Celebrity Secrets: The Summer Issue

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SUMMER 2019

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Contents 6 MEGAN BARTON-HANSON Life after Love Island: is it all a bed of roses?

17 LISA RILEY

The new series of Love Island is well underway, and I for one am going to be glued to the TV over the next few weeks. One such star who’s experienced the craziness that comes with being on the show is our cover star, Megan Barton-Hanson [right]. What’s it really like being thrust in to the spotlight while dealing with online trolls just waiting for you to fail? Read all in our exclusive interview on page six. We’ve also got weight loss advice from Lisa Riley (p17), exercise tips from Megan McKenna (p20), travel hotspots with Calum Best (p30) and beauty secrets from Kady McDermott (p40). And don’t forget to read our exclusive chat with Love Island’s Dr Alex George, who’s speaking up about the negative effects reality TV can have on its participants. Turn to page 27 to see what he thinks should be done when it comes to mental health and those in the public eye.

Impressing us with her 12-stone weight loss

19 DENISE WELCH

Celebrating six years of diet success

20 MEGAN MCKENNA How she maintains her amazing shape

23 DAN OSBORNE

Keeping fit with football and the gym

27 DR ALEX GEORGE

How to keep check on your mental health

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30 CALUM BEST

The reality star talks travel hotspots

35 SHELBY TRIBBLE

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Megan BartonHanson

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The Love Island star talks exclusively to Celebrity Secrets about her battles with mental health Interview Claire Muffett-Reece If you’re a Love Island addict like the rest of the nation, you’ll know all about the antics of Megan Barton-Hanson when she entered the villa back in June 2018. The boys were bowled over at the sight of the blonde beauty, with Megan initially showing an interest in Dr Alex George. Realising they were better off as friends, she moved on to Eyal Booker, before coupling up with Wes Nelson. A brief flirtation with newcomer Alex Miller followed, with Megan getting back together with Wes and securing a place in the live final. Fast-forward to almost a year and Megan’s still in incredible demand. Single after splitting with Wes during his stint on Dancing on Ice, she’s got a whopping 1.8million followers on Instagram alone. An ambassador for clothing brand Pretty Little Thing, she’s also in high demand for photo shoots and TV appearances, stripping off for ITV’s The All New Monty and now filming the latest series of Celebs Go Dating. It says on her Instagram she’s ‘unapologetically honest’, so let’s see how much Megan’s really prepared to reveal… You claim you’re a feminist on Instagram. What does that mean to you? ‘Being a feminist is doing whatever you want with your body, as long as it makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. It’s someone who’s strong and doesn’t have to explain themselves to others.’ celebritysecrets.com


COVER STAR | 7 Megan wears top from neverfullydressed.co.uk, skirt from soukibelair.com and sunglasses from quayaustralia.co.uk

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COVER STAR | 9 Megan wears head scarf from primark.com, top and shorts from prettylittlething.com and corset from elissapoppy.com

Some people argue using your sexuality for your career affects the feminist cause. What do you say when looking back at your work as a stripper? ‘That’s a very old-fashioned view – as in you’re doing it for the male gaze and it’s all for the opposite sex. Stripping gave me so much more confidence. I was the girl at school who was too shy to put her hand up if she knew the answer. Stripping transformed me. If I could do that I could do anything.’ Since leaving Love Island your social media’s gone insane. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? ‘I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It’s absolutely amazing for bringing a cause or charity to people’s attention, but then there’s the trolling and negativity that comes with it. You get one nasty comment and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. It’s disturbing how many likes a nasty remark gets.’

What’s the worst comment you’ve ever read about yourself? ‘There’s been so many! I used to let it get to me, reposting anything nasty on my Instagram to name and shame that particular person. Now I don’t read the comments. I’ll never forget people trolling me for what I looked like when I was at school. How you can call a 15-year-old girl “hideous” is beyond me.’ What do you think social media should be doing to stop trolls? ‘It’s a hard one. It would be great if they had filters to prevent people from abusing someone on their comments or via their DMs. The person that posted it should also be blocked as a consequence of their actions.’

‘Stripping transformed me – if I could do that

Some celebs use the ‘Instagram versus reality’ angle to show how lighting, filters and posing affects how they look. Do you think that has any real impact on their followers? ‘I certainly think it takes the edge off. Before I went on Love Island I honestly thought celebs led all-glamorous lives. It’s not until I left that I realised my life hadn’t radically changed – I still walked in to my flat at the end of the day and felt lonely. I saw Vicky Pattison did a long post recently about feeling down and that really resonated with me. If it made me realise I’m not alone then it must have done the same with loads of people out there.’

I could do anything’

How do you cope with trolls? ‘I try and take breaks from social media, and post in moderation. I know I need Instagram for my career, but I’ve learnt to limit myself. I also don’t post anything particularly personal, such as photos with my family. When I came out of the villa I saw the impact and stress the negative press had on them – and I never want that to happen again.’

