Rebekah Vardy’s ex-husband denies he ‘forced’ her to do Peter Andre ‘chipolata’ interview | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Rebekah Vardy’s second husband, Steve Clark, has spoken out after his ex said in the witness box that he had “forced” her to give the infamous interview in which she discussed her alleged one-night stand with Peter Andre.

Speaking to the News Of The World in 2004, she described the singer as being “hung like a miniature chipolata” who “lasts five minutes”.

Ms Vardy was questioned about the interview by Coleen Rooney’s barrister at the libel trial at London’s High Court.

She claimed that she gave the interview when she was “forced into a situation by [her] ex-husband”.

In a new interview, her ex-husband, Steve Clark, has denied having any involvement.

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He explained that Rebekah’s comments coincided with Peter’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Steve said: “Becky said to me, ‘Oh look, I should tell them about Peter Andre’.

“I asked her why she would want to do that, and she replied that it would be a bit of money for her, and it would be funny,“ he told Mail On Sunday.

Mr Clark states that his only participation was to drive her to the interview and pick her up afterwards.

He then asked whether it was “respectful” of Peter Andre’s “right not to share this information” about their sexual encounter with a newspaper.

She replied: “I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this. It is something that I deeply regret… It is not nice to read, and I understand why this is being used and to me this is mudslinging, and I was also threatened with mudslinging by Ms Rooney’s team.”

Asked the question again, Ms Vardy said: “The circumstances around it were completely different,” and repeated that it was something she was “forced to say”.

Peter Andre has also spoken out after the interview was brought to light more than 15 years since it was first published.

Via Instagram, the Mysterious Girl singer said he has taken “hit after hit” since she made the chipolata jibe and claimed there would be “absolute outrage” had the tables been turned.

The father-of-four said: “If a man had said this about her anatomy and made up something, you can use your imagination, saying something very unflattering, there would be absolute outrage.

“But because it has been said about me it’s been the butt of all jokes. I’ve taken it for 15 years.”

Peter also apologised to his wife Emily and his children, who have “had to see and hear some not very nice things”.

He added: “It’s brought up again, the only one that sits there and takes hit after hit about it is me. I’ve been laughing about it for a while but think about how it would feel if it was the other way round, and that’s all I’m saying.”

Judi Dench’s Brexit fear-mongering YEARS after Britons cast vote on EU: ‘People worried’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Dame Judi Dench, 87, truly is a doyenne of the stage and screen, having delighted countless audiences throughout her varied 65-year career. This morning, the ten-time BAFTA winner appears on ITV’s ‘Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh’. The celebrated English actress is joined by her partner, the conservationist David Mills, as she chats to Britain’s favourite gardener about Surrey’s British Wildlife Centre, which Mills founded more than 20 years ago.

Also joining Alan at Manor Farm is singer Kim Wilde, who opens up about going back to her rock and roll roots, as well as David Domoney who will present a segment on the top garden water features, while acoustic singer Jack Savoretti performs.

As one of the nation’s best-loved actresses, Dame Judi has won critical acclaim from her 1957 professional stage debut as Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ to her steely portrayal as M in the James Bond films.

However, the thespian risked dividing opinion in January last year as she let slip her feelings about Brexit.

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has left people “worried”, the star claimed, as she chatted about ‘Blithe Spirit’, an adaptation of Noel Coward’s comedy in which she plays Madame Cecily Arcati.

Dame Judi revealed that she hoped the movie would distract audiences from UK and European politics, and said: “I hope audiences will have a lovely time and have a laugh and be transported for a bit so that they can forget the things they’re worried about, like Brexit.”

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In an interview promoting the film, she added: “Being asked to play Madame Arcati is kind of a dream come true.

“In our adaptation, she doesn’t just come in for a couple of scenes – she goes on a bit and causes even more chaos, but subsequently has a really wonderful part to play.”

Dame Judi’s intervention in the Brexit debate is not the first time she waded into politics.

In 2017, the year after Britons voted to take the nation out of the EU, the actress was grilled on her thoughts about leaving the 27-nation trading bloc.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, she appeared to voice her opposition to the EU withdrawal, after saying: “I shouldn’t even open this bag of worms.

She said: “There was opera from Italy and the ballet, there was everybody.

“Everybody was represented in Europe that evening. There was something so glorious about it.”

In what is more closely related to her profession, Dame Judi will later this month travel to Cheltenham as part of this year’s International Film Festival.

The first such live event since before the coronavirus pandemic, she will take centre stage at the Pittville Pump Room alongside celebrated British director Stephen Frears.

The pair will take part in a special Q&A session after a screening of The Queen, which won Helen Mirren an Oscar for her depiction of the Queen.

‘Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh’ airs on ITV from 10am today.

‘I don’t know’ JB Gill’s ‘big concerns’ about his JLS bandmates exposed by his mum Cynthia | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

However, his whirlwind journey was propelled partly by Cynthia, who regularly had important career discussions with her son.

