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‘Maybe We Can Be Friends’: New Yorkers Re-emerge in a Changed City

Even as many left the city for the Fourth of July weekend, pockets of activity provided a glimpse of post-pandemic life.

This Fourth of July, Iyabo Boyd did two things that she said would have been unthinkable a year ago. She went to a barbecue in a stranger’s yard, and she met new people.

Reading on a blanket in Franz Sigel Park in the South Bronx on Monday, Ms. Boyd, 36, said she had kept mostly to her pod during the pandemic. Finally, over the weekend, that changed. “Getting to know people again was really lovely,” Ms. Boyd said. “It was like, ‘Hey, maybe we can be friends.’”

In Times Square, Ryan Bowen, 28, was making his second pandemic-era visit from Tampa. Last October, he said, he and his girlfriend found little to do because everything was shut down. Now there were restaurants, fireworks, the tram to Roosevelt Island — not exactly a return to old times, but a distinct step in that direction.

“It feels great to be out,” he said.

It was once possible to envisage the city coming back entirely. Now, whatever lies next for New York feels more like a giant collective improvisation, a city taking shape on the fly. The holiday weekend was a time to rediscover what New York was, and glimpse what it might become.

For many, the three-day weekend came as an occasion to do things they had not done for more than a year. Tourists arrived, while New Yorkers themselves crammed into airports, highways and sought-after getaway spots. Some parks were empty and street parking was plentiful. But for those who stayed and gathered, nothing beat the sheer cathartic joy of being able to hug friends or elders again.

People enjoyed the International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on Sunday. 
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for The New York Times

For some, the holiday was an opportunity to leave home. Close to 50 million Americans were expected to travel in the first five days of July, the second-highest Fourth of July volume on record, according to AAA Northeast. Air travel has climbed back to 90 percent of prepandemic levels.

The city, once the epicenter of the pandemic, with thousands of new cases daily, last week saw a daily average of 193 new cases and only three deaths per day. The Delta variant, which has spread through much of the country, accounted for 17 percent of the new cases.

But the city is not the same. The pandemic killed 33,000 New Yorkers, and some question whether the city could ever truly recover. In the South Bronx, Daniel Derico, 43, a photographer, said despite the “big change” of seeing fewer masks, he does not feel like New York will ever return to the way it was.

“For instance, getting into an elevator with 10 or 15 people, I don’t think people are ever going to do that again without thinking about it,” he said. “And I think the second we forget and get too comfortable with that pre-Covid normal, it’ll be a wake-up all over again.”

So much remained in flux: Those new dogs, new cars, new jury-rigged outdoor restaurants, new inches around the middle — how much is permanent, how much destined to go the way of double-masking and “unmute yourself”?

Offices are still deciding how and where people will work. The city’s fiscal hole — and what it means for your commute, your park, your child’s school — seems to change daily. The next mayor is still unnamed. Is it time to ride the subways — every day? Return to church, synagogue, mosque? Is crime heading back to the bad old days? A year after the confluence of Covid-19 and the protests following the murder of George Floyd, the city is a changed and changing place, with scars and fears and hopes all competing for primacy.

Crime has remained a concern — for New Yorkers, but especially for people looking at the city from afar, wondering whether it is safe to visit.

Brittainy Newman for The New York Times

Year to date, a wave of gun violence is still making the city uneasy. The number of shooting victims in the city has increased by more than 30 percent compared to the same time period last year, from 670 to 885 as of Sunday — the highest since 2002, though well below the highs of the 1990s. In Times Square, a recently-commissioned U.S. Marine was shot by a stray bullet last month.

But after last year’s Independence Day weekend, which started one of the bloodiest 12-month stretches in New York City in nearly a decade, this year’s holiday was somewhat more peaceful. In all, 26 people were shot this July 2 to 4, compared with 30 last year.

Signs of an awakening city were easy to find. In Carroll Gardens on Monday, the sidewalk outside Dolce Brooklyn, a tiny homemade-gelato shop, felt like a pop-up party.

“People in Brooklyn really want to get out,” Kristina Frantz, the shop’s owner, said, expressing relief that the business had survived and even thrived through the pandemic. “People are feeling like the pandemic is on the other side. We’ve watched this occur day by day.”

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Business is way up from a year ago, Ms. Frantz said — but it was also up last year, as people from the neighborhood, stuck close to home, flocked in. “Gelato is a comfort food,” Ms. Frantz said. “People want to treat themselves a little bit.”