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COVER STAR | 11 Megan wears head scarf and sunglasses from primark.com, top from riverisland.com, trousers from prettylittlething.com and shoes from kurtgeiger.com

So why use filters to enhance pictures? ‘As a woman if you’re going to post a nice picture, you want to make it look the best that you can. I am so harshly judged as it is, so if I see a bit of a belly roll on one of my photos then I’ll blend it out ever so slightly so that you can’t see it as much. The problem is in this industry I’m damned if I do – and I’m damned if I don’t!’

‘I should have left

the villa with Alex and not Wes’

Let’s talk about the impact of reality TV on its contestants. With suicide linked to both shows, why has the Jeremy Kyle Show been axed but not Love Island ? ‘I can’t give you an answer for that. What I will say is that the Jeremy Kyle Show was a totally different format – people were invited on the show to be ridiculed, and it’s almost like a pantomime. Having said that Love Island is like that in a way – I was definitely cast as the villain! I do think they should make contestants more aware of the editing process before they enter the villa.’ Do you think more research is needed in to the psychological impact of reality TV on its participants? ‘To be fair to the show, they really looked after us in terms of our mental health. I had three separate meetings with a therapist before I went in, and they were fully aware of my experiences with anxiety and depression. I’m quite lucky in that I know what my triggers are, whereas others who’ve never realised they might have an issue could go on a show and become overwhelmed.’ When did the mental health team at Love Island last reach out to you? ‘They are constantly in touch. When I broke up with Wes they were in contact straight away, and it was the same when I got burgled. They certainly don’t wash their hands of you after the final. I was originally paying privately for a therapist, but they took over the bill as I was dealing with the attention that came with being on reality TV.’ Let’s go back to your own issues with mental health… ‘I’ve experienced issues for nearly 10 years, and my first therapy session was when I was 16. I felt down and couldn’t figure out why. I went to see a therapist and plodded along for a couple more years, then when I hit 18 things got really intense. I just felt like this cloud was constantly looming over me, and I didn’t even want to do basic things like get out of bed or take a shower. It got to the stage where I told my mum I was sick of living and asked if I could end my life. I’m so thankful we went back to a therapist and I got the help I needed.’ You said on World Mental Health Day that Love Island helped your mental health… ‘I called it a “rehab retreat” – and it was! I had to push myself out of my comfort zone, especially when it came to the challenges. When we had to dance for the boys I knew they’d bring up my stripper past and dress me up like one. I panicked, then realised I had to do it for my self-confidence – and it made me feel so much stronger.’ celebritysecrets.com



COVER STAR | 13 Do you think there’s still a stigma for men speaking up about mental health? ‘Definitely. It makes me so sad, especially when they’re told to “man up.” Boys tend to keep it all bottled in until it’s too late, which is wrong and needs to change.’ Do you still get anxious? ‘It’s something I’m always going to live with, as you’ll have days when you feel good and days when you feel bad. On the red carpet I’m always worrying if I’ll trip over or if people will judge me, but I have to stop and think of my ever-improving journey with mental health.’ Do you have any tips or advice for this year’s Love Island stars? ‘Just focus on you, and the person you leave with, and think about what you want to achieve. Whatever you do don’t read anything the press wrote about you while you were in the villa. I did that once – never again!’ What cast mates are you still in touch with? ‘Charlie Brake and I are good friends, and I still speak to Zara and Dani. Dani and I are going out for dinner next week, which I’m really looking forward to.’ So are you and Charlie an item? ‘We’re just friends. I love how he doesn’t care what people think about him – he’s the boy version of me! Any man I get seen with the papers say I’m dating. I did go out on a date with Chris Eubank Jr, though. We went for dinner, but I’m not rushing in to anything.’

‘I told my mum I was

sick of living and asked if I could end my life’

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Looking back are you glad you left the villa with Wes? ‘At the time I was happy, but in hindsight I should have gone with my gut. There was something telling me to stick with Alex Miller, as he was closer to my age and probably ready for a relationship. But I was also attracted to Wes. I should have gone with my head instead of my heart.’

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Are you and Wes in touch? ‘We don’t speak at all. Wes is a people pleaser, so he’d tell me what I wanted to hear as opposed to the truth. It would have been easier to rip the plaster off quickly in terms of our relationship, rather than in slow motion. I was clinging on to the hope he gave me. He’s got a kind heart, but I wish he’d been more honest about the fact he wanted to be single.’ What are you looking for in a man? ‘Someone who knows what they want. I certainly don’t want to be with a man who’s driven about the likes they get on social media. I’m 25 and my mum had me at 24, so I’d love to get engaged and start a family.’ celebritysecrets.com


14 | COVER STAR Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK

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You’re currently filming Celebs Go Dating. Why broadcast your love life on another reality TV show rather than dating privately? ‘When I went on Love Island I’d been single for two years and really missed having that romantic connection with someone. I fell deeply in love and was sold the dream by Wes – we spoke about travelling together and even touched on marriage and kids. Since the relationship ended I’ve been on a few dates, one of which got his phone out and took a picture of me mid-dinner! I now find it hard to trust people’s intentions, and feel I could really benefit from the agents’ help and advice as to where I’m going wrong in love.’

