Daisy Lowe reveals her hair fell out and she was forced into rehab after Strictly appearance led to secret breakdown – The Sun

FOR most celebrities, appearing on Strictly Come Dancing opens up a string of lucrative job offers — but for Daisy Lowe it also led to a secret breakdown.

The model needed two trips to rehab after she became a reclusive wreck due to the stress caused by the death of her grandfather Eddie Davis and a manic work schedule.

Her condition was so bad that her hair fell out, she could not speak and she barely slept for four months.

Daisy, 31, revealed: “I had done Strictly Come Dancing which was the greatest experience in my career.

“I knew what I was doing for six months straight, which, as a self-employed person, was the dream.

“But it’s incredibly high-octane and my favourite person in the world passed away on my very first day as I was being introduced to everyone who was part of the Strictly family.

“I got the call and I had to make my choice. I wanted to quit and come back some day after I’d grieved.

“But my grandmother called me and said, ‘Don’t you dare — go and win this for him.’

“Obviously I didn’t win, but I did have a wonderful time.”

Despite coping with her grief, Daisy and dance being partner Aljaz Skorjanec still managed to last until week eight of the 13-week competition, which was won by BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba.

Daisy added: “Getting kicked out after week eight, when I thought I could go all the way to week 12 or 13, was heartbreaking.

“I felt as though I’d failed my grandfather and his memory.”

After her stint on the show ended in October 2016, Daisy went on the Strictly nationwide tour.

During downtime she wowed fans with an Instagram pic of a steamy trip to a Liverpool hotel sauna with dance pals Karen Clifton, Louise Redknapp and Luba Mushtuk.

I had no idea how much I was struggling, but I was really clutching at straws

And thanks to the hit BBC TV show, the job offers came flooding in.

Desperate to make the most of her time in the limelight, Daisy filled her schedule with as many as eight work gigs a day.

But after using the pay cheques to buy a house and set up her own production company, the reality of Daisy’s new life hit her.

And it was the loss of her beloved grandpa — affectionately known as Fast Eddie — that affected her the most.

She said: “I wanted to pay off my mortgage faster than I originally planned. It was one of those big dreams.

“Also, I was 28 at the time and I thought that I’d be buying a home with someone.

“Maybe in the back of my mind I thought, ‘Wow I’m really doing this on my own’. And I’m doing it on my own because my gramps isn’t here to hold my hand.

“I had no idea how much I was struggling, but I was really clutching at straws.

“I was frightening myself. I was having heart palpitations and I was quite shaky and talking very quickly. I got to Christmas and I just broke.”

Things became so serious that she didn’t leave the house for seven months and was only able to speak a handful of words.

Daisy said: “The strangest thing happened. I think that I was so burned out that I lost the ability to speak.

“All I could really say was, ‘I’m sad’ or ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I feel really anxious’.

“Eventually I was like, ‘God, is this going to last for ever?’

“I’d been to the doctors and I’d been signed off work with clinical depression.

“I had been tried on a few different antidepressants and all of them had very adverse effects.

“I didn’t sleep for four months. The insomnia was so unbearable.

'IT WAS HORRIFIC'

“I was shaking, I lost my appetite and my hair started falling out. It was horrific.”

Daisy’s mum, 50-year-old fashion designer Pearl Lowe, intervened by getting her to see psychotherapist John McKeown, who runs rehabilitation centre Ibiza Calm.

The luxury clinic, which is in a 500-year-old farmhouse on the Spanish island, focuses on individual and group therapy, educational lectures, meditation, yoga and exercise.

At first Daisy was reluctant to open up, even though she was with just a handful of other patients.

Talking on John’s podcast The Wagon, Daisy said: “I think I spent the first few days just looking at my hands, looking at the food I was eating, looking at the floor — a lot of looking down.

“It wasn’t until about week four that someone said, ‘Every time I look at you you’re just like this weak, injured bird. You’re actually a really powerful woman. Sit up’.

