Vicky Pattison ‘medicated with alcohol’ to cope with insecurities after jungle win

Julia Hunt

Julia Hunt·ContributorThu, 6 January 2022, 5:08 pm

Vicky Pattison won 'I'm A Celebrity'. (PA)
Vicky Pattison won ‘I’m A Celebrity’. (PA)

Vicky Pattison has said she “medicated with alcohol” to help her cope with her insecurities after she won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The TV personality made her name on shows such as on Geordie Shore and Ex On The Beach but was propelled into the spotlight seven years ago when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle on the reality programme, beating the likes of Susannah Constantine and Duncan Bannatyne.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, Pattison said that she had struggled with “a little bit of imposter syndrome” and thought people would realise that she “wasn’t that special”.

The 34-year-old told host Lorraine Kelly: “I was just waiting for that moment.

The 'Geordie Shore' star showed a different side. (ITV)
The ‘Geordie Shore’ star won the show in 2015. (ITV)

“That day when everyone else woke up and realised that I wasn’t that special and I didn’t deserve all the things I had, and the fancy clothes and the make-up artists and meeting people like you.

“I just expected it all to go away.”

Vicky Pattison attending the launch night of the Sex And The City pop-up apartment, in Covent Garden, London. Picture date: Tuesday December 7, 2021. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Vicky Pattison suffered with ‘imposter sydrome’. (Matt Crossick/Empics)

She went on: “So to kind of quell those rising feelings of insecurity I medicated with alcohol and it was quite a dark and scary time for me.”

The star said the period after she won the jungle show in 2015 “should have been the best time ever”.

Pattison has gone on to appears on other reality shows such as Celebrity Hunted, Celebrity Coach Trip and Celebrity MasterChef.

‘Flurona’ Is Getting COVID and the Flu at the Same Time — and It Isn’t New — Here’s What to Know

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Last week, an Israeli newspaper reported that two women had tested positive for both COVID-19 and influenza, leading to a flurry of concern. Other outlets quickly dubbed the condition “flurona,” a portmanteau of the two viruses, and people fretted that there was an entirely new infection to worry about.

But while the dual infections are certainly something to avoid, getting them at the same time is not new — nor is it a new type of virus, explains infectious disease clinical researcher Laurel Bristow.

“While you can be co-infected with flu and COVID at the same time, ‘flurona’ makes it sound like they’ve joined forces to make a new super virus,” Bristow tells PEOPLE. “It’s just an attention-grabbing nickname. They’re still two separate pathogens.”

Though these cases, and several since in Los Angeles and other parts of the world, are being reported as the first instances of the combined illnesses, they’ve been happening since the start of the pandemic.

“One of the first COVID cases I identified at work in March of 2020 was actually co-infected with both viruses,” Bristow, who works at Emory University in Decatur, Georgia, says. “It’s not new at all and not unexpected either. Even before COVID we’d see co-infections of things like the flu and RSV [respiratory syncytial virus] or the flu and rhinovirus.”

Just how many people are getting both COVID-19 and the flu is “hard to say,” Bristow says, because the symptoms for the viruses are so similar. People would need to get tested for both viruses to know that they had them at the same time, and with many Americans only getting tested for COVID-19, an added case of the flu would likely go undetected.

But Bristow says that it’s likely that dual cases of COVID-19 and the flu are increasing now, with both more common this winter.

“To get COVID and the flu at the same time, you have to be exposed to each. We’re having a worse flu season than last year (which isn’t hard, considering last year we barely had any flu at all) and with how incredibly prevalent COVID is, it’s more likely that you could come into contact with people who have either, in a short time period, which could lead you to be infected with both,” she says.

To protect against both viruses, the advice is the same — get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, wear masks in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces and stay home when you’re sick. And for people who do get infected with both, the treatment plans are no different than if you just had one of the viruses.