How was starring in The All New Monty? ‘It was so much harder than I thought it would be. I hated getting on stage that very first time, but once the adrenaline kicked in I couldn’t wait to get back up and do it all over again.’

Southend-on-Sea

Being on TV and now on stage is a far cry from your life a little over a year ago. What would you say is the best thing about being famous? ‘Being able to get charities and campaigns I feel passionate about more publicity – it really does make a difference! I’ve got to admit it’s also pretty nice having hair stylists and makeup artists always wanting to get you ready for events, too. I’ve never felt so glamorous!’

‘I’ve suffered with

anxiety and depression for nearly 10 years’

At 25 you’ve already had three lots of plastic surgery. Looking in the mirror are you happy with what you see? ‘As a woman I’m never going to feel truly content with my reflection. I had my ears pinned back at school after years of cruel comments, then at 19 I had a boob and nose job. Part of me thought once I had surgery I’d be much more confident. That didn’t happen – that comes with years of loving yourself.’ celebritysecrets.com

And what’s the worst thing? ‘The judgement and constant criticism of everything I do. If I don’t touch up a picture, if I do touch up a picture – it’s never-ending. I’ve had to toughen up a lot since leaving Love Island.’ Photography James Rudland jamesaugustusphotography.com Art direction Claire Muffett-Reece Hair Joel Maguire instagram.com/joel_ maghair21 Make-up Carmen Carter instagram.com/makeupbycarmenx Styling Ellis Ranson styled-ellisranson.co.uk Videography Patrick Magill Art editor Stefanie Ward Cadillac pinkcadillaccarhire.co.uk Shot on location at bobbyjos.co.uk and roslinhotel.com

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HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS | 17

Lisa Riley

We talk to the actress about her sensational 12-stone weight loss Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

After losing 12 stone how do you find looking in the mirror? ‘I love my reflection, as it’s a great reminder of how hard I’ve worked. I’m doing a lot of muscle toning at the gym and can see more definition. I feel super-sexy!’

Are you planning on losing more weight? ‘No. I have a body that I adore, and everything’s neat and tidy. I train five or six times a week, but that’s to stay healthy. I’m content in the person that I am, and don’t think we should put pressure on ourselves to look a certain way.’

Is there anything you miss about your How long did it take you? pre-weight loss days? ‘Just over two years – and all of it ‘Nothing. I love how my weight loss has inspired was achieved naturally. After I’d lost so many to do the same. On my Instagram 12 stone I had skin removal surgery, as you see nothing but the truth. The weight no trainer in the world could get help with loss world is full of gimmicks, whereas mine’s the excess. The loose real – and I’m the living proof!’ skin hurt daily and prevented ‘I love how my weight Your weight loss books are me from going to the gym.’ doing great, too… loss has inspired so What was your diet like ‘The best compliment I get is that before losing weight? readers say they can hear my voice many to do the same’ ‘Breakfast was fried eggs in the books. I want to help people on toast, then I’d snack on because I know how hard it is, yet chocolate. Lunch was pasta I also know how achievable it is.’ with garlic bread, before a dinner of veggie shepherd’s pie with roast potatoes. I’d pick at You’re also busy with fashion for Ideal World TV… ice cream and crisps throughout the night, too.’ ‘Fashion’s always been a huge part of my life. My clothes range from a size eight to 28, as women So what did you eat today? shouldn’t have to shop in different stores ‘I had two Weetabix with almond milk for breakfast, depending on their shape. I want women to look in salmon with scrambled eggs for lunch, then fish the mirror and feel fabulous at their reflection.’ curry with salad for dinner. I don’t snack anymore, Lisa’s third summer clothing collection offers new stylish and for drinks it’s tea, coffee and plenty of water.’

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Denise Welch The Loose Women host on how she’s stayed in shape for the past six years Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

I’M LOVING LIFE AT 61 ‘When you’re younger there’s an awful lot of pressure on how your body should look, but as I’ve aged and got in control of my weight I’ve learnt to become much more body confident. I’ve overhauled my lifestyle and removed all bad influences, and I’m proud of who I am.’

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CELEBRATE YOUR SHAPE ‘A LighterLife survey recently revealed that 70% of women are dissatisfied with their bodies, with many using the word “disgusting” to describe their shape. I’m so saddened to read this. It’s time we changed our ‘I celebrate my mindset and acknowledged our health and happiness. I celebrate body flaws because my flaws because I’m a survivor!’

