Emma McVey takes baby Primrose for walk in rare outing amid her ill health after opening up on ‘depression’

Gaz Beadle’s fiancee Emma McVey shared a gorgeous video on her Instagram story of little daughter Primrose sleeping soundly in her pram while snuggled up in a pink blanket as she brought her for a walk.

Emma, 27, was clearly delighted to be heading on an outing with her five week old baby girl, after she has spent time in hospital since her birth.

Emma, who also has son Chester with former Geordie Shore star Gaz, wrote on her video: “We made it out of the house today!”

  • Emma McVey appeals for advice on baby daughter Primrose’s illness as she remains in hospital

  • Emma McVey reveals 'depression' over baby Primrose's health: 'all I’ve done is watch my babies suffer in pain'

The day before as she responded to fans who have been left concerned about baby Primrose, Emma said she wanted to be “totally honest and open” when discussing what has happened with her daughter.

Sharing a snap of Primrose laying on her chest while in hospital, Emma opened up on feeling depressed after watching her little girl “suffer in pain”.

Alongside the image she wrote: “This was one night in hospital thinking will this ever end, and to be honest I still can’t answer that. I’ve had so many of you asking if Primrose is better, honestly I can’t answer that.”

“The botox has helped drastically there is no denying that, but she is still on laxatives, still suffering with acid reflux and medication morning and night. We haven’t had a settled 24 hours yet so I don’t want to say yes or no but she is doing a lot better than the day this photo was taken.

“Instagram doesn’t show you many lows especially with babies, everyone shows the perfect baby photos, and I can’t be the only mum thinking ‘I wish my baby was that settled chilling in a rocker or on their side by me’.”

Emma added that her first-born Chester was “absolutely horrendous” when he was born, after suffering with CMPA (Cow’s Milk Allergy) and acid reflux.

She explained: “We could never put him down and he had to sleep on us. Primrose is even worse and I know I’ll barely be able to put her down for longer than 5 minutes for the next months, but looking at Chester I see why 6 months of hell was so worth it.

“I’ll be brutally honest, I can say I HATE the newborn stage. All I’ve done is watch my babies suffer in pain and scream a good 10/24 hours.

"Acid reflux, allergies, gagging, choking, suppositories up their bum, cramping, laxatives, the list goes on…when they should realistically be peacefully sleeping most of the time.”

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  • Gaz Beadle and Emma McVey back at hospital with baby daughter Primrose and ‘praying for answers’ from tests

Revealing how the illnesses of both of her children have affected her, Emma added: “I’ve felt depressed and I now have the worst anxiety, I cry a lot and say I really don’t think I can get through it this time which is why I haven’t really known what to say to anyone at the minute.

“Sorry for the essay, but I’ve had so many messages and I wanted to be totally honest and open with my response. things can only get better.”

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Welcome to 2020! A new year means new chances, but a new decade? Yeah, it’s definitely time to make some big moves. For many of us, that means starting a new health and wellness journey. We know that’s the case for Us, but the same even goes for former Olympians!

To start 2020 off right, Shawn Johnson is putting her “best food forward” with Home Chef. The retired Olympian may have four gold medals and a Dancing With the Stars win under her belt, but her newfound motherhood may be the most rewarding — and the most challenging — adventure she’s faced yet!

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Raising her adorable daughter, Drew Hazel, means a huge lifestyle change for Johnson. She and husband Andrew East don’t always have time to shop for and prepare healthy meals anymore. That’s why they’re turning to Home Chef, a weekly meal kit service that helps them avoid bland, greasy dinners without ever compromising on taste or quality!

With our exclusive code, you can save big on your very own Home Chef meals, which you can customize to your liking, whether it’s to fit your dietary needs or to double up on proteins. There are also no-prep meal options that can be prepared in as little as five minutes, regardless of your skill level, and that’s seriously music to our ears. ”The newborn runs the house,” Johnson admits. “You can go twelve hours and realize all of a sudden you haven’t eaten all day. Home Chef is the miracle we needed. It’s the only way we eat anymore!”