In Branch Brook Park in Newark on Monday, Michael Casares and Gabriella DiGenova spoke wistfully about the feeling of community that had grown strained over the last year.

The couple, both 24, started dating during the pandemic, but they said that among the people they knew in their New Jersey towns, many were not comfortable socializing yet.

The previous night, setting off fireworks in front of Mr. Casares’s home in Belleville, they said people stayed on their own lawns, watching, keeping their distance instead of coming together.

“Nobody talked to each other,” he said. “People aren’t as social as they used to be.”

In an uncharacteristically empty Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, two friends from Houston, Claire de Blanc, 23, and Mary Brodeur, 22, were enjoying the open space and the catharsis of finally traveling again, after such a dark year.

Both had contracted the virus, they said, and both were now fully vaccinated. Still, when they went bar hopping with friends over the weekend in Manhattan, they were pleasantly surprised at the number of people still wearing masks.

“Houston is a lot different,” Ms. de Blanc said. Back home, they had to chase down customers who refused to wear masks in their restaurant, even at the height of the pandemic’s wave in Texas. People in New York seemed to be more conscientious.

“People are just less,” she said, continuing, “Texas.”

David Manzano, 36, in the South Bronx, celebrated the holiday with a friends and family, indoors and unmasked. At one point, he said, he wanted to reflect on what he had done the year before, only he couldn’t. The pandemic had been such a blur he could not even remember the Fourth of July.

Still, he was not ready to say that New York was back to normal. But it was a good start.

Anne Barnard, Nate Schweber, Tracey Tully and Ali Watkins contributed reporting.

Author: John Leland
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UK expats in France hit with £25 registration fee for hosting friends or family

It costs €30 (£25.70) and must be sent to the local town hall in advance of the visit. The news was met with dismay by many – saying it could end any hopes of a weekend jaunt to see expats in France.

Dr Sally Osborn tweeted: “No more spontaneous weekend visits.”

Since the Brexit transition period ended in January, UK expats living in France became subject to the rules – despite having no issue hosting friends and family for decades under existing EU rules.

This is because, under the Withdrawal Agreement, UK nationals are now counted as estrangers (foreigners) in the eyes of French authorities.

This means that UK nationals can visit France without a visa for 90 days but must show proof of accommodation, insurance and that they have adequate funds to finance their trips.

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Officials will provide a certificate that must be sent to the traveller so that they can show it on demand on arrival in France.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry told The Local: “British tourists, who are now third-country nationals, are subject to compliance with the conditions for entry into the Schengen area under Article 6 of the CFS.

“Since January 1st 2021, they must have proof of sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of their intended stay and for their return to the UK.

“To enter France, British tourists must therefore present

– an attestation d’acceuil issued by the town hall (if they are staying in private accommodation) or a hotel reservation (which can be replaced by a sum of €120 per person per day)

– proof of means of subsistence (65 euros per day in the case of hotel accommodation or 32.50 euros in the case of an accommodation certificate)

– a certificate of insurance for repatriation on medical grounds.”

The Foreign Office explains in its France travel advice that when arriving at French border control you should be prepared to “show proof of your accommodation, for example, a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (e.g. second home), or an invitation from your host if staying with a third party, friends or family.

It adds: “As detailed by the French Ministry of Interior here, you may be requested to provide an “attestation d’accueil”.

French residents will need to acquire the “attestation d’accueil” and pass it on to you before you enter France.”

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Help! How Do I Make Work Friends When Everyone’s Remote?

I love working remotely, but I feel more isolated than ever. How do I make friends with my coworkers? My company switched to remote work during the pandemic, and no one is in a hurry to go back to the office anytime soon. That means I get to work from home for a while yet, but with friends leaving and new people starting remotely, how do I reach out to them, or stay close to my current work friends?

–Evelyn

You might think that the hardest part of starting a job—or even holding on to a job—while working remotely during a global pandemic is figuring out how to collaborate productively with your colleagues away from meeting rooms and drive-by brainstorming sessions that, let’s admit, no one really really likes. But what I miss the most is the unofficial communication: the smiles and gripes of my officemates; the people who pass by my desk to say “hi”; and that sense of camaraderie that makes the commute at least partially worthwhile. It sounds like you miss that too.

