OMG! Lenny Henry looks unrecognisable after dramatic weight loss

We had to do a triple take!

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had regular Lenny Henry appearances on the TV, and so it’s fair to say it was a refreshing change to see the ‘fella out and about yesterday .

However, as pleased as we are to see Sir Lenny’s lovely face, we were pretty distracted by the 59-year-old comedy legend’s dramatic weight loss…

As you may remember, Lenny looked pretty much like this throughout his mega 40-year-long comic career…

Lenny Henry

However, as he attended the World Refugee Day gala performance of new play The Jungle yesterday, he revealed he currently looks a little something like this… 


Posing in a slick navy two-piece suit and glasses-and-hat combo, we literally did a triple take at the ‘fella – who appears to have slimmed down massively!

Back in 2011, after Lenny had lost three stone, the much-loved funny man had shared the he had lost some weight in a bid to remain as healthy as possible.

See: Dawn French is looking slimmer than EVER: see her weight-loss transformation!


For fear of the risk of diabetes, which sadly his late mother struggled with leaving her forced to amputate both legs, Lenny had decided to ditch sugar and alcohol – and replace them with a good old spot of yoga and pilates,

Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Lenny shared: ‘I’ve lost between two-and-a-half and three stone, I was big. You’ve got to eat no sugar and drink hardly any alcohol… all the stuff you like’.

Sadly for us, he then sensibly added: ‘You can’t Hobnob your way through the day’.

*Sigh*, the sad realities of adult life.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high, and is diagnosed predominantly in two main types.

Type one is when the body’s immune system attacks the cells which produce insulin and type two is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.

We’re so impressed to see that Lenny’s health kick became a permanent fixture in his life!

For more information on diabetes and dietary advice from healthcare experts, head over *here* to the NHS website.

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Love Island stars pay tribute after Sophie Gradon reported dead aged 32

Sophie appeared on the show in 2016

Sophie Gradon on ‘Love Island’, Series 2 TV show, Episode 09, 2016

Love Island star Sophie Gradon has reportedly passed away at the age of 32.

The former Miss Great Britain – who appeared in the 2016 series – is said to have been found dead on Wednesday, with a Facebook post from her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong seemingly confirming the news.

‘I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always,’ he wrote.

Northumbira Police said in a statement: ‘At about 8.27pm yesterday (June 20) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.

‘There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.’


Since the news broke Sophie’s fellow Love Island cast members have spoken of their shock and have paid tribute to the popular star.

‘Such a awful day. my heart is broken & goes out to the very one effected,’ Cara De La Hoyde wrote, whilst Amber Davies posted: ‘I am in absolutely in shock! @sophiegradon what a beautiful woman you were. RIP’

Alex Bowen added: ‘We had lots of little chats and so many laughs. you were the the shoulder to cry on and a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Shine bright in that sky Sophie gradon’

Others alluded to the notion that Sophie may have taken her own life, with Olivia Buckland tweeting: ‘Awful awful news this morning. I am gutted. I am so sorry the world failed you. You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul. Words fail me.

Former Miss Newcastle Sophie was a popular contestant on the 2016 series of Love Island and became part of the first same-sex couple when she paired up with Katie Salmon.

She went on to quit the villa so that she could be with Tom Powell but they eventually split.

Sophie had recently been tweeting about this year’s show and last took to social media earlier on Wednesday.

Last week she attended the funeral of Vicky Pattison’s best friend Paul Burns, who passed away suddenly at the age of 37.

Our thoughts are with Sophie’s loved ones at this incredibly sad time.

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Aww! Gemma Atkinson admits boyfriend Gorka Marquez is ‘the one’

No Strictly curse here

Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson take a selfie, June 2018

Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez have been going from strength to strength since they went public with their relationship in February.

And, while many people associate romances on Strictly to the dreaded curse, these two are proving everyone wrong with Gemma even claiming her hunky beau is ‘the one’.


READ: ‘She’s become numb’: Lisa Armstrong feeling ‘isolated’ by Declan Donnelly following allegations of Ant’s new relationship

In a frank interview with ITV’s Lorraine, the couple opened up about their blossoming relationship and even spoke about having kids. Aww!