Whether you’re looking to cut carbs, try out lower-calorie meals or simply eat more vegetables, Home Chef has so many meals you’re going to love. “The great thing about Home Chef is you can be as health conscious as you want to be,” East says. They’re so easy to make too, so even brand new parents like Johnson and East can totally keep the stress out of the kitchen!

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Curious about some of the options you can choose from? Right now, we’re eyeing the Huli-Huli Salmon Bowl, a customer favorite. The Garlic Salsa Steak Tacos also sound incredible. Vegetarian? The Tuscan Tomato Flatbread and Cashew Tofu both look simply divine!

With Home Chef, there is always something new and fun to try so you won’t end up defaulting to ramen dinners five days a week. We love how everything is portioned out perfectly too. Plus, it’s great for planning out meals in advance so you never become “hangry” after a long day when you come home and can’t find anything to eat!

Everything about using Home Chef is easy. You can pick out your meals online or on the app in no time, you are able to see what they’ll look like how they’re prepared in advance. Then, of course, the cooking itself is fast, with clear directions and fresh, pre-portioned ingredients!

With Home Chef at her side, it’s looking like Johnson might just be beginning the best year of her life. She has the cutest, happiest and healthiest little family ever, and we can’t wait to see what she cooks up next — literally!

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Kobe Bryant Honored in Emotional Tribute by Lamar Odom

The entire world is still reeling in horror and shock at the sudden, tragic death of Kobe Bryant and eight others, including his young daughter.

Lamar Odom was one of those who knew the NBA legend best, and has written a lengthy, emotional tribute to his dearly departed friend.

Like all of Kobe’s loved ones and fans, his former teammate Lamar Odom is still in shock — and a bit of denial — after his horrifying helicopter crash.

Lamar is looking over his history with Kobe and wrote a tribute to his beloved friend and personal inspiration.

“These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship,” Lamar begins.

“He taught me so many things in life that were necessary,” he writes, “on and off the court.”

“On the court,” Lamar shares, “he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time.”

“How to make winning my ultimate goal,” he explains.

“Off the court,” Lamar writes, “he taught me to sign my own checks lol.”

It’s hard to laugh about a late friend — or about money management — but Lamar will always be grateful for that important lesson.

“Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss,” Lamar acknowledges.

“But the only loss I can compare this to,” he expresses, “is when I lost my son.”

Those are extremely powerful words.

“Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son,” Lamar reflects, “it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother.”

“I’m glad I got to be the [yin] to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned,” Lamar wrote directly to Kobe. “It was my pleasure.”

“I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news,” he laments.

“I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive,” Lamar expresses.

“Somehow,” he fantasizes, “he would have jumped out and landed on his feet.”

“I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging,” Lamar writes, “and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest.”

“Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol,” he recalls.

“You think watching him play was crazy,” Lamar says, “you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice.”

“I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!!” he exclaims.

“I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report,” Lamar confesses. “No way God took my brother this early.”

“I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself,” he acknowledges.

“When I went through that Coma situation,” Lamar says, “if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe.”

He admits: “I would have rather that happened.”

“In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym!” Lamar announces.

He also gives a shout-out to Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, who also died in the horrific crash, writing: “Gigi gone give you buckets!!!!”

“I love you brother,” Lamar’s post concludes.

As before, our thoughts are with the Bryant family and with the families of the other victims.

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Rebecca Gormley: Who is Love Island new girl Rebecca Gormley?

Heads may turn in tonight’s (Tuesday, January 21) episode of Love Island after the last night’s episode revealed there is going to be a new girl in the villa, just days after Eve Gale was dumped from the villa. Rebecca Gormley is the latest bombshell arrival and she has her eyes on Connagh Howard, Callum Jones and Mike Boateng in particular.

Who is Love Island new girl Rebecca Gormley?

New arrival Rebecca Gormley is a 21-years-old and from Newcastle.

