected is the £6,500-a-term Wetherby pre-prep. OK! TURN THE PAGE FOR ZARA PHILLIPS’ SAD NEWS. REPORT BY ANNA POINTER PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, NEWSPIX, PA, WENN, WIRE IMAGE







Above: Mike and Zara with their daughter Mia. Below left and below right: The royals were lower in numbers on Christmas Day

ara Phillips and Mike Tindall revealed over the festive period that they had lost their unborn baby, after Zara suffered a devastating miscarriage. The couple, who are parents to daughter Mia, almost three, only announced they were expecting again a month ago. The baby was reportedly due in late spring, with Zara thought to have been around four months pregnant. A spokesman for the pair issued a statement confirming their tragic loss on Christmas Eve, saying: ‘Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.’ No further details were given and Buckingham Palace declined to comment, but it was not thought that Zara, 35, was suffering from any serious medical conditions. Her second child with Mike, 38, would have been a sixth great-grandchild for the Queen, who was so unwell with a heavy cold over the holiday that

she missed the royal’s Christmas Day church service at Sandringham for the first time since 1988. Zara and Mike didn’t attend either, but Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, and Autumn and Savannah Phillips all attended. Zara, daughter of the Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, had been seen at several functions in recent weeks and was a guest at the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace just five days before her miscarriage was announced (see over the page). She and Mike had revealed that they were ‘thrilled’ when they announced the pregnancy at the end of November, while the Queen said she was ‘delighted’ at her granddaughter’s news. Former England rugby star Mike also thanked well-wishers on Twitter, saying: ‘Just a quick one to say thank you for the messages. We are very, very happy about the little one on its way. 2017 is already starting well!!’ Zara and Mike married in July 2011 after being introduced by Prince Harry in a Sydney bar during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. They live with Mia on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire. Our thoughts are with the family at this very OK! sad time. TURN THE PAGE FOR THE QUEEN’S PRECHRISTMAS LUNCH.






Prince William drove his family – including daughter Princess Charlotte and brother Prince Harry – to Buckingham Palace

hile most Brits were still frantically shopping for last-minute gifts in the week before Christmas, the royal family were tucking into a festive feast at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday December 20. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge led the revellers heading to the Queen and Prince Philip’s London residence for the annual gathering. Prince William, who sadly missed last year’s event in order to attend a family friend’s memorial service, drove his wife Kate – who was looking regal in purple – their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte to the event. William’s brother Prince Harry also came along and sat in the front passenger seat. William, Harry and Kate enjoyed a relaxing afternoon after finishing their final public engagement of the year the previous day (see page 28). The annual Christmas gathering is the third for Prince George, who looked very grown up in a smart £90 navy Redwink jacket to visit his great-grandmother, the Queen, who he sweetly calls ‘Gangan.’ The luncheon is held every year so that close friends and extended family of the House of Windsor, who do not spend Christmas Day at Her Majesty’s Sandringham estate, can exchange gifts and celebrate with those who do. George and Charlotte – who spent the holiday at their grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton’s Berkshire home – received personalised Santa sacks bearing their names (right). The £27 sacks, which are made by south Below: Buckingham Palace. Above: George and Charlotte were given Harrow & Green sacks

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Prince George and Kate sat in the back seat as the royals visited the Queen for Christmas lunch

Above: Mike Tindall with wife Zara Phillips. Left: Actress Sophie Winkleman, aka Lady Frederick Windsor. Below right: Lady Amelia Windsor London firm Harrow & Green, were ordered from Selfridges and stand at more than two-and-a-half feet high – ensuring plenty of room for presents! William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in matching blue checked outfits. Charles’s sister Princess Anne arrived with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, while her daughter Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall – who days later, tragically lost their baby – also attended. Zara’s cousin Princess Beatrice of York was a hit with royal fans as she flashed a grin for onlookers while being driven through the palace gates – though her sibling Eugenie, who travelled in a different car,

appeared less enthusiastic. Bringing some glamour to the occasion was Peep Show actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s son Lord Frederick Windsor. Her sister-in-law Lady Gabriella Windsor, as well as Lady Amelia Windsor – the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent – attended, as did the Queen’s niece Lady Sarah Chatto, who drove herself to the occasion. OK! TURN THE PAGE AS PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE AND PRINCE HARRY SUPPORT A CAUSE CLOSE TO THEIR HEARTS.. REPORT BY CAROLINE MC GUIRE PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAMERA PRESS, GETTY IMAGES, HARROWANDGREEN. COM, I-IMAGES, PA


Above and below: Kate was all smiles, as was her husband, but it seems Harry’s thoughts may have been elsewhere





reparing for a bit of down time over the festive period, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry took part in their last official event of 2016. The royal trio were guests of honour at a Christmas party hosted by youth charity The Mix in London to celebrate the volunteers’ hard work throughout the year. It’s one of the eight charities the trio support as part of their year-long mental health campaign, Heads Together. The day out came after Harry personally dropped girlfriend Meghan Markle off at Heathrow following her whistle-stop visit to London (see previous page). Kate, 34, looked suitably festive in a £720 red and green printed floral dress from Vanessa Seward.


Laughing and joking with a crowd of well-wishers, Kate was no doubt looking forward to a bit of time off with her family before a busy 2017. This year, Kate, William and Harry will continue their work with mental health charities, with a particular focus on children’s health. They will also be drumming up support for the London Marathon this April, as Heads Together is its nominated charity of the year. Last year Harry encouraged runners to take part in honour of the charity, saying: ‘William, Catherine and I would invite you to run with Heads Together. The three of us can’t wait to cheer you on.’ It is also expected that William and Kate will head off on a royal tour, with an announcement expected soon. In addition,

Below: Prince William revealed during his visit that Prince George (below centre) had a head start on present opening!

William chats to DJ AJ King

Kate will no doubt be excited about her sister Pippa Middleton’s upcoming nuptials to James Matthews. Pippa and the hedge fund manager are believed to be tying the knot on May 20 at St Mark’s Church in Berkshire. During the Christmas party, Harry, 32, and William, 34, each joined a group breakout session during their visit, during which counsellors and volunteers shared knowledge and training on dealing with a range of issues including homelessness. Also during the visit, William revealed that Christmas came early for Prince George. The mischievous three-year-old royal

helped himself to presents under the tree at Anmer Hall – his parents’ Norfolk home – before December 25! DJ AJ King revealed: ‘I had a really nice chat with Prince William who told me this was their last week at work, as it were, before Christmas. He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents.’ He added: ‘He thought it quite funny! That’s kids for you, even the ones that are princes!’ The DJ also revealed that William was admiring his turntables on the day and saying how much he wanted a set of decks for himself. AJ went on to let slip William’s taste in music, saying he requested a song by Groove Armada. Let’s hope he gave Kate some lastminute present tips! OK! REPORT BY CLARE FISHER PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, REX, TITTER

Above and above right: Kate beams and waves to well-wishers before chatting to volunteers (right) WWW.OK.CO.UK 29





ith a lot to look forward to this year, parents-tobe Liam Payne and Cheryl threw themselves into the festivities this Christmas. The pair posted cartoon memes of each other in the Yuletide run-up (below right and far right) and the loved-up couple couldn’t resist another silly snap on their last Christmas Day before the arrival of their first child. Posting a picture of themselves as elves (top right), Cheryl wrote: ‘Merry Christmas from our families to yours.’ Liam also showed off his lavishly decorated Surrey mansion. Having previously given a glimpse of their Christmas décor with a snap of his living room (bottom right), the One Direction star displayed the exterior of the house on Instagram, decked out with fairy lights, wreaths, a light-up reindeer and huge nutcracker soldiers (bottom). Amid the flurry of excited social media posts, Cheryl took a moment on Christmas Eve to remember ‘the less fortunate’ and express ‘massive respect and heartfelt thanks to our medical staff. Selflessly putting aside their own family time and needs to support ours.’ Just before Christmas, Cheryl showed off her charitable side when


Above, below left and below right: Cheryl (left) and Liam were in a jovial mood over Christmas

she visited a fan’s sick mother (above). Cheryl, 33, previously thanked fans for their ‘love and support’ throughout 2016, ending a year that saw her divorce from Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini finalised and the star go public with her relationship with Liam, 23 – who recently described himself as ‘the happiest I could be’. OK!

Below: Liam puts his feet up at his Surrey home (below left)




he holidays were happy for COLEENROONEY, who posted some adorable images on Instagram of herself, husband WAYNE and their three sons celebrating (left). Adding to their good cheer was the news that the burglar who broke into their Cheshire mansion has been jailed. ROBERTMcNAMARA, 25 (below), from Scarborough, was sentenced to two years and eight months just before Christmas, after he admitted attempting to trespass into the house with intent to steal last August. Police were alerted when the perimeter alarm system was activated. Officers saw a man leaving the scene as they arrived, before



ormer Strictly Come Dancing star has been forced to deny claims she was presenting live TV while drunk. The presenter became unwell during an ad break of Sky Sports News, just 18 minutes into the hour-long show, and collapsed in the corridor after viewers accused her of ‘slurring’ her words. A representative for the star has since confirmed that she was suffering from ‘extreme exhaustion and a viral infection’. The 40 year old was treated


for the ‘nasty virus’ at West Middlesex University Hospital, later taking to Twitter to thank the team there. She wrote: ‘Thank you for all your kind messages, feeling bit better, still not 100%. Being ill on live TV is horrid experience.’ Adding: ‘Thank you to @Westmidhospital for your brilliant care. On the mend & hope to back on @SkySportsNewsHQ asap.’ It’s thought Kirsty – who is mum to Oscar, ten, and Jude, six, with her ex-husband PAUL SAMPSON – was ‘unconscious for a long time’ before being rushed to hospital. A spokesperson for Kirsty said: ‘She categorically was not drunk. Blood and urine tests at hospital showed no alcohol in her system. She was just feeling terrible on her way to work. Doctors think it’s extreme exhaustion mixed with a viral infection. She was absolutely taken under by it.’

finding a bag containing cable ties, a head torch and a balaclava, which had McNamara’s DNA on it. Coleen, Wayne, and their boys – Kai, seven, Klay, three and 11-month-old Kit – returned home from a testimonial football match to find the house full of police. In a victim impact statement, which was read to the court, Coleen said: ‘It caused sleepless nights, worrying and watching security cameras fearing someone was there.’ She added: ‘I feared for my children playing outside in the garden and still do.’ McNamara’s defence lawyers said he had struggled to adjust to civilian life after leaving the armed forces and had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


ith her second child due in the New Year, proudly declared her blossoming baby bump the best Christmas gift of all. The former Spice Girl, 44, posed in her pyjamas by a roaring fire and a huge stack of presents in an Instagram shot (left), which she captioned: ‘Happy Christmas! (My best pressie is in my tummy).’ Geri, who is mum to ten-year-old Bluebell Madonna, broke the news of her pregnancy last October, tweeting: ‘God bless Mother Nature #mamaspice’. Geri and Formula 1 boss CHRISTIANHORNER, 43, married in May 2015, with Bluebell (left) acting as bridesmaid. The pair went on to confirm in a statement: ‘Spice Girl Geri Horner and husband Christian Horner OBE are absolutely delighted to announce they are expecting their first child together.’ Geri also paid tribute to her beloved friend GEORGE MICHAEL(see page 15) after his passing on Christmas Day.

KATIESWEARSOFFALCOHOL FORAYEARAFTERDRUNKENRANT KATIEPRICE T roubled has made the ultimate New Year’s resolution – to avoid alcohol in 2017. The 38-year-old mum of five made the pledge in December after footage emerged of her giving a drunken speech at a Christmas party (below right). Katie was paid £13,000 to host the EnergySave bash, but appeared to overindulge. After telling the audience to ‘shut up,’ she gave a speech that included the line: ‘I love all my kids, even though Harvey [below]… anyway. Whatever.’ She was then filmed stumbling around the toilets and baring her breasts to onlookers. Katie was quick to draw a line under the experience and admitted she can be ‘nightmare’ when she drinks. Speaking on Loose Women (far left) the following day, the star said: ‘It’s taken me 38 years to do this

– I’ve never done dry January and I’m not going to drink for the whole year.’ The ITV panel show has confirmed they are standing by the star following the incident, with a spokesperson revealing she will be back over the coming weeks. Friends are blaming her behaviour on her marriage issues with husband KIERANHAYLER. There was further Katie drama when it was reported that she’s planning to take legal action against the Lorne Hotel in Glasgow, where she’d been staying a few weeks prior to the EnergySave bash, over the loss of more than £100,000 worth of diamonds. The hotel is said to have ejected her and called the police after she allegedly abused their staff.


ctress JENNACOLEMAN and her boyfriend TOM had an extra reason to celebrate over the holiday season. Not only will their television show Victoria run for a second series, but they look well and truly smitten with one another. The pair first met on the set on the ITV period drama, with Jenna starring as the young Queen Victoria while Tom plays her husband Albert.

They have now been dating for more than a year and share a house together in a leafy suburb of north London. The couple were spotted sharing some quiet time over the festive period with an afternoon stroll through a London park. The casually dressed pair linked arms (left) and indulged in several sweet kisses (above) before picking up some last-minute Christmas gifts.






The Beckhams visited LaplandUK at Ascot for a festive treat she may have been picking up last-minute stocking-fillers for David. Ahead of Christmas Day, Victoria treated her and David’s only daughter, five-yearold Harper, to a Peppa Pig show in London. Victoria wore an orange jumper and skirt from her own collection which was the exact same shade as the dress worn by Mummy Pig! Taking to Snapchat, Victoria shared a picture of herself (below) with the caption: ‘Harper is very impressed mummy pig has the same outfit!!’ After Christmas in Britain, the Beckhams are believed to have jetted off to the Maldives. David, Victoria, and their four children – Brooklyn, Cruz, Harper and their brother Romeo, 14 – are thought to have been joined by family pals Gordon and Tana Ramsay and their brood at the Amilla Fushi luxury resort. They were reportedly planning a New Year’s bash, with Victoria’s former Spice Girls bandmate Melanie C performing. Days after Christmas, Victoria posted a shot of Harper in a blue summery outfit pushing a doll’s pram along on the family holiday. OK!

Above: Victoria with sister Louise. Top: Brooklyn and David’s selfie from the outing

Above: Victoria posted snaps from LaplandUK with her parents Jackie and Tony. Left: Attending a Peppa Pig show

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roving that family comes first, the Beckhams enjoyed a pre-Christmas trip to LaplandUK. Top of the guest list was Victoria’s younger sister Louise Adams, with the girls cosying up for a festive selfie against a wintery backdrop (right). Victoria sweetly captioned the snap, ‘I feel so lucky to have you all in my life.’ Meanwhile, the 42-year-old fashion designer’s husband David, 41, appeared to be in a cheeky mood as he posted a Snapchat picture of himself sticking his tongue out at their eldest son Brooklyn, 17 (top right). The former footballer teased his followers with the caption: ‘He loves me really.’ Also attending the family gathering was Brooklyn’s 11-year-old brother Cruz. The pint-sized aspiring pop star posed with Father Christmas (bottom right), captioning his image with the hashtag #ifeverydaywaschristmas – a nod to his recently released charity single of the same name. Victoria’s parents Tony and Jackie were also pictured making their way to the festive attraction, located in Ascot, with the family (above). Later, Victoria posed with them in a cabin (above far right), gushing: ‘Family time is everything. I love you so much.’ A few days earlier, fashionista Victoria – who, at the time of going to press, was rumoured to be made an OBE for her services to fashion and charity The designer work – stepped out on did some a London shopping trip last-minute in head-to-toe checks. shopping just Snapped nipping into a before boutique to buy some Christmas socks (right), it’s thought



ctress Margot Robbie has married her long-time love Tom Ackerley (right) over the Christmas break. The 26-yearold Suicide Squad star – who has been dating English assistant director Tom for three years – confirmed the news by posting a cheeky snap to Instagram (below right). Margot flew to her native Australia for the nuptials, which were held in a private residence near Byron Bay, on the north coast of New South Wales. She had hinted at the upcoming ceremony by wearing a ‘Say I Do Down Under’ T-shirt at Gold Coast Airport. The blonde beauty is thought to have worn her mum Sarie Kessler’s wedding dress, a bohostyle off-the-shoulder gown. Sarie also gave Margot away in the ceremony, conducted in an open-sided marquee in front of around 50 guests. The wedding party later celebrated with pizza and cocktails.



ctor Laurence Fox and presenter Vogue Williams have ended their brief romance. They had reportedly been dating for a few months towards the end of 2016, when they were spotted hand-in-hand near Laurence’s north London home. However, Lewis star Laurence has since confirmed they’re not romantically involved. He said: ‘We’re just really great mates. We have always just been good mates before and we continue to be really great mates.’ The pair met on the set of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive in 2016, shortly after the end of Vogue’s marriage to singer Brian McFadden. Laurence, 38, and his wife Billie Piper then announced their breakup last spring. Laurence and Vogue, 31 (right), provided support for one another during their splits, and it’s believed their relationship blossomed into a romance before they decided they were better off as friends.




oleen Nolan has revealed her marriage to guitarist Ray Fensome (right) is at the make-or-break stage, and has said they’re even considering trying couples’ therapy. The Loose Women panellist (below) says that conflicting work schedules mean she and Ray, who share a 15-yearold daughter called Ciara, spend very little time together. Even when they are both at home, 51-year-old Coleen says they can spend several evenings in a row without speaking. The news comes just weeks after the former pop star revealed that Ray, 58, admitted he no longer fancied her. ‘It was tough to hear, but I’d asked him for the truth and sometimes the truth b***dy hurts!’ she said. Despite their problems, the couple – who married in 2007 and have been together for 16 years – have admitted they both still love each other and want to make it work. ‘We’re going to do a lot of talking over the next couple of weeks, but if we can’t fix it then I want us to have counselling,’ Coleen revealed just before Christmas.



ctors Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have sadly called time on their relationship after over 15 years together. Martin, 45, and 42-year-old Amanda (right) met on the set of the movie Men Only in 2000 and have two children, Joe, ten, and Grace, eight. Though they quietly separated earlier this year, Martin only made the news public in late December, revealing: ‘I’m not with Amanda any more. It’s very, very amicable – I’ll always love Amanda.’ The news will be sure to sadden fans, who have seen the couple famously play John and Mary Watson in the BBC drama Sherlock. When quizzed about the split, Amanda hinted that The Hobbit star Martin’s Hollywood filming commitments had led to them spending too much time apart. ‘You get used to being separate... You lose that connection and lose sight of it, in the end,’ she said. Meanwhile, the actress recently debuted a dramatic new look, cutting her hair into a dark pixie crop (right), saying it was simply a ‘whim’.








here are troubled times ahead for Coronation Street’s Michelle McDonald, as next week she suffers a late miscarriage of her son Ruari. It’s a case of art reflecting life as on February 11 2009, actress Kym Marsh lost her own son Archie, who was born prematurely at just over 21 weeks old. While the heartbreaking scenes will mean months of agony ahead for Michelle and her husband Steve, played by Simon Gregson, in real life Kym is looking forward to a pretty happy future. The 40-yearold former pop star is currently looking to buy a new home with her boyfriend, personal trainer Matt Baker, 27. The couple are also celebrating their two-year anniversary this spring. To help recover from her busy filming schedule, Kym left Matt and her son David, 21, at home while she took daughters Emilie, 19, and five-yearold Polly on a winter holiday to Lapland, where they got to take a sleigh ride, feed the reindeers and even meet Santa Claus himself. When she got back from the snowy jaunt, we met up with Kym to talk about the special trip, organised by Santa’s Lapland, to hear how she and Matt are planning a commitment to their future, and why daughter Polly has helped to ease the loss of son Archie…


We did lots of activities in the snow. We went on a sleigh ride, tobogganing and built a snowman. We also met lots of elves. Everybody was so upbeat, it did feel like Christmas. By the time we got on the plane to come home, Polly was worn out. Yes, she did. When we got there, we went on a search for Santa. When we found him, we walked into the room, Santa took his glasses off and said: ‘Hello, Polly.’ Her reaction was brilliant. She said: ‘Mummy, he knew my name without even asking. He must be the real Santa!’ Then he got out the letter she had sent him. It was just brilliant. What else did you do? We went on a husky ride and Emilie drove the sled. We had a lesson before we set off so we could help the huskies pull the sled. Emilie had the best experience. She has told everybody the trip was the best experience of her life. What were your other highlights of the trip?

