Celebrity Secrets: The Autumn Issue

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MARIO FALCONE ‘Being a dad is the best feeling in the world’

JENNY FROST ‘My favourite family breaks in the sun’

FACETIME WITH

DAN EDGAR ‘Amber and I are finally in a good place’

LUISA ZISSMAN ‘Having three daughters is a challenge!’

Marnie Simpson on stretch marks, cravings and why she can’t wait to be a mum

JOEY ESSEX

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EXCLUSIVE CHATS WITH Eyal Booker Yasmin Oukhellou Chloe Meadows

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Contents 4 MARNIE SIMPSON

Four weeks away from meeting her son

15 AMELLE ROSA

Losing the baby weight the sensible way

Gracing our front cover is Marnie Simpson – posing naked exclusively for Celebrity Secrets! Thrust in to the spotlight thanks to reality show Geordie Shore, she’s now expecting a baby with her partner, The X-Factor’s Casey Johnson. With a little boy due in just four weeks, are the stresses and strains of her third trimester taking its toll? Read all about her bizarre craving for sucking bath sponges (yes, really) in our exclusive interview over on page four. Speaking of families, we also caught up with Mario Falcone, who reveals the buys he’s never without for his son, Parker (p48). We’ve beauty essentials from Yazmin Oukhellou (p38), exercise tips from Eyal Booker (p18), and how to lose the baby weight with Sugababes’ Amelle Rosa (p15). We also caught up with Jenny Frost to talk travel (p30) and Joey Essex to talk food (p56), before FaceTiming his buddy Dan Edgar to see if he’s finally prepared to settle down once and for all (p62).

17 CLARE NASIR

Celebrating a decade of diet success

18 EYAL BOOKER

How he maintains his amazing shape

21 ALEX BEATTIE

Body confidence issues made him hit the gym

24 MARK READ & BEN ADAMS

The boy band stars on how their record label didn’t think of their mental health

30 JENNY FROST

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33 CHARLIE BRAKE

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34 CHLOE MEADOWS

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The new dad on his top baby buys

53 LUISA ZISSMAN

Juggling life as a mum to three young girls

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56 JOEY ESSEX

The Celebrity Masterchef star talks all things food

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58 SABRINA STOCKER

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62 DAN EDGAR

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Marnie Simpson The Geordie Shore star talks exclusively to Celebrity Secrets about the imminent arrival of her baby boy Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

When Marnie Simpson answers her front door she’s make-up free and – without sounding like a pregnancy cliché – totally glowing. The former Geordie Shore star’s now just four weeks away from giving birth to a baby boy with her partner of two years, The X-Factor’s Casey Johnson. For many women the final trimester of pregnancy is hard-going, but Marnie, 27, seems more confident than ever. Sure, she’s tires more easily, and is quick to put her feet up when we sit down for a chat, but she’s equally keen to prove that pregnant woman can be sensationally sexy – to the point she’s stripping naked for our cover! Famously recreating Demi Moore’s 1991 Vanity Fair pose, it’s fair to say Marnie’s come a long way from her original reality TV days, which saw partying as her top priority. Now it’s parenting she’s most looking forward to, as we’ve seen most recently on our screens in the spin-off MTV series, Geordie Shore OG. But just how confident is she now the birth’s just around the corner? We sat down for an exclusive chat…

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COVER STAR | 7 Marnie, your due date is only four weeks away! How are you and Casey feeling? ‘We’re both happy and really excited that we’re about to become parents. It’s starting to drag now towards the end a little, though. I’m so excited to hold my little boy in my arms. My hospital bag’s all packed and ready to go and we’re now just counting down the days!’

I wanted to shoot a naked cover to show that pregnancy is beautiful and should be embraced Is the nursery ready? ‘Yes, we finished it last month. It’s quite plain with one feature wall of dinosaurs, so we can then choose to redecorate it with something he’s more in to as he grows up. I won’t let him sleep in there just yet – for the first few weeks he’ll be in a cot that attaches to the side of our bed.’ How have your midwife check-ups been? ‘All is looking really good! The baby’s always been head-down, which is a good position for him to be in, and I’ve been told he’s also the perfect size. I’ve recently been warned that my iron levels are low, so I’m on tablets to rectify that. I am also making sure I eat lots of iron-rich food.’ How did you first find out you were pregnant? ‘It was all very bizarre. We weren’t trying for a baby and I was only three days late with my period, but I just had this weird feeling. I was driving home from Casey’s parents’ house and had what I can only describe as a hot flush. I just thought I’d grab a pregnancy test to be on the safe side. I never for one moment imagined it would be positive!’ What was your initial reaction? ‘Casey was with me when I took the test and we both smiled and hugged each other. However, after a few hours I’ll admit that I started to panic, as I wondered whether I was really ready to become a mam. We hadn’t even had a conversation about having any kids – and suddenly I’m pregnant! The fact that Casey was so ecstatic quickly helped remove any doubt from my mind.’ You had an abortion aged 19. Why is being pregnant different for you this time around? ‘Back then I had no money and I wasn’t in a serious relationship – I couldn’t even drive a car! I just knew the time wasn’t right. Now I’m extremely happy and content, plus I feel financially and mentally able to bring up a child.’ celebritysecrets.com



How’s the pregnancy been for you so far? ‘I’ve been quite lucky. I haven’t had any morning sickness and it’s only the tiredness that’s affected me, so hopefully the iron tablets will help. I am finding I have to get up constantly in the night to go for a wee, though!’ Any other problems? ‘I’m suffering from indigestion and heartburn, to the point I can’t eat without being in discomfort. It’ll all be worth it in the end!’

What about the weird craving you admitted of chewing on bath sponges and flannels? ‘I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’m still doing it! I’m starting to get worried that I’ll never get rid of the urge, either, as I was watching a documentary the other day and this woman was still addicted to the smell of bleach 10 years later! It’s a scary thought – am I going to be thinking about bath sponges for the rest of my life?’

