Loose Women Linda Robson downed rum while M&S shoppers watched during breakdown

Loose Women star Linda Robson has bravely opened up how she knocked back rum in Marks and Spencer supermarket while shoppers watched on during her breakdown.

The former Birds Of Feather actress, 61, suffered a breakdown 18 months ago which saw her life spiral out of control has she trend to alcohol and nearly destroyed her family.

Linda has been in the showbiz circle since the age of 10 and also also been known as a survivor.

The first indication that Linda was not well was when the police were called to her house in January last year when, by her own admission, the telly favourite was in the middle of a mental breakdown.

After three visits to different clinics, her erratic behaviour was put down to a rare allergic reaction to an anti-depressant and she is now on the road to recovery.

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Linda checked herself into a six-week stay in a central London clinic in a bid to get better for her family.

She told The Sun: "I went willingly because I wanted to make myself better but didn’t know how to. My family came every day."

She told the doctors in the new clinic that her treatment wan't helping her anxiety so they decided to up her medication.

Linda recalled: "The nurses were lovely and there was one, in particular, I took a shine to.

"One day, about four weeks in, she suggested she could take me out for a coffee because I was doing so well."

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During the stroll, Linda asked if she could pop in to a nearby Marks & Spencer shop where she went up to the counter selling alcohol, when the nurses was momentarily distracted.

She said: "I asked for vodka and they said they didn’t have it, so I pointed at a bottle of rum and said I’d have that instead.

"The woman handed it to me, so I opened it and started to knock it back in the shop whilst members of the public watched.

'I’d already necked half of it by the time the security guards came over and grabbed me, and the poor nurse was saying, ‘Oh, Linda, I’m never taking you out for a coffee again.’

"We went back to the hospital and she told them what I’d done. I’ve still never paid Marks & Spencer’s for the rum."

Linda made her return to the spotlight in January as she was reunited with her Loose Women co-stars on the ITV daytime show.

During her chat with the gal pals, Linda explained she needed t take a break from the she after struggling with severe OCD condition.

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30

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Trump hinted at shutting the US border with Mexico over coronavirus but backtracked 10 minutes later

  • President Donald Trump hinted that the US was considering shutting its southern border with Mexico, due to the novel coronavirus.
  • Mexico has three cases of the coronavirus; the US confirmed its first fatality on Saturday.
  • Trump told reporters at a press conference on Saturday the administration was "looking at" the southern border. He backtracked 10 minutes later.
  • But Reuters reported Saturday that the administration was considering restrictions, citing Department of Homeland Security officials.
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Trump's administration is weighing closing the US border with Mexico as an apparent caution against the novel coronavirus, the president said on Saturday.

Asked directly about the southern border, Trump told journalists during a press conference: "Yes, we are thinking about the southern border… We are looking at that very strongly."

Pressed by reporters, Trump appeared to backtrack 10 minutes later: "We have a great relationship, as you know, with Mexico… we're thinking about all borders. But that is not a border, as it pertains to what we're talking about here, this is not a border that seems to be much of a problem right now."

Mexico said on Friday it had detected three cases of the coronavirus in men who had recently travelled to Italy. After Brazil, this makes it the second Latin American country to see cases of the infection.

At least 69 Americans have been diagnosed with the virus, the majority of whom are repatriated citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The US confirmed its first death on Saturday from coronavirus infection, a man in his 50s in the state of Washington. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk to Americans from the virus remains low.

Despite Trump's apparently contradictory remarks, Reuters reported on Saturday that the administration is indeed weighing up a border closure. Two Department of Homeland Security officials reportedly told the outlet they had been told to prepare a range of responses to the outbreak. That includes having preliminary discussions about border closures.

Trump has previously threatened to shut the border with Mexico over immigrants coming into the US, but retreated from the idea. On Saturday he said the numbers of illegal immigrants coming over the border were "way down." 

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Mikey Garcia knocked his opponent down and then challenged Manny Pacquiao to a fight which could land in Saudi Arabia this summer

  • Mikey Garcia dropped Jessie Vargas in the fifth round en route to a decision win in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday.
  • Victory for the former four-weight world champion could tee up a shot at one of boxing's marquee attractions — Manny Pacquiao.
  • Garcia challenged Pacquiao to a welterweight fight in a video message filmed in the locker room after his win over Vargas.
  • Garcia's promoter, Eddie Hearn, had previously said that a Pacquiao fight could happen in Saudi Arabia this summer.
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Mikey Garcia knocked his opponent down and then challenged Manny Pacquiao to a fight which could land in Saudi Arabia this summer.

