Can I now see my family and friends again under the new coronavirus lockdown rules? – The Sun


AFTER weeks of strict restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, Boris Johnson dished Brits a raft of new freedoms on Thursday, May 28.

But the Prime Minister stressed the importance of social distancing, reminding the nation that if new allowances cause a second spike of infections, they will be taken away.

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When can I see my family and friends again?

Until now, Brits have been allowed to sunbathe, sit on park benches and exercise as much as they want as long as they continue to stay two metres apart from people outside of their household.

However, in the latest lockdown review Boris Johnson announced that groups of up to six will be allowed to meet outside in parks and gardens from Monday, June 1 – meaning friends and families can see each other for the first time in months.

Some group sports will also be back on the cards, with golf games and tennis matches of up to four people permitted from June 1.

Mr Johnson said: “We will now allow people to meet in gardens and other outdoor spaces. This means friends and families can now see their loved ones.

“I know for many this will be a long awaited and joyful moment.”

What about garden parties and BBQs?

Brits must still maintain social distancing if they do meet up, and despite the sunny weather, there are a number of restrictions they must abide by.

Hugging is not allowed, as is sitting on the sofa, lingering inside and indoor dinner parties.

You can however use the toilet during your visit, and as long as you maintain a two-metre distance, groups of up to six people from different households can meet outside – meaning BBQs are back on the menu.

The Prime Minister urged Brits to “avoid seeing people from too many households in quick succession” and said people should keep the number of households they interact with to a minimum.

He was also quick to stress that the Government will monitor the nation's rate of infection and reimpose restrictions if necessary.

The tweaked rules will only apply in England – as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow slightly different guidelines as they have a higher rate of infection.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has already ordered all parks to keep their gates open and put an end to council patrols stopping people from catching rays and sitting on benches.

Police were previously allowed to issue on the spot fines of £60 for meeting without a good reason, and this has been increased to £100 following Boris Johnson's announcement on Sunday, May 10.

Social distancing rules continue to be even stricter for over-70s and those with serious underlying health conditions such as a weakened immune system, chronic respiratory disease or chronic heart disease.

NHS guidance currently says all those aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions — and those under 70 with an underlying health condition listed on its website — must remain shielded indoors.

Mr Johnson said he was desperate to get to a stage where he can allow the over-70s back into society.

Some of these rules have been relaxed but they remain dependent on the "R" rate staying lower than one.

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Can you exercise with family and friends?

Mr Johnson has encouraged Brits to do “more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise”.

People are allowed to sit in their local park, drive to other destinations, and play sports.

The Prime Minister stressed people must continue to “obey the rules on social distancing”.

To enforce those rules police will be increasing fines for people who break them.

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Jenelle Evans: Yeah, I Gained Weight In Quarantine! And I Don’t a F–k!

There have been many ups and downs in the life of Jenelle Evans in recent months.

Despite being locked down in quarantine for most of that time, Evans has continued to attract non-stop drama to her life.

Whether she’s re-launching her cosmetics company, or going to war with Instagram trolls, Jenelle has remained very active on social media.

And the fan response to Evans’ TikTok dancing videos has been quite an interesting thing to behold.

“Dance like nobody is watching!!! Since #quarantine I’ve been dancing a lot more and forgot how much I loved it! Judge me if you will, body shame me if you will but I love myself sooo,” Evans captioned her latest clip.

She then both tagged and hashtagged Willow Smith, who’s probably not in any rush to associate herself with Jenelle, given the latter’s long history of violence, bigotry, and abuse of children and animals.

The sooner that Jenelle comes to terms with the fact that her days as a media figure/pseudo-celebrity are over, the better off we’ll all be.

Anyway, most of the comments on the clip were focused not on Jenelle’s thirst for celeb attention, but on her physique.

And in a welcome change of pace, most of the remarks were positive.

“The weight looks really good on you!” one fan wrote.

“Dude you look healthy and happy and good, so you go girl!!!!” another commented.

“Who cares about your weight as long as you’re happy and healthy,” a third chimed in.

We’re sure Jenelle is deeply appreciative of such comments, given how much criticism she’s received in recent weeks.

Granted, some of that criticism was legitimate.