‘I love the fact that Gorka is an amazing cook and I love eating, so it’s a great combo. Being best mates as well – it sounds cheesy. It’s fun really,’ Gemma confessed.

‘In 10 years, when I hopefully have a couple of kids running around, I don’t want to get out of breath running up the stairs after them. It’s nice to have someone tell you ‘you are beautiful’ regardless,’ she continued.

And, Gorka couldn’t help but profess his love for Gem by revealing he’s lucky to have her.

He said: ‘She makes me laugh, she makes me happy. I’m lucky to have her beside me.’ Aww, you guys!

The couple hit it off when Gemma starred on the BBC dance show last year, and it’s clear the two have a lot in common, but mostly their love for fitness.

‘What I personally love about working out with Gorks is that he’s good at motivating me. We both work crazy hours and it’s sometimes difficult for us to get a bit of time in together,’ Gemma explained. Adding: ‘We have a laugh and it’s a nice bit of healthy competition when we are exercising.’

And you know what they say, a couple that works out together…

Watch Lorraine on ITV, weekdays 8.30am – 9.25am

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Here’s everything you need to know about Love Island’s new arrival Sam Bird…including how he got THOSE abs

Clue: He works out. A lot.

The Love Island villa is far from harmonious this week… and thats not about to change any time soon.

‘Why’s that’, you ask… well, if you listen faintly you *might* just be able to hear the sweet sound of aeroplane wheels touching down on some distant Spanish runway.

Yup, it’s a new arrival!

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the brand new 2018 Islander… Sam Bird! 

So, what’s the scoop on the self-proclaimed ‘bird man’?! (His words, not ours)

Well, one and all, Norwich local Sam is a personal trainer and gym owner – not that we could tell or anything…


think he was training hard for love island #loveisland

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According to his official website, Sam has been weight training since the age of 15, and holds a degree in Personal Training.

So, basically he was a child bodybuilder or something like that.

Can’t wait for him to join the villa🔥🔥

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However, despite his almighty abs of steel, Sam’s wracked up an equally impressive clientele and is actually pretty well acquainted with the spotlight already – having worked with Made in Chelsea celeb pal and Queen of the I’m A Celebrity jungle  Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo.

See: Love Island 2018: Fans question whether this islander has LEFT the villa after mysterious absence


It’s believed the duo worked together r in 2016 and 2017, as Sam had shared some since-deleted snippets of their work outs onto his Instagram.

In one since deleted post on his Instagram page, Sam has shared a snap of himself and Toff having a good ol’ laugh in the great outdoors – which he has captioned ‘Training in the park @toffgeorgia’.

However, it would appear that Sam’s good looks actually don’t always work in his favour… as the ‘fella confessed in his introductory video for the show that he was that he was ‘too pretty’ by a girl.

However, he’s pretty confident his good looks and gym-honed body will make waves within the villa – adding, ‘So I think the boys will be intimidated. I’d take a girl aside and say ‘You obviously fancy me”… so no one is safe!’.

Bring it on, Birdman! Catch Sam’s entrance into the villa tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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Love Island 2018: Fans question whether this islander has LEFT the villa after mysterious absence

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Love Island 2018 has been bringing the drama big time this week – what with the whole Adam Collard situation and Dr Alex George FINALLY getting a kiss – but there’s one islander who seems to have been absent from our screens.

Many viewers have noticed that Eyal Booker has been mysteriously missing for the majority of the past couple of episodes, so much so that some have questioned whether he might have LEFT the villa.

Eyal, 22, was a big part of the show last week as he caused drama by making a move on Megan Barton Hanson, despite Alex being interested in her too.

Megan went on to choose Eyal at the recoupling, but the curly-haired star has barely been seen on our screens since.


MORE: Love Island viewers are upset with how Samira is being treated after THIS happened

‘Catching up on #LoveIsland. Has Eyal gone home?’ one confused viewer tweeted, whilst another asked: ‘Where the hell has Eyal slithered off too????’