“One of the main reasons [these] co-infections haven’t been widely discussed before is because it doesn’t change the recommendations for recovery or isolation,” Bristow says. “Still stay home, still get rest, still drink lots of fluids.”

And Bristow said that while “flurona” isn’t new, “hopefully this will at least put an end to the conspiracy that all COVID cases are actually the flu.”

“They are two separate viruses that will show up as such on any test that’s looking for either,” she says. “And they have not somehow mutated into a single pathogen.”

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The National Theatre cancels press night of new musical Hex due to Covid

Naomi Clarke, PA Entertainment ReporterThu, 6 January 2022, 5:39 pm

The National Theatre has announced that the press night of its new musical Hex has been cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19 on the production.

The new show, which is an original take on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty, staged its first performance at the Olivier Theatre in London in December but has been affected by coronavirus-forced absences ever since.

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The show’s director and lyricist Rufus Norris said in a statement: “Like many productions (including several other NT ones), this one has been blighted by Covid, with the first week of previews seeing a different combination of understudies and stand-ins at almost every performance, and three weeks of performances lost since then due to illness.

“We had hoped to emerge into a clearer situation in January, but while we have started performances again, fresh cases are still emerging and the creative team have had to disperse to other projects.

“We have also had to cancel the planned NT Live.”

Norris, who is also the National Theatre’s artistic director, explained that due to these continuing issues they had decided to relaunch the musical in November “to give it the chance to have a full run”.

He added: “This is an unprecedented time in theatre in so many ways.

“It will take us a long while to understand the full and ongoing impact of Covid, and we will no doubt be in a state of constant adaptation for some time yet.”To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.

The show is described as a “mythic, big-hearted new musical” that “goes beyond” the kiss that awakens Princess Aurora.

It instead follows a fairy who is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, but her dream of blessing someone turns into a curse and she becomes caught up in a “hundred-year quest” to make everything right.

The musical is based on a book by Tanya Ronder, with music by Jim Fortune.

The move comes as a string of West End shows and productions across the country have had to cancel performance dates in recent weeks due to “Covid-forced absence”.

This has placed considerable strain on the theatre industry, driving trade union bodies and theatre impresarios, such as Sir Cameron Mackintosh, to speak out to demand more support for entertainment workers affected by Omicron cancellations​.

Author Blair Imani on the importance of setting boundaries: ‘I’m not trying to set myself on fire to keep other people warm’

Historian and author Blair Imani shares how she resets. (Photo: Courtesy photo; designed by Quinn Lemmers)
Historian and author Blair Imani shares how she resets. (Photo: Courtesy photo; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat.

Blair Imani — historian, educator, influencer and author of the books Read This to Get SmarterMaking Our Way Home and Modern HERstory— has inspired people worldwide with her “Smarter in Seconds” Instagram videos, where she sparks conversation about the intersection of identifying as both queer and Muslim, and delves into topics like cultural appropriation and gender expression.

While Blair’s work centers mainly on women and girls, global Black communities and the LGBTQ community, she is always looking to amplify the voices and work of those fighting the good fight — and is a huge advocate for mental health, too. For the 28-year-old Imani, the day-to-day approach to mental health is a practice she’s been cultivating from a very young age. 

“My mother trained as a social worker and my dad takes care of people with developmental disabilities — and that’s caused me to view mental health as a necessary accommodation,” Imani tells Yahoo Life. “I approach it very openly; that was my baseline growing up. But I as I got older, I realized that people think of mental health as a personal failure or a character flaw. But [mental health] is based on science, and it has to have an element of compassion; everyone needs different resources and everyone can succeed when they’re given the resources they need.”

For Imani, that includes giving herself permission to take time off — something she says makes her a better boss. Though communication is key to running her businesses, she has had to switch things up as her fame grows and more work opportunities flow in.

