The truth about Chris Trousdale and Anna Sundstrand’s relationship

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Chris Trousdale. The Dream Street singer died on June 2, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19, according to Us Weekly. Trousdale died in a hospital in Burbank, California.

Trousdale, who was an actor and a musician, was known for being one of the five members of the boy band, alongside Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger, Jesse McCartney, and Frankie Galasso. They hit it big in the early 2000s but the band ended up dissolving after their parents sued the two individuals responsible for forming Dream Street, Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow. According to the Daily Mail, the parents claimed that their sons were “exposed to booze, women, and pornography.” They ended up winning the case, releasing the five band members from their contracts.

After Trousdale parted ways from Dream Street, he ended up working on several other projects. He collaborated with the Swedish girl group Play and was a featured star in their single “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” When Play parted ways, Trousdale ended up working on several collaborations with one of its members, Anna Sundstrand. They were totally adorable together and many people wondered if they were a couple. Keep reading to find out if these speculations were correct.

Chris Trousdale had an 'explosively charming personality'

When eulogizing his friend and former band member, Jesse McCartney said of Chris Trousdale on Instagram: “It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent.”

With such a powerful level of charm, many have wondered if Trousdale ever had a romantic connection with singer Anna Sundstrand. It’s a fair question, because they collaborated on many songs together, most notably the dreamy hit “If Only.” They performed often on stage together, even offering a sweaty version of Grease’s “You’re the One That I Want” in 2006.

While Sundstrand and Trousdale frequently performed together and worked on music together, there has never been any substantial evidence that they dated. In fact, according to MTV, Sundstrand and Trousdale were longtime friends. After she left Play, Sundstrand took up modelling with New York’s Model Management Group circa 2005. She later wrote a book, according to MTV, about her time as a child star in the music industry, which is available in Sweden, according to her Instagram.

This must be devastating news for Sundstrand that Trousdale has passed and so we wish her our condolences.

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Keke Palmer Confronted The National Guard At Protest, Demanding Solidarity — WATCH

Several celebrities have shown up to march alongside protesters fighting to end police brutality and government oppression this week; however, there’s one member of Hollywood’s finest that is taking her actions a step further in the hope of creating a real change in the world. During a peaceful demonstration in Hollywood on Tuesday, June 2, Keke Palmer confronted the National Guard, asking them to march with the protesters fighting for racial justice. The powerful exchange was recorded by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, and has since gone viral.

"You have to pay attention to what’s going on or else we have a president that’s trying to incite a race war," Palmer explained in the video, referencing Donald Trump’s recent comments where he threatened to mobilize armed soldiers against the protesters. "The borders are closed. We can’t leave. We have people here that need your help," she implored. "This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us."

But while the guards seemed to agree with Palmer and everything she had to say, they ultimately declined to join the protest itself, with one of the guardsmen insisting that he’s unable to leave his post since they needed to remain in the area as "patrol" for businesses. "I’m at a loss," Palmer replied. And when they agreed to take a knee as a show of support for the cause, the Hustlers star is heard remarking off-camera that, at this point, taking a knee is simply "not enough."

The clip has since gone viral on social media, with many commending Palmer for her call to action. Palmer recently spoke with Good Morning America about her publicized plea to the National Guard and explained what inspired the conversation in the first place. "I was just talking to the people that I was marching with. I just posed the question of ‘Why are they not with us? Why are they not able to be with us?’" she explained on GMA. "Here we are marching in peace and with purpose, and I’m sure many of them feel the same way as we do. I wanted us to just unite as human beings above all."

She also addressed why she didn’t think their gesture of kneeling served a great enough impact. "Though the kneeling — it can be seen as a walk in the same direction — we all can also see that just moments after in some of these cities where we’ve seen the kneeling, we’ve seen the teargassing and everything, the chaos afterwards," Palmer stated. "I want to know that the people that are in these powerful positions of saving or taking a life, I want to know they’re with the citizens and committed to taking a stand against the system and injustices."