For instance, the idea of Jenelle re-launching her makeup line amid a global financial crisis when no one wanted her eyebrow kits the first time around is, frankly, absurd.

But the hateful comments found on Jenelle’s latest bikini pics were completely uncalled for.

As we always say in these situations, there are many, many legitimate reasons to dislike Jenelle.

Hell, we’re still not over the fact that she got back together with the guy who killer her dog and who verbally abuses her children like it’s his job.

(To be fair, David Eason probably doesn’t realize he’s doing this, as he’s forgotten what it’s like to have a job.)

We encourage you to roast Jenelle, but we beg you to do responsibly.

Focus on things she can easily change like her repugnant behavior and her constant insistence on putting her children in harm’s way.

But please, don’t stoop to her level by bullying and body-shaming.

We’re all better than that, folks.

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'I Got Rhabodomyolysis From A Kettlebell Workout—And I'm A Certified Kettlebell Teacher'

I could tell something was off one morning last summer when I went to the bathroom and saw what appeared to be grainy bourbon swirling around in my toilet bowl. (Sorry if I’ve forever ruined your fave whiskey for ya!) Startling, oh yes. Thinking back, I had been nursing achy hamstrings following a kettlebell workout a few days prior. And since my pee certainly hinted that something wasn’t working right internally, I suspected the two were connected.

Until that workout, I hadn’t picked up a kettlebell in months. It had been my primary form of exercise for six years—I even got certified to teach it—but I was starting to burn out, so I swapped in a less intense Pilates practice. Now I was ready to ease back into the swing of things (key word: ease).

I began with a 30-pounder and did one-minute intervals of swings, squats, and presses, eventually moving up to 45 pounds. I’d worked with that weight before—but again, it had been awhile. I left the gym hobbling (oh, my hammies!) but otherwise fine.

The soreness lingered but wasn’t bad enough for me to cancel Saturday Pilates. A stretch might be good, I told myself. But I woke up the next day to my unfortunate bathroom sitch.

Body Breakdown

I was vaguely aware of the condition known as rhabdomyolysis, in which injured muscle tissue breaks down and releases its contents into the bloodstream, potentially damaging the kidneys. But I figured there was no way my 25-minute kettlebell sesh could have been intense enough to cause that level of harm. Yet I found myself Googling “that thing when you work out too hard” (who can remember the word rhabdomyolysis?). One of the first symptoms I came across: dark, brownish-colored urine.

After some initial testing at urgent care, I was referred to the ER, where doctors measured my creatine kinase (CK)—an enzyme found in your muscles that, when elevated, may indicate damage. I learned just how injured I was: A healthy adult’s CK level falls between 22 and 198 U/L (units per liter); mine was a whopping 90,000 U/L.

“The tipping point is different for everyone, which is why it’s key to be in tune with your body.”

When I was told I would have to be admitted for at least a day, it was a strange pill to swallow. I wasn’t suffering from any other symptoms, like dehydration, nausea, or faintness. Yet I spent the night in the hospital spooning an IV bag to flush my kidneys fast enough to avoid damage. (Renal failure can be one of the more serious side effects of rhabdo.)

I was told to take six weeks off from exercising. When I did venture to my first hardcore class (boxing), I sneaked a peek at my pee for days afterward, just to make sure everything seemed A-OK. Fast-forward a year later, and I’m healthy as ever.

Give It A Rest

I get it: You feel a sense of pride when you fight through the so-sore feels. But you’ll come back stronger if you take a day off when…

Sweat on Sunday and still achy by Wed? Cue to cool it.

If you’ve played tennis forever but feel zapped during a longer or hotter practice, it might be your bod asking for a break.

Let’s say you have been training for a race and can’t run as fast as you did last week, but your regimen is the same. Build more recovery time into your plan.

FYI, exercise-induced rhabdo isn’t terribly common—about 12,000 cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S., according to a study in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. But Todd Cutler, MD, an internist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says nurses in his ER noticed an uptick in rhabdo cases that coincided with the recent rise in popularity of high-intensity cycling classes.

It’s not typically an exercise newbie who gets injured, either; it’s often a healthy, relatively fit person who pushes themselves to extremes the first time they try a new workout (or when they return after an absence). It makes sense, given my experience. “If you weren’t fit in the first place, you wouldn’t have been able to do the exercise,” says Dr. Cutler. In other words, my underlying health allowed me to reach the point of overexertion.

Less Is More

There’s a fine line between pushing yourself (which nets you gains) and going overboard (which leads to injury). The tipping point is different for everyone, which is why it’s key to be in tune with your body. (Hamstrings feel as if they’re under a blowtorch? Put down the weight!) If you’re trying something new or going back to working out after a hiatus, ease into it, advises Lauren Borowski, MD, a sports medicine specialist at NYU Langone Center for Women’s Sports Health.

My new mantra: Match workouts to current ability (no matter your past experience). And…rest days are clutch. Take them. The kettlebell will still be there tomorrow.

This article appears in the June 2020 issue of Women’s Health.

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Kyle Martino: Eva Amurri and I ‘Really Sucked at Being Married’

The good and the bad. Kyle Martino looked back on the beginning of his relationship with Eva Amurri and what led to their split in a candid new interview.

“I met Eva at a time in my life that was really tough,” the former soccer player, 39, said in a sneak peek of his appearance on Fubo Sports’ The Hooligans, which airs in full on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. ET. “I had just had a career-ending injury. Didn’t realize it then but realize it now, was going through serious depression and had during most of my career and didn’t know how to deal with it.”

He continued, “I mean, she was there to save my life, really, in a time that was incredibly tumultuous. A lot of transition, didn’t know which way was up and was kind of just … all over the place. It was leading to a really bad state of just feeling super down and not wanting to get out of bed.”

Martino explained that “no one really knew” what he was going through at the time because he “put on an act,” but he bonded with Amurri, now 35, who had also been struggling.

“We met and really fell in love quickly in that, like, we needed each other,” he recalled. “Her parents [Susan Sarandon and stepdad Tim Robbins] were splitting the month we met. So, we kind of took turns saving each other. And obviously there was chemistry and passion and attraction, all those things that come at the beginning of a relationship.”

The couple went on to tie the knot in October 2011. They later welcomed daughter Marlowe, 5, and son Major, 3, but their marriage started to crumble before the March arrival of their third child, Mateo.

“The last three or four years, we really sucked at being married,” the sports analyst admitted. “We were, like, trying really hard to make it work. Anyone that says, ‘Man, this marriage thing is a knack, this is great’ is getting divorced soon.”

The former couple announced their separation in November 2019, just two months after sharing the news of Amurri’s third pregnancy. They finalized their divorce on February 4, and Mateo was born on March 13.

“People were really judgmental and couldn’t imagine that we would make this decision from a place of love for each other, as a positive transition for our kids,” Martino said on Thursday. “Let’s show [our kids] what they should aspire to build in a successful marriage, and let’s also show them happy Mom and happy Dad, because we’re not happy together married.”

He added, “We gave each other a huge hug the day we decided to [split]. We gave each other a hug in divorce court when it was official. We love each other. We just suck at being married, and we shouldn’t be married. We will be in each other’s lives forever as coparents.”

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One MILLION miss smear tests in Covid lockdown – the 5 early signs of cervical cancer you need to know – The Sun

ONE million women have missed their smear tests due to the coronavirus lockdown, experts have estimated.

Campaigners warn that the long-term impact of cancelled or postponed screening could result in a rise in cervical cancer cases.

Only a "handful" of screening appointments have been available in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to Jo's Cancer Trust.

While services in England are decided at a local level resulting in a "postcode lottery" for many patients.

Kate Sanger, from the charity, says that while this is "far from ideal", it's necessary to protect women and NHS staff from coronavirus.

However, she warns that that could have a knock-on effect further down the line.

She told HuffPost UK: “We are anticipating there to be an increase in people with cell changes and potentially some additional cancers as a result of the pausing."

Around five million women a year are invited for cervical screening in the UK.

But Kate says that due to the "disjointed approach" across England during lockdown, around one million women have been affected.

She also raised concerns that even after cervical cancer screenings are allowed to resume, the system "won't be up and running quickly".

The NHS will be dealing with a backlog of "all manner of health conditions" once lockdown is lifted and social distancing may also limit the number of patients that can be seen in a day.

Karen Hobbs, from the Eve Appeal, says that women should be reassured that HPV – the virus that causes abnormal cells in most cases – is slow-growing.

