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  • Adam 21:27 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    WWE news: CM Punk returns to fighting… but wrestling fans should not get too excited 

    WWE legend CM Punk is back in the fight game – albeit in jiu-jitsu.

    The 40-year-old left WWE in 2014 amid a bitter row with management.

    CM Punk is back in the fight game... but WWE fans should not get too excited
    CM Punk is back in the fight game… but WWE fans should not get too excited
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    Since then the Chicago native has attempted to embark on a career in UFC.

    But after a stunning career inside the wrestling ring, the “Best in the World” failed to make the grade inside the octagon.

    Punk, real name Phil Brooks, lost on his MMA debut to Mickey Gall back in 2016.

    Not to be deterred, the former WWE champion made another attempt to crack in the cage.

    However, he lost via unanimous decision after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of Mike Jackson at UFC 225 last June in his hometown.

    UFC president Dana White said after that loss Punk would probably not fight for the organisation again.

    With tensions still high with WWE brass, Punk then signed a deal with Cage Fury Fighting Championships, a UFC affiliate, as a commentator – covering his first event in December.

    That appeared to mark the end of his competitive career as he looked to be taking a break from the fight game.

    But Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer’s has reported differently.

    He says CM Punk recently competed in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament.

    And his appearance went largely unnoticed due to him using his birth name.

    Meltzer wrote: “Punk, using his real name, quietly competed in a novice BJJ tournament recently and placed third in a 199.9 weight class division that had three competitors.”

    Despite his long absence from WWE, wrestling fans are still desperate to see him return to the company that propelled him to stardom.

    His name is still regularly chanted at pay-per-view and house shows, showing he remains a huge favourite with the WWE Universe.

    WRESTLEMANIA 36 — How can you be there?

    ALL rise for The Showcase Of The Immortals!

    WWE’s annual showpiece WrestleMania takes place on April 5, 2020 from the home of NFL side Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.

    Ticket details are yet to be confirmed, but you can still be there.

    SunSport will be bringing you the very latest on how to be in Florida for the wrestling spectacle.

    Click here to find out all you need to know so you can start planning your trip.

     
  • Adam 21:24 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Game Of Thrones Jason Momoa breaks fans’ hearts after shaving his beard off for the first time in SEVEN years 

    GAME Of Thrones star Jason Momoa has shaved off his iconic beard for the first time in seven years in a bizarre bid to save the planet.

    The 39-year-old actor, who plays Khal Drogo in the sword-swinging drama, looked completely different once the facial hair had been sliced off – and many fans were heartbroken.

    The clean-shaven Jason disturbed many fans

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    He hadn’t shaved his face for seven long years[/caption]

    One screamed: “JASON MOMOA HAS SHAVEN HIS BEARD OFF I AM NOT OKAY.”

    The actor posted a video of the moment the beard got wiped off his face, standing in the middle of a plastic-strewn desert to promote recycling.

    Jason explained: “I just wanna do this to bring awareness. Plastics are killing our planet.”

    That led one fan to lash out at the environmentally unaware, raging: “Jason Momoa shaved off his beard because you f**ks don’t know how to recycle and keep the planet clean.

    Jason larked about in the desert with half a beard

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    He plays Dothraki chieftan Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones[/caption]

    “Can’t believe I have to deal with a dying planet and now Jason without a beard.”

    Many others shared that view, insisting that they were “f**king distraught” and wailing: “Now nothing makes sense in this world.”

    Before shaving the beard off – claiming “the last time I shaved was in 2012” – Jason gave a roll call of characters he was bidding farewell to.

    Referring to the Game of Thrones Dothraki warrior, he begun: “Goodbye Drogo.”

    He shaved the beard off in a bid to save the planet

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    Jason in New York with wife Lisa Bonet, who he married in 2017[/caption]

    Name-checking his his Aquaman character and the trader he played in Frontier, Jason added: “Goodbye Arthur Curry, bye Declan.”

