Olivia Attwood says she’s ‘melting’ without Botox in lockdown and she and footballer boyfriend are ‘killing each other’ – The Sun

FOOTBALLERS are excited about the season resuming – but not as much as their Wags.

The glamorous other halves hope the players’ return to the pitch means it won’t be long until they are fulfilling fixtures of their own, at nail bars, beauty salons and hairdressers which have been closed for lockdown.

Former Love Islander Olivia Attwood, fiancée of 26-year-old Blackburn Rovers ace Bradley Dack, says she barely recognises herself after going so long without Botox.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the 29-year-old model said: “I’m not getting any younger so I like a few enhancements and a bit of Botox, but that’s all gone. I feel like I’m melting away — I look at the mirror and say, ‘Who is this girl? I don’t know her’.”

And it’s not just fillers that Olivia is craving. She added: “I’m now a brunette for the first time in 11 years. As soon as I was old enough to colour my hair I’ve been dyeing it religiously and all I have now are these straggly blonde bits on the ends.

“I usually have a laser hair removal once a month so things are looking a bit crazy down there. I’ve had to get a razor out, which has been traumatising. They lied when they said laser removal lasts for ever.

“And I’ve resorted to stick-on nails like a 12-year-old girl. But to be fair, at least they look real and part of me looks like I’ve got it together. I didn’t even try to paint them myself as I knew it wouldn’t have been successful.”

The one major bonus during lockdown is the weather, so Olivia hasn’t had to worry too much about her tan — not that she has been able to enjoy al fresco champagne brunches with her fellow Wags near her flat in Manchester.

Olivia said: “We used to do brunches and be out at Rosso’s on a Friday night. We were all messaging yesterday how much we missed it. We can’t even meet up in groups of six like we’ve been told you can now, because the club has asked us not to.

"They don’t want us going out to the park, getting p***ed together and coming home and giving our partners coronavirus.”

At the Selfridges near where I live, the personal shoppers have gone back to work and I did get a delivery of some essentials recently — Chanel sandals.

And the fact that High Street stores have continued to offer online services has not satisfied Olivia’s love of shopping. She said: “I miss it so much. I’ve saved a lot of money during lockdown because I have got a problem when it comes to shopping.

“It’s the most I’ve saved since I’ve been alive. Online shopping does nothing for me. I like to go into the shop, see the items and I love the adrenalin rush of buying something at the till.”

However, Olivia has managed to make one purchase that only a Wag would deem “essential”.

She said: “At the Selfridges near where I live, the personal shoppers have gone back to work and I did get a delivery of some essentials recently — Chanel sandals.”


Even so, not being able to splash her cash on clothes has given Olivia some much- needed perspective on her spending.

She said: “It’s made me assess how much money I’ve spent on crap. You always think money is a never-ending pot, but with work slowing down, it has been a reality check that I do need to stop spending for the sake of it.

“Handbags are my weakness. If ever Brad does anything wrong, he always tries to bait me with a handbag. They have some power over me — I’ve got around 200.

But I won’t tell you how much I spend on clothes, as my dad will read this and take me out of his will. It’s been a horrendous amount at times. Lockdown has matured me.”

Championship clubs were told on Sunday that their season will resume on June 20, three days after the Premier League, so Olivia has nearly three more weeks until Bradley is out from under her feet.

She admitted that the couple, who got engaged last October, have nearly “killed each other” during lockdown. Indeed, she said living with the attacking midfielder — currently working his way back to full fitness after an injury — was like having a dog.

She said: “It’s been really difficult. I’ve spoken to some of the other girls and they say the same — the boys are so used to having this routine, they know exactly what time they’re meant to eat, run and sleep.

“When it’s taken away from them, they struggle. They’re like, ‘What do we do now’? So to try and copy his schedule, we’ve done lots of walking and cycling. He’s like a golden retriever — you’ve just got to give him loads of exercise and attention.”

Olivia and Bradley are back in their plush Manchester apartment after isolating with her parents in Surrey because they have a garden and more space.

She revealed he replaced the void left by football by getting hooked on computer game Football Manager, which he even plays in the toilet. She said: “He takes his laptop in there and comes out saying he’s just lost against Liverpool.”

But living with a footballer 24/7 does have its perks. Olivia gets daily healthy meals cooked by Bradley and he has also turned into her unofficial personal trainer.

She said: “Without blowing my own trumpet, I do feel fitter. I dropped him off at the training ground the other day and one of the physios saw me and said, ‘God, Liv, you look lean’, and I was like, ‘I do, don’t I’?

“I feel stronger, fitter and healthier because he’s a guy and works out differently to me and I’ve been doing his programmes with him, so that’s one bonus. He’s really tough. We have Apple watches linked up and he always calls me out if I don’t do enough.”

However, while Bradley may know his way around the latest fitness gizmos, when it comes to cleaning appliances, he is an absolute novice — and Olivia revealed he doesn’t even know how to turn on a washing machine.

Consequently she has become his kit man, without even being notified. She said: “The boys are bringing their football kit home now due to the coronavirus and he asked me, ‘Where’s my kit? It’s dirty’, and I was like, ‘I didn’t know I had to wash it’.

“So he’s gone into training in oddbod clothing and I just said to him, ‘You look like such a d***head’, all because he thinks I’m the kit man now.”

But hopefully in a few weeks, normality will return and instead of washing his kit, Olivia will be washing her hair in an expensive salon.