And one quipped: ‘Eyal is as missing in these episodes As Charlie’s eyebrows #LoveIsland #NotABadThing’

‘Someone needs to go round checking all the wardrobes in the villa and see if Eyal’s inside looking for Narnia because he’s not in #loveisland anymore,’ a fellow fan posted.

However, it looks like Eyal IS still around as he briefly popped up in Wednesday’s episode to give his reaction to Megan and Rosie Williams doing a topless photoshoot.

And that reaction was the word ‘rah’, something that didn’t go down well with many viewers…

LOLs. Sounds like quite a few fans of the show aren’t missing him too much then…

Whilst Eyal has had limited screen time, his other half Megan played a big part in the show when she posed in lingerie with Rosie to give them a boost after Rosie’s falling out with Adam.

The pair’s antics divided viewers though, with some labelling their shoot ‘cringeworthy’.

‘I’m cringing from the depths of my soul. The desperation is so embarrassing. Rosie, befriend dignity, and get a life. Adam’s reaction was spot on,’ one viewer commented.

‘Pretty embarrassing that,’ another added.

Others were supportive of the ladies’ racy snaps though.

‘Why is everyone saying cringe, they just wanted to have some fun and appreciate their bodies,’ one admirer tweeted, whilst one said: ‘The girls were just trying to make themselves feel good.’

What do you think? Let us know @CelebsNow…

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‘She’s become numb’: Lisa Armstrong feeling ‘isolated’ by Declan Donnelly following allegations of Ant’s new relationship

Lisa is said to be feeling let down by her former friends.

It’s fair to say it’s been a tough ol’ year for Ant and Dec – and those surrounding them have probably felt the pressure too.

After taking some time away from the spotlight due to his battles with some personal issues, thankfully Ant McPartlin appears to be back on the mend.

However, the ‘fella has been back in headlines this week – following a series of allegations that he has moved on from ex-wife Lisa Armstrong and began a rumoured new relationship.

Last week, allegations had began emerging which alluded to Ant having become romantically involved with his PA Anne-Marie Corbett.

Whilst these reports have remained entirely unconfirmed, Ant’s former wife Lisa had taken to social media to share a series of heartbreaking tweets.

See: Lisa Armstrong shares a series of heartbreaking tweets amidst allegations of Ant McPartlin’s ‘new relationship’ with former friend


Following this, a source has now shared with The Sun that Lisa is now feeling ‘isolated’ from her former friendship group – as Dec and his wife Ali Astall have allegedly ‘sided with Ant’ throughout the drama.

The source shares that Lisa, who had been married to Ant for over 13 years, had felt ‘that everyone had become friends in their own right’.

However, she hasn’t felt this to be the case – as the source then adds that she feels everyone has sided with Ant, ‘Even though Ant and Dec have always been best mates, she thought they would still remain close even after the split’.

The source then adds that this sadly hasn’t been the case: ‘Lisa feels she’s been isolated by their former friendship circle and is pretty angry and upset about it…’.

‘She’s become numb to the torment of losing her marriage, and news about Anne-Marie has pushed her to the edge’.

Last week, Lisa had taken to Twitter to share with followers her current feelings on the reports within the media – simply sharing a string of heartbroken emoji’s.

However, whilst Lisa has remained adamant that one of the main roots of her distress has been the fact Ant’s rumoured new lady is her former friend, an insider has dismissed this claim.

A source has shared that Anne-Maire had ‘hated working for Lisa and they didn’t get on well at all. They often clashed. In the end Lisa sacked her. That’s hardly the actions of someone’s ‘best mate’.

Lets hope all this drama gets resolved soon!


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‘No one has supported her’: Love Island viewers are upset with how Samira is being treated after THIS happened

Find Samira a man!

There are a few things in life that are so awkward we’d just rather not. 

Socks in bed? No, ta. Bumping into your ex down the local Tesco? Double no ta. Third wheeling? Strong, strong no ta.