“People respond to the energy you’re putting out. So I thought, ‘Sit up, fold your arms, be tough’.

“When I had quiet moments I would go to visit the chickens. I learnt how to pick one up.

“I don’t eat chicken any more. I can’t because they were a really big part of my recovery. You get your hand held through this important recovery process.

"You feel like a family and even though I couldn’t really speak, I felt so much love for everyone in there.

“Yoga was so powerful and exercise got those endorphins going. I was doing kickboxing, and by the time I left I was beating the crap out of my depression. It was so powerful.”

By the time Daisy returned to the UK she felt herself again — but her joy was short-lived.

She said: “I came home and got all excited that I could speak again.

“I was very happy and I did exactly the same thing — worked myself into the ground.

“I think I managed two months before the anxiety was through the roof and I couldn’t cope.

“I signed up to do all of this work and I was like, ‘I can’t cope’.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with their mental health, be it addiction, burnout, depression

Daisy returned to Ibiza for rehab.

She said: “I think I got more out of my second stint because I wasn’t afraid to be there.

“In the group therapy I really dealt with some old issues, old resentments. Before my burnout I really struggled with anger.

“I still find it hugely uncomfortable but I think that was a big thing for me.

“I realised that I had never really gotten angry and it is a really powerful emotion.

“The whole spectrum of emotions are really important and I think I had suppressed it so much that it had all gone inward.

“I then got very angry, and probably not in a very constructive way, with all the people that I’d been angry with for a very long time and never said anything to.

“That was very important to my full recovery. I had been holding on to that stuff for a very long time and I had to expel it all in an explosion.”

Daisy says she probably “wouldn’t be here” if it were not for her mother’s intervention and her trips to the rehab centre.

She says she is now actively working on keeping well to avoid another relapse.

Daisy revealed: “Every morning I write three things I’m grateful for and three things that are my intentions for the day.

“Even if I’ve woken up a bit groggy, had a bad dream or haven’t slept that well, that at least steers me in a positive direction.

“Through being really unwell I have a really incredible, tight-knit and small support network.

“They are all hilarious and I can be completely real with them.

"I can show up with no make-up on, spot cream and a tracksuit and I won’t be judged at all.

“I make sure that I don’t ever isolate again. That was a big one for me — never allow myself to get to a place where I can even do that.

“I know that without talking about this stuff there will still be a stigma attached to it.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with their mental health, be it addiction, burnout, depression.

“Everyone experiences it. Whether they admit it is another thing.”

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Jesy Nelson flashes her abs in crop top as she goes on bike ride in London – The Sun

JESY Nelson showed off her abs in a tiny crop top during a bike ride in London on Sunday.

The Little Mix star teamed her look with a pair of denim shorts as she soaked up the warm weather with friend Felicity Hayward.

Sharing a string of clips to their bike ride to her Instagram story, Jesy excitedly said: “We’re on a bike ride baby!”

Jesy has a rock-hard stomach even while half the country is rapidly expanding in lockdown, thanks to the gym she has in her mansion.

Last week, she showed off her incredible body as she revealed she was feeling "amazing" after a super sweaty workout at home.

The star also posted a photo of her hair in its natural state, asking: "What we feeling about the natural barnet?? Does she stay?”


Fans replied: “I’m obsessed with your natural hair” and: "She MUST stay.”

The sultry shots come just days after Jesy revealed on ITV chat show Loose Women that she almost cancelled her powerful BBC film, Odd One Out, about her experience with cyberbullies.

She said: “No one knew about this [the trolling] and that’s why I didn’t speak about it for such a long time because I just kept thinking: 'If I keep talking about this, it’s never going to go away.'

"But what I learned was that by not talking about it made it a lot worse for me. "

She went on: "There was a point halfway through filming when I messaged my friend, Adam the director, and I said, 'I don’t want to do this any more.'

"I was just terrified, I was so scared it would be 10 times worse when it came out."

