Ex-UFC star Sam Stout and wife heartbroken after one-month-old daughter Sydney dies in sleep as donation page is started – The Sun

A GOFUND ME page has been set up on behalf of former UFC star Sam Stout and wife Jessie after their one-year-old daughter, Sydney, died in her sleep last week.

Canadian Stout, 36, who fought 20 times in UFC before retiring in 2015, revealed the heartbreaking news on his Instagram last week.

And now a fundraising page has no been set-up to help the distraught couple – who also have six-year-old daughter Logan to care for – stay afloat during this "unimaginable" time.

The goal was set at 5,000 CAD (£3,000) but has already far surpassed that, standing at 28,229 CAD (£17,000) at the time of writing.

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Doting wife shares huge lunch she packs her builder husband every day but gets slammed for ‘treating him like a child’

A DOTING wife has been slammed online after revealing that she prepares a packed lunch for her tradesman hubby every singe day.

The woman shared a snap of her husband's lunch which included an assortment of sandwiches, cheese, crackers and deli meat, and said 'it's "cheaper, fresher and healthier" than the takeaway available on many work sites.

Proud of her packed lunch, the woman posted a snap of home prepared meal in the Budget Friendly Meals Australia Facebook group, but many slammed her for treating her husband like a child and waiting on him hand and foot.

Among the criticism the woman received, one woman said: "'Do we have to feed them during the day now too?"with the page admin later being forced to delete a number of controversial comments on the post.

Many defended the loving wife after the administrator told critics to mind their own business and respect how people choose to run their households.

"No more comments about whether you agree or disagree with packing your significant other's lunch for them," she said.

"Each to their own, nobody is forcing you to pack [this woman's] husband's lunch. Move on if you don't agree with it."

The post encouraged others to share their own packed lunches in which they too make for various family members who are considered "old enough" to make it themselves.

One woman admitted she writes affectionate messages on the lid of her husband's lunchbox every morning, while another said she once mixed up her husband's lunch with their son's, much to the amusement of his colleagues. 

Another woman said her mother still packs snacks and lunches for her middle-aged father who drives long distances to work in a coal mine every week.

Meanwhile, a pensioner who made lunches for her husband until he retired praised people who take the time to do so every day, saying it's "fast becoming a thing of the past".

We also shared how one mum, and ex-Miss Universe, defends her six-year-old daughter’s diet after she’s lunchbox-shamed for not giving her enough food.

Plus a mum slammed as ‘lazy’ for making 40 ‘tasteless’ sandwiches before freezing them to save time before school each morning.

Meanwhile this genius mum creates perfect banana bread bites using ice cube trays.

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Dickens was cruel to his wife and hated his mother writes A.N. WILSON

Charles Dickens the misogynist: He championed family values – yet the novelist was cruel to his wife, hated his mother, had an affair… and obsessively re-enacted the murder of prostitute Nancy in Oliver Twist, writes A.N. WILSON

Charles Dickens had breakfasted early before setting out on one of his secret weekly visits to his mistress, Nelly Ternan. 

Small, trim, punctiliously neat, the 58-year-old whiskery figure would have been instantly recognised in almost any of the great cities of the world.

The most famous novelist was also one of the most famous human beings alive.

The fact that Dickens – a leading champion of Victorian family values – did not wish the world to know he had a mistress necessitated a life of constant subterfuge and deception, which had been the pattern of his existence for the previous 13 years since he first met Nelly when she was just 18, and acting on the West End stage.

Dickens’s journey on the morning of June 8, 1870, from his home near Rochester in Kent to the house which he rented for Nelly in Peckham, South London, was made by train and cab. 

Once reunited with his mistress, he paid her £15 for housekeeping. Then he suddenly collapsed.

The fact that Dickens – a leading champion of Victorian family values – did not wish the world to know he had a mistress necessitated a life of constant subterfuge and deception, which had been the pattern of his existence for the previous 13 years since he first met Nelly when she was just 18, and acting on the West End stage. She is pictured above

It does not require too much imagination to realise what had brought on his seizure.

Dickens, the father of ten children – nine of them living – was a man with a keen sexual appetite who brought to his love life the same hyper-exuberant energy that he expended on all his other favourite activities: acting, travelling, journalism, writing, charity work, entertaining his literary friends and fatherhood.

