Gok Wan's Christmas fashion advice for the Loose Women: 'Get your underwear right!'


Gok - who is supporting Small business Saturday which supports your local shops - was on hand to give us some festive fashion advice.

'If there's a great dress you really love and you've worn it last year and the year before it doesn't matter, maybe change your accessories and shoes,' Gok said. 'It depends who you feel in that frock.'

And on wearing your favourite dress many times, Gok saying, 'If you feel great in it, you feel great.'

And Gok's fashion tips for the party season?

- Get your underwear right
- Wear a dress that you absolutely want to wear
- Make sure it fits your body shape
- Make sure you're dressing for yourself and not anybody else
- Make sure you have several drinks.

Cheers Gok!

Strictly Come Dancing's Ed Balls teaches the Loose Women to dance: 'I didn't realised I had an inner Beyoncé'


He's left the Strictly dancefloor behind but Ed Balls gave us a twirl when he appeared on the show. Ed, who'll be joining the Strictly tour next year, talked about finding his 'inner Beyonce', returning to politics and losing nearly a stone and a half in weight.

On his professional partner Katja Jones...
'Every now and then, she would say "You've got to work harder", and I would say, "You really wanted Danny Mac, didn't you?"'

On finding his inner diva...
'I don't think I realised I had an inner Beyoncé.'

On being a sex symbol...
'I don't think I've taken that on board. I've taken the snakehips home.'

On returning to politics...
'I'm not sure if I wanted to be an MP again I would've spent last weekend doing Zoolander stuff. I think reality TV and entertainment is a great thing and I'd like to do more of it.'

Loose Women dance with Ed Balls

Gregg Wallace talks about being sexually abused as a child: 'You feel guilty. But you have to speak up'


In an emotional conversation, Gregg talked about being sexually assaulted as a child. He had written about being abused as an eight-year-old child in his autobiography Life on a Plate which was published in 2012.

Talking about the footballers who are coming forward to reveal they had been sexually abused by coaches when they were children, brave Gregg talked about his own feelings.

'I imagine my experience is typical. You feel guilty, you feel like you’re playing some part in it – sorry I’m getting a bit emotional – and of course you haven’t,' he said.

Explaining why he chose to speak out about his abuse, Gregg added: 'I wanted people to know because it happens because it’s people that you like and that you're close to - it's not someone standing in a mac in an alleyway.

'It's someone whose appearance to the rest of the world is that of a decent person. It’s an awful thing.'

Asked what advice he has for any survivors of childhood abuse, Gregg said, 'You have to speak up, you're not in trouble, you haven’t done anything wrong. You're a child, you don’t know what's happening. You're just a part of this – it's being done to you.'

Janet, Ruth, June and Ayda all praised Gregg for his bravery.

If you or someone you know would like to talk about historical sexual abuse, we have helplines here.

Andrea McLean reveals she suffers from social anxiety: 'I get panicky and my heart starts going'


After Robbie Williams discussed having social anxiety over the summer, Andrea explained she

'I have a very anxious personality and I've found it's got worse and worse the older that I get', she said.

'I am like Robbie, I will cancel - sorry to my friends - I'm a nightmare and will cancel on friends an hour before,' Andrea said. 'I get myself worked up. I get eczema here, a little break out [on my cheek]. I get panicky, my heart starts going, I have sweaty palms just thinking about it. I'm rubbish at Christmas dos. The only time I'm comfortable is when people come round to my house.'

'I need a get out clause. Quite often I will drive. I never say goodbye, I slope away and go home, I can escape,' Andrea added.

To find out more about anxiety, you can visit our Lighten The Load campaign here

Robbie Williams shocks wife Ayda Field by confronting her about their sex life: 'You've faking orgasms?'


During a candid conversation about men and women faking orgasm and the need for communication in our sex lives, Ayda surprised the audience by admitting: 'Poor Rob for what I’m about to say. I don’t think I’d be offended if I found out that Rob had faked it because I’ve faked it before. I’m not saying just with Rob, just in general. I have two kids, I’m tired, there’s tea on, there’s I’m A Celebrity, I have things to do.'

