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    I’m broken and ashamed… but I’m NOT a groomer says Phillip Schofield in bombshell first interview

    PHILLIP Schofield has spoken for the first time about his affair with a much younger colleague, revealing he is “utterly broken and ashamed” — but stressed he did not groom him.The axed This Morning host, 61, who has been in hiding since the scandal broke, approached The Sun to tell his story after what he says was a week of lies flooding social media.
    Phillip Schofield has spoken for the first time about his affair with a much younger colleague, revealing he is ‘utterly broken and ashamed’Credit: Louis Wood
    Phillip has stressed that he did not groom the young colleagueCredit: Enterprise
    Phil has offered a huge apology to Holly Willoughby for ruining their TV partnershipCredit: Rex
    Talking to The Sun and visibly shaking, Phillip says: “I did not, I did not (groom him).
    “There are accusations of all sorts of things. It never came across that way (an abuse of power) because we’d become mates. I don’t know about that.
    “But of course I understand that there will be a massive judgment, but bearing in mind, I have never exercised that anywhere else.
    “I assume somebody, somewhere, assumed something was going on, correctly, and didn’t say anything.
    “At the time I did not think about it possibly ruining my career. I really probably only thought about it when I saw the rumour mill, and saw it growing.
    “Then I saw the link with the drama school photo all those years before, and thought, ‘This looks shocking’.
    “But I didn’t lie to protect my career, he didn’t want his name in public. He wanted his own life.
    “The lies grew bigger and bigger and bigger and it was affecting both of us deeply.
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    “It got to the stage where it was out of control and for whatever cost, it had to stop.
    “I have massive guilt, and regret. I’ve made a mistake, I’ve had an affair at work.”
    Furiously vaping, he added: “I think my greatest apology must go to him.
    “It has brought the greatest misery into his totally innocent life, his totally innocent family, his totally innocent friends. It has brought the greatest grief to them.
    “I haven’t spoken to him since this s*** show kicked off, but when this was all beginning to get out of control, I paid for his lawyers to independently work on his behalf.
    “I am deeply sorry and I apologise to him because I should have known better. I should have acted the way I have always acted. I should not have done it.
    “I’m sorry. And I will forever be sorry. I will die sorry. I am so deeply mortified.”
     The Sun has not paid for the bombshell interview in which he reveals: 

    DETAILS his six-month romance, insisting: “I know the photos of us circulating on Twitter look shocking, but I’m not a groomer”;
    REVEALS he is still  friends with the ex show runner, 30 years his junior  who we are not naming, and says their romance only started once the man was 20  after “something just happened between us that changed everything”;
    OFFERS a huge apology to former co-host Holly Willoughby for ruining  their TV partnership, and confirms the pair no longer speak;
    ADMITS he has not watched a single  This Morning since his resignation so missed a slightly-stilted tribute from stand-ins Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary. He says: “I can’t watch it. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to again.”

    Schofield has admitted lying to cover up the affair which sparked a tumultuous week, with ITV bosses being accused of hiding the facts.
    With his career in tatters, he has decided to put the record straight by speaking to The  Sun and the BBC’s Amol Rajan. Addressing lurid allegations and rumours posted online, Schofield insisted his former boyfriend did not receive a penny in “hush” money.
    He said no non-disclosure agreement was ever signed that would have prevented the man from speaking out.
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    Yesterday it was confirmed that ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall has been summoned to Parliament to be grilled on safeguarding. The  Culture, Media and Sport Committee wants to quiz her next Wednesday.
    And Holly was seen for the first time after spending the week hiding out at her £8million Algarve bolthole with family.
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    Irish Eurovision star dies after health battle as family pay heartbreaking tribute to ‘amazing dad and person’

    FORMER Irish Eurovision contender Roy Taylor has died after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease.The family of the former Jump the Gun frontman confirmed his passing with a post on Watch Your Back MND – a phrase coined by Roy in his campaign to raise funds for research into the disease.
    Former Irish Eurovision contender Roy Taylor has died after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease
    The post said: “It is with deep sadness we wish to announce the passing of our dad and hero Roy Taylor. 
    “Through his infectious positivity over the last number of years, he achieved so much in the fight against MND.
    “His work has helped the world get closer to be free of MND. And for that, we are bursting with pride. 
    “An amazing dad and amazing person and an amazing musician.

