A couple who remained in lockdown for 10 weeks with two young children despite having severe coronavirus symptoms have criticised the Government’s “audacity” for implying that they are bad parents. Lucy and Matthew Jenkins, who have a two-year-old son, Ozzie, and six-month-old son Ari, were both struck down with coronavirus in the middle of March. Mrs Jenkins, 32, also required surgery during the lockdown to remove potentially cancerous cells from her cervix. However, despite the serious medical problems, she insisted on going to hospital alone in order to comply with the Government’s social distancing rules, despite “desperately” wanting her husband to go with her. The couple, who remained in London and did not ask family to help with childcare, found themselves infuriated by the actions of the Prime Minister's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, who took his wife and young child 260 miles away from their London home to self-isolate on his parents’ farm. Boris Johnson defended his top advisor's behaviour on Sunday, saying he "followed the instincts of every father and every parent" by taking them out of London.
Vanessa Bryant has shared a video of her youngest daughter taking her very first steps.On Sunday, the 37-year-old posted a short clip on Instagram alongside the caption: “My baby!!!! So proud of my Koko Bean.
“I’ve got a girlfriend!” declared former Chancellor Of Exchequer George Osborne in an interview this weekend, sounding distinctly like a teenage boy desperately attempting to impress his mates over a sneaky Silk Cut behind the bike sheds. It’s the sort of bold claim that would frequently be followed by the disclaimer: “Oh, you wouldn’t know her. She goes to another school.” The MP-turned-newspaper editor then went on to reveal that he’d “probably never been happier in my life” (which must have gone down well with his ex-wife Frances and the two children they have together...) before boasting of dancing with Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence at an Oscars aftershow party. Which happened to be at Madonna’s house. It all smacked of a man trying a tad too hard to convince us - not to mention himself - that he was cool, a move that places him firmly in that hoary old midlife cliché: divorced men getting a makeover from their first post-divorce girlfriends. It’s a fate that has befallen all manner of famous males - from Coldplay’s Chris Martin to professional petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson, from sportsmen Shane Warne and James Cracknell to both MasterChef judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Still, Osborne, who turned 49 on Saturday, is certainly cooler than he used to be (even if he did feel the need to point out that “I am normal”). He is dating his 38-year-old former chief of staff, Thea Rogers - one of his closest advisors while he was in government and the woman who helped overhaul his image when he was in 11 Downing Street. A full 13 years younger than his ex (ouch), Rogers is part-French (ooh and, if you will, la la), so national stereotype dictates she knows a thing or two about style. She has duly “metrosexualised” the Conservative Party’s austerity Chancellor, who is now more likely to be seen in New Balance trainers than brogues.
As we emerge from hibernation, what will life be like after lockdown? Imagine it – no more supermarket queues so long there are cavemen at the front. The only lines will be for hairdressers and waxing salons (like most middle-aged women, I didn’t like my beard at first – but then it grew on me).
A senior member of France’s ruling party, En Marche!, has criticised Boris Johnson’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic and in particular the UK’s new quarantine policy.From 8 June, almost all arrivals at British airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Quadrophenia actor Phil Daniels, tennis coach Judy Murray and blind travel presenter Amar Latif are among the stars who will take part in the upcoming series of Celebrity MasterChef, it has been announced. They will be joined by footballer John
James Argent has opened up about his cocaine addiction and how he suffered two near-fatal overdoses after hitting “rock bottom”.Last year, reports emerged that the Only Way is Essex star had to be “rushed to hospital” over fears he had “suffered a drug overdose”, however Argent later claimed that it was a “misunderstanding”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview on Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in
‘Corridor to the past’ trumpets a lichen-encrusted signpost, indicating to the wide, curving path ahead of me. When a signpost sells a tarmac trudge like that, it’s hard not to feel intrigued. Had I chanced upon a time portal in the South Wales Valleys?
Following reports that Dominic Cummings travelled from London to Durham while sick with the coronavirus, Downing Street has come to the defence of the prime minister’s chief aide, stating that the trip was “essential” so that Cummings could ensure his child could be looked after.It was reported that Mr Cummings and his wife had travelled 260 miles to his parents‘ home so that they could help take care of their young son.