    The star was encouraging people to stop buying plastic bottles and move to 100 per cent recyclable options like aluminium cans.


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  • Adam 21:22 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Man City players pay for coaches for fans to take them to FA Cup final in thanks for their support 

    MANCHESTER CITY players have clubbed together to lay on 26 coaches for supporters to go to next month’s FA Cup final.

    The gesture – which involves one coach for every senior member of Pep Guardiola’s first team squad – is a thank you for their support over the season.

    Crestfallen Vincent Kompany feels the pain as Man City exit the Champions League against Spurs
    Crestfallen Vincent Kompany feels the pain as Man City exit the Champions League against Spurs on away goals despite a 4-3 win
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    Etihad defender Vincent Kompany says Man City players have been blown away by the support this season and wanted to thank supporters in a practical way
    Etihad defender Vincent Kompany says Man City players have been blown away by the support this season and wanted to thank supporters in a practical way
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    City have played four times at Wembley already this season and now face Watford in the showpiece game on May 18.

    They also reached the last eight of the Champions League meaning it has been an expensive business following the club on their hunt for silverware.

    Skipper Vincent Kompany said: “The support from our fans throughout the season has been nothing short of incredible.

    “Travelling to so many games in league and cup competitions, both home and away, is not easy to do and is something that every player in our squad values and appreciates.

    “Although Wednesday night’s result was not the one that we had hoped for, it was very special to hear our fans in full voice for 90 minutes backing the team.

    “We still have so much to fight for this season, and this is our way of saying thank you to them for being with us every step of the way.”

    City striker Raheem Sterling joined the praise for supporters after being denied a tie-clinching hat-trick by VAR as Spurs lost 4-3 at the Etihad but reached the Champions League quarter-finals on aggregate.

    The England frontman said: “I have never heard noise like that since I have been in Manchester but football is unpredictable.”

    Etihad stars like Vincent Kompany found aggregate defeat against Spurs hard to take
    Etihad stars like Vincent Kompany found aggregate defeat vs Spurs hard to take
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  • Adam 21:14 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Anni Friesinger-Postma: Das sagt sie über ihre Ehe auf Distanz 

    Es klingt anheimelnd nach tief verwurzelter Bodenständigkeit, wenn die ehemalige Eisschnellläuferin Anni Friesinger-Postma (42) spricht. Ihr Deutsch ist von ihrer idyllischen oberbayerischen Heimat geprägt, doch sie kann auch anders. Wenn die «Queen of Ice» (drei Mal Olympia-Gold) fließend Englisch, Französisch, Polnisch (ihre Mutter kommt aus Polen) und Niederländisch (ihr Mann ist Holländer) parliert, offenbart sie die Weltläufigkeit einer international erfolgreichen Frau. In einem Interview mit der «Süddeutschen Zeitung» spricht Anni Friesinger-Postma über ihr Leben nach dem Sport.

    Über Geld

    «Überall steht, ich wäre Millionärin und ich hätte für immer ausgesorgt. Niemand hat für immer ausgesorgt. Ich habe in Immobilien investiert. Und ich habe dabei auch Fehler gemacht», erzählt die heute 42-Jährige. Sie habe mit geschlossenen Immobilienfonds Geld verloren, «so 50.000 Euro».

    Über Geschäfte

    Derzeit hat sie ein Geschäft für Kindermode in Salzburg. «Ich finde Mode toll, bin viel in Skandinavien, das Design dort spricht mich an. Schöne Mode für Kinder, aus nachhaltigen Materialien — warum nicht auch in Salzburg? 2015 haben wir angefangen», sagt Friesinger-Postma. Sie sei ein Kontrollfreak und bereite alles genau vor, es käme aber, wie auch im Sport, immer auf das Team an. «Meine fünf Mitarbeiterinnen können davon auf alle Fälle gut leben. Ich selbst bin am Ende der Investitionsphase. Wir schreiben gute Zahlen.» Sie habe aber auch einen großen Fehler gemacht, «der mich sehr viel Geld und Nerven gekostet hat».

