Celebrity & Gossip


Issue 898

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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1 min.
respect for our nhs

Having a baby can be a roller coaster in the best of circumstances. But during a pandemic, the usual highs and lows are amplified. For single mum Nadia Essex, 38, who gave birth to son Ezekiel just four weeks ago, the lockdown has made it a surreal experience. Amid social distancing measures, the TV star has been unable to introduce her newborn to family and friends and – as she explains in our exclusive chat (p56) – it’s taking time to adjust to a “new type of normal”. While many of us are isolating at home, there’s an army of women forced to leave loved ones to join the fight against COVID-19. We speak to NHS nurse Erika Johnson (p18), who has selflessly moved out of her family home to…

4 min.
royal expert: ‘harry’s new life in la will be extremely difficult’

❛HE’LL BE MISSING HIS HOME MORE THAN EVER AND FEELING A BIT HELPLESS❜ While the nation has been on lockdown, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who left the UK to set up home in Vancouver in November – were on the move again last week. This time, they upped sticks to Los Angeles, reportedly heading there before the US closed its borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. And as they start afresh in America, with former actress Meghan, 38, landing a voiceover role in upcoming Disney docufilm Elephant, the couple are reportedly already strategising their new life and are making plans to achieve their aim of being “financially independent”. Meghan and Harry, who are parents to 11-month-old Archie, are currently building their “charitable entity”, and have issued a statement saying they will fund…

4 min.
posh’s relief: ‘i almost lost david i’ll never let that happen again ’

❛SHE LOVES BEING WITH HIM 24/7 AND USING THE TIME TO RECONNECT AND BOND❜ • Victoria Beckham performs U-turn on husband David’s Miami bachelor pad – and plans to move in with him • She’s using family lockdown to reconnect and bond as a couple • Considers permanently relocating to the US to be closer to eldest son Brooklyn They’ve reportedly snapped up the sprawling £20m Miami penthouse they were seen viewing last summer, just a stone’s throw away from the grounds of David Beckham’s new MLS football team, Inter Miami. News of the joint purchase of their five-bed home was a stark contrast to last year, when insiders claimed Posh, 45 – real name Victoria Beckham – had been left upset over her husband’s desire to buy the “bachelor pad”, instead of a…

4 min.
gemma: ’this separation is torture’

Posting an Instagram snap from a rehab centre in Thailand recently, James “Arg” Argent declared he “couldn’t wait” to be back in the arms of on/ off girlfriend Gemma Collins, adding, “I’m gonna make it up to you and turn things around.” Yet despite his plans for a romantic reunion, the pair haven’t been able to spend quality time together, instead being mostly separated due to not living together by the time the government enforced the nationwide lockdown amid the COVID-19 crisis. The couple, who have had a rocky eight-year romance, came under fire when pictures emerged of them on a walk together last week, with Arg wearing a mask. One commentator on social media blasted, “Do they live together? If not WHY are they out?” While another wrote, “They should be…

4 min.
cheryl puts an end to simmering feuds

As an array of British stars pledged their support amid the pandemic crisis last week, Piers Morgan revealed that Cheryl has been texting him regularly, while praising the star for getting “really engaged” in the fight against coronavirus. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the presenter – who last week said that his youngest son Albert, 19, was showing “mild symptoms” of the virus – revealed how he was backing the singer’s idea to transform empty fast-food drive-thrus into safe pick-up posts for essential supplies, enthusing that her suggestion was a “great idea”. The following day, Cheryl, 36, cemented their newfound friendship by publicly wishing Piers a happy 55th birthday. ❛SHE FEELS EVERYONE SHOULD BE COMING TOGETHER AND SPREADING THE LOVE❜ Pier’s glowing endorsement comes just 18 months after an epic rant on GMB,…

5 min.
love dramas

KRIS & BIANCA’S LOCKDOWN LOVE They first sparked rumours they were dating earlier this year, after being spotted flirting on Instagram. And last week, glamour model Bianca Gascoigne and Kris Boyson seemed to confirm their new romance as they were spotted leaving her home in Kent together. The personal trainer – who had an on/off romance with Jordan, aka Katie Price, until they split in December – was pictured behind the wheel of a car as Bianca sat in the passenger seat, with reports claiming the two have been seeing each other for a few weeks. And now they’re “official”, it appears things are moving fast for the pair, as they have decided to isolate together. In January, the former original Love Island star sparked rumours of a romance with Kris when she…