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Simone Biles Professes Her ‘Love’ For BF Jonathan Owens: ‘Our Relationship Has Been Seamless’

Simone Biles has opened up about her relationship with football player Jonathan Owens, declaring her love for him after six months of dating.

Simone Biles is in love! The decorated gymnast spoke candidly about her relationship with Jonathan Owens in a new interview with The Today Show. The Olympic gold medallist appeared virtually on the January 22 episode of the morning show, and co-host Hoda Kotb said she had never seen Simone smile quite so wide before she met the football player. “I just love him,” she said of the NFL star. “We have a great time together. Our personalities match right up. We have the same sense of humor. And he’s just great.”

She added, “He’s an athlete too, so we really understand each other and I think that’s why our relationship has been seamless. And he also has a bulldog, so I feel like, besides him being a cherry on top, that was really amazing. And our dogs get along well.” The couple have been dating since the summer of 2020, and made things Instagram official in August. Simone and Jonathan certainly have not been shy about flaunting their love for each other on social media, as they regularly share pics of each other looking very loved up. The gymnast has also been seen spending time with other wives and girlfriends of Texans players, and it seems she’s found a sweet new group of friends.

When she isn’t sharing her love for her beau, Simone uses her platform to push for positive change. In the wake of Donald Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on January 6, she spoke candidly about the rioters, who broke past police and security barricades in an attempt to get into the Senate chambers. “Embarrassed but not surprised disgusted but not surprised sad but not surprised angry but not surprised speechless but not surprised,” Simone tweeted.

She also reposted a tweet from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, reiterating his message that athletes should be able to form and share their opinions on political and social issues. “Stop saying stick to football like that’s our only purpose on this earth,” the 21-year-old wrote. “We (football players) have every right to speak on whatever we feel no matter the situation.” Simone reposted the tweet, adding, “As well as any other athletes !!!!!!!!!!!”

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KUWTK: Kim Kardashian’s friend Jonathan Cheban battles Covid-19

Jonathan Cheban has not been seen much this year.

That is because the TV star, who changed his name to FoodGod, has been recovering from COVID-19, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

And the New Jersey native was so sick he had to bow out of shooting scenes for the 20th and last season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside his best friend, 40-year-old Kim Kardashian.

Out of commission: Jonathan Cheban has not been seen much this year. That is because the star, who changed his name to FoodGod, has been recovering from COVID-19, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. Seen in October 2020 in Beverly Hills

A break: And the New Jersey native was so sick he had to bow out of shooting scenes for the 20th and last season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside his best friend Kim Kardashian. Seen with Kim in 2019 in NYC

A break: And the New Jersey native was so sick he had to bow out of shooting scenes for the 20th and last season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside his best friend Kim Kardashian. Seen with Kim in 2019 in NYC

‘Jonathan has been sick with COVID-19, it was a mild case, but it still kept him in bed for weeks,’ a source tells DailyMail.com.

‘He caught the virus just before New Year’s Eve, it just came out of nowhere. He had to cancel a lot of plans. And he could not go out at all, even to get groceries.’

It was added that he was bedridden. ‘Jonathan said he was in pain, his chest hurt, he had a fever, he lost his taste buds which is a very big thing because he is obsessed with food, that is why his name is FoodGod,’ said the source.

It hit him: 'Jonathan has been sick with COVID-19, it was a mild case, but it still kept him in bed for weeks,' a source tells DailyMail.com. Seen in January 2020

It hit him: ‘Jonathan has been sick with COVID-19, it was a mild case, but it still kept him in bed for weeks,’ a source tells DailyMail.com. Seen in January 2020

She had it first: But his case was not as bad as his friend Khloe Kardashian's, added the source. Khloe came down with COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. Her recovery was documented on KUWTK

She had it first: But his case was not as bad as his friend Khloe Kardashian’s, added the source. Khloe came down with COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. Her recovery was documented on KUWTK

‘He normally orders in really good food from Nobu, but he was on like rice, crackers and pasta, really bland stuff, for weeks.’ 

But his case was not as bad as his friend Khloe Kardashian’s, added the source. Khloe came down with COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. Her recovery was documented on KUWTK.   

Jonathan’s mother Galina Cheban also came down with COVID which the source said ‘worried Jonathan a ton.’ 

She had it too: His mother Galina Cheban also came down with COVID which the source said 'worried Jonathan a ton.' Seen in Malibu in October 2020

She had it too: His mother Galina Cheban also came down with COVID which the source said ‘worried Jonathan a ton.’ Seen in Malibu in October 2020

But she too is on the mend, the insider said.

The fashion show staple did not post anything new on his Instagram page for over two weeks as he recovered.

But now the Celebrity Big Brother star is feeling ‘much better, like new.’

And Jonathan has been staying home under self quarantine to stop the spread. 

‘It was very scary for him because he didn’t know how bad it could get. And plus he is normally so busy but these past few weeks he had to lay low,’ said the source.

Seen in 2011: Jonathan got his start as a publicist which resulted in his reality TV show The Spin Crowd. After striking up a friendship with Kim over a decade ago, he started working with her on her public image

Seen in 2017: That parlayed into him getting a guest starring spot on KUWTK and several spinoffs; at Halloween as Sonny and Cher

He and Kim go way back:  Jonathan got his start as a publicist which resulted in his reality TV show The Spin Crowd. After striking up a friendship with Kim over a decade ago, he started working with her on her public image. That parlayed into him getting a guest starring spot on KUWTK and several spinoffs

Party time in NYC! The pair heading out for a night of fun in 2017 as Kim wears a bra

Party time in NYC! The pair heading out for a night of fun in 2017 as Kim wears a bra

At work: Kim and Jonathan side-by-side in a car for a scene for KUWTK

At work: Kim and Jonathan side-by-side in a car for a scene for KUWTK

‘He couldn’t shoot any scenes for KUWTK but he will be able to do that later. He will definitely be in the last season. He wants to be there for Kim.’

And his case of COVID will likely be addressed on the show as Khloe’s was.

Jonathan got his start as a publicist which resulted in his reality TV show The Spin Crowd.

Will he carry on? It is not known if he will pop up in the family's new series for Hulu which launches this year. Seen with Kanye, Kim and Angie Martinez in 2010

Will he carry on? It is not known if he will pop up in the family’s new series for Hulu which launches this year. Seen with Kanye, Kim and Angie Martinez in 2010

After striking up a friendship with Kim over a decade ago, he started working with her on her public image as she was groomed from Paris Hilton’s assistant into a red carpet favorite.

That parlayed into him getting a guest starring spot on KUWTK and several spinoffs such as Kourtney & Kim Take New York and Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

When Kim’s husband Kanye West dubbed him a ‘FoodGod’ because of his love for gourmet food, Jonathan branded himself with the name.

The Hofstra University graduate has gone on to become a spokesperson for several food chains including Burger IM and Jersey Mike Subs. 

A FoodGod video game has also come out and he has appeared in the film By Any Means. Later this year he is starring in the film The Cuisine War.

It is not known if he will pop up in the Kardashian family’s new series for Hulu which launches later this year. 

A part of the family: Cheban, Kim and her daughter North seen in NYC in 2019

A part of the family: Cheban, Kim and her daughter North seen in NYC in 2019

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Jonathan Scott Gushes Over His ‘Favorite Person’ Zooey Deschanel On Her 41st Birthday

Happy Birthday, Zooey Deschanel. In honor of the ‘Elf’ actress turning 41, Zooey’s boyfriend, ‘Property Brothers’ star Jonathan Scott, penned a touching message to his ‘hilarious’ and ‘sweet’ love.

