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Brian Dowling: I was so fearful to come out as gay because of my religion

Gallery: ‘I’m attracted… to people!’ The stars who have come out as LGBTQ+ in 2022 (BANG Showbiz)He said: "I was so fearful. I was brought up Catholic. I still say that I am Catholic, I don't go to church that often and we sadly lost my mum in 2018 and I suppose the fact that she's not here anymore has made me question my faith.
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'You're from Watford!' Spice Girls’ Geri Horner accused of 'going all posh' by Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh, 69, has claimed Geri Horner, 49, has “gone all posh” since her Spice Girls days.The Irish media personality insinuated the singer wasn’t always “very posh” based on the fact that she is originally “from Watford”. Louis opened up about the various TV stints throughout his career to friend and former colleague Kate Thornton, 49, last week. The pair spoke about his time managing boybands and appearing on ITV’s The X Factor on Kate’s podcast White Wine Question Time.Reflecting on his X Factor days, Louis insisted: “It was never in my dreams to be on TV.”Kate, who used to host the show, replied: “But you did Popstars: The Rivals before that…”Popstars: The Rivals was a talent show on ITV in late 2002 that helped make the group Girls Aloud one of the biggest girl bands in the UK. It was the second UK series of the international Popstars franchise, which previously saw the formation of winning group Hear'Say, featuring the likes of Myleene Klass and Kym Marsh.Speaking about Popstars: The Rivals, Louis confirmed he had appeared on the show “with Pete Waterman and Geri Halliwell, who's now gone all posh”.“Have you seen her?” Louis continued cheekily.
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'Didn't think I would have one!' Fern Britton addresses 'problems' she had conceiving
Fern explained: "No! Had a few problems but the twins are IVF and that's wonderful and they are nearly 29 and doing their thing."They're great boys. Actually, I'm very proud of them."My girls are ones who just turned 25 and the little one is 21 in August and they are having a wonderful time."The little one lives with me."Fern was married to her first husband Clive Jones from 1988 until 1998, during which she had two boys, Jack and Harry, conceived through IVF.The couple also had a daughter, Grace.She began dating TV chef Phil Vickery in 2000 and the pair wanted a child, and their daughter Winnie arrived in 2001.Earlier this year Fern discussed her problems with IVF to fellow presenter Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time.She exclaimed: "Anyone who has been through IVF knows about those drugs and the enormity of building your hopes and dashing them, it’s extreme."Grace was my miracle baby, but then unfortunately my marriage broke up when she was five months [old]."So that was a tricky one so I had a year of really digging deep, but then a year later I met Phil."We were married after a year so that was two years since Gracie was born."And then the last chance saloon, I always say it’s late night shopping just before the doors close, Winnie arrived."So that was exciting and then we had Winnie."Unfortunately, Fern announced her split from Phil in January 2020 in a joint statement.It read: "After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways.
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EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt quits alcohol and loses three stone amid health issue
EastEnders and most recently took part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! The actor has revealed in a new interview that he was told by doctors he needed to give up drinking after he suffered a stomach issue, which pushed him to shed an incredible three stone.Adam admitted in his interview that due to his drinking habits his "liver was taking a hammering", leading doctors to give him a stern warning.He said: "I went into hospital with a stomach issue and they pointed out my liver was probably taking a bit of a hammering."They said, 'Look, give your liver a rest for six weeks, we’ll do some tests'.Then Covid happened and six weeks became 12 weeks."And I thought, 'Do you know what — I’ve cracked this, I don’t miss it, I'm better off without it'."He continued: "With giving up alcohol, the weight drops off and because the weight drops off it was earlier to cycle, so it was easier to stay fit", Adam told The Sun.The former EastEnders star did however admit that this doesn't mean he will be giving up booze forever, but at the moment he is "quite happy not drinking".Recently, Adam slammed EastEnders bosses for turning Ian Beale into a "sociopath" on the show.He claimed that due to this, his character had become "very unpopular" due to his "rude" ways.Adam joined the soap in 1985 and quit in January last year.Ian hit rock bottom on the soap in 2020 when he split from his long-term wife Jane, played by Laurie Brett.Speaking to Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time, Adam admitted: "The character evolved. If you think back in the 80s, he was a spotty, teenage kid."He was getting bullied at school, his dad wanted him to do boxing."It's been a very, very long journey.