She told HuffPost UK: “For the most part, it’s medically safe to postpone an appointment a little bit. Routine screening is usually a check of a healthy cervix."

For the most part, it’s medically safe to postpone an appointment a little bit. Routine screening is usually a check of a healthy cervix

But lockdown delays will make the risk higher for women who are already overdue their screening, she warned.

There are also fears that fewer women will want to take part in the scheme as they may be worried about undergoing "a very intimate test" following months of keeping their distance from people.

Women may also have difficulty in getting to an appointment, have childcare issues or have had past trauma that makes the procedure more daunting.

But she added: “It would be very rare and unlikely [to develop cancer during lockdown], but of course it’s a risk and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a risk."

Catch it early

Cervical cancer is one of the more deadly forms of the disease if it's left untreated.

Catch it at the earliest stage – stage 1 – and you have the highest chance of surviving it. But get diagnosed at stage 4, and you've only got a 5 per cent chance of surviving five years or longer.

That's why it's absolutely crucial that you know what changes to look out for and get them tested ASAP.

According to Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK.

It's the most common form of the disease in women aged 35 and under.

Over the past decade – despite the deaths of celebs like Jade Goody – the number of women attending screenings has dropped to the lowest level since records began in 1995, with nearly a third of women in the UK risking their lives by skipping their smear test.

That’s why last year Fabulous partnered with cervical cancer charity Jo’s Trust to launch #CheersForSmears, a campaign aiming to ensure women across the UK attend their screenings, no matter what.

With around 3,200 women in the UK now being diagnosed with the disease every year – a number that is set to rise by around 40 per cent within 20 years – and one in three dying from it, it’s clear we’re facing a cervical cancer time bomb.

So, what early signs do you need to look out for?

Not all women diagnosed with cervical cancer have symptoms, which is why it’s really important to attend cervical screening (smear tests) when invited.

"But, whatever your age, it’s equally important to be aware of cervical cancer symptoms," Imogen Pinnell, health information manager at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust told The Sun.

Early signs can include:

1. Abnormal bleeding (during or after sex, between periods and also post-menopause)period 

The most common and earliest sign of cervical cancer tends to be irregular bleeding.

It happens when the cancer cells grow on the tissue below the cervix.

It's an especially alarming sign in postmenopausal women who no longer have periods. There's no age limit to developing cervical cancer.

2. Unusual vaginal discharge

Everyone's discharge is different, so it's a case of knowing what is normal for you.

If you find that the colour, smell and consistency has changed, then that's something you really need to have checked out.

When cancer lacks oxygen, it can cause an infection which leads to strange smelling discharge.

3. Discomfort or pain during sex

Pain during sex can be a sign of a number of different issues, but one is cervical cancer.

Because the disease often comes with no symptoms, pain during intercourse is one of the key indicators. It can be a sign that the cancer is spreading to surrounding tissues.

4. Lower back pain

It could be down to you straining something in the gym, or it could be a warning sign that something's wrong with your reproductive organs.

Persistent pain – just one off twinges – in the lower back, pelvis or appendix can be a symptom of cervical cancer.

5. Unintended weight loss

While effortless weight loss might sound like the answer to many of our prayers, it's never a good sign if it happens seemingly without cause.

A loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss tend to be signs that the body isn't working properly – it's trying to conserve energy. If you notice that you're not eating as you normally do, go to your GP.

Cervical cancer myths busted

There's a lot of misinformation about the disease out there and that's putting loads of us at risk.

Here, Imogen Pinnell, health information manager at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, busts open a few of the most common myths.

1. HPV is rare: False

HPV is actually really common! In fact, 4 out of 5 people (80 per cent) will have the virus at some point in their lives.

In many cases, our immune systems will get rid of HPV without us ever knowing we had it.

That’s why removing stigma around the virus is so important.

2. Only promiscuous people get HPV: False

You can get HPV the first time you have sexual contact, so it doesn’t matter how many people you’ve had sex with.

The virus can also lie dormant in your body for years – even decades – so you could still have the virus if you’ve been with the same person for a long time.

3. Smear tests are a test for cervical cancer: False

A smear test aims to find changes (abnormalities) to cells in the cervix at an early stage, before they develop into cervical cancer.