“Today is my favorite person’s birthday,” wrote Jonathan Scott on Jan. 17. The 42-year-old Property Brothers star was talking about his girlfriend of over a year, Zooey Deschanel, who turned 41 that day. Jonathan shared an Instagram Gallery full of memories – including a shot of them at a Halloween party and a gorgeous photo of Zooey with a handful of flowers – while penning an ode to his love. “You are caring, talented, hilarious, sweet, and just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I know we can’t celebrate like we did last year, but I have a few surprises up my sleeve.”

Jonathan Scott’s message to Zooey Deschanel (Instagram)

“You fill my life with so much joy,” concluded Jonathan. His message comes five months after he and the New Girl star celebrated their 1-year anniversary. “One year ago today, I met this kind, caring, hilarious, generous, creative, nerdy, handsome and all-around incredible human,” wrote Zooey in her Aug. 4 message. “I am so grateful for every smile, kiss, hug, snuggle, laugh, scrabble game, escape room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner we share together.” Jonathan, in response to this, wrote how much “time flies when you’re having the best time in your life.”

Zooey and Jonathan, as first reported by HollywoodLife, went public with their relationship in September 2019. The couple had first met while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series and hit it off. When Zooey and Jonathan were spotted holding hands, she had been separated from her then-husband Jacob Pechenik for “several months.” The couple, who share two children (daughter Elsie and son Charlie), finalized the divorce in 2020.

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel walk the red carpet at the Premiere of Focus Features’ Emma held at DGA Theater on February 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, California (AP Images)

Since then, it appears Zooey and Jonathan have found a love strong enough to survive anything – including a global pandemic, political upheaval, and everything else that 2020 threw at them. In the first few days of 2021, Zooey celebrated her “2020 MVP” by sharing a photo of her hugging Jonathan. “[He] always made me feel happy in spite of a weird and uncertain year,” she added. “Hoping 2021 is full of silver linings for everyone.” Shortly after Zooey posted her message, Jonathan wrote a message on his own Instagram account.

“I’m dedicating this year to love, happiness, and the pursuit of helping others. I feel like I’ve got a good jumpstart on the love part [face covered in hearts emoji] what are your resolutions? #HappyNewYear.”

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Jonathan Fahey, Acting Director of ICE Resigns | The State

The outgoing government continues to grapple with resignations within days of Joe Biden’s inauguration as 46th president of the United States.

According to CNN, Jonathan Fahey, Acting Director of ICE resigned from his post despite taking it on a few weeks ago. The information was provided by an official of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Fahey is the latest casualty in the Trump administration. Last week, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf resigned, as did the DHS secretary. Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos.

Fahey took office on December 31 after the last incumbent, Tony Pham, resigned despite taking office in August. It is unclear if the assault on the Capitol led Fahey to resign or if it was something motivated by Wolf’s departure.

ICE was one of the most critical agencies in the Donald Trump government for the separation of families by raids on immigrants who do not represent a danger to society. Abuses in detention centers were also reported by immigrants and activists.

Biden will assume the presidency on Wednesday, January 20. The president-elect promised immigration reform to favor “Dreamers” and TPS beneficiaries.

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New 12-week jab policy will save MANY lives, says deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam

Last week, the UK became the first country in the world to authorise the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and this week we’ll be the first to start using it to inoculate people against Covid-19 – having already given more than a million people an initial first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Deploying this second vaccine is another huge achievement for science and public health in the global effort to tackle Covid-19.

The hard work of the researchers and scientists, and the selflessness of volunteers throughout months of rigorous clinical trials, will soon begin to save lives.

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to deliver first vaccine doses to as many people on the Phase 1 priority list in the shortest possible timeframe – and myself and the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers agree with that recommendation.

It means across the UK, the NHS will now prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups, with a second dose due to be administered within 12 weeks of the first.

Last week, the UK became the first country in the world to authorise the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and this week we’ll be the first to start using it to inoculate people against Covid-19 – having already given more than a million people an initial first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, writes deputy chief medical officer JONATHAN VAN-TAM

The flexibility to extend the time period between the two doses was a critical decision, made by the regulator – and one which allows us to save more lives, based on the latest advice from the independent experts of the JCVI. 

Their analysis shows the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 89 per cent effective against preventing Covid-19 in the period from 15 to 21 days after the first dose.

Science experts know that if you have protection as high as 89 per cent on Day 21, it is not really possible that this would have declined by much after just 84 days, or 12 weeks. If a vaccine is that good, antibody levels simply don’t drop away that fast.

The evidence clearly shows vaccinated individuals get almost complete protection after the first dose.

Simply put, every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we are not vaccinating someone else for the first time. 

It means we are missing an opportunity to greatly reduce the chances of the most vulnerable people getting severely ill from Covid-19.

If a family has two elderly grandparents and there are two vaccines available, it is better to give both 89 per cent protection than to give one 95 per cent protection with two quick doses, and the other grandparent no protection at all.

The virus is unfortunately spreading fast, and this is a race against time. My mum, as well as you or your older loved ones, may be affected by this decision, but it is still the right thing to do for the nation as a whole.

The UK has taken action to secure as many vaccine doses as possible with early access to 357 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines so far. We have 530,000 quality-checked doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca available in the UK from tomorrow, with more available this month and tens of millions by the end of March.

Deploying this second vaccine is another huge achievement for science and public health in the global effort to tackle Covid-19. Pictured: Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Deploying this second vaccine is another huge achievement for science and public health in the global effort to tackle Covid-19. Pictured: Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

The hard work of the researchers and scientists, and the selflessness of volunteers throughout months of rigorous clinical trials, will soon begin to save lives. Pictured: A vial of doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is checked

The hard work of the researchers and scientists, and the selflessness of volunteers throughout months of rigorous clinical trials, will soon begin to save lives. Pictured: A vial of doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is checked

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to deliver first vaccine doses to as many people on the Phase 1 priority list in the shortest possible timeframe – and myself and the UK's four Chief Medical Officers agree with that recommendation. Pictured: Key workers queue for the vaccine

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to deliver first vaccine doses to as many people on the Phase 1 priority list in the shortest possible timeframe – and myself and the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers agree with that recommendation. Pictured: Key workers queue for the vaccine

But we know there is global pressure on the supply of all of these vaccines. 

So by prioritising the first dose, we can give more people a high level of protection sooner, without compromising their immunity in the longer term. 

This is the way we save the most lives and avoid the most hospital admissions – it is as simple as that.

This is especially vital at the moment, given the high levels of infection we are seeing in the midst of the most difficult time of year for our NHS.

Across the UK, the NHS will now prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups, with a second dose due to be administered within 12 weeks of the first. Pictured: Staff at a vaccination centre in Wickford, Essex

Across the UK, the NHS will now prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups, with a second dose due to be administered within 12 weeks of the first. Pictured: Staff at a vaccination centre in Wickford, Essex

Those working on wards in the last week will know how serious this is, and how it is right we prioritise giving protection to as many people who need it as possible.

I understand this decision may cause some inconvenience and worry for those who had their second doses booked in but I can assure all Mail on Sunday readers that we have not taken it lightly.