Could you sum up the trip? It was a once-in-alifetime experience. I would say if you ever get the chance, just go and do it. It was a completely wonderful experience. How are things going between you and Matt? Everything is going great. We’ve been together for almost two years and living together for a little while now. Have things been different since you started living together? No, not at all. Things are really easy. Matt and the kids get on and it just seems to work. Is Matt quite laid back? He can be, but he has his moments! He is quite a calm person and doesn’t get wound up easily. I’m sure I might push him to the limit sometimes [laughs]!

How was your trip to Santa’s Lapland? It was amazing! It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was so magical. Polly was superexcited, even though we had to get up at 4am to catch the flight over there.

Are you the fiery one then? Not really… I’ve calmed down in my old age! I feel like I’ve become boring, like I’m a boring version of myself these days. If I’m on a night out I’ll be the first one to go home. I’m turning into a bit of a nana!

Did she write a letter to Santa before she left the UK?

Are you looking for a new home together in the New Year?

Below and facing page bottom: Kym, Emilie and Polly had a fantastic time in Lapland – with the dogsledding trip among their highlights – after leaving Matt (facing page top) and David at home. Facing page top left: Michelle suffers a late miscarriage in Weatherfield


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‘By the time we got on the plane to come home, Polly was worn out,’ Kym tells us of their trip Matt and I are buying a house together – that’s a big commitment to each other. It’s a big deal to us. Do you think the time is right for that sort of commitment? We don’t feel like we’ve rushed into anything and we’ve taken everything quite slowly, really. I think we’ve done that on purpose. We both feel that buying a home together is the next step – it’s exciting! Matt’s got his own place which he’s renovating, and then he’s going to sell it. But this is the first time he’s bought a place with a partner. [Matt interrupts, joking that he still has his other house just in case!] Do you know where you want to live? We’re hoping to find somewhere that’s halfway between my parents and his mum and grandparents. We both work in Manchester. I want to be closer to my mum and dad because they haven’t been too well lately – nothing serious. But I want to look after them a bit more after all the years they’ve looked after me. We’re looking at different areas in Cheshire. Do you have any idea what type of property you want to buy? It needs to be fairly big as we have David, Emilie and Polly.

I wouldn’t rule it out. In the past I’ve thought I was with the right person and it didn’t work out. That’s life, isn’t it? Matt and I aren’t in any hurry, though. Do you think you’ve changed in any way since turning 40? You know something? I’m looking old! I keep looking at myself and my face is looking a bit saggy. I think I’m looking my age and my face has changed. Matt disagrees with me, but I can see things that are different. I’m not worried and don’t overly care about those things. Have you ever thought about having Botox? I haven’t had anything done to my face and I would worry about injecting stuff into my face. But Dawn [Ward] has told me about these amazing facials you can have – they’re supposed to tone your face – so I would try that first before going down any injections route. The filler and Botox thing scares me a bit. How is Polly getting on at primary school? She’s doing well. She went into year one in September and she has come on loads. I’ve seen a difference in her. She’s reading so much more. When we go out she will read signs and menus. She always asks me how to spell words, too. It’s funny, seeing her like that. She gets frustrated if she can’t read something. She loves to learn.


Will you buy somewhere that needs work doing to it? I want to get a place that we can do some work on. Nothing ground-breaking but it would be nice to put our own stamp on the place. Every home I’ve owned in the past has been ready to move in. We want somewhere liveable, though, because of Polly. So we’d want to find a house where we could fit the kitchen and extend rooms. It sounds like Matt will have his hands full… He will but he loves it [laughs]! So you don’t think Matt will propose any time soon? No, not at all. Buying a house together is a big enough commitment. Anything like engagement or marriage isn’t something we’ve even talked about at present. Would you ever consider getting married again?

Has she got any new school pals? She’s got lots of friends. She keeps coming home and telling me she’s got a boyfriend! She’ll say: ‘Leon says he loves me, but I’m secretly married to Charlie!’ Have you noticed her personality developing more? She really knows what’s funny and how to make people laugh. What are her favourite subjects at school? She loves to draw and paint, she is very creative. But all my kids have been artistic. My brother is a good artist. It seems to run in the family. She is full of energy. If I had half of it, I would be happy – she’s like Tigger, she bounces down the street. WWW.OK.CO.UK 41

Kym’s girlie trip was the perfect way to unwind after a busy storyline in Coronation Street

Does she do any after-school clubs? She does dancing on a Monday. She has swimming lessons. She has gymnastics on Tuesday and football on Thursday! She just loves it. Has she thought about what she might like to do when she is older? She’s told me she wants to be a vet. Although the other week she told me she wanted to be a cleaner. Does she have any pets? We have our dog Barney and Emilie is getting her chihuahua Lola this month. Polly has a goldfish called Frank. She had two but one of them Daisy died quite early on – we had to have a big burial; we had to put her in a matchbox and bury her. Polly is such a loving little girl.

of both worlds. Emilie’s all loved up with her boyfriend. These days, if I ask her if she’s seeing somebody, she says: ‘We aren’t going out, we are just speaking.’ I can’t get my head round that – they’re seeing each other but they call it speaking, I don’t really understand! She seems really happy and he seems like a lovely lad and he’s pretty chatty. In the past, some of her boyfriends seemed quite shy and they didn’t want to talk to you. It was that moody teenager thing. Do you think they might have been a bit scared of you? That’s a possibility – they should be as well! But I am tame in comparison to Emilie. She’s a much wilder version of me!

Are David and Emilie still at home? Yes, and they’re showing no signs of moving out! They fly between mine and their dad [David Cunliffe]’s place so they have the best Above: Kym and David. Below: Polly and Kym make snow angels!


What about David? He’s a real home boy. I think he likes being at home with his mum. He likes his home comforts and knows that I’m soft and do everything for him [laughs]! He knows which side his bread is buttered! He works with his dad so he tends to come home to me after work. What jobs are they doing at the moment? David is getting his qualifications but he is working as a tiler. His dad is keen for him to set up on his own, but he’s happy that he’s getting a trade. When we move house, hopefully he’ll be able to do the bathroom! He is quite artistic, which I think helps, too.

What’s Emilie doing? She’s working in her friend’s parents’ shop during the day and behind the bar at a pub that her dad has just taken over. Just a couple of nights each week. Is Emilie still keen to pursue a music career? She’s just started doing some gigs. She wants to start making the right moves, but she’s aware it’s a very different industry to the one I was in. That’s how I started off. There’s no better experience than gigging. Do you worry about her pursuing a career in music? It’s a really difficult place. It works so differently to how it did when I was in the music industry. But she’s going to do some songwriting. She’s taking her time. She’s aware she’s only 19 – she’s philosophical and says if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. Emilie is very headstrong and has a real determination. But she’s not under any illusions either. She also takes things on the chin and then moves on. She’s seen what happened to me and that hasn’t put her off! I will just be there for her. I will support her in whatever she wants to do. Would you let her do another TV talent show? That’s up to her. She did The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent, they were both her ideas. She was never shown on BGT, which was a shame. She got yeses from all the judges and did a brilliant audition. She got asked to do The Voice for a second time but she said: ‘No way!’ How’s David’s health? He’s good. He had some tests as he was having a few problems with his stomach but they all came back okay. There haven’t been any more episodes with his heart. He’s back on his fitness. He’s lost a stone recently, just with healthy eating and working out at home. He has to do a lot of lifting heavy boxes with his job and he has to mix the tile adhesive by hand, so it’s a very physical job.

‘Polly has brought so much joy,’ her proud mum tells us


Above: The girls enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride before meeting Father Christmas (below) Are you still going with your fitness regime? Yes, but with my big storyline it’s been tricky. I have to exercise as it helps me so much, it really lifts my mood. If I don’t, I really notice a difference. I’m like a bear with a sore head. It seems to combat a lot of stress. Everybody should exercise – it’s like natural Prozac [laughs]!

There are some traumatic times ahead for your character Michelle… I did think long and hard before agreeing to this storyline. It’s a cause that’s very close to my heart as I lost Archie at 21 weeks and five days. But I wanted to raise awareness about something that affects thousands of women every year.

Tell us about your exercise regime…. I do resistance work with weights. But we also do exercise where you use your own body weight to create resistance. I really need to do some cardio – I need to go running but I don’t like cardio, it’s horrible. But I think I’m going to get a bike. I’d prefer that to running outside.

How did you feel having to film the miscarriage scenes? I have had to go to some really dark places when filming the heartbreaking scenes. But my family, friends and colleagues have been incredible. Losing a child is something that never leaves you, so revisiting those feelings as Michelle was a challenge.

Do you ever get bored or have days you want to just stay in bed? Over Christmas it would have been really easy just to put my feet up, watch the telly and eat chocolate, but I thought it was important to keep doing exercise. It’s good that we have a space where we can do it at home. Does Matt give you tips? He’s always encouraging and gives me good advice when it comes to cardio. He always says I’ll feel better after doing exercise and he’s right. I might moan when I’m doing it but I’m always glad I’ve done it afterwards. When I do come back from running I feel shattered but I do feel good. Has doing exercise helped while you’ve been doing your big storyline? It has been really helpful, that and eating well. I’ve done a couple of night shoots when I ended up eating biscuits for comfort food as it was freezing. When you’ve been filming stressful scenes, exercise helps to get that out of your head. 44

Did Corrie look after you during filming? There was a counsellor on set at all times when we were filming the scenes. But the best tonic

was to go home and see David, Emilie and Polly, which reminded me of how lucky I am to have my children. Have you kept in touch with Alison King since she left the cobbles? She popped in to see us the other week. She likes to visit every now and again. She was so close to everybody, so her leaving was a shock to the system. It’s always lovely to see her. We got together over Christmas with the kids, which was lovely. Has producer Kate Oates settled in? She’s been with us since April but we’re only just starting to see things she is overseeing appear on screen now. She’s doing a wonderful job and everybody is really happy. Do you find it easy to go out and about in Manchester? Yes, I think all the cast do. I currently live near the Trafford Centre, I’m always in there. Generally people are nice and just want to say hello. It’s 17 years since you did Popstars – could you have imagined you’d still be on prime-time telly all these years later. [Kym was chosen to take part in 2000 but the show was screened early the following year.] No way [laughs]! I’ve always tried to work hard. You can become famous but if you don’t work hard it’s easy to disappear. I think some people think once they’ve made it, that’s it. I just kept reinventing myself. I’ve been given some great opportunities. What do you see yourself doing in ten years’ time?

‘When I’m 50 I won’t have any babies and I’ll actually be able to have my life,’ laughs Kym

Who knows? I don’t see myself going anywhere apart from Corrie anytime soon. Maybe I might try more presenting and possibly theatre. I can do that while I’m still in Corrie. I think I’ve been lucky. I am very grateful for everything that has happened.

came along and has brought so much joy. When I lost Archie I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for a very long time. We look at Polly as a gift from Archie. She brings so much love and we are blessed to have her. OK!



Would you do anything differently? When I’m 50 I won’t have any babies and I’ll actually be able to have my life [laughs]! I know I had David and Emilie when I was young, but I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s not ideal and it was hard. In a way we’ve grown up together. They’re my best friends. Then Polly






Above: The glamorous couple show us their Kent home. Facing page top: The outside of their love nest. Right: The state-of-the-art kitchen





riving through the electric gates leading to the home of former Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan, deep in the beautiful Kent countryside, we see James waving at us from the door. As he leads us into a state-of-the-art kitchen, Ola, 34, tells us a story about her recent stint in the Australian jungle when she took part in I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!. James, meanwhile, is being his usual prankster self, playing jokes on everyone in the room! After being shown round their five-bedroom home, we can’t help asking if they’ve just redecorated because everything is so immaculate. However, James, 38, insists: ‘No, Ola just has OCD!’ To which Ola responds: ‘Oi! I know I have a problem, but at least I don’t leave my underpants on the floor!’ They might sound like an old married couple, but having been together for 17 years and married for 13 of those, it’s clear to see that James and Ola are still mad about each other. This week, James, who took part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2014, is expected to return to the house for CBB’s All Stars Vs New Stars. While he’s unable to confirm his CBB comeback, the star, who was famously axed from Strictly in 2014, does admit: ‘Put it this way, if I was to be going in again, I would be over the moon because I loved it the first time around and I love the show.’

Here, James and Ola talk ‘unfair’ marking on Strictly, jungle reunions and ‘practising’ baby making… Happy New Year! How was your Christmas? Ola: We had my parents over, James’ parents and grandparents, and my sister and her kids. I cooked. I messed up the year before so we didn’t eat until 8pm! Do your parents get on? Ola: Well, my parents don’t speak any English so I translate everything, and I make sure they agree on everything! My parents absolutely love James, but they can’t understand him. James, you’re rumoured to be going into CBB, is it true? Put it this way, if I was to be going in again, I would be over the moon because I loved it the first time around and I love the show. Are you in touch with many of your old housemates? James: Yes, Ricky Norwood and I always text. I miss Edele Lynch, White Dee and David McIntosh. We had a good mix of people. What is the cleanliness like in the house? James: Horrific. The way some people live I find astounding. Some people went a long time without having a wash or a shower, or even cleaning their teeth, which I find terrible. We got given a Hoover once a week for half an hour, I used to love it when the Hoover came. Did you enjoy the Big Brother experience? James: I loved it. Some people come out of Big Brother and have to see a psychiatrist, but I don’t take myself too seriously, I love winding

people up, so the show was made for me. It makes me laugh how people come out of shows like that and say: ‘I found myself in there.’ If you don’t know yourself after 30 or 40 years of age, then you’ve got a problem! Did you find it hard being apart from Ola? James: Yes, but it was more that when I was being booed as I went in, I just wanted reassurance. I just wanted Ola to say to me: ‘Don’t worry, you’re doing fine.’ Not getting that was hard. Ola, what did you miss the most being in I’m A Celebrity… ? My hubby. Seeing him at the end of the bridge was brilliant. I just kept saying: ‘I love you.’ Not seeing him for three weeks with no contact was hard, I didn’t know what he was doing, I didn’t even know what time it was. It was such an experience that I wanted to share with the person I love, but I couldn’t. And It was amazing being back in my own bed, but I did love sleeping outside. Do you wish you’d been in there with her, James? No way, I’m so scared of creepy crawlies, I wouldn’t camp in the garden! I couldn’t have done any of the trials she did. Ola suffers with heights so when she walked on a plank 350ft at the top of a skyscraper, I was so proud and shocked. Then she went into a tomb, buried in the pitch black with rats – I couldn’t have done it. Ola: I was more nervous about not having my make-up! On Strictly I always looked my best. It’s the opposite in the jungle – my WWW.OK.CO.UK 47

eyebrows were overgrowing and I looked shocking. I used to have really bad skin and struggled with how I looked without make-up.

Ola: I was misquoted. It didn’t bother me that James had a girlfriend when we met because he was just my dance partner then. We didn’t get together until two years later.

James, did you get jealous of men ogling Ola’? No, I’m used to it after Strictly. She’s a good-looking girl with a great body – people can look, but I’m the one that goes home with her. I love that people think she’s beautiful. Ola, who were you closest to in the jungle? Carol Vorderman, she’s such a clever and beautiful lady. It was so nice to spend time with her. I loved Wayne Bridge, too, he was my mate. We’ve got a group WhatsApp so I wake up in the morning to 50 messages! There was no one I disliked. James: Ola is used to me so there was no way anyone in there was going to wind her up!