She added, "If we are unified no matter who you are or what you’re wearing we can create change. Buildings can be rebuilt, but once lives are taken, they’re gone."

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Cholesterol levels in the UK have dropped sharply since 1980

Britain is getting healthier: Cholesterol levels in the UK have dropped sharply since 1980 but are rising in poorer Asian countries due to high-fat diets

  • UK has nose-dived from 18th highest in the world to as low as 130th for women
  • Poorer Asian nations including Thailand and Malaysia have seen a spike in levels
  • Scientists said UK’s levels had dropped due to an improved diet and statin use 

Britain’s cholesterol levels have nose-dived over the last 40 years thanks to a healthier diet lower in fat and the increasing use of statins, scientists have said.

The UK once had the 18th highest cholesterol level in the world for both men and women, putting them at increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, but it has shed the excess and dropped to 106th and 130th place respectively.

Poorer Asian nations such as Thailand and Malaysia have overtaken Britain and other Western nations in Europe, North America and Australasia as their populations suffer the effects of globalisation. 

Despite the shift, however, an estimated six out of ten adults in England are still suffering from high levels of cholesterol.

This map shows changes in total cholesterol levels between 1980 (left) and 2018 (right). The red colour means higher levels, while the blue and green means lower levels

The study, published in Nature, was conducted by hundreds of scientists who used databanks to collect information on the cholesterol levels of more than 100 million people living in 200 different countries. 

The data taken was from between 1980 and 2018, in order to reveal how levels had changed over time.

Lead author of the study, Professor Majid Ezzati, said cholesterol levels dropped in the UK due to an improved diet where saturated fats had been replaced with unsaturated fats.

‘The decline in western countries, including the UK, has actually been sharper than the rise in Asia,’ he told MailOnline.

‘To the best we can tell, from our work and broader literature, the long-term replacement of saturated with unsaturated fats – from butter to vegetable oils – and treatment with medicines like statins have been the strongest drivers.’ 

He added: ‘Some of the reduction in cholesterol levels in Western nations is due to increased use of statins, which are not yet used widely in low- and middle-income countries.’

Cholesterol levels in the UK have dropped as more people adopt healthier diets and due to the increasing use of statins. They have, however, risen in poorer Asian nations

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, added: ‘It’s encouraging to see the reduction in levels of non-HDL or “bad” cholesterol in the UK since 1980.

‘Public health initiatives about the risks of a diet high in saturated fat, and wider treatment with statins in those with high levels will have made a big contribution. 

‘The result is undoubtedly fewer heart attacks and strokes.

‘However, we mustn’t be complacent or be misled by this change. High numbers of people still have undiagnosed or uncontrolled levels of non-HDL cholesterol putting them at greater risk of heart and circulatory diseases.’  

Cholesterol, a waxy substance found in our blood, is normally used by our body to build cell walls.

There are two main types known as high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL).

When too much LDL is circulating in the blood it can slowly build up on the walls of arteries which may lead to a blockages, triggering a heart attack.

Foods containing high levels of LDL include fatty cuts of meat, cheese, deep fried fast food and processed items such as biscuits and pastries.

The increasing use of statins in western nations has helped cause a fall in cholesterol levels

Responding to the study, Prof Ezzati said: ‘For the first time, the highest levels of cholesterol are outside of the Western world.

‘This suggests we now need to set into place throughout the world pricing and regulatory policies that shift diets from saturated to unsaturated fats, and to prepare health systems to treat those in need with effective medicines.’

‘This will help prevent millions of deaths from high cholesterol in these regions.’

The study found  high cholesterol levels were responsible for almost four million deaths worldwide, half of which occurred in South and South-East Asia.

They also found China had seen one of the biggest spikes in cholesterol levels in the world.

The British Heart Foundation has encouraged anyone over 40 to get their cholesterol levels checked, so that anyone suffering from higher levels can be treated.

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The truth about Brad Pitt and Mike Tyson’s ex, Robin Givens

Mike Tyson has the boxing world — and the sports world in general! — buzzing about a possible return to the ring. The former heavyweight champion of the world (and face tattoo connoisseur) shared some training videos on Instagram in May 2020 that end with the legend stating, “I’m back,” according to CNN.