The fix is pretty easy. Well, easy for me to write, not necessarily easy to put into practice. I also started a job (the one I have now, actually, here at WIRED) during the pandemic, and the first steps were hard, but I’m glad to say I’ve made more friends in a year here than I could have ever imagined.

As long as we’re working remotely behind screens, it will be tough for any of us to feel truly connected to each other. That’s true whether you started a job while everyone’s remote and haven’t had a chance to meet anyone in person, or you’ve been there for ages and your current work friends have left for new gigs. The only real solution is to do the thing everyone hates: put yourself out there and talk to people.

Ask them to hop into a video call with you just to chat about what you’re working on and what their interests are. Suggest a virtual coffee, or a virtual drink after work. (Or ice cream, for the folks who don’t drink. My pal Karen Ho, a sustainability reporter at Insider, taught me that one!) Make plans to hang out after a big project is finished, for example. And follow through! Book that 15 minute coffee break on their calendar so no one forgets, and be willing to move it if you (or they) aren’t feeling it today.

Not every overture needs to come in the form of a calendar appointment. Join in threads in Slack or Discord when someone says something funny. When a coworker shares cat photos in Slack, share adorable photos of your own. Every company (trust me, every company) has Slack channels for jokes, memes, snack alerts, or just sharing stories and gossip. Dive in and share! It’ll feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the more people will respond favorably to you and the more you’ll get a feel for what resonates with your colleagues and what doesn’t. Follow your coworkers on Twitter or Instagram or TikTok (if you feel safe doing so) and interact with them, gently, letting them know you appreciate their presence. Engage with them on a human level, not a coworker-trying-to-network level.

I know, actually opening up a bit and talking to people? Gross. I wish there were an easier answer, one that let me sit on my ass and let respect and validation come to me without having to actually be vulnerable or stumble through my awkward social anxiety. But a) we don’t always get what we want, and b) you’re asking a question that many of us have trouble answering even in the best of times, before “social distancing” was even a thing.

Author: Alan Henry
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Jennifer Aniston baffles fans with unseen Friends reunion snaps

Jennifer Aniston has treated her legion fans to unseen snaps of the Friends reunion – but not everyone was happy to see them.

Best known for playing Rachel Green on the American sitcom, Aniston posted the collection of never before seen images onto her Instagram page on Tuesday evening.

The star reflected on taking part in the one-off episode with co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, The Mirror reports.

Among the images was one of the famous faces posing for a selfie together with the Friends set in the background, another showed David – known for his role as Ross Geller – pulling a puzzled expression as he sat alongside Justin and Hailey Bieber.

The couple had been invited to take part in the HBO Max reunion.

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However, some fans thought he had no right to be there.

“Why is Bieber there? Lmao,”(sic) one person questioned.

Another queried: “I still don’t understand why Justin Bieber was there?”

“No reason for Hailey and Justin Bieber to be there,” a third quipped.

Others were quick to point out that the Canadian-born singer is a fan of the show Friends.

One fan shared: “Because he adores Friends! Him and Hailey watch it every single day. Justin has suffered with anxiety a lot and he has said that watching Friends has helped him a lot in those moments.

“He has loved the show for years and during the first year of his career he used the name Chandler Bing when booking hotel rooms.”

Also in the collection was an offering of Jen smiling alongside television director and producer James Burrows and the final picture was a cartoon sketch of the Friends cast from The New Yorker magazine.

Next to the post, Jennifer shared how she was feeling after the reunion show aired.

“Still basking in all the love from the #FriendsReunion. Thank you each and every one of you,” she penned.⁣

The age-defying star added: “Swipe for… The bazillionth selfie taken with the five of us… When two TOTALLY different worlds collide – @_schwim_ ’s face says it all …The legend himself, our director of the first season, Papa James Burrows.”

The comments section was flooded with kind words from social media users who were happy to see captures.

Others wanting the actress to share more snaps wrote: “show us other bazillion selfies, trust me we won’t get tired” and “Feel free to post more selfies mama.”

Friends: The Reunion Special was hosted by James Corden – but fans weren’t exactly thrilled to see the British star making an appearance.

The reunion was a mix of the cast talking to James, with them also visiting the set and reenacting memorable scenes from the hit sitcom.

The cast not only reminisced about some of their favourite scenes, but they also spilled some behind-the-scenes secrets and spoke about where they think their characters would be now.

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James was lucky enough to quiz the group of six about how their lives changed due to the success of Friends and also asked if there had been any off-screen romances.