Before taking the trip to the Love Island villa, Rebecca was working as a part-time model and carer.

Rebecca is the winner of Miss Newcastle in 2018 and last year, she came sixth in the Miss England competition.

She described herself as the perfect Islander because she is “fun, loud and outgoing.”

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Rebecca also said: “I’m fearless and spontaneous!”

The model rates herself as an 8.5 or a 9 on the looks scale.

Rebecca’s celebrity crush is Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades of Grey, describing him as a “man who knows what he wants.”

She added: “I like a ‘Jack the lad’. He’s got to be the centre of attention easy to get along with, and someone who gets involved with the chat.”

Going into the villa she has her eyes on Connagh, Callum and Mike. 

However, all three boys are currently coupled up with Sophie Piper, Shaughna Phillips and Leanne Amaning respectively.

When asked how far she would be prepared to go in the villa to get the guy she wants, Rebecca said: “As far as I need to go.”

She added: “I need to chat to them. I haven’t seen enough of them to know how I’m going to approach it.

“I like funny guys, so I’m thinking making the guy laugh is a tick in the box.


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“But no smooth moves, I’ll just be myself.”

She revealed her worst habit is sometimes giving the wrong impression.

She explained: “[My worst habit is] looking people up and down and not realising.

“I give the wrong impression but I’m usually just checking out what they’re wearing!


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Who are the current Love Island 2020 couples?

The first Love Island recoupling took place on Friday, January 17.

Sadly, this meant Eve was dumped from the villa after Nas Majeed chose to couple up with her twin sister, Jess, instead.

Friday’s episode also saw the arrival of new boys Connagh and Finlay Tapp, who got to choose first which girl they coupled up with.

Connagh’s decision to pick Sophie has led to tensions in the villa, particularly between him and Connor Durman, who Sophie was originally in a couple with.

Here is a look at the current Love Island couples:

  • Finlay and Paige
  • Connagh and Sophie
  • Mike and Leanne
  • Callum and Shaughna
  • Connor and Siannise [friendship couple]
  • Nas and Jess

Love Island 2020 continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV2

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Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Rescue the Grammys With Electric Youth

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X were the twin superheroes of Grammy Night 2020, with her green hair and his pink cowboy hat as signs of electric youth. Billie swept the top prizes. It was so poetic to see her accept the Best New Artist award from Alicia Keys — since Alicia won Best New Artist the year Billie was born. And it was poignant to see Smokey Robinson, America’s greatest living songwriter, embrace Billie with a warm hug when she won Song of the Year for “Bad Guy.” It felt like he was passing her the torch. Smokey had his first Motown chart hit in 1959 — the year Billie’s mom was born. It was called “Bad Girl.”

Billie and Lil Nas X did the Grammys a huge favor just by showing up: The Academy needs their “newness” more than they need the trophies. “Let me be honest with y’all — it’s been a hell of a week,” host Alicia Keys said at the start. “Real talk, there’s been a lot going on.” You don’t say, Alicia. The Grammys this year took place under a cloud of scandal, not to mention the shocking death of Kobe Bryant just a few hours before showtime. The Recording Academy is imploding amid accusations of rigged voting, sexual harassment, racist bias, fraud, and corruption. You can’t blame her for sounding desperate for inspo as Music’s Biggest Night began. “It’s a new decade,” she declared. “It’s time for newness. And we refuse the negative energy. We refuse the old systems. You feel me on that?”

You want newness? You got it. Eilish accepted her awards with her usual sullen charm, saying, “This is my brother Finneas, and he’s my best friend.” On winning Album of the Year, she said, “Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?” Her sibling/producer Finneas O’Connell added, “We stand up here confused and grateful.” (He also thanked his “girlfriend” and — full disclosure — that broke a couple hearts in my circle of friends.) They performed a fantastic “When the Party’s Over” — just two kids, a piano, and a killer song they wrote in their bedrooms. It was enough to crush everybody else’s smoke machines and anono-dancers.