Faced with a crisis, Nelly acted quickly. If Dickens were to die – and it looked as though he might – it would be catastrophic for his reputation if it emerged that he had suffered a fatal collapse in the arms of his lover.

Enlisting the help of a nearby church caretaker and a hackney cab driver, Nelly arranged for Dickens’s semi-conscious body to be lifted on to a horse-drawn carriage. Within minutes the vehicle was on its way to Kent with the lovers on board.

What happened after this is not quite clear. Accounts vary, but the next thing we know for certain is that the novelist was lying on the floor of his dining room at home, with his housekeeper and children at his side. 

Nelly had by this time departed, although two accounts state that she was present with his family when Dickens, who had never fully recovered consciousness, died at 6.10pm the following day, June 9.

The official version of events would always be that England’s greatest novelist had died peacefully at home, surrounded by his children, busy working on his next book until the very end. Indeed, there are some scholars who still believe that this is what happened, and that the visit to Peckham never took place.

And yet the mystery remains.

Was his demise brought on by a frenzy of passion with the woman who had been his muse for so long? Or was the story no more than scandalous Victorian tittle-tattle?

As the 150th anniversary of his death approaches next month, the precise details of the last few hours of Dickens’s life remain uncertain. It is just one of many riddles surrounding this extraordinarily complex man.

Nowhere were these complications and contradictions more evident than in his attitude to women.

From the extreme cruelty that he showed to his long-suffering wife Catherine to his penchant for the company of very young and biddable women, his need to control and manipulate members of the opposite sex was a defining feature of his life. 

Verbal abuse, an obsession with tidiness and even with what women wore were all aspects of his complex personality. His need for control eventually took its ultimate expression in one of his most bizarre interests: hypnotism. 

Of all the women in his life, Dickens seems to have reserved his most bitter hatred for his mother, Elizabeth. As a child, Charles had led an idyllic life, much of it in rural Kent.

But when he was 12 years old disaster struck. His father John was sent to the debtors’ jail, the Marshalsea in South London – later the setting for the novelist’s masterpiece Little Dorrit – over a series of unpaid bills, taking his wife and several of his children with him.

To help support the family, Charles was removed from school and sent to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory near Charing Cross Station, sticking labels on jars of shoe polish and living on his own in lodgings. It was a traumatic experience that scarred him for ever, but also inspired some of his finest writing.

John’s incarceration lasted only three months, but the damage had been done. Charles returned to school, but from that point onward blamed his mother – particularly for her apparent rejection of him – and later poured all his anger and loathing into the hideous, neglectful mother figures that inhabit his novels.

By the end of their honeymoon, Catherine (above) had realised that although she would share his bed and, if he felt like it, his leisure, for the most part she would be on her own while he gave himself up to frantic activity

‘I never afterwards forgot. I shall never forget. I never can forget,’ he told his friend and biographer John Forster. Dickens’s mother had been incapable of giving him the love he craved, although she had shown great kindness to her other children. By the time she died in 1863, Dickens had not seen her for many months.

His quest to fill the emotional gap occupied his late teens and early 20s. He finally found what he was looking for in the blonde, pretty 19-year-old Catherine Hogarth, daughter of his boss at The Morning Chronicle newspaper in Fleet Street, where he worked as a reporter.

The courtship was swift and intense, and the couple were married in April 1836 at St Luke’s, Chelsea. Already, however, the idea of fame had Dickens in its grip.

By the end of their honeymoon, Catherine had realised that although she would share his bed and, if he felt like it, his leisure, for the most part she would be on her own while he gave himself up to frantic activity. It was to prove a recipe for misery.

Intriguing – and illuminating – details of the marriage survive. Dickens apparently felt unable to trust his wife to do the family’s shopping properly, frequently accompanying her to the butcher, fruiterer or fishmonger.

January 1857 found him writing to his friend William Wills, a colleague on Household Words magazine which Dickens edited, saying: ‘I am going to Newgate Market with Mrs Dickens after breakfast to shew [sic] her where to buy fowls’. 

This could be interpreted as affectionately companionable – or simply over-controlling.