Jesy added that she thinks the documentary has helped people understand the affect trolling can have.

She said: "I think it’s opened up a lot of peoples’ eyes and people are a lot more aware of what [trolling] can do to someone’s mental health."

The Woman Like Me singer also talked about how, at the height of her depression, she couldn't face performing onstage with the other Little Mix girls.

 

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Alison Roman Confirms Her 'NYT' Column Is on Hold After Chrissy Teigen Drama

Alison Roman is speaking out for the first time since the New York Times put her recipe column on hold on May 19, after her drama with Chrissy Teigen.

In a lengthy Instagram post shared on Tuesday, May 26, Roman, 34, began by showing her appreciation for those who reached out to her after she criticized Teigen, also 34, and her business model, in an interview with New Consumer earlier this month.

“I want to thank everyone who’s reached out and taken the time to write to me over the last few weeks. I am still working my way through each email (of which there are…a lot!), so if I haven’t gotten back to you yet, please know I will. The kindness, empathy, tough love, vulnerability and, honesty demonstrated by everyone who wrote in sharing experiences, book recommendations, anecdotes, and thoughtful advice has been overwhelming in the best way,” the Nothing Fancy author wrote.

In one of her apologies to Teigen, Roman explained that she wanted to be a “better listener” and encouraged people to share their “knowledge, guidance or opinions” with her using an email address she provided.

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HI! I want to thank everyone who’s reached out and taken the time to write to me over the last few weeks. I am still working my way through each email (of which there are…a lot!), so if I haven’t gotten back to you yet, please know I will. The kindness, empathy, tough love, vulnerability and, honesty demonstrated by everyone who wrote in sharing experiences, book recommendations, anecdotes, and thoughtful advice has been overwhelming in the best way. I’m genuinely excited to turn this moment into positive, actionable change and so insanely grateful for even having that opportunity. This was a huge shake-up for me both personally and professionally, and I’m still processing so much, but know that I’m working on it and thinking about it 24/7. The issues brought to light by this whole thing won’t be fixed overnight, and the healing process for many will be long, but I’m committed to doing the work to make it better. As for the other kind of work, for the foreseeable future, you can find me in that newsletter I started 3 years ago and never sent out lol. There will be recipes, reader emails, recommendations, and discussions about things that I hope you will like or find helpful. In lieu of the comments section or DMs, I encourage you to submit questions/comments/concerns to [email protected], the idea being to share some of them in the newsletter (I am learning “the comments section” is not the best place for public discourse). Anyway! I haven’t been cooking and won’t pretend I have, so here’s a bowl of compost, which- a metaphor in there somewhere, I think! Link to subscribe to the untitled newsletter in the bio.

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“I’m genuinely excited to turn this moment into positive, actionable change and so insanely grateful for even having that opportunity. This was a huge shake-up for me both personally and professionally, and I’m still processing so much, but know that I’m working on it and thinking about it 24/7,” the culinary pro added in Tuesday’s post. “The issues brought to light by this whole thing won’t be fixed overnight, and the healing process for many will be long, but I’m committed to doing the work to make it better.”

Though Roman didn’t mention The New York Times by name, she noted that her recipes won’t be appearing in the publication anytime soon. The paper confirmed to Us Weekly last week that Roman’s column is on “temporary leave,” though no reason was given for the decision.

“As for the other kind of work, for the foreseeable future, you can find me in that newsletter I started 3 years ago and never sent out lol. There will be recipes, reader emails, recommendations, and discussions about things that I hope you will like or find helpful,” the Dining In author explained. “In lieu of the comments section or DMs, I encourage you to submit questions/comments/concerns to [email protected], the idea being to share some of them in the newsletter (I am learning “the comments section” is not the best place for public discourse).”

Roman concluded her post, which was shared alongside a snapshot of some compost, by stating that she hasn’t been working on any recipes lately. “I haven’t been cooking and won’t pretend I have, so here’s a bowl of compost, which- a metaphor in there somewhere, I think!” she quipped. “Link to subscribe to the untitled newsletter in the bio.”

The drama between Teigen and Roman began after Roman’s comments in that New Consumer article were published on May 7. “What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was, like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her,” she said at the time. “That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of f–king money.”

In the wake of the criticism, the Bring the Funny judge tweeted that it was a “huge bummer” to see Roman slam her. She then temporarily left Twitter earlier this month after users began criticizing her and her children because of her role in the melee.

Meanwhile, Roman released two public apologies for her remarks, which also bashed organizing expert Marie Kondo. She called her statements “stupid, careless and insensitive,” and revealed that her criticism was rooted in her “own insecurity.”

For her part, Teigen, who publicly accepted Roman’s apology via Twitter, made it abundantly clear on May 19 that she never agreed with the Times’ decision to suspend her column. “I hope we can laugh about it one day, but I’m not happy with the NYT leave. So she def can’t laugh about it yet,” the Chrissy’s Court host tweeted in response to a user who asked where she stands with Roman. “It just sucks in every way.”

The Cravings author later added: “I don’t like this one bit and I’m doing what I can (off Twitter) to make that known.”

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Tamar Braxton talks her 2018 big chop

Tamar Braxton says she shaved her head years ago because she felt so weighed down by her career and her divorce that she “just didn’t need any more weight — not even a strand of hair on my head.”

Back in late 2017, Braxton filed to split from Vince Herbert, and she says that around the same time she was battling the network that aired her reality show. By March 2018, she buzzed her hair. “My short hair represents my freedom,” Braxton told us, adding, “The way I was dealing with things wasn’t a way I was necessarily proud of . . . I was masking my feelings and it started with the hair.”

She’s co-hosting VH1’s “To Catch a Beautician,” out Monday, in which she helps “disgruntled clients confront the beauticians who wrecked their hair.” Meanwhile, she says of her sister Toni’s famed short locks on the cover of her 1993 debut album: “That haircut was not on purpose . . . I do believe it was a result of a hair catastrophe.”

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Thrifty mum transforms her wardrobe into a third bedroom

Thrifty mother transforms her empty built-in wardrobe into a cosy bedroom for her daughter, 7 – complete with space-saving storage cubes and a play area under the bunk bed

  • A clever parent has created an extra room for her youngest child for free
  • Nicola Jordan, from Manchester, shares a two-up, two-down home with her husband and their seven-year-old son and three-year-old daughter Emily
  • Wanted to give their little girl, who currently sleeps in their bedroom, own space
  • Grandparents bought materials and did building work for free during makeover

A clever parent has created an extra room for her youngest child after struggling to accommodate her family-of-four in her two-bedroom home.

Nicola Jordan, from Manchester, shares a two-up, two-down home with her husband, their seven-year-old son and three-year-old daughter Emily, and was keen to give the little girl – who currently sleeps in their bedroom – her own space.

With the help of their grandparents – with one set lending their DIY skills and the other paying for materials – they decided to convert the large wardrobe in their main bedroom into a third room for the little girl, with astounding results. 

Sharing the before and after pictures to Facebook group DIY On A Budget, the post racked up hundreds of likes and comments from impressed followers.

Nicola Jordan, from Manchester, shares a two-up, two-down home with her husband and their seven-year-old son and three-year-old daughter Emily, and was keen to give their little girl – who currently sleeps in their bedroom – her own space. Pictured: Nicola’s closet

With the help of their grandparents – with one set lending their DIY skills and the others paying for materials – they decided to convert the large wardrobe in their main bedroom into a third room for the little girl, with astounding results. Pictured: The bedroom

Sharing her transformation online, Nicola explained that their little boy has his own room, while they’ve been sharing with a room with their daughter since she was born.

She wrote: ‘We have a seven-year-old and three-year-old in a two-up two-down.

‘Our three-year-old girl has been in with with us since birth and just before the lockdown I decided we had to try and get her her own space. 

‘We had a huge cupboard in our room which was of no use. So grandparents to the rescue, one set built and designed it, whilst the other set paid for materials (we are very lucky). 

‘Here’s the before and after and we even gained a little hallway between our rooms. PS ours is still a good size room but we haven’t decorated it yet.’

The before pictures show a large built-in wardrobe, which they ripped out to make into a small bedroom.

With the help of their grandparents’ nifty building work, they even gained an extra corridor between the three bedrooms

The before pictures show a large built-in wardrobe, which they ripped out to make into a small bedroom. 

Making the most of the space, the room contains a high shelving unit, and a single bunk bed, with a secret play area underneath it. 

The extra bedroom even gets light from Nicola’s master, and has a small open slot at the top of the partition wall connecting to the little boy’s room.

With the help of their grandparents’ nifty building work, they even gained an extra corridor between the three bedrooms. 

One Facebook follower wrote: ‘Oh my golly wow that’s brilliant so cosy and what a excellent use of space.’

Meanwhile another added: ‘This is amazing,’ and another agreed, writing: ‘That’s well cool.’

Sharing her transformation online, Nicola explained that their little boy has his own room, while they’ve been sharing with a room with their daughter since she was born

Making the most of the space, the room contains a high shelving unit, and a single bunkbed, with a secret play area underneath it

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Woman strip washes her rug using fabric softener and the disgusting result will give you the shivers

YOU'D be forgiven for assuming a regular clean with a hoover is enough to get your rug clean.

But one woman has shown just how much dirt has been lurking in her hessian rug after using the popular strip wash method.

Taking to Facebook, Melissa Mason, from Chesterfield, England, showed off the incredible results after strip washing her rug, and proves that fabric softener is the answer.

She revealed that she'd used half a box of bicarb, one washing pod, and two caps of fabric softener before allowing the rug to sit in the bathtub for four hours.

Then, with help from her bloke, she rinsed it in the shower until the water ran clear and left it outside to dry.

Posting in the Hinch Army Cleaning Tips, Melissa shared snaps of the bath water before and after the deep clean.


Like with all strip washing, the bath water turned completely black – and for cleaning fanatics, it's so satisfying to see.

Alongside the snaps, she wrote: "Oh my word I’m so impressed. I decided to take a risk and soak a hessian rug, not really that important to me so didn’t worry if it was ruined.

"I soaked it in half a box of bicarb, 1 washing pod, and 2 caps of fabric softener. Let it soak for 4 hours (look how gross the water was!!) then me and my fella lifted it up (super heavy) and rinsed with shower until water ran clear."

After letting it dry all day in the sunshine, the Mrs Hinch fan says "it’s so soft and smells incredible," thanks to the fabric softener,adding it's "cleaner than ever" .


She also said that the rug hasn’t fallen apart like she thought it might and highly recommends the method for anyone wanting to get their rug clean.

The method of strip washing is much like soaking, however, the results are far more satisfying.

While people prefer to tweak their method occasionally, it usually consists of adding washing powder, baking soda and Borax to a very hot tub of water, then, after the water turns cold, running the item through the wash – if washing smaller items such as clothing.

Other members of the group were surprised by what they'd learned, with many eager to try it themselves.

"Omg want to do mine but bathroom is upstairs and would have to get it down dripping on my stair carpet," one person said.

While another wrote:"Did this with my door matts, amazing results."

We also shared how people are strip washing their ‘clean’ towels in the bath tub – and the results are horrifying.

In other cleaning news, we told you how a mum spent £360 on a monster clothes horse to cut tumble drying bills.

Plus we revealed that there's a secret tool in Mrs Hinch's favourite Shark hoover.

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Pink Learned Her Son Has 'Bad Food Allergies' After COVID-19 Blood Tests

Making dietary changes. Pink revealed that she just learned her son Jameson has several severe food allergies.