Do you ever argue? Ola: We’d be lying if we said no, everyone does. Ours always start with me moaning at him for leaving his underwear on the floor or not taking the rubbish out. I definitely wear the trousers and I boss him around a lot. Do you miss being on Strictly? Ola: I miss the people, the hair and make-up artists and the crew, but I did ten years and I it was definitely the right time to go. I love watching it. James: I spent a lot of time in the make-up room winding everyone up, I miss my friends more than I miss the show.

Above and top: Ola’s trophies take pride of place

Were you gutted not to be Queen Of The jungle? Ola: No, I didn’t go on the show for that. I went on for an amazing experience and it was even better than expected. I’ve always wanted to do it. It was nice not having my phone and having time to relax and reflect and appreciate my family.

What was the first thing you ate when you got out? Ola: Bacon and eggs for breakfast, then steak and chips for dinner. I lost half a stone, but we were eating well because everyone was winning stars. We ate possum one Ola says she was night, which is a closest to Carol cross between a Vorderman in the jungle rat, a cat and a big squirrel. It was like eating a boot. I love Chinese takeaways; I was dreaming of king prawn dansak and egg fried rice. You tweeted about a LiveLean delivery. Are you training for something? Ola: I’m just trying to get in shape. I lost weight and muscle in the jungle, so I’m just trying to tone up. I’m not as young as I used to be. How did you two first meet? Ola: James was looking for a dance partner. We had the same coach and he came to Poland for a trial with me. Three weeks later, I moved to the UK and I was dancing with him in the championships.

Are you sill in touch with any of the Strictly dancers? Ola: Yes, Janette [Manrara] and Aljaž [Skorjanec] are a lovely couple. And Brendan Cole and Pasha [Kovalev].

Who should replace Len Goodman? James: Anton Du Beke, no question, he’s the perfect person. They’ll really mess up if they don’t have him. They’ve messed up a few times with decisions they’ve made, but that’s one decision that should be very clear. Anton has been there since the beginning and he’s more qualified than the three other judges on the panel, fact. He has more right to be there. He’s funny and people love him. Would you like to be a judge? James: I would love to. I’d be really good, but the BBC aren’t calling me about it! What do you think of Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly as hosts? James: I was dubious at first, I always said there should be a male and female presenter, but they work well together. Who are the best dancers? James: Of the pros, Pasha. And of the celebrities, Danny Mac was amazing. He was the best the show’s ever seen. Did you expect him to win? James: No, I didn’t. I think the judges were marking unfairly. Brendan Cole wrote an article on how unfair the marking was. As a professional dancer who has been dancing for over 30 years, it’s very clear who is better than someone else. It was frustrating. In my opinion, the judges should all be ashamed of themselves, they were wrong. When someone is given tens after loads of mistakes, it’s ridiculous. Danny should have been top of the leader board. Ola: It makes a joke and a mockery of the show. You tweeted about Ore Oduba being over-marked for his quickstep and the leader board being ‘bulls**t’… James: Which is true. It’s like winning a running race and being told you’re in third place. That’s how obvious the unfair marking was, I think.

Was it love at first sight? Ola: No, I was 17, all I was thinking about was dancing. We were friends from the start. We got on very well. Ola, there was a report saying that you stole James off his girlfriend after you said in your book that it didn’t bother you that he had a girlfriend when you first met… 48

Ola and James had both sets of parents over for Christmas dinner!

It’s been reported that Darcey Bussell could be head judge – what do you think about that? James: I love Darcey, she is a



James would love to be a judge on Strictly, but tells us: ‘I’d be really good, but the BBC aren’t calling me about it!’


lovely lady, but no. I want to see someone who is ballroom and Latin qualified as head judge, let Anton in there! Would you ever go back on the show? Ola: Not as a dancer. We had an amazing time, but we’ve moved on. But if they want to give us a call for a judging or presenting role, great! Ola, you were pretty open about having sex in your dressing room in your book, do you regret talking about that? Not at all. I wanted to share my real story. I’m not doing anything wrong – I’m married!


Ola, you were injured in the TV show The Jump – are you fully recovered now? Yes, but my leg is never going to be 100 per cent.


I worked hard to get my muscles back and I did six months of physio. I wanted to learn a new skill which is why I signed up, but I don’t blame the show. Skiing is dangerous, I just skied slowly down the slopes and fell over and snapped my leg. It could have happened skiing with James. James: She just wasn’t very good! Ola: I only did three days but I loved it before my accident. Was one of the reasons you left Strictly to have a family? Ola: Yes, I would love to have a family one day, but I’m just enjoying the practising bit at the moment! How many kids would you like? Ola: Two would be perfect. James: You used to say three! Ola: I’ll stick to two because three is a bit out of hand! James, how did you propose? On holiday in Skiathos. After a romantic dinner, I took her to the beach and I got down on one knee. Ola: It was lovely. He seems this hard, outspoken person on

Above: Ola was very open in her autobiography – namely about she and James having sex at the Strictly studios! Top: The couple’s living room is immaculate. Above centre: Ola and James embrace on I’m A Celebrity… bridge. Top: Their immaculate living room

the outside, but he’s a real softie on the inside. He’s a good husband. He once flew my mum and dad over for my birthday as a surprise. You have a lovely home – how long have you lived here? James: We’ve lived here for six years. Which is your favourite room? Ola: The bedroom! And our bed is our favourite piece of furniture because I love my sleep and James loves it for other things! I always sleep in but James is such an early riser. Have you done any renovations? Ola: No, it was a new build so we haven’t needed to. Who does the cooking? Ola: When I was injured, James made me a lot of cheese on toast. And when I got out of the jungle, jetlagged, he made me omelettes. He’s not good but he tries! Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? James: I’d like to stop smoking. Ola: Last year was amazing. I’ve fulfilled my dream of going into the jungle and I’ve released my autobiography. I’d like more of the same in 2017! OK! OLA’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, ‘STRICTLY OLA’, IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. TWITTER.COM/CHRISSIE_REEVES PHOTOGRAPHS BY VINCENT DOLMAN ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY ITV/PLANET PHOTOS, REX PRODUCED BY TARKAN ALGIN STYLING BY ZOE KOZLIK AT LHA REPRESENTS HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY MARCOS GURGEL







el B is relaxing in her dressing room surrounded by scented candles when OK! joins her for a catch-up. The 41-year-old star is taking a well-earned breather during filming for the second series of Lip Sync Battle. The Channel 5 show, which she and Professor Green co-host, pits two celebrities against each other as they take to the stage to mime to well-known songs. Mel has plenty of other work to keep her on her toes in 2017, too. Currently starring in the Broadway production of Chicago, Mel’s also preparing to join her old friend Simon Cowell on the America’s Got Talent judging panel. Then there’s her collaboration with her Spice Girls bandmates Emma Bunton and Geri Horner. She’s writing new material with them to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut single Wannabe – although Mel’s keen to tell us that, despite reports, they’re not called GEM! Here, Mel, who’s married to US film producer Stephen Belafonte and is mum to Phoenix, 17, Angel, nine, and Madison, five, opens up about her hectic schedule and why she wouldn’t mind her daughters following in her footsteps… You seem very busy at the moment! Luckily I’ve got three kids so I’m used to minimal amounts of sleep!

Are you excited to be back for the new series of Lip Sync Battle? The second season of any show is always good because people understand it a bit more. This time around the production is bigger and the guests are bigger. Things are more elaborate. Tell us your favourite celebrity pair-up so far… Danny Dyer and Craig Revel Horwood go head to head and it’s genius. They couldn’t be more different – chalk and cheese, so it was hilarious. We’ve had Peter Andre on who was great, too. Does it amaze you how far the celebs will go to impress the audience? Sally Phillips learnt Korean just so she could perform Gangnam Style!

Who would be your dream contestant? Alan Carr would be a lot of fun. Will you be encouraging Geri Horner and Emma Bunton to have a go? Maybe! Emma came down to set the other day and took my kids back to her house for a sleepover. We all support each other in our endeavours.

Above: With Pro Green. Above left: America’s Got Talent judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Below right: Showing off her bikini body

You seem to get on very well with Professor Green… We didn’t know each other before the show but we have good chemistry. He’s a nice guy. Did you stay in touch after the first series? He was busy filming some documentaries and I’ve been in the States where I live, but we have a cool relationship.

Would you like him to collaborate on the new GEM album? We’re not actually called GEM, it’s just something people keep calling us! It’s Geri, Emma and Melanie. In terms of a collaboration, probably not. We’re about doing it by ourselves. How did it feel to land the part of Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway? It’s a great role, but I signed my contract ten months ago and I’ve been so busy since then. I spent five weeks in Australia filming The X Factor, then I was in the UK for Lip Sync Battle. I’ve also launched a new range of food for kids and I’ve opened a restaurant in LA. So all of a sudden I was like: ‘S**t! I’ve got to start rehearsals.’

You look in great shape at the moment – are you still following Jenny Craig? I’ve been doing the maintenance programme, which is all about keeping off the weight I’ve lost. I’ve had to learn all about the right calorie intake for me and portion control. I team that with working out and I have a consultant who weighs me every month and helps me stay on track. Have any of your daughters shown signs of wanting to follow you into the industry? They dressed up as reindeers for the Christmas special of Lip Sync Battle, which was sweet. I believe kids should be kids for as long as possible, but if their hobby is singing and dancing, I’ll encourage that. Education is the most important thing but if they ever wanted to take it seriously then I’d back them. Is it nice being able to bring them to work with you? I think it’s important for them to see what I get up to when I’m not with them and that I have a full-time job. It’s important for them to see what hard OK! work looks like.

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hings are all change over at The Voice UK. Since finding a new home on ITV, the show has been revamped, with Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson joining the line-up. Bush frontman Gavin – dad to Daisy Lowe – and America’s Got Talent finalist Jennifer, 35, are joined by The Voice stalwart, 41, and Sir Tom Jones, who returns after being dropped by the BBC in 2015. When OK! sits down for a chat with the new mentors, it’s obvious they’ve already bonded well. ‘When you respect people to begin with, you’re curious to know what they’re like to work with and it’s really good. We get on like a house on fire,’ says 76-year-old Tom. The judges also reveal that they’re hoping this year’s winner will have more success than in previous years, with Gavin, 51, saying: ‘We’re aiming to have the first breakout star this series!’ Here the panel open up about getting to know each other and going head-to-head in the ratings war with Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine… Welcome back, Tom! Did you take much persuading to rejoin the panel? Not once I knew who was going to be on the panel. I didn’t walk away

from it before, they just didn’t pick up my contract. That was okay, you just get on with life. It’s a really nice feeling to know that ITV feel what happened to me shouldn’t have happened to begin with. Will: I was quite upset by it all. I was p***ed but couldn’t really show how bad it was. How does this line-up of coaches compare to previous years? Will: Gavin is an awesome addition and so is Jennifer, I love how experienced she is. She has so much to offer on this show as a coach. Gavin and Jennifer, what made you want to join the show? Jennifer: I’ve always been a fan of the show because it’s about real singers with real voices. There have been great artists who’ve come from the UK. I love the time that music is given here, you really get to work on the craft of it. Gavin: It’s nice to have the opportunity to find an incredible show here in the UK, plus it’s one of those shows that everybody talks about. It’s also nice to be back home, working in England. What’s it like being the only girl, Jennifer? I like it! I feel like I’m going to be really spoiled around here.

Does it come naturally to you to judge people? Gavin: Not at all. I understand the journey these singers are on so I feel especially sympathetic towards them. It is better TV to beat them up, but it’s hard for us as artists to be too critical because we know the struggle. Jennifer: I was on American Idol, so my heart goes out to the contestants. I know exactly what they’re feeling and how they didn’t sleep the night before the audition. Tom and Will, as the original coaches, will one of you take on the role of head coach? Tom: No, we’re a team! Will: To me, Tom is the head coach. Tom’s legacy and experience surpass all of ours combined. To have him on the show and in your realm is a pleasure and a blessing. What’s your favourite thing about The Voice? Tom: Everyone can sing. We’re not trying to make fun of anybody for the sake of it. Why do you think winners of The Voice haven’t had much success? Tom: When you get a recording contract there’s no guarantee you’re going to get a hit. Getting a contract is just the beginning. In the past, the BBC couldn’t let record labels get involved until the last few weeks, but with ITV we can have them involved at the audition process. Gavin: We’re aiming to have the first breakout star this series. Jennifer: I think we will help create artists. It’s one thing to be a vocalist, but you need to be an artist to exist in this industry. You’re going to be up against Let It Shine on BBC One, are you feeling competitive? Tom: I’ve not even thought about it. We concentrate on what we do. OK! TURN THE PAGE FOR MORE ON ‘THE VOICE UK’. INTERVIEW BY TOM ATKINSON PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, ITV


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EMMAWILLISTALKSABOUTTHEFORMATSHAKE-UPWHYSHE’SPLEASEDIT’S MOVEDTOITVANDWHYHERKIDSWILLLOVEJENNIFERHUDSON hile The Voice UK may be back with a new format, a new channel, a new judging panel and a brand spanking new set, there’s one thing that remains the same – the lovely Emma Willis is set to return as the show’s host. The show is back to fill our Saturday nights with all the excitement from the blind auditions to the live finals and the 40-year-old star is set to be a busy bee as she’s also presenting Celebrity Big Brother and concentrating on being a mum to her three children – Isabelle, seven, Ace, five, and Trixie, seven months, with her husband Matt Willis. Speaking about The Voice’s move from the BBC to ITV, she laughs: ‘It will give me some breathing room in the live shows in the ad breaks! It will also bring some Saturday night sparkle and some extra razzle dazzle.’ Here, Emma chats about her excitement at returning, her thoughts on this year’s coaches and why her family are big fans of the show…


Emma, how are you feeling about signing up to present the new series of The Voice? I’m very excited about being back and also a bit nervous. But mainly excited. I’m really looking forward to it. I always get nervous before I start a job because I don’t want to mess it up! Even though this is my fourth year, it’s a whole new team so it does feel like the first day at school again.

just happy to see him back, he is just a legend and a really nice bloke. And Jennifer, she is just sensational, she walks into a room and it’s just wow. She is a beautiful goddess and she is really nice too! Gavin [Rossdale] has had experience on The Voice in the States and is really passionate about finding talent and making sure they get the most out of the experience and that they do something with it. Everyone is really invested in genuinely wanting to find and nurture people, and that is what the show is all about. We have the four perfect people for that.

What do you think about the new format of The Voice this year? [If the coaches don’t turn during the performance, their chair won’t turn at the end like it did on the BBC show.] I think it’s brilliant. It instigates different conversations from the coaches because obviously before when they turned around they made a connection with somebody and felt really bad for not turning, so they automatically apologised. But with this change they can have more constructive criticism because they are not directing it at someone that they are looking at. It’s more of a conversation between the four of them. Maybe we’ll get different insights into why they haven’t turned.

What will moving to ITV bring to the show? It will give me some breathing room in the live shows in the ad breaks [laughs]! It will also bring some Saturday night sparkle and some extra razzle dazzle.

How important are big Saturday night shows like The Voice to you? They’re really important. I grew up watching them, but they were different shows back then, it was more game shows and quiz shows. Now it’s talent shows and that’s what we all want to watch. It’s nice to have a really good show like The Voice which is strong in talent and entertainment, but also on a family level so you can watch it with your kids. I can’t watch Big Brother with my kids because that’s my grown-up thing. OK!

Are your family excited to see you back on the show? My husband loves watching it for the voices, but my kids love it for the coaches. They were obsessed with Kylie [Minogue], Rita [Ora] and Paloma [Faith], so I’m sure they are going to be obsessed with Jennifer [Hudson] this year too. They always like the girls. They like to play it too!


Have you had a chance to sit in the big red chairs? Yes, every year! You can’t work on The Voice and not have a go on a chair. But I feel like I’m going to get told off by Will if he ever catches me. I wouldn’t want to be in the coaches’ position. I’m tone deaf. I would be no help to anybody!

With last year’s Everyone seems really Tell us a secret about the winner of The Voice behind finding a star this new show… Kevin Simm time around… There are two drinks holders Everyone is really invested in it. in the red chairs. Normally There is always that question, why is it so hard to there is a drink in one and a notepad in the other. find a star? And the reason is because it is bl**dy Sometimes there’s a box [to put your feet on]. hard. It’s a search for talent and then you have to Kylie had one as she’s so tiny!

Have the new coaches been asking you for advice? No they haven’t. It’s nice because it’s kind of a new show in a way for everyone, so we’re all in the same boat.

Give us your take on the new-look panel… I have obviously worked with Will [] and Tom [Sir Tom Jones] before. It wouldn’t be The Voice without Will. Will seems really eager and excited and really up for it. With Tom, I am

maintain it and hope all those stars are aligned for it to continue and make this massive thing. But it’s a platform and it’s always been a platform. Let’s hope this year that the platform helps somebody to carry on and become a really huge star.

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lesha Dixon certainly isn’t afraid of a busy schedule. The singer and presenter is about to start filming for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent and is also fronting brand new ITV show Dance Dance Dance. The stint co-hosting alongside Will Best will be Alesha’s first stab at presenting a prime time show – not that she’s feeling nervous about landing such a big role! ‘I’m quite relaxed, to be honest,’ Alesha reveals. ‘I don’t know what it is about hosting but I don’t get overly anxious or nervous about it.’ When the 38 year old isn’t gracing our TV screens, she’s busy being mum to her adorable daughter Azura, her daughter with Azuka Ononye, with Alesha recently revealing that she hopes her attitude to hard work will rub off on the three year old. ‘The older Azura gets, the more she understands that Mummy is doing something she loves, this in turn will inspire her. I love being a female, I think there’s lots of things girls can do equally,’ she said. Here, Alesha talks about her new TV role and being reunited with the BGT judges…

How does it feel to be presenting a prime time ITV show?

‘JB and his wife Chloe are really sweet, it’s gorgeous watching them dance together,’ says Alesha

I don’t know what it is about hosting, but I don’t get overly anxious or nervous about it. I guess because first and foremost I’m an artist. I don’t see myself as a presenter, I never have, but I’ve always said that when the right thing comes up, I’d know it. Is it nice to present a show away from the other Britain’s Got Talent judges? I guess so, I like to mix it up. Today I’ve been working on designs for my next fashion collection, then the week after I’m back in the recording studio. So what keeps me motivated is variety – I never like to play it safe. Are you looking forward to the next series of Britain’s Got Talent? I’m so excited to get back with the others again. It’s always nice when you know you can have a great Christmas with the family, chill out a bit and then all that kicks off in the New Year. I feel very blessed that I have a job I love. Every week is different.

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Are you getting on well with the celebrities taking part in Dance Dance Dance?

Above: Alesha and Azuka are parents to three-yearold Azura (above left) They’re all really nice. The thing that’s impressed me most is how good they all are at dancing. I love the partnerships as well. JB [Gill] and his wife Chloe are really sweet, it’s gorgeous watching them dance together, they’re so in love. Ashley Banjo leads the panel of Dance Dance Dance judges – are you proud of him for what he’s achieved off the back of BGT? He’s been consistently doing well with Diversity and other TV projects. I used to watch him on Got To Dance and he was a fantastic judge on that, so when the producers told me they were speaking to him about this, I was like, brilliant! Did you manage to get any good gossip from the other judges about their A-list clients? Not yet! But I’d love to sit down with Tina Landon and talk about her experience working with Michael and Janet Jackson together. OK! TURN OVER FOR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH ‘DANCE DANCE DANCE’ CONTESTANTS JESSICA WRIGHT AND LUCY-JO HUDSON. TWITTER.COM/LAURACHILLS PHOTOGRAPHS BY GETTY IMAGES, INSTAGRAM, ITV, REX

Alesha tells us she’s been impressed with the standard of dancing on the show







Above: Jess decided to take part in the show with her friend Duane Lamonte (below)


early a year has gone by since Why did you want to take part in Jessica Wright quit TOWIE – Dance Dance Dance? and she hasn’t looked back Doing the show was a dream come true since. In the time that’s passed, for me. I started to go to stage school the reality TV star has released two when I was eight and danced for the novels, launched her own shoe line next 15 years. The fact I got to do it with and designed a clothing range for my friend Duane was an added bonus. House Of Fraser. For her next challenge, Jessica is How do you know Duane? taking part in new ITV show Dance We met a few years ago at a local Dance Dance. It sees celebrities and restaurant and started singing together. their self-appointed dance partners We were in the studio together one day going head-to-head as they recreate and I looked at him and said: ‘Can you iconic music video routines. dance?’ He didn’t have a clue if he could Joining Jess and her friend Duane or not, but he still said yes to being my Lamonte are former EastEnders partner. The whole experience really star Jonny Labey, JLS star JB Gill, bonded us, we’re friends for life now! Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade and former Coronation Street star What was the toughest part of doing Lucy-Jo Hudson. the show? When OK! catches up with Jessica, I underestimated how much of a strain she reveals that all the hours of training all the dancing would put on my body, took a toll on her. ‘I had to have physio I even need physio on my knee and on my shoulder and knee shoulder. I lost over half afterwards. We were a stone, though, and I’ve training for up to four hours got biceps now, which I’ve a day, which was hard never had before. work. I did lose nearly half a stone, though!’ Did you get on well with Jessica reveals. the other contestants? Here the 31 year old I love Lucy-Jo and all Above: JB opens up about training the girls. In fact, I loved Gill. Below: for the show, partying with spending time with Fiona Wade Brooklyn Beckham and everyone. We were like why she hopes to find love one big family. in 2017… What was it like working Happy New Year, Jessica! with Alesha Dixon? Have you made any She’s a lovely girl. We resolutions? had a few nights out Finding a man would be partying together! a start! I need to start actively trying to find one Is your brother Mark happy because I’ve been very to have landed a part on lazy with it. My career has the US show The Royals? always been my main Yes, he’s really excited. focus, so I’ve put finding It’s something completely love on a back burner. different for him. My mum’s getting a bit impatient because she You were spotted wants grandchildren, so partying with Brooklyn I need to start looking! Beckham recently – is he a friend? You were linked to No, we were both at actor Luke Pasqualino [TOWIE star] Vas J Former – did anything happen Morgan’s birthday party EastEnders star between you? in London. I said hello to Jonny Labey I don’t think I can talk about Brooklyn, but that’s about OK! that, sorry. as exciting as it gets!





What was the hardest part of taking part in Dance Dance Dance? The stamina. I’ve always gone to the gym but you underestimate how hard dancers work. I’ve been in the studio hour after hour and it’s been so intense. I’ve had to look after my body and eat right. It’s been amazing but challenging at times because I thought I was fitter than I actually am! Have you noticed a change in your body since doing the show? I’ve definitely trimmed up. I do feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a long time. My weight hasn’t changed but I can feel in my clothes that I’m slightly different. I’m more toned and I’m stronger. I can also get up and down the stairs now without breathing heavily!

Has your diet changed? If anything I’ve been eating more doing this job! I’ve been eating anything and everything. You need to constantly keep eating, so I’m having more carbs and more fruit and nuts. What was it like working with Alesha Dixon? She’s amazing. We had a good chat about our little ones because they’re only about a month apart. Does Sienna like to dance? She does. She’s a little mover. She came to the set once. Most of the time we were filming during her bedtime, but she’s watched some of my rehearsal videos on my phone. It’s been hard but we’ve made it work. Part of the show is filmed abroad – have you been missing her? Yes, but I guess that’s part of it. It’s finding that balance between being a mum and going back to work. You

Above: Dancing queen Lucy-Jo is married to Corrie’s Alan Halsall (above left) naturally have to find it. I have a good family support system and a very good little girl. Are you doing it for all the mums out there? Yes, definitely, because i still don’t feel my age. I look at Sienna and can’t believe she’s my little girl. With everything I’ve been through in the past few years, taking time out to be a mum, I feel like I’m now getting back into work and I’m absolutely loving it. Has Alan been impressed by your moves? Yes, he’s been very proud. He’s been down to watch some of the show, but he’s got a very busy schedule with work. I met Al after I finished dancing so he didn’t really know that side of me, so he’s been shocked I can actually dance! Will you continue dancing? I danced when I was a kid and it’s been brilliant doing it again, but at the minute I love my acting so I want to stick to what I know best!

Above: Lucy-Jo with Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton. Right: Lucy-Jo says Sienna loves to dance

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year? No, because you tend to give up on day two! But I’m just going to be enjoying life, working, being a mummy, eating right and having fun. OK! ‘DANCE DANCE DANCE’ IS ON ITV, THIS SUNDAY AT 6.30PM.



alling 2016 a rollercoaster year would probably be an understatement for Lucy-Jo Hudson. The 33-year-old actress announced the sad news of her split from her husband, Coronation Street star Alan Halsall, 34, back in March. However, they delighted us when they reconciled a couple of months later. At the time of the split, Lucy-Jo revealed: ‘Al and I did keep talking through our four months apart and recently we started spending time trying to work things through together.’ She added: ‘We both want to save our marriage.’ Lucy-Jo recently posted a lovedup shot of the pair (above right) – who married in 2009, covered exclusively by OK!, after both starring in Corrie – with the caption: ‘My absolute rock!!!’ The couple are also parents to their adorable daughter Sienna Rae, three, and, having taken some time off since her birth, Lucy-Jo is embarking on her next challenge as she takes to the floor for ITV’s Dance Dance Dance. Lucy-Jo has teamed up with her friend Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton to take on everything from Beyoncé to the Backstreet Boys! Here, she chats to OK! about her daughter’s love of dance, impressing Alan with her moves, and being in the best shape of her life…





he may have divided opinion on The X Factor, but there was no doubt Honey G was the most talked-about act of the latest series. After securing herself a deal with Simon Cowell’s record company Syco to release her debut single The Honey G Show, the rapper now has her sights firmly set on world domination. ‘Getting my record deal has made me realise that I’m born to be a global rap artist,’ an enthusiastic Honey tells OK! when we catch up with her. Just weeks ago, the 35-yearold former HR worker became the first contestant to return to perform on the show while the series was still airing. Despite receiving some negative feedback for her reappearance, Honey insists she isn’t letting it get her down. ‘There’s no point in wasting energy on haters, I’m all about spreading positive energy,’ she reveals. Here, Honey chats about releasing her first single, her close friendship with mentor Sharon Osbourne and why she hasn’t stayed in touch with any of her fellow contestants… You must be sitting on cloud nine right now… I really am! Signing my deal and releasing a single is the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me. Have you spoken much to Simon since you signed to his label? I spoke to him at the X Factor final and I thanked him for believing in me, then we shared a hug. He told me he really likes the track. It’s crazy to think that he’s got so behind me. It’s a dream come true.

It’s changed everything because now I’m one step closer to achieving my dream of being an international rapper. I really grew as an artist as the weeks went on – I genuinely believe a real rap artist was born on that show. Have any of the negative comments you’ve received over the past few months upset you? I’m only human so of course some of them were hurtful. I’ve always tried to ignore negative remarks and focus on what I’m trying to do. There’s no point in wasting energy on haters, I’m all about spreading positive energy.

‘We became really close, so we’ve promised we’re going to be friends forever,’ Honey says of her mentor and ‘number one fan’ Sharon Osbourne Were you surprised by the buzz you created on The X Factor? I’ve been overwhelmed with the support I’ve been getting. It feels like people have really got Honey G fever. I did a gig in Cardiff recently and the fans nearly broke the barriers at the front of the stage. I’ve had loads of fans demanding a headline tour, too. My agent thinks I’m breaking some sort of record with the amount of people wanting me to do gigs. How has The X Factor changed your life?

Have you kept in touch with any of the other X Factor contestants? No, I tried to keep a level of professionalism between me and the other contestants while we were in the house. I didn’t get particularly close to any of them, but I’m happy Matt [Terry] won. He has an amazing voice. When was the last time you spoke to Sharon Osbourne? We’ve shared a few texts over the past few weeks. Sharon was my number one fan during the show – we became really close, so we’ve promised we’re going to be friends forever. Simon used to call us two peas in a pod because we’re so similar. Your mum got a lot of attention while you were on the show – did she enjoy being in the spotlight? She thought it was really funny. I really enjoyed seeing her in the limelight – she’s a very talented pianist and I don’t think she’s ever been given the credit she deserves. It makes me happy that people know who she is now. Could you ever see yourself going back to your job in HR? No way, that would be my worst nightmare! Getting my record deal has made me realise that I’m born to be a global rap artist. My next plan is to secure an album deal, then I want a Mercury Prize and a MOBO. OK!

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fter exclusively announcing her engagement to electricity company owner Michael O’Neill in OK! last March, Danielle Lloyd couldn’t wait to try on some wedding dresses. So the mum of three recently headed to Confetti & Lace at Lakeside shopping centre in Essex to get some advice from fashion designer David Emanuel, who designed none other than Diana, Princess of Wales’s dress for her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Danielle’s visit was captured for TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress UK. ‘I took my mum and Michael’s mum and sister along and we made a day of it, trying on dresses and having a laugh,’ the excited star explains when OK! catches up with her. Her fiancé proposed on Valentine’s Day during a surprise trip to five-star London hotel Claridge’s, with Danielle telling OK! at the time: ‘Michael isn’t into big attention-seeking gestures. So it was even more special that he’d arranged the hotel and got the ring made.’

Here Danielle – who’s mum to Archie, six, Harry, five, and George, three, from her marriage to Jamie O’Hara – talks about getting ready for her big day and her plans for an exotic honeymoon… Have you set a wedding date yet? It’s not going to be until 2018 as we’ve just bought a house which we’re renovating, so that’s going to take up most of 2017. We’re definitely going to do it on a beach and we’d both like it to be a really chilled out day with everyone having a few drinks and some fun. We don’t want it to be too serious. Are the kids excited? They can’t wait! Archie asked me the other day if he could sing Hello by Adele during the wedding. Considering he’s only five years old, he’s so brave and confident – he’d have no problems standing up in front of everyone and performing. I’ll have to keep the video of it to show all his girlfriends when he’s older! Why did you want to go on Say Yes To The Dress UK? I thought it would be good to get some advice from David Emanuel. I took my mum and Michael’s mum and sister along and we made a day of it trying on dresses and having a laugh. Michael is really close to his family, so it was nice to include them in the decision. What advice did David give you? He was more than happy to tell me if I looked terrible in something, but also he knew exactly what would flatter my figure. I love Princess Diana, she was such a style icon, so that was a big part of why I wanted to go on the show.

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Above: Danielle gets some advice from David Emanuel, who designed Diana, Princess of Wales’s wedding dress (left) Did you have an idea of the kind of dress you wanted beforehand? I knew I wanted something quite traditional and classy. I wanted a bit of bling, too, but not a lot. I found some dresses that looked gorgeous on the hanger, but when I put them on they didn’t look right on me so I tried on lots of different styles. Were the mums a help or a hindrance in choosing a dress? There was one dress that Michael’s mum picked out, but it was quite see-through and covered in sequins. David was like: ‘No, honey, you look like you’re going to a strip club, not a wedding!’ Were you nervous about putting on a wedding dress again? No, it just made me feel even more excited for the day. All girls love trying on wedding dresses, it makes you feel like a princess. How much did you tell Michael about the dresses you tried on? Nothing, I’m keeping it all a secret! Michael has really good taste so I’d trust him to pick a dress out for me. He’d be great on Don’t Tell The Bride! Are you planning to go on a pre-wedding health kick? I will before the wedding, but I try not to worry too much about my weight. As long as I’m healthy and look toned, that’s all that matters. Have you thought about where you want to go on honeymoon? We’d love to go to Bora Bora, but it’s so expensive, so it might just be a pipe dream. We might have to go to Blackpool instead! OK! DANIELLE FEATURES ON ‘SAY YES TO THE DRESS’ ON TLC THIS FRIDAY AT 9PM. TWITTER.COM/LAURACHILLS PHOTOGRAPHS BY EXPRESSPICTURES.COM, GETTY IMAGES, INSTAGRAM, REX


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en Affleck has portrayed Batman on the big screen, but his very own superheroes are much closer to home. The 44-year-old movie star is happy to share with anyone who’ll listen that his estranged wife Jennifer Garner and their children – Violet, 11, Seraphina, eight this week, and four-year-old Samuel – are more important than anything else in his life. The actor, writer and director may have split from his wife in 2015 after ten years of marriage, but he recently praised her parenting skills, saying: ‘She’s the greatest mum in the world.’ And the California-native says that despite all his awards, fame and money, his kids are number one. ‘It’s a joy to hang out with them. I think the meaning of life is to make good people,’ he says. Things haven’t always been so harmonious. Jennifer, 44, confirmed in an interview last year that Ben had indeed had an affair with their nanny Christine Ouzounian back in 2015. She called it ‘bad judgement’, but insisted they’d already been split for months by then. Despite their separation, Ben and Jennifer have put their divorce on hold and are often seen on family outings, prompting rumours of a possible reconciliation. For now, though, the actor – who shot to fame in 1997 when he and his best friend Matt Damon won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting – has a busy work schedule. While his brother Casey Affleck is garnering his own Oscar buzz for Manchester By The Sea, Ben takes the lead in his new Prohibition crime drama Live By Night. The movie marks his fourth outing as Above: Nanny Christine Ouzounian. Below: With Jennifer Garner and their kids Seraphina, Violet and Samuel


your heart is outside of your body and you feel so vulnerable.

Above: Ben acts and directs his new movie Live By Night. Right: Ben with his brother Casey director. His last, Argo, won him an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. Ben plays Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who moves to Tampa and becomes a bootlegger, rum-runner and, later, a gangster. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dennis Lehane, it also stars Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana. Here, the handsome actor talks about his brother’s success, his directing ambitions, and why raising his children the right way means everything… What has meant the most to you in your career? In my career or otherwise, the birth of my children. It’s a joy to hang out with them – I think the meaning of life is to make good people. And they have the world’s greatest mum. As a parent I face dilemmas, like we all do every day, about what’s the right way to raise children. And every time, in every little moment, there comes a crossroad and there’s a lot of different parenting choices that you could make. We all make mistakes, for sure, but we try our best. A lot of it is just that when you have kids,

How is it different being the director instead of the actor on set? Movies are all about the director. You’re responsible for your performance, but you have to be as tuned to the director as possible, try to follow through with their vision and make their movie. The nice thing about acting is that, if the set falls down, you can just go back to your trailer and be like, I’ll come back when you figure it out! There’s talk of an Oscar for your brother Casey. Where does the acting talent come from in your family? He and I both did a lot of community theatre. We both had a really influential high school theatre teacher, a guy named Gerry Speca, who taught at Cambridge Rindge And Latin School. He was the principal influence for me and for Matt Damon, and for my brother. What really attracted you to the story of Live By Night? I’m very moved by how this country [America] was built not just by immigrants, but by people who were marginalised. In this case it’s the Protestant establishment and those were the people who made this country great. I didn’t think it would feel so current. But now all of a sudden it does, with the notions of immigration and race and you have the [Ku Klux] Klan and the ideas of inclusion and the way people are competing for resources. It’s very stylised – what were you going for with this movie? A love letter to one of those ’30s or ’40s gangster movies. As a filmmaker, this was a chance to pay homage to the classic Warner gangster movies of the ’30s through to the ’70s. I grew up watching them and they had an epic, sprawling feel that really took you into a different world. Would you ever run for political office? Ha! Although I will say that the one great thing about November 2016 is that I, all of a sudden, became qualified to run for president! OK! ‘LIVE BY NIGHT’ IS OUT ON JANUARY 13. INTERVIEW BY JESSICA YOUNG/FAMOUS EDITED BY LISA MARKS PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAMERA PRESS, EYEVINE, FAMEFLYNET, GETTY IMAGES, XPOSURE


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‘sex on a first date? of course!’ as ‘first dates’ heads to the south of france, we get love advice from host fred sirieix


he prospective lovers may not always find romance, but since First Dates hit our screens back in 2013, the nation has fallen head over heels for the Channel 4 show. And with French maître d’ Fred Sirieix at its helm, it’s clear to see why. When he’s not match-making lovelorn singletons, Fred is general manager at Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin At Windows. As OK! joins him for coffee at the eatery, on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane, he is every bit as charming as we’d imagined – though any talk of the 44 year old’s personal life is off-limits. After the huge success of First Dates, Fred and his team headed to the South Of France last summer to film First Dates Hotel, which has just hit our screens. Here, we ask the dating guru for his best advice for those looking to find The One – especially since January is reportedly the most popular month of the year for break-ups… The French have a reputation for being particularly romantic. Is that an accurate stereotype? Well, here for example [Galvin At Windows], for Valentine’s Day we are so busy that we call it Valentine’s Week now – and it’s not just full of French people! At the end of the day it is a stereotype, but then there’s no smoke without fire [laughs]! Do you think the French find an English accent as attractive as we find the French one? Yes, for sure!


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is nothing there. It’s cold and it’s a new year, and you might as well start now. I don’t know! Can this poll be trusted [laughs]?! Have you ever had your heart broken? Of course, who hasn’t? What did you learn from it? I think a lot and not much. It hurts, but I think the good thing with me is that I don’t stay down. But when you watch the First Dates restaurant, you can see how many people have been traumatised and just can’t do it any more. They just give up, and they are so scared about intimacy that they just let it pass by. What’s the biggest mistake you see regularly on a first date? When people drink too much. I think it’s nice to be drinking, but you don’t want to be picked up by the ambulance at the end of the day! That’s not a good look. Also, if you talk too much. You’re on a date, you’re not going to see a counsellor! When you were single, what was your winning chat up line? I don’t have a chat-up line. Why would you have one? I think everyone is different. I mean, the chat-up line at the end of the day is to say to someone: ‘You’re attractive,’ and it just depends how you say it. You want your intentions to be clear. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever been asked for your advice on? Not so long ago, this guy sent me a message on Facebook and it said he wanted to discuss having a third person in the relationship with his wife! I was like, Jesus Christ [laughs]! So I said to him, you’ve got to be careful here because, although you may have discussed it, it may not have been the idea she had in mind. Then he said to me, I’ve spoken to her, and she was very happy and basically we’re going to have a threesome! I’ll find it... [an astonished Fred reads out the message].

Fred’s biggest piece of advice for daters? Avoid too much booze: ‘You don’t want to be picked up by the ambulance at the end of the day!’ What do you think about ‘going Dutch’ with the bill on a date? Yeah, why not? Why would it be that a man should be paying? Women earn a living, too – they can work and so can men. I don’t think anyone should be looked down on because they are doing that. Were people more open to romance on First Dates Hotel because they were on holiday? Definitely! At the restaurant, sometimes people have a date and go back to work afterwards. For the hotel, people take days off work, we fly them over to the South Of France and they arrive in this beautiful village of cobbled streets. Did many couples spend the night together? It’s really not what we did it for and, actually, no they didn’t! What do you think about sex on a first date? Of course! Why not? If you feel like it. If you think it’s right, then that’s it. OK! ‘FIrST DATeS HOTeL’ IS ON CHANNeL 4, MONDAYS AT 10PM.

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releasing a single was a highlight of 2016. Watching her perform at Manchester Pride [right] made my heart swell with pride. She’s making steps forward towards where she wants to get to and I couldn’t be more pleased. David is closer to being a qualified tiler and I’m proud he’s out grafting – you won’t catch him sitting on his backside doing nothing! Seeing Polly come on so well at school in 2016 has also been great to see. Matt and I are really happy and settled and this year we’re planning on buying a house together. I’m still at Corrie until at least when my contract is up for renewal in June and I don’t have any plans to go anywhere. Fingers crossed I get to stay in Weatherfield for a while longer. While 2016 was positive for me in so many respects, we lost too many good people. There were a lot of deaths which shocked a lot of people, including my good friend David Gest [right], who I miss dearly.

a more mindful 2017

ew Year’s resolutions aren’t usually something I make. However, in 2017 I’ve made a promise to take care of my mind a bit more. I’m great at taking care of myself physically, but I think that sometimes I stress too much and I need to learn not to worry about things which are out of my control or which don’t really matter. I let little things get to me but I think that depends what mood I’m in that day – nine times out of ten it’s because I’m really tired. I’ve started doing mindfulness techniques, which I

find really good for bringing you back into the here and now, instead of getting caught up in worry. A good one is the sandman exercise, which is when you imagine that your entire body is filled with sand and every grain of that sand is a negative thought, worry or stress, and then you imagine letting all the sand trickle away at your feet. Gradually there becomes a space at the top of your head where you can see clearly. I’ve been doing it for a while now and I think it really helps.

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isha Merry played Steph Britton for almost four years on Corrie, but she’s actually leaving now and I’m going to really miss having her around. Tisha [left] had a joint leaving do with oliver Farnworth [who plays Andy Carver, below] at the beginning of December. I couldn’t go as I had to get back for Polly, but I do like Tisha very much. She’s a lovely girl and she’s someone who’s missed around the Green Room, but she’s only 23 years old and she’s got no children or responsibilities at the moment so why not get out there and have a go at new acting opportunities while she’s young and carefree! OK! MIRRoRPIx, REx, WEnn, xPoSuRE


iT was a very good year!

fter our wonderful break to visit Father Christmas in Lapland [see page 38], Emilie, Polly and I got back home to Manchester the evening before Christmas Eve, so I did a mad last-minute dash around the shops to get final presents! Christmas Day was lovely as all the kids were with me, plus my brother David and Matt’s mum Carol, too. Emilie decided to stay at her boyfriend’s on Christmas Eve, but promised to be back home in time to see Polly open her presents on Christmas morning. Emilie got home at 6.45am and woke up me and Matt, then Polly woke up at 7.30am and was super-excited. She got an electric quad bike, Matt got her a pair of real walkie talkies and Carol got her a police uniform. She thinks she’s a proper police woman now, and we’ve realised that we can give her orders down the walkie talkie and she’ll do it! We can say: ‘Go and tidy your room – over.’ It’s brilliant! Matt bought me a Stella McCartney clutch bag, Ralph Lauren leather gloves, a silver necklace and a couple of sentimental things, as he’s a big softie. I got Matt a carbon fibre bike that he wanted, a bomber jacket, bracelet and an iPod shuffle. The kids bought me a ring which was very thoughtful of them. We shared the cooking – Matt was in charge of the turkey and I did all the vegetables. It must have been good as all the plates were clean, and shortly after eating it, everybody fell asleep! Last year was an amazing year for me career-wise. I’ve been busy, challenged and I’ve felt valued at work, which is always a good way to feel. I’ve been so proud of my kids, too. Emilie



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TribuTes pour in afTer ‘sTar Wars’ icon carrie fisher dies


he world of showbusiness was rocked yet again last week as Star Wars icon Carrie fisher (far right) died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. The US actress, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the movie franchise, became ill on a flight from London to LA on December 23 and passed away four days later. Carrie was described by her former co-star harrison ford as ‘brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless’ while Mark haMill (both pictured right), who played Luke Skywalker, tweeted: ‘No words. #Devastated.’ steven sPielBerg, meanwhile, said: ‘I have always stood in awe of Carrie.’ Carrie is survived by her 84-year-old mother, actress deBBie reynolds (right) who said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has embraced the talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.’ A spokesperson for Carrie’s 24-year-old daughter Billie lourd (also right), said: ‘She was loved by the whole world and she will be missed profoundly.’ Meanwhile, the festive period also claimed Status Quo guitarist riCk Parfitt (left) who died on Christmas Eve aged 68, due to a ‘severe infection’ following a shoulder injury. His bandmate franCis rossi said: ‘I was not ready for this.’

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has taken another ugly turn. The 53-year-old actor has slammed his estranged wife in his latest court filing, with his lawyers stating that Angelina, 41, ‘has no self-regulating mechanism’ to prevent sensitive information about their divorce and their children becoming public knowledge. In the paperwork, which was filed on December 21 in a Los Angeles court, Allied star Brad accuses Angelina of compromising their children’s privacy by making public the name of their ‘therapist and other mental health professionals’ and not acting in their ‘best interest’. He also explained why he wants the details of the divorce and the custody battle over their six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara,


11, Shiloh, ten, and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight (above) – to be kept private. Brad has been told he can apply for the case to be sealed this month. There was further drama when it was reported that Brad’s demands to see more of their brood were rejected by Angelina, and he is said to have spent the festive period alone. The estranged couple met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith back in 2005, before tying the knot in 2014. Angelina filed for divorce in September in a move that shocked the world.

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fter weeks of speculation, and appeared to have confirmed that they’re an item. the pair both posted a snap of themselves cuddling up to each other and looking every inch the loved-up couple on instagram over the festive period (above left and above right). the news comes as Drake’s former girlfriend rihanna (right) unfollowed J.lo on social media amid reports she is jealous of the new relationship. Her decision was made even more telling by the fact the two singers had been close friends for a number of years. Drake, 30, first ignited rumours that he was romantically linked to 47-year-old Jennifer last month after attending two of her las Vegas concerts back-to-back. the rumoured couple were also spotted leaving an ‘intimate dinner’ in West Hollywood together.

Kim and Kanye’s show of unity

hey’ve struggled through a difficult few months, but Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West shook off divorce rumours to enjoy Christmas with their family. Taking to Twitter, Kanye uploaded a snap with his wife and their two children – north, three, and saint, one – by a Christmas tree at the Kardashian family’s annual Christmas Eve party (above right), captioned: ‘Happy Holidays.’ An insider at the bash revealed Kim and Kanye – who wed in May 2014 – seemed subdued, but were ‘still a couple’, adding: ‘There’s no discussion of a separation or a divorce. But they have absolutely had a tough year. They’ve been through a lot.’ Kim was also pictured at the bash with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe (above). The couple’s outing comes shortly after the family were spotted attending the LA Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker with daughter North (below and below right).

Kim, 36, and 39-year-old Kanye have kept a low profile since she was the victim of an armed robbery in Paris in October. The following month, Kanye was hospitalised for ‘temporary psychosis’ due to exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Meanwhile, Kim’s not the only Kardashian whose relationship is under strain. Kim’s younger brother rob recently reunited with fiancée blac chyna, the mother of his month-old daughter Dream, after ending their tumultuous relationship before Christmas. The split came when 28-year-old Chyna’s Instagram account was hacked, exposing messages that hinted the former stripper was with Rob for fame. After she moved out of their home, Chyna and Rob, 29 (right) – who film a hit reality TV series together – have now reconciled. However, Chyna has now reportedly lost the support of Rob’s older sisters. ‘They don’t want anything to do with her,’ says a source.

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serving up a night to remember

what good sports!

tennis ace andy murray makes history as the stars come out for the bbc sports personality of the year awards


orget the Oscars – it seems that William was joined on stage by retired the BBC Sports Personality Of track and field athlete Jessica EnnisThe Year show is the place to go Hill – who had earlier arrived with her star-spotting these days! husband Andy to present the Lifetime The red carpet at the gala was Achievement Award to American brimming with the cream of sporting swimmer Michael Phelps. talent, including cyclists Jason and The 28-time Olympic medal Laura Kenny, who tied the knot in winner – the most decorated an intimate ceremony last Olympian of all time – was supported September shortly after returning by his gorgeous wife Nicole, and in from the Rio Olympics. an emotional speech said: ‘My career Laura, 24, who has four Olympic started with a goal and a dream gold medals to her name, ramped up of winning an Olympic medal.’ He the glamour in an elegant floor-length added: ‘For me, it’s an honour to silver gown, while Jason, 28, looked stand in front of these athletes and dapper in a smart blue pinstripe suit. hear the stories and what they’ve Also gracing the event at the gone through.’ A dapper Birmingham Genting Arena were Reporting from the red carpet was Tom Daley Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy former Young Sports Personality on the red and his wife, OK! columnist Rebekah, Of The Year winner Tom Daley, who carpet who is nine months pregnant (see took bronze in diving at Rio. Former page 98 for more from Rebekah). Manchester United footballer Ryan Stepping away from the kitchen for the night Giggs, who split from his wife Stacey early last was The Great British Bake Off winner Candice year, walked the red carpet alone – but was later Brown, who was accompanied by her partner spotted chatting Liam Macaulay. The former teacher tweeted that to Emmerdale she was ‘in complete awe’ at the event. actress Gemma From baking royalty to actual royalty, Prince Atkinson at the after-party. The single soap star once revealed that the Welsh national was her ‘favourite footballer’, and according to

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Above: Candice Brown and partner Liam Macaulay. Left: Prince William with Jessica Ennis-Hill. Below left: Claudia Fragapane

Above: Ryan Giggs was spotted chatting to actress Gemma Atkinson (right) at the after-party

Retired heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill – who was a presenter on the night – with her husband Andy

Above: Andy Murray accepted the prize via video link. Below left: His mum Judy sources she ‘didn’t leave his side’ all evening. another couple looking glamorous on the red carpet was Strictly Come Dancing winner and sports journalist ore oduba and his lovely wife, tv researcher portia. ore’s fellow dancefloor contestant, olympic gymnast claudia Fragapane, joined him in walking the red carpet, swapping Strictly sparkles for an on-trend cold shoulder gown. but the night really belonged to 2016 wimbledon champion and world number one tennis player andy murray, who became the first athlete to win the bbc sports personality of the year award three times. it was also a back-toback win for andy, who took home the top spot last year, too. while his mum Judy attended the awards in person, andy accepted his prize – which is voted for by the public – via live feed from miami. the athlete was all smiles as retired boxer lennox lewis handed him the coveted gong. he then confessed to the audience that his beloved wife kim had voted for showjumper nick skelton! OK! Strictly champ Ore Oduba with his wife Portia

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Greg Shepherd, Nelly and Billie Faiers meet Anna and Elsa at The O2 in London at the opening night of Disney On Ice Presents Frozen

an evening in arendelle

ice to see you!

peter andre, billie faiers and denise van outen are among the stars taking their children to ‘disney on ice presents frozen’

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eter Andre took a night off from looking after his adorable newborn son Theodore to treat his eldest children Junior and Princess to a night of magic at Disney On Ice Presents Frozen. OK! joined the star at London’s O2 Arena, where he and his brood met the stars of the show before watching them take to the ice. Junior, 11, and Princess, nine, couldn’t have looked happier as they met Princess Anna and Queen Elsa and a wintery Mickey Mouse with their doting

dad. Revealing Princess’s love of the Disney franchise, Pete said: ‘Princess has always loved Frozen. She got to the point where everything we bought her was Frozen!’ A cheeky Junior then joked with his dad when reality star Pete revealed the family’s plans for Christmas. Asking his son what their plan was, the 11 year old playfully said: ‘Stay up late and don’t let your parents tell you what to do!’ Pete then added: ‘He will go to bed early, I assure you!’ Pete, 43, recently introduced the newest

Above: Junior, Princess and Pete meet Mickey Mouse, who also posed with Marvin Humes (left) addition of his family to OK!, telling us how happy he is to become a dad for the fourth time to Theo: ‘I love him so much, he’s such a chilled baby. He’s my mini-me. It was my dream to have another boy, I was so excited when he came out.’ Pete’s wife, junior doctor Emily, 27, was no doubt enjoying the first few weeks of motherhood at home with Theo and his big sister Amelia, who turns three this weekend. Also joining Pete was mum-to-be Billie Faiers and her fiancé Greg Shepherd, who were treating their two-year-old daughter Nelly to a night of Frozen fun. Nelly looked super-cute as she posed next to Anna and Elsa with her proud parents, with Billie, 26, showing off her growing baby bump in a grey knitted jumper. The former TOWIE

star is expecting a baby boy in March, previously telling OK! of the moment she found out: ‘We’re so excited. We’re in complete shock. Greg and I always thought we’d just have girls and everyone around us put that in our heads, too. We couldn’t stop laughing during the scan.’ Disney On Ice superfan Denise Van Outen was joined by her adorable daughter Betsy, six. The actress and television presenter, 42, looked glowing in a black floral dress and heeled boots. The star-studded event also drew in Marvin and Rochelle Humes along with a host of other stars. OK! REPORT By kIRSTy HATcHER PHOTOGRAPHS By DAN kENNEDy, PA,


preparing to find the next big thing…

‘if we all thought the same, it’d be pretty boring’ ‘let it shine’ judges gary barlow, martin kemp and dannii minogue tell ok!’s laura hills all about falling out with band members, competing with ‘the voice uk’ and stripping off!


ith a star-studded judging panel, BBC One’s brand new talent show Let It Shine is bound to make an impression. The show, which is the brainchild of Gary Barlow, aims to find five guys to star in his new theatre production, The Band, which will feature the music of Take That. To help Gary in his search, he has enlisted the help of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue and Glee actress Amber Riley. When OK! arrives for the show’s launch at London’s Ham Yard Hotel, the judges are keen to stress that Let It Shine is nothing like other TV talent shows. ‘This show isn’t someone waving a contract in front of the contestants’ faces, we’re actually offering them a job,’ Gary reveals. ‘The final five guys will be going out on the road and performing eight shows a week.’ One noticeable absence on the day is 30-year-old Amber, who was forced to miss out due to commitments with her new West End show Dream Girls.


