Claire Sweeney, 49, reveals she gained 5lb in ONE week as she videos herself indulging in a cronut

Claire Sweeney has revealed that she’s gained 5lb in one week, after ‘falling off the wagon’ with her diet.

The TV personality, 49, recently took to Twitter to share a clip of herself donning a leopard-print swimsuit as she indulged in a cronut while basking in the sunshine.

Ahead of biting into the sweet pastry, she confessed: ‘I’ve been good for two days. I fell off the wagon last week. Ugh, I gained 5lb. How do you do 5lb in a week? Five pounds! I enjoyed every mouthful, but fri**in’ hell.

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Weight just a minute! Claire Sweeney has revealed that she’s gained 5lb in one week, after ‘falling off the wagon’ with her diet

‘So I thought, right OK, come on, get your a**e into gear. And I was good Monday, Tuesday, I think it’s Wednesday today, and it’s gone t*ts up! Oh, me chins!

‘I’m sat in a fri**in’ deckchair with me belly on me knees, me t*ts on me belly, and a cronut in me hand. And I’m in heaven! I feel like I’m in Majorca. It’s bl**dy lovely!’

Claire’s candid video comes days after she revealed she had been hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in December after she experienced ‘breathing difficulties.’ 

Social media: The TV personality, 49, recently took to Twitter to share a clip of herself donning a leopard-print swimsuit as she made the confession

Social media: The TV personality, 49, recently took to Twitter to share a clip of herself donning a leopard-print swimsuit as she made the confession

Treat: Shortly after making her revelation, Claire indulged in a cronut while soaking up the sun

Sunglasses: The former Brookside star complemented her look with a pair of stylish sunglasses

Treat: Shortly after making her revelation, Claire indulged in a cronut while soaking up the sun

The former Brookside star appeared on ITV’s Loose Women on Tuesday from her home and discussed how she believed she had a severe bout of flu at first. 

She said: ‘On Christmas Eve, it hit me and I was due in pantomime, and I just plough through, never miss a show, but I was wiped off my feet.

‘I felt like a bus had hit me. I had headaches, coughs, fever. Jaxon [her son, five] got ill too, and I got sent home twice from the show. 

‘In the end, I went to a walk-in centre and they said they never heard lungs that bad on a non smoker and they took me straight to hospital. I was a nebuliser to help with my breathing.’

.Lovely: She said in the clip, 'I'm sat in a fri**in' deckchair with me belly on me knees, me t*ts on me belly, and a cronut in me hand. And I'm in heaven! I feel like I'm in Majorca. It's bl**dy lovely'

Lost for words: The Liverpudlian appeared to be lost for words as she chewed on the sweet treat

Lovely: She said in the clip, ‘I’m sat in a fri**in’ deckchair with me belly on me knees, me t*ts on me belly, and a cronut in me hand. And I’m in heaven! I feel like I’m in Majorca. It’s bl**dy lovely’

Claire said she is keen to do an antibody test to know for sure and said they weren’t testing people for coronavirus at the end of last year.

She said: ‘At the time I just thought I had a severe bout of flu. I was worried about [my son] Jaxon, I was very lucky because I was in Liverpool and had family around me.

‘It lasted a month as well, it took me a month to get better, normally if I’m sick I’m straight back to work, it was a bit scary you know.

‘Jaxon had a hacking cough and temperate I was very worried about him, It’s hard to see your kid ill.’

Scary: Claire's video comes after she told Loose Women she was hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in December after struggling to breathe and 'feared for her son' Jaxon, five

Scary: Claire’s video comes after she told Loose Women she was hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in December after struggling to breathe and ‘feared for her son’ Jaxon, five

Claire has said the ordeal has made her want to address her work/home balance and in particular spend more time with Jaxon – whose father is her ex Daniel Reilly.

She said: ‘I’m a workaholic, I’ve always worked so hard. I was wondering if I should do panto next Christmas, or if I should just spend time with my boy.’ 

Claire admits her friends thought she was bonkers when she decided not to go on a planned trip to New York two weeks before lockdown,. 

She said: ‘I was due to go in March. And I remember the taxi pulling up outside and I wouldn’t go.

‘It was two weeks before the lockdown, and I had a feeling this is gonna get worse. I was very very cautious at the beginning.