Per an Instagram video post from the 40-year-old “Walk Me Home” singer, on Saturday, May 16, her 3-year-old was diagnosed after recovering from COVID-19. Additionally, the Grammy winner explained that doctors only learned of the little one’s food allergies after analyzing blood that was drawn either while he was fighting the illness or shortly after he got better.

“I wanted to share with you a vegan, gluten-free, egg-free cherry tart recipe because my dear boy, Jamo, has, it turns out, pretty bad food allergies, which we were able to find out in some of the blood testing that we had to do recently because of COVID,” the Grammy winner explained.

Pink added that her son is “allergic to wheat, dairy and eggs,” hence her new dessert recipe, which she shared in the Instagram caption. “Fresh cherries and food allergies!” she wrote. “Yum!”

Explaining the impetus for this particular sweet treat, Pink said, “We have a cherry tree, and our favorite thing to do every year is pick cherries.” Since she couldn’t find a “good recipe” online, the Pennsylvania native created her own.

“If you want to make a crust, get some vegan graham crackers,” she declared. “I know some of you out there are throwing up in your mouth, but trust me, they’re delicious and they might even be better than the real ones.”

The “What About Us” songstress then recommended mixing the crushed graham crackers with melted vegan butter to form a crust, and then filling said crust (after it’s baked and has cooled) with a combination of coconut yogurt, vanilla extract, brown sugar and fresh cherries.

“Good luck,” she told her social media followers. “Send me pictures!”

Yum!

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Pink, who also had coronavirus earlier this year at the same time as her son, has been open about the mental and physical toll the illness took on her. She shared the news of her and Jameson’s diagnoses in April.

“Battling COVID-19 along with my 3-year-old son was the most physically and emotionally challenging experience I have gone through as a mother,” the singer wrote in an op-ed for NBC News published earlier this month. “Weeks after receiving our test results, my son was still ill and feverish. It was a terrifying time, not knowing what might come next.”

After the musician recovered, she whipped up some homemade soup for a local charity. In April, she made a $500,000 donation to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia to aid medical professionals working to combat the virus and contributed $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

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Mum overhauls her daughter’s old kitchen for just £15 and people are stunned by the difference

MANY parents have been treating themselves to home renovations during lockdown, it seems the little ones want a piece of the action too. 

So when a youngster asked for a new fancy kitchen to play with, a savvy mum decided to spruce up her existing one instead.

The original mud kitchen was typical of many store bought ones,  which featured hues of pink, red and blue and was complete with makeshift appliances.

The kitchen was in no way damaged or unusable, but it appeared outdated to say the least.

But rather than spending a fortune on a brand new one for her daughter, the crafty mum gave it a Hinch inspired makeover using furniture paint and sticky back plastic – and people can't believe the difference.

She shared snap on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group which showed the stunning transformation.

The new and improved mud kitchen is now entirely grey in colour and features stylish marble detailing.

Grey kitchens are popular among interior design enthusiasts, with Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon leading the pack.

In the post the mum explained: "So daughter wanted a new kitchen to play with so I thought I would re paint her old kitchen and she loves it .

"I used B&Q furniture paint and marble Fablon from B&Q only cost £15 to do.  Very happy with it."

And other mums loved it too, not least because of the chosen colour palette.

"Wow I love it," one fan wrote, "Looks new and posh."

And another agreed: "This looks fantastic."

Meanwhile a third wrote: "Great idea for kids as they get older and don't want anything too childish. Also teaches them to upcycle. So cool"

In other DIY related news, we shared how a woman transformed her  dull staircase with simple tiles and a lick of paint and the chic space looks so expensive.

Plus a DIY fan changed her grotty balcony into a stunning outdoor space, complete with ‘grass’, using IKEA and B&M bargains.

And we also shared how a woman turned her ‘boring’ kitchen into a stunning pink paradise and it only just her £20.

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Joanna Gaines Hated Her Waco Farmhouse When Chip First Showed Her — 'It Was a No For Me Right From the Start'

Chip and Joanna Gaines aren’t just known for their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper — they also became internationally recognized for letting fans get a glimpse of their home life. From their adorable relationship with each other to showing off their kids, the Gaineses have never kept their family hidden from the spotlight.

