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Kate Garraway confession: How health battle led to X-rated challenge with husband Derek

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Kate Garraway gave heartbreaking details of her “tough visit” to husband Derek Draper this week as he continues his recovery from coronavirus. The ‘Good Morning Britain’ star, 53, has given regular updates about the former Labour spin doctor’s health after he tested positive in March. Kate and Derek married in 1992 after they were introduced by an ITV colleague. During their 28 years together, during which they had two children, she struggled with suspected health problems of her own. The fear about her troubling ailment led her to try to try to rejuvenate her and Derek’s sex life. 

The TV star admitted she feared the worst when she felt “incredible pains” in her chest and worried it was a serious health problem related to her “party days” of the past. 

Kate rushed herself to hospital shortly after the worrying symptoms arose, which came after she had completed a house move three years ago.

When she recalled the incident on ‘Loose Women’ that same year, she admitted: “Thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious.”

She continued: “I had just pulled cartilages in my rib cage but it was really painful and the doctor looked at it and said ‘At your time of life you’ve got to start being more careful’.”

The concerning incident led her to worry about her health in general, which was spurred on all the more by the fact that was due to turn 50. 

Kate said: “Even with the best will in the world I’ve got fewer days left than I’ve lived.”

The event led her to go on a “massive exploration”, where she spoke to “some amazing men and women” who viewed the milestone as a “gift” because “many people don’t get a chance to turn 50”.

Her research led her to conclude: “Sex is extraordinarily good for you, if you have two orgasms a week it slashes your heart rate tremendously.

“This is fact. It changes the cellular structure of your skin, you can look much younger because of it – it makes you feel good, it makes your brain work.

“I read all this and now I feel like sex is a plate of curly kale.”

Kate was inspired by a friend who admitted she had started a “two week sex experiment” where the couple were intimate “every day for 14 days”.

She recalled: “I said to my husband we are going to do the two-week sex experiment and he said ‘Does that mean I have to have sex every two weeks?’ and I said ‘Every day for two weeks’ and then he said ‘Who with?’”

Later she explained that while they tried it out, on a couple of occasions they were interrupted by one of their children. 

They “scheduled sex once a day” and chose to make it “the focus” of her diary by getting “very organised” to ensure they didn’t miss a “space for intimacy”. 

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The star, who has never shied away from make confessions about her sex life, claimed that she preffered throes of passion in later life more to her trysts as a young woman. 

She told You magazine in 2018: “Looking back on my early romantic life, I was more worried about what impression I made on my dates than what I thought of them.

“I would approach them as though they were job interviews, trying to wow the man so that he would ask me out again and I got the ‘job’ – in hindsight, this attitude carried on into my relationships.

“I was putting on a show, doing all sorts of crazy acrobatics trying to be a great lover and look perfect at the same time – being in the right light, having my hair falling over one shoulder.

“All my energy was going into the performance, very little into how I was feeling about the whole experience.”

In 2019, she professed to The Sun: “When you’re younger you want to be impressive, but when you get older, I think there’s a different kind of intimacy

“For women, sex only gets better as you get older I think.”

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Richard Ayoade wife: Is Richard Ayoade married?

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“‘Think I’m a nice person, here’s my product. Allow me to be self-aggrandising in a self-deprecating way'”

In 2014, while talking on BBC News, Richard spoke candidly of why the dynamic of interviews is strange to him.

The IT Crowd actor said: “I mean I often feel awkward in life, so Interviews have become a subset of my existence.

“It would be sociopathic for it to be a regular thing for you to do an interview.

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Louis Hofmann: Who is Dark star Louis Hofmann? Meet the actor behind Jonas Kahnwald

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Most recently, Hofmann has starred in Prélude and The German Lesson.

In a recent interview with Arab News, Hofmann spoke about leaving behind Dark, saying: “The last scene was mine and Lisa’s last shooting day.

“We had closure for the characters, but we also had closure for us. And I, as Jonas, am saying goodbye to the world and goodbye to his life.

“As Louis, I was saying goodbye to the character, and I think that’s why the scene is so truthful,”

Adding: “I saw peace in the characters’ eyes. In every single one of them. I felt like it felt right for each of them.”

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s plan to lose snooker match and go running instead: ‘I don’t care’

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The five-time world champion describes himself as “semi-retired” when it comes to the sport these days, despite a clear desire from fans for him to carry on. Known for his unpredictable temperament and audacious views, the Rocket has come under fire from snooker’s governing body for his actions over the past. Despite this, the 44-year-old has been honest about his relationship with the sport, admitting previously that he “regrets ever playing snooker” adding “I’d probably have been happier doing something outside with an adrenalin buzz”.

He has battled all his life with addiction, something that threatened to derail his career many moons ago, but he turned his life around channelling that into something good – running and eating healthily.

But there was one time the potting maestro even considered skipping a match to stretch his legs.

During the quarter-finals of the Northern Ireland Trophy in 2007, O’Sullivan’s mind was on a cross-country race. 

He told INTERSPORT Running: “I’d just beat Ali Carter, had five centuries and one of them was a 147.

“I remember we had the Met League, it might have been one of our home races, I’m not sure, but wherever it was I was going to go.  

“I was thinking ‘that’s on Saturday and if I win my next match it means I’ll not be able to race.’

“It was really doing my head in. Even though I was training with the local running club in Ireland, it was fantastic, but there was no feeling like racing.”

O’Sullivan went on to detail how the saga unravelled.

He added in May: “I told the guy this and he said there was an Irish cross country race going on and I could run in that. 

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“All the leagues seemed to run at the same time, the same weekend. 

“I went and bought myself a pair of spikes and quickly learned that if I couldn’t do a race that was local to me, I could just go and run races if I was in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.

“There was a point where I was starting to think ‘maybe I’ll just lose this match and get home and do the race that I wanted to do.’”

O’Sullivan did lose his next match, an upset defeat to Irishman Fergal O’Brien, although there is certainly no suggestion he acted on his thoughts and gave up on the game.  

O’Sullivan has spoken openly about this stage of his career before, telling The Way of the Runner podcast: “I was thinking, ‘try and lose,’ and I did a couple of times, not deliberately, but I just went for one too many shots thinking, ‘I don’t actually care’. 

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“Then it was actually starting to get in the way of my snooker, which is not great, really. 

“Knowing how obsessive I am, running became more important than snooker, because I valued it so much.”

O’Sullivan does not run competitively any more, putting that distraction from his snooker career behind him as he looks to bag his sixth World Championship title this summer.

O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui meet in the second round tonight, the third time they will have played at the Crucible, with each man winning one of their previous encounters.

Ding left Sheffield victorious in the 2017 quarter-finals, but he has never gone on to lift the trophy.

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