Sadly, it appears our ‘gal Samira is currently locked into a semi-permanent third wheel mode inside the Love Island villa – and it doesn’t look much fun.

During her time in the villa, Samira has been pretty unlucky in her quest for true love – and is currently paired up with pal Alex on a strictly friend zone basis.

See: Love Island 2018: Viewers urge Dr Alex George to seek medical help after noticing THIS


And whilst the lady is keeping good grace about her slightly less appealing sitch within the villa, it’s fair to say we’re feeling for her.

In fact, just last night Samira had shared with Rosie that she had taken a bit of a confidence knock during her time inside Casa Amor.

Hold on in their, girl!

Even though we’re dead glad Samira is currently paired off with the nations prince, doctor Alex, many viewers have began pointing out that perhaps its not entirely fair that the ‘fella has been getting a large portion of attention inside and outside the villa.

In fact, some have taken to social media to point out that Sam might be a lil’ neglected – with some even pointing out that she’s actually not really even been on  our screens at all lately.

Ashley James shares, ‘There’s been so much talk about Alex, but what about [Samira]? She’s handled herself so well with not having much attention, and seems like a loyal friend’.

Referring to Alex’s popularity in the villa, another shares:

Agreeing, another writes that their ‘heart is really with Samira at this point’.

One user shares, ‘aww samira is always there as a shoulder to lean on for the girls but no one is givin her the same energy to try an find a man wtf’.

And whilst the new arrival of a brand spankin’ new fella could spell romance for our Samira, fans are getting a *little* bit picky…. yikes.

One user has taken to social media to slam the new arrival, Sam – writing, ‘Out of the all the people in the UK, the best guy they could find for Samira was Birdman Sam?… The disrespect.’

Whilst others just aren’t here for time wasters any more. It’s Samira or the door, apparently Sam!

Guys, remember not to judge a book by it’s cover! Petition to find Samira true love? Yup, we’re totally behind it.

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XXXTentacion Died Instantly After Getting Shot in the Neck, Eyewitnesses Said

XXXTentacion was shot in the neck and died instantly during the alleged robbery that claimed his life, according to eyewitnesses.

XXX was gunned down Monday (Jun. 18) in South Florida when two armed men approached his car and shot him. He was in the area shopping for a motorcycle at RIVA motorsports in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Eyewitness tell TMZ a bullet struck the rapper in the neck and he immediately went limp, losing all signs of life, including a pulse. It appears as though his death was instant, witnesses said.

VIDEO: XXXTentacion Deadly Shooting Aftermath, Rapper Is Lifeless “With No Pulse” (GRAPHIC FOOTAGE)

Video footage captured immediately after the shooting showed the rapper lifeless in his vehicle as bystanders tried to find a pulse.

In the police dispatch audio, 911 dispatchers classified XXX as a level 1 trauma patient and described his state as “comatose,” however, bystanders said it was clear that XXX was already gone. Dispatchers revealed his shooters fled the scene in a black Dodge Journey.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office classified the incident as a robbery because his Louis Vuitton bag was stolen. So far, no one has been arrested, and a pair of South Florida rappers internet sleuths believe were responsible (Soldier Kidd and Soldier Jojo) have denied any involvement in the shooting.

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Antwon Rose: Black Teen Shot & Killed by East Pittsburgh Police Identified, Shooting Captured on Video

The unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by police in East Pittsburgh has been identified as 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr., according to WPXI-TV.

Rose was killed Tuesday night (Jun. 19) while running away during a traffic stop. The shooting was captured by an eyewitness on video, which shows Rose exiting the vehicle with another person and running away from police before multiple shots were fired.

After hearing two shots, the person recording the video gasps in shock and can be heard saying, “Why are they shooting? All they did was run, and they’re shooting at them.”

According to the Allegheny County Police Department, Rose exited a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle seen near a shooting that occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. on a neighboring street. An officer was reportedly handcuffing the driver of the vehicle when two males—one of them Antwon Rose—ran from the car.

An eyewitness told WTAE-TV that she saw the whole thing go down from her porch. She said she saw officers approaching the vehicle with their guns drawn, and when the officers handcuffed the driver, that’s when the two passengers opened their doors and took off running. She then heard shots fired.

