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My girlfriend’s pregnant with my baby but she keeps having long chats with her ex – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY girlfriend and her ex have long phone chats and it does my head in when she says how good he was in bed.

We are both 24 and she is expecting my baby. I don’t have a car and she wants me to call her ex when she goes into labour so he can take us to the hospital.

I have said I will call a cab or ambulance but I feel so uneasy. She swears she loves me and just used him for sex. But I know he still has feelings for her though she insists he is just a friend.

I bite my tongue because I want my name on my baby’s birth certificate.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Having your name on the baby’s birth certificate may carry a lot of emotional weight but it will not guarantee you contact with your child if your relationship breaks down.

Find out about your legal rights through Families Need Fathers (fnf.org.uk, 0300 0300 363).

But it is best now to strengthen your relationship with your girlfriend. Ask yourself what she is getting from chats with her ex.

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Maggie McGraw: My Parents Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Taught Me to Give Back

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s second eldest daughter, Maggie McGraw, revealed that being charitable is something she’s been accustomed to from a young age — and she has her famous parents to thank for instilling this quality within her!

“I think I grew up with a mentality that it’s kind of an obligation for you if you have more than other people, to give back,” Maggie, 21, told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this week while promoting the Feed the Front Line Live Presented by CMT, which aired on Wednesday, May 20. “It’s always been instilled in my conscience, but I think this is probably the first time I’ve truly acted on it, like independently outside from, like, high school and volunteering.”

In addition to Maggie, the 53-year-old “Humble and Kind” crooner and 52-year-old “The Way You Love Me” songstress are also parents to Gracie, 23, and Audrey, 18. The country couple’s middle child, however, has generated headlines due to her involvement in organizing the Feed the Front Line Live event.

The virtual concert helped to raise donations that benefit medical professionals and essential workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, while also supporting local restaurants. Major stars including Avril Lavigne, Dustin Lynch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Chesney and Kelsea Ballerini participated.

Maggie is the vice president of the charitable organization’s Nashville chapter. The Stanford University graduate noted that she was “really excited just to see everything come together” in the end.

“This is like a really independent project of mine and aside from my family as well,” she explained to Us. “It’s definitely always been something I valued and something I thought was extremely important for anyone who has privilege to participate in. So this is the first time I’ve actually really spearheaded something myself and gotten really excited about something.”

Maggie revealed that her parents were “the first people” she informed about her involvement in the initiative, adding: “I knew they had a lot more connections than any of us did on the team and so I was like, ‘If any of your friends want to do this, please let me know, reach out to them.’ They were very willing to reach out to people, very willing to do videos for us, very involved in the process.”

Ahead of the big event, the “Highway Don’t Care” crooner praised his daughter’s efforts. “Maggie’s doing some work for a nonprofit called Feed the Front Line. It’s a national nonprofit and she’s organizing the one here in Nashville,” he explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 13. “She’s doing a great job.”

Tim added, “It’s a really great project. I’m really proud of her. She’s doing great stuff.”

To donate or find out more about Feed the Front Line, head over to the charitable organization’s website.

With reporting by Carly Sloane

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Is my school reopening on June 1? How to find out when your kids can go back to class – The Sun

THE Government plans to reopen schools for years one and six on June 1.

But disagreements have left some parents unsure about how to find out whether their children's school will definitely be reopening on that date. Here's how.

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How can I find out if my kid's school is reopening?

The best method of finding out if your child's school is reopening is by direct contact with the school and regular checks on the school's website.

Your local council can also be a good source of information as they will likely know whether a school in their jurisdiction is set to reopen.

Local media such as newspapers and notices can also be of use too.

The government's website outlines a detailed guidance on the reopening of schools.

According to the Government's website: "From the week commencing 1 June at the earliest, we will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups.

"We will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 students (and equivalents) who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups," it adds.

Will all areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland return on the same date?

The government's plan urges all schools to open its doors to specific year groups from June 1.

Some councils have however rejected this plan and are planning to override the government's directive over fears for the safety of staff and pupils alike.

The Government's move has also been slammed by unions who say reopening schools puts teachers at a risk of contracting the disease.

When will a decision on schools reopening be made?

General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton said a decision will be made on May 28.

He added the return of some pupils on June 1 could be delayed, depending on the outcome.

According to schoolsweek, Mr Barton said: "It is also important to understand that the government will only make the final decision on whether to press ahead with the reopening of schools when it reviews the latest science on May 28, and that if the evidence does not support this decision at that time, it will be delayed."

Why are all year groups not going back at the same time?

The Government has chosen to send pupils back to school in a phased manner in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.

According to the Government, having small groups in class is one of the main 'protective measures' in the reopening of schools.

Official guidance states: "By returning pupils gradually settings can initially reduce the number of children and young people in classrooms compared to usual and put protective measures in place to reduce risks."

Although returning will be phased, schools have been advised to operate on a full time basis for those who return.

"Schools should not plan on the basis of a rota system for pupils returning from 1 June, either daily or weekly.

