Stacey Solomon defends ‘blended’ families as her sons spend time with their dads

Stacey Solomon has spoken out in defence of 'blended families' as her eldest two sons prepare to spend time with their fathers.

The 37-year-old Loose Women star is a hands on mum-of-three and shares her eldest boy Leighton, ten, with her former teenage sweetheart Dean Cox. She also shares six-year-old Zachary with her ex fiancé Aaron Barham.

Then in June this year Stacey welcomed third son Rex with her boyfriend Joe Swash.

In the past Stacey has spoken of criticism she's faced over her extended family.

But as the school holidays draw to a close, Stacey took to Instagram to defend her family set -up.

Sharing snaps of her adorable brood, Stacey said: "They’re off on their holidays with their daddy’s tonight and they’ve been inseparable all day!

"They’re going to have the best time but they will miss each other lots. (And I will miss them a tiny bit too," she joked.

"For the last couple of days they’ve stopped arguing and bickering and have been really soppy and cuddly knowing that they’re about to go off on their adventures. For the first time they have an new dimension, leaving Rexy.

"It’s always hard to split them up, but its so important for them to spend special time and make memories with the rest of their families," said Stacey.

Giving her take on 'alternative family set ups' the mum-of-three gave some words of advice to her 2million followers.

She said: "No matter what negative, unhelpful things people may say or think, ignore it because they’re wrong.

"Don’t ever let it get you down. It doesn’t define you or your family."


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Dianne Buswell: ‘As if’ Strictly pro fumes at boyfriend Joe Sugg over photo on his phone

Dianne Buswell, 30, was shocked to find a slightly unflattering photo on her boyfriend Joe Sugg’s, 27, phone. The Strictly Come Dancing professional appeared to be unimpressed as she spotted a candid snap of herself on the YouTuber’s device. Posting the picture in view of her 768,000 Instagram followers, Dianne added the caption: “As if my boyfriend used this picture as his phone background. “Of all the pictures of me he chooses this one,” alongside several crying with laughter emojis and a see-no-evil monkey emoji.

In the photo, Dianne is pictured with her mouth gaping open as a man walks into her path.

As proof, the dancer shared another picture of the snap on Joe’s iPhone background.

Fans and Strictly stars took to the comments section of Dianne’s post to share their thoughts about her former dance partner’s cheeky move.

Choreographer Neil Jones, 37, replied: “Love it.”

Welsh professional dancer Amy Dowden, 28, simply commented with five crying with laughter emojis.

Meanwhile, Joe complained about his girlfriend Dianne during a funny game of Mr and Mrs.

In the video, which the vlogger uploaded to his Thatcher Joe account, the pair asked and answered questions to reveal how much they knew about each other.

Joe jokingly titled the video: “This could have ended in a split!”

At the start of the clip, the former Strictly finalist said he hadn’t yet been “kicked out” by Dianne, after he failed in answering many questions correctly when they previously played the game.

“Mr and Mrs round two,” Joe began. “I’ve survived, I haven’t been kicked out, I’ve not been murdered by my girlfriend, I’m still here!”

Dianne mischievously added: “Haven’t been kicked out of your own house?”

She shouted: “Get out of your own house!”

Fortunately, Joe appeared to redeem himself in the challenge as he managed to answer more questions.

The star informed his fans the couple were no longer “on the rocks”.

He quipped: “Our relationship is no longer on the rocks everyone, I’m back on!”

However, Joe went on to joke their relationship is “over” after Dianne only managed to get three questions right.

He ended the video: “I’m sorry you’re rubbish! You obviously don’t know me,” he said, before exclaiming: “This relationship’s over!”

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Ben Affleck Picks Up His Daily Iced Coffee in Los Angeles

Ben Affleck stops by a coffee shop to pick up an iced coffee on Thursday afternoon (August 22) in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old looked buff in a gray T-shirt paired with black trousers and blue-tinted sunglasses for his afternoon outing.

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It was recently announced that Ben and Matt Damon are currently working on a new movie together, titled The Last Duel.

The longtime friends will be co-writing the screenplay with Can You Ever Forgive Me? screenwriter Nicole Holofcener. Ben and Matt will be also be starring in the film.

Get the full scoop on Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s new movie here!

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On My Screen: Hugh Grant’s Political Dreams, Crying At ‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘The Undoing’ Character That’s “Pretty Close” To His Real Self

It seems unlikely that, at 58, Hugh Grant is celebrating his first Emmy nomination after a career spanning more than three decades, and which started on the small screen. Indeed, after his big breakthrough in 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, he became such a big star that much of his earlier, lesser-known TV work was hastily rushed out onto video with his face dominating the packaging, so hot was the market for all things Grant. But in the shockwave of stardom that followed Four Weddings, Grant mainly kept his sights locked on the big screen.