Another video shows Rose being put into an ambulance while receiving chest compressions from a paramedic. Rose was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 22-year-old male who was shot in the shooting police were initially responded to was taken to the hospital and survived.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a press release Tuesday night. Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting, but the officer who shot Rose has been placed on administrative leave.

Allegheny County Police Department Superintendent Coleman McDonough said two guns were found in the car, but Rose was NOT armed when he was shot in the back. The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle was released after he was questioned by police.

The other man who ran from the vehicle was not apprehended, and police are asking him to turn himself in “so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred.”

Gisele Fetterman, who runs several charities in the Pittsburgh area, wrote on Facebook that Antwon Rose had previously volunteered for her at Freestore15104, which helps provide goods to people in need. “His life was just starting, he was part of a wonderful family and he was SO LOVED by so many and he didn’t deserve this,” she wrote in the post.

Fetterman—wife of Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (who is a current candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor)—described Rose as her “friend” on Twitter and shared an e-mail thread between them from 2015.

She told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the community was “shocked” over Antwon’s death. “He was just a really lovely, gentle kid,” Mrs. Fetterman said. “His mom is amazing. All the kids loved him. Just a fine person. Bubbly. Funny. Goofy. Just really special.” She said Antwon planned to return this summer to volunteer for Freestore15104.

Duquesne City Mayor Nickole Nesby, who is friends with Antwon’s mother and knew him since birth, said “he was a beautiful little boy” and described him as well-mannered and very smart—with an IQ of 120. Antwon enjoyed playing basketball ad “was full of life,” she said.

Antwon had just gotten his driver’s license a few months ago, and Mayor Nesby said he went to pick her up and take her for a ride. “He was a pleasure,” she said.

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Ooh! Fans think Scarlett Moffatt just dropped a BIG hint that she’s doing Strictly Come Dancing

Is Scarlett getting her dancing shoes on?

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Scarlett Moffatt
38th Brit Awards, Arrivals, The O2 Arena, London, UK – 21 Feb 2018

Scarlett Moffatt is no stranger to reality TV – it’s where she first found fame, after all – and now fans think she’s just given a major hint that she’s taking part in Strictly Come Dancing!

The former Gogglebox favourite set tongues wagging on Wednesday when she started reminiscing about her past forays into dancing, having previously competed in professional competitions as a teenager.


MORE: Scarlett Moffatt finally addresses Ant McPartlin dating rumours

‘I miss dancing so much,’ Scarlett, 27, told her Twitter fans. ‘can’t believe it’s been nearly 7 years since I put my Latin shoes on!!’

This quickly led her followers to speculate whether the TV star is actually hinting that she’s getting the sequins on again for the upcoming series of Strictly.

‘stop giving away that you could be going on @bbcstrictly although this would be a good thing,’ one Twitter user responded, whilst another wrote: ‘I shall expect to see you dancing on TV soon!’

‘Are you hinting for strictly ???’ one added.

It sounds like plenty of Scarlett’s fans are keen for this to happen, with one tweeting: ‘You need to do STRICTLY’

And a fellow admirer agreed: ‘Please confirm strictly’

Scarlett didn’t react to the messages but it’s not the first time she’s been linked with the hit BBC dancing show.

In fact the I’m A Celebrity winner has previously claimed that she was once offered the chance to take part in Strictly but turned it down so that she could remain on Gogglebox.

‘I love Gogglebox too much,’ she told the Daily Star Sunday in 2016. ‘It’s the best and easiest job in the world to sit and watch telly. I would have had to choose between the two and it was a no brainer for me.’

Scarlett also pondered in her book Scarlett Says whether she’s actually TOO experienced to be a contestant.

‘I’d love to go on Strictly but I just don’t think they’d let me on. I’m basically a ringer, as I’ve danced against some of the professionals in competitions when I was younger,’ she explained.

Ah well, we can but hope to see Ms Moffatt on the Strictly dance floor one day!

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