Taking to Twitter, many people slammed James’ hosting abilities with one person writing: “I came here to watch Friends.. Not James Corden and Friends.. #FriendsReunion.”

A second posted: “Sitting down to watch the friends reunion. If there was any way to make me uninterested in watching it’s adding James Corden as the host…. dear god why.”

And a fourth tweeted: “Was getting a bit emotional and nostalgic watching the beginning of the #FriendsReunion and then bloody James Corden appeared and killed the joy.”

However, many others tuning in were absolutely loving it, with one saying: “I think that is the best thing I have watched #FriendsReunion.”

Friends: The Reunion is available to watch on streaming service NOW.

Author: [email protected] (Sarah-Aisha Kent, Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Friends stars' net worth and how much they are getting paid for 17-year reunion

Friends fans are excited for the long-awaiting reunion to finally air tonight.

The beloved sitcom ended 17 years ago, but fans have been begging the cast to come back ever since.

Each star is reportedly earning more than £1.7million for the hour-long reunion special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The reunion will air Thursday May 27, on Sky One, The Mirror reports.

However, this figure dwarfs their overall net worth now – and how much they earned overall while recording Friends.

After all these years away, which of the original cast members – including Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry – has earned the most money?

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The Friends cast have made fortunes from the show

According to MarketPlace, the cast of Friends started off by earning £15,925 per episode when the series first aired in 1994 – going up to a salary of £708,175 by the time of its final series in 2004.

After the series finished, each of the six went on to star in a long list of films and other TV series over the years.

Here we break down how much the Friends cast is worth:

Jennifer Aniston – £212million

Jennifer Aniston is the highest paid cast member

Jennifer – who played Rachel Green – is the highest earning Friends star, according to showbiz website Celebrity Net Worth, with an eye-watering wealth of an estimated £212million.

She is arguably the most successful of the Friends cast, having starred in a string of Hollywood films including We’re The Millers, Along Came Polly, Marley and Me and Bruce Almighty.

Since 2019, Jennifer has also been cast as Alex Levy in Apple TV television drama The Morning Show alongside Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell.

Couteney Cox – £103million

Courtney Cox is best known for playing Monica Gellar

Courteney – aka Monica Geller – is reportedly the next wealthiest Friends star with a net worth of £106million.

Aside from Friends, Cox is perhaps best known for starring as Gale Weathers in the horror film franchise Scream, and she owns the production company Coquette Productions, which was created alongside her then-husband David Arquette.

Courteney also starred as Lauren Miller in the sitcom Family Ties, Lucy Spiller in Dirt, and as Jules Cobb in the sitcom Cougar Town.

Matthew Perry – £84million

Matthew Perry will be back on our screens for the Friends reunion

Matthew played the lovable Chandler Bing, who we saw take on a new career in advertising towards the end of the show.

But in real life, Matthew has starred in a string of films and series since Friends, taking his wealth to a reported £84million.

Among the series he has starred in – with some also listing Perry as a producer as well – include Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr Sunshine, Go On and The Odd Couple.

His list of films include Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, The Whole Nine Yards and 17 Again.

David Schwimmer – £70million

David Schwimmer has had a number of acting gigs since his days as Ross Gellar

David – who played Ross Geller – amassed some of his reported £70million wealth by branching out into films and stage work after Friends.

Some of his most notable work includes being cast as the title character in the drama film Duane Hopwood, and voicing Melman the Giraffe in the kids animation film Madagascar.

Other films he has starred in include Big Nothing (2006) and Nothing but the Truth, while his West End and Broadway roles include Some Girl(s) and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

Lisa Kudrow – £65million

Lisa Kudrow is set to have a net worth of £63million

In Friends, Lisa Kudrow’s character Phoebe Buffay wasn’t so great with her money – but the same can’t be said for the reported £63million wealth Lisa has amassed.

Like her co-stars, she has also continued to star in films – with some of her most notable credits including Dr Dolittle 2, Bandslam, Hotel for Dogs, Easy A, Neighbors and The Girl on the Train.

Lisa also produced and starred in the HBO comedy series The Comeback, which saw her nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Matt LeBlanc – £56million

Matt LeBlanc has taken on other roles since Friends but will always be best known for playing Joey

His character Joey Tribiani may have been a struggling actor, but Matt LeBlanc has certainly done alright since Friends, with a reported net worth of £56million.

