Lauren Goodger ‘explains’ shock photos that left her looking virtually unrecognisable

Fans were begging her to stop with the surgery after seeing the baffling snaps

Lauren Goodger

Lauren Goodger’s latest shock appearance was all down to photo editing app, it’s been claimed.

Lauren Goodger

Fans were begging Lauren to put a stop all her cosmetic surgery after she was snapped at Marnie Simpson’s gender reveal party this week looking almost unrecognisable.

The former TOWE star, who has been experimenting with procedures since she shot to fame on the reality TV show nine years ago, was posing up a storm in a plunging black top alongside Geordie Shore babe Chloe Ferry.

However, it was her extremely plumped lips and overly sculpted cheeks that fans were really drawn to.

Lauren Goodger

One of her followers posted: ‘You are beautiful, you were before surgery.

‘You can do whatever makes you happy but don’t change your image to the extent of being unrecognisable. Imperfections make us unique.’

While a second told her: ‘I hope once u get help you realise life isn’t about plastic surgery and that is a quick fix that has temporary happiness.

More: Fans beg Lauren Goodger to stop with the cosmetic surgery after she’s snapped looking unrecognisable

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‘True happiness and self worth comes from within.’

But a source close to Lauren, 32, has said her change in appearance was just down to a photo editing app.

‘It’s just a filter. A friend took the photo and edited it on an app called Lightroom,’ they told OK! magazine.

‘Lauren doesn’t even have the app or know how to use it and had no part in doctoring the image.’

More: Joe Swash shares adorable snaps of newborn son after Stacey Solomon gives birth 

The drama surrounding Lauren’s latest online snaps comes after the former TOWIE admitted to the Loose Women panellists she feels under huge amounts of pressure to post the perfect pictures.

‘I feel like I’m under a lot of pressure in my job. You want to make yourself look better,’ she said.

‘I’m under pressure. A lot of people look at me as an influence and social media is an obsession… I suffer really badly with anxiety.

Lauren went on: ‘Now, I think they’d like me more. Maybe that’s where I go wrong sometimes. It’s where I feel like I’m under pressure.’

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Joe Swash shares sweet pictures of baby boy after Stacey Solomon gives birth ‘earlier than planned’

‘My partner, My love, my life, you are a super human. I am forever in awe,’ Joe sweetly wrote

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Proud dad Joe Swash has shared a series of sweet black and white photos of his newborn baby boy after Stacey Solomon gave birth yesterday.

Joe, 37, and Loose Women star Stacey, 29, announced they had welcomed their first child together yesterday, a month earlier than planned.

The pair revealed the news with an intimate image of Stacey cradling the newborn on her chest.

Joe wrote: ‘This morning. A lot earlier than planned I watched the love of my life, bring a new life into the world. We are overwhelmed, overjoyed and apprehensive of what’s to come. Mummy and baby are well and resting.

‘We are so grateful for all of the love, support and positivity we’ve received over the last 8 months. I’m lost for words to describe how I’m feeling.

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‘So for now, I’m going to spend the next few days and the rest of my life falling more in love with these two humans. I didn’t think it possible but, today I witnessed the impossible.

‘My partner, My love, my life, you are a super human. I am forever in awe. Joe.’

A beaming Joe later shared two black and white snaps of the little one, including a shot of the baby holding onto his thumb which he captioned, ‘2day has been amazing!!!’

More: Sharon Osbourne blasts poor Brooklyn Beckham 

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The second adorable picture shows Joe smiling into camera as he kisses his newborn’s tiny foot.

‘Good morning son,’ he sweetly captioned it, revealing the gender of the baby for the very first time.

The pair were inundated with messages of congratulations from their famous friends after announcing the happy news.

More: Peter Andre and wife Emily look more in love than ever

‘Wow what a beautifully powerful picture! I’m thrilled for you both,’ Fearne Cotton wrote.

Katie Thornton shared, ‘Typing this with teary eyes. Congratulations you two. You are, and will be, the best parents any baby could hope for.

‘I know it’s scary when they come early, I’ve just put my 11yr old prem baby to bed and it’s hard to believe now that he was once a 5lb handful of love. Sending you all the love in the world.’

First-time mum Christine Lampard, who gave birth to her baby girl Patricia Charlotte Lampard back in September, added, ‘Amazing news! Congratulations.’

Joe and Stacey announced they were expecting their first child together back in February.

Congrats you two!

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Love Island ‘casts’ stunning plus size model Jada Sezer in a ‘bid to make the show more diverse’

Jada has also been dropping some major hints she’s gearing up for the villa

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This year’s season of Love Island is set to star plus size contestants in a bid to make the show more diverse.

Producers have reportedly cast model Jada Sezer, a 30-year-old mental health campaigner and curvy model, for the fifth series of the ITV2 show.

An insider said of previous the series: ‘Previous years have been criticised for a lack of diversity among contestants.

‘This year producers are determined to have more variation among the Islanders.’

The source told The Sun that Jada will be ‘perfect’ because she is passionate about body positivity and even appeared on daytime TV in her underwear before running the London Marathon.

Love Island bosses are keen to make the show more varied and include different body shapes after coming under pressure from critics.

Sources added that ‘sexy singles come in all shapes and sizes’ and that including curvier contestants is a ‘great move’.

The show has come under intense scrutiny recently following the suicide of two of its former contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

Contestants will now receive a ‘comprehensive after care package’ and therapy after coming out of the villa.

More: Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash welcome first child together 

Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: ‘Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance.

‘We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails.

‘Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.’

More: All the rumoured contestants heading in the 2019 Love Island villa 

On top of that, each islander will be given social media and financial management training to help them tackle their sudden cashflow and attention online.

Mike Thalassatis, 26, who was on the third series, killed himself in March.

In June of last year, Sophie Gradon, 32, also took her own life after appearing on series 2.

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Young Thug Channels His Inner Bad Bitch on Cover of New Album “The London”

“You say you want a bad bitch, baby now you have it. Now you got the baddest, show me you can handle this.”

We can almost bet BeBe Rexha’s “Bad Bitch” was playing in the background during the photoshoot for Young Thug’s latest album The London.

Thugger just revealed the cover art for the new project, and it’s definitely something you would expect from the rapper, who is known for his “unique” album and mixtape covers.

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The cover shows Thugger standing in front of a simple white background with his hand gently placed over his right shoulder. He’s wearing a red leather jacket and has blonde goddess locs in his hair.

His stare is intense and his eyes seem to follow you around the room no matter how you look at them, an art phenomenon also known as the “ubiquitous gaze.”

Young Thug dropped the cover not too long after releasing the album’s first single, also titled “The London,” featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott.

Take a listen below:

What do you think about Young Thug’s ‘The London’ album cover?

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WATCH: Lena Waithe Gets Some “Halle Berry Juice” for Inspiration as She Makes Her Late-Night Hosting Debut

Lena Waithe asked for the Halle Berry juice and she most definitely got it!

Waithe made her late-night hosting debut by guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (May 22) and though she was doing well with her opening monologue, the Emmy winner felt like she needed a little more inspiration. So, she pressed the Berry Button.

Halle Berry then appeared, dressed casually and a little flushed from “rushing” right over because her good friend was in need. “Now that I’m here, baby, what can I do for you?” Berry asked.

“I need some inspiration. Like that Oscars speech you gave, that got me hyped,” Waithe said, referencing Berry’s emotional Oscar speech in 2002. “I need you to give me some of that Halle Berry juice.”

The lights dimmed and Berry began:

“Lena, you know I know you, right? We’ve worked together. So I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African American queen. Everything that is hers! Lena, tonight you are a writer, an actor, a producer and tonight you are a late-night comedian. And you about to slay!”

When Berry finished, she asked Waithe if she needed anything else. Waithe said she was good, but Berry wasn’t finished.

“No, I think you need something else,” she said as she took Waithe’s face in her hands and planted one memorable kiss on the TV writer’s lips.

Wow! Now, that’s a fantasy fulfilled.

Berry and Waithe currently executive produce the BET comedy series, Boomerang, based on the 1992 film starring Berry and Eddie Murphy. The show was just renewed for a second season.

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Jackie Christie Briefly Quit ‘Basketball Wives’ After Physical Fight With Malaysia’s “Gang-Affiliated” Cousin (Report)

Last month, Jackie Christie shocked fans when she announced that she was leaving Basketball Wives, which is currently filming its eighth season.

Though Jackie seems to be still with the series, we now know what went down that caused her to briefly walk away.

The Jasmine Brand is exclusively reporting that Jackie was recently involved in a physical altercation with one of Malaysia Pargo’s family members during a party at a skating rink.

According to the site, Jackie made comments about Malaysia’s parenting and lifestyle. This set one of Malaysia’s family members all the way off and they confronted Jackie, which ultimately turned physical.

At the time, Jackie took to social media to tell fans that she’d had enough and was quitting the show, which she’s been on since Basketball Wives L.A.‘s first season back in 2011.

“Awe it’s been fun bbw8 saying bye to all the girls 1 by 1. Y’all continue to support them,” she wrote.

The caption was accompanied by a video clip and she briefly mentioned the skating rink incident.

“I got into it at the skating rink [A lot of people] want me gone,” she said. “Are you guys gonna continue to watch the show? If you do, have fun.”

A production source tells Media Take Out that one of Malaysia’s “gang-affiliated” cousins attacked Jackie and that Jackie had to be taken to the hospital.

“One of Malaysia’s cousins heard Jackie talking and beat her up. It was bad, Jackie hit [the back of] her head on the ground,” MTO’s source said.

The source also had negative things to say about Malaysia’s family.

“A lot of Malaysia’s family was at the [skate] party. And Malaysia comes from a ghetto family, with a lot of gang members and such.”

Luckily, Jackie was not seriously hurt and only sustained a few scratches. However, the source claimed she quit the show because security failed to protect her during the altercation.

Jackie reportedly only agreed to continue filming the season because production increased security and banned Malaysia’s family from filming.

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Karlie Redd’s Fiancé Breaks Off Engagement After Catching Her Flirting With MoneyBagg Yo on Instagram

Karlie Redd remains unlucky in love. And this time, it may be her own fault. Her fiancé has broken off their engagement, reportedly after catching her flirting with another man.

Karlie’s storyline on this season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta has focused on her engagement to Arkansas businessman Mo Fayne. However, Mo was recently sent a video of Karlie flirting with MoneyBagg Yo.

In the video, MoneyBagg asked Kalie to visit him in Washington D.C. to go to his concert. Some felt Karlie was acting too flirty to be an engaged woman.

A messy fan sent the video to Mo. Apparently not liking what he saw, he wrote: “I’m officially single!”

His now-deleted Instagram post continued:

“When someone accuses you of doing something you’re not doing, it’s usually because they’re the ones doing it. Big facts!!!

“Thanks for sending me that live feed…I’m officially SINGLE … Please don’’ ask me about my ex, slander her name, or mention her to me…even though we are no longer together…I will always have love and respect for her….it’s very simple, we tried and we tried hard it didn’t work! Wish her the best!!! #single #nodisrespect #wishyouthebest.”

Karlie hasn’t directly addressed the broken engagement, but she seems to be moving forward with IVF treatment and having a son, even it’s without Mo.

“#BabyBoy Keep Watching To See What’s About To Happen!” she wrote on social media. “When Everything Comes Out Ladies U will Be Proud Of Me #BabiesAreBlessings #SilenceIsGolden”

“Doesn’t have to be with him” she added in the comments.

Should we say poor Karlie or is she the one to blame for this relationship imploding? Tune in to LHHATL to see more of Karlie and Mo’s up and down “engagement.”

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J.J. Abrams on the Emotional Journey of Integrating Carrie Fisher into The Rise of Skywalker

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When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this December, it will bring not only the current trilogy to a close, but the nine film Skywalker family saga to an end as well. As one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019, there are countless questions to be answered in Skywalker. But perhaps none are more poignant than this: how much of Carrie Fisher will be seeing in the film?

Fisher, who passed away in 2016, left a pop culture crater in her wake, made all the more devastating by the fact she never got to complete the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, a chapter that planned to focus on General Leia Organa. Since her passing, rumors have been flying over Leia’s fate: would she be killed offscreen or played by another actress? Given the importance of both Fisher and Leia, there seemed to be no possible outcome that would both satisfy fans and honor Fisher’s legacy.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, J.J. Abrams discusses how he was able to integrate Leia into the film, thanks to cut footage from The Force Awakens and the magic of VFX. With the extra footage, Abrams was able to craft new scenes and dialogue to wrap up Leia’s story in the most organic way he could. Abrams said, “It’s hard to even talk about it without sounding like I’m being some kind of cosmic spiritual goofball, but it felt like we suddenly had found the impossible answer to the impossible question.”

Abrams described re-purposing Fisher’s scenes, saying “It was a bizarre kind of left side/right side of the brain sort of Venn diagram thing, of figuring out how to create the puzzle based on the pieces we had.” Abrams was even able to incorporate Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, into scenes with her mother.

Abrams had originally written out Lourd’s Lieutenant Connix to spare Lourd’s feelings, but the actress was determined to perform in the scenes. Lourd said to Abrams, “I want to be in scenes with her. I want it for my children when I have kids. I want them to see.”

“And so, there are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams says. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”

If that sentiment has you getting misty-eyed, get in line. Seeing Fisher onscreen one last time, acting opposite her daughter no less, is bound to be an emotional experience for fans everywhere. Here’s to Fisher and General Leia both getting the send-off they rightfully deserve.

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How Aladdin Should Have Ended. Spoiler Alert: With Honesty & Accepting That Monarchy Isn’t About Merit.

With the upcoming live-action/CGI Aladdin remake coming to theaters tomorrow, one of our favorite YouTube channels, How It Should Have Ended, has decided to tackle the 1992 classic animated film—and already made a better movie than the remake, to be honest.

Firstly, Jamie Costa does a fantastic job capturing Robin Williams’ Genie and his pop culture references. I honestly love how these videos address little narrative “plot holes” but do so in a way that pretty much highlights that we need characters to make mistakes because otherwise there’s no conflict. After all, should Aladdin have been more careful about just leaving the lamp hanging around for anyone to find it? Absolutely.

But, it also says a lot about him that he wouldn’t. He’s a street rat who steals for survival; he doesn’t have any real concept of “property,” not to mention the Lamp is Genie’s home and isn’t just a default “thing” to Aladdin because he doesn’t view Genie as a tool or weapon, and therefore wouldn’t treat his home in such a way. Also, yes, if Aladdin revealed that he was a Prince via magic to Jasmine and the Sultan, I doubt anyone would have made a big deal about it because wealth via magic is just as legitimate as wealth by any other means.

I made my feelings about the remake clear in my review, but even watching this video made me feel more nostalgia for Aladdin that sitting through a two-hour live-action adaptation. We have really given Disney too much power to be able to pull at our nostalgia strings like puppets when it comes to these movies. Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake crashed and burned because the collective nostalgia for the big-eared elephant has waned since WWII.

While Aladdin is certainly no Dumbo, they both suffer from the same problem: being unnecessary. We literally have too much available content to be spending this much money on these movies, and I’m sure it’ll make all its money back and we’ll get live-action Pocahontas and Snow White real soon. God, I hope Mulan is good, because at least it seems like they’re making enough changes to the source material that it can actually be its own movie.

Oh well, we ain’t never had a money-grabbing friend like Disney.

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Xavier Dolan Rightfully Points Out the Different Ways Critics Talk About Films Centered on Gay Couples

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There’s a problem in the world of film criticism that I know I’ve fallen prey to when talking about films centered on gay couples or characters. We as a community tend to refer to them as “gay love stories” or “gay films.” I do it because it’s an easy route to convey to LGBTQ+ readers that queer love is being depicted, since it’s still a rarity; others might do it for similar reasons or because they view these films as being a separate sub-genre. Director Xavier Dolan has had enough of that categorization.

“This film is not gay; it’s life,” Dolan told the press, as reported by IndieWire. “We never talk about heterosexual films. ‘Oh, I saw this great heterosexual love story.’ For me, it’s not a story of homosexuality or gay love. Ultimately, I don’t think that the two protagonists are aware that it is gay love. It’s love.”

When I read this quote, I took a moment for self reflection. I’m always here for normalizing queer characters and relationships through cinema and presenting them as just being relationships, rather than adding a descriptor to separate them from “normal” stories; this is something many critics who are also interested in social justice advocate for. So why do I refer to films as being gay films or queer films if they center on a relationship between two characters of the same gender?

There are certain kinds of stories that are inherently queer, in my opinion. If a story centers on a gay youth’s coming of age, or focuses on the struggle for equal rights, I would say that narrative is inherently tied to the identity of the protagonist. But if, say, a film is just about two men or two women falling in love, that doesn’t automatically make it a “gay film.” It just means it’s a film and a love story that happens to involve protagonists who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Back in 2017, Disney raised all sorts of noise about an “exclusively gay moment” in Beauty and the Beast, in which LeFou dances with another man. That is exactly the kind of title we need to avoid. The moment wasn’t “gay”; it was just weird and pandering. Compare it to Star Trek Beyond, which featured the reveal that Sulu was gay. They didn’t term it an exclusively gay moment or imply it was a “gay film” now. They just presented a major character as gay and let the character speak for himself.

This is a problem for a lot of films that don’t necessarily fit into the trope box of being about cishet, white, able-bodied men. Films about women used to constantly be called “chick flicks” or were written off as being too niche for major audiences. Films centered on Black protagonists or protagonists of color were seen as similarly being “niche.” There is a tendency to other any film not centered on what is perceived as being the norm.

This is similar to how any film featuring a protagonist who’s not a white, cishet man is labeled “SJW propaganda,” but in a more palatable way. It still others and separates the films, which is the opposite of what needs to happen. Not every film centered on a marginalized protagonist means that the film is centered on their identity. Sometimes, the hero just is the hero without the politics of identity playing a role.

Dolan is right to call out the tendency to say films are “gay films” just because they feature gay protagonists. If we normalize films about all sorts of characters and love, it will continue the path of inclusion far more successfully than if we continue to separate films by defining them by their protagonists’ identities. Inclusion isn’t a one-size-fits-all sort of thing; it’s a process, and with voices pointing out what needs to happen for film to reach equality, we, as a community, can grow beyond labelling films and instead embrace all sorts of stories without having to other them.

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