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'Who knows how long it'll go on for?' Richard Madeley unsure over GMB future amid backlash
Good Morning Britain guest host Richard Madeley has revealed that he isn't sure about his future on the popular ITV show.The star's comment came following the backlash he faced after an interview he conducted about an oil protest which was slammed as "patronising".In a new interview, the star, 65, spoke about working with his wife Judy Finnegan on their projects and running their Book Club and podcast.The TV personality went on to reflect on his solo work, which at the moment sees him guest host on GMB with Susanna Reid.However, Richard candidly admitted that he isn't sure how long he'll last on the programme.He said: "But in terms of what I do on my own, which at the moment is Good Morning Britain, although who knows how long that'll go on for."I'm doing it month to month at the moment and I'm very happy to."I quite like operating at that level, I've had my main career curve," he revealed.Richard went on: "I'm not seeking some huge career arc, we'll see what happens."But I enjoy it, I enjoy doing it," he said to Kate Thornton on her podcast, White Wine Question Time.He went on to gush over Judy for "understanding" what he's talking about when he returns home after a day at the GMB studio.It comes after the star's comments about a recent interview with climate activist Miranda Wheelan were met with backlash.Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker shared a tweet from Greenpeace which condemned the "shocking" interview as well as Richard's interviewing skills.Gary told his 8.4 million followers: "Seeing the interview in its entirety is sickening, but at the same time the bullying & patronising nature of it is getting plenty of coverage for what is the most crucial time for our future existence on this planet.“Only one
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Richard Madeley admits he and Judy Finnigan are now ‘semi-detached’ after TV exit decision
Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley, 65, has opened up about how his relationship with wife Judy Finnigan, 73, has adapted now that they no longer work together on TV projects. The couple rose to fame as an on-screen double act, after fronting their Channel 4 show, Richard & Judy, together for eight years.They previously hosted This Morning as a duo for a decade.However, despite their successes as a pair, Judy recently decided to take a step back from the spotlight, leaving Richard to continue his presenting career on ITV without her.Despite them moving down different paths professionally, Richard and Judy have now clarified, during a new interview on Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast, that they have not grown apart in their marriage.Richard compared their relationship to being “semi-detached”, explaining that although they seem to spend less time together in the eyes of the public, they are still close behind-the-scenes.When quizzed on how they’ve managed to stay together personally after working more separately, Judy explained: “We are incredibly close, we always have been.”She continued: “Obviously, I think working together for so long has bonded us more tightly than if we had two completely separate jobs.“I think the thing is, when you’re a presenting a show like the kind that we presented, it’s very instinctive, you’re doing interviews all the time.”Judy explained she believes working with Richard helped them to develop “an extra telepathic muscle” in their relationship. She added: “By the time I decided I’d had enough, you and I were something completely different anyway, it just didn’t matter, it didn’t make any difference at all.“When you go and do GMB, I’m still here in bed, I’m happy
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Holly Willoughby shares sneak peek at daughter Belle's epic birthday party inside £3million home
This Morning star Holly Willoughby has shared a rare snap of her daughter Belle, who celebrated her 11th birthday on Thursday.MORE: Holly Willoughby rocks a jumpsuit that is total snow bunny vibesTaking to her Instagram account, the ITV star posted a glorious sun-kissed photo of Belle who could be seen facing away from the camera whilst standing on a boat.WATCH: The trailer for Holly's new show Freeze the FearCaptioning the image, Holly wrote: "Happy birthday beautiful Belle… we love you so much… let’s see what 11 brings…"READ: Holly Willoughby inundated with messages about new series - see her reactionSEE: Holly Willoughby looks ultra-chic in ski gear on secret holidayFriends and fans including Kate Thornton inundated the star's post with birthday wishes, Belle celebrated the exciting milestone with an epic sleepover party inside the family's £3million London home.Holly shared the sunset snap with her 7.7 million followersThe celebration was an extravagant one and Holly gave followers a small glimpse into the celebrations whilst she thanked company Teepee Vibe Tribe, who arranged an incredible sleepover kit for the occasion.The fabulous kit included a stunning pink tepee, complete with fairy lights, a collection of pink cushions, a pink sippy cup, a writing set, and a stylish white hamper for the event.Taking to her Instagram earlier this week, Holly impressed followers after her appearance on new TV series Freeze the Fear which started on Tuesday.Fans were very impressed with the new show which saw a group of celebrities undergo the lifestyle methods of ice guru Wim Hoff.