After being serenaded by a mariachi band in the Ford Center locker room, Garcia walked to the Frisco ring and, though he surrendered the opening four rounds because of Jessie Vargas' activity, found his power in the fifth to floor his opponent with a textbook one-two combination on Saturday.

Watch Garcia drop Vargas here:

Garcia dominated the middle rounds through an increase in punch activity but his overall victory was by no means one-sided, edging the three ringside judges' cards with scores of 114-113 and 116-111 (twice).

Back in the locker room, Garcia, who was looking sweaty with a face which was slightly swollen, filmed a video message where he challenged Spence Jr. to a rematch and Manny Pacquiao to a summer showdown.

"I told you guys we'd be back," he said. "Looking for bigger things [now]. Manny Pacquiao … maybe a rematch with Errol Spence. See you guys again."

"Our preference, if Mikey Garcia were to be triumphant on Saturday night, is to make that Manny Pacquiao fight in July," Garcia's promoter Eddie Hearn, the group managing director of Matchroom Sport, said at a press conference earlier this week.

Hearn had previously said that Saudi Arabia would be a likely destination despite criticism last year that staging events in the authoritarian state — like the $100 million rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua in Diriyah — was an attempt by the Kingdom to "sportswash" its human rights abuses.

"They [Saudi Arabia] want that [Pacquiao and Garcia] fight," Hearn said in December, according to Boxing Scene.

"They want the biggest of the biggest fights in Saudi Arabia. They have loads of money and are not going anywhere. If you get [a mega fight], they have the money for it."

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2020 Best of Houzz Awards winners revealed

Through the keyhole of Britain’s most desirable rooms: A vibrant home office and an outdoor kitchen fit for a chef are named among the best in the UK by architecture giant Houzz

  • Photos showcase jaw-dropping British properties which have all recognised in the 2020 Best of Houzz Awards
  • The regional highlights include a vibrant home office in Edinburgh and a children’s bedroom in Cardiff
  • Stunning images reveal the tastes of Houzz’s millions of users, searching for the latest property inspiration

From a games room with an eye-catching mural to a bedroom that’s an oasis of calm, these photos represent some of the very best in British interior design. 

The properties have each been recognised in the 2020 Best of Houzz Awards, which celebrate the country’s most admired houses. 

 The awards are handed out to celebrate the work of just 3 per cent of the more than 2.5million home professionals listed on Houzz, a leading platform for home renovation and design, based on users’ votes.

The images below each represent regional finalists across a number of rooms – including gardens, master bedrooms and home office – and it is easy to see why they proved so popular.

So, if you’re in need of inspiration, scroll down to take a look at these showstopping homes. 

Oxford: A contemporary games room designed by Riach Architects proved popular in Oxford. Featuring a bespoke wall mural, lots of seating and pool table make this basement a dream teen hangout. Design: Riach Architects

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Four 'Love is Blind' Stars Are Already Legally Married

The 2 “Love Is Blind” couples that got married on the season finale didn’t do it just for cameras … they’re legit, ’cause we got receipts.

This is where we drop those magic words — SPOILER ALERT — just in case ya haven’t gotten to the big finish yet for the Netflix series.

If you did, then you know Matt Barnett and Amber Pike, and Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed all said “I do”. Of course, y’know how reality TV works … sometimes they do things just for show — but that’s not the case here. We checked with the Fulton County Court in Atlanta, and a rep tells us they do indeed have marriage records for BOTH couples.

Matt and Amber got married on November 13, 2018. Cameron and Lauren followed 3 days later. We know what you’re thinking — considering the marriages are a shot in the dark, we also checked divorce records and came up with nada.

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As rabid fans of the hit Netflix show know by now … Matt, Amber, Cameron and Lauren were the only couples who agreed on marriage when the highly-anticipated season finale dropped. Sorry, Mark Cuevas.

Anyway, there’s a reunion slated for March 5, which is likely when the foursome will reveal they’ve been real-life married people.

Mazel tov!!! Twice.

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Dancing On Ice star ‘in black cab crash’ ahead of show semi-final

Dancing On Ice professional skater Matt Evers, has shared a traumatic experience on social media after the black cab he was travelling in was involved in a crash.

The 43-year-old made British TV history when he partnered Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins in the ITV skating show, to become the first single-sex pairing.

Dancing On Ice has reached the business end of the competition, with the semi-finals being judged live on Sunday evening.

Matt and H were unfortunately knocked out of the competition a few weeks ago, with Matt now taking part in the professionals' group numbers.

He was left a little shaken by the accident on Saturday night but more for the actions of the other drivers involved in the smash.

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Taking to Twitter , Matt revealed that his cab driver was left feeling "p***ed off" as the other drivers fled the scene without exchanging details.

Matt wrote: "My Black Cab has just been in an accident. After the collision both parties have driven off. This surely is not standard practice. I’m ok but WTAF…. who do I contact? My driver is to say the least p***ed off."

The skating pro was flooded with suggestions from fans as to what actions he should take, with a number of them saying that he should contact the police.

One fan suggested: "OMG what is wrong with people! Definitely would report it to the police. Hope you're doing OK."

Another was concerned for Matt's wellbeing: "OMG so glad u r ok hope u were still checked over. WTAF indeed as everyone says police and possibly taxi guys office hope they r caught."

Matt has recently spoken out about the effect of Dancing On Ice co-host, Phillip Schofield, coming out and "normalising" the process.

Matt was married to a woman before coming out in his 20s – and says Phil’s brave honesty will help others internally struggling with their sexuality.

“It has to not be a thing to come out,” says Matt.

"There are a lot of people who are struggling with their identity and struggling with their sexuality, and just making it more normal helps people ease into that process."

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Five foods to boost sleep – and what to cut from your diet NOW

Eat your way to great sleep: The five common foods that will benefit your shut-eye – and what you need to cut from your diet right NOW

  • Olivia Arezzolo revealed how sardines, cherries and bananas can help with sleep
  • On the flip side, the expert said you should even avoid decaf coffee before bed
  • Spicy foods, cheese and dark chocolate can also all inhibit your slumber 

Four in ten of us don’t get enough sleep, which affects our mood, productivity and rest the next day.

And while, for some, this is on account of a specific sleep disorder, for others among us, it’s because of lifestyle factors including what we eat and drink.

Sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo revealed to FEMAIL the five common foods to help us to get more shut eye and achieve a better night’s kip, and the things you need to cut from your diet right now and why.

Sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo revealed to FEMAIL the five common foods to help us to get more shut eye and achieve a better night’s kip, and the things you need to cut from your diet now

What should you be eating? 

Tart cherries

According to Olivia, cherries – especially tart cherries – are rich in the sleepy hormone melatonin. 

In addition to promoting weight loss, cherries also contain antioxidants like anthocyanins, which work alongside melatonin to help you maintain a deeper sleep for longer.

‘With melatonin regulating your sleep-wake cycle, after a punnet of cherries you’ll be sleepier in the evening – and more likely to wake up full of beans too,’ Olivia told Daily Mail Australia.


Another fruit to stock up on before bed is bananas, which are filled with magnesium to ‘induce muscular relaxation and mental calmness’.

‘Bananas are great before you go to bed because they supply the body with vitamin B6m which is a con-factor in the conversion of the amino acid tryptophan into melatonin,’ Olivia said. 

IF you are someone who struggles with sleep, you might want to try having a banana before you hit the hay.


Like salmon and tuna, sardines are an excellent dinner choice for a good night’s sleep.

Olivia said this is because they contain 61 per cent of your daily omega 3 needs.

‘Sardines help to reduce anxiety, which is a key factor in nighttime rumination,’ she said.


If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you could also try seaweed – which is a good alternative to fatty fish.

‘It supplies the body with similar nutrients needed for sleep, including omega 3s, amino acid tryptophan and magnesium,’ Olivia said.


Lastly, that leafy green vegetable isn’t just good for your waistline, as Olivia said it can help your sleep too.

‘High in calcium, kale and other collared greens like spinach assist in the production of melatonin,’ she said.

Because of its high fibre content, it will also help to keep any midnight cravings at bay. 

Sardines contain 61 per cent of your daily omega 3 needs, which can help with anxiety at nighttime (stock image)

What should you be avoiding? 

Coffee – even decaf coffee

While you might be aware that coffee even in the afternoon can be a bad idea for your sleeping patterns, what you might not be so aware of is the fact that even your decaf habit could be wreaking havoc with your sleep.

‘Decaf coffee still has caffeine,’ Olivia said.

‘It might not be nearly as much as regular coffee at 100mg, but with 7mg, if you are a sensitive sleeper, this could be enough to keep you up.’

Swap out your evening decaf brew for a calming peppermint or chamomile tea. 

Red wine

Many reach for a glass of red after a long week at work, because wine acts as a ‘sedative’ and helps to make us feel relaxed.

‘The truth is it isn’t a sedative and it will only limit your REM sleep and cause you to wake up later in the night,’ Olivia said.

If you must drink red wine, at least try to stop one hour before you go to bed. 

This will give the alcohol a chance to process in your body before you try to sleep.