    Über Niederlagen

    «Ich habe vor lauter Enthusiasmus auch in den Niederlanden ein Geschäft eröffnet. Mein Mann lebt ja dort, zehn Minuten von seinem Bauernhof weg habe ich in Sneek eine zweite Filiale aufgemacht… Anfangs lief es sehr gut, aber es hat nicht geklappt. Ich war doch viel zu selten da, die Mitarbeiterinnen haben untereinander gestritten. Deshalb habe ich übrigens im Sport immer gerne mit Männern zusammengearbeitet.» Schließlich habe sie nach neun Monaten die niederländische Filiale wieder geschlossen. «Ich habe Lehrgeld bezahlt, aber damit auch wichtige Erfahrungen gemacht.»

    Über ihre Landflucht

    Bereits in ihrer aktiven Zeit als Sportlerin ist sie aus ihrem Heimatort Inzell regelrecht geflüchtet. «Natürlich wollte ich auch Freiheit von meinem Coach. Im Dorf wusste damals jeder, wann ich heimgekommen bin und wen ich mitgenommen habe. Das hat mich eingeengt.» Sie sei damals ausgebrochen, «ich habe abends das Flutlicht vom Eisstadion gesehen. Ich konnte einfach nicht mehr abschalten, da bin ich nach Salzburg gezogen und habe mir hier eine große Altbauwohnung gekauft».

    Über ihre Ehe auf Distanz

    1998 lernte sie den holländischen Eisschnellläufer Ids Postma (45) kennen, Trennung 2001, fünf Jahre später waren sie wieder zusammen. «Wir haben On und Off hinter uns und haben irgendwann gemerkt, es geht nicht ohne einander… 2009 haben wir geheiratet. Ids hat in Holland den Hof seiner Eltern übernommen, mit mittlerweile 650 Milchkühen», erzählt die ehemalige Profi-Sportlerin weiter. Das Paar hat zwei Töchter, die beide bei ihr in Salzburg sind, während Vater Ids (ein Mal Olympia-Gold, ein Mal Silber) seinen Bauernhof 1.000 Kilometer weiter nördlich bewirtschaftet. Geht das gut?

    «Es geht immer um die Qualität und nicht um die Quantität. Es funktioniert, weil wir uns schon so lange kennen», sagt Friesinger-Postma. Sie haben mal zusammen in Holland gelebt, «aber ich habe die Berge und die Stadt so vermisst. Heimweh ist furchtbar. Es hat einfach nicht funktioniert, mit mir dort auf dem Hof in der Ebene. Wir lieben beide unsere Freiheit und das ist ein Geschenk, das wir uns beide machen. Wir sind uns beide sehr ähnlich».

     
  • Adam 21:12 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright had ‘the sex talk’ aged just 10 after his character Bran walked in on Cersei and Jaime’s incest scene 

    GAME OF THRONES star Isaac Hempstead Wright was taught about sex at the age of 10 years old, after his character Bran walked in on an incest sex scene in the first episode.

    The actor, 20, appeared on US chat show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, to promote the final season of Game of Thrones.

    Isaac Hempstead Wright revealed he had a discussion about sex with his parents following the shocking Game of Thrones incest scenes
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    Jimmy Kimmel spoke about how Jaime Lannister has had a bit of a character redemption, despite being responsible for Bran Stark’s disability.

    In the very first Game of Thrones episode, Bran Stark climbs up a tower in King’s Landing but discovers Jaime Lannister having sex with his own sister, Cersei Lannister.

    Isaac explained: “I was told what was going on. But it meant that my mum had to give me the sex talk a little earlier, with some topics that probably aren’t covered by general sex talks.”

    The actor also refused to either confirm or deny the popular theory that Bran Stark is the Night King.