'I’m too much of a people pleaser. I feel bad, I want them to be encouraged. You want them to feel strong and manly,' Ayda added.

But just minutes later, Robbie then walked onto the set shocking the panel and confronted Ayda with a smile on his face, saying: 'Oh my Lord. You have been faking it? With me Robbie Williams? Popstar, 18 Brits!'

He then added: 'It's alright darling I love you' with the couple sharing a kiss.

Asked if he's ever faked it, Robbie said: 'Never. Perhaps we could practise tonight faking it' - and high-fived his wife.

Pregnant Rochelle Humes: 'We're not finding out the sex of the baby - but Marvin thinks it's a boy!'


Rochelle only recently revealed she's six months pregnant with her second baby and explained why she kept it a secret.

'It was just super-close people that knew,' she explained. 'The first time I found out I was pregnant unfortunately we got papped coming out of a scan which was early on, so I had that taken away from me. So this time I was like, "I'm gonna be in control of this and keep it quiet as long as possible." We did really well, I now know we've got really good friends, because although they love a gossip they actually kept their mouths shut so I'm impressed.'

Rochelle and husband Marvin are already parents to three-year-old Alaia-Mai but are NOT going to find out if they are having a boy or a girl.

'I'm carrying differently this time,' she said. 'It's more up here [pointing to her cleavage.] They've changed - he likes it more than I do.'

Marvin thinks he knows the gender of their unborn child - and reckons it's a boy! - but Rochelle said she doesn't want to know for sure.

'I've enjoyed it being a surprise this time,' she said. 'I know it sounds bad but I've enjoyed the fuss of my mum wondering what it will be.'

Loose Women on the menopause - hot flushes, depression, palpitations and mood swings


'A quarter of women would consider giving up work because of the menopausal symptoms we go through' a new survey has said. We had a frank conversation about the menopause, the symptoms and affect it has on our lives.

If you need some help you can find out more information and advice on the menopause and hysterectomies

NHS Choices – Menopause & Hysterectomy



Comprehensive information from NHS and with links to other useful organisations.

Menopause Matters


An independent, clinician-led website whose aim is to provide easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options, including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and alternative therapies, so that women and health professionals can make informed choices about menopause management.

Women’s Health Concern – Menopause Factsheet


Women’s Health Concern provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women about their health concerns.

The Daisy Network

The Daisy Network Premature Menopause Support Group is a registered charity for women who have experienced a premature menopause. If you have recently been diagnosed with premature menopause, or suspect that you may be going through it or know someone who may be, then the Daisy Network is here to help you.

The British Menopause Society Factsheets

The BMS is a registered charity and scientific society which is directed at the medical profession with membership open to healthcare professionals and others specialising in post reproductive health. It is dedicated to advancing education in all matters relating to the menopause.

Bake Off winner Candice Brown on getting engaged, writing a baking book and quitting her job as a teacher!


She shot to fame for her incredible baking skills and lipstick obsession. And Bake Off winner Candice was back on the show to tell us what she's been up to since winning the show...

On getting engaged to boyfriend Liam...
'I know [I panicked everyone with the ring] but I just like wearing jewellery. Poor boy – he's like, "Oh god, the pressure", and I'm like, "Don't you dare pressure-ask me to marry you!" I'm wearing a different ring today, on a different finger.
'He's great, he's pretty shy as it is, he's happy just to be there. He tells me everyday that he's proud of me.'

On leaving teaching...
'This has been such an agonising decision to make. Never in a million years did I ever go into the show thinking this would happen. That is why I have been back at school teaching since I won the final.
'I have been teaching for about eight years now and I love it. But since winning the final, I have also been completely bowled over by the amazing opportunities that I have been offered.
'At first, I kept telling the school I would stay until December but they were so incredible and told me I had to grab everything whilst I could.'

On the future...
'A book would be amazing. That would be the ultimate memoir; that's my ideas and my recipes. At the moment there is nothing set in stone, but [quitting teaching] just gives me a bit of time. I haven't had the time to play around with recipes and think about different things. [A TV show?] I think people would be sick of my face and voice!'