Love Island winner Jack Fincham admits he finds it hard to trust people: ‘It’s a scary thought’

Jack Fincham strips off for Now and talks body confidence, adjusting to fame and why he wants to be the next David Attenborough

Jack Fincham on ‘This Morning’ TV show, London 13 August 2018

The nation fell in love with him during this year’s run of Love Island and, when Jack Fincham arrives at our Christmas photo shoot, it’s not hard to see why. As soon as Jack, 27, walks in, he’s talking a mile a minute about what he’s been up to and updating the team on his French bulldog puppy Sandy.

Aside from being a new ‘dad’ to Sandy, it’s fair to say Jack’s had his hands full. As Now went to press, his girlfriend Dani Dyer announced their split – just six months after they met on the ITV2 show. But, tellingly, during our shoot he reveals, ‘If Dani and I have an argument, 10 minutes later we’re laughing together!’
And, as well as his rocky relationship, the former stationery salesman has been busy with his two businesses. Fincham London sees Jack return to his roots with a line of luxury pens, while Rey is a 90s-inspired clothing brand.

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In his time in the LI villa, viewers praised Jack for the fact he doesn’t have a six-pack. And it’s clear spreading body confidence is important as he slips into festive boxers for the shoot. When asked how he’s feeling, he shrugs and says, ‘I’m fine, I’m feeling good. Let’s do this!’

Hi, Jack! How will you 
be spending your 
Christmas this year?

It’ll be my nan, my granddad, my mum, my stepdad, his mum because she lives next door, my brother, my sister… the whole family. There’s always loads of food and drink. At some point after dinner we’ll get everyone together to watch a film, 
then my nan and granddad 
go to bed first. Me and my brother will stay up drinking, last year we watched the Peaky Blinders box set.

Do you like giving presents?

I love buying for my nine-year-old sister, especially, and watching her open presents. I’m like a kid, going, ‘Open my ones first!’

Will you spoil your family with the money you’ve 
made since Love Island?

Of course. They support me through everything and they are always there for me so I’m going to make sure they’re well looked after this Christmas.

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What are you getting Sandy?

Sandy is getting the world! She’s getting a stocking with her name on it, I’ve just discovered dog mince pies so she’ll be having them, and I want us to have matching Christmas jumpers!

What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?

There have been times where I’ve been given awful aftershaves that nobody in their right mind would wear unless they wanted to clear a room! It’s only 
been bought because the 
box looks nice, and then 
you end up with a collection 
of terrible aftershaves.

What would you like to 
find under the Christmas 
tree this year?

If Santa’s reading this, I’d like some trainers, you can never have enough. And clothes! 
I know it’s materialistic but that’s what I like.
You’ve split up with Dani, and before that 
there were 
a lot of rumours about you two being on the 
rocks. How did that make you feel?
Dani and I got 
on so well, but 
people wanted 
us to fail.

You’re stripping 
off for our festive photo shoot today – are you body confident?

I am. I’m not your typical eight-pack 
guy and I’ve not got muscles on my biceps. But I think it’s important to show you don’t need to look a certain way to do a shoot like this. Sexy comes 
in all shapes and sizes!

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Apart from the obvious, how would you say that your life different now to how it was this time last year?

This time last year I was 
trying to make as many sales 
as possible at work, because 
you want more in your December pay to go and get good presents and party for the whole month. I would have 
still been asking everyone 
what they wanted for 
Christmas and writing it 
all on my iPhone notes.

Do you think people 
are surprised you’re focusing on your new businesses rather than just plugging stuff on Instagram?

I do think a lot of people 
thought I’d go down the teeth-whitening route or 
do PA after PA after PA. 
But I want to have a bit of longevity and I want people 
to say, ‘He’s the one who 
makes nice clothes,’ or, ‘He’s 
got that really good pen company.’ I don’t want people 
to just say, ‘He was on Love Island a couple of years ago.’

Why is that so important 
to you?