We have to do the best we can, with what we have now, to protect the largest number of vulnerable people in the shortest possible time.

The decision we have taken will literally double the number of people who are protected over the next few crucial months.

Britain records more than 50,000 coronavirus cases for the FIFTH day in a row – but deaths dip to 445 – as doctors warn crisis will get much worse and situation in packed London hospitals is ‘MILD compared to what’s coming next week’

By James Gant for MailOnline 

Britain has recorded more than 50,000 Covid-19 cases for the fifth day in a row but hospital deaths from the virus have dipped to fewer than 500.

Another 57,725 had positive test results in the last 24 hours, meaning 2,599,789 have had the disease in the UK since the pandemic began.

The country also saw an additional 445 deaths, taking the total official count to 74,570 – but 90,000 people in total have died with Covid-19 written on their death certificate.

And experts are warning jam-packed hospitals that the current number of coronavirus cases is ‘mild’ compared to what is coming next week – as the new more-contagious Covid strain continues to wreak havoc on the UK. 

President of the Royal College of Physicians Professor Andrew Goddard also noted healthcare workers in Britain are ‘really worried’ about the battle against the virus over the next few months.  

Today’s grim figures come as the first batches of the newly-approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca arrive at UK hospitals ahead of the jab’s rollout tomorrow.

Some 530,000 doses of the jab will be available from Monday – with vulnerable people taking priority – as Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the inoculation drive is ‘accelerating’.

One of the first hospitals to take delivery of a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

But Sir John Bell, a Regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and member of SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), said insufficient investment in the capacity to make vaccines has left Britain unprepared. 

He also said the country lacks medical supply firms to build essential components to make the jab, forcing Oxford scientists to import parts from abroad. 

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty this week warned that vaccine availability issues will ‘remain the case for several months’ – as the 530,000 doses ready for distribution are a fraction of what was promised. 

Officials initially said that 30million doses would be ready by the end of the year. The UK’s vaccine tsar toned the estimate down to 4million in November, citing manufacturing problems.

India, on the other hand, preparing to deliver 50million doses of the Oxford vaccine that it has manufactured and stockpiled. 

In other Covid news:

  • Pfizer and AstraZeneca rejected Government warnings of months-long vaccine supply gaps, claiming there will be enough doses to hit the ambitious targets;
  • Coronavirus vaccine makers blasted the EU for being too slow to secure stocks of the jab as pressure mounts on France and Germany to speed up immunisation;
  • A teaching union has called for all schools across the country to be closed for the start of the new term;
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock thanked ‘everyone playing their part’ as he revealed more than one million people have been vaccinated;
  • The UK today announced a further 57,725 cases – marking five days in a row that there have been more than 50,000 positive tests.

Medics transport a patient from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease in London today

Medics transport a patient from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease in London today

London Ambulance staff stretcher a patient from the ambulance into The Royal London Hospital in east London, on Saturday

London Ambulance staff stretcher a patient from the ambulance into The Royal London Hospital in east London, on Saturday

It comes as a nurse outlined the desperate situation in hospitals, with patients running out of oxygen and being left in ambulances and corridors. Pictured: The Royal London Hospital

It comes as a nurse outlined the desperate situation in hospitals, with patients running out of oxygen and being left in ambulances and corridors. Pictured: The Royal London Hospital

Teachers are set to REFUSE to go back to school: Union will tell its members to stay at home

Teachers are set to refuse to go back to school under plans from the UK’s biggest teaching union to tell its members to stay at home.

The National Education Union (NEU) said it will advise its members of their legal right not to have to work in an unsafe environment. 

Dr Mary Bousted, the union’s joint general secretary, said: ‘Whilst we are calling on the Government to take the right steps as a responsible union we cannot simply agree that the Government’s wrong steps should be implemented.

‘That is why we are doing our job as a union by informing our members that they have a legal right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions which are a danger to their health and to the health of their school communities and more generally.’

The general secretary of the NASUWT union, Dr Patrick Roach, also called for an immediate nationwide move to remote education due to safety concerns. 

Meanwhile, the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has started preliminary steps in legal proceedings against the Department for Education and is awaiting the Government’s response. 

The union is also preparing to advise headteachers not to take action against employees who decline to return to work, reports The Observer.

Sir John accused successive governments of failing to build onshore manufacturing capacity for medical products – with Oxford/AstraZeneca counting on outsourced companies to help create doses, such as Halix in the Netherlands, Cobra Biologics in Staffordshire and Oxford Biomedica. 

Referring to governments over the past ten years, Sir John told The Times: ‘The government has been completely disinterested in building onshore manufacturing capacity for any of the life-sciences products.’ 

On vaccine production, he added: ‘When the pandemic started, we were not in great shape and I think we are probably paying the price for that.

‘It’s not AstraZeneca’s fault – it’s a national legacy issue, and it’s one of the things we’ve got to fix.’  

Meanwhile the majority of planned operations in London hospitals have been halted so medics can tackle the spiralling number of Covid patients.

A staggering 29 out of 39 NHS hospital trusts there have postponed elective surgery – bar cancer-related issues and emergency ones – with areas like Kent also pausing procedures.

President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Neil Mortensen said the problems facing health centres was ‘like watching a car crash in slow motion’.

He told the Times: ‘At the same time as people returned to work, to restaurants and shops, the new more contagious variant insidiously took hold in the south and east of England.

‘Hospitals started to see the effects in mid-December, and across many parts of the country now, scheduled operations for hip or knee replacements, or ear, nose and throat operations, have had to be cancelled.

‘Thousands of people already waiting, in pain or immobile for many months, will have been sorely disappointed this Christmas to have their operation cancelled or postponed.’

A nurse also outlined the desperate situation in hospitals, with patients running out of oxygen and being left in ambulances and corridors.

And a junior A&E doctor was left ‘heartbroken’ after being met with a crowd of maskless revellers chanting ‘Covid is a hoax’ after his New Year’s Eve shift in London.

Out of the 445 new Covid-19 deaths in the UK, 383 were recorded in England.

The victims were between 27 and 100 years old with only 11 not aged 36 and 95 with underlying health conditions.

In Wales 2,764 new infections have been recorded as its overall count hits 151,300.

Public Health Wales said there were also 70 deaths, meaning the total since March is 3,564.

Northern Ireland also saw 3,576 over the last two days, with 26 deaths.

Professor Goddard told BBC Breakfast: ‘There’s no doubt that Christmas is going to have a big impact, the new variant is also going to have a big impact.

‘We know that is more infectious, more transmissible, so I think the large numbers that we’re seeing in the South East, in London, in South Wales, is now going to be reflected over the next month, two months even, over the rest of the country.’

He added: ‘This new variant is definitely more infectious and is spreading across the whole of the country.

‘It seems very likely that we are going to see more and more cases, wherever people work in the UK, and we need to be prepared for that.’

Trusts in London which have halted planned operations are some of the largest in the UK.

They include Barts Health Trust and Imperial College Trust as well as Croydon Health Services which said it will stop elective surgery from next week.

In a sign of the growing peril facing the capital, the Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre has been ‘reactivated’ to take patients.

Yet Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Adrian Boyle pointed out the field hospital was ‘useless’ if there is no staff to man it.

He told LBC: ‘The thing about the nightingale hospitals and their limitations is that you need the staff to run it’, adding without workers ‘it’s useless.’

Stuart Tuckwood, a Unison national nursing officer and critical care outreach nurse in the South East, said the situation in hospitals was ‘extremely difficult’.