"We are asking schools to welcome back eligible pupils full-time, and do not expect schools to implement flexible approaches, such as rota systems," the statement says.

 

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My wife is threatening to leave with our kids unless I sort out my teenage son – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE MY wife is threatening to move out with our two young daughters unless I sort out my son, by a previous relationship, who also lives with us.

My wife and I have been married for four years and have girls aged five and three.

I am 38, she is 36.

My son is 13 and mainly lived with my ex, his mum, until lockdown when he decided to stay with me.

My wife says he is cheeky and answers her back when I am not around.

But he’s a good kid and I don’t see any of what she talks about.

She says she has had enough and I have to do something.

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DEIDRE SAYS: You have all had to adjust routines but your son is coping with the biggest disruption, at a sensitive age.

Have a round-table talk and agree some house rules about what is and is not OK behaviour, and spend plenty of quality one-to-one time with your son.

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Lockdown with my badly behaved daughter has been a nightmare — I want to send her to boarding school – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I WISH I could send our daughter to boarding school. I can’t cope with her and we have never bonded.

She is eight and my double – badly behaved and with a temper, just like me.


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She was fine in school but we clash at home, so lockdown has been a nightmare.

We also have a boy who’s four. I shouldn’t admit it but I don’t love them the same.

My husband wouldn’t agree to sending her away but can we ever have a good mother-daughter relationship? I am 30 and my husband is 35.

DEIDRE SAYS: Did you and your own mum have a stormy relationship?

Was your daughter’s birth linked to a difficult time for you?

She will be desperate for positive attention from you.

Arrange for your son to do something bonding with your husband regularly, while you do something fun with your daughter.

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My girlfriend told me to get a better job and is trying to turn me into somebody I’m not – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY girlfriend is trying to turn me into somebody I’m not.

She’s enrolled me at college to retrain as a mechanic in the autumn and made me have my teeth straightened.

I’m a delivery driver and the pay isn’t great, so she says I have to get a better job.

My parents think she’s brilliant for me but I’m not so sure.

She stopped me drinking with the lads even before pubs all shut down.

Now it’s all about drinking smoothies and keeping fit.

I’m 27 and she’s 23. Help.

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DEIDRE SAYS: She’s got motivation and clearly wants you to be healthy.

But if she is trying to control you rather than convince you, it doesn’t bode well for the future.

Say you are happy to start some of the things she has suggested, but there have to be compromises.

Why not give her ideas your all while pubs are shut?

But insist you have your Friday nights back with your pals when lockdown eases.

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I suspected my wife of cheating so I had hot sex with flirty woman in my taxi – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAD hot sex with a girl in my taxi. I am married but I keep thinking about it and am tempted to get back in touch with her.

I first met this girl, who is 28, six months ago when she booked me for a lift home from a pub in town.


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I’m 35. I liked her the minute she got into the cab.

She was very chatty, witty and full of beans, and she made me laugh out loud for the first time in ages.

I even took her to a drive-through takeaway on the way to her home.

It was the best shift I could remember in a long while.

I was too shy to ask for her number and kicked myself for ages afterwards, but she called to book me again a few weeks later.

I was nervous and excited about seeing her again. This time I gave her my number and asked her for a date. We have both been hurt in the past and we just hit it off.

My job gave me every excuse to be away from home at all hours and we had some great dates, going for a drink, dancing and chatting.

She would be all over me when I was driving and we ended up having sex on the back seat of my taxi several times. It was the best experience ever.

Then she told me she had started seeing a married man and preferred him to me.

She wanted to end it with me, though she admitted she really liked me and said maybe we could get together in another life.

So now, with lockdown, I am stuck at home with my wife.

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I get the occasional call-out but I’m bored stiff and worried about money.

My wife and I are not on great terms. She’s 33. I know she was messing around with other men online before we had to isolate.

I cannot get the other girl out of my head and I keep looking at her number. I still have strong feelings for her. Should I make contact with her?

DEIDRE SAYS: That girl didn’t take things further with you when she had the chance and made it clear she didn’t see you getting together in this life – and this life is the only one we can make realistic plans for.

Let all thoughts of her go. She’s in the past. You and your wife didn’t expect to be more or less shut in together but use the opportunity to turn this into a positive.

Stay calm and ask your wife why she was chatting or flirting with other men. Did she feel lonely with you out all hours?

Will she agree to make a real effort alongside you to build a stronger relationship? You could come out of this crisis far happier.

How about having sex in the back of your car with your wife – even if it has to be in the garage?

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My girlfriend cheated on me after I bought us a house —now I’m drinking to cope – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I BOUGHT a big house for me and my girlfriend, but she cheated on me, so our dream is over.

I’m a proud man so I ended our relationship when I found out she’d been with someone else, even though I loved her.

My ex is 30 and I’m 32.

I’m now stuck on my own. I’ve turned to drink because I feel so lonely and now I’m getting into trouble at work for lateness.