    “To everyone who supported us, you all know who you are. We love you all and he loved you all.”
    Last year, Roy said he was ‘thrilled’ to be releasing the song ‘Music’s Door’ with his ‘dear friend’ Finbar Furey.
    At the time he said: “You can help us raise much needed awareness for MND by downloading Music’s Door on iTunes so that those unfortunate enough to be told ‘I’m sorry, it’s MND, can also be told…but we have a cure for that now.”  
    “Until then I’ll keep doing what I love to do, being creative and making music with my family and friends for the MND community.  Watch your Back MND”
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    In recent years he also released a heart-breaking duet with his young daughter Ella and advised Charlie Bird to ‘laugh more than cry’ when the RTE celebrity was diagnosed with the disease.
    “The idea is to fill your day with more smiles and laughter than sadness and tears.  That’s how you stay in the ring and keep the fight going.”
    The song with Ella which he dedicated to all MND warriors was named ‘I can’t wait ’til tomorrow cause I’ll love you even more’ after a nightly exchange he had with his daughter since she was 12. 
    Roy, who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 with Jump the Gun, singing Take him Home. 
    He had been living in Dundalk, Co. Louth with his family for over 20 years and was the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Ambassador for their annual Drink Tea for MND tea morning More

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    Pregnant Roxy Horner stuns as she cradles baby bump in tight black dress at party

    IT was all Rox and roll as model Roxy Horner grinned in dark lipstick and a black dress.The model, 31, is expecting her first child with comedian Jack Whitehall, 34, and cradled her bump as she hit the town on Wednesday night for a party in London thrown by US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, 33.
    Pregnant Roxy Horner stuns as she cradles her baby bump in a tight black dressCredit: Getty
    Roxy was at a party in London thrown by US rapper Machine Gun KellyCredit: Getty
    Speaking about wanting to become a dad following their announcement last month, Jack said: “I started looking at friends and seeing how happy they were… And thinking maybe I do want that.
    “Then I was lucky I met Roxy who’s the right person, my person. And we felt we were both ready.”
    Jack and Roxy announced the sweet news on Instagram, sharing a black and white snap of them holding up their scan picture.
    He captioned it: “And I thought I wasn’t getting enough attention when the dog arrived… 🎉🍾👶🏻.”
    Stunning model Roxy collapsed at the Brit Awards in 2021 while her funnyman lover was hosting the ceremony.
    The actress, 31, revealed that she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
    But before she was diagnosed, Roxy had a health scare and had to be resuscitated by paramedics. 
    People who struggle with diabetes need daily injections of insulin to keep their blood glucose levels under control. A low blood sugar level can be dangerous and cause brain death if it’s not treated quickly.
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    Roxy now wears an electronic device which monitors her blood glucose level and sends a message and alarm to her and others phones when it is dangerously low. 
    She previously admitted to having a “rough time” with the condition as she struggled to handle her glucose levels.
    Opening up to her Instagram followers, she explained: “I’ve been having a really rough time managing my glucose levels the past few weeks, they are yo-yoing for absolutely no reason.
    “I throw up when I go too high and I’ve had a few too many hypos for my liking lately.”
    She later cooed: “Jack’s been my absolute rock, he’s so lovely. He was there when I got diagnosed. My parents and my family live in Australia, so he has been my family. We’re amazing.”
    The smitten couple have now been dating for three years and reside in Jack’s £17.5million, five-bed home in Notting Hill, West London, with their pooch Coco. 
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    Steps star makes surprising career change as he cashes in on their most famous song