    His character Bran Stark interrupted incest sex between Cersei and Jaime Lannister
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    Jon Snow actor Kit Harington can be seen gagging after filming a kiss scene with co-star Emilia Clarke in a behind-the-scenes clip.

    Kit, 32, plays reluctant hero Jon Snow in the show, with Emilia, 32, taking on the role of Daenerys Targaryen.

    The actor also refused to comment on the theory that Bran Stark is the Night King
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    Fans were delighted when the much-anticipated final series of GoT finally hit our screens at the weekend, with one of the first episode’s most talked about scenes being  Jon and Dany’s romantic kiss in front of a waterfall after going on a dragon ride together.

    HBO have since released a behind-the-scenes video for the episode, where show runners admitted the kiss had to be filmed in front of a green screen – despite the cast and crew flying out to Iceland for the country’s scenic beauty.

    One clip shows the two actors filming the kiss, with Kit gagging, groaning and  joking around as he shares a smooch with his co-star.


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  • Adam 21:10 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    I use escorts because my wife hasn’t wanted sex since our son, 12, was born 

    DEAR DEIDRE: I VISITED an escort yet again last night.

    She was young and pretty and good at her job — and the sex eased my frustration. But I feel so guilty. I only go because my wife’s driving me to it.

    I visited an escort again last night — young and pretty and good at her job
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    I am married with a son of 12. My wife and I have been married for 14 years but with little or no sex since our son was born.

    At first I understood she was tired because of caring for a baby. But things gradually went downhill and now sex never happens.

    The last time we tried, I lost my erection so it was a total failure.

    The fact is the chemistry has all gone. I suggested to my wife that maybe we should live separate lives under the same roof. She doesn’t want this and begged for us to give it another go.

    Escorts ease my frustration as my wife and I have had little to no sex in 12 years
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    Even so, it is as though we are only together because we cannot afford to be apart and that we have a son to bring up.

    I have had to accept the situation but we are not close at all and I miss sex very much.

    To go without it totally at the age of 39 feels all wrong. It is totally frustrating. I have suggested various ways we might spice up our sex life but my wife always comes up with excuses.

    She says she is tired because of working and looking after the home and our son.

    I can’t go totally without sex at 39 – it is totally frustrating
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    I want to be there and raise my boy but there seems to be nothing to enjoy with my wife.

    We argue a lot and there no longer seems to be any closeness between us.

    I am not proud of seeing escorts but it feels like the only way I can ease my frustration. My wife does not ask about where I have been or why, so I don’t have to explain to her.

    Even so, I don’t feel good about what I am doing.

    I often wonder if there is any point in us staying together.

    She has never been very enthusiastic about sex but at least there used to be some physical contact.

    topic4today

    NEARLY three in four women experience pain during sex at some point, and for some it is so severe it effectively stops them having intercourse.

    My e-leaflet Self-Help For Painful Sex has advice.

    DEIDRE SAYS: Having a baby is one of the most common triggers for problems in a couple’s sex life and a gulf can open up.

    The longer it gets left unbridged, the wider it gets, and sexual responses can shut down.

    That last time you tried to have sex just felt too awkward and you were too full of anger.

    But you and your wife could enjoy sex together again.

    Tell her you both have to be willing to make changes or you will be raising your son in a damaging atmosphere of resentment and dislike.

    Restart sexual contact – no intercourse at first – but you should get there using the steps explained in my e-leaflet Sex-play Sex Therapy.

    You may also need counselling to resolve all the tension that has built up between you.

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    READ TODAY’S DEAR DEIDRE I feel anxious and lonely since I moved to Turkey to be with my boyfriend

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  • Adam 21:08 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    I feel anxious and lonely since I moved to Turkey to be with my boyfriend 

    DEAR DEIDRE: FOR part of the year I’ve moved to Turkey to be with my Turkish boyfriend and his family.

    My problem’s the language. I am 27, my boyfriend is a year older and we met when he was working in London.