Lastly, the expert revealed you should try to avoid having anything too spicy in the evenings, as it has the potential to inhibit shut-eye (stock image)

Dark chocolate

Steer clear of dark chocolate if you want a good night’s kip, as even though it has magnesium, it is also rich in caffeine – and has as much as 25 per cent of a standard cup of coffee.

‘Combined with all of the sugar it has, this isn’t a sleep supporter,’ Olivia said.


Cheese is regularly enjoyed in the evening after a dinner party, but research shows that cheese is a major contributor to strange and restless dreams. 

‘Researchers believe this is due to the effect of cheese on mood and cognition,’ Olivia said.

Spicy foods

Lastly, the expert revealed you should try to avoid having anything too spicy in the evenings, as it has the potential to inhibit shut-eye.

‘The British Cheese Board study found spicy foods have the potential to disrupt deep sleep,’ she said.

For more information about Olivia Arezzolo, you can visit her website here

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How you can stop overeating at three key times of the day

From the afternoon munchies to the ‘9.30pm sugar hit’: Dietitian reveals how you can stop overeating at three key times of the day

  • Dietitian Susie Burrell said key overeating times are 11:01am, 3:14pm and 9:31pm
  • But you can avoid a complete calorie overload at these times with strategies
  • Rather than reach for sugar, the dietitian recommends protein-rich options
  • Susie also suggests an ‘eating cut off’ of 8 or 9pm, to prevent bingeing 

Whether you are someone who can’t get to lunchtime without an 11am snack or you find yourself mindlessly grazing at 9.30pm hours after dinner, we all have ‘eating traps’ we fall into day in day out.

In fact, a survey commissioned by a UK supplement company several years ago found that there are three danger times when it comes to eating, or overeating – 11:01am, 3:14pm and 9:31pm.

These are the times when we are at highest risk of consuming a complete calorie overload. 

Now, Australian dietitian Susie Burrell has shared how you can stop overeating at these points and unveil your best body yet. 

Australian dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) has shared how you can stop overeating at key times including 11:01am, 3:14pm and 9:31pm

The 11am hunger 

Chances are if you had breakfast around 7.30 or 8am, by the time the clock strikes 11 o’clock, you will be feeling a little peckish.

But rather than reach for the nearest muffin, cake or high-carb treat, Susie recommends you choose something a little healthier and have it at around 10.30am, so you don’t end up pushing back your lunch to 2 or 3pm.

‘Ideally this snack will contain just 100-200 calories and 5-10g of protein to keep the hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime,’ Susie wrote on her blog. 

It should be enough to satiate your hunger for a couple of hours, not numb it so you’re not hungry for your main meal.

Good options here that the dietitian recommends include a small coffee, 100 grams of Greek yoghurt and berries or some wholegrain crackers and cheese.

The afternoon munchies around 3pm is perhaps the most popular time for diets to fall by the wayside as your blood glucose levels have dropped (stock image)

The afternoon munchies 

The afternoon munchies around 3pm is perhaps the most popular time for diets to fall by the wayside. 

This is because our blood glucose levels have dropped two or three hours after a meal, and we are likely to feel peckish.

‘This tends to correspond to 3-4pm each workday when the lure of the vending machine or box of office fundraising chocolates becomes to much and we seek out sweet food to boost our glucose levels,’ Susie said.

But these snacks are unlikely to leave you satisfied, and will instead leave you craving more food by the end of the working day.

A far better idea is to opt for something protein-rich and nutrient-dense, whether that is a nut-based snack bar, crackers with a savoury topping like cottage cheese or hummus, or vegetables with a dip.

Susie said by having a decent snack at this time, you will likely set yourself up to avoid binge eating when you arrive home at 6pm. 

Susie said there is a reason biscuit and chocolate manufacturers advertise treat-style foods in the evenings, and that is because we routinely overeat at this time (stock image)

The 9.30pm hit

Last but not least, for many of us, our overeating trap is that time after dinner, when you’re relaxing in front of the TV and ‘the thought of a cup of tea and something sweet is just what you feel like to round out a long day’.

Susie said there is a reason biscuit and chocolate manufacturers advertise treat-style foods in the evenings, and that is because we routinely overeat at this time. 

‘Eating sweet foods in front of the television is a bad habit, and a habit that can be exceptionally difficult to break, especially when you have done it for many years,’ she said.

But it can be done. Try to control the amount of calories you eat at this time by just having a few squares of dark chocolate or an individually-wrapped small bar.

The dietitian also recommends setting yourself an ‘eating cut off’ each day, whether that is 8 or 9pm.