Do you chew on them often? ‘It’s more the thought than me actually doing it. Having said that, I’ll do it a bit in the bath when no-one’s around! It could be worse though, as I’ve heard people like to eat bars of soap or coal when they’re pregnant. I even read that some women want to lick the pavement!’

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What about food cravings? ‘The food I’m eating is fairly normal – it’s just the portion sizes that tend to be massive! A lot of people have asked if I’m more or less horny, but unfortunately for Casey I’ve gone off sex! If I go over my due date we might have to get back in the bedroom to get baby moving!’

I’m still chewing on bath sponges and flannels when no-one’s around

With being naked on our cover are we safe in presuming you feel sexy in your final trimester? ‘I’m starting to feel a bit swollen and puffy, but I’ve also loved seeing my body change as I create a new life inside of me. I couldn’t be any prouder of what I’ve achieved! I wanted to shoot a naked cover to show that regardless of how you feel, pregnancy is beautiful and should truly be embraced.’ What does Casey think about your pregnancy figure? ‘He loves it – I can’t get him to leave me alone! I can see my bum and legs are bigger and my face is getting puffy, but he just finds my curvier shape all the more attractive!’ Have you been trolled while you’ve been pregnant? ‘No – everyone has been superpositive, which is so nice. Of course I’ve had the odd negative comment, but from what I’m used to it’s nothing. People are saying it’s nice to see me grow up and that I’m going to be a great mum.’ It’s time to talk about the impending birth. Have you got any sort of labour plan in place now you are only just a few weeks away? ‘I don’t really have any birthing plan set up as of yet. To be honest I don’t even think you can these days. I’m just going in to it with a totally open mind and am simply going to do what’s best for me and the baby.’

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COVER STAR | 11 Does that mean you don’t want any form of pain relief? ‘I’d like to think I’m going to get through the entire labour on just gas and air. The thought of having an epidural and it making you go completely numb, really freaks me out. LuckiIy for me I have a pretty high pain threshold.’

I always said I wouldn’t have surgery again, but if my boobs end up in a sorry state I might consider getting them done Are you going to be taking a long maternity leave after the birth? ‘I’ve decided I am going to give myself around a month to spend time with solely Casey and our baby, but then I’ll go straight back to work. Being in this industrys means I can take our son with me to shoots and interviews and any business meetings, which is pretty lucky. Casey’s going to take 10 days off, then go back to work three days a week.’ What kind of dad do you think Casey is going to be? ‘He’ll be really hands on for sure, but Casey also loves his sleep and will be totally thrown by the fact he won’t get any at first! He’ll be great at changing dirty nappies and helping with the night feeds, and I know he’s looking forward to doing some skin-toskin right after the baby’s born.’ And what kind of mum do you think you’ll be? ‘Really chilled – I don’t think I’ll be strict at all! I need to make sure I have a little bit of discipline, because I don’t want my son to be spoilt. Casey can be the strict one to balance us out!’ What are your thoughts on breastfeeding? ‘I really don’t know how I’ll feel about it until the baby’s here. Ideally I want to try breastfeeding for the first couple of weeks and if all goes well I think I will carry on. It’s weird though when you think about it, isn’t it? I look at my nipples and find it bizarre how a baby can get any milk out of them. They’re tiny!’ Are you going to be back in your skinny jeans a week after the birth? ‘That’s never going to happen! I’m going to take a few months to chill and certainly won’t be hitting the gym straight after the birth. I want to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape in a really slow and sensible way.’ celebritysecrets.com


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Does it worry you that certain parts of your body may never look the same again? ‘I’m fine with it. My boobs have stretchmarks and who knows what they’ll look like if I do decide to breastfeed? I always said I wouldn’t have surgery again, but if my boobs end up in a sorry state then I might consider getting them done.’

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A lot of people have asked if I’m more or less horny, but unfortunately for Casey I’ve gone off sex! Your mental health is an important factor to consider after the birth. Have you spoken to anyone about how the birth could affect your anxiety? ‘Only my family, but I realise I might need to speak to someone professionally so I can take control of it when it kicks in. At the moment I get anxiety just by doing a supermarket shop, to the point I feel I can’t go in to a store by myself. That needs to change when I have a baby. Luckily I have an excellent support network to help me when I need it.’ Let’s look at how different your life is from when you joined Geordie Shore. Will you go back to your partying days? ‘Never – I’ve grown up. I haven’t even touched a drop of alcohol throughout the pregnancy and don’t miss it at all! The spin-off series, Geordie Shore OGs, has shown how all our lives have changed. The original show was all about partying, arguing and fighting. I look back and can’t believe that was me!’ You’ve also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Ex on The Beach. Would you like to do more reality TV? ‘I’d definitely do Strictly, but I don’t know how they’d feel having a Geordie Shore contestant on there! I’m a Celebrity would be great to do, but the problem is I’m really scared of creepy crawlies. I’d be one of those annoying celebritysecrets.com

people who’d just pass on everything and as a result we’d all be starving hungry and surviving on tiny portions of rice.’ You’ve also been branching out in to the beauty and fashion worlds. Tell us about your hair business, Hair Bible… ‘Hair Bible launched back in April and it’s an online wig business that’s going really well. Then there’s my clothing line, Jersey

Girl. The pieces are amazing – they’re really good quality and are a mix of casual and dressywear. It’s mostly jumpsuits – I’m obsessed with them!’ Where do you see yourself by the time you’re 30? ‘I want both of the businesses to be running smoothly and successfully, and I also really want to have got into property development by then. Casey and I have spoken about this a lot and both agree it’s a great way to invest your money.’