He told MailOnline: ‘It’s extremely difficult, very very challenging, the occupancy levels of patients in hospitals with Covid are just going up and up quite dramatically.

‘This is at the same time the NHS is trying to deal with a lot of the backlog that’s stacked up while other services were reduced.’

He continued: ‘Lots and lots of staff are feeling just exhausted. They’ve been working under huge amounts of stress, chronically now for most of the year.

The first batches of the newly-approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca have started arriving at UK hospitals ahead of the jab's rollout. Pictured: Doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

The first batches of the newly-approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca have started arriving at UK hospitals ahead of the jab’s rollout. Pictured: Doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

One of the first hospitals to take delivery of a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital (pictured) in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

One of the first hospitals to take delivery of a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital (pictured) in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 

The rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine began almost a month ago with more than a million people having already received their first coronavirus jab. Pictured: People queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton today

The rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine began almost a month ago with more than a million people having already received their first coronavirus jab. Pictured: People queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton today

Second doses of either vaccine will now take place within 12 weeks rather than the 21 days that was initially planned with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Pictured: People queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton

Second doses of either vaccine will now take place within 12 weeks rather than the 21 days that was initially planned with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Pictured: People queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton

Stuart Tuckwood, a Unison national nursing officer and critical care outreach nurse in the South East, said the situation in hospitals was 'extremely difficult'

Stuart Tuckwood, a Unison national nursing officer and critical care outreach nurse in the South East, said the situation in hospitals was ‘extremely difficult’

‘They haven’t had much time off, lots are of sick, which has put even more strain on their colleagues who are still working.’

He said: ‘Hospitals have had to expand their intensive care units, but the thing they can’t do is create more ICU staff.

‘So even though they can expand the number of beds they are offering, that just means those staff are stretched further and further which makes it much more difficult to deliver the right level of care that those patients need.’

The government’s lack of investment ‘to blame for slow vaccine roll-out’: Scientists point the finger at neglect of manufacturing

Scientists have blamed the vaccine’s slow roll-out on the government’s lack of investment and neglect of manufacturing.

Sir John Bell, a regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and member of SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), said that insufficient investment in the capacity to make vaccines has left Britain unprepared. 

He accused successive governments of failing to build onshore manufacturing capacity for medical products, with Oxford/AstraZeneca counting on outsourced companies to help create doses, such as Halix in the Netherlands, Cobra Biologics in Staffordshire and Oxford Biomedica.

After the vaccine is produced by those companies, it is transported to a plant based in Wrexham that is operated by an Indian company, Wockhardt, where it is either sent to another plant in Germany or transferred to vials.   

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty this week warned that vaccine availability issues will ‘remain the case for several months’ as firms struggle to keep up with global demand. 

In a bid to ration supplies, the Government has pledged to give single doses of the Pfizer vaccine to as many people as they can – rather than give a second dose to those already vaccinated.

But manufacturers of both the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs have rubbished concerns, saying there is no problem with supply.

Sir Richard Sykes, who led a review of the Government’s Vaccines Taskforce in December, added that he is ‘not aware’ of a shortage in supply.

Mr Tuckwood said patients being out in corridors in stuck in ambulances outside jam-packed hospitals makes it difficult for nurses to provide the right level of care.

He continued: ‘There is a risk when things get overloaded that vital observations can be missed or treatments get delayed and that can make the situation much more dangerous.

‘And obviously it’s much more tiring and stressful for the nurses and healthcare staff trying to deliver care under the circumstances.’

He added that NHS staff need the government to bring in a pay rise for workers given the ‘moral and pressure’ for them.

Mr Tuckwood also called for better support for frontline employees to get them the right PPE and access to mental health services.

He said there needs to be better investment in workforce numbers so the UK does not get in the same position again.

Another nurse described the ‘unbearable’ conditions in their hospital as patient numbers with the virus continue to rise.

The nurse, who works at the Whittington Hospital in north London, said patients are being left in corridors.

She said some also spend up to three hours in ambulances because of a lack of beds and one was left without oxygen when their cylinder ran out.

The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: ‘I’m worried about patient safety because if these little things are happening now when we’re short and it’s busy, it’s only going to get worse.

‘I don’t know what else will happen – it worries me.’

The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals is at record levels in many areas of England – including London, the South West and the Midlands – with admissions rising above the levels seen during the first wave.

And staff in some hospitals are struggling to cope. The nurse said: ‘It’s not having enough nurses to care for patients, patient safety is being affected.

‘Some are in corridors, being looked after in makeshift areas, makeshift wards have been created for Covid patients, and ICUs are running out of space.

‘Staff have got low morale – we haven’t even gotten over the first wave physically, emotionally and mentally, and now we’re having to deal with this second wave.’

The nurse described finding one Covid patient with ‘several health conditions’ who had been left on an oxygen cylinder after it had run out.

They said: ‘He thought he was receiving oxygen but the whole cylinder had run out. Because of staff shortages and because the nurses are tired, no one had checked on him.

Doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are logged as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital

Doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are logged as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital

The vaccine can be kept at normal fridge temperature which he said is 'much easier' to administer when compared with the jab from Pfizer and BioNTech, which needs cold storage of around -70C. Pictured: Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccine can be kept at normal fridge temperature which he said is ‘much easier’ to administer when compared with the jab from Pfizer and BioNTech, which needs cold storage of around -70C. Pictured: Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Hundreds of people are expected to be vaccinated per day at the Princess Royal Hospital site, with efficiency expected to increase after the first few days of the programme, according to Dr Findlay

Hundreds of people are expected to be vaccinated per day at the Princess Royal Hospital site, with efficiency expected to increase after the first few days of the programme, according to Dr Findlay

‘He was in a room with an oxygen port on the wall but he was left on a cylinder and no one had gone back to check on him.’

They said nurses were overstretched as six beds were being put in bays that usually hold four, and having to check in on patients in other rooms that were being converted into makeshift wards.

EU coronavirus vaccinations lag behind: Pfizer and Biontech says bloc has been too slow to secure stocks of jab

Coronavirus vaccine makers have blasted the EU for being too slow to secure stocks of the jab as pressure mounts on France and Germany to speed up immunisation.

The founder of BioNTech Uğur Şahin warned a ‘gap’ had emerged after EU leaders bet on other vaccines’ approval rather than ordering from those already available.

He told Der Spiegel: ‘It doesn’t look so rosy right now, a gap has emerged, because there’s a lack of other vaccines that have received approval and we have to fill this gap with our vaccine.’

The EU only ordered 200million doses until last week, when a further 100million were secured. But it is not enough to provide the EU’s 446million population with a single jab each reported the Daily Telegraph.

The UK, meanwhile, has 30million doses as well as 100million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, enough to immunise everyone.

President Emmanuel Macron has been under mounting pressure to inoculate medical staff over the age of 50 but so far just a few hundred doses have been administered, reported the Financial Times.

Medical staff aged 50 and older will receive the shots from Monday.

It comes as the situation in the Netherlands was labeled a ‘national disaster’ as the rollout is delayed until January 8 because a computer system still needs to be set up.

In Germany, meanwhile, tens of thousands have so far been immunised and in the UK the number of doses given has almost reached a million.

They continued: ‘You’ve got patients in plaster rooms on hospital beds, and patients being left on oxygen in corridors and waiting to be taken back to their room.