So it actually prevents 75 per cent of cervical cancers from ever developing.

4. Smear tests should hurt: False

A smear test should not hurt. For most people, smear tests may be slightly uncomfortable but are not painful.

But we know it’s not always an easy test, so if you do find it painful or have worries, there are things that can help.

Speak to your nurse about ways to make the smear test better for you.

5. Only young people get cervical cancer: False

Cervical cancer affects women of all ages, which is why it’s important to attend smear tests when you are invited – attending helps reduce your risk of developing it.

 6. If you’ve had the HPV vaccine, you don’t need to attend a smear test: False

If you have had the HPV vaccine, you are protected against at least 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

However, you are not fully protected against all cervical cancers, so going for smear tests when invited is still important.

So, if you're over 25 then make sure that you're up to do with your smear tests.

If you're under 25, try to ensure that you're totally aware of what's going on with your body and seek urgent medical attention if anything from the list above starts to happen.

Remember, doctors have seen and heard it all before – there's absolutely no need to be embarrassed when talking about your gynaecological health.

In fact, doing so might well save your life.

 

As the disease progresses, it can also result in:

  • increased need to pee
  • blood in pee
  • bleeding from the bottom
  • diarrhoea
  • incontinence
  • lower limb swelling

What to do if you do experience any of these symptoms

If you experience any of these (do not wait for all of them to appear, just one is enough!), then make an appointment to talk to your GP immediately.

It doesn't matter if you've had a recent smear test or not – or if you're under 25 and haven't been offered one yet. Although it's rare, cervical cancer can strike earlier.

"Remember, cervical cancer is rare and all of these symptoms are often caused by something other than cancer," Imogen says.

"But, if you have any symptoms, it is important to get checked by your GP straight away."

Often, women don't have any symptoms early on and that's why it's so absolutely crucial that you go for a regular smear.

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'After I Was Diagnosed With PCOS, I Went Plant-Based And Tried Intermittent Fasting And Lost 30 Lbs.'

My name is Jackie Sanchez (@itsjackie_), and I am 26 years old. I live in Ventura, California, and I am a health coach and personal trainer. I lost 30 pounds by going more plant-based, incorporating fasting into my diet, and channeling self-love.

I have struggled with my weight since the age of 12. I was the girl that was always on a diet but could never successfully lose weight. When I finally managed to lose some weight, it never lasted for the long term. I spent years losing and gaining the same 15 to 20 pounds over and over again.

At the end of 2015, I knew I was ready to move forward with my weight-loss journey. I wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. I joined a local gym that offered group fitness classes—and I was hooked! I loved the environment, the trainers, the classes, and the workouts. I was also introduced to counting macros and successfully lost 30 pounds in the course of that year. But I ended up regaining the weight.

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I was devastated, but a deeper part of me knew that I wasn’t learning the real lesson: self-love had to come first.

I finally understood that this journey couldn’t solely be about the weight loss—it had to be about self-love. So in 2017 I moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in an effort to change up my life and heal mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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In 2018, I allowed myself to apply everything that I had learned from my previous experiences to make lasting change. Around the time I moved to Mexico I was also diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I knew that I was too young to live with this much pain for the rest of my life, and I was determined to heal my body and not only live in it, but thrive in it.

That’s when I came up with the concept of living consciously in my body. For the first time in my life, I was ready to listen to what my body had to say to me. I was gentle with myself, spend time thinking really hard about my goals and desires and past weight-loss mistakes, and then started applying the eating and exercise disciplines necessary to live a healthy life (more on those coming up!). I couldn’t start until I had my emotional outlook right.

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The weight came off in what felt like the blink of an eye. No resistance, no pain, no suffering—simply because I took the time to be more self-aware first.

After trying what felt like *every* single weight-loss diet or product out there, I finally gave myself the chance to learn from all those experiences. I took all my dieting experiences and pulled from each one the things that I liked and felt good to me. For example, I knew that I loved eating mostly plants and that eating a ton of meat didn’t make me feel great.

From there I began to create my own meal plan. I try to make conscious food choices and eat whole foods. Now I primarily eat plant-based. I don’t cook meat at all anymore. The only time I do eat it is if someone else preps it or if I get takeout. I personally feel way better eating that way—although it was a huge adjustment coming from a world of only being conditioned to eat chicken, turkey, and eggs!