    I feel anxious and lonely since I moved to Turkey to be with my boyfriend
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    He speaks Turkish and English fluently, his sister just a tiny bit of English and his mother none at all.

    I am trying desperately to learn Turkish but it is very different.

    His mother is lovely but the language barrier makes it so difficult to be friendly towards her.

    I feel anxious and lonely, especially when I am left out of family conversations.

    DEIDRE SAYS: It is great you are trying. Be patient.

    Ask your boyfriend to teach you some well-known phrases but also to find you a proper teacher and ask his sister for conversation lessons. Make a note of particular things you want to say, like how to tell his mum you appreciate her kindness or her cooking. One day it will suddenly feel a lot easier.

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    READ TODAY’S DEAR DEIDRE I love my partner but she tells me she has a wandering eye — what should I do?

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  • Adam 21:06 on 18.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
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    I love my partner but she tells me she has a wandering eye — what should I do? 

    DEAR DEIDRE: I LOVE my partner very much but she tells me she has a wandering eye.

    This has baffled me and I don’t know what to do.

    I love my partner but she tells me she has a wandering eye — what should I do?
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    We have been together for 12 and a half years. She is 28, I am 31. She says she is happy and loves me but that she wanders emotionally and might want to see other men.

    So far she has only been sending guys loving texts and adding kisses.

    But she doesn’t think she can change. I’ve been trying to convince her that she can overcome this.

    We are engaged and I want to help her but she doesn’t know how to be different.

    DEIDRE SAYS: It is more accurate to say she does not want to act differently – at least not at the moment.

    You have been together since you were young. If she feels your relationship has run out of steam you both have to face up to it. You are not going to be happy in some open relationship.

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    READ TODAY’S DEAR DEIDRE My son, 11, is appalled that I am dating three years after his dad’s death

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    Napoli vs Arsenal LIVE SCORE: Latest updates from Europa League quarter-final clash in Naples 

    ARSENAL are hoping to book their place in the last-four of the Europa League.

    Unai Emery’s men have a two-goal cushion as they face Serie A side Napoli, but will be aware that the hosts have lost just once at home all season.

     
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    Sophie Gradon’s heartbroken parents deny ‘coke and booze’ death verdict and claim Love Island star had rare undiagnosed brain condition 

    SOPHIE Gradon’s distraught parents today denied an inquest verdict that the Love Island star took a lethal cocaine and booze mix before she was found hanged.

    Deborah and Colin Gradon instead insist their “beloved” daughter had an undiagnosed brain condition that causes irrational thoughts.

    Sophie Gradon with her parents Deborah and Colin
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    This would have had a “severe and brutal impact” on Sophie in the months leading to her tragic death last June.

    Their claims are in stark contrast to the coroner’s findings that Sophie, 32, ended her life last June after taking the deadly cocktail.

    A coroner cited research in the US that revealed mixing drink and drugs made people 16 times more likely to kill themselves.

    But Deborah and Colin told Sun Online that a post mortem revealed Sophie had been living with Arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

    This causes an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that has been shown to affect a person’s thinking and reasoning abilities.

    ‘SEVERE AND BRUTAL IMPACT’

    The heartbroken couple said: “We needed more time to research and talked to a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist.

    “They both unanimously agreed that Sophie’s cerebral and cognitive reasoning would have been influenced by the presence of the AVM in her brain.

    “We believe Sophie started to become symptomatic in December 2017. We noted an acute change in her personality and behaviour.

    “Sophie was convinced she had ADHD and would often complain ‘that her brain wasn’t working right’.”

    TRAGIC DEATH

    Sophie, who was battling depression, was found by her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at her parent’s home in Northumberland last summer.

    He frantically performed CPR on her for 15 minutes but she was sadly unable to be saved.

    Aaron, 25, hanged himself five days after her funeral having taken a similar cocktail of cocaine and booze, a separate inquest was told last month.

    'The pain is visceral' — Sophie's parents statement in full

    Today is, without doubt, one of the saddest of our lives. Our precious Daughter is no longer with us and to read the cause of her passing all over the media is shattering beyond measure. The last ten months have been filled with agony, anguish we have suffered torturous interference almost on a daily basis. Particularly in the past few weeks from the sewer that is social media.

    We were given the Coroner’s file on Friday 15th March at 16.00. The Coroner then expected to hold the Inquest, giving us only 3 days to read the file and make any legal submissions. This timescale was unconscionable with the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The law is quite clear, in that it specifies that disclosure to Family of the diseased should be given in a reasonable time. We did not consider three days reasonable. We, therefore, asked for a postponement.

    On his appointment as the first Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC advocated that Families should be prioritised and given information as quickly as it was made available. Procedures to make the process more timely and less stressful for the bereaved families involved, were to be put in the process. Sadly, this wasn’t our experience.

    Contained within the file was the Post Mortem report, which we were advised not to read. Mercifully, we did and discovered to our devastation that our beloved Daughter Sophie; had a life-threatening undiagnosed brain condition known as an Arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

    This is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system. This vascular anomaly is widely known because of its occurrence in the central nervous system (usually cerebral AVM) but can appear in any location.

    This would have had a severe and brutal impact on Sophie. We needed more time to research and talked to a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist. They both unanimously agreed that Sophie’s cerebral & cognitive reasoning would have been influenced by the presence of the AVM in her brain.

    Sophie’s ability to reach logical conclusions and judgments about whether an action is right or wrong would have been relentlessly compromised. We believe Sophie started to become symptomatic in December 2017. We noted an acute change in her personality and behaviour. Sophie was convinced she had ADHD and would often complain “that her brain wasn’t working right”. None of this was apparent as a child. Sophie was always incredibly clever and bright. Other physical systems started to manifest themselves such as back and neck pain (owing to blood starvation to the area.

    One of her last postings on Facebook was about how much back pain she was experiencing. Sadly, the survival rate of a 35-year-old with an AVM is only 25% and at 40 this drops to 20%.

    Sophie in her own words said she felt her life was spiralling out of control. She admitted to making some really bad decisions in her personal life and made associations with people whom she knew to be bad for her. She claimed she was getting involved with “The wrong men”. She swore to herself that “nothing is going to stop me from taking care of myself & that includes men”.

    The toxicology report showed us that Sophie was 2½ times over the drink driving limit, which to some is a large amount but to others a normal evening in front of the T.V. Additionally, there was a Cocaine found in her system, of which one of the metabolites, is Benzoylecgonine. It is known that prescribed medication such as Sertraline an SSRI can give a ‘false positive’ reading of Cocaine in someone’s system. Sophie was taking Sertraline at the time of her passing. I asked the Toxicologist to take this into consideration, but he wouldn’t. Everything has to be black or white with no grey area.

    The pain we feel is visceral. Ask any parent that has lost a child. The grief and guilt eat away at you from the inside out. Someday it’s difficult to breathe. There is a hole in our hearts that will never ever be filled again with the love that we knew to be our beloved daughter Sophie.

    Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity.”

    North Shields Coroners Court heard how Sophie, crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009, had been prescribed the anti-depression drug Sertraline in 2013.

    Toxicology tests showed she had a blood reading of 201mg per 100ml of blood – around three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.

    But her parents have blamed Sophie’s medication for the positive cocaine reading – and claimed they asked a toxicologist look into their fears but were refused.

    LIFE WAS ‘SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL’

    The inquest was dramatically halted from its planned start on March 21 so Sophie’s parents could read a new report into her death.

    Deborah and Colin, who were not at today’s hearing, have also revealed how their daughter told them her life was “spiralling out of control” in the months leading to her death.

    She had admitted “making really bad decisions” – including in her choice of men – but had swore to herself nothing would stop her “taking care of myself”.

    Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity

    Deborah and Colin Gradon

    Paying tribute to their daughter, Deborah and Colin added: “The pain we feel is visceral. Ask any parent that has lost a child. The grief and guilt eat away at you from the inside out.

    “Someday it’s difficult to breathe. There is a hole in our hearts that will never ever be filled again with the love that we knew to be our beloved daughter Sophie.

    “Sophie lived each day knowing she was cherished and adored. There was nothing she could ever do that would make us love her any less. We will love Sophie for eternity.”

    North Shields Coroners Court heard how Sophie, crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009, had been mourning the recent death of close friend Paul Burns at the time of her death.

    ‘I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE’

    She exchanged a series of Instagram messages with pal Sondeep Gill before the pair spoke for nearly an hour on the phone in the early hours of June 20.

    Sophie said Paul “had been there for so many people and he had stopped her from taking her own life”.

    “I cannot do this any more I struggle every day with my ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder],” she told Sondeep.

    “I would never want to do that to my family but if I could escape I would. I cannot believe I am telling you this.

    “I have been struggling with the world, no one knows why or how.”

    I would never want to do that [take my own life] to my family but if I could escape I would

    Sophie Gradon

    The phone suddenly went dead at 2.40am, and Sondeep’s messages went unanswered after that point.

    Sondeep told police: “Her speech was slurred, she was repeating herself a lot and during the conversation I was worried she sounded down so I tried to keep the conversation light and told her she should go to bed.”

    The court heard that Sophie had been prescribed the anti-depression drug Sertraline in 2013 – and that the drug was found in her system along with the alcohol and cocaine.

    Toxicology tests showed she had a blood reading of 201mg per 100ml of blood – around three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.

    HEARTBREAK

    Aaron and Sophie also exchanged texts the day before her death that were “very general and loving in nature” while both were at home looking after their respective parents’ dogs.

    But when he couldn’t contact Sophie the next day, Aaron became so worried he called his brother Ryan and the pair went together to her home in the village of Medburn near Newcastle, arriving at around 7pm.

    At first they threw stones up to Sophie’s bedroom window to get her attention, before Aaron peered through the living room window and saw his girlfriend was unconscious.

    The brothers smashed their way in through a door before Aaron began performing CPR.

    He continued for 15 minutes while Ryan spoke to the ambulance service, until it became clear that Sophie was dead.

    Aaron’s devastated mum, Donna Armstrong, described their relationship as “very intense and emotional”.

    LETHAL COCKTAIL

    Coroner Eric Armstrong said he was “certain she would not have acted as she did without taking alcohol and cocaine”.

    “The combination is used by those who believe it brings on a so-called high much quicker,” he told the court.

    “What they do not appreciate is it also gives rise to violent thoughts.

    “If Sophie’s death is to serve any purpose at all, that message must go out far and wide.”

    Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Armstrong said he could not be sure it was suicide, but ruled out any third party involvement.

    His conclusion read: “Sophie Hannah Gradon, having consumed alcohol and cocaine, took her own life by hanging.”

    Fellow Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis was also found dead last month, prompting calls from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for reality shows to do more for competitors once they have become famous.

    Deborah and Colin are against the inquest’s findings
    Collect
    Sophie Gradon was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009
    PA:Press Association
    Sophie Gradon, who was a former Love Island star, was battling depression at the time of her death in June 2018, according to an inquest today<img class="size-thesun-article-image wp-image-4000270" src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/NINTCHDBPICT000483877459.jpg?strip=all&w=960&quot; alt="" width="960" height="737" />Friends of Love Island star Sophie Gradon, Hannah McGuire (right) and Kat Milligan are seen leaving her inquest at North Shields Coroners Court in North Tyneside
    PA:Press Association

    Rex Features

    Sophie Gradon was one of the stars of the 2016 series of ITV2’s hit reality show Love Island[/caption]

    YOU'RE NOT ALONE

    EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

    It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

    It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

    And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

    Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

    That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

    The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

    Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

    If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:


    If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.


     
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