I’m in the food industry so we’re still going in.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m sorry you’re feeling so wretched, but I promise you that things will get better.

It’s important you hold on to your job so find support to help in cutting down on the drink through Drinkaware (drinkaware.co.uk).

When we’re back to social mixing, a lodger could help with the mortgage payments and provide some company.

My e-leaflet Mend Your Broken Heart can help you to pick up the pieces and move on.

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My 600-lb Life’s trans star Destinee Lashaee accuses producers of forcing her to shave her beard in $1M lawsuit – The Sun

MY 600-lb Life star Destinee Lashaee accused show producers of forcing her to shave her beard, causing the transgender star to have suicidal thoughts.

The Sun can exclusively reveal Destinee, who filed the lawsuit in Harris County Court In Texas under her legal name Matthew Ventress, sued production company Megalomedia for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and more on April 17.

In court papers obtained by The Sun, Destinee claimed producers of My 600-lb Life had “taken advantage” of her, as they focused “only on ratings.”

She claimed the production company promised to pay for mental health treatment, as she informed them that she suffered from “gender dysphoria and emotional distress from the loss of her brother, who died in her arms.”

However, she claimed in the court papers that producers only provided her with one therapy session “so that it could be filmed and be part of the show.”

Destinee, who is transgender, claimed she was “pressured to shave her face, which is a source of stress and anxiety to Plaintiff.”

The court papers alleged: “The filming of her shaving was so painful that it was not made part of the show. The stress led Plaintiff to have a breakdown in which she kicked the producers out of her home, and threatened to kill them and herself.”

She claimed that instead of de-escalating the situation, producers “returned to the home in hopes of getting more dramatic footage.”

She alleged that they “aggravated the situation” as opposed to “providing appropriate assistance."

Destinee also claimed producers “carefully scripted and managed many scenes for dramatic effect.”

When she would “push back,” producers would “threaten to reduce payments to her to not provide the promised gastric sleeve surgery.”

She claimed that although the production company “promised” to pay for medical care and treatment, she has thousands of dollars in medical bills.

The court papers allege: “The effects of Defendants’ manipulation of Plaintiff for dramatic purposes, among with the ramifications for the diet and Defendants’ demands on Plaintiff, took a tremendous psychological toll on Plaintiff.”

Destinee claimed producers failed to administer a psychological evaluation before putting her on the extreme weight loss diet, failed to provide adequate mental health services during filming and after surgeries, and failed to train employees regarding depression.

She is asking for $1 million.

Destinee appeared on Season 7, Episode 10 of the TLC show and is the second transgender cast member.

She was 669 pounds when she appeared on the series.

She said on her episode: “I’m just 27. I have so much that I want to do and need to do. I can’t believe this is my life now. Where I lay here all day and wait for food.

“I feel like all I’m constantly doing is trying to escape my depression and pain at this point. Food is the only thing I can turn to to do that. I can feel it killing me. There is no way I’m going to survive for much longer.”

Destinee underwent the surgery and is in the 200-lb range today.

She showed off her weight loss on Facebook.

She even praised Dr. Nowzaradan by writing: “Growth. Ty Dr Nowzaradan For Everything.”

The Sun can also exclusively reveal cast member Alicia Kirgan sued the production company for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and more on April 17 as well.

Megalomedia has not responded to either lawsuit.

The Sun broke My 600-lb Life star Annjeanette Whaley accused show producers of “pushing her to the edge” by putting her on an “extreme diet” in her $1 million lawsuit on March 30, 2020.

As Starcasm reported, former cast members David Bolton, Maja Radanovic, Gina Krasley, Jeanne Covey, Dorothy Perkins and Nicole Lewis sued the production company with similar allegations.

Family members of participant L.B. Bonner, who committed suicide in August 2018, were the first to sue the production company in January 2020.

Megalomedia has not responded to Destinee, Alicia or Annjeanette’s lawsuits, or to The Sun's request for comment.

However, court papers reveal they did deny similar allegations in Gina's complaint.

The lawsuits come amid tragedy for the My 600-lb Life community.

The Sun exclusively reported season five star James King passed away from kidney failure in April.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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I am stuck in lockdown with my younger sister who likes to beat me up – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I MOVED back home because of the coronavirus and my younger sister is making my life a nightmare.

I’m a girl of 19. She is 15 but slaps, punches and pinches me almost every day.


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She weighs more than me and is taller. It hurts.

Our parents never discipline her when she is abusive. Even when I call out to them when she is hitting me, they rarely do anything.

They don’t discipline her as they did me and my older brother.

I do argue with her but she gets away with murder and everything is always made out to be my fault.

DEIDRE SAYS: Maybe in your sister’s eyes you are the clever, glamorous older sister – so it put her nose out of joint to have you home again.

Your parents seem stuck in a rut of spoiling their youngest child but remember, you are an adult now.

Take in hand the child in you getting drawn into arguments with her.

Rise above it, walk away and your parents will start to respect your feelings more.

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