She said: “I’ve been sending them threatening messages, saying, ‘I’m first on the list, you don’t understand how desperate I am’. So the first day they reopen I will be there with my mask on, ready to go.”

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Hollywood legend Mel Gibson reveals he wanted to film the whole of Braveheart in GAELIC – The Sun

HOLLYWOOD legend Mel Gibson has revealed he wanted to film the whole of Braveheart in GAELIC.

The actor and director dropped the bombshell during a UK exclusive chat with The Sun to mark the 25th anniversary of the blockbuster movie.

Eager to keep the William Wallace epic as authentic as possible, the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max star, 64, even learned some key phrases ahead of shooting the Oscar-winning flick.

But he dropped the idea after considering how it could appeal to a global audience.

Speaking from his Los Angeles home, Mel said: “It’s always been a thing of mine — an interest in languages which aren’t dead, but hardly spoken anymore.

“I’ve made two films like that. I found it to be something that would make it so real for people like with The Passion Of The Christ in Aramaic and Apocalypto in Mayan.

HOW KEY LINES COULD LOOK…

"They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

'S docha gun toir iad bhuainn ar beatha, ach cha toir iad bhuainn gu brath ar saorsa!

“There’s something utterly believable about people and their culture when it’s in another language.

“Ultimately, I didn’t have the stones to jump right in and do it at that point. It was only my second film and I thought it might not work so didn’t have the balls to do it until around ten years later.

“It’s also important for the audience to understand the words.

“I was jazzed by that idea but ultimately didn’t have the cojones to do it.”

He added: “I hung out with the Wallace clan in Glasgow and they say things all the time.

“I know how to say shut up and F**k off and do all that but that’s it.”

Mel, who is isolating at home with girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 29, and their three-year-old son Lars, admits he’s been thinking a lot about the impact of Braveheart during the pandemic.

The movie was hailed by historians as helping to pave the way for Scotland's independence referendum.

The flick — which took £300million at the box office — was the biggest movie ever shot in Scotland at the time.

Mel said: “I haven’t been following the ins and outs of the politics of Scotland. I’m not from Scotland so don’t really have the right to have a dog in that fight.

“But I thought it was phenomenal that a piece of art could influence how people govern themselves. It’s remarkable.

“I can say that 25 years goes by in a heartbeat and it still seems like yesterday. I wasn’t exactly a fledgling director as I had directed one small film and had put my toe in the water a year or two before Braveheart.

“This was the second outing and I just went big and, for its time and place, it was a big film.

“And had we not had the assistance of Scotland and Ireland in making it would have been almost impossible. They welcomed us with open arms.

“The drive from the hotel to Stirling Castle where we screened the film in Scotland for the first time was quite a journey. All the way there, I was amazed by the crowds as I’d never seen anything like it.

“There were so many people on the side of the road for the entire journey. I got choked up. It was an amazing experience.

“My 30-year-old son Milo sent me a photograph the other day of me standing on set in a raincoat with a kilt on looking glum on   a miserable day and he was this tiny kid standing there. I told him I want a copy.”

Last year Mel played a Scot for the first time since Braveheart when he portrayed Professor James Murray in the Professor And The Mad Man, who in 1879 began compiling the Oxford English Dictionary.

And he refuses to rule out a return for another flick.

He even has an idea for his pal and Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace to write a movie about The Battle Of Culloden in 1746.

Mel reckons the final confrontation in the Jacobite rising of 1745, would be different to Braveheart because the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart lost to British government forces in the Highlands. He said: “The Jacobites lost but it’s such a remarkable event in history and so sad.

“I remember watching a BBC film called Culloden, directed by Peter Watkins, when I was 12 years old.

“It was phenomenal and I remember thinking how crazy it was. It really fired my imagination.

“That’s another story you could tell. It’s very political and they almost pulled it off that time. Randall should look at that, why not!

“All the clans came down and it was an interesting time. Amazing yet so sad.

“I went to visit the battlefield and looked at the markers of all the dead,  they buried them with their families. It was pretty moving.”

However, Mel, who has multiple movies which can’t be released properly because of the pandemic, fears it could be a while before any of his big ideas come to fruition.

He stars in the flick Force Of Nature alongside Kate Bosworth and Emile Hirsch which is set for release next month.

He is also writing a film which he describes as a new take on The Wild Bunch, a 1969 western about a troop of ageing outlaws who  plot a grand heist.

With Hollywood shut down, he’s not sure how everything is going to pan out. Mel said: “I was in a few movies and two or three  are in the can but there’s nowhere to release in the cinema.

“Maybe they can have some kind of life on some of these streaming services but I don’t know how anybody is going to do it.

“The whole industry has been thrown to the dogs. I was talking to a theatre owner,  one of the big chain guys, who was telling me what he’s losing every month.

“It’s around $40million a month he’s just bleeding. He said he’d be OK until the New Year then he’d be out of business.

“And this is a big corporation so the cinema industry is being beaten to death by this pandemic and it’s hard to say where it’ll go.”

Mel was also scheduled for his first return to Scotland since Braveheart with An Experience With Mel Gibson on December 8 at Glasgow’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central. But after many other of his speaking engagements were cancelled, he’s hoping this one goes ahead.

Mel admitted: “I’ve not been back since Braveheart so I really want to get back.

“I’m hoping that it  will come together but what’s happening is so crazy that there’s no guarantees.

“But I’m sure it will all come together one way or another.”

 

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