“I’ve had to figure out how to scale the way I communicate with people, because I can’t sit behind a screen all day checking emails constantly,” she says, explaining why she prefers the informality of Slack to emails. “I grew up in the early 2000s on AOL Messenger, so I love DMs, I love using Slack — but I don’t love texts for some reasonI really just love communicating with people; I talk to about 600 people every week.”

When asked what she gets out of being connected with so many people, so often, to Imani the answer is simple: It makes her happy.

“I get joy from slices of people’s lives,” she says. “I love seeing people’s accomplishments and being able to boost people up and be there for people — and be the person I may have needed, but doing it on a bigger scale.”

As she’s learned to adapt to a growing audience, Imani has also had to grow into the role of boss and leader — which included figuring out how to not to burn out along the way by prioritizing self-care, time off and scheduling mental health check-ins.

“I work for myself, I’m my own boss, so I can take time off when I need to,” Imani says. “Our society is very secular — I use prayer to reset, but I don’t talk about it publicly. I try to log off and literally reset, whether it’s setting an out-of-office responder or a Slack status. It’s just a great way to feel like I’m taking care of the people who rely on me, but I’m also taking care of myself. I have to set boundaries and do-not-disturbs and prioritize myself because you can’t pour from an empty cup. What I’ve learned is: Someone else’s growth can not come at your expense. You can give give give but if it’s at your expense? I just don’t believe in being a martyr; I’m not trying to set myself on fire to keep other people warm.”To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.

Imani also credits her family, fiancé and close circle of friends for keeping her grounded as she remains a steady resource and touchstone to her community of “Smarties.” Imani also depends on technology to stay connected with her peers virtually.

“I rely a lot on the people in my real life,” she says. “My younger sister keeps me humble and down to earth. My family goes to sushi every Friday at a local place, and those moments restore me to my baseline. It’s the one constant that keeps me grounded. It’s usually me and my fiancé, my parents, sister and a rotating group of friends. I’m [also] part of group chats, which can be helpful.”

To Imani, the accessibility and connectivity that technology provides can be a lifeline for those struggling mentally and emotionally. While she’s been fortunate enough to benefit from therapy, she’s aware that it’s a privilege, not a right.

“Therapy is encouraged — but so much of health care is tied to a workspace. I have friends who can’t afford therapy,” she says, adding that talking it out in a Slack group or DM can be helpful. “A lot of mental health crises come from isolation, and we have to look at treating mental health diversely and expansively. And for those in therapy, you have to take an active role in your own personal healing. People can’t heal you for you.”

Imani has a big year ahead with major collaboration and dream projects lined up. “2022! The year of new endeavors!” Imani says, adding: “I’m developing a show with the Jim Henson Company — I’m excited about that! I’m also doing an upcoming collaboration with Fempower Beauty. I’ve accomplished a lot of things I didn’t think were possible so I’m just trying to make more dreams come true.”

As for her Smarties and the advice Imani wants them to take away this year? “Stick to your purpose; opinions are not the primary consideration. Walk in your purpose and don’t worry about anyone’s approval.”

Selena Gomez felt like she ‘wasn’t pretty enough’ in her youth: ‘The older I got, the more I evolved’

Selena Gomez is all grown up.

The multi-hyphenated artist, beauty mogul and mental health advocate is jumping into 2022 with a new sense of purpose — and she’s bringing her fans along on the journey.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Rare Beauty founder and creator Selena Gomez visits Sephora Times Square on November 04, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Rare Beauty)
Rare Beauty founder and creator Selena Gomez is planning on helping future generations learn about mental health by bravely sharing her own story. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Rare Beauty)

In a new interview with InStyle magazine, Gomez opens up about how giving up social media helped curb her depression and anxiety as well as her future plans to make the world a better place by continuing to challenge stigmas around mental health.

“I became aware that my little world is complicated, but the picture is much bigger than the stuff I deal with,” Gomez said of the past two years. “I have problems with depression and anxiety, and I found it difficult for me to be me. I didn’t want to post anything on social media because I realized that I was in a situation where I was extremely blessed. What could I possibly post or say?”