And will there be more babies in that picture? ‘Sure! Casey has said that he would definitely like our son to have a little brother or sister, but we need to have a bit of a gap. You never know… I could be pregnant and celebrating my 30th birthday!’ Photography Stacey Clarke staceyclarkephoto.com Photographer’s assistant Kelsie Hale kelsiehale.com Art direction Claire Muffett-Reece instagram. com/mrscreece Hair James Johnson iamjamesjohnson.com Make-up Rosie Lewis rlmakeup.com Styling Ray Wooldridge raywooldridge.co.uk Videography Joe Murphy instagram.com/hawkmurphy




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Amelle Rosa

The Sugababes singer on why she wasn’t in a rush to lose her baby weight Interview Lynn Carratt

You had your daughter Amirah last year. Was it difficult being a mum while touring with Club Tropicana The Musical? ‘When we were on the road, I would happily drive two-anda-half hours there and back every day so I could spend the night with my family. Luckily my husband, Mario, was with me at most of the venues that were far

Amelle hired a personal trainer to lose her baby weight

from home. At first I would check he’d done everything for Amirah, even though I know how amazing he is with her. When I got used to our routine, though, it was fine.’ What’s the best thing about being a mum? ‘I didn’t know what real love was until I met Amirah. We have a bond I just can’t explain. It’s beautiful and I feel blessed every single day.’

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When did you decide to make a change? ‘After a few months I realised I had to do something because I wanted to be a fit and healthy mum. I enlisted the help of a personal trainer, and I made the decision not to give myself a timeframe and obsess over my weight.’

If I’m making breakfast, I’ll do ten squats while it’s cooking

Was it a struggle losing the baby weight? ‘It was difficult at the beginning because I’d had a traumatic birth and was so tired. People kept saying to me I’d be one of those lucky people who wouldn’t put on much weight because I don’t really fluctuate. Boy were they wrong! It was like I had a never-ending pit in my stomach. I’d actually end up hiding the evidence that I was eating from my husband because I was so embarrassed.’

Do you follow an exercise regime? ‘While I was touring it meant I only had one day off, so I didn’t see my personal trainer. Instead I integrated exercise in to my daily routine. I’ll now do ten squats while making breakfast, then later I’ll do a warm-up for 20 minutes. It means I work out for about 30 minutes every day.’ What about your diet? ‘The only thing I’ve changed is that I eat when I’m hungry, rather than being strict about what I can’t have. I can’t go on a diet, because as soon as I do I begin obsessing about everything I can’t have.’



Clare Nasir The weather presenter on how she’s stayed in shape for a decade

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Interview Claire Muffett-Reece STOP WITH THE EXCUSES ‘I never wanted to be overweight, but sometimes your daily routine is a slave to time. The weight subtly creeps up and tomorrow’s diet plans remain a future initiative, until the day when you’re sick of not being able to wear the clothes you once could. That’s when I realised it was time for a radical body overhaul.’ I LOST THREE STONE ‘It’s been ten years since I went from a size 16 to an eight, releasing the fitness DVD, Clare Nasir’s Boot Camp. It was one of my toughest challenges, but I had a real sense of achievement when I hit my goal. I cut out the junk and sorted out my health…and every day I went clothes shopping!’ SUGAR RULED ME ‘I’d been ill before I lost weight and my energy was low, so I fuelled my body with sugar for a temporary hit. Before if I wanted anything unhealthy I’d eat it without a second thought. There’s nothing mindful about that!’

I FAST AND FOLLOW KETO ‘Monday to Friday I follow intermittent fasting and ketogenic eating, starting with warm water, lemon and a pinch of rock salt. Mid-morning is a coffee with

It was one of my toughest challenges, but I had real sense of achievement cream, but I don’t eat until lunch, which is a high-fat, low-carb meal. I eat lots of dark green veg, nuts and seeds, avocados, eggs and goats’ and sheep cheese.’ MY WEEKEND DIET IS MORE RELAXED ‘My Sunday family breakfast is important, but I stick to keto when I can. I love carbs…but they don’t love me! Over the summer we’ve eaten lots of healthy BBQs, and I make a mean vegetable soup the whole family enjoys. My idea of food heaven

has got to be a plate of fresh fish, with decent wine and a sea view.’ I’M 50 NEXT YEAR ‘People ask if it’s harder to keep in shape as you age, but I’ve always found it a challenge! I walk my dog regularly, as well as doing HIIT, yoga and running. I want to go to a fasting retreat in Costa Rica for the big 5-0 next June, but my husband’s not convinced. I’d throw a party, but I prefer going to other people’s than my own!’ Clare’s new book, What Does Rain Smell Like?, is available from all good book shops from November.

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The Love Island star on keeping in shape both in the villa and out Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

THE LOVE ISLAND GYM WAS GREAT ‘When I found out I was going on Love Island last year I was in good shape, but I definitely put in a few extra rounds at HITT training! It was easy keeping fit on the show, thanks to all the gym equipment in the garden. Most of my fellow

islanders were into fitness too, so we’d train together and mix it up to keep it interesting.’

EATING MAKES ME HAPPY ‘I love my food, so I make sure I work out enough so that I don’t have to be too strict with This is a low resolution proof. myself. I tend to do intermittent NOT indicative of fifasting, nal positioning so I’ll get upYour and goadvert straight will within the publication. I REALLY WANT RUN to the gym, then beTO placed as per your booking. THE MARATHON I’ll grab a juice ‘I tend to do most my and ato panini for Weofreserve the right correct exercise in the gym, training lunch.as If I’m at the spelling and grammar per around five times a week, but home for dinner, I’ll house style. I also love running. I ran the probably roast up London half-marathon back a chicken or sear in March for Cancer Research a fresh tuna steak, UK, so I trained pretty hard serving it with for that, and would love to do some brown rice the full 26.2 miles next year.’ and loads of veg.’