I don’t want people to lose 
faith in me because then, 
when I’m working on something I genuinely 
believe in, they’ll just think 
that it’s another thing 
I’m promoting.

Is there anything at all 
you’ve read about yourself that’s really annoyed you?

One thing I do want to clear up 
is all the comments I got for buying Sandy, with people telling me, ‘Adopt, don’t shop.’ My family has always rescued dogs and the last three that my mum’s had, I rescued personally. I was on a night out once and 
I went home early because 
I found a dog and I wanted 
to take it home and call 
someone to get it. My mum 
said, ‘Most 19-year-olds bring home a girl, you brought 
home a Rottweiler.’ This is 
the first time I’ve brought 
up a dog from a puppy – 
before this, we’ve always 
had rescue dogs.

Is being famous everything that you thought it would be? Or is it better or worse?

I didn’t know what fame 
would be like. I honestly thought I’d be on Love Island 
for a week, come out, a few people would recognise me, some companies would 
pay me to post stuff on Instagram and then that 
would have been it. I thought 
I was going to go back to 
work the week after we 
came off. I asked my boss 
what time he wanted me back in! He said, ‘Mate, you’re not going to be coming back.’

Seeing as you are now 
in the public eye, do 
you find it harder to trust people as a result?

Yeah, massively. It’s a scary thought because I’m always really open and I’ll chat 
to anyone and let them 
know how I’m feeling. 
But now I wonder if I 
can tell someone about 
how I’m feeling because 
of what they might do 
with that information.

Now that you’ve set 
up Fincham London 
and Rey, what other ambitions do you have 
left to fulfil?

It would be my dream, 
when I’m older, to present 
a nature show. Sir David Attenborough is one of my biggest idols – sometimes I’ll have him on in the background at home just to relax! I’d like to think that in 40 years’ time 
I could be the next David Attenborough – I’ve got the passion and I’d love it more 
than anything.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Winner Stacey Dooley responds to AWKWARD wardrobe malfunction after fans think she forgot to wear underwear

‘Did Stacey flash her Dooley?’…

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Stacey Dooley has been crowned the 2018 Strictly Come Dancing champion – but her win has been overshadowed after fans thought she went commando during her Paso Doble routine.

The BBC broadcaster, who won alongside pro partner Kevin Clifton on Saturday night, left fans aghast after she appeared to flash her lady bits after seemingly opting to not wear underwear during her final performance.

Towards the end of her routine, Stacey began whipping her dress back and forth, and as the skirt started to lift off the floor, many eagle-eyed viewers thought they were getting to see a bit too much of the 31-year-old.

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One fan asked: ‘Someone clear this up for me?! Where are Stacey’s knickers?!’

Another said: ‘Did stacey forget to put some knickers on in her last dance or did i not see a lot of what i shouldnt have.’

A third added: ‘Watching Strictly final husband has checked on replay and firmly suspect Stacey Dooley not wearing pants whilst performing final dance!’

While a fourth joked: ‘Why was Stacey flashing her Dooley!?’

However, one viewer put all the questions to bed, as on closer inspection it turns out the Strictly champ was in fact wearing a nude coloured bodysuit.

Sharing a close-up of the moment-in-question, they captioned the shot: ‘Calm down twitter. Stacey Dooley was wearing knickers. #StrictlyFinal #strictly2018 #strictly.’

And as we’ve come to know and love of the journalist, Stacey saw the funny side of her unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, tweeting later Saturday night: ‘I’ve won strictly and flashed my knickers. A perfect Sat night.’

After being crowned the winners, Stacey paid tribute to her partner Kevin – who finally lifted the Glitterball trophy after finding himself in the final a previous four times.

She said: ‘I’ve had the most incredible time. It’s daunting doing something you haven’t done before – you feel silly, you feel like a bit of an idiot.

‘But Kevin walks you through – and you so deserve this.’

Congrats to Stacey and Kevin!

