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Katie Price fans mistake ‘grown-up’ Junior, 16, for Peter Andre in uncanny snap

Katie Price has shared a gushing tribute to her son Junior Andre on social media – and fans can’t believe their eyes.

The proud mum-of-five, who shares Junior, 16, with ex-husband Peter Andre, referred to her handsome son as “amazing” as she shared her disbelief at how grown up he’s become.

The sweet snap sees the mother-and-son duo cuddle as they beam from ear-to-ear in the family photo.

“My baby Junior is getting so grown up and is such an amazing son,” Katie captioned her latest Instagram offering.

It didn’t take long for fans to gush over the genetically-blessed teen who looked super suave in a crisp white shirt.

Katie gushed over her ‘amazing son’ Junior

Eagle-eyed admirers were left stunned by how similar Junior looks to his pop star dad.

One gobsmacked follower penned: “He’s so handsome and just like his dad. It’s almost like going back in time and seeing Peter when he first got famous.”

Another remarked: “Such a dashing young man. It’s no wonder you’re so proud of him, he seems like a gentleman.”

Fans couldn’t get over how similar Junior is to his dad

Fans said Junior was the spitting image of Pete

“He’s literally the spitting image of his dad. It’s crazy!” a third commented.

While a fourth gushed: “Good looks run in the family. He’s going to be a heartbreaker!”

Katie’s sweet post comes after her ex-husband Peter pined for their son after the teenager was forced to self-isolate for 14 days.

Peter misses cuddling his son

Junior was advised to isolate by himself after finding out a couple of students at his school tested positive for coronavirus .

The teen is still living at the family home but is unable to make any physical contact with other family members, and it started to take a toll on his loving dad.

Fans said Junior was the spitting image of Pete

Peter expressed his sadness over not being able to cuddle his boy in his column for new! Magazine.

The Mysterious Girl singer penned: “He hasn’t been able to sit next to us at dinner and I haven’t hugged him in so long, which is so hard.

“I don’t know if he’s loved that or hated it, but I can’t wait to give him a big squeeze!”

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Kym Marsh defends Katie Price after she’s slammed for putting makeup on Princess

Kym Marsh has defended Katie Price for putting makeup on her 13-year-old daughter Princess.

The former glamour model, 42, was slapped with lots of criticism from angry fans who slammed her for letting the teen get a full makeover at home.

But former Corrie star Kym, 44, hit back at the critics, saying it’s normal for a teenager to experiment with her look.

In her OK! mag column, Kym penned: “I saw that Katie Price came under fire for allowing her 13-year-old daughter Princess to get her hair and make-up done.

“She did look very grown-up, but maybe people are forgetting she’s a teenager and experimenting with your look is very normal at that age.”

Kym Marsh has defended Katie Price

Mum-of-three Kym, who has daughters Emily, 23, and Polly, nine, as well as 25-year-old son David, admitted she experimented with makeup as a teen at school.

“I was sneaking in make-up to wear at school at about 14, and my eldest daughter Emilie started playing with it around the same age,” she recalled.

“I’m happy for my daughter Polly to dress up and play, as long as it’s in the comfort of our own home and around family and friends.”

Katie was hit with a lot of backlash for putting a full face of makeup on Princess, 13

Last week, Katie – who shares Princess and son Junior with ex-husband Peter Andre – stunned fans after sharing a series of snaps showing Princess with a jaw-dropping makeover.

The 13-year-old girl looked far older than her years with straightened hair, false eyelashes and a full face of makeup.

Former glamour model Katie gushed over her teen girl and bragged the blonde beauty is her “mini-me”.

Katie even went on to edit Princess’ face with a filter on Instagram

But despite the heavy makeup – including full eyebrows, smoky eyeshadow and glossy lips – Katie still edited Princess’ face by using a filter on her Instagram video.

“Like mother like daughter,” she captioned the Boomerang clip, which showed her flicking her own straightened locks as she pouted at the camera before showing Princess copy her mum with her own kissing-face pose.

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Hear’Say ‘in talks to reform after lockdown meeting’ but ‘without Myleene Klass’

Hear’Say could be on the verge of making a comeback after the band held secret talks before the second national lockdown.

It has been reported that the group are thinking of marking the 20th anniversary of them winning ITV reality show Popstars.

Former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has set up a WhatsApp group with Myleene Klass, with thoughts of thrashing out how a reunion could happen.

Touring the UK was one of the suggestions and the other members of the group, Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw and Danny Foster, are all thought to have met up in September.

Hear’Say, circa 2001. From left to right, they are Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw, Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh and Danny Foster

A source has told The Sun that as Hear’Say are “one of the original reality groups to come good” then there could be an appetite for them to reform, especially as they are “something of a cult band.”