‘Over Christmas it was so, so short, and it’s really worrying because patient safety is already being affected.’

The nurse said some patients were receiving all their treatment inside the ambulance they arrived in because there was no room for them inside the hospital.

‘One paramedic was telling me on Boxing Day they had over 500 calls waiting but he was stuck in our A&E for three hours with a patient in his ambulance,’ they said.

‘It’s these sorts of things that if they continue to happen, it makes me wonder, is somebody going to be harmed because of this?’

They said the hospital had been put on divert recently, meaning ambulances were told not take patients there because they were not able to take any more.

And while patients are being treated in ambulances outside the hospital, the paramedics are unable to go and attend to more call-outs.

With a peak expected in the coming weeks following Christmas and New Year, the nurse called for the Government to instigate a ‘complete lockdown’.

They said the public may not be adhering to Covid restrictions as stringently as before, and that it was essential for people to stay home.

‘I don’t necessarily blame the public when the messages have been so mixed from this Government,’ they said.

‘But I just want them to hear us and hear what we’re saying because it’s really unbearable.’

A spokesman from Whittington Health said: ‘Whilst we do not comment on anonymous claims, we take these allegations very seriously.

‘Like the whole NHS, Whittington Health is currently experiencing pressure as a result of a rapid increase in Covid-positive patients.

‘However, the safety of our patients remains our top priority and our staff are working tirelessly to ensure that we can continue to provide safe, effective and compassionate care to those who require it.’

Another nurse, named Naomi, who works in a London hospital, said on Twitter: ‘I literally don’t think my hospital has any more clean wards left.’

She added: ‘All of them, Covid. I’m tired man this is too emotionally draining.’

And Dave Carr, an intensive care charge nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, added to the Guardian: ‘The public needs to be aware of what’s happening.

‘This is worse than the first wave; we have more patients than we had in the first wave and these patients are as sick as they were in the first wave.

‘Obviously, we’ve got additional treatments that we can use now, but patients are still dying, and they will die.’

Dave Carr, an intensive care charge nurse at St Thomas' Hospital in London, said: 'The public needs to be aware of what's happening. 'This is worse than the first wave; we have more patients than we had in the first wave and these patients are as sick as they were in the first wave'

Dave Carr, an intensive care charge nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said: ‘The public needs to be aware of what’s happening. ‘This is worse than the first wave; we have more patients than we had in the first wave and these patients are as sick as they were in the first wave’

Exhausted NHS staff will be looking to the vaccine rollout to stem the tsunami of hospitalisations on the way.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca have said there will be enough doses to hit the country’s ambitious targets.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty this week warned vaccine availability issues will ‘remain the case for several months’ as firms struggle to meet demand.

The Government has pledged to give single doses of the Pfizer vaccine to as many people as they can – rather than give a second dose to those already vaccinated.

But manufacturers of both the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs have rubbished concerns, saying there is no problem with supply.

Sir Richard Sykes, who led a review of the Government’s Vaccines Taskforce in December, added he is ‘not aware’ of a shortage in supply.

Another pressing issue facing ministers is whether to keep all primary and secondary schools closed because of a Covid ‘tsunami’ in classrooms.

One teaching union called for all institutions across the country to be closed for the start of the new term.

It came after the government U-turned on its decision to keep some primaries in London open despite rising Covid cases.

Many of the London boroughs which had been told to keep primary schools open are experiencing a surge in Covid cases

Many of the London boroughs which had been told to keep primary schools open are experiencing a surge in Covid cases

Ministers bowed to protests, legal pressure and scientific advice on New Year’s Day after it initially omitted a number of the capital’s boroughs from the forced closures.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the u-turn was needed but said it was ‘perplexing’ it had got to this stage.

She questioned why the same restrictions are not being rolled out across the rest of the country and said the way the devolved powers had dealt with the mutant virus in schools had led to less chaos.

Dr Bousted also slammed the government’s ‘recklessness’ in looking out for teachers and children’s health and branded it ‘inexplicable’.

Gavin Williamson had this week released a list of London primary schools in coronavirus ‘hotspots’ that would stay shut for two weeks after the start of term next week.

The list did not include areas where Covid rates are high such as Haringey whose leaders said they would defy the government and support schools that decided to close.

It comes after a junior A&E doctor was left ‘heartbroken’ after being met with a huge crowd of maskless revellers after his New Year’s Eve shift in London. 

Dr Matthew Lee was ‘disgusted’ after a crowd – some chanting ‘Covid is a hoax’ – gathered outside St Thomas’ Hospital – where tireless doctors battled to save Boris Johnson’s life after he contracted Covid last year. 

Dr Lee, from Hong Kong, filmed the group after he finished his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department.

A junior A&E doctor was left 'heartbroken' after being met with a huge crowd of maskless revellers chanting 'Covid is a hoax' after his New Year's Eve shift in London

A junior A&E doctor was left ‘heartbroken’ after being met with a huge crowd of maskless revellers chanting ‘Covid is a hoax’ after his New Year’s Eve shift in London

Dr Lee, from Hong Kong, filmed the group (pictured) after he finished his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department

Dr Lee, from Hong Kong, filmed the group (pictured) after he finished his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department

He claimed some of the people were Covid-19 conspiracy theorists as he questioned why many Britons still do not ‘realise the seriousness of this pandemic’.

Footage of the crowd emerged as a further 53,285 people in Britain were diagnosed with Covid-19 – marking four days in a row there have been more than 50,000 cases.

Dr Lee shared the clip to Twitter with the caption: ‘Worked the late A&E SHO shift on New Year’s Eve and came out to this.

‘Hundreds of maskless, drunk people in huge groups shouting ”Covid is a hoax”, literally outside the building where hundreds are sick and dying.

‘Why do people still not realise the seriousness of this pandemic?’

He later added: ‘I’m disgusted but mostly heartbroken. I wish people could see the amount of Covid-19 [cases] and deaths in hospitals, and the sacrifices that healthcare workers make.

‘This week alone has been so tough. Their ignorance is hurting others. I really wish people would keep themselves safe.’

His footage sparked outrage online, with countless Britons rushing to condemn Covid conspiracy theorists.

Piers Morgan shared Dr Lee’s clip, writing: ‘This is so disgusting. These morons shame Britain.’

Footage of the crowd (pictured) emerged as a further 53,285 people in Britain were diagnosed with Covid-19 - marking four days in a row that there have been more than 50,000 positive tests announced

Footage of the crowd (pictured) emerged as a further 53,285 people in Britain were diagnosed with Covid-19 – marking four days in a row that there have been more than 50,000 positive tests announced

Dr Lee shared the clip to Twitter with the caption: 'Worked the late A&E SHO shift on New Year's Eve and came out to this'

Dr Lee shared the clip to Twitter with the caption: ‘Worked the late A&E SHO shift on New Year’s Eve and came out to this’

Mr Johnson spoke from self isolation on April 3 - just days before he was taken to hospital with Covid

Mr Johnson's video message from inside no 10, after he was discharged from hospital

Mr Johnson spoke from self isolation on April 3 – just days before he was taken to hospital with Covid (left). He then released a video message from inside no 10, after he was discharged (right)

He later added: ‘Still seething about this. If it’s a hoax, let’s take all these imbeciles inside the Covid ward without PPE.

‘See how brave they feel when confronted with the reality of people choking to death.’