Gomez, one of the most followed women on Instagram, added that at one point the platform “became my whole world,” which put her in a “really dangerous” situation.

“In my early 20s, I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough,” explained Gomez, adding that her insecurities began when she started acting as a child. “At the age of 7 I was already working and in the hair and makeup chair,” she said. “Even then I noticed certain [beauty] trends and how I didn’t match them.”To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.

“There was a whole period in my life when I thought I needed makeup and never wanted to be seen without it,” she continued. “The older I got, the more I evolved and realized that I needed to take control of what I was feeling. I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and feel confident to be who I am. Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I’ve ever made for my mental health.

“I created a system where I still don’t have my passwords,” she explained. “And the unnecessary hate and comparisons went away once I put my phone down. I’ll have moments where that weird feeling will come back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself.”

Giving up her social media gave the singer more time to focus on therapy, which helped her set healthier boundaries.

“I’m a big believer in therapy, and I always feel so confident when I’m taking care of myself,” she said. “If I’m not in the best headspace and my friends invite me out, I won’t go. I’ve lost my sense of FOMO, which I’m proud of. Sometimes I push myself too much, and it catches up to me. But I try to balance out everything as best as I can. I like to be there for my friends and celebrate everyone. But I have to make sure that I’m OK, you know? Because if I’m not OK, I can’t be OK for other people.”

As for the future, Gomez says she wants to help her fans — especially young people — realize their own potential.

“Changing the narrative of mental health and creating a curriculum that hopefully can be implemented in schools or a system for resources that are easily available,” said Gomez, whose Mental Health 101 initiative is proudly displayed on Rare Beauty’s website.

“I’m just so passionate about that, and I think I will continue to be for the rest of my life,” she added. “Especially since the pandemic, there are so many people I know who craved help but had no idea how to get it. I have big aspirations for that field and really want to implement more education behind it.”

Of course, Gomez has never been shy about being vulnerable with her fans, especially over the last few years when she’s faced several issues relating to her physical health — including a battle with lupusa kidney transplant and revealing to Miley Cyrus last year that she’s living with bipolar disorder.

“I know firsthand how scary and lonely it can feel to face anxiety and depression by yourself at a young age,” she wrote on Instagram upon the launch of her Mental Health 101 initiative. “If I had learned about my mental health earlier on — been taught about my condition in school the way I was taught about other subjects — my journey could have looked very different.”To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.

“For anyone who is hurting right now, I hope you know that you are not alone,” Gomez continued. “I’m a believer in seeking help. Getting support and educating myself on mental health has changed my life, and it can change yours, too.” 

She continued, “I hope that Mental Health 101 will be the stepping stones for others that I wish I had… to get connected to the resources they need, and to empower young people in ways that may not have been possible before. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this initiative and being part of the change.”

US actress Jamie Lynn Spears to release memoir later this month

Danielle Desouza, PAThu, 6 January 2022, 8:14 pm

Jamie Lynn Spears is set to release her memoir later this month, which will include details on how she has tried to give her children “the childhood and family [she] always wanted”.

The former child actress said the book, Things I Should Have Said, would cover other personal topics such as her struggles with mental health.

She wrote on Instagram: “My story about MY life from being a child actress, a teen mom, a young woman a single woman, a working mom, battling my mental health, falling in love, finding peace, experiencing a true MIRACLE…

“Creating my own family, and trying my best to give my children the childhood and family I always wanted. January 18th.”

In October 2021, the Zoey 101 star announced she had “finally finished” her memoir which had been in the works for “quite a longggg time”.

“Back In 2017, after Maddie’s life changing accident, I felt a strong conviction to share my story, but there was a lot of personal work and healing that had to happen before I could share my truth the proper way,” she said.

Her daughter accidentally drove into the water, whilst on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in 2017, but was rescued by her family who were nearby.