Matt went on to star in the short-lived Friends spin-off Joey after the sit-com came to an end, while his other notable series include Episodes and Man With a Plan.

UK fans will also recognise Matt for starring in the latest BBC Top Gear reboot from 2016 until 2019, at one point working alongside Chris Evans.

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Elvis and Tom Jones new revelations: 'The King's friends begged me to save him'

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That meeting took place at the Paramount film lot in Los Angeles in 1965.

Tom said: “(It was) earth-shattering. Well, because Elvis Presley was the one, so meeting Elvis Presley was the pinnacle. You know what I mean. And then (I met) Jerry Lee Lewis and Aretha Franklin, all those guys. But Elvis, of course, was the one.”

Their relationship was cemented after seeing Sir Tom perform in Las Vegas on April 6, 1968, inspired Elvis to take up his own residency there in July 1969. The pair spent many nights partying and sharing confidences in their Vegas hotel rooms over the following years.

By 1976, however, many people around The King were worried about his weight gains, drug dependeancy and mental state.

They turned to Sir Tom for help.

Fight Your Friends in the Fast-Paced Shooter Cymatically Muffed

Author: Kelsie Eddy, Co-Owner, Kelsam Games
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Summary

  • Fast-paced top-down shooter Cymatically Muffed is available for Xbox One today.
  • Take down a headphone-stealing scientist in the Co-Op Campaign.
  • Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 player PvP games around.

Don’t you hate it when you wake up and some scientist has experimented on you and stolen your headphones? It’s time for a fast-paced top-down shooter where you and your friends can find that guy and make him pay. Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 local multiplayer PvP games around, your call. Get your revenge — or just send someone home crying — today with Cymatically Muffed on Xbox One.

Cymatically Muffed

Games are better when nobody has to watch and everyone can play. Get back to the glory days of local multiplayer with 8-player splitscreen. Fight your friends in free-for-all deathmatches, or play as a team in deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Puc, or Cops & Bombers. There’s something for everyone. Even my mom plays. With over 50 weapons, 9 game modes, 18 maps, holiday theming, and tons of customizations (yes, slappers only) you’ll never get bored. Now the only problem is if your friends are late, or have to take a phone call… just kidding! Muffed is drop in/drop out so it really is all fun and games until someone gets hurt, or goes home crying.

But wait, what about that thieving scientist? Learn to hate Dr. Wolfe in the story comics — no reading required. Then hunt him down, on your own or with a group, in the Co-Op campaign. You’ll have to escape the lab. Make sure to grab your Muffs (headphones) when you find them! You’ll need the adrenaline boost they provide to aid you in your struggles across 5 worlds and their boss battles. Play your way with quick-swap weapon combos: run and gun, sneak around and throw stuff, or just mow people down. No judgement here. If your Muffs didn’t need so many batteries you’d be unstoppable. No wonder Dr. Wolfe stole them.

Cymatically Muffed

Finished the campaign? Test your mettle in the endless survival levels. Definitely co-opable. Face down wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies as you prove your skills. Make sure to stock up on grenades. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of your Muffs for this one too, as they make you faster and stronger. Pro Tip: Muffs also decrease the timer for the weapons crate, so you can find that laser sword much faster.

Cymatically Muffed

Last question, what’s with the weird name? Cymatics is how sound impacts matter, and the big headphones are Muffs, so Cymatically Muffed is a play on how listening to music can help you perform better. My husband, Sam, and I like to listen to music while we work. It helps us get into better flow. When we jumped into making Muffed four years ago, it was a completely different game, but the idea that bumping music would remove limits for the characters has always been there. We’re very excited to finally be sharing Cymatically Muffed with you today on Xbox One. We’d love for you to check it out!

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Cymatically Muffed

Kelsam

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Don’t you hate it when you wake up and some scientist has experimented on you and stolen your headphones? Muffed is a fast-paced top-down shooter where you and your friends can find that guy and make him pay. Or fight everyone you know in the best 2-8 player PvP games around, your call. ▼ PvP Battle Mode for 2-8 Players ▼ It’s a muffs eat muffs world for competitive players. Battle it out against your friends in free-for-all style or team up using one of our many customizations. The extensive array of maps and modes provides replayability that will make this your go-to game for groups of any size. ▼ Co-Op Campaign for 1-4 Players ▼ Earn your muffs, leave your mark, find your place. Explore on your own or team up with your friends in this exciting adventure campaign. Make your way through a wide variety of hand crafted levels as you discover the secrets Cymatically Muffed has to offer. Have friends that are late to the party? There’s no need to restart, they can join a game in-progress. ▼ What are Muffs? ▼ Muffs are Dr. Wolfe’s latest development in cyber enhancement. Unleashing the power of cymatics, these massive headphones will make you stronger, faster, and smarter (maybe). They also monitor your health, inventory, and a slew of other nifty information.