It’s hard to imagine Chip, Joanna, and their five children living anywhere besides their dreamy white farmhouse on the outskirts of Waco. The renovation experts completely gutted and renovated the 1895 structure, which is set on 40 acres that they’ve turned into a working farm.

But the most shocking part of all? Joanna didn’t want topurchase thefarmhouse and fully expected the project to bankrupt them.

Chip dreams up ambitious plans while Joanna is more practical

Part of the reason Chip and Joanna’s marriage works so well is that they’re polar opposites who are both willing to compromise and learn from each other. Fixer Upper fans are well acquainted with all of Chip’s wild and crazy antics, like bringing home random animals to the farm and wanting to purchase falling-down buildings. Sometimes Joanna says no. But others, she’s willing to take big risks all thanks to her husband’s urging.

In the latest issue of Magnolia Journal, Joanna revealedthat she didn’t even want to buy her treasured family farmhouse at first.

Joanna thought the dilapidated farmhouse was a ‘terribleinvestment’

When Chip and Joanna purchased the farmhouse in 2012, it looked nothing like it does today. “We’d recently finished renovating a house that was intended to be a flip but that I’d come to love, that truly — finally — felt like home for our family, when one day Chip announced a new prospect,” Joanna wrote in the essay titled “Slow Yes,” as Daily Mail reported.

“A client of ours would soon be selling her farmhouse just outside of town,” she continued. “Based on the details Chip had, it sounded like a long shot, and a few days later when we drove out there, I would have said it was a closed case.”

It didn’t seem like a practical purchase

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Me + Crew + Cookie = ❤️

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The farmhouse, besides just being rundown, only had twobedrooms for their family of six (at the time). And Joanna feared it wouldbecome a complete money pit and drain their finances trying to turn it intowhat she wanted.

“It was a no for me right from the start,” Joanna said inthe essay. “There was no way we were leaving our comfortable finished familyhome to potentially go broke fixing up a farmhouse and all the uncertainties itcame with.”

Eventually, Joanna fell in love with the idea of the farmhouse

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After the tour, Joanna thought the plan was dead. But themore she thought about the house’s potential, the more she was able to see andappreciate Chip’s crazy vision for the life they could live there.

“The kids would run wild while Chip and I sat beneath one ofthe oak trees that towered over the backyard. The more time we spent out there,I’d catch glimpses of how good it could be for us,” Joanna continued.“Something felt right about our family being there despite all the very good reasonswe didn’t belong.”

Now they can’t imagine being anywhere else

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Stargazing ✨

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In a short span of time, Chip and Joanna have transformedthe giant project into anidyllic existence where their kids can run free in the yard, swim in the pool,and help collect fresh eggs from the chickens. They nurture baby goats, plant vegetablesin the garden, climb trees, and then gather around the table for family meals.

The Gaines family took a huge chance on the farmhouse — but it was all worth it in the end.

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Abbie Quinnen strips to her underwear as she spends lockdown with boyfriend AJ Pritchard – The Sun

DANCER Abbie Quinnen raises her arm as well as the temperature in a stunning photoshoot in just her underwear.

Abbie, 23, is currently holed up with AJ, 25, at his family home in Cheshire.


But she did treat her online followers to a photograph of her in a bralet and thong for underwear clothing brand Miskie London.

We revealed the smitten pair were dating in 2018 after they met on his live tour.

A source at the time said: “AJ fell for Abbie the moment he saw her and they’ve been dating for a while now."

“She auditioned as a dancer for his Get On The Floor Live tour and AJ snapped her up straight away."



“It’s very early days between them but their friends think they make a perfect pairing."

“They’ve been on a number of low key dates and were seen being very tactile with each other at a couple of parties during the tour.”

Abbie trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and has previously starred in West End smash musical cats.

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