GEMMA COLLINS TALKS BABY PLANS AND WHY JENNIFER ANISTON MADE HER CRY
She left Dancing On Ice with a smile on her face and two and a half stone lighter. And Gemma joined us to talk about starting a family with boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent.
“I was told I needed to lose weight, that was why I agreed to doing Dancing On Ice, because it was going to help me long-term,' she said. “I’ve definitely struggled with it [questions about having children]. A lot of my friends that I’ve been on TOWIE with have all gone on to have children and it’s just, everyone’s always like, ‘When are you going to have a baby?’ I did have a few problems and did feel kind of, not fully whole, as a woman. Because it was, ‘Oh my god I can’t have children, people are going to look down on me'.”
Gemma revealed she'd need some help to get pregnant but it will be possible despite first being told she'd struggle. “They just said I need to lose weight, they will put me on a drug called Clomid and we will start the process. That is something I’ll be looking to do at the end of the year," she explained.
“Regarding Jennifer Aniston, she spoke out this year and she said, ‘Do not define me as a woman just because I haven’t had children’. When I heard that I cried. I had a cup of tea indoors, I had a couple of Rich Tea biscuits and I thought, ‘Do you know what, you’ve made me feel today, totally OK about myself and where I am in my life.’”
Speaking of her plans to have children, Gemma said: “Arg is the one that keeps going on to me about it. It’s like, ‘Come on Gem’. Then he says, ‘I would like to be married first’. I’m like, ‘Arg, just go and get that yellow diamond and let’s get things moving’. We’re definitely going to marry. We will marry. He wants to do it all properly.”
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REBEKAH VARDY ON HOW A ROUTINE SMEAR TEST SAVED HER LIFE
On today's Loose Women, guest Rebekah Vardy joined us to talk about our new campaign #FaceYourSmear and opened up about her own smear test scare.
Rebekah shared that after the birth of her son Taylor, now 9, her routine smear came back showing abnormal cells: “They wanted me to go back in and have a loop biopsy almost immediately. They were pre-cancerous cells. Obviously it was petrifying, you think the worst. It was around the time that Jade Goody had lost her life to cervical cancer, so that was in the back of my mind obviously. I had two young children. The worst crosses your mind. You can’t help but think, ‘I don’t want my kids to grow up without a mum’. It was hard.
She later added: “I had to have a loop biopsy. I had to have anaesthetic injected into my cervix and then it’s electronic, like a loop and it burns off the cancerous cells. It’s not the most pleasant experience, but it saved my life.”
Women attending smear tests is at a 21-year low in England, with 1 in 4 women in the UK overdue. With more than 3,000 diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and almost 900 deaths annually in the UK, we are encouraging viewers to pledge to attend their test via the FACE YOUR SMEAR pledge button on our website.
Watch the video to see the full conversation with Rebekah.
What to expect from a smear test
Tips to make cervical screening better for you. Everyone’s experience is different, but knowing these tips before you go for cervical screening may help you feel more comfortable:
Ask for a nurse or doctor of a particular gender – for example, a female nurse. If you have a nurse or doctor you trust, check with your GP surgery if they are able to do your test.
Book a longer or double appointment. If you think you may need more time during or after your test, check if your GP surgery offers it. Be prepared for your GP surgery’s receptionist to ask why you need a longer appointment and remember you do not have to disclose anything.
AN EMOTIONAL SAIRA KHAN ON HER DANCING ON ICE 'FAIRYTALE' COMING TO AN END
Loose Women's very own Saira Khan spoke tearfully of her exit from Dancing on Ice on today’s show, joined by her dance partner Mark Hanretty.
Getting emotional after watching her highlights Saira said of leaving the skating show: “I’m going to be really honest, I am really gutted. I genuinely am really gutted. Mark was just taking me to that next stage.”
Saira also addressed comments from viewers that fellow dancer Gemma Collins should have gone, saying: “I’ve got to give credit where credit’s due, Gemma came up to me last night and said, ‘I should have been in the skate-off not you’. She did say that, honestly. She knows it. But look, it’s a TV show. It’s about performance and people are keeping her in. Whatever you think of her, I want to watch her on the ice. I want to know what she does next. This is where it’s TV versus a skating show.”
