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Real People Issue 18 2019

Real People is a real-life title which delivers real-life stories, puzzles (and prizes) and affordable practical advice (food, fashion & beauty).

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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37,10 $(TVA Incluse)
52 Numéros


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Did you watch the recent documentary Leaving Neverland? The account of two young boys, now men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – who say that pop star Michael Jackson groomed and sexually abused them as kids. It has split the world. All over social media Jackson’s defenders ask, why did it take these accusers so long to come forward if he did what they said he did to them? I’d like them to read Michelle’s story this week (P6). For her birthday, the man who was abusing her bought her a special coat and wanted something in return. The same day, he violently took it, raping her – she was 11 years old. Three decades went by before Michelle told the police what had happened, and by then her attacker…

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our mad world!

Comedy TOT THE CLEANING FAIRIES Move over Mrs Hinch, I’ve got my daughters, Aliyah, 28 months, and Amiah, 11 months, keeping our house spick and span! Gemma Clayton, Nottingham UK Great-grandma Audrey Prudence, 94, has broken a 70-year pact never to eat Italian food in protest at how her late hubby, Jack, was treated by the Italians as a prisoner of war. She ate a ham and pineapple pizza and said she ‘couldn’t believe she’d resisted so long’! TIME PLEASE! Nick West started his beer can collection in 1975, aged 16, and now has 9,300. But the UK’s largest collection is about to lose its fizz – he’s downsizing and needs to reduce it by 1,500. His oldest tinnie is from 1936. OH MOTHER! The rules of a ’60s maternity unit were tough, baby! • Do not smoke while baby…

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soap on a rope

EastEnders Ben’s still in the doghouse and realises he has a fair way to go to build bridges with Phil and Lola. Not that this is putting him off his long-term plan or dampening his appetite for trouble. Next move: try a bit of sabotage at the car lot and offer to fix a car for Rainie that he’s secretly damaged. Rainie sees right through him, though, and calls him out. But you don’t want to make Ben angry. Ben be bad now. He calls in a favour and gets all the cars outside the lot stolen. What’s that, now? Ben is telling Jay he still legally owns the car lot land? Wants him and Jay to go into business together? Don’t do it, Jay! Elsewhere… Mitchell Snr wants to send Keanu…

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coat of harms

stories@realpeoplemag.co.uk Dipping a fine-tipped brush into the tin of green paint, Dad turned to me and smiled. ‘Now it’s your turn, small fry,’ he said. Gently cupping my tiny hand in his, we painted the miniature tree together. Leaf by leaf, it sprang to life. ‘Perfect, Michelle,’ he said. Not yet four, I was giddy with pride as my dad, Ian, added our tree to his model railway. It made me feel so special, helping him build this flawless little world. A couple of days later, there was shouting. Our mum, Iris, and Dad were rowing again. Thud! The front door slammed. From the bedroom window, me and my little brother Andrew watched Dad walk up the road towards the bus stop, carrying a suitcase. ‘Daddy!’ I sobbed. ‘Come back!’ But he was gone. Two weeks later, there was a new…

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time to pay day

Though I could never tell them about Ken, they saved my life. For the first time since I was four years old, I felt safe. Life could start over. In time, I moved away and met my husband Terry. He was gentle and respectful from the start. I fell for him. But when we tried to make love, I broke down, screaming. Terry just held me, let me cry it out. Finally, for the first time, I broke my silence. ‘My stepfather raped me,’ I said between heaving sobs. With Terry’s care, I grew stronger. We went on to have six beautiful children. Our home was full of love. ‘I want to give them everything I never had,’ I told Terry. But it was always there, haunting me like a shadow. Ken and his evil abuse. So many…

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join the sweat-set

If a fitness break to a sporting resort makes you run for the hills... the team at Club La Santa wouldn’t mind, at least you’d be working up a sweat! First things first, though, you don’t have to be Mo Farah to enjoy this getaway in Lanzarote on the Canary Islands. In fact, despite cycling, Olympic-sized swimming pools, keep fit and yoga classes, and a running track open 12 hours a day on offer, you don’t have to be into sports at all. You can do as much or as little as you like without feeling out of place. This Danish-owned sports complex has a pool to simply sit and sunbathe around after you’ve attempted just one (or even none) of the classes. Restaurants and bars here serve delicious, indulgent food and drinks, too, alongside…