At age 53, a comeback seems unlikely and even almost dangerous. But it’s looking like it’s true. Dana White, UFC president and close personal friend of Tyson, told ESPN that the boxer has something “lined up,” but wouldn’t go into details.

“Originally, I came out and said, ‘Listen, I’d like Mike not to fight,'” White told ESPN in late May. “But Mike Tyson is a grown man, he can do whatever. The guy is powerful, looks explosive and has gotten himself in great shape.” As White explained, it’s what Tyson really wants to do. He continued, “We talked about it and he said, ‘Listen, I feel that fire in my stomach. I want to get in there and mix it up again.’ I’m fully supportive of him.”

All this buzz about Tyson got a few people wondering about his golden days — when he was winning fights and dating Hollywood celebrities. Remember Robin Givens? She was a huge name in the 1980s, who married the fighter in 1988 (per MSN). They divorced one year later. 

But what everyone really remembers from their union is the infamous story of Tyson catching Givens with the one, the only… Brad Pitt!

What really happened with Brad Pitt and Mike Tyson's ex-wife Robin Givens?

For years, rumors swirled around Hollywood that when Mike Tyson was married to Robin Givens, he walked in on her in bed with Brad Pitt. Some versions of the story even included Tyson punching Pitt! Tyson addressed the incident in his 2013 memoir, Undisputed Truth.

However, it appears some of his truths are disputed. (See what we did there?) When Givens appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2019, she set the record straight about the night in question (via MSN).

“[Pitt and I were] pulling up in the driveway, that part is true,” Givens said on the show. “I didn’t read the book, but I was told he says he caught us in bed, which never happened. Never, ever, ever happened.” When asked why she was even in a car with Pitt, Givens replied, “We were coming from, like, a screening or something.”

Tyson claims in the book that Pitt started pleading with him when they pulled into the driveway. The former professional boxer alleged that Pitt said, “Don’t hit me, don’t hit me,” when Tyson approached them, but Givens denied this.

“No,” Givens replied with a big grin. “Does that sound like Brad? I mean, Brad’s got some swag, you know what I mean?” According to People, Pitt’s rep did not return their request for comment at the time, so where he stands on the whole situation remains a mystery.

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'The Bachelor': Victoria Fuller Says She's 'Been a Part of the Problem' With Black Lives Matter Post

Last season of The Bachelor was filled with controversy. The fans were angry at Victoria Fuller for modeling for an offensive clothing company. Fuller is now acknowledging her past with a post during the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Victoria Fuller got backlash during ‘The Bachelor’

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Fans did some digging into Fuller’s modeling past during The Bachelor. They found pictures of her modeling for a company that had “White Lives Matter” merchandise.

Fuller won a modeling competition that season and the prize was a cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. However, the digital cover was never released due to her past modeling gig.

“It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found out that the woman I’d chosen had, in her past, modeled in an ad campaign wearing White Lives Matter attire,” editor-in-chief Jessica Pels said in a statement. “Unequivocally, the White Lives Matter movement does not reflect the values of the Cosmo brand. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and any cause that fights to end injustices for people of color.”

It then added, “We’d already printed the fashion shoot in our March issue, complete with an inset of the cover, and of course the episode had already been filmed. Ultimately what felt right was choosing not to publish the digital cover on our website or social feeds, and simply being honest with you, the audience we respect, about what happened and where we stand.”

Fuller denied the clothes had an offensive meaning

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The model finally responded to the backlash after the cover was pulled and Peter Weber made a statement. She responded to fans in the comment section of an Instagram post of Bachelor Clues.

“Hello bachelor clues & followers! It would be nice for you to gather all the facts before jumping to bash someone,” she wrote according to Us Weekly. “The company ‘We Love Marlins’ is in support of catching white, blue, & black marlins & releasing them back into the wild.”

She then added, “In regards to a sensitive topic, I come from a very diverse background & am in support of all races! Virginia Beach is a VERY large fishing town where Marlin tournaments are held every year! Glad to clear this up.”

Fuller then apologized. “I’m sorry if you or anyone else’s feelings were hurt. That was never my intention,” she wrote. “I definitely see how this could be offensive. I apologize immensely it was never my intention to lessen this matter.”

She says she was part of the problem

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These images were sent to me by @barryclarrk of a protest that happened in my hometown Virginia Beach this past weekend. I’d first like to say, I have been a part of the problem. And for that I am sorry. Being naive, staying silent, or not educating ourselves of the ongoing racism in our country IS contributing to the problem. Period. I don’t want to be a part of the problem. I’ve taken time to educate myself, read, listen & although I can never fully grasp or understand I am willing to keep learning. This isn’t a trend. This is a societal problem that needs change. & hopefully I can use my platform as a way to educate and continue everyday to learn from others— The BLM movement has fought to create a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive. Understanding White Privilege: White privilege are benefits granted to those because the color of their skin; in other words, purely on the basis of our skin color doors are open to us that are not open to other people. Far too many of us who are closer in proximity to being white erroneously believe that we do not have to take the issues of systematic oppression seriously or don’t feel the need to speak up. So now we have a choice. We can continue to use unearned privilege to remain ignorant, or can put aside the color of our skin in order to see clearly and live differently. “Not to decide is to decide”—Harvey Cox Decide. Do better. Be better. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd WHAT WE CAN DO: 1. First and foremost; EDUCATE yourself. As I will continue to do everyday. 2. Pick up a book/tune into an audible to READ like White Fragility(one that I have started) or articles sourced on the internet. 3. WATCH a documentary. A good one I found on Netflix was “13th”; a microscopic insight to what the black community goes through 4. DONATE to organizations like Reclaim the Block linked: https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2 5. And take time to REFLECT. Something that I personally asked myself before deciding to post this “in what ways does my proximity to whiteness afford me privileges that are not extended to Black people?”

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The former reality star posted pictures of a protest in Virginia Beach on Instagram on June 2. She started the caption with acknowledging her own past scandal.

“I’d first like to say, I have been a part of the problem,” reads the caption. “And for that I am sorry. Being naive, staying silent, or not educating ourselves of the ongoing racism in our country IS contributing to the problem. Period.”

It continues with, “I don’t want to be a part of the problem. I’ve taken time to educate myself, read, listen & although I can never fully grasp or understand I am willing to keep learning. This isn’t a trend. This is a societal problem that needs change. & hopefully I can use my platform as a way to educate and continue everyday to learn from others.”

She ended the post with a list of things people can due to support the movement at this time. Other former contestants like Victoria Paul and Alayah Benavidez showed her support in the comments.

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Win a copy of The Sight Of You by Holly Miller in this week’s Fabulous book competition terms and conditions – The Sun

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Dad, 39, charged with the murder of wife, 40, and daughter, 18, slashed to death at home – The Sun

A DAD has been charged with the murders of his wife and daughter in Salisbury.

Marcin Zdun, 39, is accused of fatally knifing Aneta Zdun, 40, and Nikoletta Zdun, 18 at the family home in Salisbury, Wiltshire.


He will appear via video link before Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after being accused of murdering the two women.

Wiltshire Police officers arrested Zdun after the incident at the house on Wessex Road on Monday afternoon.

He was allegedly chased down by neighbours after rushing from the home.

Moments earlier, shortly before she died Aneta Zdun was heard to shout: “Where are my children?”

Police found her and daughter Nikoleta after being called to the drama.

Neighbours heard Aneta’s two other children, five and six, weep as local residents ushered them away from the bloodbath after they went to investigate screams.

Jan Maher, 62, who took in the little girls after Monday’s horror, said: “They were screaming so I said, ‘You come with me’.

 

Retired Army veteran Gary Smith, 67, said he tried to stem the mum’s bleeding after rushing into the house.

He added: “She was the last to go. She was kicking and screaming, ‘Where’s my children?’. There were a few of us helping with towels.”