Paediatric doctor Sarah Hallett wrote: ‘And yet ironically, despite how angry and despairing this makes us as NHS staff, if any single one of them needed our help (perhaps intubation and ventilation for example), we would do it in a heartbeat.’

Another viewer added: ‘I’d love to drag them around the hospital, going from ward to ward showing them the devastation Covid is causing.

‘Maybe end the tour with a quick visit to the Morgue. Absolute fools.’

His footage sparked outrage online, with countless Britons rushing to condemn Covid conspiracy theorists

His footage sparked outrage online, with countless Britons rushing to condemn Covid conspiracy theorists

The UK’s daily case count has surged 63 per cent in a week, from 32,275 last Friday, meaning 253,720 people have received positive test results since Monday.

And 613 more people have died with the virus – including an eight-year-old child – taking the total official death toll to 74,125.

The eight-year-old died in England on December 30 and had other health problems, the NHS said.

Department of Health records show there were 23,823 people in hospital with the virus by December 28, the most recent update.

The count of fatalities has been erratic this week in the wake of a string of bank holidays, during which hospitals don’t record them as reliably.

Death records were lower than usual over the long Christmas weekend, dropping to 230 deaths on Boxing Day, then higher than expected mid-week, rising to 981 on Wednesday, December 30. The week-long average is 554 deaths per day.

Coronavirus infections have surged over the Christmas holiday with the toughest lockdown measures for most of the country held off until Boxing Day or even later, allowing thousands of families to mix on December 25.

Cases are being driven up by the new super-infectious variant of coronavirus which emerged in the South East but has since spread nationwide.

And with London, Kent and Essex now at the epicentre of England’s second wave – two thirds of yesterday’s cases (33,573) were from those three regions alone – pressure is piling onto hospitals in the area with some declaring they are already in ‘disaster mode’ even coping with admissions from a week or two ago when cases were lower.

London has once again become the centre of England’s crisis, with 15,089 of the cases confirmed yesterday diagnosed in the capital city and hospitals there reporting that their wards are bursting at the seams.

Second worst affected was the South East, where a further 10,844 cases were confirmed yesterday, followed by the East of England with 7,640.

These regions are the ones where the new variant, which may be 56 per cent more infectious and so fast-spreading that normal lockdown measures don’t work, emerged and where it now makes up a majority of infections.

Infections are significantly lower in the other regions, where the new variant does not appear to have got such a successful foothold, potentially because they were already in lockdown when it emerged.

Medics transport a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital yesterday

Medics transport a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital yesterday

Medics are pictured collecting a patient from an ambulance at the Royal London Hospital this morning, January 1

Medics are pictured collecting a patient from an ambulance at the Royal London Hospital this morning, January 1

For the North West there were 5,164 cases announced yesterday, along with 3,079 in the East Midlands, 2,860 in the West Midlands, 2,175 in Yorkshire and the Humber, 2,104 in the South West and 1,340 in the North East.

There are no signs so far that the UK’s second wave is slowing down or likely to come to an end soon.

Although the numbers of infections and hospital admissions fell during November’s national lockdown, they surged upwards again when the restrictions were lifted.

The tier system appears to have worked in the North of England, which was at the heart of the outbreak during the autumn, but it came too late to the South East, East and London, where cases surged out of control over Christmas.

Widespread rules were brought in only this week, with Tier 4 imposed on a total of 44million people by Wednesday, December 30, and the rest of the country in Tier 3 except for the remote Isles of Scilly.

It will now take two or three weeks for those measures to come into effect and – if they work – bring down transmission of the virus. 

But even if the lockdown rules work and bring infection rates down, hospitals will still have to cope with the aftermath of people who have already caught Covid-19, who can take two to three weeks to be hospitalised. 

One doctor in London has warned that coronavirus patients on NHS intensive care wards are already in ‘competition’ for ventilators to keep them alive.

Dr Megan Smith, from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust in the capital, said medics are facing ‘horrifying’ decisions as they have to choose which patients get access to lifesaving treatment for Covid-19 and which don’t.

And she warned that an expected surge in patients triggered by people mixing with family and friends over Christmas hasn’t even started yet, with the situation expected to get worse later this month and in February.

It comes as official NHS figures show that intensive care wards across the country are struggling more this winter even though an average 743 extra beds per day have been made available to try and cope with Covid patients. 

NHS England data shows that, in the last week of December, there were 743 more intensive care beds available than in the same week of 2019 – 4,394 compared to 3,651.

But in the same week there were, on average, 828 more patients in critical care – 3,340 compared to 2,512 in the December 2019 – suggesting the strain of Covid-19 is bigger than hospitals had prepared for.Many of the extra beds are in London – 253 of them – but even this hasn’t been enough to stave off the surge in coronavirus patients.

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Jonathan Ross’ fascinating family from hot shot Hollywood wife to EastEnders mum

Throughout his 33 year career, Jonathan Ross has enjoyed huge success as one of the biggest stars of British television.

But the 60-year-old Masked Singer judge is not the only high flier in his family.

Not only has his wife Jane Goodman carved out a hot shot Hollywood career for herself, but his brother Paul is also a long-time TV presenter while his late mum was an actor in a major soap.

And his daughter Honey Ross, 23, is quickly becoming a star in her own right thanks to her work as a body positivity activist who regularly posts empowering pictures of her body to social media.

Here, the Mirror explores the fascinating family of Jonathan Ross…

Wife Jane Goodman

Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman met when she was a 16-year-old reporter

Jane started out as an entertainment reporter for the Daily Star and also wrote for Cosmopolitan, Just Seventeen, The Times and the Evening Standard among others.

It was while covering a showbiz event as a 16-year-old junior reporter that she first met Jonathan – who is 10 years her senior.

To her annoyance, her recollection of that first meeting remains vague.

“I met Jonathan at some sort of promotional event, she told The Times back in 2012.

“He’d just started his show The Last Resort. He’d only been doing it for two weeks, I think.

“I can’t remember what we talked about. I wish I could. Honey’s always asking me that, but I really can’t remember.

“I think I invited him to some other thing, hoping to see him again. Maybe I was less socially awkward back then.”

They married in 1988 when she was 18 years old and went on to have three children – Betty Kitten, 29; Harvey Kirby, 26, and 23-year-old Honey Kinny.

Jonathan and Jane seen with children Betty, Honey and Harvey
Jonathan and Jane are parents to Betty, Honey and Harvey

Ambitious and talented, Jane moved away from journalism to become a Hollywood screenwriter, joining forces with director Matthew Vaughn.

Together they co-wrote screenplays for Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

She was also the brains behind the script for Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the screenplay for The Woman In Black.

But Jane’s talents don’t stop there. The London-born star has also published several books including the two-volume best-selling series The X-Files Book of the Unexplained in 1997 and her 2000 novel Dreamworld.

Jane and Jonathan initially bonded over their shared love of science fiction, horror films and American pop culture.

And he’s made no secret of his lasting adoration for his one true love.

“Jane’s my ideal, whatever way she is,” he once said.

“We’ve grown up together and I become more passionate about her as the years go by.

“For me, it’s only ever been Jane and it only ever will be.”

Mum Martha Ross

Jonathan's mum Martha Ross was a long-time TV star
Jonathan’s mum Martha Ross was a long-time TV star

Mother-of-six Martha spent the best part of her career as a regular in BBC soap EastEnders.

From the show’s inception up until 2006 she played a market store holder on Albert Square and also starred in Grange Hill.