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I am also currently intermittent fasting. I don’t have a strict eating window. I tend to eat my first meal anywhere between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and I stop eating at around 10 p.m.

Here’s what I eat in a day now:

  • Breakfast: Zucchini protein oats
  • Lunch: Black bean patties with a salad
  • Snacks: Popcorn or a protein bar
  • Dinner: Lentil soup
  • Dessert: Halo Top ice cream

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When it comes to my workouts, I love mixing it up.

I’m currently doing a 45-minute walk five to six times a week in the mornings, as well as some kind of strength or weight training four to five times a week in the evening.

My preference in workouts has changed throughout the years. It really has been a process of trial and error and seeing what my body wants and needs at any given time.

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These three changes helped me see the most noticeable results in my weight loss.

  • Change one: I worked on healing my emotional health. Undoing years of limiting my own beliefs about myself and becoming aware of subconscious patterns has been a game changer. I don’t think that many people realize that when you release the emotional stuff of the past, the physical weight goes with it.
  • Change two: I stopped setting deadlines on my body. I would always tell myself things like, “Just give it your all for 16 weeks and then you can learn a lifestyle after that.” The problem with that was that I was being extremely restrictive. I hated the process and I could never make it more than two to three weeks without binging, self-sabotaging, and going back to square one. I had to take my journey one day at a time instead, and then it happened faster than I ever would’ve expected.
  • Change three: I drink a ton of water. I drink three liters of water daily. The main reason I drink a lot of water is because I know how great water is for my health. In addition to that, my body has gotten used to being hydrated. I can feel the difference in mood and skin, and I can get through my workouts much better. All other drinks just taste too sugary now.

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For the last two years I have kept 30 pounds off.

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It took me six years to finally learn how to keep the weight off, but now I’ve figured out what works for me physically and emotionally. And I’m more proud of the person I’ve become than the weight loss itself.

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The Weeknd's McLaren P1 Is Indeed 'Cleaner Than Your Church Shoes'

Despite a global pandemic, The Weeknd‘s latest album, After Hours, got a big boost due to everyone staying at home.

After Hours is just another example in a long line of examples of why The Weeknd is so successful as an artist. A result of all that success, is of course, a lot of money.

And, like any other celebrity, there’s no better way to spend his millions than with buying expensive cars. Here’s a look at what’s inside The Weeknd’s garage, which he loves to show off in his music videos.

The Weeknd’s net worth

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Contrary to popular belief, The Weeknd is not actually an American singer, he’s Canadian. Like other Canadian artists though, his fame really blew up in the U.S., and it didn’t take him long before he won his first Grammy. Thanks to the four albums that he’s made so far, he’s currently estimated to be worth about $90 million.

One of the reasons why he’s become so popular so quickly was because of his 2016 song and collaboration with Daft Punk, Starboy. This song was a massive hit and it currently has over 1.5 billion views on YouTube. And, on top of that, ‘Starboy’ features his expensive cars very prominently.

A quick look at The Weeknd’s garage

In ‘Starboy’, he sings several verses that car lovers can relate to. For example, Billboard wrote that one verse said, “We don’t pray for love, we just pray for cars,” while other verses went into detail about which cars he loves the most. Those cars seem to be the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador or the Bentley Mulsanne. 

According to CarBuzz,  he does indeed own and drive an Aventador. The Aventador that he sings about was an SV Roadster, which is worth over $500,000. The Aventador also shows up briefly in the ‘Starboy’ video, and it was also likely brand-new since the SV Roadster was only built in 2016.

This Aventador SV Roadster had a 6.5-liter V12 engine which generated 750-hp. The main difference between the SV Roadster and the regular Aventador Roadster is the fact that it’s about 100-pounds lighter and thus, slightly faster than usual.

The Weeknd also briefly mentions the Mulsanne and it also shows up briefly in the ‘Starboy’ video. That said, this $300,000 car, while it’s big and fancy, isn’t as fast or as powerful as the Aventador. It’s a luxury car first and foremost, so its power doesn’t really matter as much as its comfort does.

In terms of comfort and utility, The Weeknd, according to CarBuzz, also has a Mercedes-AMG G63. This $150,000 luxury SUV is powerful and luxurious, but not very fast since it is an SUV.

