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Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey says she still talks to her husband as he ‘sends signs’

‘I do talk to him… I can feel him there’

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Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has said she still talks to her husband as he ‘sends signs’ to show he is still with her.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women on Friday (May 6th), the grieving mother-of-two said that before Tom died from brain cancer, he had promised to send her signs to show he is still with her.

Explaining how he has stayed true to his word, Kelsey said: “He has given me so many signs… car alarms go off at four in the morning, I tell him ‘not at four in the morning Tom!'”

She also recalled another ‘sign’, saying: “I was sitting there on this bench, crying, when I looked up and this feather fell down from the sky. 

“I knew straight away it was him. I kept that feather, I still have it in a little glass pot on my dressing table.”

She also admitted to still speaking to Tom, saying it is a ‘release’ to feel him with her.

“I do talk to him. I think that’s a release as well. To talk to him, and I can feel him there.”

Kelsey then opened up about how she has helped her children adjust to their dad’s death by being as honest as possible.

Speaking about her two-year-old daughter Aurelia, she said: “When Tom went into the hospice, she was really confused.

“I was leaving to go to the hospice and I just said to her, ‘I’ve got to go to make sure the angels take daddy, the angels are coming to collect him’, which is a really horrible conversation.

“The next day I had to tell her her dad’s dead. This is the advice I got – to be honest.”

Kelsey added that it is her children that gets her through each day, saying she knows she needs to stay strong for them.

“I feel strong, I’m just getting through each day.

“I have the kids. I have to wake up each day, I have to get on with it, just trying to be as strong as possible in a really difficult situation and time for us all.”

“I have to wake up each day and think ‘Right, come on, you can do it’. What would he want me to do? He wouldn’t want me to sit around crying. He’d want me to get on with it.”

She added: “And the kids obviously, they’re not sad. They wake up and they’re happy. ‘What are we doing today?’. We’re going to the park.”

The Wanted singer tragically died on March 31st, eighteen months after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, leaving behind Kelsey and their two young children.

In the wake of his death, Kelsey created a fundraising page to ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever’ via donations to charitable causes, as opposed to sending flowers and cards.

You can read more about the fundraiser and donate yourself here.

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Boris Johnson was ‘not partying’ in photo of him drinking at ‘party’, Tory MP says

New photos show the Prime Minister raising a glass during an alleged leaving party in November 2020

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended Boris Johnson after newly-released photos showed him drinking during an alleged lockdown party.

ITV News published four photos showing the Prime Minister raising a glass with a group of aides around a table littered with alcoholic drinks and party food on November 13th 2020, when the country was in its second national lockdown.

The photos, which were reportedly taken during a leaving party, cast fresh doubt on Johnson’s claims that he was unaware of rule-breaking in Downing Street during the pandemic.

However, a number of Tory MPs have spoken out in defense of Johnson, including Shapps, who insisted that Johnson ‘wasn’t partying’ in the first place.

Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley this morning, Shapps said: “The question is, was he down there partying?

“No, clearly not. He’d gone by to say thanks and to raise a glass to a colleague who was leaving. And, you know, the answer to this of course, is the police have spent a lot of time with a lot of people and a lot of resources… And they’ve come to their conclusion. 

Read More: Sue Gray report set to be ‘published in full next week’ as partygate investigation ends

“As we know, he wasn’t fined for that event.”

The Cabinet minister went on to say that Johnson is ‘completely mortified’ by the publishing of the photos, acknowledging that ‘it shouldn’t have happened’. 

He said: “He [Johnson] has paid the fifty quid fine. That’s the right thing to do. He’s human, and sometimes humans make mistakes.”

Shapps added: “I don’t think the fact of the pictures, us seeing them for the first time, changes what the police and Sue Gray already know.”

Just one week ago, it was announced that Sue Gray’s highly-publicised report into government misconduct during the Covid lockdowns had been completed.

A source close to Gray and her team said she now intends to publish her report ‘as soon as possible’, adding that it could come as early as next week, according to The Independent.

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Gino D’Acampo hits back at ‘haters’ who criticised him for kissing daughter on lips

The celebrity chef came under fire for being ‘too affectionate’ with his eight-year-old daughter Mia

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Gino D’Acampo has hit back at ‘all the haters out there’ who criticised him for kissing his daughter on the lips.

The celebrity chef shared two photos of himself and his eight-year-old daughter Mia, one in which the pair shared a kiss and the other showing them laughing candidly together.

Gino captioned the post: “To all the haters out there……yes I still kiss my principessa on the lips, get over it and get a life”.

The famed chef was met with a wave of support from his followers for sharing the post, with his teenage son Rocco also commenting with a series of hearts.

Another fan commented: “Blooming Nora, please tell me this is a joke? My son is 20 and I still kiss and cuddle him!”

While another questioned: “How can anyone say it’s wrong to kiss your child?!?!”

Read More: Gino D’Acampo’s Manchester restaurant to close permanently

Though Gino hasn’t always received this level of praise, with him recently dividing opinions after revealing his daughter gets sent to bed on an empty stomach if she doesn’t eat her dinner.

Appearing on the Sweat, Snot and Tears podcast late last year, Gino said he thinks children become fussy eaters as a result of parents who can’t be bothered to ‘fight’ over meal times.

He said: “When people talk to me about fussy children with food and ask me, ‘What do I think?’ I tell them there is no such a thing as a fussy child. There isn’t.

“But there is a thing of moron parenting. By moron, I mean idiots. A child doesn’t grow up fussy, it’s not possible. It’s the parents.”

Gino also likened his children to training a puppy, saying: “I’m not comparing a dog to a child, for God’s sake, but it’s the same as a when you have a little puppy.

“You only have to tell him off and pretend to smack him a couple of times not to do the wee on the floor. Eventually, he’s not going to do the wee on the floor, he’s going to go outside.”

An interesting perspective…

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Manchester Airport described as ‘hell on earth’ with long queues and waits of up to four hours this morning

The airport has been plagued by lengthy queues and delays for months now

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Manchester Airport has been described as ‘hell on earth’ as passengers were forced to queue for up to four hours this morning.

Frustrated travellers shared photos and videos of the carnage on social media, with the airport being described as ‘absolute and complete chaos’. 

Huge queues at check-in desks and security were reported across the morning, as well as long waits for luggage in arrivals.

Passenger Amy McDonald wrote on Twitter: “Never seen anything like it before at Manchester Airport, queued for 2 hours and when our flight was called it was a free for all… hope our bag has made it”.

Mhari Oaks said of her experience this morning: “Hell on earth this morning @manairport – avoid it like the plague!!!

“Everyone missing flights despite getting there 3 hours before departure. Absolute and complete chaos. No check in staff.”

Read More: Andy Burnham warns queues and disruption at Manchester Airport will continue for ‘two months’

Marion Wolstenholme described customers as being ‘upset, anxious and frustrated’, writing: “Chaos @manairport this morning.

“Almost 2 hours queuing to drop of case and still no end in sight. Really really poor – No organisation, no communication.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham previously warned that the lengthy queues and delays – said to be a result of staff shortages and increased passenger demand – will continue for the ‘foreseeable future’.

Following a meeting with airport bosses last month, Burnham said that while the airport has made efforts to recruit, ‘more should have been done earlier’, and that its communication to passengers ahead of and upon arrival should have been better, as should the management of the queues.

At this, Burnham offered three pieces of advice to passengers planning on travelling from the airport in the next few months:

  • Arrive at the airport three hours before your flight.
  • Check your baggage into the hold in advance if possible.
  • If you have to carry hand luggage please try to minimise it and ensure it is correctly packed before you leave home.

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