Lil Nas X seized his big coronation moment with the night’s music highlight in “Old Town Road”: one of the splashiest and best Grammy performances ever, riding with BTS, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, and the original Nas. When he and BTS got wiggly while belting “Seoul Town Road,” it was a blast of unbridled joy and exuberance — the kind of raw emotion that pop music is supposed to be all about. And to think that this time last year, he was just a broke nobody crashing on his sister’s couch. Like Eilish, he gave a jolt of teen spirit, badly needed on a night when the Grammy honchos were so bored they tossed a Best Rock Album nomination to the Cranberries. Also, they couldn’t even spell Ric Ocasek’s name right in the In Memoriam tribute, calling him “Rick.” (It’s a three-letter name!) You couldn’t miss the contrast: the corrupt old establishment vs. the idealistic new kids.

Of course, the whole night was touched by the grief over Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Alicia Keys paid tribute, with Boyz II Men reprising the Cooley High funeral song, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Lizzo began the show by declaring, “Tonight is for Kobe!” then doing an amazing medley of “‘Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts,” complete with a Sasha Flute solo. When she won for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts,” she gave an eloquently emotional speech, saying, “You guys create beautiful music. You guys create connectivity.”

The night’s biggest disaster: The Prince tribute, which ended up in the same “how did this happen?” crater as last year’s Jennifer Lopez Motown tribute. Usher sang three Prince hits, while the genius FKA Twigs got reduced to a backup pole dancer. What could have been less Prince-like? The Purple One always wanted the women-not-girls who ruled his world to sing. Always. He wanted Vanity to sing. He wanted Apollonia to sing. He wanted Wendy and Lisa and Sheila and Sheena to sing. He begged Cat to rap. Nothing bored Prince like the sound of men singing.

And FKA Twigs just released her masterpiece Magdalene, exactly the kind of mega-ambitious, turbo-emotional, art-damaged heartbreak soul Prince lived for. It would have made much more sense for her to sing a few Prince songs and let Usher do the dancing. (Why didn’t she sing “Adore”? Or “International Lover?” “Anna Stesia”?) What a humiliation (although she says it was her choice not to sing). Especially after last year, with its brilliant Prince tributes: Janelle Monáe’s “Make You Feel” and Dua Lipa’s throwdown with St. Vincent.

The Keys stoner-mom mojo started to flow early when she sat at the piano for a rambling introduction, borrowing her tune from Lewis Capaldi. True to form, she taught us all a few valuable lessons: “Music changes the world/Like Beethoven said/Old dude in a wig/But I still give him some cred.”

Aerosmith played, but the best you can say is Post Malone didn’t show. For all of us who love the Bad Boys from Boston, part of their mystique is their tireless self-sabotage — these guys are always breaking up, as rock & roll’s longest-running dysfunctional family. They’re currently battling with drummer Joey Kramer, who allegedly isn’t up to their standards. (Breaking news: The band that released Night in the Ruts has standards.) All week they beefed with Kramer about whether he was allowed anywhere near their MusiCares Person of the Year tribute — then at the Friday concert, Kramer appeared arm-in-arm with Steven Tyler: A classic Aerosmith mess — it’s why we love them.

Sadly, the band wasn’t in shape to play last night, flubbing — of all songs — “Livin’ on the Edge,” a justly forgotten drag that flopped even worse than it did at the 1993 VMAs. As Beavis and Butt-Head put it: “These guys live on the edge … of Wuss Cliff!” Instead of salvaging the moment with a blast of “Toys in the Attic” or “Rag Doll” or “Sick as a Dog,” they dragged out Run-D.M.C. for the umpteenth godawful rehash of their 1986 novelty-hit remake of “Walk This Way.” Honestly, this should have been retired the night they sang it with Britney at the Super Bowl. It was downright depressing to see sworn enemies Run and D.M.C. onstage. Finally, Run and Darryl get back together … and it’s for this? A sad moment for both groups, who deserve to be honored for literally anything else in their careers besides this fluke duet they blew off in a few hours in 1986. (See Geoff Edgers’ book Walk This Way for the fascinating and horrifying history of how this hit resurrected Aerosmith but completely destroyed Run-D.M.C.)

Rosalía did a flamenco-style “Juro Que” and “Malamente” — like so much this Barcelona provocadora does, it evoked the great tradition of Spain’s radical Eighties New Wave scene. (Alaska y Dinarama walked so Rosalía could run.) Tyler, the Creator put on a special-effects blitz with Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson, while H.E.R. and Gary Clark Jr. brought the old-school guitar heroics. Bonnie Raitt sang “Angel from Montomery” to John Prine, an intimate acoustic moment. Tanya Tucker, a first-time winner at 61, did an awesomely weathered version of “Bring My Flowers Now” with Brandi Carlile — like the Georgia sun, it was blood red and going down. Carlile added, “And now for something completely different” — her shout out to the late Terry Jones?

The Nipsey Hussle tribute featured John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, and YG. Also, some rando wandered onstage and started screaming about a friend of his named “DJ Khaled,” who’s apparently quite awesome. Sharon Osbourne pronounced Khaled’s name wrong, just before he won Best Rap/Sung Performance — but don’t worry, he shouted it a few times. Demi Lovato sang her new “Anyone,” her first Grammy appearance since she did the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” three years ago. Camila Cabello dedicated “First Man” to her dad, while Ariana Grande subtly revised “Thank U, Next” to de-salt her own paternal reference, changing the lyrics to: “I’ll be thanking my dad, cause he’s kinda awesome.” Yet again, we all grow from her drama.

Taylor Swift bailed at the last minute, shrewdly picking her spots as always and realizing this was a chump gig. The fact that Lover barely got mentioned gave new resonance to the fact that “The Man” is the next single. Smokey Robinson deserved a do-over after having to witness last year’s Motown debacle, so it was a joy to hear him casually croon “My Girl” and “Being With You” at the podium with Little Big Town. Hey, should we mention Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton? Naaah. Longtime Grammy impresario Ken Erhlich decided to call in a few chits on his way to retirement and torment some stars by making them sing a deep cut from the 1980 movie Fame. Arm-twist victims including Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, and Common squirmed for six or seven (honestly, it felt like 18) minutes. It was everything the Billie and Lil Nas X performances weren’t — and a perfect metaphor for any decadent bloat you might suspect in the Grammy establishment.

The In Memoriam loop had a gracious tribute to the New Orleans trio of Dave Bartholomew, Art Neville, and Dr. John, which led to Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue paying respects second-line style with the Preservation Hall Brass Band. They left David Berman out of the memorial reel, a shock to Silver Jews and Purple Mountains fans. But truth be told, DCB wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. (Though with his sense of humor, he would have loved that people were arguing about it.) His lifelong friend and bandmate Bob Nastanovich’s reaction: “Thank goodness.” Even more shockingly, they forgot Robert Hunter — the Grateful Dead just won a Grammy last year. Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there.

Neil Peart got honored in the In Memoriam loop, a year after Travis Scott rocked the 2019 Grammys wearing a Rush Counterparts tour T-shirt. Just a couple of weeks after his death, it still felt like a shock to see the Professor there. But then, it’d be a shock to see Neil Peart anywhere near the Grammys. The great man’s words have never rung truer: Glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity. Duh.

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Workers who get made redundant see pension pots fall by 40% compared to luckier colleagues – The Sun

MIDDLE-aged workers who get made redundant are suffering 40 per cent smaller pension pots compared to luckier colleagues.

Brits aged 39-54 who have suffered compulsory redundancy have average pensions savings of £120,634 – £81,383 less than those who haven't had the career setbacks, according to research.

Those affected by voluntary redundancy do better, amassing average pension pots of £138,834, compared to £178,329 for those who haven't experienced it.

The survey by financial technology firm Dunstan Thomas was based on responses from 2,000 adults.

Compulsory redundancy has the second biggest impact on savings levels after earnings, it found.