For Dickens, neatness was an obsession. His daughter Mamie wrote after his death: ‘He made a point of visiting every room in the house once each morning and if a chair was out of its place, or a blind not quite straight, or a crumb left on the floor, woe betide the offender!’

But despite such quirks and eccentricities, several accounts suggest that for some of their marriage the couple enjoyed happy times, travelling to the United States, Italy and France together.

That said, by the time Catherine was in her forties – and petulant, red-faced and with bad teeth – cracks in the marriage were starting to show. Dickens began to punish her as he had felt the need to punish his mother.

So strained were the couple’s relations that Dickens’s ex-publisher Frederick Evans and colleague William Wills refused to go to his home. This, said Evans, was because they ‘could not stand his cruelty to his wife’. When asked by a friend what he meant, Evans explained: ‘Swearing at her in the presence of guests, children and servants – swearing often and fiercely. He is downright ferocious.’

According to the Victorian essayist Harriet Martineau: ‘Dickens had terrified and depressed [Catherine] into a dull condition’.

While Dickens himself became ever more energetic, Catherine sank into ‘indescribable lassitude’.

The final separation, when it came, was callous and brutal.

In the summer of 1857, Dickens wrote a letter to his wife’s maid Anne Cornelius. 

‘My dear Anne,’ he said, ‘I want some little changes made in the arrangement of my dressing room and the bathroom. And as I would rather not have them talked about by comparative strangers, I shall be much obliged to you, my old friend, if you will see them completed.

‘I wish to make the bathroom my washing room also. It will be therefore necessary to carry into the bathroom, to remain there, the two washing-stands from my dressing-room. Then to get rid altogether of the chest of drawers in the dressing-room, I want the recess of the doorway between the dressing-room and Mrs Dickens’s room fitted with plain white deal shelves, and closed in with a plain light deal door, painted white. The sooner it is done, the better.’

Without consulting his wife, Dickens was literally building a barrier between them.

It is especially chilling that he asserts his friendship with the maid in his pincer movement to force everyone in the household – servants as well as children – on to his side in the domestic warfare that he was planning.

By May 1858, Dickens had decided that it was impossible for him and Catherine to continue together in the same house.

In a letter to his Christian philanthropist friend Angela Burdett-Coutts he wrote: ‘I believe my marriage has been for years and years as miserable a one as ever was made. I believe that no two people were ever created, with such an impossibility of interest, sympathy, confidence, sentiment, tender union of any kind between them, as there is between my wife and me.’

He concluded his letter accusing Catherine of ‘the most miserable weaknesses and jealousies… Her mind has, at times, been certainly confused besides.’

Such language – of the sort which would make Catherine doubt her own sanity – suggests we are in the territory of the 1940 psychological thriller Gaslight.

It was at this point, according to their daughter Katey, that Dickens turned into a ‘madman’. An example of his turbulent state of mind was, she said, his decision to place in several national newspapers an announcement of his marriage break-up, referring to the ‘peculiarity of her [Catherine’s] character’.

In later years, Katey suggested that whoever her father had married, it would have been a disaster. ‘He did not understand women,’ she said. ‘This [episode] brought out all that was worst – all that was weakest in him. He did not care a damn what happened to any of us.’

In Dickens’s mind, Catherine had taken the place of the mother he could never forgive.

The only escape was to find a nymph dream, a girl-woman of the kind who flitted ceaselessly across the pages of his novels, and who had always so appealed to him – somebody who could never turn out to be his abusive mother in disguise.

Nelly Ternan, young, malleable and beautiful, was that person. The years of their relationship were to prove his most productive and successful. And yet as so often with Dickens, those startling contrasts and contradictions were at play.

Ever a campaigner for social justice and champion of the underdog, he had proposed and helped set up in 1847 a refuge for ‘fallen women’, many of them prostitutes. His idea was that, after the women had been rescued, they would be enabled to travel to Australia to begin a new life.

Despite the other heavy demands on his time, Dickens had thrown himself into the project with gusto. It was he who talked to the builders about alterations to the property he chose in West London. It was he who went shopping for the furniture, the bookcases and the books.

It was he who bought the linen, the carpets and curtains; it was even he who chose the women’s clothes. 