The McLaren P1 steals the show

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But, as Billboard wrote, the McLaren P1 is not only mentioned in ‘Starboy,’ but The Weeknd also drives it around in the video. This may not have been a planned promotion either, as McLaren’s PR team were surprised by it. On top of that, The Weeknd gave the car a glowing review, singing, “P1 cleaner than your church shoes.”

There’s a lot of truth to that statement. The P1 in the video is not only literally clean, but it’s also a hybrid supercar.

The P1 has a 3.8-liter V8 that works with an electric motor to generate over 900-hp. This allows it to hit 218 MPH, according to Billboard, while being less polluting. On top of that, only 375 P1s have been made so far, and each one is worth $1.5 million. 

While the P1 won’t take The Weeknd to the stars, it is certainly a cleaner car than its competitors.

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Drake Reacts to Leaked Track in Which He Calls Kylie Jenner “a Side Piece”

Drake has hit out at rumors that he wrote a song about Kylie Jenner, after reports surfaced in 2019 that the pair had been hanging out.

Taking to his Instagram Stories, the rapper quickly shot down reports that he was referencing his rumored relationship with Jenner in the leaked collaboration with Future. Drake wrote, “A song that Mark ran last night on Night Owl sound live set shouldn’t have been played. It’s a song that leaked 3 years ago and got scrapped shortly after.”

The rapper elaborated, “He was just going too deep in the drake/future catalogue. Last thing I’d want to do is wake up having any friends of mine feeling disrespected so I just had to say that to start off the day.”

According to People, Future rapped in the song, “Yeah, I’m a hater to society / Real sh*t, Kylie Jenner, that’s a side piece / Yeah, I got 20 motherf*cking Kylies.” Later on in the track, Drake apparently mentioned Kylie’s sister and said, “Yeah, I got 20 damn Kendalls / Young slim baddies and they in Vogue / Yeah, I got 20 f*cking Gigis.”

In October 2019, it was reported that Kylie was getting close to the rapper at his 33rd birthday party. Despite subsequent reports that the pair had been getting romantic, nothing concrete seemed to materialize.

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'I Traded The South Beach Diet For The IIFYM Method And Lost 150 Pounds'

I’m Darci Kourelias (@dkfit_1121), and I am 31. I’m from Windsor, Ontario, and I am a hair stylist and personal trainer. I was sick of emotional eating and wanted to change my life, so I hired a trainer and began using the IIFYM way of thinking about nutrition. I’ve lost 150 pounds over the years.

Before my journey began, I felt like I was losing control. I was also an emotional eater. I started hiding when I was eating and being sneaky about food so that I could eat more when no one was watching.

I felt very uncomfortable around family and friends and was ashamed of myself, which caused more emotional eating—a vicious cycle. At my heaviest, I was just shy of 300 pounds, at 20 years old. At that point, my weight-loss journey began.

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My mom really wanted me to get healthy, so she used good ol’ bribery to kickstart my journey.

She offered me her low-interest credit card so I could get a car, but only if I lost 80 pounds and saved $1,000 of my own money. So I did, and I lost 100 pounds and got the car I wanted.

However, not even a full year later, Iunfortunately had to stop driving due to a rare eye condition I had. I went into a deep depression and put on more weight, feeling as if I was at rock bottom. A year went by, and I made a decision to hire a personal trainer in December 2014, which was the *best* decision I’ve made. I lost another 50 pounds.

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When I originally lost the first 100 pounds, I did the South Beach Diet (no carbs), and it was no good for me. But when I started working with my trainer, we realized the IIFYM (which stands for if it fits your macros) approach was a better one for me. The concept behind IIFYM is super-simple, but it really resonates with me: It means I get to create meals that I enjoy as long as they fit into my number of daily calories and macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein).

I started planning and putting meals together that had high volume, but were compiled with foods that were lower in calories. This way, I was able to get the feeling of eating a lot, while avoiding overeating and getting too full or uncomfortable after.