That makes Amazon’s A Very English Scandal Grant’s first major television project since his career took flight, as television’s golden age continues to erode notions of a classist separation between the forms. And the nomination itself—for Lead Actor, Limited Series—is no surprise. As Jeremy Thorpe, the British politician forced to stand trial on conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover, to keep their affair from becoming public in an age when homosexuality was a criminal act, Grant’s performance is a tour de force, at turns darkly comic and frighteningly Machiavellian. He plays with the idealized British charm innate to his most famous roles and subverts it with the kind of gusto that suggests he’d been waiting for a character like this to come for years.

So with a watershed nomination for a landmark role in his long, distinguished career—which of us doesn’t have a favorite Hugh Grant performance?—it’s only fitting to ask Grant to delve into his history in film and television, and share his favorite parts, guilty pleasures and the ones that got away.

My First Film Lesson

I was cast in a television thing about Scott of the Antarctic [The Last Place on Earth]. This was in the mid-’80s. I was a complete new boy. Suddenly I was flown out to the Northern Territories of Canada, onto the sea ice with all these rather good actors. I’d driven my Ski-Doo way out onto the ice, and in the scene, I had to peer into the distance with a snow machine blowing snow in my face, and then walk back to the tent where everyone was dying. I did this. I walked back to the tent, they called cut, and I told them, “Well, I’ve done my bit.” So, I called for the man with the Ski-Doo and went all the way back to the hotel. I didn’t even know that you were supposed to do more than one take, let alone more than one angle. I had to be hauled back from the hotel, and I’d kept everyone waiting for an hour. They were freezing their bollocks off. I was just too frightened to ask what I was meant to do next.

The Best Advice I Ever Received

Mike Newell, who directed Four Weddings and a Funeral, was a bit mad, but very good. His mantra was always, “Freshen it up, darlings. Freshen it up.” I think that’s pretty good advice, actually. I would give that same advice to a young actor. Death is repeating what you rehearsed so perfectly in the mirror the night before. The camera hates it. If you can invent something new on the spot, and improvise, even if only mentally, the camera likes it that much better. Have a new thought.

The Part I Always Wanted

I’m very surprised I haven’t yet been cast in a war film, because I think I’d be marvelous. I’d look so nice in a uniform. I would have been great, I think, in those films made in the ’50s. One of my favorites is that David Niven film made during the war, The Way Ahead. It was made as a propaganda film. Things are going very badly for his platoon, and he says, “Stainer, do you still have that squeezebox of yours?” “Yes sir, I believe I have.” “Well, then, play it. And the rest of you, for heaven’s sake, sing.” And they all sing along to “Lily of Laguna”. Very moving. I could have done that. I should have done that sort of thing. I feel it’s in my blood.

My Dream Project

I have always had a plan to play my grandfather in his war story, but I’m too old now. Maybe I’ll just write and direct it instead. When the British were defeated, and had to be evacuated through Dunkirk, Churchill needed to keep the French fighting. One division was left in France: the 51st Highland Division, which included my grandfather. They were hopelessly under-equipped, like the whole British Army. Lightyears behind the Nazis. Eventually, they were surrounded in a seaside town, with Rommel on the top of the cliffs, pounding the life out of them. It was a huge massacre, but they fought on. Brave, brave men. Eventually they had to make the call to surrender. The chain of command had been passed down as far as my grandfather—he was in charge when they surrendered—and they were carted off to P.O.W. camps. My grandfather never really got over it. It marked a moment when the old standards of honor, to never surrender, became the modern standards of honor, where it was more honorable to save your men if you couldn’t win. I always thought that was an interesting debate.

The Most Fun I’ve Had on Set

I don’t know that acting is ever a pleasure, but in the old days, before I got a bit of success—before Four Weddingsfilms used to be fun. Frankly, you were grateful it was being made at all, and you were getting paid. There was never any real chance of anybody seeing it, so you could have fun, get drunk, and chat up your co-stars or the crew. Film units used to be really fun, especially if you were on location. Nobody had smartphones, so you really got to know one another. Everyone was having affairs and drinking all night. It’s so different now. There’s no misbehavior anymore. Actresses come out of their trailers on time. That’s boring. We used to love all the tantrums. I still like to throw in a mini tantrum, just to keep everyone going. One per film.