She was airlifted to hospital after firefighters found a pulse.

Austin Powers Premiere – Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears as a young girl (Branimir Kvartuc/PA)

Spears continued: “I owe it to myself, my younger self, and to my daughters to be an example that you should never edit yourself or your truth to please anyone else.”

The actress had her eldest daughter in June 2008, with then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, when she was 16.

Her second daughter Ivey was born in 2018, who she shares with businessman Jamie Watson.

Spears was also in the spotlight in 2021 when her sister, pop star Britney Spears, 40, fought to end the conservatorship she was held in by her father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew M Wallet.

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Britney Spears arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards (PA)

At the time, the actress pledged her support to the Toxic singer.

The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den are betrayals of true British enterprise

Karren Brady, Lord Sugar and Tim Campbell - BBC
Karren Brady, Lord Sugar and Tim Campbell – BBC

And so, tonight, they’re back – The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den, those insights into corporate culture and venture-capital pitching that let us all understand, if only in a very small way, absolutely nothing about business at all.

Both shows were born in the white heat of 2005, when property shows such as Location, Location, Location and Property Ladder pretended you could actually do things to your home to increase its value in the middle of a rising housing market. Today, post-Covid, the former show is still going, but no-one is arguing that Britain can lift itself out of the GDP slump if people knock through some walls on Victorian fixer-uppers.

The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den, on the other hand, still pretend to be about hiring talent and investing in start-ups – something at which the UK seems to be shockingly poor right now.

Dragons’ Den, in reality, teaches Britain as much about venture-capital investment strategies as It’s a Knockout does about trench warfare. It returns in the week that Apple’s valuation reached $3 trillion (£2.2 trillion), comfortably more than the entire FTSE 100. This week also saw Danny Rimer of venture-capital firm Index Ventures regret, on the Today programme, his decision to launch Deliveroo’s IPO in London, thanks to the UK’s attitude to investment and growth.

Meanwhile, if The Apprentice were to have any connection with the reality of the British job market, Alan Sugar’s catchphrase, “You’re fired”, would need to be replaced with: “Would you accept a £5,000 signing-on bonus and a generous starting salary, and you can work from home if you want… please work for me?”

Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies, Deborah Meaden, Steven Bartlett and Peter Jones - BBC
Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies, Deborah Meaden, Steven Bartlett and Peter Jones – BBC

In 2022, the CBI director-general Tony Danker warns, “the challenge… is now very clear for the UK economy. Significant headwinds and rising costs-of-living threaten the extent of [our] recovery and prospects for economic success.”

And as businesses struggle with new Brexit paperwork, the chaos of Covid and an ensuing lack of staff, the idea that buying cheap tourist tat in Malta (Apprentice series 14) or marketing a cruise line (this series) – yes, those Covid superspreaders that the Foreign Office, in July 2021, advised against travelling on – has any relevance to the skills needed to run a business today? It’s so funny, it’s not funny.

Future Apprentice tasks will include marketing an electric toothbrush to children, developing an original video-game concept, designing a corporate away-day at Silverstone, and boosting Welsh tourism. Nicely done, Lord Sugar. That shows as tight a grasp on the skills needed in Britain today as your decision to kill off our personal-computer industry in 1986. (In 1982, Apple sold 65,000 Apple III computers, while Clive Sinclair sold 1 million ZX Spectrums. In 1986, Sugar’s Amstrad bought and closed Sinclair’s company. In 2007, Sugar sold Amstrad to Sky for £125 million. In 2022, as mentioned, Apple is worth $3 trillion.)

But, Dragons’ Den – that’s more realistic, right? There’s the Reggae Sauce bloke, Levi Roots. He’s done well. And 2007 winner Peter Moule with Chocbox… although the Chocbox website domain seems to be “parked”, and Moule’s company Fast Fix Box, which listed Duncan Bannatyne as a director until 2015, has no employees and a debt of £50,000 to Electro Expo, which also listed Bannatyne as a director until 2015 and also has zero employees. All the same, Moule is still mentioned in every journalist’s look-back at Dragons’ Den’s “success stories”.

Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne - Paul Grover
Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne – Paul Grover

Guy Blaskey, however, who launched his pet-food company Pooch & Mutt one year after Chocbox won Dragons’ Den, and has averaged 60 per cent growth year-on-year for the past five years, recently took a look at the BBC show’s numbers. He suggests that the Dragons don’t know what they’re talking about. He recalls, among other eye-opening calculations that imply contestants are getting raw deals, James Caan offering entrepreneurs some of their equity back after they pay back the money – which means that Caan gets 100 per cent of his investment returned in two years and keeps 10 per cent of the company. Blaskey’s conclusion? The brands that do best are the ones that appear on the show for PR, then go to raise money elsewhere.

Robert Kelsey, co-founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, agrees. “The UK has a fantastic reputation for entrepreneurship… Yet both Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice go out of their way to mischaracterise those willing to stake everything – their savings, their careers, their reputations – on a start-up venture.

“The Apprentice focuses on humiliation as well as portraying reality show contestants as typically greedy and arrogant entrepreneurs, while Dragons’ Den seeks to portray entrepreneurs as naïve cranks in need of a reality check. Is this how Britain’s venture capitalists really want to advertise their skills?”

Former Dragons' Den contestant and TV chef Levi Roots - PA
Former Dragons’ Den contestant and TV chef Levi Roots – PA

Of course, it’s equally naïve to expect reality shows to depict the true skills that a small- or medium-sized enterprise owner needs. (For example: expertise in filling out increasingly complex import-and-export forms, a foreign passport – 50 per cent of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses have at least one foreign-born co-founder – or a phone number for Matt Hancock or other government minister.)

It’s also naïve to expect these shows to show how business is really done. They are reality shows, after all, and the joy of a reality show is not in the success of the winner; it’s in taking delight in the failure of the loser.

But hang on. When you put it like that, these shows are the perfect representation of the British attitude towards business. Following a year in which the CBI warned that the UK has a “branch-line economy” and urged ministers to rearrange the geography of investment, only to be met with the cancellation of key stretches of HS2, they’re essentially a documentary.

Something for us all to enjoy, as Britain’s GDP slides gracefully by 4 per cent and no-one gets fired. As you were, Lord Sugar. As you were, weird Dragon people.

Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice return tonight on BBC One at 8pm and 9pm respectively

Will Camilla Parker Bowles Be Called ‘Queen’? Royal Experts Weigh in (PureWow)Thu, 6 January 2022, 12:12 pm

Sure, Camilla Parker Bowles is prepared to stand alongside her husband, Prince Charles, when and if Queen Elizabeth steps down as monarch and he becomes king. However, her *exact* future title is still unknown.

The family hasn’t confirmed any details, but now many believe that the queen will actually grant the Duchess of Cornwall the prestigious title of Queen Consort, versus Princess Consort (which is what she’s currently slated to be called). You see, the monarch recently gave Bowles another moniker: Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Although it’s just one of many she’s received over the years, it’s indicative of Bowles’s close-knit relationship with Queen Elizabeth. And since the queen will bestow the duchess’s future title, it seems possible that she’d choose the more powerful of the two.

To explain the complicated process, royal historian ​​Hugo Vickers sat down for an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail. “It paves the way for the Duchess to become not only Queen by right when Prince Charles succeeds to the throne, but Queen by name,” he told the outlet.

And he’s not the only one who feels this way. Royal biographer Penny Junor previously predicted the same outcome, saying, “My guess is she will be queen. I don’t think Charles would want her to be called anything else.”

Queen Elizabeth already appointed Prince Charles as her successor back in April 2018 when she issued a formal request for the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

As for Bowles’s future title, only time will tell.