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I DON’T DO PROTEIN SHAKES ‘You can get just as much protein from a plant-based alternative. It doesn’t have to be whey, so I avoid it for the most part. You can get plenty of protein from many different veggie sources!’ Eyal is an ambassador for World Vision, the RSPCA and Dog’s Trust instagram.com/ eyalbooker

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I’VE ALWAYS BEEN IN TO HEALTH AND FITNESS ‘Staying active’s always been a part of my life. I played sports and ran around a lot as a kid, as most of us do when we’re young. I guess I’ve never really worried too much about my fitness levels. In terms of body confidence; I work hard and when I train a lot it pays off, which always makes me feel better in general.’



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Alex Beattie The Love Island star on how he keeps his fitness in check

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Your Instagram shows more pics of you with your top off than on! Are you body confident? ‘Not at all – I still struggle, even to this day. We all have those moments, don’t we?’

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Why did you change your shape? ‘I went through school massively insecure about what I looked like. I wore long tops under jumpers to make my arms look bigger and joggers under my school trousers to bulk out my legs. I also used to change in a cubicle rather than with the rest of the lads because I was embarrassed.’ How did you stay in shape on Love Island? ‘To be honest I treated the villa like a holiday, so I only trained once or twice a week. It was far too hot to concentrate.’ How do you maintain your fitness levels now? ‘I’ll do a mix of bodybuilding, functional training and cardio six times a week. The aim is to be more of an athlete these days, rather than a bodybuilder.’

What other ways do you stay fit? fat loss or muscle ‘Hiking, swimming and running gain and general are great alternatives to hitting health is your goal the gym. Going for a walk rather then you cannot than standing on a treadmill is underestimate a fantastic feeling. You get to the importance of enjoy fresh air, headspace and staying properly burn calories at the same time. I hydrated.’ also love a good walk Thisand isusually a low resolution proof. What do you go two to three times a week.’ tend eat in a NOT indicative of fi naltopositioning typical day? within the publication. Your advert will is be placed as per ‘Breakfast your booking. “proats”, which is a mixture of protein We reserve the right to correct powder and oats, or spelling and grammar as per the a bowl of granola. house style. I’ll also usually have a banana and Do you watch what you eat? a pint of water. ‘No. I eat what I like but I make When I get peckish sure to count the calories I mid-morning I consume and keep a track of my grab an egg and protein intake. This allows me to salmon bagel as still go out for meals and enjoy a snack, then for life, while getting and maintaining lunch I’ll have something like the body I want and have.’ grilled and seasoned chicken with veg and rice. Post-gym I What would we always find to have a protein shake, then for eat in your fridge? dinner it’s massively varied, ‘Lots and lots of water! It’s a bit and can be anything from pizza of a boring answer I know, but if to a homemade stir-fry.’

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Finally, what’s your go-to food if you’re hungover? ‘There’s a place called Fat Hippo where I live that do the juiciest burgers. Gimme one now!’ To keep up with Alex’s fitness routines follow him on instagram.com/alex.beattie

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Your skin at its very best The Nineties boy band members on mental health

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With summer coming to an dermatologist Dr Nicole has in the music industry end and the festive season developed the exclusive approaching, many people are Lynn Aesthetic Interview CarrattScore to provide seeking aesthetic treatments a full-face assessment. This How did you cope with being me to read. So many lies had been to reverse the effects of sun enables bespoke treatments to normal lads to worldwide fame? made up to the press, and even damage and to look their be targeted, addressing three Mark ‘For us as a band it was the girl I was dating at the time best. With so many different important elements: skin health, a gradual progression, which sold her story. I didn’t know who I treatments available, it is skin ageing and facial structure. helped us cope better. It was could trust, and that was hard.’ important to get expert advice on something we Lumiere Clinic is a dermatologist which treatments work and are prepared for, How does social and plastic surgeon-led skin best for your individual needs. although we did media affect your clinic in Manchester, offering At Lumiere Clinic, consultant still have our own mental health? issues to deal with.’ Ben ‘If someone says Ben ‘It hit me after anything I remotely I went on Celebrity don’t like I just block Big Brother in 2009. them, because I don’t I knew how to deal need that negativity in with fame, as I’d had my life. When you ask it before, but I don’t think I was kids these days, “What do you want mentally prepared for coming out to be?” so many will say, “I want to of the house. After I was evicted, be famous” – and I believe social I went into a room, and there was media’s to blame. These days we a bumper pack of stories about tend to build up really atrocious human beings CELEBRITY SECRETS LOVES and make them massive Confidence in your smile! instasmile’s celebrities – clip-on veneers are the modern, how are they affordable alternative to traditional good role veneers and implants, saving your models for wallet thousands. instasmile.com our kids?’


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‘What if I am still getting infections?’ Despite there being limited evidence relating to the treatments suggested above, many women try them out of desperation. If these treatments haven’t helped then it’s time to see your GP and you may need onward referral to a specialist. Occasionally your specialist may celebritysecrets.com

suggest some tests such as a kidney/bladder scan or a small camera to inspect the inner lining of your bladder. Subsequent treatments may include nonantibiotic tablets which stop the growth of bacteria in urine, or introducing substances into your bladder through a fine catheter/ tube which can protect the bladder lining. The latest treatments for rUTIs which do not respond to the treatments outlined include a vaccination (Uromune, UroVaxom®) which is still being evaluated in the UK, or faecal microbial transplants (FMT). These treatments are certainly promising but should only be trialled once your specialist has evaluated your symptoms.

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Stuart Reardon, former England rugby player, advocates CBD oil

CBD oil is finding its way into lots of different products, including coffee, soap and even bedroom lube - and it was even featured in the goody bags given-away to guests at this year’s Oscars film awards. If you haven’t come across CBD oil before, it’s derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike cannabis, though, it contains only trace amounts of the high-giving chemical ‘tetrahydrocannabinol’, which makes it perfectly legal.

