Adele’s weight loss ‘was a result of low-calorie meal deals delivered directly to her door’

Adele’s dramatic seven-stone weight loss ‘was a result of low-calorie meal deals delivered directly to her door’

Adele‘s dramatic weight loss transformation was a result of low-calorie meal deals delivered directly to her door, according to reports. 

It is thought that the singer, 32, enlisted the services of a bespoke American meal delivery service called Freshology to help her shed seven stone. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Adele was keen to lose weight and decided to use a meal delivery service after being recommended them by Katy Perry, who was a big fan before she fell pregnant.

New woman: Adele’s dramatic weight loss transformation was a result of low-calorie meal deals delivered directly to her door, according to reports

‘Adele made it clear she doesn’t want to feel deprived and loves wholesome, good food, so she chose the balanced calorie-controlled menu which delivers three meals a day and doesn’t cut out any food groups but sticks to around 1,700 calories.

‘Adele’s never been a huge fan of cooking and this plan is the perfect way to maintain her hard work in the gym.’

The gourmet service offers a range of low-carb meals including turkey salad, chicken burgers and baked salmon.

And it is popular with a whole host of other famous faces including Hilary Duff, Sofia Vergara and Pink. 

Before: It is thought that the singer, 32, enlisted the ­services of a bespoke American meal delivery service called Freshology to help her shed seven stone (pictured in 2016)

Before: It is thought that the singer, 32, enlisted the ­services of a bespoke American meal delivery service called Freshology to help her shed seven stone (pictured in 2016)

Back in October, Adele had already visibly lost a great deal of weight as seen in pictures of her attending her friend Drake’s birthday party.

She posted an Instagram snap of herself at the fete and quipped in the caption: ‘I used to cry but now I sweat’.

In January she went on holiday to Anguilla with Harry Styles and James Corden, and met a 19-year-old fan called Lexi Larson who dished to People about their weight loss conversation.

‘She said she lost something like 100 pounds, and that it’s such a crazy positive experience. She seemed so happy, and she looked amazing. She seemed really confident,’ Lexi shared with the magazine. 

The way they were: The pop superstar's weight loss came after she split from her husband Simon Konecki last April and filed for divorce in September; they are pictured in 2013

The way they were: The pop superstar’s weight loss came after she split from her husband Simon Konecki last April and filed for divorce in September; they are pictured in 2013

The pop superstar’s big reveal came after she split from her husband Simon Konecki last April and filed for divorce in September.

Adele and Simon share a seven-year-old son called Angelo and a People insider revealed her weight loss came partly from a desire to be healthier for her child.

‘She got to the point where she didn’t feel great. She knew she had to change something, because she wants to be the healthiest mom possible,’ said the source.

Adele became a body positivity icon for her larger figure when she first rose to global stardom, proudly declaring on 60 Minutes in 2012: ‘I don’t wanna be some skinny mini with my t**s out. I really don’t wanna do it.’  

Remember when: Adele became a body positivity icon for her larger figure when she first rose to global stardom (pictured in 2013)

Remember when: Adele became a body positivity icon for her larger figure when she first rose to global stardom (pictured in 2013)



Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves as ‘he has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid on his penthouse’

  • Man City winger Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen from home
  • The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece as well as cash
  • Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain entry
  • The Algeria international lost a £40,000 Role Daytona and a Role Day Date 

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his penthouse, according to The Sun.

The haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago.

Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access.

Riyad Mahrez has had three three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his home

Riyad Mahrez has had three three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his home

Mahrez posing with one of his watches that was stolen during the raid in Manchester

A £230,000 Richard Mille similar to what was stolen from Mahrez during the raid

The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece (right) similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago

On top of the £230,000 Mille, the Man City star lost a £40,000 Rolex Daytona and a £35,000 Rolex Day Date.

The gang also stole more than £50,000 in cash, Cartier bracelets and rare football shirts worth up to £150,000. 

Milles cost up to £1.6million and are a favourite with the rich and top sports stars.

They are known for their precious stones and are made from the same material as space shuttles and F1 cars.

A Rolex Daytona worth £40,000 was also taken from the Manchester City winger's home

On top of that, thieves also snatched the star's prized Rolex Day Date worth £35,000

A Rolex Daytona (left) worth £40,000 and a Rolex Day Date (right) worth £35,000 was stolen

Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and Neymar all own different designs. 

Burglars carefully tracked Mahrez before sneaking into his Manchester City centre apartment.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said of the raid on Mahrez: ‘At around 5pm on Friday April 24, police were called to reports that four separate apartments had been burgled at a city centre block.’ 

Sportsmail has approached Manchester City for comment.

This comes after Alli was held at knifepoint and punched after robbers broke into his house earlier this month.

Raiders broke into Mahrez's luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

Raiders broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed, the Tottenham and England midfielder was thumped in the face during the ordeal but did not suffer serious injury.

Two males wearing balaclavas broke into the back of Alli’s north London property just after midnight on May 13 before threatening the Spurs star — who has been isolating with his brother Harry Hickford, their two partners and a long-term friend.

Alli’s team-mates Jan Vertonghan had his home robbed in March while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.

At the beginning of the year, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho lost more than £500,000 of items in a burglary. 

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Leicester City star Hamza Choudhury became the latest Premier League footballer to invest in guard dogs earlier this month to heighten security. 

Several footballers have now beefed up their security by using firm Chaperone K9 after Alli was robbed at knifepoint.

Aston Villa‘s Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on a Belgian Malinois and Choudhury has splashed out £50,000 on the same breed and a German Shepherd, according to The Sun.  

K9 have already supplied dogs to Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford as well as former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

The highly-trained dogs come from police and military backgrounds and cost between £10,000 and £25,000 each.   

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9



Edwina Bartholomew reveals why she can’t wait to return to Sunrise after maternity leave

‘It’s been a weird time’: Edwina Bartholomew reveals the REAL reason she’s excited to return to Sunrise six months after welcoming baby Molly

Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew will return to the Channel Seven breakfast show on Monday morning, just six months after welcoming daughter Molly. 

The 36-year-old has revealed she’s excited to be back on television screens so she can ‘contribute to telling breaking news stories’ to Australians every day. 

‘It’s been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch,’ the journalist and television presenter told News Corp Australia on Sunday. 

She’s back! Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew, 36, (pictured) will return to the Channel Seven breakfast show on Monday morning, just six months after welcoming daughter Molly

Edwina continued: ‘It was particularly hard during the bushfires, to think I couldn’t contribute to telling those stories.’

However, she said that she’s thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘The timing in that respect has been great,’ added Edwina.  

News just in! The presenter has revealed she's excited to be back on television screens so she can 'contribute to telling [breaking news] stories' to Australians

News just in! The presenter has revealed she’s excited to be back on television screens so she can ‘contribute to telling [breaking news] stories’ to Australians

'It's been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch':The mother-of-one said she's also excited to 'speak to other humans again' once she's back in Sunrise's Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning

‘It’s been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch’:The mother-of-one said she’s also excited to ‘speak to other humans again’ once she’s back in Sunrise’s Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning

The mother-of-one said she’s also excited to ‘speak to other humans again’ once she’s back in Sunrise’s Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning. 

Last week, the Sunrise presenter shared a sweet Instagram post of daughter Molly befriending a picture of another baby on a packet of nappies.

Her baby gazed lovingly at the photo, clearly feeling she had made a new pal.

'Timing in that respect has been great': However, she said that she's thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic

‘Timing in that respect has been great’: However, she said that she’s thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic 

Edwina captioned the adorable photograph: ‘Makes friends easily’.   

Earlier this year, the journalist reflected on how motherhood had strengthened her marriage to husband Neil Varcoe.  

‘Neil has been so amazing,’ Edwina told The Herald Sun at the time. 

‘They say you fall in love with your husband again after you have a baby. And that was definitely the case for me,’ she cooed. 