LIGHTERLIFE WORKS FOR ME ‘After giving up alcohol I was eating to excess and soon gained two stone, which for my frame was a lot. I chose I’m a LighterLife because it offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) alongside prepared meals – and I lost that two stone in just two months!’

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20 | HEALTH & EXERCISE

Megan McKenna The reality star and country singer on why she’ll never set foot in a gym Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

MY DOG KEEPS ME FIT ‘As I’m always on the go I don’t have the time to follow a set exercise routine. I walk my dog Daisy every day, taking her for a stroll around the local lakes. I try to swim as often as I can, too – it makes me feel amazing afterwards.’

COELIAC DISEASE RULES MY DIET ‘I have to be really careful with what I eat as coeliac disease can lead to serious complications when I’m older. I can’t even have a trace of gluten and I have a severe wheat allergy too. I was also diagnosed with IBS last year, so am trying to control that as well.’

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EATING’S HARD ON TOUR ‘I try to be good, having peanut butter on gluten-free toast for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and a stir fry for dinner. I have a McDonald’s every now and then – a double cheeseburger with extra gherkins and no bun.’ I LOVE FOOD SHOPPING ‘Food shopping is my idea of heaven, and I enjoy browsing in Waitrose and M&S for their gluten-free options. When I’m in Nashville

I always head to Whole Foods, as they stock the very best gluten-free cakes. They’re unreal!’ TAKE ME BACK TO DUBAI ‘I’ll always love Dubai. I like how you can chill out and eat great food, but then go to their shopping malls and have a spend up! Everything is immaculate, the hotels are amazing and the staff are out of this world. I can’t wait to go back!’ Megan’s album, Story of Me, is out now

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THE GYM’S NOT FOR EVERYONE ‘I tried the gym but didn’t like people looking at me while I worked out! I remember walking in to see a row of cross trainers and running machines and realising it wasn’t for me. One day I might have a home gym and train in private, but there are plenty of other ways to exercise.’

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Dan Osborne The Celebrity Big Brother star talks fitness, football and food Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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How often do you work out? What’s a typical day’s meals? ‘About five to six days a week, for an hour at a time. ‘It’s different every day. Generally I have a whey One day will be cardio or football, then I have set protein shake in the morning, then scrambled muscle group training on other days. I like to egg on toast. I’ll grab a chicken and spinach roll alternate chest and triceps, back at the gym, then have a protein bar and biceps, shoulders and traps, and another shake after training ‘I eat healthily arms and abs and finally my legs.’ to help rebuild my muscles. For dinner, it’s normally chicken and but can’t really What exercise do you love? rice or a chicken shish. Tonight ‘My favourite’s the pec fly resist a Domino’s’ though I’m having a curry!’ machine, as you can really feel it working. I save that for the We’ve seen you take part end of my chest session to really make them in charity football matches with a work. My least favourite are squats, as doing host of other celebs. Who’s the best them has injured my lower back. Now I work footballer and who’s the worst? around that so I don’t injure it any further.’ ‘I play in quite a lot of charity matches and really enjoy getting involved. There’s a few good What age were you when you footballers that I love playing alongside. Jeremy decided you wanted to train? Lynch from the F2, my mate ‘Man like Haks’ and ‘It was around seven years ago when I Soccer AM’s Tubes are all good. The worst has was 20. I’m six foot five inches and was to be Stevi Ritchie, bless him – although he will really skinny at the time, so I felt like kill me for saying that!’ I needed to fill out more. I’m still not one hundred per cent happy with my New ActiveIron for Women – shape – there’s constantly work to do!’ With all that working out your diet must be pretty strict… ‘My diet isn’t very good to be honest, but I do try to order a healthier option wherever I’m eating. Having said that I can’t really resist a Domino’s!’

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HEALTH | 27

The Love Island star and doctor on his experience with mental health, both before and after the show Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

Two Love Island stars took their own lives due to mental illness. Is more research needed in to the psychological impact of reality TV on participants? ‘It’s a shock when you’re thrust into reality TV. From experiencing this first hand, I can say that aftercare is important. ITV have been very supportive, with counselling for as long as I need.’

Let’s talk about social media. Can more be done to combat trolls, but also identify when people are experiencing poor mental health? ‘Social media can have a real impact on our mental health. The downside is that it’s a space where you are open to attack. The impact of trolling should not be under-appreciated, especially for the developing minds of young people. Reporting should result in action – ‘Life is much too and not just an automated response which essentially says, “Sorry we short to listen to aren’t going to do anything about negativity and hate’ it.” Improvements are being made, however it’s too slow and not enough.’