Another neighbour said: “I heard terrified screams from inside the property and a man rushed out.

“He ran off and was chased by neighbours and punched in the face before some neighbours pinned him to the ground and waited for police to arrest him.”





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Short history of the iconic mini skirt – loved by everybody from Twiggy to Kim Kardashian – The Sun

REMEMBER that little black dress that makes you feel a million ­dollars?

Or those jeans that show off your curves to perfection?

They might be perfect to you but the mini skirt has been named fashion’s most iconic statement piece of all time.

Freeing our knees for nearly 60 years, the skimpy skirt first hit the scene back in the swinging Sixties.

It has kept us on-trend for generations, explaining why it has bagged top spot in the Samsung survey.

But it is not always easy to wear.

Clemmie Fieldsend trawls the archives to reveal, decade by decade, which version best suits which body shape.

1960s: Best for athletic figures

THE Swinging Sixties saw London-based Mary Quant design a garment that would change women’s fashion for ever.

Skirts had been getting shorter since the Fifties, but when customers kept demanding higher hemlines, Mary came up with the revealing mini skirt and mini dress.


  • Denim mini skirt, £25.99 from topshop.com – buy now

She said: “They are curiously feminine, but their femininity lies in their attitude rather than their appearance.”

Sixties sirens Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy were among just a handful of the first women to own an original.

More straight and column-like for the narrower figures of the time, the androgynous style is ideal for athletic shapes now.

1970s: Best for hourglass

PRESIDENT John F Kennedy’s wife Jackie was famed for her impeccable style and signature two-piece skirt suit.

So when she took on the shorter style, her social standing and global fame introduced the skirt to a higher class of customers.


  • Blue floral skirt, £29.99 from mango.com – buy now

But it wasn’t all tweed and twinsets. This era also saw the mini on hippies as they took to festivals in short styles with bright prints and florals.

Actress Ali MacGraw gave the skirt on-screen fame with fit and flare styles when she wore a tartan number in 1970 movie Love Story.

If your figure is more hourglass, Seventies-style minis are for you.

1980s: Best for top-heavy

WITH punk fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood still leading the way in the early Eighties, hemlines shrank even more in length.

But what they lost in height, they gained in width.


  • Ruffled skirt, £29.99 from zara.com – buy now

Rara skirts with organza or netting were key for volume – think “the bigger the better” – and style icon Madonna was at the forefront.

Blondie’s Debbie Harry made them cool for tough girls by opting for tighter styles in black or acid-wash denim.

These days, rara skirts have evolved into ruffled and frilled pieces. They are perfect if you are top heavy as they balance the fuller look.

1990s: Best for petite

THE Nineties saw Kate Moss heading a new era of models – and these “It Girls” wanted sophisticated, sexy and short hemlines.

When she first rose to fame, Kate sported mini dresses. But it wasn’t just the Supers that ­popularised the look.


  • Pink skirt, £29.99 from newlook.com – buy now

Film and TV stars had a role to play, too.

Actor Alicia Silverstone burst on to the scene in a yellow check co-ord for hit film Clueless.

Plus, Jennifer Aniston’s wardrobe in Friends was crammed with micro-minis.

For now, the look is best suited to petites as the skirts will elongate your legs with detailing like a small slit or wrap-looking ruffles.

2000s: Best for pear

A-LINE skirts had a surge in the Noughties with the likes of TV host Alexa Chung teaming embroidered styles with slogan T-shirts.

They got a little longer too, falling slightly above the knee.


  • Tan belted skirt, £19.99 from stradivarius.com – buy now

The A-line did not act alone, though. Cocoon-style skirts that created volume in the middle were also a trend, with Gwyneth Paltrow getting on board.

The trapeze shape with wide-angle bottom is ideal for skimming over hips and bums.

Look for belted styles to really cinch in and show off your waist.

2010s: Best for columns

COCOON styles slimmed down for 2010 with figure-hugging pencil skirts that show off women’s curves breaking the fashion fold.

Traditionally associated with midi lengths, the pencil got even sexier and more exciting with a shorter hemline hitting the bottom of the thigh.


  • Khaki skirt, £14 from boohoo.com – buy now

Championed by the likes of Rhianna, the thigh-hugging mini celebrated the female form.

The narrowness enhances the shape of your bum while a slightly longer length will slim the thighs.

2020: Best for apple

EVEN though we’re just a few months into a turbulent 2020, the mini skirt is stronger than ever.

Typical figures have changed significantly since the Sixties and now tend towards amazing curves.


  • Snake print skirt, £20 from prettylittlething.com – buy now

Kim Kardashian has kept her style standards high in lockdown by showing off her shape in skin-tight mini skirts.

Plus the likes of Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts have been hitting the streets in second-skin minis, too.

This style is great for apple shapes, tightly nipping you in at the waist. And by hugging your bum and hips, it will give you a more defined silhouette.

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The real reason Hannah Ferrier is quitting Below Deck

Below Deck Mediterranean star Hannah Ferrier has reigned supreme as a chief stewardess on all five seasons of the Bravo series, an accomplishment that has won her the respect of countless fans. And despite some choppy waters — namely her explosive fight with Captain Sandy Yawn in Season 3 and her tense disagreements with various chefs — she has always managed to come out on top. “She’s smart, she’s gifted,” Captain Sandy gushed to Hollywood Life about Hannah’s strengths.

Despite Captain Sandy’s high praise for Hannah, she did hint that things are about to change for the chief stew. “You just never know what’s going to happen,” she told the outlet.

Just days before Season 5’s premiere on June 1, 2020, Captain Sandy’s cryptic message finally made sense, as Hannah revealed that she’s quitting Below Deck. “I think I’m probably done,” Hannah, who first appeared on the show in 2016, told Entertainment Tonight.

Of course, Hannah’s surprise announcement has come as a disappointment to many fans who loved her on the show. So what made her jump ship?

Hannah Ferrier is looking forward to change

As Hannah Ferrier noted to Entertainment Tonight, she has worked in the yachting industry since her “very early 20s,” during which time she has witnessed a lot. “I would see these women who were in their late 30s, 40s, sitting at a bar, getting wasted with 20-year-olds living in a tiny cabin, and I was like, I don’t want [that],” she explained to the outlet. “I want this to be a good, fun, enriching experience that allows me to travel a lot, but I don’t want to get to the stage where I’m locked into yachting and there’s nothing else in my life except that.”

The reality star added, “It’s a bit different if you’re captain but as a chief stew? They just don’t seem like very happy people to me.”

Knowing this is likely her last season at sea, she put in 100% with her guests for Season 5. “I definitely went into this season going like, I’m here to, like, give the guests the best experience they could have,” the Australia native shared. “Is this something that I wanna do even for the next two or three years? Probably not.”

Hannah isn’t the only chief stew to abandon ship — Below Deck star Kate Chastain quit the show in February 2020 after six seasons, revealing that she’s after a land-based role. 

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Groom ties the knot in virtual commitment ceremony in Hitched at Home

Teary groom who was forced to cancel his wedding due to COVID-19 finally ties the knot in emotional virtual commitment ceremony in Hitched at Home

  • Louise Bromby, 33, and Patrick Ebbies, 35, from London, had wedding cancelled 
  • Had virtual commitment ceremony in lockdown, organised by Fred Sirieix
  • Were surprised by host of famous faces including Matt Lucas and Davina McCall  Russell Kane gatecrashed stag do and chef Michel Roux Jr. cooked meal
  • Couple appeared on one-off feature-length special on 1st June at 9pm on C4
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Viewers were left sobbing after a couple were given a second chance at their big day after they had to cancel their dream wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic in Hitched At Home.

In last night’s episode of the Channel 4 show, Louise Bromby, 33, and Patrick Ebbies, 35, who live in London, told how they originally destined for a big ‘festival-wedding’ for over 200 people in an orchard.

However, due to the global crisis, they decided to hand over all the planning to Fred Sirieix, who pulled out all the stops by working his magic to give the couple a virtual commitment ceremony they’ll never forget – including surprise celebrity appearances from the likes of comedian Russell Kane, Matt Lucas and TV presenter Davina McCall.

And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house for both teary groom Patrick – and those who tuned in to watch the virtual commitment ceremony at home.

‘I’ve cried loads. What a lovely, heart warming glimpse of light in what has been a very dark time for many,’ enthused one, while a second penned: ‘Hitched at Home is the lockdown content I need right now.’  

Louise Bromby, 33, and Patrick Ebbies, 35 (pictured together during the ceremony), who live in London, tied the knot in a virtual commitment ceremony amid lockdown in last night’s episode of Channel 4’s Hitched At Home 

Groom Patrick (pictured) was overwhelmed with emotion as his family were forced to watch the ceremony via a video call due to the current circumstances

Taking to social media, one viewer wrote: ‘Hitched at Home is the lockdown content I need right now’ (pictured)

A third commented: ‘Hitched at home – omg fred. I’m not crying you are,’ while a fourth added: ”We cried absolutely buckets, what a beautiful show.’

Louise and Patrick, who met on Tinder, gave viewers a behind the scenes look as they planned their big day in just two weeks – but admitted there was a time where they thought all hope was lost.

‘I was so excited about it and for it to be taken away…it’s just a massive drop,’ explained Patrick.

Louise added: ‘Thinking about the logistics of it all, the emotion just floods in and that hasn’t happened until like in the last week to be honest for me. I just felt quite emotional about it.’ 

The happy couple were surprised by a whole host of famous faces throughout their virtual ceremony – including a special performance by Wet, Wet, Wet frontman Marti Pellow who recorded a version of Love Is All Around for the couple’s big day

Matt Lucas (pictured left) also popped up during the ceremony when the couple least expected it 

In an emotional message, Davina McCall (pictured left) said: ‘Love conquers all. So I’m sending you both huge love and congratulations. Have a great day.’

Comedian Russell Kane gatecrashed Patrick’s stag do – before roasting his unexpected friends via a video call

During the episode, Fred delved into his list of contacts and friends across the industry in a bid to lay on the best food, decorations, entertainment and surprise guests for the couple. 

‘They had everything originally in place, but it all got taken away from them,’ he explained. ‘So, I’m working with some of my most trusted colleagues to throw the biggest bash we can in these circumstances.

‘I’m working my finger to the bone to organise plenty of surprises for Louise and Patrick and we’re going to make it a day they’ll never forget. I promise you, you will not want to miss it.’

And Fred didn’t disappoint – as comedian Russell Kane was seen gate crashing Patrick’s stag do before roasting his unsuspecting pals via Zoom, and the couple were treated to a gourmet meal by celebrity chef, Michel Roux Jr. 

The couple were treated to a gourmet meal from celebrity chef, Michel Roux Jr (pictured)  – which included beef wellington

Louise and Patrick’s loved ones all watched the virtual ceremony via video call from their homes amid lockdown (pictured)

Meanwhile, Wet, Wet, Wet frontman Marti Pellow recorded a version of Love Is All Around for the couple’s big day, while Davina McCall delivered a heartfelt message and said: ‘Love conquers all. So I’m sending you both huge love and congratulations. Have a great day.’

Matt Lucas also made an appearance, while Craig Revel-Horwood did a dance and newsreader Jon Snow signed off. 

Taking to social media, those who tuned in were delighted that the happy couple finally got their big day – albeit it a little different from what they planned. 

‘Loved hitched at home made me laugh and cry in equal measures,’ wrote one, while a second commented: ‘God, I loved #HitchedAtHome – if you like crying, you’ll love this.’

A third wrote: ‘OH WOW!!! I am literally crying like a baby!!! Congratulations to Patrick & Louise on your beautiful #LockdownWedding,’ while a fourth agreed: Haven’t stopped crying. How beautiful was that!’ 

Another who tuned to the show penned: ‘Anyone else just blubbed their eyes out?’ (pictured)

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