Son: She said: 'At the time I just thought I had a severe bout of flu. I was worried about [my son] Jaxon, five, (pictured) I was very lucky because I was in Liverpool and had family around me'

Son: She said: ‘At the time I just thought I had a severe bout of flu. I was worried about [my son] Jaxon, five, (pictured) I was very lucky because I was in Liverpool and had family around me’

‘I went into lockdown a week before the official lockdown, you start to get used to what’s going on around you.’

Claire said her friends thought she was acting a little bonkers, but she will be happy to prove them wrong. 

She said: ‘Everyone was laughing at me and all my pals thought I was bonkers, I still go out now, but it’ll be interesting to get it and realise I wasn’t being a drama queen.

‘I’ve been talking to a lot of people [who have had it] and they said the same, they said it wasn’t like a normal flu, so I think it’s been around a lot longer than we’ve been told.’

Claire said her son won’t be going back to school just yet but that decision was made by the school and not herself. 

Walk-in centre: Claire recalled: 'I went to a walk-in centre and they said they never heard lungs that bad on a non smoker and they took me straight to hospital'

Walk-in centre: Claire recalled: ‘I went to a walk-in centre and they said they never heard lungs that bad on a non smoker and they took me straight to hospital’

She said: ‘He’s not going back, his school has decided not to let his age group back to school, it’s a double-edged swore I’m loving hanging out with him, the freedom, not going to work. 

‘That for me is a silver lining in all of this. Just the older pupils are going back to school. Jaxon is in reception.’ 

Claire said homeschooling her son hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park.

She said: ‘I’m rubbish! I’ve been doing phonics with him, mathematics, I’m numerically dyslexic!’

Priorities: Claire has said the ordeal has made her want to address her work/home balance and in particular spend more time with Jaxon - whose father is her ex Daniel Reilly

Priorities: Claire has said the ordeal has made her want to address her work/home balance and in particular spend more time with Jaxon – whose father is her ex Daniel Reilly



Stacey Solomon enjoys a woodland walk with boyfriend Joe Swash and son Rex

Stacey Solomon puts on a leggy display in a floral minidress as she enjoys a woodland walk with boyfriend Joe Swash and son Rex

She took a break from Instagram on Thursday. 

But Stacey Solomon was back on the social media site on Friday, where she shared her daily activities with son Rex, one, and boyfriend Joe Swash, 38. 

The Loose Women presenter, 30, put on a leggy display in a white floral dress as the trio headed out for a woodland walk in the countryside. 

Summery: Stacey Solomon put on a leggy display in a white floral dress as she headed out for a woodland walk with boyfriend Joe Swash and son Rex on Friday

Summery: Stacey Solomon put on a leggy display in a white floral dress as she headed out for a woodland walk with boyfriend Joe Swash and son Rex on Friday

Stacey channelled her inner daredevil as she spotted a makeshift swing hanging from the tree.

Joe filmed the television personality take a running leap before swinging around, hanging off the wooden branch.

Another clip showed Joe holding Rex in a baby carrier, with Stacey singing in the background: ‘if you go down to the woods today’.   

Doting dad: Stacey showed Joe holding Rex in a baby carrier,  as she sang in the background: 'if you go down to the woods today'

Doting dad: Stacey showed Joe holding Rex in a baby carrier,  as she sang in the background: ‘if you go down to the woods today’

There she goes: Stacey channelled her inner daredevil as she spotted a makeshift swing hanging from the tree

There she goes: Stacey channelled her inner daredevil as she spotted a makeshift swing hanging from the tree

Fun: Joe filmed the television personality take a running leap before swinging around as she hung on perilously to the wooden branch

Fun: Joe filmed the television personality take a running leap before swinging around as she hung on perilously to the wooden branch

Earlier in the day, Stacey took to her Instagram stories to talk to her fans. She wrote: ‘How are you all today? The sun is shining and the sky is blue here so I’m feeling really lucky!

‘I’m also feeling a bit lazy but I am excited that as of Monday I can see my sister and my mum. 

‘I’m catching up on all of your messages and they’re just brightening my morning. I miss your messages when I have a day off of here’.  

Break: Earlier in the day Stacey took to her Instagram stories to talk to her fans. She wrote: 'I miss your messages when I have a day off of here'.

Break: Earlier in the day Stacey took to her Instagram stories to talk to her fans. She wrote: ‘I miss your messages when I have a day off of here’.

Sleepy: Rex had a morning nap before the walk

Sleepy: Rex had a morning nap before the walk 

Resourceful: Stacey used Rex's pamper wipes box as a holder for her bras and knickers

Resourceful: Stacey used Rex’s pamper wipes box as a holder for her bras and knickers 

On Wednesday, Stacey shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time.