She is now the face of a 2022 campaign, Talking Futures, which urges parents to discuss prospects with their children regularly to boost their chances of success.

“As parents, we have a unique opportunity to be our child’s most valuable asset at the beginning of their path to independent living,” she declared.

“We don’t always know the answers, or what to do, so having an essential resource like the new ‘Talking Futures’ website will empower parents in the quest to provide direction and advice – through regular conversations – to help their children navigate this journey.”

Parents and educators can find out more and access free resources by visiting the Talking Futures website at: https://www.talkingfutures.org.uk/

Eamonn Holmes spotted with walking stick at football match after ‘agonising’ health issues | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Eamonn Holmes, 62, was spotted among Manchester United fans at Old Trafford on Saturday as he walked towards the pitch with the aid of a walking stick. Eamonn previously opened up about his health issues which have impacted his mobility.

A video shared to social media showed the GB News presenter making his way to the ground as he clutched a black walking stick.

Eamonn was delighted to be there and mingled with Manchester United fans as he walked.

He proclaimed: “These are my people, this is what this is all about.

“There are two places that I feel really at home, in Belfast, and the other one is Manchester.

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“I still have family connections in Manchester and it just feels like coming home…it’s my comfort blanket.”

In the clip shared to his 755,000 Instagram followers, Eamonn told fans that he was watching the Liverpool and Manchester United Legends game in aid of the Manchester United Foundation.

His fans were thrilled to see the journalist up and about and took to the comments to share their well-wishes.

Sheila penned: “Looking fantastic it’s really good to see you out in Manchester you’re a legend, marvelous entertainer.”

He has a trapped sciatic nerve which has become a recurring battle leaving him struggling to walk.

He said in December: “I don’t walk, it’s more of a wobble. It has been very difficult this year.

“For months now I haven’t been able to walk, sometimes at all, and it has really taken its toll on everyone around me too… Even my own family is bored of my moaning.  

“It has caused some strain and Ruth is fed up of hearing about it and of me saying I can’t walk the dog or tidy up.

“But I can’t help it. It’s agony,” he added to The Sun.

Eamonn also revealed that he had been given a walking stick by his close friend, Sue Johnston.

 
The NHS explains that a trapped sciatic nerve is also referred to as sciatica

It is where the nerve which runs from your lower back to your feet, is irritated or compressed.  

It usually gets better in four to six weeks but can last longer. 

‘Hope it’ll serve me’ Angela Rippon shares secrets to staying youthful and healthy at 77 | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The BBC journalist recalled to Express.co.uk something she did on the documentary that changed her perspective of dementia.

She said: “When I was making the documentary for the BBC about dementia, I was given the privilege of going to the national brain bank in Queens Square here in London and they allowed me with one of the clinicians to look at two brains that had been donated for research.

“One was a perfectly healthy brain and it was painted with fat, it was heavy and then next to it was a brain from someone who had died with dementia.

“When we sliced into the dementia brain, it was like having a slice of black lace because this was where the cells had died, there were just holes and they were not replenished.

“And that is what dementia is. It’s not just having a funny turn or being a bit forgetful.

“Dementia is a serious disease of the brain. It takes away someone’s personality. It doesn’t just take away their memory. It takes away so many other things.”

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week (16-22 May) is all about making sure people know what symptoms to look out for and have the confidence to take the first step and visit their GP. Visit alzheimers.org.uk/memoryloss for more information and support.

Meghan Markle was ‘under microscope’ after joining ‘infamous’ Royals, Katherine Ryan says | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“I think that anyone, certainly any woman who deviates from what is expected of them is going to face criticism.

“So I certainly think that I love Meghan Markle’s voice and her confidence to challenge the norm and what’s expected of her in that role.”

Katherine then tried to get to the catalyst of Meghan’s hatred but struggled to find a pinpoint.

She continued: “Equally anytime that you challenge an idea people are going to come after you.

“So, I mean I’m not exactly sure what makes her such a target, but I think it’s her confidence in challenging the shape of what a woman in that role should like, which is someone who wears stockings.

Coleen Rooney ‘confident she has won’ trial but didn’t want Rebekah Vardy ‘destroyed’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Coleen Rooney, 36, and Rebekah Vardy, 40, have concluded their Wagatha Christie trial at London’s High Court. Both women have given evidence and Ms Justice Steyn is due to give her ruling at a later date.

Following the seven-day court case, Ms Rooney is said to be “confident” that she has won.

A close friend said: “After the trial, Coleen had a cup of tea and packed her bags for holiday, confident she had won.

“She has told friends she will be vindicated, and she feels relieved that her truth is out there.  

“This whole saga has been very painful.”

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The friend added that Coleen “isn’t counting her chickens” but is “adamant that justice will prevail”.

They continued to the Sunday Mirror that the mum-of-four “knew Rebekah’s reputation was going to be ripped apart” and maintains that she wanted to deal with the situation without going to court.