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knows me knows I am obsessed with CBD everything!” ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO Brazilian supermodel Alessandra says she uses CBD to relax and sleep. She revealed all in November 2017, saying: “It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.”

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KIM KARDASHIAN Earlier this year Kim threw a CBDthemed baby shower for fourth child Psalm. And she says CBD calms her anxiety while helping her ‘survive in life’. She said: “Anyone that

VALENE KANE This Irish actress who had a starring role in Star Wars: Rogue One told the Belfast Telegraph how CBD was a key weapon in her fight against insomnia. She said: “I am a terrible sleeper. CBD is my newest discovery in helping me sleep. The teas are amazing.”

JENNIFER ANISTON Former Friends actress Jennifer is one of many CBD users who says it can boost well-being. The star of new Netflix movie Murder Mystery said: “CBD helps me with pain, stress, and anxiety.” OLIVIA WILDE In January last year House star Olivia told how CBD soothes her fatigued body. She said: “Recently, I did a play on Broadway for six months. My body was wrecked, my neck was really tight. The CBD has relaxing benefits, and the idea is to avoid using too many painkillers.” GWYNETH PALTROW In a blog post for the IntoTheGloss website last year Gwyneth said CBD had become part of her relaxation ritual. She wrote: “If I have a particularly stressful time, someone gives me some CBD oil in a little drop. It doesn’t make you stoned or anything, just a little relaxed.”

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The Atomic Kitten star on the dream destinations she’s visited Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

IBIZA

‘It was never my plan to live abroad, but I fell in love with a Spanish scuba diver – and the rest is history! My husband Jenny lives in Ibiza after falling in love Vin and I now with a scuba diver focus on the family businesses, including The Beach Star apartments. I love living in Ibiza, especially in the winter – the summer can be a bit full-on! Being on the beach is my idea of heaven, as I’m happiest when I’m by the sea.’

DUBAI

‘I went to Dubai for my friend’s hen It was an actionparty – and we packed hen do for had an absolute Jenny in Dubai blast! The service there is incredible and you’re so well looked after. We stayed at the Five Palm Jumeirah hotel which is fabulous, especially the roof top and the secret club in the basement. We ended our trip with a stunning sunset dinner in the desert, which was the perfect chilled end to a crazy few days.’ STAY HERE Five Palm Jumeirah

captures the glamour of Dubai. Set against a breath-taking backdrop of the beach and marina, it boasts 470 rooms and suites with ocean or city views. fivehotelsandresorts.com

BERLIN

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‘My husband and I went to Berlin as we’d not been there as a couple. If we go on a romantic weekend away we always pick a city break. I’d never drag the kids around – just think of the moaning! We stayed in The Amano hotel which has a lovely roof bar, and hired electric scooters to explore the parks and flea markets. We also had a great evening drinking cocktails and listening to buskers in James Simon Park.’

‘We all love Mexico. From the food and the people to the nature, it works Mexico is Jenny perfectly for us as a and her family’s family. We’re going go-to destination back at the end of summer and splitting our trip in two. We’re staying in a little beach hut boutique hotel in Tulum, which is very different to what the kids are used to. We’re then moving on to a big all-inclusive complete with water park, spa and entertainment. It’s nice to have the best of both worlds.’

STAY HERE Why not book a stay in Germany’s first subterranean hotel? Jenny enjoyed Berlin’s Hotel AMO a romantic boasts an atmospheric weekend away in Berlin basement bar, while upstairs you’ll find an in-house restaurant that serves Israeli cuisine. amanogroup.de

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Europa-Park: visiting Germany’s largest theme park Celebrity Secrets Editor Claire enjoyed an adrenaline-packed weekend ‘I love rollercoasters, so when Europa-Park asked if I’d like to spend two days at their theme park I jumped at the chance! After a short flight and transfer to the town of Rust I checked in to the resort’s brand-new hotel, Krønasår. Complimentary transfers run at least every 30 minutes to the theme park, so after a quick change I soon found myself in line for the huge variety of rides. There’s something for everyone, with plenty to keep all ages happy. I loved Woodan, a giant wooden rollercoaster that celebritysecrets.com

propels you at 100km/h; Euro-Mir, where you race up and down around tight bends at a speed of 80km/h – and all while your car is spinning 360º! Then there’s blue fire Megacoaster powered by GAZPROM, a coaster that takes you from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds; and Atlantica SuperSplash, an 80km/h water ride guaranteed to leave you soaked. Watch out for the waterpark Rulantica, which opens this November!’ europapark.com

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Charlie Brake The Love Island star on men’s fashion – and why Maura’s got him in a fluster Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

Tell us all about your men’s fashion range, The Inner 13… ‘Before I went on Love Island I’d wanted my own clothing range. I gained a huge following in the villa, and used it as a platform to start my brand. The name comes from the number of boroughs we have in central London – the outer 20 and the inner 13, the thirteenth of which happens to be the City of London.’

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What clothes do you most like to wear and why? ‘I wear baseball caps most days, and ours are made from recycled plastic found in our oceans. We need to take action over our planet’s waste, and this is something I want to make the forefront of the brand as it continues to progress.’