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‘Ben Affleck’ Dancing In Viral Video Isn’t Ben Affleck But He Should Be

A viral video of a Ben Affleck-lookalike dancing seemed to have some Instagram viewers believing it was the Batman actor himself.

Celebrity gossip site The Shade Room posted a clip Thursday of the doppelganger rocking out with the Virginia State University marching band. It added the caption: “What in the Ben Affleck 😩 Manss been waiting on this moment his whole life.”

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The site tagged Jason Harper, the Fox 49 news anchor in Charlotte, North Carolina, who actually appears in the video with his Fornite-style moves, but some viewers cheered on “The Way Back” star anyway.

“Get it BENNNNN🔥🔥🔥😂,” one commenter posted.

“Ben is a whole MOOD in these streets 😂😂,” wrote another.

 “Good for him!” chirped another.

Several commenters spoiled the party by repeatedly noting that it is NOT Affleck. But wouldn’t it be a better world if it were? 


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Tim Lovejoy: Sunday Brunch host details how he wants to die in chat about late brother

Tim Lovejoy has told Marie Curie that he is currently enjoying life and living in the moment, as his career is at a high, especially with his much-loved “agony uncle” podcast series, Dear Lovejoy. The 51-year-old said: “Things are brilliant, I’m enjoying life. Family life’s good, so I’m enjoying myself. My career’s going well.”

It’s horrific when somebody who you love and who’s been so close to you gets a disease like that

Tim Lovejoy

This comes after Tim lost his brother James, when he was 35 to pancreatic cancer, which was a very difficult and “horrific” experience for him as he watched his brother go through “extreme loneliness”.

“It’s horrific when somebody who you love and who’s been so close to you gets a disease like that. And then you have to watch them slowly deteriorate,” the star commented.

“I think when you’ve got cancer and you’re quite a young man – he was 37 at the time – you believe you’re the only one. So I watched him go through extreme loneliness for a while,” he continued.

Since losing his brother, Tim said that he has realised that society has become more terrified of death.


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The Channel 4 star added: “Up until then I thought I was pretty much immortal, like all young men do. I was about 35 at the time, and I’d just had my kids. And then suddenly you start going, ‘Oh, Christ, people can die’.”

“We’re terrified of death now. Clearly death in young people is tragic. But I think our reality has got slightly warped in the fact that we are all going to die. As it stands at the moment, the death rate in this country is still 100 per cent. That could change, obviously, with medical science, but at the moment it’s 100 per cent.”

The presenter also said that society has created an atmosphere that says: “What can you do about me not dying?” which has resulted in more people being afraid of death.

Tim continued, and went on to say that “there’s a beauty in death” after he interviewed leading Palliative Physician, Dr Kathryn Mannix for his podcast, Dear Lovejoy. After speaking to Dr Mannix and reading her book, With the End in Mind, he realised that there’s a beauty in death.

The presenter also told Marie Curie how he would like to die if he could choose.

He said: “I’d love to die with my daughters surrounding me. So I could talk to them and give them all my stories. I’d like to have my last day sitting in bed or wherever, talking to them. And I’d like a cup of tea.”

Tim continued and thinks that relationships are what matters most when you’re lying on your deathbed.

The Sunday Brunch host is a father to his three daughters, Jamie Jeane, Rose, and Grace.

The television host admitted that he has showed his daughters where his will is to make it as ‘easy as possible’ for them, as he said that they’re more than capable of having that conversation.

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He added: “Literally this week I showed my daughters where my will was, where all my money’s kept, where all my savings are and stuff. They’re 17 now so they’re more than capable of having that conversation. I’m trying to make it as easy as possible for them. I have to die at some stage, and so I might as well discuss it with them. I have no problem discussing death.”

Marie Curie states that our own mortality is one of the hardest things to accept and talk about when the time comes.

Tim advises that to make the conversation a bit more navigable in a difficult time, it is to “listen to the answer and follow up on it”.

He told the terminal illness charity that people forget to ask people how they are feeling, and ask for facts instead. Tim said the art of a good conversation is to listen.


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After speaking about having those important conversations with loved ones, Tim spoke about the importance of carrying on when people have gone and, to keep speaking about them with the people in your life.

He spoke about how death is often seen as a celebration in other countries, for example The Day of the Dead in Mexico.

But he says, in Britain, people tend to move on from the subject as quickly as possible and people are programmed to stop talking about it.

The host continued:“And it’s, like, no, keep talking. Whoever it is that’s died, if they made an impact on your life, keep talking about them. It’s important. Because there is life for someone who’s died in your memories if you keep talking about them. Understand they’re dead, but they’re not gone.”

For more information and guidance visit Marie Curie. 

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