Showbizz & Roddels


Issue 927

Combining the best celebrity news and gossip with compelling real-life stories, Closer gets close to the heart of the story and brings you the truth behind the headlines. Also includes: TV listings, puzzles, beauty and body advice, destiny and more! Perfect for a coffee-break read, or to download and enjoy on the move...

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5 min.
lauren’s pals warn her: ‘don’t rush into having a baby with charles’

‘SHE’S REALLY HOPING HE COULD MAKE HER, DREAM OF SETTLING DOWN A REALITY’ She’s long been open about her desire to find her Mr Right, settle down and start a family, and last week, Lauren Goodger went official with new boyfriend Charles Drury, with the pair sharing cosy pictures of each other on their social-media feeds – with Lauren even captioning one picture of Charles, “I love you”. Lauren, 34, posted a snap of herself kissing the builder – who she was first linked to earlier this month, and is an ex of her pal Jordan – and wrote, “You make me happy”. Meanwhile Charles, 23, seemed just as loved-up, sharing a sweet selfie with Lauren alongside a loveheart emoji. He posted another picture of them together, captioned, “Sunday roast and chill”. And Charles…

1 min.
from tv to tears

CHRIS HUGHES AND OLIVIA ATTWOOD The Love Islanders featured in Crackin’ On, after finding love in the villa. But their relationship soon turned sour with episodes reportedly cut short due to the pair’s “excessive arguing”. They broke up in 2018. KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM The KUWTK star cancelled E!’s Khloe & Lamar in 2012 amid rumours they were headed for divorce. Khloé said there would be “less pressure” on them as a couple, but it wasn’t meant to be - they divorced a year later. BRITNEY SPEARS & KEVIN FEDERLINE The star described her decision to put her love life on camera as “the worst thing I’ve done in my career”. She appeared on Britney And Kevin: Chaotic in 2005 for a five-episode reality series, but they split in 2006. JORDAN & PETER ANDRE The former…

4 min.
could simon really be about to tie the knot?

He delighted fans last week when he was pictured out in LA with his family for the first time since worryingly breaking his back in August. Although he is said to have a “long road ahead to full recovery” and has taken up swimming to help him rehabilitate, Simon Cowell looked happy and healthy as he enjoyed a day out with long-term girlfriend Lauren Silverman, and their six-year-old son Eric. But Simon’s frightening fall from an electric bike – which almost left him paralysed and saw him undergo a six-hour back operation to fuse three breaks in his spine – is said to have been a wake-up call for the music mogul. According to insiders, he’s now rumoured to be thinking of popping the question to his girlfriend of seven years, with friends…

1 min.
‘if it isn’t happy, it will just leave’

Medium Chris Riley, who does readings for celebrities such as Gemma Collins and Marnie Simpson, says, “I believe that some houses do have lots of spirits and ghosts - where the souls have stayed, there’s a residual energy in the house. I know someone who moved into an old pub and, when they ripped out the bathroom and toilet, they disturbed the energy of the building and weird things happened. “In this case, the house has an interesting history. It’s fascinating that they can no longer feel the bad ghost - this could be because of the holy water and cross, or otherwise simply because if a ghost isn’t happy where it is and feels disturbed they can just leave, just like if you were somewhere where you didn’t like the…

2 min.
most haunted spots in the uk

RINGING BELLS & GHOSTLY NUNS Tredegar House in Duffryn, Wales, is said to be one of the UK’s most haunted buildings - and for good reason. Visitors at the 17th century stately home, which was owned by a wealthy Welsh family for 500 years, have heard bells ringing at strange times of the night, spotted spooky nuns on the old staircase, and even spied ghostly figures sitting in the garden. There are said to be two permanent residents: a moustachioed Victorian gentleman, who prefers his own space in the attic away from the crowds, and a young girl in a white dress, who has reportedly touched visitors near to the doors that once led into the old nursery wing. Visit Nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house WITCHES & RITUAL SACRIFICES Since 1145, The Ancient Ram Inn in Gloucestershire…

3 min.
good taste

GO VEGAN YOU DON’T NEED MEAT TO MAKE A MEAL OF IT… MINI ROAST PUMPKINS STUFFED WITH MUSHROOMS SERVES 4 • 4 small pumpkins or butternut squash• 3tbsp coconut oil• 1 banana shallot, finely sliced• 1 garlic clove, crushed• 1 tbsp grated ginger• 1-2 red chillies, finely sliced (optional)• 400g button mushrooms• 400ml tin coconut milk• 1 stick lemon grass, sliced• 1 large bunch fresh coriander, chopped• 1 tbsp vegan fish sauce• 1 tbsp soy sauce• Juice and zest 1 lime 326 CALS 29G FAT 8.8G SUGAR 1.3G SALT PER SERVING STEP 1 Heat the oven to 180ºC/fan 160ºC/ gas mark 4. STEP 2 Cut the top off the pumpkins and set aside. Remove the seeds and discard. Hollow out the flesh and chop. Put the hollowed-out pumpkins in a roasting tray. STEP 3 Heat the oil in a pan over a…