On Love Island were there any set rules for what you could and couldn’t wear? ‘Before we all went in we were given pages and pages of information on what was and wasn’t allowed in terms of our clothes. I had to go on a shopping spree because a lot of what I wear is branded, which was strictly off limits!’ If you’d been on Love Island this year who would you have made a play for? ‘I’ve made this clear enough on my social media as well as the lady’s in question… Maura’s a right little sort! As for that Irish accent…’ You’ve been busy travelling the globe. What locations are on your bucket list? ‘Tokyo, as I love to experience other culture – and from what I’ve heard Japan is pretty outthere. Secondly, Bora Bora in the French Polynesia – that

place looks like a screen saver! I reckon I’ll need to couple up first before visiting – girls, please slide in to the DMs to apply!’ What else have you been up to since your time on the show? ‘There’s only so many PAs and brand posts you can do, meaning it’s important to have something that keeps you busy. Besides seeing The Inner 13 progress I’ve been over in Canada taking part in radio talk shows, press and filming for the new Love Island USA Aftersun. The show is a global phenomenon – I couldn’t believe seeing myself in some of the out-takes of our show on American and Canadian TV ad breaks!’ Shop the Inner 13 collection now at theinner13.com

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Chloe Meadows The TOWIE beauty on fashion and fitness – and why happiness starts from within Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

MY FRIENDS LIKE TO CALL ME “BOHO CHLO” ‘My sense of style is definitely boho – anything with a hippy vibe and I’ll tend to wear it! Over the summer I’ve been living in some gorgeous dresses from Australian brand Mura, but now we’re moving in to autumn I’m all about keeping warm and snug in retro jumpers with a cool slogan. They’re easy to wear but also look cool and effortless.’

THERE’S NO STYLIST TO DRESS US ON TOWIE ‘I wish we had someone to tell us what we should wear for filming! At first I tried to be extra glam, whereas now I stick to more laid-back looks. Thankfully I have a lot less fashion mishaps these days. I’ll never forget when Courtney [Green] and I thought it would be a good idea to wear matching dresses, in different colours, on the red carpet. I don’t know what we were thinking – we got slated in the press!’ I’M OVER ONLINE TROLLS ‘When I first joined TOWIE the trolling was so bad I considered surgery, but I’m glad I didn’t let them win. I used to take drastic action to lose extra weight before we filmed any bikini shots, as I was terrified what people might write. These days I’m a lot more comfortable in my skin, and am learning to love myself, no matter what people post about me online.’

MY CO-STARS LOVE KEEPING FIT ‘Lauren Pope looks sensational – that girl knows how to look after herself. I wish I could be as dedicated, but I love pick ’n’ mix too much! I try to only indulge once a week, instead choosing a shake for breakfast, salad for lunch and chicken with peppers in a spicy sauce for dinner.’ FOCUS ON THE RIGHT REASONS FOR HEALTH ‘I’m a firm believer in “health is wealth”, which is great for the younger generation. However, being healthy is not about trying to drop a dress size so you can fit in with an “ideal” body type. Happiness and beauty is on the inside, so when you focus on that and become happy within yourself, then that’s when you’ll be truly content.’

IMAGE CREDIT: Steve Vas / Alamy Stock Photo

I NEED TO WORK ON MY FASHION BRAND ‘I launched my Sydney London clothing business about a year ago. To be completely honest it was just a bit of an experiment, and I only started up with two pieces in the collection! I would now love to give it a proper try again and order lots of items that I love and would wear. Watch this space – I want to be a businesswoman!’

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Yazmin Oukhellou Hair and beauty secrets from the reality star Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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It’s Chico time! Singer Chico Slimani on the secrets to his 11-year marriage Interview Claire Muffett-Reece More from Chico at celebrity secrets.com

MAKE SURE YOU LOVE BOTH THE GOOD AND THE BAD ‘The secret to my marriage is trust and unconditional love. What I mean by unconditional is to love the person for the good, the bad and the ugly. You said your vows for better or worse, otherwise it’s conditional – and that’s not true love. Oh, and give up your right to be right – the wife is always right!’ WE MARRIED THREE YEARS EARLIER THAN EVERYONE THINKS ‘My wife Daniyela and I actually got married spiritually by my Sufi master in 2005. Then, three years later, we had a register office ceremony, with our closest friends and daughter as a bridesmaid, who gave us the ring. It was a day I shall always cherish, as it made me the person I am today.’ I LOVE HOW MY WIFE ALWAYS SPEAKS THE TRUTH ‘Dani’s a very strong character. We call her the “CEO” or the “General”, which she hates, but she has an ability to always speak the truth – and people absoutely love her for it! If I spoke half of her truth I’d be hated for it. I don’t know how she does it, but she has a way of telling people like it is!’ MY WIFE ALWAYS TELLS ME I’M A GOOD MAN ‘We often sit talking, and my wife will ask, “why do you think I love you?” She’ll then quickly joke – at least I hope it’s a joke! – “it’s not your looks, you know!” I say, “why do you love me then?” and she’ll say, “because you’re a good man.” That is the greatest compliment anyone can ever give me.’ Book tickets for Chico’s Block Fit Party at Brean Sands on 20 September at 48hourparty.com/fitness celebritysecrets.com

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Did you spend a long time planning your wedding? ‘I think overall it took us about a year to fully prepare for our big day. David and I did a lot of the organising ourselves, but to ensure everything ran smoothly I also hired a wedding planner to oversee the actual day. She was incredible. I had a meeting with her the week before and explained what was happening, and she just took the reins. It meant we could enjoy ourselves without worrying too much.’

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Tell us about your day… ‘I stayed at a hotel that I loved in Camden the night before. My sister’s a make-up artist, so she helped to get me ready the following morning. We held our wedding ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall and then hired a London bus to take our guests to the reception at The Star & Garter in Putney. David and I also decided to book a white Hackney cab as our wedding car. It all worked out really well!’ How did you decorate your wedding venue? ‘We bought all the decorations ourselves, and were going to rely on friends and family to help us dress the venue. At the last minute we decided it was too much pressure on everyone and hired a venue stylist instead. When we walked in we couldn't believe what she had done – it was absolutely incredible.’ Where did you find your dress? ‘I bought it from Wimbledon’s Teokath of London. I hadn't started dress shopping, and only popped in for a quick look as David was performing at the theatre nearby. I was just pottering around so decided to walk in – and that was it. I knew the shop anyway, because I used to drive by it on my way to work at The Bill, and their dresses always looked terrific. I’m so pleased I stuck with my original decision.’