‘I have made them as cheerful in appearance as they reasonably could be – at the same time very neat and modest,’ he wrote. The distinction between a desire to control and a desire to benefit the young women involved is a fine one.

Ever a campaigner for social justice and champion of the underdog, he had proposed and helped set up in 1847 a refuge for ‘fallen women’, many of them prostitutes

Even more than his novels, his home for fallen women would be a world of which he could take total charge. It proved hugely successful, establishing a number of women in happy marriages and giving them exactly the fresh start he had envisaged.

Here, once again, is the paradox of Charles Dickens: half good cop, half bad.

As if he were not busy enough, in the late 1830s, Dickens had become fascinated with the new fad of mesmerism. 

A relatively new concept in Britain, it was the brainchild of the German doctor Anton Mesmer, who proposed that a trance-like state induced by an expert practitioner could be used to cure all manner of ailments.

Dickens was enthralled, befriending mesmerism’s leading specialist in London, John Elliotson, a professor of medicine. From Elliotson and others Dickens learned how to perform the movements of mesmerism. On a trip to Boston in the US during happier times with his wife in 1842, he tried it out on her in front of two witnesses.

Within six minutes of passing his hands around her head, Catherine became hysterical. She then fell fast asleep. A somewhat startled Dickens found, however, that he could wake her easily by moving his thumbs over her eyebrows, and by blowing gently on her face.

It had been a shock, but soon he was regularly hypnotising Catherine and other family members and friends. He even tried out his powers on a Frenchwoman called Madame de la Rue he met in Italy who was looking for a cure for tics and hallucinations.

Although it is not entirely clear whether he slept with her, Dickens’s intimacy with her caused Catherine enormous distress. Indeed, she was so disturbed by the amount of time Dickens was spending in Mme de la Rue’s bedroom at all hours of the day and night in the cause of mesmerism that he had to take his wife away for a few days to calm what he claimed was her ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

A sexual element of control was undoubtedly strong in all this, with contemporary accounts suggesting that Dickens found it most exciting to perform his mesmeric tricks on women.

It was not be the last time that his overwhelming desire for control would be played out in a public and highly dramatic fashion.

For, in 1858, Dickens had begun touring Britain with one-man performances of his most famous novels. It was these shows that brought him global stardom and increased his already considerable wealth.

His favourite portrayal was that of the brutal death of the prostitute Nancy at the hands of her lover, Bill Sikes, from his novel Oliver Twist. In 1863, he confessed that, privately, he had performed an imaginary re-enactment of Nancy’s killing ‘but I have got something so horrible out of it that I am afraid to try it in public’.

His manager George Dolby was fiercely against the plan to include the murder scene in public as it was inappropriate for a show meant to appeal to all ages, and because of its likely effect on Dickens’ health.

Dickens’ family were equally opposed. His son Charley later told how he was working in the library at the family home when he heard the sound of violence taking place outside in the garden. It sounded as if a tramp was beating his wife.

As the noise continued – alternately brutal shouts and female screaming – Charley decided to intervene, only to find his father outside on the lawn murdering an imaginary Nancy with ferocious gestures.

When Dickens asked his son what he thought, Charley replied: ‘It is the best thing I’ve ever seen. But don’t do it.’

But Dickens had made up his mind. He went ahead and performed 28 renditions of Nancy’s murder. It became an obsession with him.

He told his friend William Wills that his performance had a transformative physical effect upon him. ‘My ordinary pulse is 72 and it runs up under this effort to 112,’ he wrote. ‘Besides which, it takes me ten or twelve minutes to get my mind back at all: I being in the meantime like the man who lost the fight.’

After the scene was finished, there would be total silence in the hall. Dickens then went backstage, often walking with difficulty, and would be forced to lie on a sofa for some minutes before he once more became capable of speech. He would recover and ‘after a glass of champagne would go on the platform again for the final reading’.

It is almost as if Dickens had released a genie from the bottle of whose sexually violent existence he had been scarcely aware. Indeed, he liked to joke about his ‘murderous instincts’ and his re-enactment of the killing. ‘I have a vague sensation,’ he said, ‘of being “wanted” as I walk about the streets.’

The inevitable happened at Chester in April 1869 when Dickens had a minor stroke on stage. A doctor was summoned, and ordered that the tour be cancelled forthwith.