Martha sadly died in January 2019 after being diagnosed with cancer, and a devastated Jonathan later opened up about his deep regret for having ‘put off’ visiting her.

Unaware how poorly she was, he told Loose Women: “What’s awful is that I did see her shortly before her death but then…

“Well, she had a form of cancer but we were told that it was liveable with. We assumed she would be around for a lot longer.

Martha was a regular at Jonathan's epic Halloween party
Martha was a regular at Jonathan’s epic Halloween party

“Then in early February she got ill and a phone call went around. We had a family WhatsApp group.

“I feel bad because everyone said, ‘Oh, we will all go and see her’. And I said, ‘Let’s not all go and see her today because then there is no one going to see her tomorrow. Let’s spread it out during the week. Who can only go today?’

“Two of them went there, and then she died that day. That last day that I would have seen her. Although I think she didn’t really know what was going on.”

Activist daughter Honey Ross

Honey Ross poses for a nude selfie with heart emojis covering her modesty
Honey is on a mission to encourage body positivity

Honey has made it her mission to promote body positivity and challenge judgements about body shape and size.

She regular shares powerful images of her body with her 44,000 Instagram followers and hosts her own podcast, The Body Protest.

Growing up, she admitted she loathed her own body and once took aim at her well-meaning parents for pointing her in the direction of diets.

“They saw me, a teenage girl coming home saying, ‘I hate my body’.

“They tried to give me solutions to a problem I brought to them, which was to lose weight. They presented me with diets and diets, as we know, don’t work and are absolutely toxic.

“My advice to parents is keep that as far away from your children as possible, if you want them to have a good relationship with food and their bodies growing up do not shame them.”

But there is no ill-feeling between Honey and her parents, who she explained simply didn’t know how to handle the situation.

She continued: “Recently, my mother said sorry for the way they handled it when I confided how I felt about my body – and how she wished they’d had the tools to offer an alternative.”

* The Masked Singer continues tonight at 7pm on ITV

Who do you think the celebs behind the masks are in this year’s Masked Singer? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is married after tying the knot in secret

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has revealed he is married after secretly tying the knot with London born partner Mark Peacock.

Taking to Instagram on New Year’s Eve, the hairdresser teased the announcement by first reflecting on the whirlwind of 2020.

“Thank you universe for allowing me to be here & thanks to everyone who has supported me,” Jonathan, 33, began.

Listing his accomplishments of the last 12 months, Jonathan slipped in: “I got married to my best friend & have a loving partner to continue building my life with.”

Jonathan Van Tess has revealed he is married to partner Mark Peacock after a secret wedding earlier this year

The announcement was made during a round up of the star’s end of year highlights

Among the carousels of photos documenting some of the year’s highlights, Jonathan included a photo of him and Mark beaming at the camera, presumably taken on their wedding day.

Fans of the Netflix star immediately started sharing their total shock at the nuptials as they congratulated Jonathan in the comment secion.

However, it appeared some his Queer Eye colleagues were in on the secret.

Jonathan’s Queer Eye chums were in on the secret

Bobby Berk responded: “Yay!! That was a hard secret to keep!!,” and Karamo Brown added, “We can finally celebrate it publicly!! So happy for you!!!!!! One of the most Beautiful couples in the world. Love you & Happy New year @jvn.”

Tan France also commented on the post and wished his co-star happy new year.

“I love you,” said Tan. “Here’s hoping next year is so much better, and that we can finally celebrate your marriage.”

Jonathan, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown have become firm friends after working with each other on the Netflix show

Jonathan has kept his relationship under wraps

Antoni Porowski poked fun at the secrecy as he joked: “Wait you got a dog?!?!?!” as he joked about another of Jonathan’s milestones.

While he managed to hide his wedding, Jonathan has kept much of his romance with beau Mark under wraps.

The pair started dating in late 2019 when they  began liking and commenting on each other’s Instagram post though their relationship was never confirmed publicly.

According to Cosmopolitan, Ness split with his last known partner, South African rugby player Wilco Froneman in December 2018.

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Jonathan Pollard kisses the ground as he lands in Israel and is met on the tarmac by Netanyahu

Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in U.S. prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he exited the aircraft in the culmination of a decades-long affair that had long strained relations between the two close allies.

Pollard was welcomed at Israel’s international airport by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who presented him and his wife Esther with Israeli ID cards granting them citizenship.

‘Welcome back. How good you’ve come home,’ Netanyahu said, according to a statement issued by his office. 

He said they could start new lives in Israel, ‘in freedom and happiness.’ 

‘We are ecstatic to be home at last,’ said Pollard.

Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther fell to their knees, with Netanyahu watching on

Pollard, 66, was released from US custody in November 2015 after 30 years in prison

Pollard, 66, was released from US custody in November 2015 after 30 years in prison

Netanyahu handed them Israeli ID cards: the country is closed to tourists due to COVID

Netanyahu handed them Israeli ID cards: the country is closed to tourists due to COVID

Netanyahu tweeted a photograph of himself giving Pollard an 'elbow bump' on arrival

Netanyahu tweeted a photograph of himself giving Pollard an ‘elbow bump’ on arrival

The statement also quoted Pollard as saying he was ‘very excited to be home’ after a 35-year ordeal. He thanked Netanyahu and the Jewish people for supporting him.

Pollard being driven away from court in 1986

Pollard being driven away from court in 1986

A video released by Netanyahu’s office showed Pollard walking down the stairs of the plane and kissing the ground.

Pollard, a Texas-born Jewish American civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, sold military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon in the 1980s. 

US officials said Pollard, over a series of months and for a salary, provided 1,500 intelligence summaries and 800 classified documents to Israel in the mid-80s. 

He was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and pleaded guilty. 

The espionage affair embarrassed Israel and tarnished its relations with the United States for years.

Pollard was given a life sentence and U.S. defense and intelligence officials consistently argued against releasing Pollard. 

Pollard speaking during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, North Carolina, where he served 30 years of his sentence until his 2015 release

Pollard speaking during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, North Carolina, where he served 30 years of his sentence until his 2015 release

The Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina, where convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard served his time for espionage

The Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina, where convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard served his time for espionage

But after serving 30 years in federal prison, he was released on November 20, 2015, and placed on a five-year parole period that ended in November. That cleared the way for him to leave the U.S.

Pollard, 66, arrived on a plane owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a strong supporter of Netanyahu and President Donald Trump.

Pictures of the plane Pollard matched the color scheme of aircraft owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corp., the hotel and casino company owned by Adelson. Flight-tracking data showed a Boeing 737 owned by the company, tail number N108MS, left Newark to Ben-Gurion International Airport outside of Tel Aviv.

Pollard’s arrival was first reported by Israel Hayom, a newspaper owned by Adelson. 

The newspaper published photos of Pollard and his wife, both wearing masks, on what it said was a private plane that arrived early Wednesday from Newark, New Jersey. 

It said the private flight was necessary due to the medical needs of Esther Pollard, who is undergoing treatments for cancer. The newspaper’s editor, Boaz Bismuth, called it ‘the most exciting day’ of his four-decade journalism career. 

