Lauren Goodger reveals friend's died from coronavirus

Towie star Lauren Goodger has said a mutual friend has died from coronavirus, as the Covid-19 pandemic grips the nation.

Sharing an image of her mate, referred to as Spud, Lauren implored her followers to take the lockdown rules seriously.

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According to the reality star, he died after contracting the illness in hospital – however she didn’t share more details pertaining to his symptoms.

‘Rest in peace Spud. This virus is real, and it’s spreading,’ a message on Lauren’s Instagram read on Wednesday.

It added: ‘Please stay at home people.’

The 33-year-old star added: ‘So sad a friend of a friend died yesterday from Islington.

‘He caught the virus from hospital and didn’t make it.

‘This is real just keep safe and clean.’

Lauren’s post and message comes just days after she become embroiled in an argument with an NHS worker after ignoring the rules around quarantine and social distancing.

She’d refused to let the Covid-19 outbreak stop her from living her life as she headed out and about in Essex last week, wearing a black face mask to protect herself.

Sharing paparazzi pictures of her outdoors and wearing the mask to Instagram, Lauren wrote: ‘So today was covid19 mask. Be safe, be careful and keep clean #quarantine #thanks #onlines.’

However, this did not come without backlash from her followers, in particular NHS workers who criticised her for ‘mocking’ the illness and not choosing to self-isolate indoors.

Lauren was not afraid to snap back, and responded to the many comments she received, as she stated she will continue to work in her beauty salon ‘until the government and NHS says all salons are closed’.

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One disappointed NHS employee said: ‘You are not meant to be out. So so selfish. Did you seriously not think before posting this??’

She added: ‘I work for the NHS. People are dying. Please delete this and please stay indoors.’

‘I am working, please shut up,’ Lauren responded. ‘Until the government and NHS says all salons are closed, until then, I will be working!’

‘As a NHS worker you are taking the p***,’ another added. How ridiculous!’

To which Lauren then replied: ‘What about?! You should know better then.’

Despite the previous malarkey on social media, the amount of videos Lauren has been filming on her social media today shows she’s taking the social distancing much more seriously this week.

And besides, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has closed all the beauty salons, anyway.

Coronavirus UK lockdown: key points

The key points of Boris Johnson’s historic address are as follows:

  • Britain ordered into coronavirus lockdown except for shopping and exercise
  • The NHS will not be able to handle coronavirus if too many people become seriously unwell
  • Police will be able to issue fines to people not obeying lockdown measures
  • Shops, churches and playgrounds to close
  • Weddings and christenings banned
  • Gatherings of more than two now forbidden

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Lauren Simon returns to Real Housewives Of Cheshire as ‘ball buster’ Nicole Sealey joins cast – The Sun

LAUREN Simon will return to the Real Housewives of Cheshire after making her exit from the reality show in 2018.

She will not be coming alone however, as Nicole Sealey will also be joining the cast.

The fan favourite, who is the only cast mate that has lived in Cheshire her whole life, is back and ready to have fun with the girls.

"Having been a cast member since the very beginning, I’m honoured to be making my return to the show," Lauren said.

She added: "The cast and crew are like a family to me and after a particularly difficult year, I’m over the moon to be able to come back and have some fun with my girlies!”

The 44-year-old left the ITVBe show in 2018 and despite bosses remaining tight-lipped on her reason for stepping away, her co-star Dawn Ward told Manchester Evening News that she left due to personal reasons.

Nicole will be joining the show as a full-time housewife and she can't wait to get started.

"Since moving to Cheshire five years ago with my family, I’ve come across many of The Real Housewives, but joining the show is a brilliant opportunity to get to know all of them better," Nicole explained.

"I’m proud to join such an amazing and powerful group of women. I can’t wait to get started!"

The newcomer is married to the late Manchester United legend Les Sealey's son Joe and the couple have three children together, two daughters and one son.

Entrepreneur and self proclaimed "bull buster" Nicole Sealey will become the newest member of the cast, as she was spotted filming the finale for the 11th series of the hit reality show.

The no-nonsense star's claim to fame is being the daughter-in-law of late Manchester United goalkeeper Les Sealey.

She looked glam as the cameras captured her out on the town with the rest of the RHOC ladies.

The blonde bombshell stunned in a in a silky floor-length fuschia dress, as she was joined by Christine McGuinness, Dawn Ward, Ester Dee, Hanna Kinsella, Rachel Lugo, Seema Malhotra, Tanya Bardsley and the returning Lauren.

Born and bred in Cheshire, Lauren Simon is a stay-at-home mother and self-proclaimed ‘domestic goddess’.

Simon is married to property developer, Paul Simon, who was also a main character during their first stint on the show.

She owns property in Cheshire and Marbella and has landed a number of lucrative business deals outside of the Real Housewives show.

As well as signing as a Celebrity Presenter for Ideal World, she’s also launched her own perfume.

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