But Dickens’ obsession with the scene refused to leave him. Months after the shows had ended, and shortly before his death a year later, he was discovered performing the slaying of Nancy once again in the privacy of his own garden.

IN THE week before his fateful final trip to his mistress Nelly in Peckham, Dickens and his daughter Katey sat up until 3am talking. Relaxed after a pleasant dinner followed by brandy and cigars, he confided in her about his relationships, and his regrets.

‘He wished he had been a better father, a better man,’ she later recalled.

Many of those who knew him might well have agreed. A flawed genius, perhaps – but one whose writings a century and a half after his passing continue to enthral and delight.

© A. N. Wilson, 2020

The Mystery Of Charles Dickens is published by Atlantic on June 4, priced £17.99.

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Watch Justin Bieber do wife Hailey Baldwin’s makeup

Justin Bieber may have a new job.

The “Intentions” singer, 25, tried his hand at supermodel wife Hailey Baldwin‘s makeup while in quarantine together for an episode of their Facebook Watch reality show.

Wearing matching gray sweatpants and hoodies, the couple sat down at their dining table with some makeup from the 23-year-old’s collection, including a BareMinerals foundation stick ($32), lipstick ($14), nude eyeshadow palette ($29) and more from the brand, for which the model is an official ambassador.

“I want you to actually look good, I’m not trying to make you look like a clown,” Bieber said while focusing intently on the proper blending and highlighting technique.

The singer was particularly skilled at applying mascara and, when he smudged some of the black makeup around his wife’s eye, fixed it seamlessly with extra eyeshadow and concealer.

“Blend it, blend it, gotta go and blend it,” Bieber sang, making up an impromptu theme song for the activity.

While applying lipstick, Justin declared: “This is what separates the men from the boys.”

The verdict? “It’s actually really good,” Baldwin said appreciatively. “Justin’s coming for every makeup artist!”

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Who Is Ice Cube’s Wife, Kimberly Woodruff-Jackson?

Ice Cube has built a mega empire with music, film, and sports. As one of the founding members of N.W.A., he expanded his entertainment profile and has become one of the most well-respected pioneers of the industry. He hasn’t done so alone.

He’s had his wife, Kimberly Woodruff-Jackson, by his side for over 30 years. Though not much is known about his wife, it’s obvious that she’s had a positive impact. 

Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff’s marriage

Ice Cube met Woodruff in 1988. At the time, he says she was in a relationship with someone else, and for Woodruff, it was not love at first sight. But Ice Cube had an immediate attraction.

“The first thing I thought I was, ‘Wow, she could be your woman,’” he said of the first time he saw her. “The first time we met, she wasn’t feeling me, she was NOT having it. She did not dig me. I think she was in a relationship, so she wasn’t having it. But I ended up seeing her about six months later, and the next time, we had more time to get to know each other. She could feel my vibe and fell in love your with your boy!”

They began dating and became engaged three years later. Their son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., was born in Apr. 1991. They married in Apr. 1992 and welcomed four more children.

Woodruff has stayed out of the spotlight but attends events to support her husband. The two have been married for 28 years now and Ice Cube is just as in love with Woodruff now as he was at the beginning of the relationship.

“It’s a true partnership. I respect my wife and she respects me. I still get the butterflies when I see her,” he said ahead of their 25th wedding anniversary as reported by Black Doctor. “Romance and sex doesn’t have to fade. I still want her to look at me and say ‘this is the man I still want to be with.’ So have to keep yourself up, your P’s and Q’s and go for what you know.”

To honor their 25th anniversary, Ice Cube re-proposed to Woodruff. He also recalled the first time he proposed. “I don’t know if it was considered romantic. I had bought her a new car, a BMW 5-series, and when she went to sit in the car, there was a ring sitting on the seat,” he explained. 

As for what makes their relationship works, Ice Cube says its a combination of communication and being your partner’s friend. “I like to hang out with my wife, talk about things, get some coffee, you know,” he said as reported by the Daily Mail. “Sometimes just understanding where the other person is coming from is helpful to getting along and being happy.”  

