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Amt Hart has slammed Maura Higgins for attempting to pressure Curtis Pritchard into having sex with her on TV.

The ex Love Island star left the villa after being dumped by the professional ballroom dancer, and can't stand watching him on the show ever since.

The 27-year-old has spoken out against Maura after Curtis rejected her advances in bed, leaving the Longford lass dissatisfied without any fun.


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The Irish grid girl complained to the girls afterwards that she wasn't getting any orgasms from Curtis, who said he'd been too tired for sex.

Amy, his former 'half-girlfriend' who he embarrassed on live TV, has jumped to his defence and said he'd always vowed not to have sex in the villa.

Speaking to The Sun Online at Kisstory in London, she said: "If she’s waited that long she can wait a couple of days more I think."

She continued;

"We’re all different people in that villa and if that’s what she wanted to ask him, well that is fine, she has been going on about how frustrated she is the whole time she has been in there. But there’s only a couple more days to go."

Many have speculated that Curtis won't go all the way on TV so that he can score a job on Strictly Come Dancing.

It was reported that he will not be returning to Dancing With The Stars Ireland, and will appear as a guest judge on Drag Race UK.


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The 23-year-old dancer was the subject of cruel headlines this week after he was rumoured to have requested new clothes as he can no longer fit into any of his original outfits.

Speaking to the Daily Star, a source said: “He had to ask for some new ones because he is struggling to fit into them now.

“Curtis normally burns off a lot of calories because he's a professional dancer, but obviously in the villa he's not been training."

That doesn't seem like anybody's damn business, plus how can anyone know his sizing when he's in an isolated villa? 

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It is Mental Health Awareness Week and we reached out to our readers to have a frank and honest chat about mental health and the workplace.

If you’re suffering with mental health issues like depression or an anxiety disorder, then you know all too well that there are days when going into the office feels completely impossible.

You may be too anxious to get on your train or maybe your depression is so severe you can’t even manage to get out of bed.

They are real and valid issues, but why are we so afraid to talk about them?

52 percent of SHEmazing readers said they have taken a mental health day from work, but more often than not we give our boss a different reason for our absence.

There are so many incredible people working hard to break the stigma surrounding mental health disorders, but we still live in fear of telling someone that ‘I can’t go to work this morning because I’ve had a massive panic attack.’

We can often feel ashamed or embarrassed when opening up about our mental health issues, but why is this?

A fear of not being taken seriously is one of the biggest reasons. When asked if they felt comfortable talking to their boss about their mental health struggles, a striking 83 percent of our readers said no.

So, what can workplaces do to help their employees when it comes to their mental health because saying ‘it is okay not to be okay’ simply isn’t enough anymore.

With suicide rates increasing, we need to provide proper services and support for those suffering.

Our readers had some incredible recommendations about what can be done to support mental health in the workplace.

One reader said: “There should be a liaison officer in your workplace that you can speak to that will keep your anonymity and help you.”

“Allow employees to take a mental health day,” was one of the biggest recommendations.

Others said meditation classes, yoga, flexi-time and regular reminders about self-care would also help.

However, the recommendation that stood out the most was to simply treat it like any other illness. You wouldn’t expect an employee with a flu or broken leg to trek into the office so why should those with crippling depression or a panic disorder feel pressured to show up on days when they feel as low as can be?

Support the See Change campaign this week by wearing a green ribbon and show those who are suffering that they are never alone.

It is time to put an end to mental health stigma.


KJ Apa is without doubt one of the break out stars from The CW's Riverdale.

The show, which was unreal in Season 1 when it focused on the disappearance of Jason Blossom has slowly descended into utter chaos and our imaginations are now so far stretched when it comes to the storylines that it's reached the point where we're kinda bored of it tbh.

HOWEVER, that's not to say we're bored with the beautiful KJ, who has been put through the aul ringer in Season 3 as Archie Andrews.

From getting tortured in juvie to being almost  made a sacrifice, escaping a prison fight club after being stabbed, his gf's dad trying to kill him, being attacked by a bear…we could go on.


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With the shows success, has come huge levels of fame for it's young cast – not to mention 21-year-old KJ.

When it comes to dealing with the madness of fame and fans, he says that he is struggling.

He told ASOS Magazine, ''The weird thing is that it used to be people calling me by my character’s name.''

He continued, ''Now people come up to me in the street and know my name.”


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He added, ''Some people touch you and I had a hard time with people feeling like they can have that intimacy with me. The attention is strange and not comfortable. You put yourself in their shoes and think, ‘If I saw someone like that, what would I do?’”

Hmmm, being a celeb does sound kinda creepy when he puts it like that.

People being weird aside, KJ also revealed that he's battling some issues about his appearance. 

He said, ''As soon as I started being on camera so much, I became self-conscious, which I never was [before]. Now I look in the mirror and feel unhappy with…whatever. The fact I have to look a certain way for the show, that can be pressuring.''

But hold on – the New Zealand ride is happy to give himself time to adjust to being known.

He said, ''It’s easy to put pressure on yourself. Recently, it’s been realising, ‘What do I want as a 21-year-old in life?’ In terms of relationships, battling between staying with the love of your life or being a 21-year-old and not living with regret when you’re older. I look at my parents’ marriage and I think, ‘Don’t you wish that you’d waited a bit?’”

Just goes to show that even if you're ripped to shreds, a strong AF Instagram game and bucket loads of talent, you can still be unsure of yourself. 

Thanks for cheering us up, KJ.


So, while popular culture has painted a picture of the eligible bachelor vs the desperate woman, it turns out quite the opposite is true.

And while we're pretty sure most people are able to see through these inaccurate and downright offensive stereotypes, science is here to debunk the myth once and for all.

A new study conducted by dating website eHarmony found the 71 per cent of single men felt “significant pressure” to find a romantic partner compared to just 58 per cent of single women.

Research also found that men were more likely to feel lonely when they're not in a relationship, with 47 per cent of participants admitted that it was one of the worst things about being single.

Dr Linda Papadopoulos, eHarmony psychologist, said: “Surprising though it may seem, it's single men rather than women who feel under more pressure to find a partner.”

“They also report higher levels of loneliness. This challenges the traditional idea of the happy-go-lucky bachelor who is more suited to single life than his female equivalent,” she added.

What's more, the study also revealed what people miss most about the single life. Answers included things like personal independence, time for new hobbies and the freedom to enjoy new sexual relationships.

Rather surprisingly, just 41 per cent of people said they would rather be with themselves than with the wrong person, while 77 per cent said they suffered from loneliness whilst single.

Romain Bertrand, of eHarmony, said: “ Of course, it's encouraging to see that many people actively enjoy being on their own and have strong ties with family and friends.

“However, we also know that many singles feel burnt out and jaded by casual dating.”

There's ups and downs to everything, really.


Women in the public eye face a huge amount of pressure to prescribe to standardised beauty ideals, and being slim is often one of them. 

Gemma Arterton has shed some light on the horrific pressure she has felt in the film industry.

The actress has claimed that she was forced to lose weight by film bosses after they sent her a live-in personal trainer who would film her exercising as evidence for the producers.

'There was one film that I was on and we were out in Morocco and a couple of weeks went past and they literally were like “We need a personal trainer – stat,' she told The Guilty Feminist podcast in June.

‘And they flew someone out overnight that gave up their whole life to be with me and be my personal trainer.'

'They’d measure me and they’d call up the personal trainer at like nine and night going: “Is she in the gym? And if she isn’t, why isn’t she in the gym?' she continued.

‘And then they’d get me in the gym and film me in the gym and they’d have to know that I was there.'

She also told The Guilty Feminist panel how a producer attempted to shame her out of eating healthy snacks while filming. 

'There was one day when I went to get some snacks, they have like snacks on set, and I went to get some apricots, some dried apricots, and the man went, this big, fat, obese producer went: “I hope you’re not going to eat that.'

Thankfully, Gemma paid him no heed, saying: 'I’m going to eat about all twenty, then I’m going to go home and eat all the stuff in the mini bar and then I’m going to vomit it all up.'


She’s one of Ireland’s best known faces, but that doesn’t mean Roz Purcell’s modelling career has been totally free from worry.

In a new interview with the Diary, the Tipperary native has revealed how in the past she felt pressurised to lose weight for work, but claims that these days she’s more interested in feeling well than being slim.

Speaking of her time in the States, the 26-year-old said: “When you’re in a job that’s based on aesthetics people feel they can comment on your aesthetics.  When I was modelling abroad, people would just say things to you…They would say you need to lose weight, straight up.”


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Since changing her career focus, Roz admits she has become less stressed about her weight.

“I had such baby fat and my eyebrows were different.”

“You learn through your makeup like using lip liner. Before, lip liner wasn't really a thing. There's a lot of different elements through the years that I have changed.”

“I don't really know how much I weigh.  I'm more about how I feel now and I'm not obsessed with weighing myself at all.  I used to be, but I've taken a step back from it.”

The Natural Born Feeder creator – who is currently dating music promotor Zach Desmond – also confessed that dealing with her sister’s leukaemia diagnosis has given her a new outlook on life.

“I used to be a really anxious person but since Rachel, I have completely changed.”

“I don’t worry about anything.  Stress is a contributor to so many different things, I completely avoid it.  I would always look for what could go wrong.  Nothing keeps me awake at night now.”


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Model Robyn Lawley is the face of Pantene, has designed her own swimwear collection and has been on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Sports Illustrated and yet she admits she has been dropped from major beauty campaigns because of her size 16 frame.

In a recently published interview with The Cut, the Australian beauty described how she would be hired for jobs based on her photos but as soon as agents realised she was not a sample size model, she would be let go.

She said: “My agency, when I signed with them, sent me out to all the beauty clients.  My Italian agency did the same thing.”

“I got booked from everyone.  Then, as soon as they found out my size, they all dropped off.”

Robyn – who runs the food blog Robyn Lawley Eats – has been outspoken over her dislike of the term "plus-size" and in the interview highlighted how strange it is that one term is used to describe every woman who wears clothing larger than a size 8.

She said: “Plus-size is a really broad term.  If you're going to label sizes 8 to 18 plus-size, you're labelling the majority of women plus-size.”

When asked if she’s ever been worried about her weight, the curvy model answered with an honest “yes” but rather than stressing over being too big, Robyn said she was freaked out over getting too thin.

She said: “I found these crazy, old photos of me modelling and they took my breath away.”

“I was so skinny, and it was just not good enough.  It wasn't skinny enough. I had tried everything and I had whittled myself down to a point where I couldn’t be skinnier.”

“I can’t control my bone structure.  I can’t get skinnier than my bones.  I can’t.  You can change the sample.”

“Seeing those pictures reminded me that it’s important for girls not to feel like that.  I was weak.  I needed to be fit, healthy, and young.”



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Robyn recently made history when she was the first non-sample-sized model to cover Sports Illustrated.

She is the latest in a string of high profile names – which includes Amy Schumer – calling for greater diversity in the industry.

Since more and more high street brands are now adding extra sizes to their lines, we're hopeful that fashion is slowly becoming more inclusive.