What are your tips for good mental health? ‘Good mental health is like a jigsaw – you need to get all the pieces in the right place. It all matters, from your support networks, to lifestyle factors such as exercise and diet. Try and break down your life into sections and look at how you can make a positive change to each, which will culminate in an overall happier you.’

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Has social media had a negative impact on you? ‘At first the trolls hit me hard, as I’m a naturally sensitive person and care what people think. Over time I’ve learnt to ignore the negatives, and only take positive comments and support on board. Life is much too short to listen to negativity and hate.’ Tell us about your own experience with mental health… ‘No one is immune, and when I was in medical school I went through a bad patch and felt quite down, as well as isolated and lost. Luckily, I spoke to my family and friends which made all the difference, and thankfully I made it back to a good place.’

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Has your mental health been affected since leaving Love Island? ‘I’m more anxious than I was. I’m not used to being approached, and although people are 99% lovely, there’s a fear of that one per cent. Now I recognise my anxiety triggers and have coping mechanisms, such as taking deep breaths. If that doesn’t work, I remove myself from the situation.’ Listen to Dr Alex’s podcast, The Waiting Room, on Apple, Spotify and Acast. Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK

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The TOWIE star on sunglasses, summer and why she’ll always have a soft spot for her ex Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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We love your Shock x Shelby sunglasses… ‘We all need a good pair of sunnies when we jet off on our jolly-days! Designer shades are fab, but not when you lose them after a few cocktails, so these are designerinspired styles at high street prices.’ What are you looking forward to wearing this summer? ‘A sexy bikini with a good pair of my shades. I’m not big on accessories as I prefer to make a statement by keeping it simple, so a pair of sunnies with a bikini and cocktail will make me very happy!’

Let’s play snog, marry and avoid – with Gatsby, Diags and Sam… ‘Sam and I said back when we were friends that if we didn’t find future partners we’d marry each other! I’d snog Gatsby, and that means as much as I love Diags I’d have to avoid him, as his ex is one of my ‘We all need a good pair best friends – and us girls always of sunnies when we jet stick together.’

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Which co-star would you check out under a pair of your sunglasses? ‘Well that’s an easy one for me to have to answer. It would definitely be Sam [Mucklow] – and I’ll be eyeing him up with my sunglasses both on and off! It makes me very happy that I get to check him out all day long – and can you blame me?’ And whose gaze would you avoid under a pair? ‘Now that’s more of a tricky question, because right now I get on with everyone. I guess we’ll have to wait until the next series of TOWIE airs to see what drama unfolds. Feel free to get back to me for an answer then!’

How are you and Sam now? ‘We’re better than ever! From the moment we met we’ve always had a connection, and there’s really no denying it. We’ve both finally realised we can’t ignore those feelings. At the moment we’re spending quality time together and I’m happy and content. Watch this space.’ Do you consider yourself good mates with Pete Wicks nowadays? ‘I do! Pete and I are in such a good place, which is brilliant as it ended so badly. As much as I loved the relationship he was more of a best friend than a partner, which he’ll agree on if you ask him. I’ll always have a soft spot for him, because he’s such a great friend to have!’ Buy Shock x Shelby sunglasses at shockxshelby.com

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FASHION & BEAUTY | 37

The reality star on men’s fashion and why he loves being married Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

WORK MAKES ME HAPPY ‘I’m so proud of mine and my wife Olivia’s fashion line, which we’ve named Exempt Society. We chose to call the brand that as we had trouble with the previous business, so wanted to start back from the beginning. We went through so much to make the brand different, and Exempt seemed like the perfect name to choose.’

I LOVE WORKING WITH OLIVIA ‘I design the men’s side of things, and Olivia designs the women’s. There’s no clashing or disagreements – it just works! Olivia’s just released her women’s swimwear line and it’s incredible. We’ve done it all by ourselves with no help. It’s been tough, but we work together well.’

MARRIAGE IS EVERYTHING MY CAPS SELL OUT ‘Being married is awesome, ‘We have lots of and I can’t believe it will our caps they sell out great-selling pieces, be our first wedding but every time we anniversary in September! within 15 minutes!’ launch our caps they I’m planning on doing sell out within 10 to 15 something special, but I’m minutes! Another great seller is our joggers not allowed to say what as Olivia will read line, which have been made with really thick, this! I love the fact I get to call her my wife high-quality jersey. We also have a longline and spend all my time with my soulmate.’ vest coming out soon, which will be great for casual wear or for going to the gym.’ WE NEED TO GET AWAY ‘Olivia and I have been so busy with work CELEBS WEAR MY CLOTHES that we’re looking forward to going on ‘All of our pieces have very small holiday this summer. I know it looks like branding, as we want the quality to really we’re away a lot on Instagram, but it’s do the talking. Having said that we’ve always for work! It’ll be nice to get back to already got some celebrities wearing our favourite place in the world, Barbados, the menswear, such as Josh Denzel and chill.’ and Adam Collard from last year’s Love Island. I would love to get Bugzy Malone Shop the men’s and women’s collections from Alex and Olivia now at exempt-society.com wearing our tracksuits though!’