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'Hope the b*****d never comes back!' Nicki Chapman shares update on brain tumour after op
Escape to the Country presenter Nicki Chapman has told of her shock when she learnt that her brain tumour had mysteriously disappeared.Speaking on Kate Thornton's White Wine Question Time podcast, the BBC host, 55, recalled that she broke down in tears after being told that her brain tumour had vanished while she was filming the hit property programme last year.The star underwent surgery to remove the tumour in 2019, but only part of it could be removed safely.The TV personality revealed that she was filming the popular BBC property show when she received a call from her consultant.Nicki told Kate: "Back in October I was having my yearly scan with my fantastic consultant, who knows that I adore him."I tell him regularly in front of my husband how much I adore him and the NHS that looked after me and continue to look after me so well."And he rang me, and I was standing in a field, because now we do phone appointments, we don't do it face to face," she explained.Nicki went on: "So he rang me with my latest scans, and I was standing in a field and the Escape to the Country crew were moved away."I knew I was getting the call, so they moved away, and they gave me some privacy and I'm looking at all these pigs."The star continued to share that she broke down following the news, and still gets emotional now when talking about the moment.She said: "The amazing consultant rang me and said, 'The tumour, Nicki, has gone, for the moment it's disappeared'."I was sobbing and he was like, 'Nicki, Nicki', I'm like, 'No, no, no.'"She added that the medical professional was unable to explain why the brain tumour had disappeared.Nicki, who named her tumour 'Bert', went on: "I said, 'Do we know why?'"He said, 'No, these things happen'."I
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'He's a heartbreaker!' Fern Britton shares candid insight into romance with 'naughty' ex
This Morning presenter has now opened up in a new interview about her "first love" and the challenges that came with this, as he was a "heartbreaker".Fern married Clive Jones in 1988 and the couple had three children together.After the birth of their daughter, their marriage began to fall apart, leading to their divorce in 2000.Fern then met Phil Vickery and the pair became an item straight away.They had one child together, with their marriage coming to an end in 2020.However, Fern hasn't divulged many details about her dating history away from her marriages, until speaking to Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time, released last Friday, about her "first love".She said: "I was a very independent child as I only had my mother as a parent."My stepfather turned up when I was about nine or 10 I think, and then I was really launched into being a separate entity now."My mother had my stepfather and my sister was in London."Then I got into drama school to be a stage manager, which was incredible."I got in and had two wonderful years there."Fern then discussed meeting her first boyfriend during her studies and the impact this had on her.She continued: "I had a boyfriend I fell very much in love with, and he was the first person to tell me he loved me."No one else had ever mentioned that before."So I was 17/18 in love with this guy, naughty Nick."His daughters even tell him now he's a heartbreaker, which he was."There was then a small pause, before Fern continued: "And then I was off into the theatre!"Kate then burst out laughing asking Fern if that was what had really happened.Fern has had a long career in television, starting out on Breakfast Time in the 1980s.She joined mainstream national attention when she
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Kelvin Fletcher and wife Liz open up on struggle to 'find family balance' amid big move
Emmerdale actor and his family have been documenting their journey on BBC One’s Kelvin's Big Farming Adventure, but he admitted there have been struggles along the way.Speaking to journalist Kate Thornton on her podcast, White Wine Question Time, Kelvin and Liz reflected upon their lives and how they match their busy work life with their family time.Describing her husband’s personality, Liz gushed: “I love that about Kelvin.“He’s all about the family, and yes, it puts a lot of pressure on me, some of these decisions, because he has to be gone to make these moves happen for us all.“But we have to find that balance together and deep down it does get frustrating if he’s away a lot.“And we’re too busy sometimes just to have that family balance.“But at the same time, I wouldn’t change it because I wouldn’t want that same routine every single day.“I wouldn’t want that kind of 9-5 life.“That just isn’t out kind of way of life sometimes, is it?”Kelvin agreed with his wife, adding that sometimes it was necessary to take a step back to establish a balance.He compared his lifestyle to his brothers, explaining that sometimes he lacked the ability to appreciate what he had due to his ambition to chase new goals.He said: “I wish it wasn’t some days, you know?“I think my brother’s got a real structured, consistent, very content, very happy…“It’s incredible really because his aspirations… we don’t share out level of aspiration because he is very much present, very much in the moment, and just content, whereas naturally, I just chase -whether it’s a career or whatever it might be…“Not that I always want more as such but I love it and I want another one, another one.“And with that inevitably comes a lack of ability to be present and see
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'No job' Fern Britton claims she faced the 'sack' on This Morning after giving birth
ITV's This Morning had threatened her with the sack if she didn't return to work shortly after giving birth. At the time, Fern was the Friday host of the ITV show alongside John Leslie, but following Judy Finnigan's and Richard Madeley's departure, she had been promoted to the main presenter role, shortly after negotiating her return to work.The 64-year-old spoke candidly on the White Wine Question Time podcast hosted by Kate Thornton today.Fern said that an unnamed male producer told her to return to her presenting role two weeks after giving birth "or there's no job for you".She said that as a mother-of-four the presenter told managers at ITV that at the age of 44 she couldn't just "turn up" so soon after having a baby.The small-screen star claimed that she was told by one male producer "my wife was driving after two weeks" and warned that if she didn't show up she would not have a job anymore.Fern's then-husband Phil Vickery, and father to their daughter Winnie, was also working at ITV as a chef.Speaking on the podcast, Fern said: "It was when Richard and Judy had left, I was pregnant, she [Winnie] was due in September and the show went off air as it used to for the summer and then my boss said 'well you've got to come back.'"I said 'well she's going to be born in September and you go on air in September.
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Holly Willoughby wows with lookalike sister Kelly on fun night out
Holly Willoughby stepped out with her lookalike sister Kelly at a glamorous launch event for the This Morning star's lifestyle brand Wylde Moon on Wednesday - and they looked closer than ever!READ: Loved Holly Willoughby's white suit? Here's how to get the lookThe pair wowed guests, with Holly wearing a white trouser-suit and statement spotted heels while sister Kelly stunned in a beautiful blue floral dress. WATCH: Holly Willoughby shares sneak peek at her Wylde Moon x Kirstie Le Marque jewellery collaboration The chic event was hosted at the infamous London Coliseum in collaboration with the English National Opera (ENO) and celebrated the launch of a brand-new perfume for the brand.READ: Holly Willoughby takes her three children to first work event – 'it's a unique night'RELATED: Holly Willoughby stuns with ultra glamorous transformation on Dancing on IceAccording to the Wylde Moon website: "The ENO has been a passion of Holly's for over a decade and this dream partnership was dreamt up during a conversation with friends at a wedding." Kelly joined her sister Holly at the launchThe elegant event was soundtracked by critically acclaimed music legend Andy Bell who performed and created a piece for the event called The Wild, inspired by Puccini's La Boheme.A-list friends of the blonde beauty came out in support of her launch.