There has been a big demand for bands from the nineties and noughties to reform, with Spice Girls leading the way last year.

The source added that they have “exchanged a series of messages about a reunion,” and that they have been “proposing a few tour dates and a couple of one-off TV appearances, as well as a possible ITV documentary.”

Feb 2001: Myleene Klass of "Hear'Say" performs on stage at the BRITS in Earls Court.
Myleene Klass of Hear’Say performs on stage at the BRITS in 2001

Despite these plans, it would seem that Myleene is going to turn down the chance to join her former bandmates on their nostalgia trip.

The source said that she “didn’t think the time was right for her.”

It has been a marked difference to when the band originally split, with Myleene and Kym falling out and the former quitting after just 18 months.

The group was over in 2002 but not before they had reached the top spot in the charts on two occasions.

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EastEnders’ Jack Ryder now – cheating Kym Marsh divorce and exit controversy

EastEnders actor Jack Ryder was labelled the Square’s “ultimate bit of cockney totty” in the late 90s.

The teenage heartthrob joined EastEnders in 1998 as Phil Mitchell’s young cousin, Jamie, who had a rather harrowing back story after being abused by his uncle Billy.

The EastEnders cast dubbed Jack “a mini David Beckham” due to his trademark floppy blond curtains.

Jack was embroiled in some explosive storylines during four years on the soap – and his own personal life was just as dramatic after he left.

It was Jack’s decision to leave EastEnders in 2002 when his contract ended, admitting it had not been an easy decision but he wanted to pursue other projects.

But scandal followed before his final scenes even aired, as Jack claimed he was originally told the door would be left open for a possible return in the future.

What actually happened was one of the most tragic deaths in all of soap history.

Jack Ryder was labelled a ‘mini David Beckham’ thanks to his trademark curtains

It had been agreed with then Executive Producer John Yorke that Jamie would go off into the sunset, but new boss Louise Berridge decided to kill Jamie off in a more gripping stoyline.

On Christmas Day in 2002, Jamie was accidentally knocked down by Martin Fowler in a horror car smash.

Jack’s final scenes on the soap left millions in floods of tears as Jamie died in hospital with fiancee Sonia Fowler and uncle Phil Mitchell at his deathbed.

Jack confessed he was surprised by the controversial decision to kill off his beloved character.

“I was a bit shocked by their decision,” he told The Mirror in December 2002.

Jamie died in devastated Sonia’s arms

“When I said he was going to leave, they said they would keep the door open. Then Louise took over as producer and they said they wanted a good exit.

“It didn’t really matter either way to me. I wasn’t planning on coming back. At the end of the day, it’s their choice.

“They hired me. Jamie was always having an affair or another fight with Phil and I didn’t want to be in a soap for the rest of my life.”

The rest of the EastEnders cast were heartbroken, and were still speaking about Jack’s departure during a compilation of greatest exits in 2011.

Admitting the nation mourned Jamie’s death, EastEnders star Joe Swash added: “Not only that but there was probably about 25 million girls out there, breaking their hearts because they all loved Jack Ryder.”

Jack Ryder and Kym Marsh (Pic:Rex)
Jack Ryder and Kym Marsh started dating

After leaving EastEnders, Jack won Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes by performing as Justin Timberlake and appeared in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Away from his acting career, Jack started going out with Hear’Say singer Kym Marsh, who could not believe she was with the heartthrob.

“When I spotted him I told Myleene Klass, ‘He’s quite cute – except he looks about 12,” confessed Kym in her autobiography From the Heart.

“We chatted and he was flirting with me. I kinda liked him too. He had a very honest face and I could sense something between us.

“A few months earlier I’d been a single mum who spent her evenings ironing. Now I was being texted by the hottest soap star in the country.”

The pair married in August 2002 and settled in St Albans, but with Kym wanting roles in the north-west and to be closer to her family they moved up to Manchester in 2004.

Kym Marsh and Jack Ryder
The pair were married in 2002, but divorced in 2009

Kym got the role of Michelle Connor on Coronation Street in 2006, but just two years later their relationship was over.

They announced they were separating in 2008, issuing a statement which said no one else was involved in the break-up and they would “remain friends”.

However, the actress sensationally admitted to cheating on Jack in their divorce papers.

Jack was granted a decree nisi on the grounds that the marriage had broken down irretrievably as a result of her affair with fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, who plays Warren Fox on Hollyoaks.

Court papers detailed Jack as saying that he first found out about her adultery in July 2008.

He wrote that his wife “has admitted that she has committed adultery, which is ongoing”.

In reply to a question asking if she admitted to the alleged adultery, Kym simply replied: “Yes.”

Jack was back on our screen as Evan Crowhurst on Holby City

Jack’s career certainly didn’t suffer, as the actor played the role of Laurence in the West End production of Calendar Girls in 2009, as well as being the assistant director.

He wrote and directed his own short film in 2010, then became the Associate Director of the stage version of the Full Monty in 2013.

Jack was also handpicked by Gary Barlow to be assistant director on his West End musical in 2017.

After turning his hand to directing, Jack went back to acting in Kay Mellor drama In The Club and shocked Holby City viewers when he rocked up in 2018.

Many were stunned by Jack’s dramatic transformation and claimed he looked totally unrecognisable from his EastEnders days,

And Jack stunned more fans with his new look during an appearance on Loose Women in May this year.

Jack Ryder appeared on Loose Women this year

Jack spoke about his new children’s book and the happy news that his wife Ella is expecting a baby.

“We are due in July. Ella and I are gushy and over the moon. I always just smile when I talk about it,” said beaming Jack.

“We’re prepared as we can be, but we’ve got toys all around the place and clothes and bits and pieces. Yeah, we’re ready to go.

“We’re very humbled and grateful. It’s going to be an amazing journey.”

Having ditched his trademark blonde curtains, Jack discussed how he feels about leaving EastEnders now.

“On one side of the coin it’s gone so quickly, but then so much has happened since then,” admitted Jack.

“It’s bizarre seeing that last episode. It was a sad end for the character.”

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Kym Marsh fancied Corrie’s Steve McDonald before they became on-screen lovers

Kym Marsh has admitted she had a massive teenage crush on her Corrie co-star Steve McDonald before they became on-screen lovers.

The former Hear’Say singer, 44, dropped the secret bombshell on Simon Gregson – who plays Steve – when she joined the soap in 2006.

It was like a dream come true for the actress as she ended up becoming his wife on-screen.

She told The Sun : “It was bizarre. I told Simon when I started that when I was younger I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall.”

Kym explained her crush on Simon’s character as “very strange” and said she first laid her eyes on him at a gig in Manchester when she was “about 14 or 15”.

Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor

The soap star, who played Michelle Connor, continued: “I couldn’t believe the McDonald twins from Corrie were there. I remember seeing him and thinking, ‘Oh my god, he is so gorgeous, he’s so handsome’.”

She admitted he thought it was “hilarious” when she made the revelation and ended up being his girlfriend on the long-running ITV soap.

Kym explained her former co-star as one of the funniest people she has met and his “Steve McDonald eye roll” always has her in stitches of laughter.

Kym Marsh played Michelle Connor for 13 years

Coronation Street will celebrate its 60-year anniversary next month.

Mum-of-four Kym originally joined the soap for just three episodes.

She played a singer in a band alongside Steve’s mum Liz McDonald’s partner Vernon.

However things changed as Kym ended up staying for 13 years and made a reputation for herself as the Rover’s favourite landlady.

Michelle and Steve had a row

The telly star will always credit Corrie for breaking her into the acting industry.

And she admitted her close pal Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald, gave her some incredible tips along the way.

Since quitting the soap, Kym has ventured into other projects, including becoming a TV host on BBC One show Morning Live alongside Gethin Jones.

She is also preparing to be in BBC drama The Syndicate next year.

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Kym Marsh bans daughter Polly, 9, from Instagram over trolling fears

Kym Marsh has revealed that she’s banned her nine-year-old daughter Polly from using Instagram.

The former Coronation Street actress, 44, has followed in the footsteps of Hollywood actress Nicola Kidman who forbid her children from using social media until they reach an appropriate age.

Big Little Lies star Nicole revealed that she’s put a stop to her daughters Sunday, 12, and Faith, nine, creating profiles on various sites over concerns it will harm their perception of themselves and the wider world.

Now, Kym has said that she wholeheartedly agrees with the Hollywood star’s approach and is copying her strict parenting rule.

The proud mum-of-three has shared her thoughts about the matter in her most recent OK! Magazine column.

Kym Marsh has revealed that she’s banned her nine-year-old daughter Polly from using Instagram

Kym explained: “Nicole was reluctant to let her children join as she can’t easily monitor technology.

“I have to say that I agree. Instagram’s age restriction is 13 and older and I believe that’s there for a reason.”

The actress, who shares Polly with ex-husband Jamie Lomas, revealed that they sat down to discuss their daughter’s social media journey.

Kym doesn’t want Polly using social media until she’s old enough

“Polly’s dad and I always say we don’t want her joining social media until she’s old enough – and even then, I’d want her to be private and only follow friends and family,” the former soap star explained.

“There’s so much content on the internet that children see nowadays.

“They are exposed to so much and as a parent it can feel hard to censor it all and keep them safe which can be worrying.”

Polly’s parents Kym and Jamie also welcomed baby boy Archie in February 2009 but their precious boy died tragically just moments after birth.

Kym shares Polly with ex-husband Jamie

Little Archie had been born 21 weeks and five days early.

Kym recently shared her heartache over friends not attending the funeral because they felt they couldn’t “cope”.

She said on her new BBC show Morning Live: “I had almost got to the point where I wasn’t accepting anything yet, but equally, I found that people didn’t know what to say to me or how to talk to me, so, therefore, avoided that completely.

Kym lost her baby boy Archie in 2009

“Some people didn’t want to come to his funeral because they felt…they just couldn’t cope with such a small baby’s funeral.

“They felt really difficult, it was a difficult thing for them.”

Kym also has two grown up children David, 25, and Emily, 23, who she shares with former partner Dave Cunliffe.

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Alison King’s ‘immense guilt’ for giving birth on day Kym Marsh lost son

Alison King told devastated Kym Marsh she felt “immense guilt” about giving birth on the same day she lost her son.

It’s 11 years since Coronation Street beauty Kym grieved the loss of her baby Archie in February 2009.

He tragically died moments after he had been born, 21 weeks and five days too early.

The 44-year-old actress revealed her close friend Alison’s incredible torment about giving birth to her healthy daughter Daisy on the very same day.

Kym says her co-star couldn’t properly enjoy the moment because of the suffering she knew her pal was going through.

The former co-stars are close friends – but 2009 was a tragic time

“My friend Alison King, a really good friend, of mine gave birth to her daughter on the very same day that I lost my son – literally hours apart,” she said on her new BBC show Morning Live.

“And the immense guilt that she felt at the fact that she’d delivered her baby so safely and I’d lost my son, was such a hard time for both of us.”

Kym has two grown up children David, 25, and Emily, 23, who she shares with former partner Dave Cunliffe.

Kym has been opening up about the loss of little Archie

They light a candle for him on what would have been his birthday

The star also raises her nine-year-old daughter Polly with former hubby Jamie.

But Kym added: “We bonded through that even more and, now we share the birthday pictures.

“I’ll light a candle for Archie, and I’ll send her a picture, and she’ll send me a picture of Daisy.”

Looking back, the actress admitted initially she didn’t want to talk about her heartache because then “it would be real”.

Kym has been chatting on her new show

Her friend was riddled with guilt – but they bonded over the situation

“When I lost my son, Archie, 11 years ago now and I lost him quite late in my pregnancy,” she added.

“I personally didn’t want to talk about it initially, because I felt that if I talked about it, it would be real.

“Some people didn’t want to come to his funeral because they felt – they just couldn’t cope with such a small baby’s funeral.

“They felt really difficult, it was a difficult thing for them.”

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Kym Marsh’s fans desperate to copy her stunning new haircut

Kym Marsh’s new hair is seemingly sending her fans into a frenzy as they rush to book a hairdresser’s appointment.

The former Coronation Street star debuted her new look on BBC show Morning Live yesterday, and her fans are besotted.

So much so that they’re dying to copy it, reports Manchester Evening News.

The actress looks stunning with her shorter chocolate coloured tresses and caramel highlights.

Forget ‘The Rachel’ cut from the 90s inspired by Jennifer Aniston in Friends, fans are saying they want ‘The Kym’ cut.

Her stylist friend Martine Alexander told Kym’s hairdresser on Instagram : “I can’t be held responsible if I get ‘The Kym’ cut tomorrow @vincent_allenby.”

Kym’s new hair is stunning

“Looks great! I was thinking of taking mine shorter seeing your new haircut has convinced me!” said another follower.

Another Instagram follower told the soap star that it’s a ‘stunning and sophisticated look.’

“Gorgeous!!! This length really suits you!!!” praised another.

The shorter style reminds fans of when Kym first arrived on Coronation Street as Michelle Connor in 2006.

“Love it, it suits you shorter,” said one.

She usually has much longer hair

“I always liked it when you had the bob when you were first behind the bar at the Rovers Return. Always looks so healthy.”

Kym, 44, is hosting the BBC’s new breakfast show Morning Live with Gethin Jones, and after her first day on Monday she said she’d had a ‘blast.’

“Well….yesterday was an absolute blast!!!” she told her Instagram followers.

“Thank you for all of your support on our first show.”

She’s presenting Morning Live with Gethin Jones

The actress left the famous cobbles last year and has since been working on the new series of Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate about a group of people whose lives change when they win the lottery and has been spotted filming on location with the show in Burley in Wharfedale in West Yorkshire.

She has been sitting in the hot seat as a guest presenter on The One Show and also hosted the BBC One consumer show Your Money and Your Life with Watchdog and Rogue Traders presenter Matt Allwright.

And she recently shared a socially distanced behind-the-scenes photo of herself working with Crime+Investigation UK, a documentary channel exploring real crime.

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Kym Marsh’s emotional tribute to late son Archie as she speaks out on baby loss

Kym Marsh has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her late son Archie as she urged other mums to speak out on Baby Loss Awareness Day.

The 44-year-old former Coronation Street actress has lived with the agonising loss of her son, who died just moments after his birth in February 2009.

Eleven years on and Kym has spoken about the moment he was born 18 weeks premature after just 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Kym urged her followers to open up about their own baby loss in an emotional tribute on Instagram.

The Corrie star shared Archie with her ex-husband Jamie Lomas.

Kym Marsh has opened up about baby loss

Posting a photo of a single candle burning in a concrete angel with another, unlit candle bearing the letter “A” on it, Kym wrote: “Your presence we miss…”

There were also framed prints of her son’s tiny hand and foot prints as well as a mocked up playing card that had both an black “A” and “10” printed on it.

Captioning the tribute pose, Kym told her fans: “#pregnancyandinfantlossawareness Remembering all of the babies who gained their wings far too soon.

“Today is a day to remember our children, celebrate the time they were here, whether they were born or not, give thanks to those who helped us through the darkest times of our lives and help to raise awareness and break the silence of babyloss.”

Kym Marsh shares heartbreaking tribute to late son Archie

Kym said that she hasn’t always found it possible to speak about the loss of her son,

She continued: “I am a mother without her child. I am not afraid to talk about him or to share my experience but that wasn’t always the case.

“Talking is the biggest step forward, it’s the one thing that helps you heal, helps to raise awareness, to lift the stigma and break the silence.

“I know only too well how hard it is, so many feel they have nowhere to turn, no one to talk to, like no one understands. Believe me there is so much support out there for parents.”

Kym Marsh has urged mums to break silence on baby loss

Kym has two grown up children in David, 25, and Emily, 23, who she shares with former partner Dave Cunliffe, as well as nine-year-old Polly with Jamie, concluded her message: “You just need to reach out, let someone listen, let someone help.

“Organisations like @sayinggoodbye_charity are just wonderful.

“They can and they do make all the difference to families suffering the loss of a child. So please don’t suffer in silence. Reach out, talk, people are there for you.

“You are not alone. All that is left to say now is, fly high all you beautiful angels, I hope you’re all having fun wherever you are. Sleep tight.”

Kym ended the post with a blue heart emoji and a red heart emoji.

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Kym Marsh set for hernia operation after terrible pain stopped her working out

Kym Marsh is going under the knife to have a hernia removed.

The former Coronation Street star says she’s opted to have an operation on her hernia after it left her in so much pain she couldn’t work out at the gym.

Kym, 44, said she was desperate to get back into exercise but was restricted in how much she could do because of the pain.

Hopefully, she won’t have to put up with it for much longer and can get back to her hectic lifestyle.

She told OK! magazine: “I posted a photo of myself in a sports bra last week as I’ve been trying to get back into exercise. I’m suffering from a hernia and it’s causing me pain. I’m still going to the gym but I’m not able to lift weights or go as hard as I normally would.

Kym is having a hernia removed

“The doctors have suggested physio, but it’s not getting better and my schedule is so packed. I’m going to book surgery to have it removed.

“I’m gearing up for filming of Morning Live on the BBC this month. Thankfully, I’ve managed to get a place to live sorted and it’s all falling into place. I’m really excited to get started but I’ll still be coming back home every weekend to see my family!”

Kym had vowed to be the “best version” of herself as she posed up in her sports bra, showing off her washboard abs.

The pain has been holding her back in the gym

She had captioned her snap: “‘What’s your why?’ I absolutely love these sports bra’s @dbasports it sounds mad but the captions motivate me!!! What what is my why?…… because I wanna be the best version of me I can be! Healthy body, healthy mind!”

Kym’s post gave her fans some much-needed encouragement.

One told her: “Ok so I need to pull myself out of my dark hole and sort my life out. Seeing you looking so fabulous and the picture I took tonight of mysellf has given me the jolt I needed. You are living your best life flower.”

Another posted: “Wow factor off the scale honey – looking fantastic as ever”

“Flipping Gorgeous,” a third dubbed her.

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