Kate Ferdinand enjoys cocktails with friends in London

Kate Ferdinand enjoys cocktails with friends on a lunch date in London four months after giving birth to baby Cree

KATE Ferdinand dressed to impress yesterday as she enjoyed a girls’ day out in London with her pals.

The 29-year-old earned some well-deserved ‘me-time’ four months after welcoming her darling son Cree and took to Instagram to document her lunch at Mayfair eatery Scott’s.

Kate Ferdinand enjoyed a girls' day out in London yesterday

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Kate Ferdinand enjoyed a girls’ day out in London yesterdayCredit: Instagram

Sharing several shots from her lunch, the former Towie star looked chic in a camel-coloured turtleneck and complementing wool ankle-length coat with black wide-leg trousers.

Kate continued her glamorous appearance by working her blonde hair into a loose wave and sported a pair of oversized aviator-style shades as she posed with her two pals.

Captioning the shot, she penned: “Well overdue day out with the girls” before sharing a shot of their three cocktails.

Earlier this week, Kate revealed she is still wearing her pregnancy PJ’s four months after giving birth.

She treated herself to a cocktail at Mayfair eatery Scott's

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She treated herself to a cocktail at Mayfair eatery Scott’sCredit: Instagram

Kate gave birth to Cree four months ago

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Kate gave birth to Cree four months agoCredit: Instagram

The glam star, 29, showed she was just like all new mums as she opted for comfort over style.

Sharing a picture of herself in her nightwear while feeding her son Cree, she wrote: “Monday morning feed and cuddles.

“Still wearing my pregnancy pjs. They are so big and comfy, I just love them.”

Kate has won praise from her fans for being so honest about her journey into motherhood after welcoming a son with Rio Ferdinand.

The former Towie star looked effortless chic

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The former Towie star looked effortless chicCredit: Instagram

Kate revealed she is still wearing her pregnancy pjs

Kate revealed she is still wearing her pregnancy pjs

She has shared the highs and the lows with her followers – even discussing how she feels about her body now.

Shortly after Cree was born, she admitted she didn’t love her post baby figure.

She candidly wrote: “Ahhh 😨 … nerves kicking in again, but here goes. Let’s talk post pregnancy body 🤰🏼.

“I’ve really held off on uploading any pictures with my body in because last time I did, for some reason, I felt all types of nerves and ended up deleting it … hormones, or the pressure of Instagram to look a certain way?

Kate has been very honest about her journey into motherhood

Kate has been very honest about her journey into motherhood

Kate recently enjoyed her first night out in over a year

Kate recently enjoyed her first night out in over a year

“Who knows, but either way, I’ve finally plucked up the courage. Here I am.

“I’m finally starting to slowly feel more like ‘me’ again, but it hasn’t been plain sailing.

“I was seeing lots of ladies, and I salute you, saying they love and embrace their post pregnancy body; I wish I felt like that but in all honesty … I love that my body produced our baby BUT quite frankly, I don’t love my post baby body. I miss feeling fit & strong!”

But is seems Kate is feeling more and more like herself as she looked happy and healthy as she went out for drinks this weekend – for the first time in a year.

For the occasion, the blonde beauty teamed a nude bodysuit with an oversized green blazer and matching bottoms.

The new mum captioned the post: “First night out in what feels like forever so of course that warrants a photo shoot right? 🙊📸 …

“In fact the last time I went out and had a drink was March 2020 😮🤣 Wish me luck … 🍹❤️🍴🥰”

Kate Ferdinand on motherhood, struggles, and being transparent online

Author: Lisa McLoughlin
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – The Scottish Sun

Corrie's Tracie Bennett loses 12 friends to Covid and details saying goodbye over video

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

“Had to have an emotional cleanse today, to reset. Better out than in.

“Meanwhile, thanks so very much for all your kindness,” she wrote on Twitter in view of her 4,250 followers at the end of last year.

She has now spoken about that dark period.

“I’ve lost 12 friends now. