GOK WAN ON HITTING BACK AT THE HOMOPHOBES AND HIS BODY STORY
Gok joined Andrea, Denise, Stacey and Kaye to discuss his body story and his iconic series How To Look Good Naked as well as his recent experience with homophobia.
Gok revealed what it was like working on his series saying ‘I had no idea at all that I was going to be so passionate about giving people confidence and self-esteem it kind of just happened. And it wasn’t suddenly, until I started making this programme, I realised I’m one of those contributors, I’m one of the women who’s on the show, I’ve had the same body hang ups, I’ve had the same body hatred, I know exactly how terrifying a reflection can be’.
And Gok revealed he will never be ‘over’ his personal issues but is happier than ever.
‘I’ll never be fixed. I take refuge in the idea that actually I can live with all my eating disorders, I can live with my obsessive compulsive behaviours, I can live with my anxieties, they’ve become my mates,’ he said honestly. 'I turned 40 three years ago & I've never felt so confident in my life.’
Gok also shared a recent experience of homophobia when he was at an airport which made him take to social media and hit back.
‘‘The majority of the abuse I get is about being gay. I was walking through the airport and I walked past a couple of guys and as I walked past and they called me a couple of names and just turned and looked at each other,’ Gok explained. ‘The reason it upset me was because they just looked at each other afterwards, they didn’t laugh, they didn’t do anything with it, it wasn’t aiding their conversation, it was nothing it was a throw away comment and I walked away and I wrote it out and I said, you did that you’re not allowed to say that, you are not allowed to say this in public.’
Watch both the videos for our full chat with Gok today - and see him perform magic!
KATIE PIPER TALKS ABOUT BABY NUMBER TWO AND THE #METOO CAMPAIGN
Katie joined us to talk about expecting her second baby this Christmas.
'I've got 8 weeks left. I'm feeling the tiredness now. I've got a toddler at home so you can't have the naps. But I'm happy to be pregnant and grateful,' Katie said.
And daughter Belle - nearly four - is getting used to the idea of being a big sister too.
'She's good. I don't think she's too jealous yet,' Katie revealed. 'She's calling it "our" baby which is nice. She knows it's coming at Christmas. She did say "I'm really excited but I don't want the baby to come home and live with us." We've got 'Big Sister' books for her to read.'
Katie is heading out on tour in the UK to talk about her life experiences, inspirational stories and advice. 'There might even be a bit of dancing,' she says. 'It's about saying there is no wrong or right way, we'll all just trying to live. No body's perfect. And if it wasn't for my flaws I wouldn't be going on this tour.'
Watch the video to see the full interview with Katie.
MICHAELA STRACHAN OPENS UP ABOUT HER DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS THREE YEARS AGO
TV presenter Michaela joined us to talk about undergoing a double mastectomy three years ago after being diagnosed with lobular breast cancer.
'I sobbed and I panicked and then you go into stoic mode,' Michaela explained. 'Within a week, I had gone from not knowing I had breast cancer to looking at fake boobs. You actually laugh because this is so surreal. That was weird. I actually didn't go down the nipple route because I have a loving partner and after you have the reconstruction, they're as hard as coconuts and I found it very difficult to love them. So my friend said to me: 'Why don't you give them a name and then you might love them more.' I said: 'But they're like coconuts.' So she said: 'Why don't you call them pina and colada.' "
Michaela, whose cancer was picked up during a routine mammogram, put her hands over her breasts for emphasis as she spoke, adding: 'Isn't it funny, I can hold my breasts on television because they're not mine. They don't look the same, they’ve gone a bit wonky.'
'It's so important, we should all be feeling our breasts,' Penny Lancaster added.
Michaela added that despite her breasts feeling a little alien she feels incredibly lucky that she's survived.
'Yes, I've got hard boobs and I can bounce on a trampoline and nothing happens,' she explained. 'But apart from that my life hasn't been compromised. I feel very fit, very well, very healthy and very happy.'
Watch the video to find out more about Michaela is supporting Breast Cancer Now's #wearitpink campaign for breast cancer awareness.
PENNY LANCASTER BRAVELY TALKS ABOUT BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
During a discussion about the #MeToo campaign social media started by survivors of sexual harassment and assault, Penny bravely opened up about her own experience when she was a teenage model.
'In my late teens I had a job with a fashion designer and he invited me to an event. I was interested, I thought I'd get more work,' Penny explained.
'I went with him and he said he had to stop at his apartment. He had a little bar in his apartment and said he'd pour me a drink while he went to pick up his bits.'
Penny tried to maintain her composure as she revealed she woke up, face down, to find the unnamed man on top of her in the bed.
'Like in the series Liar, my drink was drugged and I can't remember much of what happened. I just know he was on top of me enjoying the experience, but I certainly wasn't. I don't remember much more.'
'I was just naive, I trusted him. I had never had sex at that point so it was a frightening thing. I didn't tell my mum and dad because I thought they'd say, "What on earth were you doing going back to his house?" But he was I guy I'd worked with, and he promised I'd meet other people. You try to pretend it never happened... I was too afraid to tell anybody.'
JASON MANFORD PERFORMS THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM LIVE ON THE SHOW AND CHATS ABOUT HIS BODY STORY
We've been laughing at him for years but Jason shocked us with his incredible singing voice in his first ever live TV performance.
The comedian joined us to sing The Impossible Dream before joining Christine, Lisa, Linda and Janet.
And Jason, who has released his debut album, A Different Stage, had us in fits of laughter as he described his smart new look in a suit saying, 'I'm a singer now. That's why I wear a waistcoat, it's like Spanx for men.'
And he told us that he's lost about a stone in weight after he got stuck while going down a waterslide while on holiday with his children!
'I got stuck on a waterslide - it was mortifying! In that moment I thought, "I've got to sort things out",' Jason revealed.
Watch the video to see Jason talk about his his nan inspired his singing career.