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Sananda Maitreya says changing his identity saved his life

It wasn’t necessarily my choice to disappear

– Sananda Maitreya

Eighties superstar Terence Trent D’Arby, now Sananda Maitreya, told Good Morning Britain why, in 2001, he legally changed his identity to save his life.

Speaking from Italy the singer said: “I have succeeded in the world that I have established for myself, away from all the madness. You have to understand that almost all of my close peers, almost all of them, are dead."

Watch the full interview above

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid meet their distant relatives!

Do you ever wonder where you come from? Forget straight family trees - in a modern twist millions of people around the world have undergone DNA tests to find out more.

Not only did we find out the ethnic makeup of our presenters, but this morning Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid met their matches, literally.

Piers discovered he's a descendent of Robert the Bruce, who was the King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329. He also found out his genetic makeup consists of 91 percent Irish/ Scottish/ Welsh, 6.5 percent Eastern European, 1.6 percent West Asian and 0.8 percent Middle Eastern.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Scotland will face the full force of Storm Ophelia after three died in Ireland and around 360,000 homes were left without power. Winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain are expected to pound into Scotland.

  2. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker agree that EU negotiations should “accelerate” over the coming months. Their meeting comes after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that the latest Brexit round of negotiations have reached a "disturbing deadlock".

  3. Under new police guidelines, officers will shy away from investigating crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damages in an attempt to save £400 million by 2020. The Metropolitan Police said they will focus their attention to “high level” crime rather than “low level”.

  4. American Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a new social media campaign called #MeToo for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. The post was geared to shine the spotlight on the issue after dozens of claims of sexual harassment were made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The campaign has seen hundreds of women posting their own stories of harassment through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

  5. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has formally put the Premier League club up for sale. The football club owner is hoping to complete the deal by Christmas.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Three people have been killed in Ireland in accidents caused by Storm Ophelia. Two women in their 50s and 70s were killed in separate incidents when a tree fell on their car and a man in his 30s died while trying to clear a tree with a chainsaw. Meanwhile, winds of more than 96mph have left 120,000 homes without power and 130 flights cancelled from Dublin airport - and footage has appeared online showing a school's roof flying through the air in Cork.

  2. The comedian Sean Hughes has died aged 51, his management company has said. Known for appearing on BBC Two's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the comic's last tweet simply stated "In hospital" on 8 October. Many of his peers in the comedy and entertainment world have paid tribute to him on the website, with David Baddiel writing: "Sean Hughes was one of the best comics of our generation, and someone I spent formative days with. I can't really believe he's dead at 51."

  3. The death toll of those who perished after a truck bomb went off in Somalia has risen to over 300, according to an ambulance service chief. Fifteen primary school children are among the dead, said Dr. Abdulkadir Adam of the Aamin Ambulance service. He added that more people have died of their wounds in the past few hours.

  4. Actress Alice Evans has told Good Morning Britain about an incident she says took place between her and shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2002, telling us the Hollywood heavyweight tried to follow her into a bathroom so he could grope her. She also hinted her rejection made Weinstein threaten to ruin her husband Ioan Gruffudd's career.

  5. A Cambridge graduate has pleaded guilty to blackmailing more than 50 people into sending him abusive images of themselves and children. Dr Matthew Falder, 28, pleaded guilty to over 100 charges including sharing degrading images on the dark web.
    The geophysicist, who was employed at the University of Birmingham, humiliated his victims under the name '666devil' and 'evilmind' and now faces years in prison.

Should NHS patients be questioned on their sexuality?

New NHS guidelines advise health professionals to ask for patients' sexuality to ensure that they're not discriminated against.

This morning we were joined by Doctor Peter Swinyard who disagrees with asking patients about their sexual orientation - and Doctor Sarah Jarvis who says there are medical reasons to support the new health guidelines.

Our Good Morning Britain poll revealed that 28 percent of our viewers think it's fine to ask for patients sexual preferences - but 72 percent say it isn't. What do you think?

Watch the full debate above

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David Ginola: I was dead nine minutes

Retired Tottenham football star David Ginola told us about how he died for nine minutes after suffering a cardiac arrest whilst playing in a charity football match.

The former L'Oreal model explained that if his friend, fellow footballer Frederic Mendy, hadn't performed CPR on him then he wouldn't be alive today.

This morning he joined Good Morning Britain to raise awareness about the importance of CPR, as less than one in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest.