BETHANY HAINES JOINED US TO REMEMBER HER FATHER, DAVID, WHO WAS ABDUCTED AND MURDERED BY ISIS IN MARCH 2013 BEFORE HIS EXECUTION VIDEO WAS RELEASED TO THE WORLD 18 MONTHS LATER
Bethany joined Andrea, Denise, Linda and Kaye to talk about her dad, David, a humanitarian aid worker, who was abducted by Islamic State terrorists while working in Syria. His family desperately pleaded for his safe release but 18 months, later David was brutally executed by a man named Mohammed Emwazi, the notorious ‘Jihadi John’.
Talking about the last time she saw her dad, Bethany explained, 'It was probably in 2014, he was back from working in South Sudan and looking for another job. We’d always spend the week together and do what normal father and daughters do - walks on the beach and movie nights with ice cream and chocolate.
'He was the centre of attention, she added. 'If you were feeling down, he’d make you laugh in seconds. He could get on with anyone.'
Talking about when she found out he'd been taken hostage, she bravely explained, 'It was the week of my sixteenth birthday and I was in France. No matter where he was in the world, he’d phone or text me on my birthday, so I thought that was odd. I realised I hadn’t heard from him for over a month. Then within two days of returning, I found out he’d been kidnapped.'
Bethany revealed she initially wasn't allowed to discuss his situation, ‘Even my grandparents didn’t know. I disclosed it to some of my best friends at school out of sheer desperation, but they didn’t believe me - they thought I’d made it up for attention. Having them not believe me made me not go to school.'
CHANELLE HAYES GIVES HER FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW SINCE HER SPLIT FROM HER EX-BOYFRIEND, TWO MONTHS AFTER SHE GAVE BIRTH
Chanelle joined Andrea, Penny, Jane and Nadia to set the record straight after her difficult split from the father of her two month old son, Ryan Oates.
Talking about her ex, who she met on Tinder in February 2016, Chanelle said, ‘Ryan decided to leave… he’s not left the kids, he’s left me that’s fine. I’m not going to force someone.’ She added, ‘I wouldn’t change my children for the world but it wasn’t in the plan.... We had plans together.’
She also revealed she wasn’t getting much sleep, which wasn’t helping with things. When asked if there were rows she said, ‘To be fair, I’m not an easy person to live with but I didn’t think it was bad enough to break up,’ revealing that she is moving back home to be with her family.
JUNE SARPONG JOINED US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT HER MISSION TO TACKLE ONLINE BULLYING
June joined Andrea, Jane and Nadia today to talk about how she's recently joined forces with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Willow Smith to create an anti-bullying campaign, Be Cool Be Nice.
Talking about how brilliant the campaign is, she explained, 'The idea is to encourage young people to be cool to be nice. The book is a kind of toolkit to show you what you can do and how your words impact people - it’s really interactive.'
On online abuse, she added, 'In one way the internet has made things better, but in another it’s made things worse. You can troll people and be distant from it. Even as adults we get bullied.'
TAMARA ECCLESTONE JOINED US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT REVEALING WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOOR
Tamara joined Christine, Linda, Janet and Stacey to chat about her new ITVBe reality series which gives viewers an insight into her lavish lifestyle and about being a mother to her three year old daughter Sophia.
On what it’s like to make the decision to open up her house to the cameras she said, ‘It’s something that Jay and I talked about a lot. But looking back on the show we did when our daughter was really young, we watch it back and we see these really amazing memories of her. She’s changed so much and it’s the nicest, fanciest home video so we thought our house is such a happy place and she’s such an amazing little girl, we have nothing to hide.’
She also spoke about what her daughter Sophia was like in front of the cameras saying ‘she absolutely loved it and when we were on a break from filming she would say ‘Mummy why are we not filming today? Where are the filmers I love to show them what I’m doing’ she loves to be the centre of attention and take centre stage.’
OUR FAVOURITE STRICTLY PRO JOINED US TO TALK ABOUT STRICTLY AND HIS NEW ALBUM PLUS HAS ONE LAST DANCE WITH RUTH.
They may have left Strictly but they’ll still be our favourite! Anton du Beke was reunited with our very own Ruth Langsford to discuss their experience with Coleen, Janet and Nadia after it sadly came to an end this weekend.
Anton described Strictly as ‘This huge shared experience that is truly unique’ as well as adding ‘The biggest thing for me is that the person I’m dancing with is having a great time. I loved it!’
We also asked him about that infamous fall last week. ‘It was a beautiful moment I loved it. The next thing I know I’m lying on the floor and then suddenly the room went a bit dark and I thought to myself ‘I’m not going to want to watch this back later.’ There’s a lovely photograph from the end of the room and they’ve taken the photograph of us on the floor and my arms are like this and all you see are my feet.’
He also spoke about his new album which he describes as ‘Songs that I’ve danced to throughout my career and a couple of brand new tracks. It’s been a wonderful experience to put it together.’
Watch the video to see more from Anton and dance with Ruth for the last time.