Tories say BBC should be made to play God Save The Queen at 1am every day

ITN chief executive Deborah Turness has been announced as the BBC’s new head of news and current affairs (PA)
ITN chief executive Deborah Turness has been announced as the BBC’s new head of news and current affairs (PA)

The culture secretary has endorsed calls by Tory MPs for the BBC to be made to play “God Save the Queen” at the end of daily programming.

During an exchange in the Commons, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said that singing the national anthem was “something that provides a great sense of unity and pride in our nation”.

“Will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem, and ensure that the BBC restore it at the end of the day’s programming before it switches to News 24?” he asked.

Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary who is responsible for the broadcaster, interjected, calling out that Mr Rosindell had asked a “fantastic question”.

Ms Dorries has said aspects of the BBC could be put under review, including the future of the license fee.

Her deputy, minister Nigel Huddleston, responded to Mr Rosindell’s question for the government, stating: “We fully support the singing of the national anthem.

“The ‘Her Majesty the Queen’, and other expressions of patriotism, including the flying of the Union Jack. The more that we hear here, the national anthem song frankly, the better.”

BBC One previously played the national anthem at the close of programming, but since 1997 it has broadcast on a 2-hour basis – with the old practice ceasing at the same time.

Terrestrial BBC channels switch to showing the rolling news coverage in the early hours of the morning – usually around 1am on weekdays and 2am weekends. BBC News 24 is the old name for the BBC News channel, last used by the Corporation 14 years ago.

Where is former Apprentice winner Carina Lepore now?

The Apprentice is back with a fresh batch of hopeful entrepreneurs all eager to please Lord Sugar with their business plans – but will their ideas be enough to impress the business mogul? We’ve seen boardroom bust-ups and professional successes throughout the show’s 15-year run and we think this season is going to be no different.

Fans will no doubt be delighted by the show’s return following its postponement last year due to the pandemic – but many are keen to know where the previous winner, Carina Lepore, is now. Read on to find out more…

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Where is The Apprentice star Carina Lepore now?

Carina Lepore was last season’s winner of The Apprentice which aired in 2019. She was awarded the £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar, who agreed to a 50:50 business deal, for her artisan bakery called Dough Bake House.

Two years after her successful stint on the programme, Dough Bake House is still going strong. Dough Bake House opened its first shop in Herne Hill, south London but over the past two years, the company has expanded to two more chains in Beckenham and Bromley.


Carina won the show and Alan Sugar’s investment in 2019

Despite Dough Bake House booming, the pandemic hit and, similar to other chains, affected business. She told the Mail on Sunday: “Of course, when the pandemic hit, everything changed for everyone in hospitality.

“It’s tough at the moment. We’re ticking over, so that is good. But if it wasn’t for the pandemic, we would probably have three or four shops now.”


Carina’s business continues to boom

Who is The Apprentice star Carina Lepore?

Before finding success as an entrepreneur and on The Apprentice, Carina worked in the fashion industry. In her youth, she was taught finance discipline by her parents. “They were humble when it came to money. They encouraged me to save, not splurge, and work hard. Dad was a baker and my mum was an NHS worker,” she told the Mail on Sunday last year.

After leaving school at 18, Carina began working in her own fashion store in Croydon before going on to work at retailer Marks & Spencers for ten years. Carina then left retail and began working in her own bakery alongside her dad, whose own bakery had sadly burnt down. Carina then applied for the BBC show with her bakery model under her belt and the rest is history.


The Apprentice is back for a brand new series

What is there to know about this year’s The Apprentice?

The new series of The Apprentice will once again see 16 contestants battle for Alan Sugar’s investment. Each week, the career-driven individuals will be tasked with challenges set by Alan and his team of professionals on the board to sell, market and produce a wide range of products, campaigns and business ideas.

This year’s group is made up of eight women and eight men with a wide-range of expertise spanning from retail, fashion and the food and drink industry. But who will reign champion and who will be fired?