They claim that Coleen “wanted to help” Rebekah and “didn’t want to see her destroyed”.

Ms Vardy is suing Ms Rooney for libel after the latter accused Rebekah’s Instagram account of leaking stories to the media.

Ms Rooney is defending the claim on the basis it was true and in the public interest for her to publish it.

In a now released witness statement, Ms Vardy claimed that the Wagatha Christie drama has had a negative effect on her career.

She says that she had a “potential book deal” lined up which has now been “turned down”.

She also claims that a midwife company was going to make placenta pills for her after the birth of her fifth child, Olivia.
 
In the statement, Ms Vardy said: “I had a midwife company lined up to make placenta capsules.

“They pulled out weeks before the birth,” as reported by The Mirror.

‘Lost a lot’ Love Island’s Demi Jones in heartbreaking admission after cancer diagnosis | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The 2020 Love Island contestant was diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease back in May, but thankfully seems to have now beaten it.

The terrified star developed a golf ball-sized tumour in her neck, leading to her undergoing multiple surgeries to combat it.

Although radiation treatment was traumatic for Demi and operations on her tumours have left her scarred, she is simply thankful to be alive.

“Even though I’ve got [a] scar, it’s a small price to pay,” she said as part of Cancer Research’s Play Your Part campaign.

Denise van Outen’s ex Eddie Boxshall ‘deeply sorry’ for sending sex texts behind her back | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Eddie Boxshall, 49, has spoken out since his split from Denise van Outen, 47. They were together for seven years before Denise discovered he had been sending cheating texts behind her back. Denise discovered up to 20 messages and photos on Eddie’s iPad and confronted him in a “rage”.

The furious TV star then threw him out of the house and told him she did not want him “in her life”.

Recalling that day, Eddie said: “As I left, I knew it was going to be the last time I would ever see her. I was absolutely gutted.

“I hurt ­Denise, I broke her trust and I’m deeply sorry…I deeply regret that I sent those messages.”

Eddie added that he has attempted to apologise to Denise and says he has not been in a “good place” since their split.

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He continued to The Sun: “I’ve sent her untold messages on text, on email, saying that I love her and that I’m sorry for what I’ve done – that I’m embarrassed and I’m ashamed.”

The Celebrity Gogglebox stars had been dating since 2014 and planned to get married.

Denise confirmed on Instagram earlier this year that they had gone their separate ways.

She penned to her 660,000 followers: “Over the past couple of months, there has been much speculation regarding my relationship with Eddie.

Sharing a snap of himself exercising in the gym, he said: “Never got much sleep last night as the brain was working overtime with life in general.

“Felt sluggish and crap this morning but told myself to get up and at’em!!

“Had an easy 5km run and then hit the weights and now I’m buzzing like a bee.”

In a comment underneath the post, he continued: “I’m just back into my training as I lost over a stone in weight due to stress and anxiety over the last four months.

“Exercise helps my mental health as well.”

The following month, Eddie penned a heartfelt tribute to his ex fiancee on International Women’s Day.

Alongside a photograph of Denise, Eddie wrote in view of his 64,000 followers: “Regardless of us sadly going our separate ways I have to acknowledge that in our wonderful seven-and-a-half-year relationship I witnessed the hardest working and most driven woman in her business and amazing mummy to Betsy #neverstops #upmostrespect.” 

‘Pull ourselves together’ Judi Dench refused to marry long-term spouse after lockdown chat | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Judi Dench, 87, has been in a relationship with conservationist David Mills since 2010, and hadn’t expected to meet anyone after her husband Michael Williams’ death in 2001. The accolade-winning actress candidly shared her thoughts on marriage in an unearthed interview.

David and Judi began dating in 2010, nine years after the death of her first husband of 30 years, Michael Williams.

Micchael died from lung cancer in 2001, with the couple having one child together called Finty Williams.

When asked about the prospect of marrying for a second time, Judi revealed that marriage was not on the cards anytime in the future for the happy couple.

She said: “He is not going to propose.

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The successful actress said that sometimes on sets she struggles to see her colleagues and needs help reading her lines.

During the pandemic, the actress filmed Belfast, a black and white coming of age film set in 1960s Ireland.

Judi spoke to a newspaper representative at the film’s premiere earlier this year about her deteriorating eyesight.

“I kept going up to the wrong person, having a conversation, and they’d say: ”I’m not who you think I am”, she told the Daily Mail.

Last month, Judi and Belfast director Kenneth Brannagh received the Freedom of the Town in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The acting pair received the award for their contributions to appearing in Shakespeare’s works, and exercised their freedom by herding sheep down Sheep Street.

Both Oscar-winners are both considered Shakespearean actors, having graced the stage and screen in countless plays and films.

This honour comes after Kenneth won his first Oscar this year, when he scooped the award for Best Original Screenplay for Belfast at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood.