Andrew Marr on life after his stroke: My family were told to prepare for worst | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The broadcaster had “stupidly ignored” two mini-strokes then tackled a rowing machine target more suited to a young professional athlete. Andrew, 62, who began work for radio company Global earlier this year after 21 years at the BBC, said: “It was something like to row five miles in 40 minutes or whatever it might be. One of my physios later said, ‘That’s what a very fit professional athlete in their 20s should be heading for – you were mad’.

“I can remember very vividly hitting my target and immediately feeling very sick and dizzy, and seeing sort of flashing lights.

“I woke up the next morning lying on the floor. I was paralysed down the left side. I looked in the mirror and I had that sort of mouth that came right down at the side.”

Andrew, married to journalist Jackie Ashley, with whom he has a son Harry and two daughters Emily and Isabel, added: “I woke up Jackie and said ‘I think I’ve had a stroke’, and she screamed. I was taken to hospital and what follows, pretty grim, but they saved my life.”

After the operation, “I came round not feeling great, probably about a day later, and in that period my wife and kids had been taken into a room and told I wasn’t going to make it, and to prepare themselves that I was going to die.

“Some time afterwards, they were told ‘We think he might make it but if he does he’ll be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and we don’t know how much cognition he’ll have’. And so when I woke up and I was myself they were pretty relieved.

“At the end of it all, the doctor said ‘Mr Marr, this bit hasn’t really worked, we haven’t been able to do what we wanted to do but we’ve got drugs that will work’.”

Andrew had months of tough physio and speech therapy after the 2013 stroke, and had to adapt his recording methods when he went back to fronting his BBC show.

“If there was a long sentence I couldn’t get the air at the end of it, so I had to start recording the tops of the show because I would run out of puff otherwise.

“David Cameron did me a huge favour. He agreed to be interviewed and was gracious enough to give me news lines and it was all very successful.”

Speaking on the Crisis What Crisis? podcast, he told Andy Coulson that family, whisky, music, painting, the sky and walking in nature are the things that now calm him down.

Karren Brady says it’s a ‘shame’ Jake Daniels has been called ‘brave’ for coming out | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Karren Brady, 53, has shared her thoughts on Jake Daniels, 17, becoming the UK’s first active male professional footballer to come out as gay. While the vice-chairwoman of West Ham thinks that it was a ”landmark moment”, she says it is a “shame” that Jake has been branded “brave”.

She said: “Lots of people I know are talking about how ’brave’ Jake is, which I think is a shame.

“It shouldn’t be brave to say you are gay. It just shouldn’t matter.”

Karren added in her column that the “most remarkable” thing about Jake’s announcement was “how unremarkable” it really was.

She continued in The Sun: “The sky did not cave in. And the world continued to spin on its axis.

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“Still, it was a landmark moment for both the game and the LGBTQ+ community when Jake chose to make his statement.”

The Blackpool striker came out publicly on Tuesday, making him the first male professional footballer to do so since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

Jake made the announcement in a statement shared on Blackpool FC’s official website.

It read: “Off the pitch I’ve been hiding the real me and who I really am.

He also named Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, manager Matt Morton and diver Tom Daley as sporting inspirations for his decision to publicly address his sexuality.

Jake has received a wave of support since making his announcement, including from Phillip Schofield, who himself came out as gay in 2020.

Phil praised the footballer on Tuesday’s This Morning, saying: “What you want now is this football tribal family to show an enormous amount of support – and the word ‘neanderthal’ was used for some football spectators whose views, you know, are still in the dark ages.

“Look at your sport, look at the beauty of your sport, look at your players and supporting them. 

“Of course, there’s always going to be sort of ribbing people and having a go.
“But this is the time to say, ‘Right okay, let’s not go for him.” 

Roger Moore and his fourth wife Kristina’s devastating tragedy they faced together | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Sir Roger Moore sadly lost his short but brave battle with cancer in 2017 at the age of 89. The James Bond actor married his fourth wife Kristina Tholstrup in 2002, and the pair remained together from that point forward.

The 007 legend later described their marriage as “tranquil” and described Kristina as his “soul mate” after a colourful relationship history has seen him married four times.

Krisitina, otherwise known as Kiki, is a Swedish-born Danish socialite.

Before the couple tied the knot, the actor and his beloved wife enjoyed a longstanding friendship before they ever pursued a relationship.

The British actor was previously married to his third wife Luisa Mattioli and they shared three children together, Deborah Moore and her brothers Geoffrey and Christian Moore.

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Deborah previously opened up about her friendship with her dad’s fourth wife’s children.

She had grown close with Kiki’s daughter Christina Knudsen, known as Flossie, who died of cancer in 2016, at the age of 47.

In the actor’s final book, Roger Moore À bientôt – which means See You Soon – he opened up about the couple’s devastating loss.

Sir Roger wrote: “Flossie was terribly brave and refused to give in.

Weeks after Sir Roger completed his final manuscript, the actor sadly died after a battle with cancer.

Sir Roger had recovered from prostate cancer in 1993 and was later treated after a spot was found on his liver.

The actor died from lung cancer in May 2017 at his home in Crans-Montana, Switzerland where his children and wife of 15 years Kiki were at his side.

Speaking about his wife, Sir Roger previously gushed: “I knew that this wonderful woman could make me live again and would bring the happiest years of my life.

“It’s a tranquil relationship and there are no arguments. I leave a life of bliss.”

The pair did not have children together but had four children combined from previous marriages.

Sir Roger was married four times – first to fellow actor Doorn Van Steyn in 1946 but the pair separated seven years later.

He later tied the knot with his second wife Dorothy Squires, before he wed Luisa and later Kiki.

Sir Roger shot to fame in The Saint in the 1960s then in The Persuaders in the 1970s.

He took over from Sean Connery as James Bond in 1973.

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:

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 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 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.