Amanda Holden says she’s a ‘WITCH’ who communicates with Alesha’s baby

Amanda Holden claims she’s a ‘WITCH’ who’s been communicating with Alesha Dixon’s unborn baby… and predicts her BGT co-star’s child will be born early

Amanda Holden has declared that she’s a ‘witch’ who has communicated with Alesha Dixon’s unborn baby.

And the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions judge, 48, has even predicted that her pregnant co-star, 40, will give birth early.

Alesha is currently expecting her second child with partner Azuka Ononye, with the former Mis-Teeq singer having filmed the talent show sporting a blossoming baby bump.

Bewitching: Amanda Holden has declared that she’s a ‘witch’ who has communicated with Alesha Dixon’s unborn baby

Having formed a close friendship while filming several series of Britain’s Got Talent together, it’s little wonder Amanda is excited about the upcoming birth of Alesha’s tot.

Heaping praise on her fellow judge, Amanda told The Sun: ‘I think she’s doing brilliantly, and she’s worked right up to the end of her pregnancy.

‘I have felt that baby. That baby’s coming early. I’ve told her.’

She then revealed her supernatural abilities as she joked: ‘I’m a witch, I sense these things and I said, “You’ve got to be careful. I reckon it’s going to come two or three weeks early”.’

Blossoming:  The Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions judge, 48, has even predicted that her pregnant co-star, 40, will give birth early

The star also went on to reveal that she’s very ‘protective’ of Alesha’s baby, stating that she ensured her pal stayed ‘hydrated’ while they were filming scenes during the recent heatwave.

Alesha revealed her exciting news during the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent, where she stood up from behind the judging desk and revealed her growing bump.  

Alesha, who is already mum to five-year-old Azura, recently spoke about her pregnancy during an appearance on Loose Women.

She said: ‘ I feel great actually, I feel so much more relaxed this time around.

Dazzling: Alesha is currently expecting her second child with partner Azuka Ononye, with the former Mis-Teeq singer having filmed the talent show sporting a blossoming baby bump

‘It’s great the first time around, you read every single book going and the second time you’re like, I’ve got this.

‘Azura is amazing, she’s doing really well and kisses me every day and making sure everything’s okay. She’s so excited, beyond excited.’

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions is set to kick off on Saturday night, where contestants from BGT and around the world compete to be crowned champion of champions.

Ahead of the highly anticipated competition, Amanda declared that Britain’s Got Talent ‘saved her’ after she was branded a ‘cheating wife’ following her divorce from Les Dennis. 

Big claims: ‘I’m a witch, I sense these things and I said, “You’ve got to be careful. I reckon it’s going to come two or three weeks early”‘

Close: The star also went on to reveal that she’s very ‘protective’ of Alesha’s baby, stating that she ensured her pal stayed ‘hydrated’ while they were filming scenes during the recent heatwave (pictured with Simon Cowell and David Walliams)

It’s been nearly 20 years since she began a five-week fling with Neil Morrissey in 2000, while she was married to comedian Les. 

And Amanda who is now happily married to Chris Hughes, revealed she felt public perception of her changed for the better after Simon Cowell made her a part of the popular ITV talent show in 2007.

According to The Mirror, Amanda thanks Simon for changing her reputation from ‘cheating wife’ and encouraging viewers to see past her previous affair drama.

She told the publication: ‘Starting out on Britain’s Got Talent was liberating for me. 

Reputation: The presenter revealed she felt public perception of her changed for the better after Simon Cowell made her a part of the popular ITV talent show in 2007 (pictured with ex-husband Les Dennis in 2002) 

‘I mean, without dragging up my past, I think, at the time I was with Chris, we’d been together for something like five years but people still kept going on about Les and Neil, and all the other stuff.’

She added: ‘What was really nice was that anyone that might’ve had a preconceived idea of me could see who I really was and then really make their mind up.’

Amanda went on to reveal that she felt ‘people didn’t like her’ and branded her a ‘cheating wife’ after news of her fling with actor Neil Morrissey went public during her seven-year marriage to Les Dennis.

Amanda and Dennis split when news of the affair emerged. Although they were briefly reconciled, they separated in 2002 and were divorced the following year.

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions starts  Saturday at 8pm on ITV. 

In the past: It’s been nearly 20 years since she began a five-week fling with Neil Morrissey in 2000, while she was married to comedian Les Dennis (pictured with Neil in 2003) 

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Even animals that thrive in wildfires can’t cope with California’s mega-fires

Northern California’s raging wildfires have become “too extreme” even for certain types of birds that typically thrive in burned out forests, scientists say.