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Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to an island in the Maldives called Amaya Kuda Rah. It really was a dream honeymoon destination and a once-in-alifetime holiday. We booked it through Luxtripper and stayed six nights in a water villa, followed by six nights in a beach villa. We also discovered scuba diving while we were there. I was initially terrified of the idea and was in the process of talking myself out of it. In the end I built up the courage and we dived with manta rays. It was truly incredible.’

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Mario Falcone The reality star on his top baby buys for son Parker Jax Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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How’s life as mum to daughters Dixie, nine, Indigo, three, and Clementine, 22 months? ‘It was weird to begin with, because Dixie was six and then I threw another baby into the mix. I’d forgotten how hard it was to look after a newborn, then I got pregnant again when Indigo was five months old. I thought, “If I do it now, I’m never going to do it again.” Now I’m done for good!’ Do you have a strict household regime? ‘We have a military regime! I try and get up before the kids at 6am. Dixie’s so good – she gets herself dressed and brushes her teeth without any issues. The babies are more challenging! I take them to school and nursery, then I go to the gym, do some

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‘What about male fertility?’ Men start making sperm at puberty but unlike women don’t ‘run out of sperm’ as they get older. However, many factors can damage sperm including illness, alcohol, smoking and drugs so men should be tested if they are thinking about having children, especially since there are often no symptoms. ‘Should I have a Fertility MOT?’ Knowing is always better than not knowing and gives you the options and choices to make a NATALIE AND GREG’S FERTILITY STORY Knowing about Greg’s sperm health led Natalie and Greg to get the right treatment to help them finally conceive their daughter Aurora after several failed IVF treatment cycles and miscarriages.

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difference, including freezing your eggs until you’re ready to have a family or making lifestyle changes to improve your fertility health sooner rather than later. A Fertility MOT includes an ultrasound scan and blood test to define your ‘biological age’ and measure the ‘activity’ of your ovaries followed by a consultation with a fertility expert. Testing male sperm is also very useful in determining how likely it is to achieve conception or if there are treatments to improve it.

‘What advice do you have for women thinking about having a fertility check?’ For myself and Ellie, the fertility check was so important. It informed our decision to have our children the way we did, with Ellie using my eggs first to have Annie and then two years later for me using Ellie’s eggs to give birth to our twins Jessie and Lola. The fertility check showed me that my fertility had begun to wane (I was into my late 30s) but Ellie was in a better position to be pregnant than I was at that point. We’re so thrilled now with the way we did it and can only thank the Agora for taking time with us to look at all the available options. The staff there are pretty amazing because they are dealing with people who are highly emotional but we were always made to feel it was just about us and they were so sensitive and kind.

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I LOVED FILMING CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF ‘At school I wanted to take Home Economics as a GCSE but wasn’t really good enough at cooking. Being on Celebrity Masterchef has taught me that working as a chef is no joke – it’s hard work and scary. The judges Greg [Wallace] and John [Torode] were very critical of our cooking. Greg knows my family so I thought he might go easy on me – but he was really strict!’

constantly made me laugh – he should be a comedian!’ I MAKE A MEAN SPAG BOL ‘When you’re in the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen you’re busy mincing your own beef and putting lots of salt in your pasta, which is something I wouldn’t do at home. I’m always on a health kick, whereas the food on the show is all about the taste. When I’m in my own kitchen it’s just ordinary supermarket mince and brown pasta to be healthy.’

I love a bacon sandwich – but without any bread!

I WINGED IT ON THE SHOW ‘I bet some of the other contestants were practicing their dishes at home, but I just learnt them there and then. I had such a great time filming with all the celebs, but I got on with Neil Ruddock the best. I don’t like many people, but he

I REALLY WANT TO COOK FOR ED SHEERAN ‘I’ve met up with Ed at a few of his gigs, so I feel I should cook for him to say thank you. He’s a

really nice guy. He used to watch my TV show, Educating Joey Essex, and he still messages me to go to his concerts now!’ I’D IMPRESS A GIRL BY TAKING HER OUT FOR SUSHI ‘I were to take a girl on a date, we would go to the sushi restaurant Sexy Fish in Mayfair. When I go out with my family though we always head to Sheesh, which is an amazing Turkish restaurant in Essex. I bow down to the chefs there, because it’s so amazing and the food is incredible.’

WEIRD FOOD WORKS FOR ME ‘I’ll eat a bacon sandwich – but without any bread, or sometimes I’ll buy a whole chicken from the supermarket and eat it all without the skin. I always get asked how I’ve got so ripped, and I just say, “I don’t eat bread.” You’d honestly be surprised how much bread you can get through in a day, and the other thing to remember is that you never feel great after eating it, either. I go to the gym regularly and do lots of weights as well.’ Watch Celebrity Masterchef on BBC One

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Sabrina Stocker The Apprentice star and tennis coach shares her food diary Interview Lynn Carratt

cook. By the time it takes me to buy the ingredients, cook it, get it wrong, cook it again and wash up, I could have just eaten out! When I meet a man I’ll have to learn his three favourite dishes, so that I can cook them without ruining them!’

DINNER ‘My idea of an easy meal that can’t go wrong is some delicious Mediterranean vegetables with either salmon or another type of fish. If I’m eating out for dinner, it will be tend to be Vietnamese or Thai food, which I like as it’s light – LUNCH and that way you can eat quite a ‘I like lots of hummus with lot of it! I’ll also always say “yes” to a glass of wine with dinner if cucumbers, carrots, olives and sundried tomatoes. I’m a real fan of the occasion’s right, but I definitely the Mediterranean diet because it’s wouldn’t sit at home drinking quick and easy. I’m also a useless on my own. I’m also partial to an espresso martini. If I’m in a CELEBRITY SECRETS LOVES posh restaurant The UK’s No.1 British wine. The Straw I will order one Hat Prestige Collection is a range before I’ve of medium-bodied British wines started my meal. brimming with luscious fruit. Includes I think of it as red, white and rosé all at 11% ABV. a cheeky prethestrawhat.co.uk starter drink.’