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Billie Shepherd The Mummy Diaries star on marrying in the Maldives Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

Helen Flanagan The actress and mum on planning her dream day Interview Lynn Carratt

What beauty products did you use on your big day? ‘I wanted my make-up to look natural, with no crazy trends so that the images wouldn’t date. My makeup artist Krystal gave me a slight smokey eye and a pinky nude lip, with a bit of highlighter on my cheeks and collarbones. She also added a pair of KISS So Wispy lashes to finish the look. I also wore my ImPRESS nails, as I was so busy and doing lots of running around organising, so these were so quick and easy to pop on.’

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What was the most stressful element of planning your wedding? ‘I don’t really think there was one thing in particular. It was more the accumulation of everything and trying to juggle planning the wedding with filming, other work commitments, being a mum and running a household. Did anything go wrong in the With the wedding being in the run up to your big day? Maldives as well there was a ‘Not really, thank goodness. The lot of things that I wasn’t able only slight hiccup to arrange until I got out there, ‘We were so privileged I can remember was that the so that was quite stressful to have a week’s worth hats I’d ordered for our female initially. However, guests got stuck of celebrations’ once I started to at customs in get responses Sri Lanka, which I was gutted from people and things about. Everything else though started falling into place I we had planned meticulously.’ really enjoyed the process.’

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More from I CAN’T WAIT TO Helen at GET MARRIED celebrity ‘My fiancé secrets.com [professional footballer Scott Sinclair] and I have been together for a decade, so it’s lovely to get married when we’ve already built a life together. I also love that our daughters get to share the memories with us.’

What were some of your top memories of your wedding day you’d like to share? ‘It’s really hard to pinpoint one thing. We were so privileged that we didn’t just have the one day of celebrations, but we actually had a week’s worth – so we have even more memories to cherish! The ‘pinch me’ moment for Greg and I was when all of our guests arrived on the island. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have all of our closest family and friends travel so far to be with us on our special day.’

What advice would you give to any brides or grooms who are planning to marry abroad? ‘I would say don’t bother with all the gifting! In all honesty, I’m glad I did it as our guests had travelled such a long way and I wanted to let them know how much we appreciated it. I also think the little extra things are what you really remember from a wedding. It was hard work shipping it over, so I’d probably re-think the amount of gifting we arranged. The main thing to remember is to not let yourself get stressed in the lead-up, as once you’re out there it will all fall into place More from and you will want to do it Billie at all over again.’ celebrity

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SCOTT PROPOSED AT DISNEYLAND ‘Scott got down on one knee when I was least expecting it – when I was make-up free and in the same dress I’d been wearing for three days! Even though I knew he would propose at some point, it was still a total surprise.’ WE NEED TO START PLANNING ‘With getting engaged last May and having Delilah a month later, there wasn’t time to organise anything last year. Delilah’s just turned one, and I always said I’d start planning after that – so we’d better get cracking!’ DECEMBER WEDDINGS ARE MAGICAL ‘I’d really love a Christmas wedding, as I love the idea of tying the knot in the heart of the festivities. Scott would like to get married abroad – but I want our wedding to be in England. I’m sure I’ll end up getting my own way!’ Get unlimited access to Mumma Fit with Helen Flanagan and other workouts for just £4.99 a month at www.TV.FIT

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Giovanna Fletcher

The author, actress and presenter on raising three boys under five Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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What’s the secret to managing three boys? ‘Routine, so they know when they’re being fed and when it’s time to go to sleep. I also organise everything the night before, making sure all uniforms and school bags are laid out and ready. We’d never get out of the door on time if I didn’t!’

You recently went on holiday to Florida. How did you cope with the boys on the flight? ‘Flying with kids is unpredictable. The boys don’t use iPads at home, and we’ve somehow managed to convince them they only work on planes! There’s also a company called Keep Em Quiet, which send packs filled with magazines, stickers, snacks and activities.’

How do you stop the boys from fighting? ‘If I think back to my childhood, my brother, sister and I were always winding each other up and getting told off. It depends on the situation, what’s happening and where we are. It’s good for them to debate and work things out for themselves. I do often feel like a referee, though.’

Do you and Tom get much time to yourselves to go on date nights? ‘Nope! We have three boys and a load of projects to be getting on with. But we’ve been on a few family holidays this year, and spend far more time together than most couples do, so we’re happy.’

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So is your family complete, or will you try for a fourth baby? ‘I think I’m done but never say never! I’m lucky I have three healthy, fun, loving and chaotic boys.’

