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Cheryl's husband receives 'substantial' privacy payout

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her husband were not at the court hearing. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The husband of X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has accepted substantial undisclosed privacy damages over a "very upsetting" magazine article about his family life.

Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer in July, brought proceedings for invasion of privacy against National Magazine Company Ltd, publisher of Reveal magazine.

The article detailed his childhood, his life in France where he was brought up and made public information about his father and late mother.

Mr Fernandez-Versini's solicitor, Callum Galbraith, told Judge Richard Parkes that the "deeply intrusive" article was very upsetting for his client.

The publisher accepted that it invaded his privacy, apologised and agreed to pay substantial damages and his legal costs.

Oxo dad: Lynda was 'like the lady next door'

Redfern and Bellingham became household faces as stars in the Oxo adverts. Credit: PA

The man who played Lynda Bellingham's husband in the famous Oxo ads has paid tribute to his former on-screen wife after her death, saying: "Lynda never left the room quietly."

Michael Redfern, the "Oxo dad", told BBC News that Bellingham was liked by everyone on set.

She remembered the names of the crew by name - something I couldn't do. She was a people person.

– Michael Refern, former 'Oxo dad'

Asked why the public had taken her to their hearts, he said: "She was just normal - she was like the lady next door, or the wife or your mother."


Loose Women co-stars pay tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Stars of ITV's Loose Women have paid tribute to former co-presenter Lynda Bellingham after her death from cancer.

Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Linda Robson were among a host of others issuing messages on Twitter following then news.


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Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 66 is to be buried in Somerset. Lynda was married to Michael Pattemore from Crewkerne who bought the couple a plot for them both.

Lynda has chronicled her final months living with cancer in her book There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You, which will be published next week.

In her memoirs, she writes: “Does one choose a funeral with hymns and prayers that suit only the deceased? Surely part of the mourning process is for the loved ones left behind? Should they not be allowed some say?

“Michael thinks it would be great for our friend Peter Delaney, the vicar who married us, to come down to Somerset – Michael’s old stomping ground and a place we love – and conduct the service there.

“I say: ‘I wouldn’t expect everyone to have to come all the way down here to pay their respects. I want a tribute, or something that is nice and handy and anyone who fancies coming in and saying goodbye can do so easily, not have to get on a train for three hours.’

“We have reached a compromise, I think, and there will be a service in Somerset and a knees-up in London. So if you are passing, do drop in for a quick boogie.”

Lynda's TV colleagues 'devastated' at news of her death

Actor Simon Pegg, who starred with the actress in 1990s TV show Faith In The Future, said:

Actress and presenter Amanda Holden wrote:

Kirstie Allsopp said:

Fellow presenter Ben Shephard said:

Lynda Bellingham: I wanted family to remember me happy

Lynda Bellingham told ITV's This Morning two weeks ago that she had come to terms with her cancer and had used her final months to talk more with her children.

Actress Lynda Bellingham on This Morning earlier this month. Credit: This Morning/ITV

Discussing the launch of her book, There's Something I've Been Dying To Tell You, she said she was "overwhelmed" by the responses she had received since revealing her battle with the disease.

But on the decision to end her chemotherapy, she insisted: "I haven't decided to die."

Bellingham said she had told her husband and children: "I don't want you to see me at the last - I want you to remember me happy."

The 66-year-old told Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden she was "determined to hang on until Christmas" - a wish publicly shared by her husband - but has sadly died just weeks later.

Husband had 'prayed' Bellingham would see Christmas

Michael Pattemore with wife Lynda Bellingham after she received an OBE earlier this year. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Lynda Bellingham's husband recently said he hoped to spend one final Christmas with his wife after her decision to end chemotherapy treatment.

In an interview with Yours magazine, Michael Pattemore had said: "I just don't know what the next few weeks will bring or how I'm going to cope."

The only thing that's giving me comfort is that Lynda is very much at peace with everything; we've managed to sort everything out. I just pray to God she gets to see Christmas Day again. It's what she wants.

– Michael Pattemore, Yours magazine

Pattemore, who married Bellingham in 2008, added: "Unfortunately it doesn't matter how positive I am on this one, the Good Lord is going to take her. End of.

"It's scary and it's going to create the biggest hole in my life."

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