Researchers are trying to understand how the increasingly common megafires, some of which span thousands of hectares, are impacting the surrounding ecosystem.

Black-backed woodpeckers, which generally favor burned trees where they can enjoy the larvae of wood-boring beetles that live in dead wood, were found to choose the edges of “high severity” burn patches, according to the study’s authors.

“The finding that the woodpeckers in our study tended to select nest sites closer to the edges of high severity burn patches provides added evidence that pyrodiversity [or having a range in the age, size and severity of burned patches in trees] benefits this species,” the study’s co-author, Andrew Stillman, told Newsweek.

The scientists collected data on 118 nests near six large wildfires over a period of eight years, according to the study.

“However, it seems that the landscapes created by extra large, intense mega-fires are too extreme,” he explained. “Even fire-associated species need variation in habitat and access to both live and dead trees.”

The researchers predict that as these new megafires become more common, there will increasingly be more threats to forest wildlife and less and less pyrodiversity.

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Cameron Boyce’s sister was ‘with him hours before death’ as she pays tribute

Cameron Boyce’s sister has shared a devastating tribute, following his shock death.

The Disney star died on 6 July, aged 20, with a coroner confirming his passing was from ‘natural circumstances’.

And Maya Boyce revealed how much she was missing her ‘best friend’.

Alongside a string of photos of the late star, showing him throughout his life, the 17-year-old began: ‘Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad. Cameron was my best friend. He is someone I will always idolise. His smile could light up a room, unlike anyone else’s.

‘He was perfect. He always said that if you have a voice, you have the privilege of using that voice for change, and he did not take that idea lightly. He understood his responsibility as someone so many kids would look up to.

‘Cameron always went out of his way to be giving and kind. He did more with his 20 years of life, than most people ever could with 100 years.

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‘He was actively charitable. He travelled the world, he made creativity and art his life’s mission and he encouraged others to do the same.’

Maya also explained she was spending time with Cameron, and told him she loved him, just hours before his shock death.

‘Of course, I am devastated. I will be for the rest of my life but what I’m holding onto, and what I encourage you to hold onto as well, is the memory of his endless optimism,’ she continued.

‘He was sunlight wearing shoes. I can confidently say, he wants us to celebrate, grow, and persevere.

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‘Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad. I’m also happy. And grateful. I was with him hours before he died. It was normal and fun.

‘We said, “I love you”. He was happy.

‘I spent 17 years knowing what it was like to be loved by Cameron Boyce. That is the most beautiful gift I have ever received.’

Alongside the emotional post, shared with her 500k followers, she simply added a heart emoji, before turning off all comments.

Maya’s post comes after a statement from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed Cameron’s death ‘occurred under natural causes’.

Dad Victor also paid tribute with a candid photo of the Descendants actor, stating he ‘missed him terribly’.

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Women In Regional Australia Will Have To Drive For Hours To Get An Abortion

Hundreds of women seeking surgical terminations in regional New South Wales will now have to go to Canberra, as the service they were accessing in Victoria will no longer take them as patients.

Gateway Health service in Wodonga, Victoria was recently advised by Albury Wodonga Health that patients outside of the clinic’s catchment area — specifically those travelling from Wagga Wagga and Griffith in New South Wales — could no longer have surgical abortions there.

Julie Mecham of the Wagga Women’s Health Centre previously referred women to the Fertility Control Clinic in Albury for terminations before that service shut last year.

“That was about 130km away and then when it shut down we became aware that they were performing surgical abortions at Gateway Health in Wodonga, and they were happy for us to refer women there,” Mecham told BuzzFeed News. “Now we need to refer women to Canberra and these hurdles just keep getting worse.”

Mecham says Gateway Health had warned her centre that the number of women travelling from Wagga Wagga and surrounds was unsustainable for the service and they might soon have to shut those women out.

“That has finally happened and we became aware of it a few weeks ago,” she said.

Mecham said it isn’t good enough that her city doesn’t have a surgical abortion service.

“We are the largest inland city in New South Wales with a population over 64,000 people, a university, an army base and a large rural community,” she said. “There is a giant gap in services and this is an outstanding women’s health issue.”

Between Wagga Wagga and Temora, New South Wales.

Mecham will now refer women to the Marie Stopes Australia clinic in Canberra.