Ice Cube tries to keep his family life private but his children have emerged as stars

Ice Cube and Woodruff are the parents of five children: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Shareef Jackson, Darrell Jackson, Deja Jackson, Karima Jackson. O’Shea Jr. has taken on his father’s natural acting skills and has a burgeoning career. He played ice Cube in the 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. His performance was critically acclaimed, with Ice Cube being surprised and proud of his son’s portrayal. 

Jr. was happy to take on the difficult task of playing his dad, telling News AU in 2015, “He [F. Gary Gray, the film;s director] knew that this movie had to be authentic and nobody is going to handle this role as passionately as I would because it’s my family’s legacy,” he said. “He wanted me to make it work so he got me acting coaches — it was a lot of hard work.

He’s continued acting, having roles in Ingrid Goes West, Just Mercy, and Long Shots. 

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Chris Pratt and wife Katherine Schwarzenegger are expecting their first child together – The Sun

CHRIS Pratt is reportedly expecting his first baby with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger ten months after the couple wed in June.

According to People, the best-selling author, 30, is pregnant with her first baby – the second for the 40-year-old Marvel star.

Chris shares seven-year-old son Jack from actress and ex wife Anna Faris.

Katherine and Chris were spotted on a romantic sunset stroll earlier this week in their LA neighborhood.

She hid her stomach with a bagg grey sweatshirt and wore loose-fitting black pants.

Chris walked hand-in-hand with his wife wearing a tie-dye shirt and shorts.

The daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger married the Jurassic Park actor last year at a private ceremony in Montecito, California.

Katherine began dating the Parks and Recreation star in June 2018 after being set up by her mom, Maria Shriver, who is a member of the famous Kennedy family.

Just six months later, Chris announced on his Instagram page that he was engaged to Katherine on January 13, 2019.

Alongside a picture of the lovebirds kissing, he wrote:

"Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!"

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Nick Cordero’s wife says COVID-19 seems to be ‘out of his system’

Nick Cordero could be turning a corner in his battle against coronavirus.

His wife, Amanda Kloots, announced on her Instagram Story Friday that her 41-year-old husband has tested negative twice for COVID-19, which could mean the novel virus has left his system.

“Good news, dada had two negative COVID tests. Yay!” the former Radio City Rockette told her followers as she held their son, Elvis. “Which means we think the virus is out of his system and now we’re just dealing with recovery and getting his body back from all the repercussions of the virus.”

She added, “But COVID is two negative tests, which means hopefully the virus is out of Nick. Thank god.”

The Broadway actor has been unconscious on a ventilator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than three weeks, though Kloots said this week that he’s “making progress” in his recovery after he had his leg amputated last weekend.

On Thursday, however, Kloots said Cordero should’ve “woken up by now.”

“The doctors said that there was nothing on the MRI that would show that he won’t wake up, which is amazing. We are so happy about that because that was a big worry for all of us,” Kloots said. “However, he hasn’t woken up and it’s been 12 days out of sedation.”

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John Prine’s wife Fiona urges everyone to take coronavirus ‘seriously’ after icon’s death

John Prine’s wife and manager, Fiona Whelan Prine, is speaking out following the death of one of country and folk music’s most influential artists.

“We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren,” she wrote in a lengthy caption beneath a photo of the late musician sitting with his signature acoustic guitar.

Fiona thanked the health care professionals at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., who allowed her the chance to stay with Prine while the coronavirus “inflicted damage” on his body.

“I sat with John – who was deeply sedated – in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity,” she shared.

Fiona also urged that folks continue practicing recommended guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and issued deep condolences to those who are also grieving the loss of their loved ones due to the novel virus.

“My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC,” she wrote. “We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.”

Fiona continued: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.”


On March 29, Prine’s family shared the star was critically ill and had been placed on a ventilator while being treated for symptoms associated with the virus.

A message posted on Prine’s Twitter page said that the “Angel from Montgomery” singer had been hospitalized since March 26 and his condition worsened on March 28.

“This is hard news for us to share,” Prine’s family said at the time. “But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and that John loves you.”

Prine was 73 when he succumbed to the virus on Tuesday.

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Josh Duggar’s wife Anna boasts family is self-isolating after Joy-Anna ‘laughs’ at pandemic and refuses to stay home – The Sun

ANNA Duggar has boasted how her family is self-isolating and enjoying church services from home, as her sister-in-law Joy-Anna came under fire for laughing at the pandemic.

Anna, who is married to Josh Duggar, star of 19 Kids And Counting, took to Instagram to wish her followers a happy Palm Sunday and ask how everyone was coping amid the lockdown.

"Happy Palm Sunday — Hosanna! Amid all the changes of the coronavirus pandemic it felt good to dress up and get ready for church! Even though we livestreamed the service it felt a little more normal to be “dressed for church”," she shared alongside a picture of her six children in their Sunday best.

"This got me thinking…is anyone else planning to wear their #Easter outfits next Sunday and livestream a church service?

"During the #HolyWeek let’s make a meaningful time as we remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. May we celebrate Jesus’ sacrificial love for us and share it with others!"

Joy-Anna, 22, was recently called out after appearing to be refusing to follow social distancing rules as she helped out with the tornado relief effort in Arkansas.

Fans were concerned that she was too close to other people and not maintaining social distancing, although she was wearing a mask.

"This is devastating. Pls know you still need to physical distance by 6’. You’re all way too close together. The last thing this community is going to need is to be hit with a surge of Covid cases," wrote one.

"Six feet rule not being enforced!" wrote another.

The mother-of-one had explained that she was volunteering to help those who lost their homes in the tornados last year, and her picture showed her wearing a mask.

"Arkansas is an immensely special place to me. It is HOME! So when a tornado hit Jonesboro, Arkansas, last weekend I knew I wanted to volunteer to help those who had lost their homes," she wrote.

She continued: "My heart goes out to the families, businesses and communities affected by the tornado! But I know from experience that people in Arkansas come together, and I was proud to see so many people there to offer a helping hand! My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Jonesboro!"

In a recent YouTube video she was also caught on camera laughing at the coronavirus as she was asked if she had heard about it.

The star laughed and replied, "I think almost everybody has," she said.

She was sitting in close proximity to her co-hosts and linked arms with husband Austin.

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Brian Shaw Takes on His Wife In a Toilet Paper Home Workout Challenge

Four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw has not let the quarantine slow down his training. He’s hit the gym for a bench press goal of 701 pounds, deadlifted a car… and now, he’s challenging his wife, Keri Shaw, to an at-home workout challenge. Brian, who weighs about 400 pounds, challenges Keri, who weighs about 130 pounds, to a series of physical challenges using items from around their house in this husband-versus-wife battle.

The quarantine period has them slightly at odds—so this challenge is a perfect opportunity to blow off some steam.

“We’ve been spending too much time inside the house,” says Brian. “Brian’s blinking’s getting really loud and annoying,” Keri replies. “Keri said to me yesterday, ‘Are you really eating that loud?'” Brian adds. “I knew it was time to get outside and have some fun.”

Their first challenge is the toilet paper roll shooting challenge. They set up orange traffic cones with two toilet paper rolls stacked on each one. The goal: to shoot five rolls of toilet paper into a big garbage can.

After an intense battle, Brian comes out the winner.

The next challenge is the tank protein push. In this challenge, they’re pushing a Tank MX at equivalent resistance levels to their strength, and picking up a box of protein for two trips for time.

“It’s so a mind game, because there’s not even any weight on it,” says Keri after finishing her rounds, clocking in at 32:74.

Brian clocks in at 37:66. “I’ve gotta say that has more resistance to it, for sure. That’s good,” he says.

For their last challenge, they go head-to-head in rice ground-to-overhead challenge using massive bags of rice.

“Our carb source during this pandemic,” says Brian. “And luckily, we’ve got a few bags to use here. The bags each weigh 20 pounds, so to make this somewhat eve, I’m going to take 2 bags, one in each hand, touch them to the ground, take them all the way overhead, and then back down. Keri is going to use one bag, and we’re going to see how many reps we can get done in this in 30 seconds.”

At 30 seconds, they’re deadlocked at 16 reps, and don’t stop until 50 seconds. Brian had 28 reps, and Keri had 26 reps.

“We hope you enjoyed this. We’re just trying to have some fun, bring some positivity to the situation,” says Brian.

“We’re just really trying to make the best out of a really difficult situation for everyone,” adds Keri. “We really want to genuinely wish everyone the best, and hopefully you can laugh at us today.”

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