Roughly 42 per cent of Brits in the age group have been forced out of a job at least once, and 4 per cent have experienced this four or more times in their careers.

Meanwhile, 21 per cent have taken voluntary redundancy at least once, and 3 per cent four or more times.

How to make up the shortfall in pension savings

If you've been made redundant during your career and you're worried about retirement, remember that you don't have to use a pension plan to save cash.

Naturally, you'll miss out on auto-enrolment contributions by losing your job.

But if you received a redundancy pay-off then it's worth saving this somewhere accessible, for example an Isa, Adrian Boulding, Dunstan Thomas' director of retirement strategy, told The Sun.

He added: "Then if you need to spend it to cover the gap until your next job you can, but if you get another job quickly, you can mentally label that Isa as part of your retirement savings."

You should also be aware that many employers operate a "last in, first out" policy, so you're at greater risk when you start a new job if the firm runs into difficulties.

Mr Boulding recommends you to save some of the new salary in a flexible account that you can dip into short-term if needed.

Alternatively, if things do go well at your new job, you can leave it long-term for retirement.

Last but not least, you could open a Lifetime Isa, Mr Boulding said.

This lets you save up to £4,000 per year and pays out a bonus of 25 per cent (up to a maximum of £32,000) towards retirement once you're over the age of 60.

Just keep in mind that you can only open one if you're aged 18 to 39, and if you want early access you'll pay a 25 per cent penalty on the amount withdrawn.

The top account is currently offered by Moneybox, which offers 1.4 per cent on your savings.

Check out our round-up of the best accounts here.

Women are £106k worse off than men at retirement due to lower paid jobs and part-time work.

While young workers are missing out on savings up to £20,000 towards retirement due to a delay in government pension reforms.

Pension savers could miss out on thousands of pounds by not letting their provider know they when they plan to retire.

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Led Zeppelin Live Aid DISASTER: Phil Collins on Jimmy Page spat ‘I could have walked off’

In 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died following a night of binge drinking. The 32-year-old had tragically choked on his own vomit while asleep. Following Bonham’s death, Led Zeppelin disbanded but reunited in 1985 for Live Aid with both Tony Thompson and Phil Collins on the drums.

Playing at the JFK Stadium concert in Philadelphia, the short set was something of a disaster due to a lack of rehearsal by Thompson and Collins, Jimmy Page’s guitar being out of tune, Robert Plant having somewhat lost his voice.

Now Collins has opened up about his team-up with Led Zeppelin, including arguments with Page and almost walking off stage.

Speaking with Classic Rock, the 68-year-old said: “By the time I got there, me and Robert and Jimmy playing together had become The Second Coming Of Led Zeppelin – John Paul Jones was there too.

“Jimmy says, ‘We need to rehearse.’ And I said,: ‘Can’t we just go on stage and have a play?’”


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The Genesis drummer continued: “So I didn’t rehearse when I got there, but I listened to Stairway To Heaven on Concorde.

“I arrived and went to the caravans, and Robert said, ‘Jimmy Page is belligerent.’

“Page says, “‘We’ve been rehearsing!’ And I said, ‘I saw your first gig in London, I know the stuff!’ He says, ‘Alright, how does it go, then?’

“So I sort of… [mimes the Stairway To Heaven drum part], and Page says, ‘No, it doesn’t! It doesn’t go like that.’”

Collins added: “So I had a word with [co-drummer] Tony Thompson – cos I’ve played as two drummers a lot and it can be a train wreck – and I say, ‘Let’s stay out of each other’s way and play simple.’

“Thompson, rest his soul, had rehearsed for a week, and I’m about to steal his thunder – the famous drummer’s arrived! – and he kind of did what he wanted to do.

“Robert wasn’t match-fit. And if I could have walked off, I would have done, cos I wasn’t needed and I felt like a spare part.”

Asked if he could tell the Led Zeppelin reunion was going badly, Collins didn’t hold back.