Here Gary, 45, Dannii, also 45, and Martin, 55, open up about finding the next big theatre stars and why Let It Shine will be more positive than other talent shows… How does filming Let It Shine differ from your time on The X Factor, Gary? I always loved working on The X Factor, it was great fun, but when you join a show like that you’re joining a well-oiled machine. With Let It Shine I was able to be involved with the whole creative process. So is the show quite different from other TV talent shows? Gary: Yes, because this show isn’t someone waving a contract in front of the contestants’ faces, we’re actually offering them a job. The record industry is very hard now, I can’t ever predict what is going to be successful, but with this I was able to sit there and tell the contestants that they were definitely going to get a job. Dannii, how does Let It Shine compare to other talent shows you’ve worked on?

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There’s no one coming on who’s an absolute clanger, they all know this is an audition for a job on the stage, so everyone is good. Finding the right personalities is so important with this show, too – it’s as important as talent. I’ll be shocked if the five we choose don’t go on to have huge, long careers. Martin, do you think you’ve unearthed some proper talent? Absolutely. I was so surprised by some of the talent coming through the doors. This is about a long-term prize, finding people who will still be on the stage in years to come. I’ve been on both sides of that audition process so I understand the nerves they’re going through. It’s nice to give them some of the knowledge I’ve built up over the past 40 years. What happens if you really disagree over an act? Gary: I think it’s good to disagree. Martin: If we all thought the same all the time, it would be pretty boring! What can you tell us about The Band? Gary: It’s a brand new story featuring the music of Take That, although it’s not about the band at all. The one thing I want to reflect in the auditions was the 1992 version of us – I don’t mean looking like us, but I wanted the boys to have the energy we had when we were young. Why did you want to make a show featuring Take That’s music? Of everything I’ve done in my career, my years in Take That and the songs we wrote are what I’m most proud of. I wanted to bring that to the stage in an inventive way.

‘there’s no one coming on who’s an absolute clanger’ Are Mark Owen and Howard Donald going to play a part in the show? They’re behind the scenes and seeing what these boys look like on screen and giving their opinions. They’re my eyes backstage. All the feedback you give the acts seems to be very positive, was that intentional? Martin: The last thing we want is to ruin their confidence, that would be a horrible feeling for them and us.

‘I’ve been on both sides of that audition process so I understand the nerves they’re going through,’ Martin tells us of the young hopefuls Dannii: When we ask people why they want to do the show they say it’s because they want to learn. None of these people are in it to be famous, so we try to be constructive with them. Will you mentor the bands? Dannii: We’re there to give a critique after their performance, not to mentor them. We get kept quite separate from the acts. During the auditions, they cleared all the boys whenever I was walking through. That made me laugh! The four judges with the show’s presenters, Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc


Are you worried about going head to head with The Voice? Gary: I’m trying not to think

about it at this point. Luckily, we have people to worry about that for us. Gary, what do your wife and children think of the show? I watched it with the kids because they’re the most brutally honest people in my house. Obviously they said I was embarrassing, but they loved it. My seven year old was like: ‘Can I just watch one more audition before I go to bed?’ Martin, might we see a Spandau Ballet musical in the future? It’s something we’ve spoken about, but getting the ball rolling is another thing. The band all get on really well for the periods of time we’re off performing, then we land back at Heathrow, fall out and don’t speak to each other for a few years! Gary, you take your clothes off for the opening sequence of the show – how did you get prepared for that? Sorry to ruin the illusion but I did have some thin underwear on. That’s probably it for me taking my clothes off, though. What you see is the result of a two-year diet [laughs]! OK! TurN TO pAge 114 FOr MOre MArTIN keMp!

getting the giggles…

‘i had one step to do and i got it wrong!’ ‘let it shine’ presenters graham norton and mel giedroyc tell ok!’s laura hills about dancing failures, embarrassing auditions and having ‘possibly too much fun’ at work


ith Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc at its helm, Let It Shine is bound to be a laugh a minute. The presenting duo have teamed up to front the singing competition, and at the show’s launch the pair have everyone in fits of giggles as they open up about working together and Mel reveals her huge crush on Let It Shine judge Martin Kemp! Here Graham, 53, and Mel, 48 – fresh from filming the audition stage of the competition – talk about flirting with the judges and helping to find what could be the UK’s next big boy band…

Has it been nice working with Gary Barlow? Graham: He has an amazing effect on people. When he walked into the studio and we announced his name, the reaction was extraordinary. Do the judges get on well? Graham: They’ve all really gelled. There is a very positive vibe from the show, so even if they’re saying something negative, it’s done in a constructive way. You both take part in Gary’s opening music video to introduce the show – was that your first experience of singing? Mel: I had one step to do and got it wrong! I would drop everything, literally everything, if someone was to invite me to be in a musical. Graham: I did a bit of musical theatre, but you’ll notice I haven’t gone back to the field. A one-off is fine but these boys are going to be performing eight times a week at the theatre. I can’t believe that’s a prize [laughs]!

‘i’d drop everything if someone invited me to be in a musical’

It looked like you had a lot of fun at the auditions… Graham: It was possibly too much fun. Working with Mel is quite scary because we forget we’re on television. We did a lot of wedding dancing throughout filming! Mel: We did a lot of dancing towards each other, hugging and whispering to each other: ‘What’s next?’ The sheer joy of being there took over.

Mel, you seem very excited that Martin Kemp is on the judging panel – do you have a bit of a crush on him? I’ve taken to calling him Kempo, which I’m not sure he likes very much! They’re a great bunch and one must not favouritise, but it is a joy to have Kempo in the mix. I was a huge fan of Spandau Ballet growing up, so I could barely look him in the eye when we first met. I had to look at his chest, which was probably worse! Can I just say, though, Gary Barlow is a joy, too. For a perimenopausal woman, it’s wonderful to be doing this job.

Mel, do you have much experience of auditioning for shows? I was once asked to audition for Mamma Mia!. I’d never been to an audition before so I went along with a beat box because I didn’t realise there would be a pianist there. Anyway, I pressed play and it happened to have a Marc Bolan CD in it, so I sang along to Children Of The Revolution. Obviously I never heard from them again. OK! ‘LeT IT SHINe’ STArTS ON BBC ONe THIS SATUrDAy. TWITTer.COM/LAUrACHILLS pHOTOGrApHS By BBC, GeTTy IMAGeS

‘Working with Mel is quite scary because we forget we’re on television,’ says Graham


sharing her wisdom in her latest book

‘a lot of people doubted our relationship’

Sam faierS tells oK!’s laura hills about her dreams of a big family, life with her two pauls and coming under fire from the ‘mum police’


ife has really changed pace for Sam Faiers over the past few years. The former TOWIE star has gone from being a self-confessed party girl to a mum of one who loves nothing more than staying in with her partner Paul Knightley and their one-year-old son, Paul. Now Sam has put everything she’s learnt down on paper for her new book My Baby & Me, which charts the highs and lows of her pregnancy and first year of motherhood. It also reflects on her whirlwind romance with Paul, which saw Sam falling pregnant five months after they met. ‘It’s important that people realise this book isn’t me telling them what to do, I’m just relaying my experiences in the hope it will help other mumsto-be to know what to expect,’ Sam tells OK! when we settle down to hear all about her new project. The 26 year old also reveals that scrutiny over her parenting style – including the fact that she posted pictures of herself breastfeeding on social media and was breastfeeding during an interview on This Morning – is now water off a duck’s back. ‘I used to let it bother me, but I’ve come to accept that everyone has an opinion and I can’t please them all. It feels like every time I post a picture, people criticise me,’ sighs Sam. ‘No matter what I do, I can’t win.’ Just before Christmas – which saw Sam and Paul unveil their first official family Christmas card with their son (see over the page) – Sam was forced to deny claims her PA Xanthe Taylor-Wood had quit following a three-way row with her and Paul. Taking to Instagram, Sam thanked Xanthe, writing: ‘Thank you for all your hard work & being such a loyal friend. I wish you all the luck in your new adventure. I’m am always here for you xxx.’ She also denied claims Paul is now representing her, with a source revealing: ‘She is doing all her own management until the New Year. Then she will be looking for someone new to represent her.’ Here, Sam, who also recently starred in her own ITVBe series The Mummy Diaries, lifts the lid on life as a mum, her plans for a second baby and why her New Year’s resolution is to have more ‘me time’ in the gym… Why did you want to write My Baby & Me? I get new mums and people who are pregnant messaging me all the time asking for advice, so it made sense to put some of the things I’ve learnt down on paper. My last two books were so successful and I thought people would be interested in this new chapter of my life – my life now is a million miles away from where I was at when I wrote my last two books. Did working on the book bring back memories from your labour that you’d forgotten?


‘Whatever I do there WIll be someone crItIcIsIng me’

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‘It’s so important to do your own thing when you’re a mum, no one else can prepare you for it,’ Sam tells us


All mums will tell you that after a few weeks you forget how painful the labour was. Writing the book reminded me of things I don’t necessarily think about every day, that’s why I’m so happy I did the book – all my memories of my first year as a mum are now documented for me to keep forever. Are you going to give your sister Billie a copy now she’s pregnant again? I’ve already given her a copy – I don’t know if she’ll read it or not, but I hope she does! What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt? So many people want to give you advice, but when the baby arrives you have to make your own rules. I didn’t use half the stuff people told me to buy before I gave birth. It’s so important to do your own thing when you’re a mum, no one else can prepare you for it. You recently came under fire for dressing Paul in thick layers while in a car seat [Sam was told by concerned mums that the jumper would mean the straps wouldn’t hold him in properly] – did that upset you? If I didn’t put him in a jumper, people would have been saying: ‘It’s cold outside, you need to wrap him up.’ I can’t win.

‘it’s been a year since paul was born and i’ve not had a solid night’s sleep’ Has it been hard having some people scrutinise your parenting techniques? Every time I post a picture, the mum police are out and at me. I’m not going to waste my time worrying about what people think about me – whatever I do there’ll be someone criticising me. I love sharing pictures of my family and I’m not going to stop. The book makes it sound like you had a really good pregnancy. Do you worry that things won’t go as smoothly the next time around? I try not to think about it because I want a big family, so I know I’ll have to have a few more pregnancies to achieve my dream. Sam has come under fire for sharing breastfeeding pictures online

When would you like to have more children? Paul has said he’d like a three-year gap between baby Paul and our next child, so definitely within the next couple of years. We want to get married before we start thinking about our next one, but after that I’m up for having a few kids in quite quick succession. You worked until late in the pregnancy last time… I love working, but I wish I’d taken a bit more time to relax and fit in some sleep. It’s been a year since Paul was born and I’ve not had a solid night’s sleep as he’s still waking up a few times a night. That’s my main advice to all new mums – get as much sleep before you can before the baby is born! Are you still breastfeeding? I am. At the moment, Paul still has two or three feeds a night, but it isn’t because he’s hungry, it’s a comfort thing. He associates being on the boob with sleeping, so he wakes up and immediately looks for me. The plan now is to get him into a routine where he sleeps through the night in his own cot.

Above: Sam and baby Paul with Billie and Nelly. Left: Sam received criticism for wrapping baby Paul up in thick layers in his car seat. Below: The couple’s Christmas cards

Is there anything you’d do differently with the birth the next time around? I’d still really like a home birth if I can. Billie filmed a bit of the labour, but I’d like to film more with my second birth. I think it’s a nice thing to be able to look back on. You revealed that you put on two stone during your pregnancy with Paul, have you lost that weight now? I’ve lost it all, but I’m still not going out of my way to go to the gym or get fit. My New Year’s resolution is to get back into working out because I genuinely loved it before I got pregnant. It will also give me a bit of time during the week that’s just for me. My goal is to feel happy and confident in a bikini in time for the summer. In the book you talk about how Paul didn’t enjoy being in the spotlight at first… He’s much more comfortable with it now. Fame really isn’t something that appeals to him, though. He’s not even on social media. Paul’s attitude towards being in the spotlight is so refreshing for me, I love him for it. Some people said your relationship with Paul wouldn’t last… I’m sure a lot of people doubted our relationship, but things between us have always just worked. I got pregnant quite soon after we got together, but we fell in love and things have all worked out for the best. When you know, you know! What sort of boyfriend is Paul? He’s always been very thoughtful. For our anniversary he took me to The Ritz for the night and bought me a lovely necklace with a diamond ‘P’ on it. Out of the two of us, I’m definitely the more organised one, though. I plan everything for us, but he’s getting better! Are you still planning to move out of Essex? Our house is on the market but we’re still not settled on where we want to live. We definitely won’t stay in Brentwood because we want more space than we can get around there. We’ve spoken about moving to Los Angeles for a bit while Paul is young, so this year we want to spend a few weeks there to see if we like it.

Your mums, your stepdad and Billie weren’t too happy when you told them you were planning to move away… They initially assumed we were going to jump on a plane to LA and never come back, but that isn’t the case. We want the chance to see the world, but we’ll always be close to our families and we’ll never stay away for too long. Once we explained that to them they were a bit happier. What stage is baby Paul at now? He’s crawling everywhere and can pull himself up to stand, so I imagine he’ll be walking soon. Are you still teaching him Spanish? I’ve got Spanish CDs that I play to him and all his electronic toys talk in Spanish, too. I think it’s so important for children to learn a second language, so I’m hoping some of it sinks in. How would you feel if baby Paul wanted to follow in your footsteps and go on reality TV? I don’t necessarily wish for him to follow in my footsteps, but I’d like him to do whatever makes him happy. He isn’t even walking yet and he already loves sport, so I reckon he could end up going down that route, much to his dad’s delight! OK! ‘MY BABY & ME’ BY SAM FAIERS (RRP £14.99, BLINk PuBLISHINg) IS OuT NOW. TWITTER.COM/LAuRACHILLS PHOTOgRAPHS BY gETTY IMAgES, INSTAgRAM, RAY BuRMISTON, xPOSuRE



queen of the jungle – and of fItness!

‘I ate a lot of junk food – last year I got a chrIstmas card from greggs!’

SCARLETT MOFFATT tells OK!’s katIe langford-foster about creatIng her weIght loss dvd, the moment when she decIded to change her lIfe, and feelIng happIer than ever – and over three stone lIghter!


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he’s the reigning queen of the I’m A Celebrity… jungle, and at just 5ft 1in tall, campmate Larry Lamb was right to nickname Scarlett Moffatt ‘Little One’. But what she lacks in stature, she makes up for in personality – which OK! discovers when we sit down with her to talk all things fitness. As she laughs: ‘I’m a professional couch potato, me,’ it’s clear to see how she won over the nation. But eating kangaroo nipples and maintaining the Geordie reign over the Australian outback aren’t the only reasons the star has hit the headlines of late. The 26 year old has shed an astonishing 3st 4lb over the last year – going from 11st 4lb to 8st, and from a dress size 18 to a size 8. After suffering back pain, fatigue and headaches, a trip to the doctor confirmed that Scarlett was obese, which shocked her into action. The former ballroom dancer admits: ‘I felt so embarrassed. I couldn’t believe that I was 25 and I used to be superthin and I’d let myself get like this.’ When asked what her boyfriend-of-ayear Luke Crodden thinks of her new body, she jokes: ‘He describes us as an iPhone – every month I get a software upgrade!’ sweetly adding: ‘He’s just happy because he can see how happy I am.’ Indeed, her smitten partner, 28, recently told OK!: ‘Scarlett could weigh 20st or 2st and I’d love her exactly the same.’ The couple first met four years ago in York, and became an item after meeting again at a bar in Newcastle last January. The pair are planning to move to London together soon. Gogglebox star Scarlett credits her newfound physique to an overhaul of her diet and her own brand of high-intensity interval training, developed with the help of personal trainer and fitness model Lee Constantinou. As she shares her best routines from her new DVD, Scarlett’s SuperSlim Me Plan, Scarlett talks us through her transformation and tells us why she’s binned her ‘buffet tops’… Congratulations on your jungle win – and we love the new hair! What made you want to take your extensions out? I quite enjoyed being a jungle kid and I enjoyed not wearing fake tan and not having to do me make-up. I feel a lot more confident since leaving the jungle, in every single

aspect of my life. So I thought, if I dare eat a live beetle, then I dare get my hair chopped off! I’m just going to embrace having short hair for a while and then if I fancy a change, I’ll do that. Have you been scoffing loads since you got home? No, not really. You can’t really, you just eat normally. I’m eating a lot more biscuits than I was eating before, but that’s only because I really missed biscuits! Did your stomach shrink in there, then? No, I don’t think so, but I think my taste buds are just enjoying eating something that isn’t beans now. How much weight did you lose in there? I haven’t actually spoken to Dr Bob yet! I don’t know if I will ever get in touch with him

because I haven’t got any details. I feel like I know what everyone lost, apart from myself! You had already lost over three stone before you went in. Was there a specific moment that made you want to change your lifestyle? I went to the doctors because I was feeling really lethargic and had really bad migraines and a bad back. When I stepped on the scales they said it’s to do with your weight. I said, oh God, I’m not overweight, am I? They were like, no, you’re obese. I felt so embarrassed. I couldn’t believe that I was 25 and I’d let myself get like this. That was when I was like, Scarlett, it’s your health now. Tell us about the DVD workouts… It’s an hour-long form of high-intensity interval training. I get bored really easily, especially with exercise, so this is only 30 seconds of each exercise and each section is only five to seven minutes long. I hate the gym. It’s a bit intimidating and you have to buy all the gear, whereas with my DVD I just like to do it in my pyjamas. So you haven’t been to the gym at all? No, I honestly just do the DVD at home. I think people are getting a bit confused when I say: ‘I’m training today.’ I mean doing my DVD. Do you know what I can’t cope with? When all the men make those funny noises in the gym! Prior to the jungle, how often were you working out each week?

‘i don’t really stop myself from eating what i want’ Sundays I don’t work out because that’s the day of rest, isn’t it? But I was doing it at least four times a week and that’s what I would recommend. I just do it whenever I have an hour free. Sometimes it’s just two sections in the morning or two sections at night. When I do it in my house my Chihuahua, Bonnie, goes mental! Are there any weights involved? No, it’s all body weight. I co-present the DVD and Lee [Constantinou, right] does an easier version. It was so fun and I got to pick some of the moves. There’s the Elvis, which is my favourite. We’ve got the Thrillers, where you’re in a squat position and you stomp out, like the Thriller dance. Have you managed to get back into your workout routine since you got back to the UK? I’ve just been doing it a couple of times a week in the morning before getting the train. It means that I had an excuse to eat my own body weight in pigs in blankets at Christmas [laughs]! Did you relax your diet over Christmas? I don’t really stop myself from eating what I want. I just work harder when I’m exercising. But yes, Christmas was a great excuse to eat nice food!

Above: Scarlett shows off her 3st 4lb weight loss, which has seen her go from a size 18 to an 8, and 11st 4lb to 8st. Top right: Working out with trainer Lee Constantinou

Do you think you would have felt as confident going into the jungle before your weight loss? I still would’ve been me, but I think it helped because there were quite a lot of chores. Just to collect the water you’ve got to walk up and down hills, so I think that would have been more of a struggle with the extra weight, but I don’t think it would have hindered us enjoying myself at all. WWW.OK.CO.UK 87

‘I hate the gym. It’s a bIt IntImIdatIng and you have to buy all the gear’

‘I used to think the aches and pains all the time were just how my body was,’ reveals Scarlett, adding: ‘Now I wake up with none and I realise that’s the whole point of being young!’ 88

The star on Gogglebox with her mum and dad, Mark and Betty Vicky Pattison, who also released a DVD after her own weight loss, suffered body shaming in the jungle. Were you worried about that going in there at all? I just wanted to go in and have fun because I’m such a massive fan of the show. So I didn’t go in thinking, are people going to like us or are people going to think certain things about us? I just tried to enjoy every moment. How do you think you put the weight on in the first place? I’m like a professional couch potato Scarlett was named [laughs]! Five years ago I was a Queen Of The Jungle really keen ballroom dancer, but I last year stopped dancing and then I got my office job [as a disability advisor], and that’s when I piled the weight on. You BMI and that’s what I’m at now Scarlett and boyfriend forget when you’re not exercising how much [Scarlett’s BMI is 21, the healthy Luke Crodden were you’re still eating. range is 18.5 to 24.9]. I don’t want spotted in London just to get any slimmer and I don’t want before Christmas, and are What was your guiltiest pleasure before? to get any bigger. If I do put a few planning a move to the I love weird combinations like Scotch eggs and pounds on, then I’ll just work hard at capital in 2017 Nutella, or I’d eat a pack of Oreos while watching the DVD. I’m not beating myself up TV. I ate a lot of junk food – last year I got a about it and I think that’s important. Christmas card from Greggs! People have bad days – you just have to get back You said you don’t work out on a Sunday. Is on it. that your cheat day? Have you had any moments when you’ve I wouldn’t say any day is a cheat day. I’m just fallen off the wagon and binged on treats? What does your boyfriend Luke think of your eating more healthily. Before I was skipping No, because I’ve come to realise it’s all about transformation? breakfast. People think by eating less, you’re exercise. If I have a treat, I do an extra round of my He describes us as an iPhone. Every month I get going to lose more weight but it’s not like that at DVD. It’s having your cake and eating it – literally! a software upgrade [laughs]! But he’s just happy all. I feel that my relationship with food is a lot because he can see how happy I am. better. When I’m full now, I stop eating! Has doing more exercise affected your mood? I just feel happy and that’s the thing that the Which part of your body do you work hardest people closest to us have noticed. They keep to tone up? saying I’m always smiling and I’m not so tired. I sound like a big head saying this, but I really like my legs now and there’s this exercise called What other benefits have you noticed? Squat Blast Off, and it’s fun but it really works I’ve actually grown! Before, one of the main your legs. They burn in a good way. I sit on the problems was my boobs. I was a J cup, now I’m sofa and I’m like: ‘Luke, feel my legs!’ I get so a DD. Because they were so big, my posture was excited that I can tense them! really bad, so I was 5ft. Then the last time I went to the doctors I was 5ft 1in. I was like, I’ve grown Do you and Luke work out together? an inch [laughs]! This sounds stupid, but I used He does it with us, although he does the easy to think the aches and pains all the time were just version. He hasn’t quite got to the hard version how my body was. Now I wake up with none and Do you worry about gaining weight again? yet but he’s getting fitter, I’ve noticed. I realise that’s the whole point of being young! No, because I lost weight for health reasons, not just aesthetic reasons. It wasn’t like I just Has your new regime affected where you go on You’ve mentioned you’ve cut down on wanted to be able to fit into certain sizes. I’m date nights? drinking. Have you had to give anything enjoying being healthy and I know that what Only because now I can wear dresses! Before, else up? I’m doing keeps me at this healthy weight, I just wore baggy clothes and hid behind them. I haven’t given anything up – I still enjoy myself. so I’m just going to keep doing it. My mum called them my ‘buffet tops’ because I’m not a big drinker, but on a night out I’d drink I could eat all I wanted when I wore one. You sweet drinks that were full of calories. Now I’ll Some people on social media have said you’ve could be a size 6 or a size 16 underneath and drink something like vodka and tonic. gone too far... nobody can tell! Recently, I got rid of them I’m healthy, and that’s the most important thing. all. Luke was on the bed, crying with laughter, Are you happy with your weight now? It’s just an added bonus that I can wear little because he had all the bin bags and I was My target was to be in the mid-range of a healthy bandage dresses. throwing the buffet tops in, saying: ‘Put them

‘before, i just wore baggy clothes and hid behind them’


Scarlett’s stayed in shape by doing her exercise DVD four times a week

in!’ I only had two outfits left, but it was a good excuse to go shopping. You mentioned that you ‘cried with happiness’ trying on clothes in Topshop recently... I remember being in Topshop and I always had to look to the back of the rail for sizes that would fit me. If they didn’t have my size, I was too embarrassed to ask for it. The emotion came when I went in and realised I could pick from the front and wear anything I wanted. That was an amazing feeling.

Luke (pictured with Scarlett in their OK! Christmas photoshoot) previously told us: ‘Scarlett could weigh 20st or 2st and I’d love her exactly the same’

Have you felt more pressure to look good since being in the public eye? I almost feel a bit bad for saying no, but to be honest, when I watched myself back on Gogglebox, I concentrated on what I was saying. Now it’s different. On Twitter I get comments asking about my clothes. People are taking style tips from us! Were you ever targeted online about your weight? Do you know what I hated the most? I am a very sarcastic person and I like a good comeback, and when I did get

trolled by people they would say I’m fat and I thought, well yeah, I am. I didn’t have anything to say back to that and that’s what hurt the most. Would you say you’re body confident now, then? Massively. I’m just smiling all the time. I can actually put full-length body pictures on Instagram – I always used to do face-only ones. I used to always wear leggings and I just bought my first pair of jeans and I haven’t got those marks they leave when they’re too tight. You and Luke planned to move into a flat in London before Christmas. Have you done that yet? We haven’t had time! I didn’t realise how hectic life was going to be after the jungle. We haven’t moved yet and I’m still living with me mam, dad and sister! ‘ScArleTT’S SuPerSlIM Me PlAN’ DVD IS AVAIlABle NOW AT AMAzON AND OTher reTAIlerS. TurN OVer TO Try SOMe Of her exercISeS!








Greggs sausage roll and a Belgian bun


Greggs cheese and bacon wrap, or kebab and chips


A full-fat latte and a glazed ring donut


Nachos, or spaghetti bolognese, and half a bottle of wine

Late night snack:

A whole packet of bourbon biscuits during Gogglebox and a slice of cold pizza before bed

Weetabix and fruit Greek yoghurt with figs


chicken, sweet potato and a green salad


Two hard boiled eggs


Tuna steak and vegetables with rice and a small glass of wine


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ScArlETT mOffATT takes you through eXerCIses from her ‘superslIm me’ dvd – repeat eaCh move for 30 seConds poWer punCh

skater Jump



Start with hands in guard position (1). Take the right arm back (2) and punch forward as hard as you can (3). Repeat with the left arm.


Tones arms and burns fat.





Start with legs wide apart (1) and hop on alternate legs (2), using a ‘sprinter’ action with the arms.



Burns fat, tones and tightens the bum, legs and arms.

superman punChes WHAT TO DO:

Butt kICkers WHAT TO DO:


Make hands into fists and get ready to rave! Punch arms above the head, while jumping and trying to kick alternate heels to the bum (1) and (2).

Punch and kick in a ‘Superman’ pose using the left arm/left leg (1) then right arm/right leg (2).


Burns fat, tones muscle and improves balance.

Burns fat, tones arms, bum and legs.

plank kICks

star lunge


Adopt a plank position then bring one knee into the chest (1). Kick out the same leg (2), then repeat the other side.




Works the shoulders, back, bum, abs and legs.




BICyCle CrunCh

body toning.

sQuat Jumps WHAT TO DO: Start in

a squat position then jump into the air (1) and (2).




Lie on your back, knees to chest and head off the floor (1). Kick out the left leg (2), then bring back to the centre. Repeat with the right leg. Alternate.


Firms the abs to slim and shape the waist. OK!




Burns fat and tones the legs, bum and calves.

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in the air, take a wide side lunge with your right leg and reach right arm down to left ankle (1). Repeat with opposite arm and leg (2).




WHAT TO DO: With arms


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In the best shape of her lIfe!

‘I‘ can wear clothes at 57 that I wouldn’t have worn at 27!’

daytIme tv queen Lorraine KeLLy and her fItness guru maxIne jones talk to OK!’s clare fIsher about dancIng themselves fIt and workIng out for both body and mInd


hile the rest of us contemplate a diet and fitness overhaul after the annual overindulgence of mince pies and chocolate, Lorraine Kelly and her fitness instructor pal Maxine Jones have never looked healthier. And it’s little wonder. They first met when Lorraine started attending Maxine’s highintensity dance fitness classes in London’s Bethnal Green. When Lorraine needed a fitness expert for her ITV show, it was 47-year-old Maxine who she called. The popular pair soon made a fitness DVD and, due to popular demand, they’re now back with a second. Away from the gym, Lorraine is entering her sixth year presenting her eponymous daytime show and when OK! catches up with her and

Maxine, the Dundee-born star is just as bubbly in person as she is on screen. The 57 year old has been married to cameraman Steve Smith since 1992 and they have a daughter Rosie, 22. ‘I’m very proud of her, she’s a very special girl,’ Lorraine says of her girl, who is currently living in Singapore after graduating with a journalism degree. Over cosy cups of tea beside the fire at London’s Charlotte Street Hotel, Lorraine opens up about being in the best shape of her life, being proud of her daughter and her adventurous 25th wedding anniversary plans… Why did you decide to do a second DVD? Lorraine: The first one went to number one and then we had all these girls saying: ‘Are you going to do another one?’ And we thought, why not? Maxine: This one is better than the first one. We’re bottling all the energy of the classes and giving people the class experience in their front rooms. Do you still go to Maxine’s classes, Lorraine? Always. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings are blocked off for me for the classes. Once ITV tried to schedule me to interview Hugh Jackman on a Monday and – don’t get me wrong, I love Hugh – I had to say: ‘I can’t, I’ve got my class with Maxine.’ Why do you love the classes so much? My arms are better than ever and I’ve got a waist for the first time, but more than that is the mental aspect.

Above: Lorraine once rescheduled an interview with Hugh Jackman (right) so she could go to Maxine’s class! 94

Lorraine with her husband Steve Smith and their daughter Rosie Maxine’s classes are a stress-buster. Exercise is also brilliant for anxiety and depression. Maxine: It’s great for your cognitive skills as well – forget sudoku and try our DVD! Are you in the best shape of your life, Lorraine? Yep, scars and all. I can wear clothes now at 57 that I wouldn’t have worn at 27! Are you kicking off the New Year with a diet? I hate diets. I think you should have all things in moderation. Food is so social; you should enjoy it. I eat well during the week, but by well I don’t mean a lettuce leaf! Then at the weekends I eat whatever I want. Steve makes an amazing fry-up with black pudding and poached eggs. Your DVD is up against Scarlett Moffatt’s… Oh, she looks amazing. Good on her and she’s a lovely, lovely girl too.

How do you feel about approaching 60? I can’t believe I’m nearly 60 but it doesn’t really mean anything. It’s a massive milestone, but what’s the alternative? Not being here? Honestly, it’s just a number and my 60th is going to mean the party of all parties. Would you ever try cosmetic surgery? No, no. I’ve seen too many botched jobs. And Helen, my make-up artist, would kill me if I got anything done. My mum’s got great skin and always taught me, even as a teen, to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. You don’t have to spend a fortune – I use Avon – just slap it on. Have you passed that on to Rosie? Yes, but she’s got beautiful skin. She looks like Snow White. What is Rosie up to at the moment? She graduated from university and she’s working for a charity in Singapore. She’s a brave girl living out there all by herself but she wanted to do something worthwhile after university. We’re not sure how long she’ll be out there at this point, but at least six months. You must miss her... I do, but she was back for Christmas and we have FaceTime; FaceTime’s great. I’m very proud of her and she’s a very special girl.

‘I’ll have the party of all partIes for my 60’ You and Steve have been married for a long time… We’ve been together since 1984 and got married in 1992, so it’s our silver wedding anniversary next year. There’s no secret to our marriage – we just like each other and he makes me laugh. He’s my pal. I also think being away from each other during the week while I’m working in London and he’s at home in Glasgow means our time together is precious and special. How will you celebrate your silver wedding anniversary? We’re going to do something I’ve always wanted to do – we’re going to South Georgia, which is like a mini Antarctica, to follow in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. We’re following his journey to Elephant Island and will see his grave. I’ve always been fascinated by polar exploration and Shackleton is my hero, so I feel so lucky we’re going to have the experience. How does Steve feel about having a sex symbol for a wife? [Laughing] I’m in his phone as ‘Sex pop’. It’s lovely that he still finds me attractive after so long and if he’s happy, I’m happy. And I suppose fitness gives you more energy for everything! Can you envisage ever leaving your chat show? I really can’t, it’s so much a part of my life. Me and my team have grown up together – some of them started out as runners [junior production assistants] years ago and now they have children of their own. OK! ‘My arms are better than ever and I’ve got a waist for the first time,’ says Lorraine

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‘sugar free farm’ special

‘i lost 11lb on the farm’ Gemma Collins on how she was disappointed not to meet a cowboy and her new pal ann widdecombe

edited by laura h hills; photographs by itv, tony Ward/scope Features


emma have fake tans. Collins Straightaway thought I felt like I was she’d around aliens. never be able to Literally, I turn her back on thought farm her addiction to life was for energy drinks and aliens and I was diet cola, but that just waiting for has all changed the UFOs to since she took a start coming trip to Sugar down! Free Farm. Gemma with The TOWIE What was your Alison Hammond star has diet like before and Ann admitted that the show? Widdecombe she would drink I was addicted up to ten cans to energy drinks a day before taking part in and diet cola. I just went into Sugar the ITV show, which sees a Free Farm with an open mind and at group of celebrities heading first I was actually saying this is too to a working farm in a bid much food that we’re eating, there’s no to give up their unhealthy way we’re going to lose weight. I ended lifestyles. up losing 11lb on the farm. ‘I look at energy drinks now and I think, I can’t Were there any difficult moments? believe I used to drink that,’ I didn’t realise we had to work on the the 35 year old says. farm. One afternoon they told me to Gemma was joined on the bash nails out of a fence and I started farm by celebrities including thinking, no, this isn’t normal. The comedian Joe Pasquale and This producer came up to me and said: Morning presenter Alison Hammond, ‘Gemma, I don’t think you realise you’re but she reveals that she formed a here to actually work.’ I nearly had a particularly strong bond with former breakdown there and then. I asked Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe! them to call my agent and swiftly Here, Gemma opens up about her realised I’d better keep my mouth shut sugar addiction, losing weight and and get on with it! getting her hands dirty on the farm… Have you changed your diet since What made you want to go on Sugar leaving the farm? Free Farm? Before the show, I’d get through ten I was looking for a new adventure and cans of energy drink and diet cola a the chance to do the show came up. I day. Since I left the farm I don’t buy thought how lovely to get away from them – I look at them now and think, I Essex for a couple of weeks and live can’t believe I used to drink that. a rural life. Did you get on particularly well with How did life on the farm compare any of the other celebrities? to your life in Essex? Ann Widdecombe, I love that woman. One, none of the women wear I said to her she could come to Essex make-up. Two, none of them have any time and stay with me. I genuinely highlights. Three, none of them felt like Ann was my grandmother. I asked her if she’d ever wear fake tan and she didn’t know what it was!

Above: Gemma says being surrounded by people without highlights and fake tan was unnerving! Right: With Lauren Goodger on the TOWIE Christmas special 96

Were you hoping to find love on the farm? I thought farm life was going to be full of Dallas-style cowboys. When I realised they were toothless and very weathered, because they’re outside all day, my love affair of becoming a farmer’s wife swiftly ended. OK!

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as she has her heart broken

‘i was eating two chocolate bars a day’ Alison HAmmond on her farmyard weight loss and getting over her ‘worst news ever’

Above: Alison is now single after splitting from Jamie Savage (below right). Bottom: At work on This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Alison hits the farm with Ann Widdecombe, Gemma Collins, Stavros Flatley, Joe Pasquale and Peter Davison

Why did you decide to go to Sugar Free Farm? I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, but sugar was my thing. I was eating two chocolate bars a day and I just thought, I need to get a grip. I had terrible withdrawal symptoms, though – headaches, insomnia, feeling faint – but by week two I was alright. How much weight did you lose? About a stone in there and another stone since. It’s harder now I’m out because sugar is everywhere, but I keep sugar-free about 70 per cent of the time. I also make a conscious effort to make better choices, such as whole grain flour instead of white flour and courgetti instead of spaghetti. I work out with a personal trainer, too. Who did you get on with at the farm? All of them but particularly Gemma Collins. I just found her hilarious. What’s your ultimate goal? I don’t have a goal weight or dress size, I just want to be pain-free. Since I did Strictly, I’ve had pain in my ankles, which is exacerbated by my weight. How are the wedding plans coming along? We split up – it’s the worst news ever. It was really recent and I’m a bit gutted about it. You never know, we might get back together, but I’m not feeling it at the minute. I don’t think I want anyone else now, I feel really sad. I’m going to have to eat a lot of chocolate to cheer me up! What else are you doing work-wise at the moment? I’ve been doing some filming for This Morning, but right now I’m concentrating on my panto. I’m playing the Fairy Godmother at the New Pavilion Theatre in Brighton until January 8. How is Aidan? I can’t believe he’s started big school already. He’s such a lovely little boy, funny and kind. He used to hide chocolate from me, so he’s noticed the difference in me and my energy levels, definitely. OK! ‘SuGAr Free FArm’ STArTS oN ITV oN JANuArY 10 AT 9pm.




lison Hammond first came to our attention on the 2002 series of Big Brother, when she unfortunately broke a table while jumping on it! After a lifetime of struggling with her weight – topping the scales at 20 stone at her heaviest – she embarked on a ‘life-changing’ trip to Sugar Free Farm. Since returning, Alison says she’s a changed woman. ‘I lost a stone on the show and I’ve lost another stone since – I’m a work in progress but it really opened my eyes to the hidden sugars everywhere,’ the 41 year old tells us. Alison, who is mum to 11-yearold Aidan, also took part in the 2010 series of I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!, came tenth in the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing and currently presents This Morning’s entertainment coverage. Alison believed she’d found love with security guard Jamie Savage, who she met online in 2014, but exclusively reveals to us that their wedding is off. ‘We split up,’ she says sadly, adding: ‘It’s the worst news ever and I’m really gutted about it.’ Here, Alison opens up to OK! about her body goals, finding a friend in Gemma Collins and why she’s no longer looking for love…

37 weeks pregnant jamie vardy’s wife writes exclusively about the busy final weeks of her pregnancy

full of holiday cheer

We had a really lovely Christmas with Megs and Sofia, as Taylor was at his dad’s this year. Sof’s little face was adorable when we came downstairs and she saw that Santa had been [below left]! I cooked on Christmas Day while having loads of Braxton Hicks.

They’ve carried on every day since, so I’ve packed my hospital bag as I feel like this baby could come any day now. On Boxing Day my dad, sister and her husband came to our house and then we all went to the Leicester game. The club’s owners laid out 30,000 masks of Jamie’s face, as he was suspended. The stadium was a sea of Vardy masks and we all wore them, too [left] – it was hilarious! Taylor came back on December 27 and we were all really happy to see him, especially Sof. My dad cooked a massive fry-up for all eight of us. I love having the house full of family and friends at this time of year.

a festive day out for the family

Jamie and I took the kids to LaplandUK in Windsor before Christmas and it was magical [right and far right]. There were woodland snow trails and an enchanted forest where we listened to elf stories. We were given special ‘Santa Passports’, which we had to get stamped, and Santa gave us a gold star after checking them. The kids stuffed reindeers and made wooden bears in the Toy Workshop and decorated gingerbread men, which I ate most of! Megan went ice skating and we bought some lovely things in the Christmas shops before a dinner of pie and mash. Emma and Matt Willis were there on the same day with their kids. We didn’t see them, but a photographer told Emma that we were there and how heavily pregnant I was. Apparently she said: ‘Wow, I’ve always wanted to deliver a baby. If she wants to go into labour now, I’m all hands on!’ I love Emma! 98

and very polite. We also chatted to Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole, and hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh, who were all lovely. Jamie lost out on Sports Personality Of The Year to Andy Murray [below, with wife Kim], which was a shame, but Leicester City won Team Of The Year which is incredible. Everyone slated the team for looking miserable on stage, but they were just shocked – and standing in front of 11,000 people! Their manager Claudio Ranieri won Coach Of The Year, too, which was great. I was so proud of Jamie’s speech – he didn’t practise because he prefers to wing it. Jamie was more nervous about Gary Lineker – and Gary couldn’t resist a joke about Jamie’s red card!

my swell photos

I’m really pleased with my Demi Moore-style bump shots taken by Karis Kennedy at her studio. Here’s one of them [below]. I thought I would be nervous stripping off, but Karis made me feel so at ease. She’s done beautiful bump shoots before for people like Abbey Clancy and Rochelle Humes, so I already knew her pictures were amazing. I have to admit that the make-up artist also worked some magic – his name is Benny Hancock and he was so good! I had lots of really nice tweets about the pictures and also a couple of really horrible ones, but I’m used to that now! I wasn’t sure what Jamie would think when he saw them, but he really loves them, too. They’re a beautiful reminder of my final pregnancy.

jamie’s suspension

Jamie usually has training on Christmas Day but he didn’t this year; he was suspended after getting a red card in the game against Stoke City the weekend before Christmas. Leicester City appealed the decision but it was rejected, which was very disappointing and means Jamie won’t be eligible play to play again until January 7. Luckily, he’s good at separating his work and home life and doesn’t bring his work issues home with him! OK!



he BBC Sports Personality Of The Year show was an amazing evening and it was incredible to be among such inspirational athletes, especially the Paralympians. I wore a gorgeous dress by Isabella Oliver with my customised wedding shoes [left]. We met Prince William at a royal reception for all the nominees – he came up to us and was such a nice guy. He’s a massive football fan so he congratulated Jamie on a magnificent year. Then they just talked football! Jamie mentioned getting sent off at the weekend and William laughed and said: ‘Oh? I’ve not seen it!’ He was exactly how I expected him to be – very royal

Film ‘Collateral Beauty’ (12A)

‘night people’ you me at six

Starting 2017 with a bang, You Me At Six have released their first album in three years. The five-piece’s fifth studio album sees a heavier record than their 2014 offering Cavalier Youth. With the title track Night People taking them back to their roots, Take On The World offers a nice contrast with a soft and slow sound, while the catchy Swear is nothing but pure attitude. Perfect if you love a bit of rock’n’roll! KH ★★★★ ouT ThiS Friday

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uccessful businessman Howard (Will Smith) is left a shell of his former self after the death of his six-year-old daughter. In a search for answers, he pens letters to Love, Time and Death. Unable to watch as Howard destroys himself and his business, employees Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Peña) enlist the help of three amateur actors Aimee (Keira Knightley), Raffi (Jacob Latimore) and Brigitte (Helen Mirren). They embody the three concepts in order to reconnect with Howard and remind him that life is a gift. Think Charles Dickens’ Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future set in modern day New York. This is a sobering film with a reminder about the importance of loved ones, with a bit of seasonal magic. Just don’t forget the tissues! JD ★★★★ ouT noW


‘assassin’s Creed’ (12A)

rom the overwhelming reaction of the crowd, James Arthur’s comeback has gone down very well. From his X Factor winner’s single Impossible to newer tracks Can I Be Him? and Sermon, James powered through with minimal talk. However, the SANE ambassador did take the time to say he was proud to be able to raise awareness for mental illness, having struggled with anxiety and depression. His unique ability to put into lyrics what most of us can’t say out loud captured the audience entirely. A flawless encore of smash single Say You Won’t Let Go, from number one album Back From The Edge, proved why he was the biggest comeback kid of 2016. KLF


ased on the best-selling video game series of the same name, Assassin’s Creed sees Michael Fassbender bring Callum Lynch and his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha to the silver screen. Prisoner Cal is sentenced to death, only to be saved by scientist Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) and her father’s (Jeremy Irons) organisation in their quest to obtain the lost Apple of Eden, a magical object of immense power. Aguilar was the last of the Assassins to possess the Apple, and using revolutionary technology, Cal is able to re-enact his memories from the ancient order’s 1492 battle against the mysterious Templars. This film holds its own as an action-packed experience, with nods to the original game that fans will enjoy. JD ★★★★ OUT NOW

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hile summer seems further away than ever, music fans have a lot to look forward to with the announcement of Justin Bieber as one of this year’s British Summer Time headliners. Justin will bring his Purpose World Tour to the annual festival – his only London show of 2017 – alongside special guests including EDM golden boy Martin Garrix. Rockers Green Day will also be bringing their Radio Revolution Tour to Hyde Park’s stage, along with Kings Of Leon and the legendary Phil Collins. There’s something for everyone! AS

he North West’s most prestigious bridal event returns for its 15th anniversary. With over 150 wedding suppliers setting up shop, guests will be left brimming with inspiration for their big day. Those still on the lookout for the dress of their dreams can enjoy a catwalk show of the latest styles – and when all the wedding hype has tired you out, head to the champagne bar for a glass or two! Samia Longchambon attended the iconic event ahead of her stunning summer wedding last year, covered exclusively by OK!. And if it’s good enough for the stunning Corrie star, it’s good enough for us. Let the wedding fever commence! AS

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oin the likes of Gemma Collins, Alison Hammond, Stavros Flatley and Ann Widdecombe as they attempt to turn their backs on their unhealthy lifestyles by checking into the farm for 15 detoxing days. But it isn’t all long walks in the rolling Hampshire countryside and handsome farmhands, as the assembled stars soon find out! Pure TV gold that’ll have you laughing out loud. NB


‘ConfidenCe: the seCret’ By katie piper


ith her fifth book, Britain’s most inspiring young woman talks about how she rebuilt her life following a horrific acid attack when she was 24. Eight years on, Katie is a successful TV presenter, charity founder and mum to two-year-old daughter Belle with her husband Richard Sutton. Here, Katie writes openly and honestly about her health complications, becoming a role model, and offers advice, ideas and encouragement for gaining the confidence we all deserve. A truly empowering read. LR ★★★★ ouT ThiS ThurSday WWW.OK.CO.UK 99

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with OK! fashion & beauty director rosie underwood @rosieJunderwood


es, I’m still fighting off the cheese coma from Christmas Day, but if anyone’s going to give me some serious inspiration to get back to a clean and lean way of life, it’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley [far right] and her abs. The supermodel has gone and worked her magic with Autograph for Marks & Spencer yet again, creating a range suitable for high-intensity workouts. The modern designs are as durable as they are super-stylish.

Sports bra, £32

Crop leggings, £35


good skin starts in the kitchen


ur skin is a powerful reflection of what’s going on inside our bodies. To kick-start the New Year with a healthy complexion like Gwyneth Paltrow’s [right], I’m turning to The Detox Kitchen Bible for all my culinary needs. I had no idea being healthy could taste so good! See www.detox

chic water bottles Marble print, £35, S’Well at Frame

Lime band, £30, Eva Solo

Heart detail, £28, BKR

Graphic print, £27.99, Sigg x MAWI at Selfridges

Blue filter, £8.99, Water Bobble

The Detox Kitchen Bible (£19.99, Bloomsbury) by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson


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fter road-testing Seafolly’s swim and activewear pieces on surfboards, paddleboards and in antigravity yoga classes, I can safely say they have it nailed when it comes to comfort and support while still maintaining femininity. With their unique aesthetic, it’s no surprise celebrities like Kate Moss and Beyoncé love the brand. Prices start from £42. WWW.OK.CO.UK 107


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Above: Matt and Emma Willis meet Rudolph and his trusty elf Glow. Below: Emilia Fox. Top right: Ross Kemp and Bauble

lAppIng IT up!

Above: Michelle Heaton, Faith, Aaron and Hugh Hanley

What: LaplandUK VIP visits. Where: Whitmoor Forest, Ascot. Who: Holly Willoughby, Denise Van Outen, Emma and Matt Willis, Michelle Heaton, Jenni Falconer and Leigh Francis were among the celebrities feeling festive. LoWdoWn: The stars rubbed shoulders with the elves in their woodland, with Holly Willoughby and LaplandUK sweet shop worker Pixie Mixie giving a special elf wave for the cameras. Now in its ninth year, LaplandUK has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors, all keen to create magical family memories that last a lifetime.

Above: Denise Van Outen and daughter Betsy. Below: Jenni Falconer and daughter Ella

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Above: Chris Kelly, Gareth Jones, deputy CEO of Shop Direct, and Dominic Williams

Above: Myleene Klass and Alex Baldock, CEO of Shop Direct. Below: Hollyoaks’ Amanda Clapham and Sophie Porley

happy shoppers What: The Shop Direct Charity Ball. Where: The Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. Who: Myleene Klass, Vogue Williams and TOWIE stars Lydia Bright and Jessica Wright

added some glamour to the event. LoWdoWn: Retro favourites Sister Sledge and Boney M kept guests entertained at the Studio 54-themed charity bash.

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Above: Lydia Bright and Jessica Wright. Below: Myleene Klass

having a ball What: The Arora Ball. Where:

Above: Lady Wilnelia Forsyth and Sir Cliff Richard

InterContinental London – The O2. Who: Stars included Sir Cliff Richard and Brian Conley. LoWdoWn: Guests were welcomed with a champagne reception before enjoying a four-course dinner, dancing into the small hours and a fundraising auction, before heading to the Clipper Bar for a nightcap!

Above: Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Left: Nicole Richie

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What: Baby2Baby

Above left: Anne-Marie and Brian Conley. Right: Lord Stanley Fink and Lady Barbara Fink with Surinder Arora

Holiday Party, presented by Old Navy. Where: montage Beverly Hills. Who: Jessica Alba and Jenna dewan Tatum

were among the famous mums at the gathering. LoWdoWn: The charity raises money to provide essentials for children from lowincome families.


baby love

starry starry night What: women in Advertising and Communications, London (wACL) Christmas gala, A Night with The Stars. Where: The Savoy, London. Who: Some of the biggest names in the UK communications industry. LoWdoWn: Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and entertainment from Katie melua and Guilty Pleasures disco.

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Left: Cat Davis, Jason Holt and Rachel Forde. Below: Kerry Glazer, Nina Jasinski, Lindsey Clay, Natasha Murray and Rachel Bristow

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space features a mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. We loved the quirky black and white artwork and the ivory leather armchairs. Fine dining at its best, the restaurant’s menu has been curated by its awardwinning owner. There are five Feast on steaks steak cuts on offer that have cooked with each been dry-aged for 28 precision days to develop their natural texture and flavour, as well as succulent roasts and McCutcheon, footballer Frank mouth-watering fish. Lampard, model and designer OK! tucked into the celeriac soup Caprice Bourret and award-winning (£9) to start, followed by a 6oz actress Kristin Scott Thomas have centre-cut fillet steak with roasted all dined here. vine tomatoes and Béarnaise sauce (£28.50). This was accompanied What else? by a dish of buttery creamed The cocktails are a more than spinach, and house fries (£4.75 worthy accompaniment to any each). We finished with timeless meal. We enjoyed the Passion Jazz desserts – sticky toffee pudding, with vodka, passion fruit and apple and a deliciously refreshing vanilla juice (£10.50). Downstairs features cheesecake with summer fruits a cosy bar area with a relaxed (£7.50 each). atmosphere – the perfect place for an aperitif. OK!

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issue 911 January 7 2014

Martin KeMp and his wife Shirlie renew their vows after some tough times firsT for celebriTy news issue 911 ● jan 7 2014 ● £2 weekly

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with other spandau Ballet members Tony Hadley, John Keeble and steve norman over royalties. opening up about his brain tumour battles, martin said: ‘it’s a tough one. They removed one tumour and then i had two years of waiting to find out how they were going to attack the other, which was in a much more dangerous place… The experience brings people closer together, but i didn’t realise that at the time.’ shirlie added: ‘i was in shock most of the time, but i was strong. i was not going to let it beat us. But i was dying inside.’ With martin and shirlie’s wedding only featuring the two of them and some witnesses from their hotel, shirlie was keen to have their children present this time. speaking about returning to st lucia, shirlie said: ‘When we got married, i was hoping to get pregnant – and i did, on our wedding night! so to return and take our two children was really emotional for me.’ OK! NeWLy SiNgLe eaSTeNderS STar NaTaLie CaSSidy

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ormer EastEnders actor and pop star martin Kemp might be about Sam FaierS to appear on our screens as a judge on new BBc talent ‘HOW i LOST OVer show Let It Shine, but three a STONe’ geT iN SHape LiKe years ago he was busy me – my eXerCiSe aNd SeVeN-day renewing his wedding vows meaL pLaN iNSide with his wife shirlie. Joined by their children, photographer Harleymoon and capital Fm and Xtra Factor presenter roman, martin, then 52, and shirlie, then 51, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in style by saying ‘i do’ all over again in st lucia. also there was shirlie’s bandmate from ’80s pop duo Pepsi & shirlie, Helen ‘Pepsi’ demacque-crockett. The spandau Ballet star – who’s judging alongside Gary Barlow and dannii minogue – said the couple wanted to renew their vows in the same country where they tied the knot 25 years before, revealing: ‘We’ve had good times and bad times, and it’s nice to come through all the bad times and do something loving again.’ The bad times for the pair included martin being diagnosed with two brain tumours, and a bitter High court battle in which martin’s brother Gary clashed

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Above: The couple walk hand in hand along the beach. Below: Shirlie enjoys a dance with her singing pal pepsi. Below right: Cutting the cake

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