The Co-Star I’ve Tortured Most

I clearly want Ben Whishaw dead. Cloud Atlas came first. He played my wife in that, and I’ve clearly done terrible things to my wife. That’s Ben abuse number one. In Paddington 2 I put him in prison, and then tried to kill him on a train. Then, in A Very English Scandal, I seduce him, rape him, and try having him murdered. He’s been very nice about it.

My Toughest Challenge Yet

I struggle with them all, to tell the truth, but I remember being alarmingly lost when I agreed to play six different characters in the Wachowskis’ film Cloud Atlas. I thought it would be amusing and different, and I think it is kind of a masterpiece; so beautiful and brave as f*ck. But look, one of them, I’m a futuristic cannibal. How different. Suddenly, there I am on a mountaintop in Germany, dressed in a kilt, all made up with tattoos on my face, and I’ve got one of the Wachowskis saying to me, “Come on, man, just look at him like you want to f*cking eat him.” I thought… I don’t know what that looks like. Give me a witty line and I’m all right, but on that, I remember being very, very lost. And I think I might have been a bit sh*t as that cannibal.

The Films That Make Me Cry

Every film. I have just reached that age. If anyone holds hands in a film, either out of love or support, I blub. They don’t even have to be real. I cry at a lot of cartoons, which I watch with my children. Finding Nemo, I’m a wreck. But I realized I wasn’t alone when I was watching it on an airplane. I looked around in embarrassment as I blubbed and I realized the whole cabin was blubbing. All these businessmen in their suits. But literally, whatever the last film I saw was, I cried. It’s why I have to avoid them now; because I find them too moving. Watching films takes me into the abyss.

The Character That’s Most Like Me

My friends have always said that Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’ Diary was most like me. I think that’s a little harsh. But I did have fun with that character. Particularly on the first one; I think the second was a bit more of a challenge because the script was never quite right. But it was a lovely 180-degree swing from Mr. Diffident—that stutter-y, love-sick puppy who was, as I’ve often had to say in interviews, never me. People thought it was, but that character was all Richard Curtis. Funnily enough, I just did a miniseries with Nicole Kidman, called The Undoing. I hesitate to say too much without giving away some very big spoilers, but I think that’s pretty close to me, actually. You’ll have to wait and see what that is.

Lines People Quote at Me

I don’t think I’ve ever said anything memorable in a film. A lot of taxi drivers in London will say, “Fuhgeddaboudit,” referring to Mickey Blue Eyes. They like that scene, so I get that shouted at me a bit. You can usually tell the films people are going to bring up. Sometimes you see some real weirdos coming towards you with wild eyes, and you know they’ve seen Lair of the White Worm. “Great movie, man.” They take a lot of drugs, those guys.

My Desert Island Movies

It’s a very odd, eclectic, motley list, I’m afraid. I mean, I love violence, so Goodfellas would be in there. Casino. The Godfather. Once Upon a Time in America. But then I’d also have to have The Sound of Music. I don’t think I could live without that. My Swedish wife is used to real men. She comes from the north of Sweden, where men don’t even drink tea, because that’s considered too girly. I was caught by her once, watching The Sound of Music and singing along with the Mother Superior. And honestly, our marriage has never really been the same since.

The Role I’d Reprise

Well, there’s a certain sort of person who walks up and says they loved me as the Prime Minister in Love, Actually. I think I’d be a marvelous prime minister in real life, though some of my policies might seem a little eccentric to most people. I’d ban headphones; particularly earbuds. Anyone wearing earbuds, I think we should have the police machine gun them on the spot. Leaf blowers, too. Anyone who uses a leaf blower, or hires someone to use one, should be compelled to wear it rectally, with it switched on. Maybe that’s a little extreme. I told you I probably wouldn’t win an election.

My Karaoke Playlist

I’m crap at music, really. I don’t know any. So, karaoke fills me with dread. I did once play that ’80s popstar in Music and Lyrics. That song I did, “PoP! Goes My Heart”, is sometimes on the karaoke playlist, so I sing my own song, which is very sad. My showstopper, though, is “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, of course.

My Guilty Pleasures

Antiques Roadshow. It’s just fascinating; the look of disappointment on people’s faces when it’s not worth what they thought it was. That show is an antique itself now. Secretly, I’d kind of like to be on Strictly Come Dancing [the British version of Dancing with the Stars]. It’d be beneath my dignity, obviously, but I would, really. I’ve developed rather a taste for dancing. I had to dance in Paddington 2, and in Love, Actually and other things, and it’s lovely. It’s a simple form of entertainment and there’s not enough of it. I’ve never done a proper musical, like those old Hollywood ones, and that’s what you need. I think the time has come. Remake The Sound of Music, maybe?