Saira added: “I was living a childhood dream of dancing. I was gutted when it ended. Mark was bringing such emotion out of me.”
Watch the video to see the full conversation with Saira and Mark.
Janet Street-Porter joins the cast of Neighbours!
Our Janet returned from Australia with exciting news - she's filmed a cameo in Neighbours!
The appearance is part of our ‘20 before 20’ challenge, which sees the Loose Women ticking off items on their ‘wish list’ before we celebrate 20 years on air this September.
“When I was in Australia I flew to Melbourne and I have a role in Neighbours! I get to play myself, I have more than one line. I’m not allowed to say any more, we are keeping it very, very secret. I spent the whole day on the sent. I went all round the set,' Janet explained.
And she got a guided tour of Erinsborough too! “Stefan [Dennis], alias Paul [Robinson], showed me round. I had to do my lines, I smiled so much my face was aching," Janet added.
The special episode of Neighbours will air on 19 April 2019.
Watch the video to see Janet talking to Neighbours couple Takaya Honda (David Tanaka) and Matt Wilson (Aaron Brennan) who got married in the show's first gay wedding.
STEPHANIE DAVIS OPENS UP ABOUT ALCOHOLISM AND GOING TO REHAB
Hollyoaks actress Stephanie joined us to talk about going to rehab following multiple suicide attempts and alcoholism.
Steph, who has a son, Caben-Albi, with ex partner Jeremy McConnell, opened up about asking to go to rehab and paid tribute to her little boy who she says 'saved her life'.
On going to rehab, Steph said, "I think you can only really do it yourself. People were telling me for ages. I didn't want to hear it. I gave up the fight. I did not want to do it every day. It wasn't out of choice. It's an illness and I was broken. When I said I wanted to go to rehab my mum and auntie cried. They said, 'We've got our Steph back'."
"At the end I was drinking every day, a lot, probably three bottles of wine in the morning," she revealed. "I got told I had trauma and PTSD when I got to rehab. I was having panic attacks and anxiety. I was having night terrors. I was using it to go to sleep. I was in so much pain. I had to realise that blocked the pain for a while but then it starts to take and take and take."
"I didn’t want to live. I wanted to die. I didn’t want to live anymore. I tried to kill myself,' Steph explained. "But when I thought about doing it again it was scary. I thought it's not to leave him [Caben] without a mum and a dad."
Steph returned to Hollyoaks playing Sinead O'Connor in May 2018 after three years away from the soap and is now happy in a relationship with co-star Owen Warner.
Watch the video to see the full conversation with Steph.
EXCLUSIVE: KATIE PRICE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON REHAB, DRUGS AND HARVEY'S LAW
Katie Price returned to talk openly about her most difficult year in which she went to rehab and had money worries.
“They [the press] said I was in rehab for drink and drugs. Nothing to do with that at all, absolutely nothing," Katie said. "I wasn’t even near anyone who was doing drink and drugs in The Priory. I was in there as they said.. severe traumatic rehabilitation is what I needed. It was to do with all that had happened to me at the beginning of the year. So if you imagine in year ago I got told my mum was dying, my dog got run over and killed on my driveway, my horse got killed outside my house, I had a kidnap threat with Harvey, I caught the ex husband cheating again then obviously divorcing him, then I had the hijack where I was held at gunpoint in South Africa.”
“If you imagine all of that..It was a nightmare so I went to the doctors and said I’m not myself. I wouldn’t go horse riding, I just wanted to sleep all the time, I couldn’t turn to anyone. So I went into the Priory, I wasn’t a resident in there, I literally took the kids to school went in there for the day and picked the kids up after.”
On 'self medicating' with drugs, Katie revealed: "I think that’s why my family and friends were really hurt and didn’t know what to do because I’ve never been in … for all those years in this industry .. you can choose that path if you want or you don’t and I didn’t, I purely did it to self medicate….but I went to the doctors and said this isn’t me and I told them the truth.”
“I wasn’t really drinking, just self medicating on drugs basically. It’s disgusting but it was my way of dealing with it. That’s when I was like: no, I know I need help, this is not me. At least I can hold my hands up and I’m so glad I did because if I didn’t speak out I would probably still be in that rut now.”