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'Pretty overwhelming and a little bit daunting' Kelvin Fletcher dishes on huge life change
Emmerdale star took the plunge last year and moved to the countryside with his family to delve into country living.He and his wife, Liz Marsland, are now settled into their new lifestyle after moving from Manchester to a farm in the Peak District back in February 2021.The couple, who share two children and have twins on the way, show the ins and outs of living on a farm on BBC One’s Kelvin's Big Farming Adventure.However, the move was not smooth sailing in the beginning, with Kelvin admitting it was a “pretty overwhelming” decision to take.Speaking to journalist Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time, Kelvin explained why the huge move seemed “a little bit daunting”.Kate said she was three episodes into the couple’s programme and was “staggered” by their “naivety” when it came to the great outdoors.Amid laughs, Kelvin responded: “Makes for good TV though, eh?”Kate went on: “[I thought,] ‘Obviously he knows loads about farming after doing 20 years on Emmerdale…’“No, you didn’t! Did you?”Kelvin confessed: “Not a thing, not a thing.“I think the whole programme was a year in the making, from deciding to take the plunge and move out into the countryside, move to a farm…“It kind off organically developed from there, so with no real desire to go and become farmers.“It was just a case of a new change, you know, a new way of life, living in the countryside that happened to be buying a farm.“And then once we kind of got there and got a quick introduction into farming we just thought, ‘well, maybe we could try this… we’ll start small and we’ll go from there.’“So, as the programme shows, you know, we were so green…“I knew very, very little but I just thought I’d learn on the job, that kind of didn’t scare me because I
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'I will take it!' Kelvin Fletcher’s wife Liz reacts as she’s compared to Amanda Owen
BBC show, Kelvin Fletcher's Big Farming Adventure has been a massive hit, with his wife Liz reacting in a new interview to being compared to Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen.The former soap actor was followed by BBC cameras during his first few months working the land as he got to grips with his new career, with the six part series airing on TV at the moment.Kelvin and his family can be seen learning how to shear sheep, drive a tractor and tend to the land on their farm near the Peak District.He and Liz spoke about the show with Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time: Kelvin Fletcher & Liz Marsland.In the episode, released last Friday, Kate said: "I tell you what else I've noticed that's happened."Liz, tell me if you've felt the vibes, but I mentioned to a couple of people this week that we were chatting."Obviously, people are able to follow your adventures on BBC every week with the show."Men started swooning, a bit like they did with Amanda the Shepherd.She continued: "There was a lot of 'oh my god that Liz, she's amazing.'"Liz can be heard in hysterics at the comparison, as she remarked: "Is there?"Kate replied: "It's like you're a country pillar."Liz, shocked still giggling, said: "I haven't seen it."Kate continued: "Maybe it's because you live in the middle of nowhere surrounded by sheep."Liz, talking to her husband, said: "Kelvin, you better watch out."I mean I will take it.
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Amanda Holden celebrates 51st birthday with lookalike daughter Lexi on lavish family trip to Dubai
as she celebrated her birthday. Touching noses with her eldest as they smiled broadly at one another, Amanda captioned the snap: ‘My girl’. Her friends and fans were quick to point out the similarities between the two, with Kate Thornton writing: ‘Two peas in a pod x.’Ashley Roberts simply commented: ‘Stunning’ while a fan added: ‘Like mother like daughter.’Amanda also shared a video clip with both Lexi and her youngest, Hollie, 10, as the little one collapsed into giggles while being tickled by her mother, telling her followers: ‘My babies #familytime.’Amanda, her daughters and her husband Chris Hughes, 48, have been making the most of their getaway to Dubai – avoiding the cold weather and storms in the UK. She posed in a feathered minidress on the side of a bathtub with her multicoloured balloons in the shapes of stars and hearts as she added: ‘Birthday celebrations continue.’Amanda’s birthday was made extra special by the lavish hotel where the family is staying, where staff laid out the words ‘Happy Birthday’ in leaves and flowers on her bed to mark the occasion. She had also been presented with a chocolate cake with her name on it before revealing she was toasting her birthday with a cocktail in a champagne flute while rocking a red bikini in the sunshine. Amanda Holden looks unreal in stunning pictures as she turns 51Britain's Got Talent 2022: First look at judges filming brand-new auditionsAmanda Holden 'raging at Simon Cowell' over X-rated joke at Britain's Got Talent auditionsIt wasn’t all relaxing, however, as the family were also seen taking part in adventurous sports, with Amanda and Hollie flying into the air as they went parasailing together.She joked: ‘HRH [Hollie] and me.
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