Who’d Play Me in My Life Story

Colin Firth, obviously. It’s the part he’s always wanted. Deep down, he knows that’s who he wants to be.

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A Day To Remember Drop New Track ‘Degenerates’

A Day To Remember on Tuesday released new anthem, Degenerates, the band’s first track through their new label, Fueled by Ramen.

Sharing the news on Twitter, the Florida rockers said, “So stoked that our new song ‘Degenerates’ is finally out! Give it a listen or two or three at http://fbr.lnk.to/Degenerates.”

Introducing the song live at a show in the Netherlands, the band’s frontman Jeremy McKinnon said, “So we in A Day To Remember have taken quite a bit of time off – this is our first few shows back.”

“So this is a secret, but we’re gonna put out a brand new song tomorrow. And this is absolutely against everything that we built this band to be, because we used to go to shows like this, and when bands would play new songs, we were like ‘get to it buddy’,” he added.

Meanwhile, A Day To Remember’s 2019 tour dates begin with a show at the Leeds Festival in the U.K. on August 23.

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Angelina Jolie drops her son Maddox off at college

Angelina Jolie is a proud mom!

Earlier this week, the 44-year-old actress was spotted dropping her eldest child, 18-year-old Maddox, off at college. Maddox — who Jolie shares with her ex, Brad Pitt — is set to attend Yonsei University in South Korea.

In a clip from the campus, which was posted by Instagram user @xx_efu, Jolie happily chats with a group of people as Maddox stands patiently by her side. 

One fan asks when Jolie plans to leave South Korea, and the actress shares that she’s leaving that same day and is “trying not to cry.”

Another person present asks Jolie if she and Maddox have been able to tour around the country, and the Maleficent actress answers in the affirmative. “A little bit,” she says. “We’ve been in Seoul. We were here a while ago when we first went to Yonsei.”

“It seems like a great school,” Jolie adds, before agreeing to take a photo with the gathered group.

 The Instagram user also shared pics of the mother-son pair, where both Jolie and Maddox are all smiles while standing together.

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A source previously confirmed to ET that Maddox was set to attend the South Korean university, where he plans to study biochemistry. The source added that Maddox was accepted into other universities, but chose Yonsei and has been studying the Korean language to prepare.

A second source told ET that Maddox’s recent 18th birthday was “a huge milestone” for Jolie.

“She loves him and is so proud of how wise he is beyond his years. She has encouraged him to travel nonstop, to learn many languages, and now has plans for him to go to university overseas,” the source said. “Maddox is very attached to his mom. She’s always stood by him.”

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Stormzy sets record straight on cheating allegations after split from Maya Jama is CONFIRMED

Maya Jama and Stormzy have officially called it quits, but the rapper has been forced to deny cheating claims.

Rumours that the couple had gone their separate ways had been swirling around recently after the TV presenter celebrated her 25th birthday with a girls’ trip to Ibiza.

But now a rep for the BBC Radio 1 DJ confirmed the sad news, saying: ‘Yes, I can confirm the relationship has ended and Maya has separated from Stormzy.’

However, Stormzy had to go as far as denying that the split had occurred because of infidelity, after rumours suggested he had been unfaithful with fellow singer Jorja Smith.

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His rep said: ‘I can confirm any accusations or reports surrounding Stormzy’s infidelity to Maya are categorically not true.’

According to The Sun, the 25-year-old beauty from Bristol decided to end the romance so she can focus on her own career.

A source said: ‘Maya has moved out of their home in South West London.

‘The decision isn’t one she has come to lightly, but ultimately the relationship has come to an end.

‘She wants to focus on her TV and radio career for now.’

The split came as a shock to many of the couple’s fans who took to Twitter to say there’s ‘no hope’ and they ‘refuse to believe love can exist’ – because after all, these two have always been couple goals.

After first meeting in October 2014 at the Red Bull Culture Clash, they began dating the following January.

On Maya’s 22nd birthday, the rapper released a song as a tribute to her called Birthday Girl, while Maya has always been supportive of his career – most recently during his headline performance at Glastonbury.

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Last year, the pair moved in together and got a dog called Enzo.

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Speaking about how the pair met, Maya told Vogue in February 2018: ‘You know, if I’m really honest, I knew I fancied him from the start.

‘But I didn’t want anything yet, because, you know, you’re trying to do the whole friend situation first, and then I’d do, like, obvious hints that I fancied him and then take it back because I didn’t know if he definitely liked me. It was a childish phase. And then one day we just kissed, and that was that.’