Jonathan Pollard was released in November 2015 after serving a 30-year term for passing sensitive security documents to Israel. He has now been released from five-year parole

Jonathan Pollard was released in November 2015 after serving a 30-year term for passing sensitive security documents to Israel. He has now been released from five-year parole

Pollard's second wife Esther who he married while in prison. His first wife Anne was sentenced to five years behind bars as an accessory to his espionage crimes but was released in 1990

Pollard’s second wife Esther who he married while in prison. His first wife Anne was sentenced to five years behind bars as an accessory to his espionage crimes but was released in 1990

Pollard, left, with his lawyer, Eliot Lauer, as he left a federal court in New York following a hearing in 2016. He served 30 years in prison for a life sentence for espionage

Pollard, left, with his lawyer, Eliot Lauer, as he left a federal court in New York following a hearing in 2016. He served 30 years in prison for a life sentence for espionage

Israeli protesters call for the release of Pollard in 2014 outside the hotel where the US Secretary of State was staying. His case had been a source of tension between the countries

Israeli protesters call for the release of Pollard in 2014 outside the hotel where the US Secretary of State was staying. His case had been a source of tension between the countries

An Israeli man looks at the portraits of former CIA director, Robert James Woolsey, former secretaries of state, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger during a 2012 protest in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv that called for Pollard's release. He was released three years later

An Israeli man looks at the portraits of former CIA director, Robert James Woolsey, former secretaries of state, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger during a 2012 protest in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv that called for Pollard’s release. He was released three years later

Effi Lahav, head of an activist group that had campaigned for Pollard’s release from prison, said Pollard had been flown on a ‘top secret’ mission overnight. 

‘The fact that Esther and Jonathan arrived here in Israel excites us very much,’ he told the Army radio station.

The Ynet website said the couple was in quarantine, which is mandatory for all returning Israelis as a measure to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. The country has barred the arrival of all tourists, but appeared to be welcoming the couple as Israelis.

Pollard’s release was the latest in a long line of diplomatic gifts given to Netanyahu by Trump. 

His arrival in Israel gives the embattled Netanyahu a welcome boost as he fights for reelection in March 23 parliamentary elections.

Netanyahu has been one of Trump’s closest allies on the international stage. 

Over the past four years, Trump has recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to the holy city. In other departures from traditional U.S. positions, he also has recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, said that Israeli West Bank settlements are not illegal and brokered a series of diplomatic agreements between Israel and Arab nations.

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Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (aka Jonathan Huber) dead at 41 after battle with non-COVID lung issue

Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber) died Saturday, December 26 at age 41.

The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue.

He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons.

RIP: Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber) died Saturday, December 26 at age 41

Amanda wrote: ‘My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet. No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now. 

‘He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue. The @mayoclinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love.’ 

She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they ‘treated not only my husband but myself and my kids.’

Amanda, who married Jonathan in 2008, wrote: ‘The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.’

Survived by: He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons

Survived by: He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons

Leave of absence: The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue

Leave of absence: The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue

Broken heart: Amanda wrote: 'My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet'

Broken heart: Amanda wrote: ‘My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet’

Grateful: She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they 'treated not only my husband but myself and my kids'

Grateful: She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they ‘treated not only my husband but myself and my kids’

She added: ‘I’ve been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can’t tag them all but they know who they are and I don’t think they will ever know how thankful I am for them.’ 

AEW shared a statement to Twitter, which read: ‘The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken. In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and beloved in every way — a fierce and captivating talent, a thoughtful mentor and simply a very kind soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr. Brodie Lee.’

Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019.

The Rochester, New York native’s family was met with an outpouring of love from WWE stars like the Iron Sheik, Randy Orton, John Cena and the Bella Twins.

Nikki Bella wrote on Instagram: ‘Gone way too soon. His laugh lit up a room. He was so much fun to watch. And his kind soul will live on forever. You were your own kind Luke. RIP. @mandahuber we all are here for you and the boys. Can’t even begin to imagine your pain. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light to you and the fam.’

Sister Brie Bella posted: ‘I’ll never forget what an amazing person, father and husband he was!!! Gone way to soon. Sending so many prayers and love to his family. Jon will be greatly missed!! #ripbrodielee’

In the ring: Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019 (pictured in November, 2014)

In the ring: Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019 (pictured in November, 2014)

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WWE wrestling legend Jonathan Huber, better known as Brodie Lee, dies aged 41

Former WWE wrestler Jonathan Huber – better known by his stage name Brodie Lee – has died.

The athlete and entertainer was just 41-years-old and his family, friends and colleagues were devastated to break the news of his passing on Boxing Day.

The wrestler’s devastated wife, Amanda, shared an update on Instagram where she revealed he had died of a non-covid related lung issue.

She wrote: “My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken.

“The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet.

“No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now.”

The professional wrestler was just 41-years-old when he passed away

The devastated spouse continued: “He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue.

“The @mayoclinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love.”

Sharing that she had been receiving support from Jonathan’s wrestling company, she continued: “On top of that, I can’t express my love and admiration for the way @allelitewrestling has treated not only my husband but myself and my kids.”

She continued: “The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.

“I’ve been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can’t tag them all but they know who they are and I don’t think they will ever know how thankful I am for them.”

He performed as Luke Harper when in the WWE

The former Luke Harper is pictured with his ex tag team partner Eric Rowan

Huber was known as Luke Harper when he was in WWE, wrestling many of the company’s biggest names as part of the villainous Wyatt family.

He left the company to join rivals AEW last year, in what was widely seen as a fresh start for his career and his work was widely praised by fans and peers alike.

AEW released a statement on Saturday confirming that the wrestler had passed away.

Sharing an update on social media, the company wrote: “The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken.

“In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and beloved in every way – a fierce and captivating talent, a thoughtful mentor and simply a very kind soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr Brodie Lee.

“Jon’s love for his wife Amanda, and children Brodie and Nolan, was evident to all of us who were fortunate to spend time with him, and we send our love and support to his beautiful family, today and always.”

The statement continued: “Jon’s popularity among his peers and influence on the wrestling world was worldwide and transcended AEW, so this loss will be felt by many for a long time.

“We were privileged at AEW to call Jon Huber a brother, a friend and one of our own.”

Luke Harper wrestling MMA legend Brock Lesnar

Fans of the star took to social media to pay tribute, with one writing on Twitter: “I can’t believe this. He was so talented. I loved him. R.I.P.”

And another devastated fan tweeted: “Talk about a tragic loss in the wrestling industry. He was talented as hell, a phenomenal wrestler, his mic work was AMAZING, and out of the ring he was a wonderful person.”

They added: “One of the greatest of his generation, believe me. Rest easy, Mr. Brodie, and one last time, WE ARE ONE!”

Jonathan hailed from Rochester, New York, and was known as Luke Harper when wrestling under WWE.

While he went by the name Brodie Lee on and off throughout his career and more recently while fighting for All Elite Wrestling.

He started off his wrestling career aged 23 as a backyard wrestler, making his professional debut for Roc City Wrestling (RCW) in 2003 under the name Huberboy #2.

The former WWE star’s wife confirmed he had died after battling a non-Covid lung condition on Boxing Day

He made his WWE debut in May 2012 – and performed with the organisation for several years but many fans felt the company never took advantage of his full potential.

He made his debut for All Elite Wrestling in March this year – surprising fans after he had been released from his WWE contract in November 2019.

As leader of the cult faction the Dark Order he impressed many fans with his humour and intensity alike.

Jonathan married wife Amanda, aka Synndy Synn, in 2008 and together they had two sons – eight-year-old Brodie and three-year-old Nolan.