    FROM Deeper Shade Of Blue to Tragedy, Steps have plenty of tunes to get people moving.But band member Lee Latchford-Evans is taking things one, ahem, step further, by now launching a workout based around the group’s biggest hits.
    Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian Watkins and Lee Latchford-Evans made up the band StepsCredit: Steps Official
    Lee Latchford is a qualified personal trainerCredit: Rex Features
    Lee, who is a qualified personal trainer as well as being one fifth of the chart-topping group, has trademarked the name The 5,6,7,8 Method — in a nod to their 1997 debut single.
    He has filed to use the name for exercise classes and training services.
    A source said: “All five members of Steps are doing their own thing, while the group are taking a break and Lee is getting back into his fitness.
    “He has trademarked The 5,6,7,8 Method for his next venture, where he wants to bring the fun back to exercise.
    “The idea is to use his profile as a Steps band member in his career as a personal trainer.
    “Putting the two together could bring about some really fun workouts, which he hopes fans of the group will be keen to try.”
    It comes 15 years after his bandmate Claire Richards released her own fitness DVD, Five Step Fat Attack.
    She is currently working on a second solo album, while Lisa Scott-Lee is preparing to re- release her album Never Or Now — and will perform at tomorrow’s Mighty Hoopla Festival in London.
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    Ian “H” Watkins has reinvented himself as a painter and has been showcasing his art in Cardiff.
    Meanwhile, Faye Tozer is returning to the stage next month, starring in a touring production of the ­musical 42nd Street.
    The group, whose greatest hits record Platinum Collection went to No 1 last August, will reunite this year in August for a one-off performance.
    They’ll appear at Brighton Pride before going on ­hiatus again.
    At least with his new workout, Lee will be able to make sure they keep in shape during their time apart.
    Avril’s tour a shoe-in
    AVRIL Lavigne is giving her feet a break after wrapping up her UK tour.
    The Canadian rock chick showed off her edgy style, wearing ripped jeans and a tight metallic top as she relaxed on a leather sofa.
    Avril Lavigne poses for Flamencaba Collection at Carondelet HouseCredit: Getty
    She was partying the night away at a luxury Christian Louboutin bash in Los Angeles when she stopped to take this snap and completed her look by rocking a pair of the famous red-bottomed heels by the French designer.
    Avril, who played a string of shows here last month, is currently dating rapper Tyga after splitting with her singer fiancé Mod Sun earlier this year.
    They aren’t taking things slowly either, as he has already bought her a £60,000 ­diamond necklace of her name.
    Money can’t buy you love, but I’m sure that got him in her good books.
    Lizzo blasts fat jibes
    LIZZO has considered quitting music after years of being bombarded with fatphobic comments on social media.
    She snapped on Wednesday evening and posted a series of messages on Twitter ­slamming people for accusing her of eating too much and not “wanting” to be slimmer.
    Lizzo has considered quitting music after years of fatphobic hate onlineCredit: Getty
    The Special singer tweeted: “Y’all don’t know how close I be to giving up on everyone and quitting and enjoying my money and my man on a f*ing farm.”
    Someone else suggested the star didn’t want to lose weight because it is her “brand”.
    She hit back: “Being fat isn’t my ‘brand’. Being fat is what my body looks like. That’s it. That’s all.
    “My ‘brand’ is feel-good music. My ‘brand’ is championing all people. My ‘brand’ is black girl liberation. I’m not trying to BE fat. I’m not trying to BE smaller. I’m literally just trying to live and be healthy.
    “This is what my body looks like even when I’m eating super-clean and working out!
    “Y’all speak on st that y’all know NOTHING ABOUT.”
    Caught live: Coldplay @ Manchester’s Etihad stadium
    HOME is where the heart is for Chris Martin, and right now that’s Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
    Coldplay have sold out their four huge concerts there and on Wednesday night they kicked off the 84th night of their Music Of The Spheres world tour – their first gig on UK soil in a year.
    Coldplay have sold out their four huge concerts at the Etihad stadiumCredit: Getty
    My exclusive photograph of Chris shows him conjuring up pure musical magicCredit: PA
    And boy, was it spellbinding.
    My exclusive photograph of Chris from the night shows him, quite literally, conjuring up pure musical magic.
    The band kicked off with the electric track High Power, using confetti exploding into the crowd and light-up wristbands they’d earlier dished out to every fan, to make it a truly mesmerising spectacle.
    Pumping out hit after hit, from Paradise to Viva La Vida and Hymn For The Weekend, Chris and Co kept the energy high throughout the mammoth set.
    The singer appeared emotional at times and no more so than when they performed James’ 1990 Manchester anthem hit Sit Down.
    He told the 60,000-strong crowd the track took him back to the One Love concert in June 2017, where they performed the song alongside stars including Ariana Grande, Take that and Justin Bieber in tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
    Chris said: “This song is a good gathering song. We don’t want that thing to be forgotten – how important and amazing One Love Manchester was in response to something so crazy and so terrible.
    “So we want to sing this song again. It’s one of the best songs of all time and we want to sing it all together, OK?”
    A cacophony of fireworks – eco-friendly, of course – marked the end of the 90-minute spectacular.
    I had never seen Coldplay live before Wednesday, and the first question I asked myself when the gig had ended was, why not?Simply brilliant.
    Rita was close to quitting
    RITA Ora almost quit music after releasing her second album Phoenix in 2018.
    The Praising You singer said of the No11 record: “After my second album, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can make another record. This is stressful. I am stressed’.”
    Rita Ora almost quit music after releasing her second albumCredit: Getty
    The album gave Rita some of her biggest hits including Anywhere and Let You Love Me.
    But she said she later had a change of heart, helped by meeting her film director husband Taika Waititi.
    Speaking about her upcoming third album You & I, she added: “I met Taika and everything just kind of started to make sense. I’m just so proud of it for so many reasons.”
    Sparks are flying
    CALLING Strictly Come Dancing bosses – I have the ideal man for the next series.
    Ron Mael, the keyboard player in Sparks, has caught my eye with his wacky moves.
    The group were at No6 in the midweek album charts with their new record, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, and I think it could climb even higher when the official run-down is revealed today.
    Sparks count a number of big stars among their fans, including Cate Blanchett, who danced in the music video for the album’s title track.
    Check Ron out on YouTube and let me know what you think.

    DJ E-Lie swapping house building for house music
    INTERNATIONAL DJ E-Lie is fretting about his new single – because it is a ­collaboration with superstar Mariah Carey.
    The Aussie producer has a lot riding on his anthemic tune Circles, which is out today, because he has just quit his job as a builder to make it in music.
    DJ E-Lie Elias Daher has a lot riding on his new tune CirclesCredit: eliemusic_/instagram
    His chart career started to take off in lockdown and now he has dropped a remix of Mariah’s 2005 song of the same name, which she loved so much that she has teamed up with him for it.
    In an exclusive chat, he said: “I came across this sample of Mariah Carey when I first started ­producing about three years ago. Then I got an email from Ministry Of Sound saying they wanted to work on the track.
    “I ended up getting a contract with them and then Mariah heard it and loved it. She wanted to be a featured artist on it, which is massive.”
    On making music his long-term career, E-Lie left, added: “I had a full-time job, but I’ve stopped it this year to focus a bit more on music.
    “I was in the building and ­construction industry.
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    “When I made the track ­Circles, I wasn’t doing music full time.
    “I was building houses and apartments, which is a pretty hands-on job.” More

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    Music legend gets six points on his licence in court row – despite not being able to drive

    EX-OASIS star Noel Gallagher has been slapped with six penalty points despite never learning to drive.The High Flying Birds frontman failed to say who was at the wheel when police stopped his chauffeured Range Rover in South London in November.
    Noel Gallagher got six penalty points despite never learning to driveCredit: PA
    Yesterday the guitarist, 55, pleaded guilty in his absence.
    The points will be added to his licence if he ever gets one.
    Willesden JPs in North West London, fined him £742 and told him to pay £396 costs.
    A source said: “Only Noel could get dragged to court for a driving offence when he doesn’t have a licence.
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    “It’s laughable. Noel is paying the fine.
    “The points will be waiting a long time to be applied given he’s not planning on learning anytime soon.”
    Noel gave up lessons at the height of Oasis mania in the 1990s when his instructor drove him to her house to meet her mum and the neighbourhood started snapping him in a Nissan Micra.
    Last year he sold a 1967 Jaguar Mk2 that had been gathering dust in his garage for 25 years for £125,000.
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    Pregnant Laura Anderson shows off her huge baby bump in pink bikini

    LAURA Andersons has shown off her huge baby bump in a bright pink bikini.The former Love Island star revealed to her social media followers that she is now in her third trimester on Thursday.
    Laura showed off her baby bumpCredit: Instagram
    She revealed she is in her third trimesterCredit: Instagram
    Laura, 34, took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday and treated her followers with a stunning snap.
    The reality star looked radiant as she wore a pink bikini and posed in a mirror selfie that displayed her growing baby bump.
    She kept her blonde locks down and opted for a make-up-free day while relaxing in her home in Glasgow.
    She captioned the post: “Hello 3rd trimester 😳.”
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    It comes after Laura recently opened up and revealed she aims to keep things “civil” with her ex and father of her child, Gary Lucy.
    In an interview with the Mirror, she said: “Gary is welcome at the birth. He’s currently in two minds so I’ve asked my mum as well, as you are allowed two birthing partners.”
    Laura and Gary’s breakup has been anything but plain sailing, as in the midst of their split the former Hollyoaks actor revealed the gender of their baby without informing Laura.
    He surprised fans when he announced the ex-couple are expecting a girl while Laura remained silent
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    A source told The Sun: “Gary announced the gender news without getting Laura’s consent.
    “She’s really upset by this”.
    Despite this, Laura also said she hopes to still co-parent with Gary and said her child will be close to his kids from his past relationship.
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    Top WAG’s lookalike mum stuns fans with glam youthful look – but can you guess who her daughter is?

    A STUNNING model who’s married to a former footballer has a lookalike mum that looks decades younger than she.Abbey Clancy’s mother Karen Sullivan, 62, could be mistaken for her 37-year-old daughter with her glam youthful look that’s stunned fans.
    Abbey’s fans refuse to believe that her glamorous mum is in her 60sCredit: Getty
    Abbey shared this glamorous snap of KarenCredit: Instagram
    Karen looks more like Abbey’s sister than her mum with her line-free features and her killer body.
    She gave birth to daughter Abbey, 37, when she was 25 but people online are convinced that the blue-eyed blonde is decades younger than her age.
    Abbey’s Instagram followers couldn’t believe their eyes when the model previously shared a snap of the glam-ma as she celebrated Mother’s Day.
    And now celebrating her mum’s birthday, Abbey’s mum looked picture perfect holding a mojito and wearing a silk dress, large sunglasses and a hat.
    “Beautiful mother 👌🏼The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!” added another, while a third wrote: “Twins, both stunning!”
    “Your mum only looks about 25,” agreed another.
    And even 35-year-old Abbey can’t deny her mum’s youthful looks, previously admitting that Karen “could be my sister”, joking that all her mates used to wolf whistle at Karen on the school run.
    Abbey – who is married to Peter Crouch – is always quick to gush about her mum on social media, crediting her for her own parenting skills.
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    She previously said of her mum: “I really couldn’t live without you and hope to be even half as good a mum to my babies as you are to me and my brothers and sister !!! your the best.”
    The pair are often mistaken for sisters rather than mother and daughterCredit: Handout
    Karen Sullivan is often mistaken for her glamorous lookalike daughter Abbey ClancyCredit: Instagram
    Karen gave birth to daughter Abbey, 35, when she was 25 but people online are convinced that the blue-eyed blonde was decades younger than her ageCredit: Instagram
    Abbey is quick to gush about her mum on social mediaCredit: Instagram
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    Molly-Mae Hague shows off her amazing figure in white swimsuit on holiday five months after giving birth

    MOLLY-Mae Hague showed off her incredible figure in a white swimsuit while on vacation just five months after giving birth. Since welcoming her first child with Tommy Fury, the influencer has kept fans up-to-date with her motherhood journey – and gradually getting back into her exercise routine.
    Molly Mae showed off her toned figure in a one shoulder white swimsuit for her agent’s hen do in BarbadosCredit: molly mae instagram
    Fans complimented Molly-Mae and said how “amazing” she looked after giving birthCredit: molly-mae instagram
    Molly-Mae, 24 took to Instagram where she posted a snap of her looking slimmer than ever as she flaunted her toned physique in a white swimsuit.
    Five months after giving birth, the star seems to have regained her stunning shape as she partied in Barbados for her manager, Fran Britton’s hen do.
    The star paired the stylish one shoulder bathing suit with a see through white cover-up shirt, matching high-waist see-through trousers, and gold flip-flops.
    She complemented her look with a designer crochet nude beach bag, brown tinted sunglasses, and silver earrings.
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    Her makeup was radiant and glowy, and she went for a sun-kissed natural beach look.
    Alongside the picture she wrote a white heart emoji.
    She later shared more images from her exciting trip, including one with Fran and her bridesmaids.
    Another one showed Molly smiling at the camera alongside her manager on a boat ride.
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    Molly also showed fans one of her chic beachwear outfits earlier on in the day.
    The Pretty Little Thing Creative Director showed off her toned stomach in a white bra top with a white and black printed short sleeve shirt with matching high waist trousers.
    Molly proudly displayed a Chanel beach bag, which Tommy had recently purchased for her as a birthday present.
    Her hair was slicked back and pulled into a high bun, and she wore large Chanel sunglasses.
    The former Love Island star captioned the post: “Barbados… featuring my birthday present from Tommy, the nicest beach bag I’ve ever seen.”
    Fans were left swooning over Molly-Mae in the comments section, with many complimenting her on how “amazing” she looks after giving birth.
    One wrote: “Stunning love the outfit!”
    A second added: “How do you look so amazing after giving birth already? So so beautiful.”
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    A third commented: “Adore this bag.”
    A fourth gushed: “You look incredible!!”
    Molly Mae looked stylish in a coord while flaunting her new Chanel bag, which Tommy Fury gave her for her birthdayCredit: molly-mae instagram More