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Stephanie Davis The Hollyoaks actress talks baby buys for her son Caben Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

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Sian Gabbidon The Apprentice winner on her food loves and loathes Interview Claire Muffett-Reece

What food do you remember eating growing up? ‘My mum and my nans on both sides were forever cooking amazing dishes. Mum would make my favourite, macaroni cheese, and my nan would make shepherd’s pie with gravy and Yorkshire puddings. My favourite has to be my Nana Bibi’s chicken, rice and peas. Heaven!’

What were mealtimes like on The Apprentice? ‘Sarah Ann, Khadija and Jasmine were always cooking treats for us all. In the final I remember Camilla and I ordering in a giant cake-sized Nutella doughnut as a celebration – then scoffing the lot between us!’

Is there any food you won’t eat? Are you a good cook? ‘I’m actually quite a fussy eater and I really ‘I’d say so, but I’m not sure if my don’t like any sauces on my food. Mayonnaise boyfriend will agree! I like and tomato ketchup are the to cook fillet steak with worst! I literally order burgers ‘I’m actually quite chips and peppercorn as just meat and bread, much to sauce, with sticky toffee everyone else’s amusement!’ fussy and can’t have pudding for afters.’ sauces on my food’ And if you could only eat one What’s the best meal food for the rest of your life, you’ve ever enjoyed? what would it be? ‘It was at the Eden-Roc restaurant on the French ‘Pizza. The rest of my life may not be a long one if Riviera. I had the most perfect lobster dish washed I did – but it would be very enjoyable! I don’t think down with champagne – it was super-fancy!’ I could ever get sick of pizza!’

And what if you’re being naughty? ‘A cheat day starts with a full English breakfast, followed by pizza or pasta. As for treats, chocolate is my weakness. I have a serious sweet tooth, so have to make sure I put in the hours at the gym.’

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‘I became a vegan in 2015, when Beyoncé ‘I’m a great chef now and announced she’d become one to detox. I got love to cook dinner for my really into it, so now I follow a fully vegan diet. boyfriend. The last thing For breakfast I’ll eat toast with almond butter I made for him was pesto and a banana on top, or something simple pasta – pea pasta and like coconut yoghurt in a bowl with chopped vegan-friendly pesto, with fruit and a drizzle of flaxseed. If I’m in a hurry onions, mushrooms and I’ll use my Nutribullet to make a smoothie vegan cheese on top. It with oat milk, chopped was delicious! mango, frozen blueberries Dessert ‘I’ve scoffed about and flaxseed. I’m also is usually partial to scrambled something 20 vegan Magnums tofu on rye bread.’ simple like coconut recently!’ LUNCH yoghurt. I ‘At the moment I’m loving like drinking stuffed aubergines – it’s one of my new a tasty mocktail with one-minute vegan and gluten-free recipes my dinner, but if I’m from my app, Viappi. The filling is made with trying to cut down on vegan feta cheese (which you can buy from my sugar intake then Sainsbury’s), cherry tomatoes and basil, I’ll drink sparkling water all fried-up in a pan. I put the aubergine in instead. I fell off the wagon the oven for 20 minutes and scoop out the a bit with my exercise inside, pour in the filling and sprinkle with a while back, so I now breadcrumbs. I also like something quick work out with a personal like vegan cheese on top of baked beans.’ trainer twice a week.’

FOOD & DRINK | 57 TREATS ‘I don’t drink alcohol, so sugar is my only vice. I’m so bad with it, but am trying to cut down. I love vegan chocolate and vegan Magnums – I’ve scoffed about 20 of them in the past few months! I’ll also wolf down vegan-friendly Percy Pigs if there’s any to hand. There’s also a place around the corner from the Hits Radio studio that serves vegan milkshakes and I order them on Deliveroo. The security guards look at me in disgust when they turn up!’ Listen to Sarah-Jane on Hits Radio Mondays to Friday from 1-4pm, and the Sunday Chart Show from 4-7pm. To find out more about her vegan lifestyle hub visit viappi.co.uk

What our nutritionist says ‘It’s fantastic Sarah-Jane is promoting a plant-based diet, however she should add B12, iodine and selenium supplements to her diet. She should also up her protein – nuts in her coconut yoghurt and tofu in her aubergines, for example – and limit those Percy Pigs!’