'That was the case for me': Earlier this year, Edwina reflected on how motherhood has strengthened her marriage to Neil Varcoe (right) and made her 'fall in love with him again'

 ‘That was the case for me’: Earlier this year, Edwina reflected on how motherhood has strengthened her marriage to Neil Varcoe (right) and made her ‘fall in love with him again’ 



Liz Jones’s Diary: In which an old flame is reignited 

He was rich, funny… but I’d decided against him as he was shorter than me

Bad news. Bad news. Odd news. Slightly nice news. I finally plucked up the courage to read the text from Australia. It wasn’t from the Hunk, but from my nephew, about my sister, who is in a care home outside Sydney.

The second bit of bad news came while I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, and someone had posted about my email to the Hunk, when I’d asked after him and said I’d love to see him and indeed actually love him: ‘You are deranged. You haven’t seen the man for ten years. How can you possibly be in love with him? And can you imagine how upset David must be to read that?’

She’s right, I suppose. She added, ‘If he was interested, he would be following your column, listening to your podcast and secretly following you on Twitter.’ Not quite so sure about this as a) he is a busy man and b) he’s not David. And c) he’s not a woman.

I have to pull her up on one point, though. If David is upset, it’s his own fault. He never smartened himself up. He never engaged in meaningful conversation with me.

I texted him the other day, to ask if he’s been watching Grayson Perry’s Art Club on TV (David went to the RCA*, so I am trying to engage in his interests), and he replied with a stilted, formal, ‘It was very interesting and highlighted what a wealth of talent is out there.’ Not even a ‘How are you? How’s Swirly?’ or even an ‘Ouch.’ So that was the ‘odd’ bit, and now here is the slightly nice bit.

An email, out of the blue.

‘Lovely Liz…’

You see? David only ever called me ‘Sweetie’, which is what he called every woman in his life and used in case he forgot the name of the new one.

‘I’m sorry this isn’t the Hunk. We met once at Claridge’s; you wrote about me in your memoir: “He was nice but when he stood up I couldn’t tell if he was still sitting down.” [Ouch.] We got on well enough to meet for a drink at Canary Wharf. After that, life [David?] got in the way. My father owns [huge luxury brand here] and I live in Westcliff in Essex. I don’t know if you remember me.’

I do remember him. He was funny. But I think after our second drink, when I had seen him pull up in a new Porsche, I decided against him as he was shorter than me. (Oh, those were the days when I could turn men down!)

He continued: ‘When it’s possible after lockdown, I have friends in Yorkshire I must visit. It would be lovely if I could buy you lunch while I am up there. I know your one-woman show reaches Westcliff on 1 November. It would be great to see you then if you would like. I hope I hear from you but, above all, I hope you are as well and happy as possible. Kindest regards, P.’

Shall we analyse this missive? First, he shows interest in my work, having looked up the dates of my tour. He offers to buy lunch. He is polite. Brave. I show his email to Nic, my assistant.

‘He sounds rich,’ she says.

‘But why isn’t he married?’ I ask reasonably. ‘I think he has a holiday home in France.’

‘Maybe he’s too in luuurve with you.’

‘I doubt that. I was horrible to him. I wrote about his height.’

I draft my reply…

‘Hello! How lovely to hear from you, and of course I remember you fondly. You were so kind to me, and I repaid that kindness by writing about your shortcomings [!]. I can’t think why you aren’t married. David and I got engaged, twice, but it didn’t work out. Mainly as I wrote about him, which he found hard. But he also refused to make any effort. Men! It would be lovely to have lunch and catch up. Liz x’

So now I’m waiting for his reply… Why am I always waiting, like a character in a Jane Austen novel? Why?

* Rochdale College of Art

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Beauty: Skin, meet your new best friend 

Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Super Potent Serum (£59.50 for 30ml, dior.com )

Looking for the ultimate complexion boost? This is the one I’m plumping for right now  

We all seem to be a bit more obsessed with skincare at the moment, and according to the beauty destination Space NK, in the skincare category alone it is seeing a 163 per cent rise in sales on last year. Within that, serums in particular are up 143 per cent as, it tells me, we also appear to be more open to both trying new things and investing in luxury purchases.

Which brings me to this little number, which ticks all the above boxes: Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Super Potent Serum (£59.50 for 30ml, dior.com). It’s part of a new and complete skincare range (moisturiser, eye cream, essence) but it’s the serum that’s the real power player (this, of course, is usually the case as serum formulations are more potent).

And this one delivers a serious moisture hit – dehydration is certainly one of my main concerns and I’ll latch on to anything that helps. In this case it’s thanks to some hyaluronic acid. So far, so expected you could say. But this is a newer version of HA – official name sodium acetylated hyaluronate – which has a greater capacity to hold water than your average HA and can also get deeper into the skin than other versions of an equivalent molecular size.

It is, says Edouard Mauvais-Jarvis, Dior’s international scientific communications director, ‘more penetrating and resistant, to offer more intense and durable results’. So essentially this is better at providing some extra plumping and helping your skin stay hydrated for longer.

Of course, as I always say, there is no magic bullet for making us look 20 years younger. But I’ve been trialling this and my skin does feel plumper – I’d even say fresher – and definitely more hydrated. The texture is incredibly lightweight (almost milky), which I love. And there’s only the slightest bit of tackiness post-application.

Of course, moisturiser on top is good to seal in all those hydrating benefits but I’ve found this is also a great base for a good tinted moisturiser or foundation.

A serene way to lighten up

A wonderful new candle brand this way comes. Meet 7 Over 7, thus named because it’s all about creating fragrant blends that align the body’s seven chakras. So these candles can be used to aid meditation – or just to make your home smell incredible. They are made from natural wax with cotton wicks, and mine has burned evenly and smells wonderful. The blend was Neroli Madurai, a refreshing mix including sweet orange, jasmine and its namesake neroli. Other blends include Grounding Woods (charred silver birch, oakmoss and patchouli) and Rose Bohemia, which includes Egyptian geranium, aldehydes and amber. I’m a big fan of the packaging, too. Each candle comes in a handmade ceramic pot, complete with a lid, and could be put to myriad uses once the candle has burned its last. Alternatively, 7 Over 7 offers a refill service and will send you the necessary packaging to safely return your pot, then refill it and get it back to you. £65 or £45 for a refill, live7over7.com.

Having trouble sleeping?   

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye. This will begin with tearing myself away from the telly – and other screens – and resting my eye/brain stimulation. The new Rituals The Ritual of Jing collection is all about sleep. Although the bath salts are great, I really love the Peaceful Sleep Shower Oil (£8.50, rituals.com), which emulsifies into a light creamy wash and smells of woody lavender. I have also tried applying this to dry skin then getting into a bath, a process that equally works wonders and leaves my skin feeling smooth. Also on the bath front are two favourites. I always find that a generous dose of Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts (£42, maulirituals.com), with their blend of therapeutic oils, is super-soothing. And Land & Water Bath Salts, containing Himalayan, Epsom and sea salts (£17, land-and-water.co.uk), are like a lullaby in powdered form: finely milled (you don’t always want larger lumps slowly – and sometimes never – dissolving beneath you) and lavender and linden scented.

The Tisserand Pulse Point Roller Ball is equally effective – there is a wide range of them, including some for energy and focus – and the Sleep Better blend (£6.75, tisserand.com) includes jasmine, sandalwood and lavender essential oils. Simply apply to pulse points before bedtime and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. I’ve given this to lots of my friends and even the most cynical of them have become dedicated customers.

Also new is the Sanctuary Spa Wellness range, which includes a Sleep Mist (£12, boots.com). This smells rather different to most sleep blends as it’s more of an exotic floral fragrance and includes bergamot, jasmine, rose, sweet pea and patchouli. Although it does contain lavender, I can’t really detect it, and perhaps for this reason I was somewhat sceptical, but I’ve had some of the soundest nights’ sleep whenever I use it.

And if you don’t like the smell of lavender – apparently 30 per cent of people hate it – then the Neom Bedtime Hero collection, which launched in March, could be for you. It’s a soothing concoction of camomile, ylang-ylang and cedarwood. The range includes a candle, pillow mist, bath foam and an oil blend, but I’m most partial to the Magnesium Body Butter (£36, neomorganics.com) for some added bedtime indulgence.