Judi Love has slammed critics for "attacking" the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the birth of their daughter Lilibet. Writing in her OK! column, Loose Women star Judi, 41, speaks passionately about horrible racist jokes made towards the couple following the birth of their daughter.
Judi also shares her views on working with your family, her heartbreak at the latest Sarah Everard case news and sends congratulations to her fellow Loose Women star Stacey Solomon after her baby news.
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It’s back to work for me now after having a few weeks off for my father’s funeral. I was able to travel to Jamaica to be there for the service, so I’ve done my quarantine period and Test To Release. It’s definitely been a defining few months for me, but being forced to spend some time at home has made me realise that us mums never really stop.
We’re always busy or playing catch-up, so it was nice to just take my time in the morning and not rush waking up. The rest of this month will be busy with family and friends’ birthdays. My daughter will also have a taster day at her new sixth form college, so I’m trying to be realistic with my time and what I can fit into my schedule.
It’s such a delight to hear Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash’s news – another bundle of joy will soon be joining their lovely family. Myself, my fellow Loose Women and all her fans and followers are so excited and happy for them all.
Heartbreak for Sarah
Wayne Couzens, who was a serving police officer, pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of 33-year-old Sarah Everard last week. He accepted responsibility for her death but didn’t enter a plea on the charge of murder. Sarah’s death was heartbreaking.
As a community, we need to address the fact that women don’t feel safe and it’s a shame it’s something as terrible as this that’s caught our attention. There are so many unsolved cases too, including Blessing Olusegun, 21, whose death is unexplained. She was a woman of colour and it has been argued that her death wasn’t taken as seriously. I can only hope that justice is served for all these women.
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Working with family
Dani Dyer made her debut on EastEnders alongside her father, actor Danny Dyer, this week. I don’t think it’s a problem to mix family and work in the acting world – it’s no different to having a family business. As long as you clarify your expectations, it can work well. From what we’ve seen of them, they support each other in their personal lives and careers. I’d love to set up a business with my children. I feel like I already do work with them – who do you think works the camera on my Instagram Lives?
Royal baby in the spotlight
For many people, Harry and Meghan’s news brought joy. But, for some, the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on 4 June was just another opportunity to attack the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Journalist Julie Burchill was allegedly sacked by The Telegraph for making a crass and racist joke about them missing an opportunity to name the baby after George Floyd. Julie also referred to the baby as “it”.
Using the name of a black man who was murdered by a white police officer as the first name that comes to mind to mock the baby of a mixed race woman who has spoken out about her experiences of racism, shows nothing but racism and disrespect.
Finding love again
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, 62, has found love again after splitting from his wife of 23 years a few years ago. I don’t know why people are shocked when someone older starts a new relationship. The emphasis shouldn’t be on age, as I’d hate to think we are placing an expiry date on finding love. Love comes in many different forms, but shouldn’t the foundation be from connection?
It could be easier to find this in your later years, when hindrances such as babysitters, financial worries, body hang-ups and exes are gone and you have more time for sex, laughter and companionship. You’ll feel more confident knowing exactly who you are and what you want.
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