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Are you named after Conan the Barbarian? ‘Dad likes to think so, but Mum claims it’s a little more sophisticated as I’m named after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.‘ Who inspires you and why? ‘I have two icons that I admire. Ricky Gervais because he’s hilarious and I like his frankness. Otherwise, because of his unrivalled Olympic achievements, it’s got to be Usain Bolt.’ Jamaica is renowned for running, reggae and rum, so what’s the roots of Jamaican Rugby 7s? ‘We’re on a mission to spread the joy of rugby to win the hearts and minds of Jamaicans and the world. Also, it’s no secret that Jamaicans are blessed with speed, stamina and strength – these qualities are a perfect match for rugby.’ To qualify for the 2020 Olympics, you must win the Rugby America North Sevens (RANS) in the Cayman Islands. How do you rate your chances? ‘Of course, there’s a lot of good teams competing, but Canada are the favourites. However, we’ve got good form as we’ve won it for the last two years running. And with Tropical Sun Foods creating a giant good luck card featuring messages from our fans, it will be like having an eighth man on the pitch. If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t rule us out.’ Jamaica UK Rugby 7s recently partnered with World food brand Tropical Sun. Can you tell us more about that partnership? ‘Tropical Sun have stepped in to support us, not only with vital funding,

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Affectionately known as the UK Reggae Crocs, the Jamaica Rugby 7s team are the only Caribbean country to play in the Rugby World Cup and Commonwealth Games. And before he jetted off to the Cayman Islands, we caught up with their Vice Captain, Conan Osbourne to talk about bucket lists, Ricky Gervais, superfoods, the Olympics and more.


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The singer talks singing, social media and staying true to yourself Interview Lauren Naylor Best known for being a member of boyband Blue, Duncan James, 41, has since turned his hand to acting. He most recently played the part of Ryan in Hollyoaks and is now touring with the Rocky Horror Show as Dr Frank-N-Furter. We caught up with the theatre star as he prepares to go on stage…

Do you prefer performing in a band, the theatre or on TV? ‘My heart will always be with the boys and Blue. Blue made me who I am today. They’re my family and we’ve all been through so many highs and lows. Our friendship has stayed strong for 19 years, and we have so much loyalty to each other. I always say family first!’

How did the Frank role come about? ‘I heard about it through the grapevine, so I called up my agent and said I wanted to play the role. The next thing I know I’m in London auditioning. I prepared fully for the call‘For years I didn’t back, learning the script well, and I knew I did a good job, want to admit so the likelihood was quite high that I’d get the role.’

What makes you feel confident? ‘For me it’s after I’ve finished a good workout. It’s as good for you physically as it is mentally, because it’s a way of disconnecting from the world. You get all the endorphins going through your body, and when you start seeing the results you feel even better!’ You have a 14-year-old daughter. Would you say that she takes after you? ‘She’s a ballerina at the Royal Ballet School and works very hard. She’s a very talented girl in her own right. Her mum was a talented ballet dancer as well, so I think performance is definitely in her genes.’

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What do you think about your daughter growing up with social media? ‘Children, like my daughter’s age, are very conscious about making sure their pictures look good, as well as how many likes they receive. What I find interesting was the media’s portrayal of the BAFTAs – can you believe they still have a Worst Dressed category? The magazines name and shame people on the red carpet in an age where teenagers are becoming increasingly selfconscious. They need to ban this – who gives a damn what you choose to wear?’

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If you could go back in time what would you tell your 18-year-old self? ‘To chill out! I took things way too seriously. I wish I’d enjoyed myself more and had a bit more fun while I was in the band. I had so much pressure from the record label, and tried to please people all the time, that I forgot to have a laugh!’

What do you do to wind down? ‘When I finish the show I’m starving, so I grab some food and enjoy a glass of red wine. I can’t eat beforehand, because I’m running around so much on stage that I’d puke! But when it comes to the end of the show you’ll find me headed to the nearest pizza place. I’ve just done two hours of cardio on stage, so I can justify a glass of wine and a pizza!’ What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Stay true to yourself. For years I was fighting who I was, and didn’t want to admit I was gay when I was in the band. You should always be proud of who you are. If you’re not happy inside, you’re not going to be on the outside. It all falls into place eventually.’ Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show tours the UK until 2 November 2019 rockyhorror.co.uk

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While you were in Blue were there any songs you hated performing? ‘No! We were so lucky with the that I was gay’ songs we had in What’s the hardest part the band. There of starring in theatre? are lots of artists ‘Being on the road! It’s a lot about looking after who’ve become stars with yourself – people are coming to see you in your songs they don’t like, and then role, so you don’t want to let them down. I don’t go that has become their career. out after the show, and I don’t drink lots of alcohol. I’m really grateful to the band I also make sure I regularly steam my throat before and the songs we performed.’ and after my performance, too, so I’m on form.’ You’re looking very fit at the moment… Are any of your fellow cast a bad influence? ‘I’ve always looked after myself – I’ve been ‘The cast are amazing and all good as gold. I training for the last 10 years quite religiously. think it’s so funny that I have a sex scene with I always try to eat healthily and go to the Joanne Clifton – and then I get to shag Ben gym at least three times a week. Now I’m from A1! And have you seen Beverley Callard in in my forties it does get harder, which those trousers? That woman has some brilliant means you’ve just got to be extra vigilant pins on her – I can’t stop looking at them!’ and look after yourself a little bit more.’


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