 

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Lauren Goodger eyeing up a reality TV career in Los Angeles? ‘I need to get out there!’

Welcome to Lauren’s world…

Now’s resident columnist Lauren Goodger tells us all about her Christmas plans and even a future career Stateside.

All I want for Christmas…

Santa, if you’re reading this, I’ve been a real good girl this year and for Christmas 
I would really like a new Louis Vuitton bag, some over-the-knee Fendi boots and I love Tom Ford make- up and perfume. Cheers, Santa baby!

And if someone can arrange for Jason Momoa to be under the mistletoe, that would be just great. Thanks.

Christmas Scrooge

I’m a bit of a bah humbug when it comes to Christmas. I love all the decorations, sequins, sparkles and the excuse to celebrate – don’t get me wrong – but I always find Christmas Day a bit hard.

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I think when I have my own family I’ll love it again! I will go overboard making it special for my kids. I’ll prob see family this year, and my niece and nephews.

I’ll maybe spend it at my dad’s but, to be honest, I’m also thinking about going abroad – I’m over the cold weather already! Dubai is amazing at Christmas, as they go so extra with all the amazing trees and decorations, it looks beautiful.

My busy week

This week, I went to my mate’s Prestige Pawnbrokers’ ( from Channel 4’s Posh Pawn) Loughton store opening. You might remember 
I appeared in the Christmas special a couple of years back, swapping my Chanel bag!

Next up, I was off to Liverpool for the launch of Dash restaurant and XOXO nightclub.

In the morning, I had a treatment called ZeroFat at Beyond MediSpa in Harvey Nichols, Liverpool. You exercise surrounded by infrared light therapy – apparently you can burn 800 cals in 45 minutes! I felt so revived afterwards.

New year, new me

I never make New Year’s resolutions. Well, my aim every year is simple – to be happy. I’m looking forward to a fresh start, a new year of opportunities – out with the old, in with the new and all that.

I live life very much in the moment! Although, saying that, I am planning my summer holiday already – thinking Marbella this year with the girls. It’s been a while and I know lots of people out there for events and stuff.

I’m also thinking about a trip to the US. I was put in touch, ages ago, with a producer out there who does loads of reality shows. They said that we should meet up when I’m out there… so I need to get out there!

I’d make the most of it and do LA, Miami etc. I’d love to do a calendar shoot on Muscle Beach as well. Watch this space!

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Top 5 Reasons Why Richard Donner’s Superman Remains a Superhero Classic

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It’s had to fathom it now, but there was once a time when Hollywood didn’t give a crap about superheroes. Comics were considered a lowbrow art form, and no one thought that a superhero movie could appeal to anyone who wasn’t a child. That all changed when Richard Donner’s Superman hit theaters on December 15, 1978. The film, which starred a then-unknown Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, went on to be a massive critical and commercial success, earning $300 million worldwide and garnering three Oscar nominations. The film even won a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects.

As superhero films have come and gone over the decades, many fans still consider Donner’s Superman to be the gold standard of superhero storytelling, and its influence can be felt in the most successful comic book movies and franchise pictures. Even forty years after its release, the film still holds a special place in fans’ hearts. Here’s a look at the top five reasons why the 1978 action-adventure film remains a classic of American cinema.

1. The Romance

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Sorry fans of Titanic and The Notebook: for my money, the most romantic movie moment would be Lois Lane interviewing Superman on her rooftop and their flight across the night sky. Donner’s film wisely builds Superman’s character arc around his romantic relationship with Lois Lane. It’s Lois who first inspires Superman to use his powers in public (to save her) and it is Lois who remains his most steadfast tie to the mortal world. The film tells two different love stories: one of Clark Kent’s unrequited crush on his co-worker and the other on the connection between Superman and Lois Lane. The romantic subplot is buoyed by great chemistry between Reeve and Margot Kidder, giving superhero films a romantic template that would go on to influence Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and even Wonder Woman.

2. Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane

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Lois Lane often gets short shrift in the comics, usually relegated to playing the damsel in distress role. She is frequently in distress in the Superman films, but there is nothing helpless about her. Kidder plays the role not just as a love interest, but as a fully formed female character who is wholly in love with her career and confident in her abilities. Lois Lane is an intrepid, fearless reporter who is just as willing to chase down a story as she is the robber who stole her purse. Since then, many actresses have channeled Lois’s pluck, but Kidder was the one who started it all.

3. The Music

Science fiction and fantasy films owe an enormous debt of gratitude to John Williams, who has scored some of the most iconic genre films of all time. While he remains best known for his work in Star Wars (and rightfully so) his Superman score is heroic, romantic and uplifting. I dare you to listen to this score and NOT be inspired. Williams was nominated for an Oscar for his work, one of the 51 Oscar noms Williams has received over his lifetime.

4. The Comedy

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After years of gloom and doom Superman movies, it’s easy to forget just how funny the Donner films were. Calling back to 1930’s screwball comedy, the films mined plenty of laughs out of Reeve’s bumbling, awkward Clark Kent. Even the Big Bad Lex Luthor was played with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor by Gene Hackman, as were his goofy henchmen Otis (Ned Beatty) and Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine). There’s something to be said for a superhero film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

5. The Optimism

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Superman symbolizes hope, which is something Donner’s film has in spades. The film is brimming with warmth, optimism, and all the wholesome feel-good energy one would (and should) expect from a movie about the Man of Steel. Save the brooding menace for Batman, I’ll take an inspiring sunny Superman story any day of the week.

What’s your favorite part of the O.G. Superman movies?

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Things We Saw Today: Deadpool Takes Over the Avengers: Endgame Trailer

If there’s one thing you can count on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s that Deadpool is going to find a way to insert himself into the action. The Merc with a Mouth appears in an all-Deadpool remake of the Avengers: Endgame trailer, playing every role. The trailer, made by YouTuber Mightyraccoon!, opens with Deadpool talking to Hugh Jackman via an old Wolverine helmet (give them a buddy movie already, universe!) in place of Tony Stark leaving a final message for Pepper Potts.

We then get Deadpool as a series of brooding Avengers (including a blonde wigged Black Widow) as he refers to Thanos as “purple Homer Simpson” and pokes fun at the trailer’s somber tone. There’s lots of fun details in the trailer, including a Hugh Jackman photo in Cap’s compass.

With the Fox-Disney merger on the horizon, it is possible that we’ll see Deadpool join the Avengers, but honestly, I’d rather not. Those films are committed to being family-friendly, and I’d rather see a fully unleashed R-rated Deadpool movie than a watered-down PG-13 one. But who knows what the future holds … I wouldn’t mind watching him hit on Thor.

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  • Lily Tomlin talks about her role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and is generally delightful as always. (via Collider)
  • British drama fans rejoice! Downton Abbey is coming back for a feature-length film full of longing looks and eavesdropping servants. (via Jezebel)
  • Fly like a butterfly, sting like a Man of Steel: Was Muhammad Ali in the running to play Superman? (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • I will never stop laughing about this drone getting taken down by a spear at a Middle Ages festival. (via Nerdist)

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Claudia Winkleman drops bombshell as she reveals secret pact with Tess Daly to QUIT the show

Say it isn’t so…

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at Strictly Come Dancing 2017 launch, London 28 August 2017

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly have fast become two of our favourite presenters to watch on TV thanks to their stint hosting Strictly Come Dancing.

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So imagine our surprise – and sadness – after Claudia revealed that she and Tess might soon be giving up their weekly spray tans and sparkles in order for another duo to front the BBC One show.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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In a recent interview, Claudia dropped the bombshell that she and Tess are in a secret pact to QUIT the show together should one of them want to eventually waltz off the dance floor permanently.