“That is a 500km round trip, and for women who face disadvantage that doubling of distance makes access even harder, and public transport to Canberra is not always a convenient option especially after a surgical procedure,” she said.

“Even if they can afford to drive they will need to stay overnight, which means accommodation and bringing someone with them [to be discharged after surgery], which isn’t always possible as they might want to keep their it private.”

Dr Catherine Orr is the clinical lead at Gateway Health medical practice. She told BuzzFeed News it was “fair enough” that Albury Wodonga Health had put a boundary down to “meet the needs of women within the catchment of the health service”.

“They’ve decided they will limit patients to within the Albury Wodonga catchment, and the main reason is that more than half of the terminations were coming from outside of our catchment, and most of those were coming from Wagga Wagga,” she said. “Wagga has an established health service and [obstetrics and gynecology] service within the hospital and if it provided surgical abortions it would fix a significant amount of problems.”

Orr said Gateway Health wasn’t a speciality sexual and reproductive health service but a GP clinic staffed with two nurses.

“We’ve seen more than 1,000 women [in approximately the last year] for unplanned pregnancies that have gone on to medical or surgical terminations and 60% of them come in from NSW and, of that 60%, about 40% come from Wagga,” she said.

“When the clinic in Albury closed we were absolutely swamped with women from NSW with unplanned pregnancies because we bulk bill and we are supportive and welcoming to women who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, so we were able to set up this surgical service with the local hospital.”

It is “absolutely paramount” that abortion is decriminalised in NSW to improve access in that state, Orr said.

“There is a wasteland and lack of providers in NSW and I just think GPs in Victoria have that confidence that they can support women through a medical abortion, or refer on to a surgical abortion, knowing they have the full support of the law,” she said.

A woman and her doctor can be convicted for an unlawful abortion in NSW, but case law has established that abortion is lawful in the state if the doctor has an honest opinion that continuing the pregnancy would be seriously harmful to the health of the woman.

Abortion was decriminalised in Victoria in 2008.

BuzzFeed News contacted the Albury Wodonga Health women’s and children’s services operational director, and its head of obstetrics and gynaecology. A spokesperson for Albury Wodonga Health said the service “does not discriminate against any person based on where they live”.

“All people are accepted,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “Albury Wodonga Health is experiencing a recent increase in demand and we have been working with other health services to ensure women receive the care they require.”

In March BuzzFeed News reported a woman who was pregnant despite having a hormonal contraceptive implant inserted at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital was then turned away by the hospital.

“Wagga Wagga Base Hospital regrets any distress caused… and is reviewing the case,” the hospital’s director Helen Cooper told BuzzFeed News at the time.

In February BuzzFeed News spoke to a woman in another health district in regional NSW who was turned away from her closest hospital and forced to drive six hours to another hospital for a minor operation after a failed medical abortion.

Victoria’s minister for women and acting minister for health Gabrielle Williams said Victoria has “led the way when it comes to giving women the reproductive rights they deserve”.

“We encourage all jurisdictions to strengthen access to safe sexual and reproductive healthcare for all women, closer to home,” she told BuzzFeed News.

“In Victoria we believe every woman deserves access to legal, safe, affordable reproductive health services when they need them — end of story.”

BuzzFeed News understands the Victorian Government is not aware of advice being issued that women from interstate are not to be treated in Victorian health facilities and has been assured that this is not departmental policy.

Abortion is legal in Victoria, and health services are required to either offer, or refer women to, the reproductive services they’re entitled to.

In May 2017 a law that would have removed abortion from the NSW Crimes Act was voted down by the state’s parliament, with only 14 MPs voting in favour and 25 voting against.

More than three in every four people surveyed in a NSW poll had no idea abortion was a criminal offence in their state, and 73% thought the procedure should be decriminalised, according to data released last year.

The NSW health minister did not respond before publication to questions asked by BuzzFeed News about the lack of abortion services in his state and whether he would support the decriminalisation of abortion.

More on this

  • “I Was In Agony”: This Woman Got An IUD Then Found Out She Was Pregnant, But The Hospital Wouldn’t OperateGina Rushton · March 27, 2019
  • A Woman Was Turned Away From A Hospital After A Failed Medical AbortionGina Rushton · Feb. 28, 2019
  • This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned HardGina Rushton · Aug. 7, 2017
  • Women Are Crossing The Border To Take Two Pills In A State With Better Abortion AccessGina Rushton · April 2, 2019

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