The Loose Women star couldn’t hide her delight as she shared a video of the milestone on Instagram Stories. 

In the video, Stacey tried to get Rex to say ‘mumma’ after her son had only managed to say ‘dadda.’ 

She asked her baby boy: ‘What about mum mum mumma?’ while cuddling with him on the sofa.

It seemed Rex would only be saying ‘dadda,’ when out of nowhere he said: ‘Mum mumma.’ 

Stacey was clearly shocked that she’d finally got Rex to say her name for the first time, excitedly saying: ‘Mumma! Mumma you said mumma?’

She captioned her post: ‘Good Morning! I just got my first proper mumma! He wouldn’t say it again for love nor money but once is enough for me! I’m soooo happy.’

Stacey shares Rex with Joe, while she is also mother to Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, from previous relationships. 

Cute: On Wednesday, Stacey shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time

Cute: On Wednesday, Stacey shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time



Jack Ryder shares his excitement as he looks ahead to becoming a first time parent at 38

‘It’s going to be an amazing journey’: Jack Ryder shares his excitement as he looks ahead to becoming a first time parent at 38 with girlfriend Ella

He’s best known for playing doomed Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders, but 18-years after leaving the soap Jack Ryder is preparing for what will arguably be the most challenging role of his life – parent.

The actor, 38, is expecting his first child with long-term partner Ella, a child psychotherapist, and he admitted they are both excited about the prospect of raising a baby while appearing on Thursday’s edition of Loose Women.

Talking to the panel from home, he said: ‘We are due in July. Ella and I are gushy and over the moon – I always just smile when I talk about it. 

Can’t wait: Jack Ryder is expecting his first child with long-term partner Ella, a child psychotherapist, and he admitted they are both excited about the prospect of raising a baby

‘We’re prepared as we can be, we’ve got toys all around the place, and clothes and bits and pieces. We’re ready to go. We’re very humbled and grateful, it’s going to be an amazing journey.’ 

Jack won a legion of fans after being cast as fresh-faced Jamie in 1998, a role he played for four-years before leaving Albert Square for good in 2002. 

But he admits he is still in touch with a handful of cast-members from his time on the show, among them his former screen girlfriend, her on-screen brother and one of its longest serving stars.

Looking ahead: 'We are due in July. Ella and I are gushy and over the moon - I always just smile when I talk about it,' he told the Loose Women panel on Thursday afternoon

Looking ahead: ‘We are due in July. Ella and I are gushy and over the moon – I always just smile when I talk about it,’ he told the Loose Women panel on Thursday afternoon

Expectant: 'We're prepared as we can be, we're ready to go. We're very humbled and grateful, it'll be an amazing journey,' he added

Expectant: 'We're prepared as we can be, we're ready to go. We're very humbled and grateful, it'll be an amazing journey,' he added

Expectant: ‘We’re prepared as we can be, we’re ready to go. We’re very humbled and grateful, it’ll be an amazing journey,’ he added

New venture: Jack was appearing on the show to discuss his first children's book, Secret Summer

New venture: Jack was appearing on the show to discuss his first children’s book, Secret Summer

He said: ‘Me and Mr. (Dean) Gaffney, we touch base quite a lot and talk shop, and me and Natalie (Cassidy), and Steve McFadden. 

Reflecting on his last meeting with McFadden, best known for his long-term role as Jamie’s godfather Phil Mitchell, Jack admitted the timing couldn’t have been better. 

He added: ‘When I was doing Holby a little while ago we bumped into each other on his birthday. 

Old times: The actor is best known for playing doomed Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders (pictured with screen girlfriend Sonia Jackson, played by Natalie Cassidy)

Old times: The actor is best known for playing doomed Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders (pictured with screen girlfriend Sonia Jackson, played by Natalie Cassidy)

Sad: The character was killed off in 2002 after four years on Albert Square

Sad: The character was killed off in 2002 after four years on Albert Square 

‘It was a random morning of me going in quite early and this Moped came speeding round the corner and Steve lifted his visor up and said “it’s my birthday! I can’t believe I’ve seen you on my birthday!”

Now a successful theatre director with productions of Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and The History Boys under his belt, he has also added another string to his bow by writing a children’s book. 

Secret Summer, the first in a series of planned books from the actor, will focus on the experiences of a child whose parents have separated. 

And he admits he was inspired to write after discovering the works of Roald Dahl following previous failed attempts to read other celebrated Children’s novelists. 

Well done: Jack is now a successful theatre director with productions of Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and The History Boys under his belt

Well done: Jack is now a successful theatre director with productions of Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and The History Boys under his belt

He recalled: ‘I remember picking up the box set of the CS Lewis books as a kid, and I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Then I started to read the second one (Prince Caspian) and I really lost interest. 

‘I think I then tried The Hobbit and I lost interest in that, and then we took a little family holiday to Cranbrook and we stayed in this country house and Matilda was on the book shelf, and I remember picking that book up and reading it, and for the first time ever being completely comforted by that story. 

‘I think I read it twice on that trip and then I read more of Roald Dahl’s work and that’s what got me into reading more as a child.’ 



Stacey Solomon shares video as son Rex walks for first time

Stacey Solomon has revealed her joy at witnessing the emotional moment her baby son Rex walked for the first time.

The Loose Women presenter, 30, captured the adorable moment on video as she could be heard encouraging Rex, 12 months, to walk toward her.

Rex stood still for a minute before he began to walk towards his mother, with his father Joe Swash, 38, standing in the background.   

Cute: Stacey Solomon, 30, has revealed her joy at witnessing the emotional moment her baby son Rex walked for the first time

Stacey wrote a lengthy caption and admitted she was ‘sobbing’ after seeing him walk for the first time.  

She wrote: ‘And he’s off. Oh pickle. Honestly I am sobbing. If there’s one good thing to come out of these scary hard times it’s that mummy and daddy both being home to see this moment.

‘Rex we are so proud of you. Oh my goodness it feels like time is going by at the blink of an eye and you’re growing so so quickly.

‘It’s sad and I want time to stand still for a moment but at the same time watching you learn grown is the most incredible, most wonderful thing in the world. 

Proud: The Loose Women presenter captured the adorable moment on video as she could be heard encouraging Rex, 12 months, to walk toward her

Proud: The Loose Women presenter captured the adorable moment on video as she could be heard encouraging Rex, 12 months, to walk toward her

Growing up: Rex stood still for a moment before he began to walk towards his mother, with his father Joe Swash, 38, standing in the background

Growing up: Rex stood still for a moment before he began to walk towards his mother, with his father Joe Swash, 38, standing in the background 

‘If anyone needs me I’ll be in the egg chair with 100 Daim bars sobbing into Rex’s baby book. love you all.

‘P.S Theo is like “I’m bored of this mum… I’ve been working since I was born and never got this attention”‘.

The tot appeared to be thrilled with his first steps as he raised his hands in the air and cheered. 

Emotional: Stacey wrote a lengthy caption and admitted she was 'sobbing' after seeing him walk for the first time

Emotional: Stacey wrote a lengthy caption and admitted she was ‘sobbing’ after seeing him walk for the first time 

It comes after Stacey recently shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time.

The TV star couldn’t hide her delight as she shared a video of the milestone on Instagram Stories.

Stacey and Joe recently celebrated little Rex’s first birthday with a plenty of jungle-themed presents.

Cute: Stacey recently shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time

Cute: Stacey recently shared an adorable video of Rex saying mum for the first time

In the video, Stacey tried to get Rex to say ‘mumma’ after her son had only managed to say ‘dadda.’

She asked her baby boy: ‘What about mum mum mumma?’ while cuddling with him on the sofa.

It seemed that Rex would only be saying ‘dadda,’ when out of nowhere he said: ‘Mum mumma.’

Adorable: The Loose Women star couldn't hide her delight as she shared a video of the milestone on Instagram Stories

Adorable: The Loose Women star couldn’t hide her delight as she shared a video of the milestone on Instagram Stories

Sweet: Stacey was clearly shocked that she'd finally got Rex to say her name for the first time, excitedly saying: 'Mumma! Mumma you said mumma?'

Sweet: Stacey was clearly shocked that she’d finally got Rex to say her name for the first time, excitedly saying: ‘Mumma! Mumma you said mumma?’

Stacey was clearly shocked that she’d finally got Rex to say her name for the first time, excitedly saying: ‘Mumma! Mumma you said mumma?’

She captioned her post: ‘Good Morning! I just got my first proper mumma! He wouldn’t say it again for love nor money but once is enough for me! I’m soooo happy.

While Stacey shares Rex with Joe, she is also mother to Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, from previous relationships. 

Close: It comes after Stacey celebrated her son Rex's first birthday on Saturday with boyfriend Joe Swash

Close: It comes after Stacey celebrated her son Rex’s first birthday on Saturday with boyfriend Joe Swash 

On Saturday the couple celebrated their baby boy’s first birthday with an at-home celebration.