‘When one of us is done, we go together. So she’s not allowed to leave,’ the mother-of-three told The Sun’s TV mag.

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Thankfully, it doesn’t seem that their departure is happening anytime soon – with Claudia admitting she is particularly excited about the wrap party following tonight’s final.

‘We also have our end-of-series party this weekend, which is always great fun,’ she added.

‘All the contestants come back and everyone is so happy to see them, and the winners are over the moon.

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‘We dance, eat nuts, laugh and then bundle home to get ready for Christmas. Though I usually wake up the next morning covered in glitter and holding a scoring paddle.’

Tonight’s final sees Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg battle it out on the dance floor with the hope of being part of the winning couple to lift the 14th Glitterball trophy.

Each celebrity and their professional partner will perform three dances each; judges’ pick, a showdance and their favourite dance from the series.

Ashley and Pasha’s judges’ pick is their Salsa, Stacey and Kevin’s is the Foxtrot, Joe and Dianne will perform their Paso Doble and Faye and Giovanni will dance the Viennese Waltz.

Tune in tonight from 6.30pm on BBC One to see who is crowned the winner…

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Holly Willoughby and Rochelle Humes fangirl over each other during night out – and fans love it!

Girl power!

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‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 25 Jan 2018
The weather is miserable, ‘Dry January’ rumbles on and most of us are still waiting for that long awaited payday. What could cheer all of us up? Some deliciously sweet and deliciously naughty – Millionaire’s Shortbread (giving a nod to our Scottish friends too!). Phil Vickery’s here with all the store cupboard ingredients – which won’t cost you a million to make.

Holly Willoughby may have only just touched down in London town after her stint in Australia – but jet leg hasn’t gotten in the way of her celebrating her return.

The TV star – who stepped in for Ant McPartlin alongside Declan Donnelly on I’m A Celebrity this year – was quick to join her This Morning stand-in Rochelle Humes for a girls’ night out on Friday.

Holly and Rochelle both looked fresh-faced and stunning as they partied the night away at West London members-only hotspot, High Road House.

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But it was their words of praise to each other on social media that really had fans gushing over their showing of ‘girl power’.

Sharing a snap of their beaming smiles as they pressed their faces together, Holly said: ‘Let’s raise a glass to this one… @rochellehumes … you are and continue to be amazing! #girlsnight #christmas x.’

Sharing the same image, Rochelle simply added: ‘I ❤ U’.

Commenting on the sweet snap, one fan said: ‘Absolutely lovely!! What wonderful women you both are, supporting each other, no bitchness, jealousy or competition!! Just one beautiful lady standing in for another for awhile!!! Much love to you both.’

A second added: ‘Love this woman supporting each other gorgeous photo’.

Another added: ‘Love a bit of mutual respect.’

And a fourth said: ‘Your an inspiration to all females #girlpower!’

And it appears it was a successful night of celebrating as Rochelle later commented on Holly’s picture: ‘I ❤ U !!! I raised mine for YOU what a fun few weeks we’ve both had. Ps my head hurts.’

Meanwhile, fans of I’m A Celebrity have been given hope that Holly will return to the show next year after Dec dropped a massive hint when he handed her an extra special gift during Wednesday night’s ‘Coming Out’ show.

Holding onto an I’m A Celebrity contestant T-shirt with Holly’s name on, he said: ‘I got you a little pressie to say thanks, there you go that’s for next year.

‘I know who I’ll be voting for in the trials.’

Does that mean Holly could be eating a plate full of mealworms this time next year?! Well, the This Morning star didn’t deny it as she simply said: ‘Thanks a lot,’ before signing off the show.

We can’t wait for I’m A Celeb 2019!

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Stacey Dooley SLAMS reports of ‘diva’ behaviour in the best way

The finalist has reportedly been causing trouble with her demands backstage…

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Stacey Dooley has rubbished reports she’s been behaving like a ‘massive diva’ in the run up to tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing final.

The documentary maker, who is partnered with Kevin Clifton, has reportedly been driving the Strictly crew mad with her backstage demands, including ordering staff on the show to go and buy her a new outfit ahead of a radio appearance on Thursday morning.

According to The Sun, a source revealed that the 31-year-old ‘turned up for an appearance on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show at eight in the morning but hadn’t brought anything glamorous to wear as asked by bosses.’

The source added: ‘She ordered staff go out and buy her an outfit but nothing was open that early so she had to go on stage after the radio appearance in her tracksuit.’

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The paper also claims that crew on the hit BBC One show can’t wait to see the back of Stacey – bit harsh!

‘Over the past few weeks Stacey has been quite difficult and it has resulted in crew being put off her,’ the source reportedly said.

‘Some of them are quite glad that this weekend will be the last time they have to work with her.’

But it appears Stacey can see the funny side of these claims as she took to Twitter to rubbish the reports and brand them a joke.

She also retweeted a fan that told her to ‘release her inner diva’ – you go Stacey!

The BBC3 star may be hoping these claims don’t hinder her chance at lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy in tonight’s final.

Stacey is up against Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer and Joe Sugg in a battle to be crowned Strictly champion 2018.

Find out who wins tonight when Strictly returns at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: AJ Pritchard reveals he’s exhausted after this series ‘I need to sleep!’

Paralympian Lauren Steadman and her dance partner AJ Pritchard tell Now about their Christmas plans after their Strictly success

One of the standout stars 
of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing has undoubtedly been Lauren Steadman.

A total dance novice before joining the show, the Paralympic triathlon world champion has impressed viewers week after week with her professional dance partner AJ Pritchard.

Now, as the pair settle down for Christmas following their success on the series, Lauren, 25, and AJ, 24, tell us all about their festive plans and why Lauren, who was born without her right forearm, is still reeling from the fact that someone once bought her a pair of gloves as a gift!

Hi, guys. Well done on Strictly! What’s been your favourite moment of the show?
Lauren: I really enjoyed doing the contemporary piece. That was aimed at my parents and thanking them for all the support they’ve given me. 
I also loved the Viennese waltz because it was the first time 
I was able to relax into the dance, so wasn’t overthinking it. 
And I particularly enjoyed the American Smooth – I felt like 
I’d finally got into character.

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What are your plans 
for the festive season?
L: I’m going away with my parents to spend quality time with them.
AJ: I need to sleep! I’ve been doing this since August and my body is saying, ‘Help!’ I can’t feel my legs or torso. So a bit of time with my family, relaxing and getting ready for a positive new year.

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What are your favourite things about Christmas?
L: I love everything about it. As soon as it’s 1 December,
I’m like a child. 
My Christmas tree is up, I’m playing the music – 
and it’s my birthday on the 18th, so it’s a very special time. I always go to Winter Wonderland [in London]. 
I do as many Christmassy things as possible.
A: It comes down to family. When you’re always so busy, you never know where you are – at least at Christmas you’re guaranteed to 
sit down and 
be with your family. [The rest of the year] I’m in London or Portsmouth, my brother’s in Ireland and my mum and dad are 
in the North, so usually everyone’s everywhere.

What are your ultimate Christmas traditions?
L: My mum loves to watch a movie on Christmas Eve and 
it’s generally the kids’ movies, because she gets scared easily!
A: I just eat chocolate for days. Last year I went a bit too crazy, I’ll try and be a little bit 
more sensible this year.

What is your favourite Christmas film?
L: Love Actually!
A: That’s a good one, I’m 
with her on that one.

And what about your favourite festive song?
L: It’s got to be Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.
A: I actually just like Jingle Bells. It’s always everywhere, it’s one of those classics. You can’t go wrong with it!

What’s your earliest memory of Christmas?
A: When I was about 10 years old, I remember getting a quad bike and I was out on it all the time. I took that bike out on Christmas Day, even though 
it was snowing!
L: Mine was with both my grandparents. My grandma had this habit of saving up all the cardboard bits in the middle 
of toilet rolls, and we’d make Christmas crackers out of them.

What has been your worst Christmas present?
L: I received gloves and hand cream once! When you get two gloves and you don’t know what to do with the other one…
A: …give it to someone else who’s only got one hand?

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions for 2019?
L: Mine is to get another World Championship triathlon title and buy a house.
A: I don’t know how to compete against that!
L: I think you should do 
a triathlon.
A: OK then, maybe I’ll attempt one…

What are you most looking forward to in 2019?
A: It’s going to be an exciting year. I’ve got my first ever dance tour that’s just myself, so I’m really excited for that.
L: I’m most looking forward 
to getting into training again.

The Strictly Come Dancing final is on Saturday 15 December on BBC1

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9-Year-Old McKenzie Adams Died by Suicide After Classmates Bullied Her for Being Friends With a White Boy

A family in Alabama is mourning the tragic loss of a 9-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was bullied for months by her classmates.

McKenzie Adams took her life last Monday (Dec. 3), and her family says that they believe being taunted by her classmates, allegedly over her friendship with a white boy, had something to do with it.

Here’s what you need to know:

McKenzie Adams hanged herself before she was discovered by her grandmother.

The family of 9-year-old McKenzie Adams said that the fourth-grader had been bullied constantly by a group of classmates since the beginning of the school year.

McKenzie’s aunt, Eddwinna Harris, said the bullying got to be so bad that  she had to change schools.

Her grandmother found her dead in their home in Linden Monday. She had hanged herself.

McKenzie’s aunt said her niece’s classmates would call her an “ugly black b**ch” and tell her to kill herself.

McKenzie Adams’ family believes she was taunted because she had a close friendship with a white classmate, whose family gave her rides to school in the mornings.

Her aunt told the Tuscaloosa News that bullies would often tell McKenzie to kill herself.

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b**ch,’ ‘just die,’” Harris told the newspaper.

McKenzie’s mother said the 9-year-old told teachers and her assistant principal she was being bullied.

Jasmine Adams, McKenzie’s mother, said her daughter told her teachers and the assistant principal on several different occasions that her classmates were bullying her.

Adams told CBS42: “She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class. It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know. And, for my baby to tell me some of the things they had said to her. I was like, ‘Where are they learning this from?’”

“Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family.  And a lot of it was race, some of the student bullies would say to her why you riding with white people your black, your ugly.  You should just die,” Adams added.

Alex Brasswell, the City Schools attorney, said the case is under investigation.

“We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations. We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it,” he said.

Jasmine Adams is upset the school system didn’t do more to protect her daughter.

“I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing,” she told CBS42, “And it feels like to me it wasn’t it wasn’t done.”

McKenzie’s school said they found no evidence of bullying.

McKenzie Adams’ mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that the 9-year-old was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Alabama.

She eventually was able to transfer to U.S. Jones elementary school in Demopolis, where the bullying is said to have continued.

Linden City School Superintendent Tim Thurman said that he couldn’t confirm any evidence of bullying because all of the teachers and administrators from that time are no longer at McKenzie’s old school.

Demopolis City Schools attorney Alex Brasswell said the whole situation is sad and senseless.

“Certainly our hearts [go] out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers,” he told CBS42.

“Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident. And we certainly want to extend those services to any students and teachers on our campus as they go through this healing process.”

McKenzie Adams’ funeral will be held in the gym at U.S. Jones elementary school in Demopolis on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 11 a.m. just ten days before Christmas.

Instead of seeing the girl who loved playing with dolls and riding her bike open Christmas parents, her family is now planning a funeral. “It’s an emotional roller-coaster,” McKenzie’s aunt Edwinna Harris said.

Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she wants to use her platform to speak out against bullying so that other families wouldn’t have to experience the same tragedy.

“God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids,” she said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”

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