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He said: “Yeah, frankly. But we’d all have been talking for thirty years about why I walked off stage if I’d done it, so I stayed there.

“Anyway, we came off, and we got interviewed by MTV.

“And Robert is a diamond, but when those guys get together a black cloud appears.

“Then Page says, ‘One drummer was halfway across the Atlantic and didn’t know the stuff.’”

Collins added: “And I got p***ed off. Maybe I didn’t know it as well as he’d like me to have done, but… I became the flagship, and it looked like I was showing off.”

Asked why he lets the criticism affect him, the drummer said: “Because you tend to beat yourself up.

“You start to think you are the things people say you are.

“I should be over that by now, but it still puts the hackles up occasionally.”

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'RHOC': Kelly Dodd Shares Shady Video of Fans Celebrating Tamra Judge, Vicki Gunvalson Demise

Kelly Dodd from The Real Housewives of Orange County has a lot to celebrate for. The Bravo star is set to marry her fiancé Rick Leventhal soon and two of her former frenemies are off RHOC. Dodd had a turbulent relationship with Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge, who both have announced they won’t be returning for season 15. After news broke, Dodd shared a video poking fun at her former co-stars’ demise.

Dodd is living life with her fiancé Leventhal and has partied throughout the weekend. As production for season 15 of RHOC ramps up, it all seems to point that Dodd will be making a comeback.

After Gunvalson and Judge announced they were retiring from the show, Dodd shared a shady video. In the clip, fans of the show celebrated that Gunvalson and Judge would not be returning and called Dodd a queen.

“Kelly Dodd is the queen of the OC,” the fans are heard yelling while toasting.

Vicki Gunvalson exits ‘RHOC’

After being demoted for season 14, Gunvalson was reportedly not asked to return to RHOC for the new season. The OG of the OC had previously stated she would only return to the TV show if she was given a full-time role again. From her announcement on Instagram, we can only assume Gunvalson was not offered her orange back and decided to walk away completely.

“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Gunvalson wrote on Instagram. “It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want [to] thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way.”

Gunvalson is not leaving media entirely as she has a podcast project that she will be launching soon.

“I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering and inspirational,” she continued. “My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop it up with Vicki. I hope you will join me on my new journey, so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget.”

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I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for “whooping it up” with me along the way. I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering and inspirational. My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on “Whoop it up with Vicki” . I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget. #bravo #rhoc #whoopitipwithvicki @westwoodone @bravo @whoopitupwithvicki

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Tamra Judge also quits

A day after Gunvalson shocked fans, Judge did the same confirming she was exiting the franchise after 12 years.

“It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People in an interview. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.”

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The publication reported that Judge was offered to appear in three episodes to wrap up her storyline but ultimately shot down the offer.

“I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years. It’s meant a lot,” she added.

Season 15 of RHOC is shaping to change completely and fans will be able to catch it this summer on Bravo.

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Royal life 'didn't compare to' what Meghan Markle was accustomed to

Meghan Markle ‘really regretted giving up’ her professional career for a royal family role which ‘didn’t compare’ to her life as a TV star, claims Queen’s biographer

  • Royal biographer claimed Meghan Markle, 38, ‘really regrets’ giving up career
  • Sally Bedell Smith said Duchess of Sussex was unhappy ‘renouncing’ her own life
  • Biographer revealed her role ‘didn’t compare with what she was accustomed to’
  • Comes after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan withdrew from royal life and duty 

The Duchess of Sussex ‘really regretted giving up’ her professional career for her royal family role which ‘didn’t compare’ to her life as a TV star, according to the Queen’s biographer.

Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies on senior royals including Princess Diana and Prince Charles, has revealed how Meghan Markle, 38, was unhappy ‘renouncing’ her former life for one in The Firm.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Sally explained: ‘It seems now that she really regrets having had to give that up, and what she was expected to do in the royal family didn’t compare with what she had been accustomed to.’

Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that from the spring Harry and Meghan will stop using their HRH titles and withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments. 

Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith has said Meghan Markle, 38, now ‘really regrets’ having had to give up her successful career before joining the royal family (pictured, the former actress starring in Suits)

Sally said there were ‘innumerable advantages and perks’ to being in the royal family, but that joining The Firm meant renouncing ‘a lot of things that may have meant a lot to you.’

She said many of those advantages were available in exchange for official duties and charitable work and an effort to dedicate oneself to the institution. 

But the royal biographer suggested that Meghan ‘may not have seen it that way’ when she married into the royal family.       

Sally said it now seems Meghan ‘really regrets’ having had to give up her professional life, while what she was expected to do as a royal couldn’t compare. 

The Queen’s biographer said Meghan’s role in the royal family ‘didn’t compare with what she had been accustomed to’ (pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan in London earlier this year) 

The Duchess appeared in US legal drama Suits as character Rachel Zane for six years but gave up her acting career when she started to date Prince Harry.

But the actress kept on her high-powered Hollywood team, including Hollywood agent Nick Collins of The Gersh Agency, to look after her future career despite marrying into the Royal Family.  

It emerged earlier this month that her Beverly Hills team are now handling lucrative film, TV and philanthropic offers and opportunities on behalf of the couple from around the world. 

Experts say that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have the potential to rake in tens of millions of dollars annually, particularly if they choose to follow in the lucrative footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama with public speaking opportunities, books, and TV deals. Additionally, Meghan could endorse fashion and beauty products. 

The biographer suggested the Duchess had been unhappy renouncing her Hollywood life to join the royal family (pictured, Meghan in 2016 visiting the Today Show before royal life) 

Last week Buckingham Palace announced that from the spring Harry and Meghan will stop using their HRH titles and withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments.

However the couple will be allowed to maintain their private patronages and associations.

They are currently staying in a Vancouver Island bolthole with their one-year-old son Archie as they continue to pursue their charity projects.   

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Gemma Collins leaves fans gobsmacked as she reveals slimmed-down glam look – The Sun

GEMMA Collins showed off her glam, slimmed-down new look as she fluttered her eyes in a sultry picture.

The former TOWIE star, 38, took to her Instagram page to highlight her dramatic make-up, which saw her peepers lined in thick black mascara and liner, in a look which completed her image re-vamp.

The GC has recently shed three stone in a dramatic lifestyle overhaul, which has also seen her ditch meat for tofu, as well as hide naughty foodie treats in the back of her car.

She enlisted the help of a make-up artist to show her slimmed down self to best effect for the stylish look, where she explained the reason for her dressing up.

She wrote: "Can’t wait to celebrate my school friends birthday tonight @makeupbybayley thank you so much 🥂"

Referring to her perfectly-made-up eyes, she added: "It’s in the eyes always in the eyes.

"Windows to your soul. 3 2 1 your under," before posting a laughing face Emoji.

Gemma's co-stars Olivia Attwood and Chloe Sims were quick to gush over her look, posting love-heart face Emoji icons.

Another fan wrote: "Yassss GC yassss."

One then posted: "Those eyes 😍 the eyes always tell a story babe x"

Another put: "You look absolutely amazing ❤️👌🏻😘enjoy tonight."

One then surmised: "Beautiful face and magic eyes."

Gemma recently told The Sun how she was stockpiling cheese and other treats in the back of her Nissan Micra to stop her eating them.

She told us: "I’ve lost three stone now and I feel better than ever.

"But Christmas is the month of temptation and it is a struggle to be good.

"I bought some beautiful cheeses and I had to put them in my car.

"At this time of year people say, ‘Oh I’ll have a mince pie’ but by the time you’ve got to Christmas Day, you’ve put on two stone.

"My car is literally full of cheese but it’s great because it’s helped me be more disciplined. I always try to have everything in moderation now."

In the past she admitted to using controversial weight loss injections, but has instead pivoted to exercising more.

She continued: "I've been using them less and have stopped taking taxis and started walking more.

"I was doing stuff for the BBC but rather than getting a car I walked."

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