The star documented her preparations for the big day which included a rustic homemade cake, dozens of carefully-wrapped presents and an adorable jungle inspired outfit for Rex. 

The media star then revealed the selection of presents she had bought for the tot, including his own toy phone and TV remote, were to stop him from ‘stealing’ theirs. 

Adorable: Rex looked absolutely delighted as he sat beside his two-tier cake with an oversized toy snake draped around him in a sweet social media snap

Adorable: Rex looked absolutely delighted as he sat beside his two-tier cake with an oversized toy snake draped around him in a sweet social media snap

Stacey shared an adorable montage of Rex and her in bed waking up each morning and penned: ‘Waking up to you Pickle each morning for a year has brightened up our world.’   

She later shared a series of adorable series of snaps from the day alongside a heartfelt caption that read: ‘Happy Birthday Pickle. One whole year of our little pickle. 

‘How has the time passed by so quickly? How did you get so big all of a sudden? And how did we get so lucky to be blessed with your soul?  

‘Pickle you will never know how much happiness you bring to us & so many and how loved you are. You really are a beaming ray of sunshine in our lives and It feels like you’ve always been here. 

‘Thank you for this wonderful year. For bringing so much joy into our lives. For making us smile EVERY day no matter what is happening in the world. 

‘We love you so much with all of our hearts and souls. Rex Toby Francis Swash, our love, our light, our pickle. 

‘P.S All of Your birthday messages, stories & posts are overwhelmingly beautiful I’ve just sat down to read them and I can’t stop crying. Thank you. I honestly Love you all to the moon and stars and back again.’ 

Fun: The tot beamed as he was treated to a buffet of coated strawberries, personalised biscuits and grapes cut into the shape of a caterpillar

Fun: The tot beamed as he was treated to a buffet of coated strawberries, personalised biscuits and grapes cut into the shape of a caterpillar 



Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan explode into heated Dominic Cummings debate

Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan EXPLODE into heated debate after Dominic Cummings’ controversial lockdown drive

Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate on Wednesday.

The broadcaster, 73, claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North for childcare by his wife Mary, after he defended his actions and refused to resign.

Saira Khan strongly disagreed and slammed Cummings for his ‘unfair’ actions when a majority of the nation are still unable to visit friends and family due to social distancing guidelines.

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate

Row: She clashed with Saira Khan during the debate about the political strategist on Wednesday

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate with Saira Khan (right) on Wednesday

During the debate, it seemed a majority of the Loose Women panel were in agreement with the nation in condemning Cummings actions.  

But Janet noted that it didn’t seem as if Cummings thought he’d done anything wrong.

Saira hit back: ‘Janet, how can an intelligent man who is Oxford graduated, who has been very successful, looks at the timeline and looks at social distancing rules and everything about it, and not interpret he has done something wrong. That is not right.’

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

He won't quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted 'legally and responsibly,' and insisted on Monday he won't resign (pictured on Wednesday)

He won’t quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted ‘legally and responsibly,’ and insisted on Monday he won’t resign (pictured on Wednesday)

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister's chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Janet then pointed out to her panellists that it’s unclear whether the political strategist was asked to travel to Durham by his wife, as they both were battling coronavirus symptoms while trying to organise childcare for their son, five. 

She told the panel: ‘Saira hang on a minute, he has a partner who is the mother of his small child.

‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey.’

Opinionated: She claimed: 'This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey'

Opinionated: She claimed: ‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey’

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his 'unfair' behaviour, claiming it's 'one rule for one and one rule for them'

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them’

Saira furiously responded: ‘He is a member of this government, the second most powerful man in this country.

‘They should be leading this nation in a time of crisis to show us what true leadership is about, I’m really sorry but that is not acceptable.’

Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions.

The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them.’ 

Janet – speaking from her home via. video link – attempted to justify her point but struggled to get a word in, and could be seen shaking her head in disbelief.

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he 'felt sorry' for Cummings due to the backlash he's faced for his actions

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions

While she did note that other people in the UK had also failed to adhere to social distancing, Saira hit back: ‘That’s not the point.’

Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on.

Despite calls for him to resign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Cummings in a press conference on Monday by insisting he ‘acted responsibly, legally and with integrity.’

Cummings also defended his decision with similar language, despite the fact that many families have been kept apart during the lockdown.

This Morning airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV. 

We're done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on

We’re done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on