She documented her struggles with skin pigmentation during her first pregnancy.
And pregnant Bachelor star Laura Byrne has now revealed she’s struggling with melasma yet again as she prepares to welcoming her second child with fiancé Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson.
Posting a makeup free selfie to Instagram on Thursday, the heavily pregnant 34-year-old admitted her melasma was ‘three times worse’ the second time around.
‘I spoke a lot about melasma during my last pregnancy,’ she began her refreshingly candid caption.
‘Mainly because most days I felt like s**t about my pigmentation which (thanks to raging hormones) had taken up residence like someone had spilt an espresso across my entire face’, the jewellery designer continued.
Laura said her melasma returned with a vengeance when she fell pregnant for the second time.
‘Truthfully it’s about 3 x worse this pregnancy, plus I have some cute new wrinkles to really balance the whole shebang out,’ she mused.
The brunette completed her post by reminding her fans not to buy into the superficial world of Instagram.
‘This is just a reminder that if you have melasma you ain’t alone, and life isn’t an endless scroll of smooth skin, pert butts and boobs that make eye contact – and thank god for that,’ she declared.
Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown or gray-brown patches to appear on the face.
Matty and Laura, who met on The Bachelor in 2017, welcomed their first child, daughter Marlie Mae, in June last year.
In April 2019, Matty got down on bended knee and popped the question to Laura while on holiday in Fiji.
Emma Thompson has signed up to play Miss Trunchbull, the horrible headmistress who bullies a super-bright schoolgirl with magical powers, in a film version of the award-winning musical Matilda.
The part has been reimagined for the screen because on stage, terrible Trunchbull, a champion hammer thrower who also enjoys swinging girls by their pigtails, was created by Bertie Carvel.
‘The best gender to play a woman, should be a woman,’ one executive on the film told me recently.
Dublin-based Alisha Weir will play the book-loving title character. Matthew Warchus, who directed the Royal Shakespeare Company production and has been developing the screen adaptation as well, said it was a ‘huge role’ for the 11-year-old, who got the part after an ‘unforgettable audition’.
She has won awards for her singing and appeared in Irish TV drama Darklands, as well as an episode of Dancing With The Stars. Warchus said Matilda was about ‘a kid who stands up for what’s right, against what’s wrong; and I think those values are very important to all of us’.
Alisha will be joined by more than 200 other children, though that figure could rise to 250 once filming starts at Shepperton Studios in Surrey in early April for a four to five-month shoot.
Warchus joked that on stage, they had just about enough kids for one class. ‘Here, we’ve got a whole school!’
Classrooms will be built on sound stages at the studio, though some filming will be done at a property in Berkshire that’s being remodelled into the fictional Crunchem Hall Primary School, which Matilda attends.
She lives with her rotten parents, the Wormwoods, who ignore their daughter’s obvious talents, and don’t care that she is being bullied.
Her only adult ally is sweet-natured teacher Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch who, someday, we’ll get to see in the new Bond film, No Time To Die).
Warchus, who is also the artistic chief at the Old Vic, said he liked the fact that Matilda ‘bigs up intelligence, in an age when, sometimes, ignorance is given credibility’.
‘It feels pertinent,’ he told me. Bullying is an important aspect, too.
Matilda is one of those rare examples of broad family entertainment that’s underpinned by themes of real substance.
Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, the film (like the show) is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
The musical became an instant hit when it opened at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford in November 2010; after which it transferred to the Cambridge Theatre, where it is set to reopen once that’s allowed. It also enjoyed a good run on Broadway.
Over the past few years, Warchus and his colleagues have been working with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (of Working Title), and Jon Finn and Luke Kelly (The Roald Dahl Story Company), to adapt it for the screen. TriStar Pictures will release it into UK cinemas, though Netflix will distribute it worldwide.
Warchus explained that in the theatre, Matilda ‘trades in a kind of colourful cartoon energy’. But film is a more realistic medium. ‘It’s part of that whole reconceiving of the story, that Trunchbull can now be played by a woman,’ he told me.
He was preparing to meet with Oscar-winner Thompson to chew over ideas about the character’s look in the film.
‘We haven’t had to build the appearance of Trunchbull as a woman before!’ he told me. (Though in the original 1996 non-musical film version of the story Pam Ferris was much lauded as the evil head.)
And then Warchus was off, to attend workshops, camera tests and casting meetings. Oh, and to stop by a mass children’s dance rehearsal, overseen by choreographer Ellen Kane — with everyone wearing masks and adhering to strict Covid protocols.
Early last year, before there had been a gender re-think regarding Miss Trunchbull, Ralph Fiennes had been considered for the part.
Kristen Stewart has been studying Princess Diana’s life as she prepares to play her in Spencer, a film by Pablo Larrain that will imagine how alone she felt during one of the last Christmas holidays she spent at Sandringham.
I doubt he will feel the need to slap a ‘This Is Not Real’ warning on the film (which is shooting in Germany during early February and then in the UK) after the ridiculous bellyaching from folk who thought The Crown should have such a label.
Shabana Azmi, a revered figure in the world of Indian film — often compared to Jane Fonda and Glenda Jackson because of her activism — has joined Lily James, Shazad Latif, Emma Thompson and Rob Brydon on Shekhar Kapur’s film What’s Love Got To Do With It?
The romantic comedy, written by Jemima Khan, is shooting now on locations in and around London.
The cast also includes Sajal Ali, a huge star in Pakistan, and Asim Chaudhry, who stole every scene as Chabuddy G in BBC3 hit comedy People Just Do Nothing. All five series are streaming on BBC iPlayer and a movie version is in post-production.
Radio host Emily Jade O'Keeffe and her husband Gerard Murtagh have split after 16 years.
The Hot Tomato breakfast presenter shared a post to Instagram on Friday, revealing the couple decided to separate eight weeks ago.
'Here I am writing the words I never thought I'd write. That even as I write I'm shaking and I'm breaking into a million pieces... eight weeks ago my life as you and I knew it changed forever and Gerard and my marriage is over,' the 43-year-old wrote.
'I asked him how he wanted me to share the news and he said that although our lives are now apart we will raise our children together being the best co-parents we can be,' she said.
'What I want to say is that I fought hard for us. We did marriage counselling for 18 months, 3 different counsellors, and I loved him deeply, fiercely, honestly and with all my heart and soul until the very end.'
Emily went on that until eight weeks ago she thought 'Gerard was the love of my life, that no matter what life threw at us we were a team that could conquer it together.'
'He was my everything. He walked in the room, I lit up, he touched me, it felt electric, he would tell me he loved me, my soul would sing. For 16 years, it didn't waiver for me ever,' she wrote.
She continued: 'I want you to know that what you saw on here from me of our lives over the last 2 years was my truth, nothing was fabricated EVER.'
'Gerard, our love created our beautiful children, the best part of us, I know now the reason God bought us together. Thankyou,' she ended.
Emily and Gerard share two children, nine-year-old daughter Millie and two-year-old son Teddy James.
The pair welcomed their baby boy in 2018 undergoing 32 rounds of IVF.
Emily had also tried for two years before she fell pregnant with firstborn Millie.
Marcel Brands has confirmed Everton spent just over £60m during the summer transfer window, but that they were able to land Colombian superstar James Rodriguez on a free.
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder completed his move from Real Madrid to Goodison Park in September, signing a two-year contract with the option for a further season.
Initially there was some confusion surrounding the deal with no fee reported, before word from Argentine side Banfield - who had a stake in any profit from the sale - claimed the deal was done on a free.
And this was confirmed during Everton's Annual General Meeting on Thursday by Everton sporting director Brands.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Brands said: 'It was one of the most difficult and weirdest transfer windows ever. The pandemic was clearly involved in this transfer window.
'We finished the window with a squad of 27 players -a little bit more than originally planned.
'We signed six new players. Three on a permanent transfer – Allan, Doucoure and Ben Godfrey. One on a free – James Rodriguez. One on a training compensation – Nkounkou. And one loan without a loan fee – Robin Olsen.'
Brands said that the financial impact of the Covid pandemic forced the club to turn their back on a number of potential deals, with a move for now Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes said to be among them.
He added the sale of nine players during the window, saw the club recoup £6.5m, leaving them with a total net spend of £54m.
Rodriguez made a bright start to his Everton career with three goals and five assists in 14 games across all competitions.