Stormzy has also spoken about their relationship, confessing that he had already put some thought into proposing to his girlfriend.

He told the Sunday Mirror last year: ‘I’m still so young but I want to propose, it’s going to happen and I will do it right. She is so sick, she is the best.’

Who else needs a hug?…

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‘DWTS’ Host Tom Bergeron Seemingly Shades Sean Spicer’s Casting!

Maybe these two should settle their beef with a dance-off!

As we reported on Wednesday, the lineup for season 28 of Dancing with the Stars was announced, and featured celebrities such as Lamar Odom, The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown, and former White House Press Secretary and White House Communications Director Sean Spicer.

Not surprisingly, not everyone was fond of the political aide’s casting.

That same day, host Tom Bergeron went on Twitter and posted a message seemingly shading the 47-year-old.

In his note, the ABC personality said he met with the show’s new executive producer a few months ago, and hoped the program would be free of “divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”

Clearly, the execs did not listen.

The 64-year-old penned:

“A few months ago, during a lunch with DWTS‘ new Executive Producer, I offered suggestions for Season 28. Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return following an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations. I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement. Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.’”

The America’s Funniest Home Videos alum added:

“It is the prerogative of the producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

He concluded:

“For me, as host, I always gaze into the camera’s lens and imagine you on the other side, looking for a two hour escape from whatever life hassles you’ve been wrestling with. That’s a connection, and a responsibility, which I take very seriously, even if I occasionally season it with dad jokes. Hopefully, when Erin Andrews and I look into those lenses again on September 16, you’ll be on the other side looking back, able to enjoy the charismatic pro dancers, the unpredictable judges, and the kitschy charm that has defined DWTS since 2005.”

During the big announcement on Good Morning America, Bergeron made a dig at Spicer — referencing the drama surrounding the crowd size of Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

Tom quipped:

“The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size.”

Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary on July 21, 2017, and was replaced by Sarah Sanders.

On June 13, 2019, the President tweeted Sanders would be leaving her role, and was subsequently swapped for Stephanie Grisham.

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Gerard Butler hilariously recounts disastrous wardrobe malfunction in kilt

Scottish actor Gerard Butler is no stranger to wearing a kilt – but sporting the traditional pleated skirt hasn’t always gone well for the star.

During an appearance on “Conan,” Butler recounted the time his kilt-wearing turned into a “disaster” during his sister’s wedding.

“I had to do the first reading, so I was on the alter – it was a Catholic wedding, it was like 400 people in the congregation – and I’m sitting looking, and my mom’s in the front row and she’s looking up at me and I’m looking down on her,” he explains, saying his mom then signaled him, bringing her hands together as if in prayer.

“And I think she’s telling me to pray,” he continued, saying he then also put his hands together to pray.

But that’s not what his mom meant at all – instead, she was signaling for him to close his legs.

“I look down… and my kilt is spread wide… facing the whole congregation,” he said. “So I slowly like cross my legs.”

“We don’t wear underwear under a kilt,” Butler explained. “I definitely, that day, was not wearing underwear.”

Butler also opened up recently about more tragic past experiences, the wildfire destruction of his California home in 2018 and his near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2017.

“These last two years, they were interesting and hard,” Butler, 49, told Extra. “A lot of stuff happened like the fire, motorcycle accident, other stuff went on, and a lot of it happened very close together and it just made me reevaluate.”

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Butler added that it’s taking time to rebuild his home.

“It’s a very sad and emotional experience when you walk down to your house and you see it still burning,” he said. “You go, ‘OK, I’ll rebuild,’ but then it takes so long just to get the clearances because of the toxicity and before they can even clear out the rubble you need permits for that and then the foundations are gone so you’ve got to dig out the foundations and then they’ve got to take the topsoil off.”

He said that Malibu has really shown its “community spirit” through the hard times.

“It’s tough, and it’s tough for a lot of people out in that community, but it’s a beautiful community in Malibu, you know, with a lot of strength and I think that’s shown through.”

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Gigi Hadid & Tyler C Hanging Out with Serena Williams in NYC

Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron are going strong after his one-and-done date with ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah B. — and now, he’s rubbing shoulders with Serena Williams!!!

Talk about riding the fame wave, huh? Tyler and Gigi were spotted out with the tennis legend Tuesday night at La Esquina in NYC, where they were hugging it out with a friend on the way out. Serena was on the move, but they all seemed to be together.

No sign of Serena’s hubby, Alex Onassis, here — it’s possible this might’ve just been a trio outing. Point is … Tyler’s racing up the Hollywood ladder since his time on TV.

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