What our nutritionist says ‘Sabrina understands how to eat everything in moderation, and it’s great she’s not hooked on fad diets. She’s also meeting her omega-3 requirements for brain and heart health by consuming oily fish such as salmon. However, it would be good for Sabrina to increase her dairy intake to eliminate the risk of calcium and iodine deficiency, essential for bone, reproductive and thyroid health.’ Rachel Clarkson, RD Dietitian & Nutritionist

TREATS ‘I’m a firm believer of everything in moderation when it comes to what I eat. I’m certainly not strict with my diet – I just make sure I stop eating when I’m full. I’ll admit to being a bit of a chocolate fiend and enjoy a bar as a treat. I’m also a fan

of the odd strawberry tart with a dollop of cream. It’s all calories in and calories out and I exercise a lot.’ Sabrina is available for motivational speaking on business and runs her own tennis events company mytennisevents.com

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BREAKFAST ‘I usually eat scrambled eggs on toast with feta and tomatoes – and it’s normally on the go. Occasionally I’ll grab a Grenade Carb Killa protein bar, especially if I’ve worked out. My family never used to sit and eat together. My brother’s a professional tennis player and I was always out playing sport, which meant we were never in the house at the same time. We used to just dip into the fridge when we were hungry, so I’m used to eating on the go.’

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Dan Edgar

The star on why he loves Essex – and how life has changed since TOWIE

Interview Lauren Naylor Reality star Dan Edgar, 28, has had a busy time with the ladies since being on TOWIE, having been romantically-linked to a variety of his cast mates. It’s no wonder though, with his slick sense of style, coiffed locks and mega-watt smile! Here, he reveals exclusively to Celebrity Secrets there’s now only one lady for him…

If you had a chance to be on any other reality TV what would you do? ‘I’m a Celebrity would be amazing as it looks like it would be the biggest mental and physical challenge. I’m not great with creepy crawlies, but if I was offered it I wouldn’t turn it down.’

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Being on TOWIE is certainly a huge change from my old life

How were you discovered? ‘I already knew a lot about TOWIE because my friends were starring on the show. Diags has always been my best mate, and Tom [Pearce] and Joey [Essex] are in my friendship group, too. It was natural for me to become part of the show, so when there was a gap I slotted straight in!’ Do you have to pretend to dance or eat in scenes? ‘With food there’s never any need to pretend! Sometimes when we’re filming a scene when we’re eating then it does become a bit stop/start if the scene has to be shot again. But the food is definitely real – and if you see us having a meal, we really are having a meal.’

What’s the best thing about living in Essex? ‘The restaurant Sheesh! I know everyone goes on about it, but it really is the best around. The clubs and bars have gone a bit downhill lately, so Sheesh is pretty much the number one spot to go to. It’s perfect for a good night out with incredible food. They really look after you there.’

Do you think you’ll live and grow old in Essex? ‘If I didn’t live in Essex, I’m pretty sure I’d live in Ibiza. I love it out there. Of course I love the party side, but it’s also a beautiful island to explore. I’d like to live in LA one day as well. It’s a land of opportunity and America really appeals to me. I wouldn’t be a typical Brit if I didn’t comment on the awesome weather they get over there, too!’

What do you look for in a woman? ‘Personality is a big thing for me. I’m quite laid-back so I like someone to be the same. Someone who’s not too stressed and who has lots of positivity about them. I think it’s great to be with someone who enjoys a laugh, because it’s important as a foundation. Loyalty is another big factor for me.’

Amber’s always there for me and I wouldn’t change a thing

Do you agree with your playboy reputation? ‘It annoys me that people think like this… I’ve always been in relationships so it’s not true at all! I’ve had three long-term girlfriends in my life, but viewers only see a tiny part of me – and parts of that have been the few times I’ve been single. People can make their own mind up about that, but it’s far from the truth.’

Dan and Amber are back together and in a great place

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She’s always there for me and picks me up when I need it. I wouldn’t change anything about our relationship at all.’

You recently got back with Amber [Turner]. How’s it going? ‘I know that Amber is good for me, and when I split up with her I really realised that. I can’t deny we have a strong connection. Some people have the wrong idea about her and believe she’s coldhearted and serious, but that’s not the case at all.

Do you think you’ll settle down any time soon? ‘I’m 30 next year and always thought that was a long way away. I’m feeling a lot more grown-up than a few years ago. I want to sort out my own business next, then the next big stage in my life will be thinking about the future – and maybe even a family.’ Are there things you wish you could go back and change? ‘Yes and no. I’ve made mistakes, but I think we all do. What’s important is to grow and learn from errors along the way. Of course there are things I wish I’d done differently, but maybe I wouldn’t have become the person that I am if I did. I try to live without regrets.’

What’s the best piece of advice anyone’s given you? ‘I can’t pin it down to one thing, but I’ve read the book The Secret and that changed the way I think. I believe in the laws of attraction, as well as visualisation. The advice is that you are amazing and can do anything – it’s just your mind that holds you back.’ What makes you happy? ‘Travelling and going out, as well as keeping active and having fun. I love to socialise with my friends. Overall, being with like-minded people is probably what I enjoy the most.’ Catch Dan on TOWIE on ITVBe

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How has your life changed since being on The Only Way Is Essex? ‘A lot has changed, there’s no doubt about it! I’ve gone from being an electrician getting up early and working 7am until 4pm, to hours that are thankfully a lot more sociable! A long day at work was part of my life back then, so I feel so lucky that the past four-and-ahalf years have progressed in the way that they have. Being on TOWIE is certainly a huge change from my old life.’



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