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Here’s what I eat in a day now:

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  • Breakfast: A piece of Ezekiel bread that I turn into a calorie-friendly French toast with some heated-up berries as jam, as well as another piece of Ezekiel bread that I toast and top with avocado and eggs.
  • Lunch: Broccolini with mushrooms, chicken breast, and air-fried potatoes with a homemade tzatziki sauce.
  • Snack: Coconut yogurt with some protein powder, topped with a healthy homemade granola, fresh strawberries, and kiwi.
  • Dinner: Spaghetti squash with extra lean ground turkey and mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives, and organic tomato sauce—topped with some light feta cheese.

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When I had lost the first chunk of weight, I wasn’t working out. But eventually I started working out at a kettlebell gym known as Punch Gym.

I worked out three times a week for 30 minutes, and it was the kind of workout that makes you sweat your butt off. I really ended up enjoying it.

I also got into competitive bodybuilding and figure shows in 2015. Right now, I usually go to the gym five to six days a week. I still like bodybuilding split training, where I train a specific muscle group a certain number of days a week. But I also love adding in work using a punching bag, kettlebells, and circuit-style training.

These three changes helped me see the most noticeable results in my weight loss.

Change one: I spent time learning about nutrition. I learned about different foods, their benefits, why that matters, and how to read the nutrition label. I also learned about the ingredients and what they mean for my body.

Change two: I found an eating plan that’s a lifestyle. I slowed down and realized that weight loss is a journey. I now enjoy the process and am happy with daily goals. I don’t consider myself on a diet.

Change three: I experimented with different foods. Don’t be afraid to try different foods and spices. Get creative, enjoy the process, and have fun with it.

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Overall, I have lost roughly 150 pounds.

My weight-loss journey has spanned over a decade, and I’m so proud of myself. I thought I was going to hate changing my eating habits and miss all the foods I was giving up, but not at all. I found the *joy* in creating beautiful, healthy, savory and sweet dishes that not only danced on my palette, but that also made me feel full and satisfied.

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Peter Weber: Here’s Why I Fell In Love With Kelley Flanagan …

It may not have made for the most compelling season of television.

In fact, there’s much to be said for the argument that Peter Weber wasted everybody’s time

But in the end, the show accomplished its stated goal, as Peter found love on The Bachelor.

Of course, he started dating Kelley Flanagan several weeks after the cameras stopped rolling, and only after proposing to someone else.

Not exactly the fairy tale ending producers had in mind. 

But the important thing is, Peter and Kelley eventually found their way back to one another.

Of course, they also met — and probably hooked up — before the season began filming, so they could have saved a lot of time by just entering a relationship right then and giving the Bachelor gig to Mike Johnson or somebody.

But we digress.

Anyway, Peter and Kelley are quarantining together in Chicago these days, and thanks to their endless TikTok posts and Cameo.videos, it’s been pretty easy to keep tabs on the couple.

In his latest Cameo, Weber took what was supposed to be birthday greeting for a teenager and turned it into some word salad nonsense about why he picked Flanagan.

“You guys want some inside scoop here on why I ultimately picked Kelley? All right, here’s what I can do,” he explained in the clip.

“To be completely honest, I think just the nature of the show definitely works and I’ve said that since day one,” Peter added.

“I still believe it works, but I think specifically for the type of relationship between, you know, Kelley and myself just wasn’t the most organic type of situation for us if it was going to actually work. And that’s OK, that’s totally OK because each relationship is different.”

Weber went on to quote his grandmother in Spanish, something he obviously believes creates the illusion of depth.

“No matter what happens, let the waters run. That’s essentially what it says in Spanish,” he said afterward.

“What’s meant for you [and] what’s yours will always be yours, and nothing can ever change that,” he added.

“So obviously we’ll see what the future holds for Kelley and I, but I think it’s a beautiful story, definitely a beautiful love story of what’s yours is yours and it will always come back to you, no matter what.”

At one point in the video, Peter was joined by Kelley, and the two of them sang “Happy Birthday” to the teen, thus proving they didn’t completely forget the point of the clip.

“That’s kind of always been our relationship. We’ve kept coming back in each other’s lives,” Weber said of Flanagan.

“So the way I look at it, [it’s] definitely an unorthodox way [of finding love] but [it] definitely worked in the end.”

Yeah, the more direct route would have spared a lot of people a lot of heartbreak, but we’re happy for these two anyway.

But maybe going forward, producers should implement a stricter vetting process to make sure no one is in love before filming even begins.

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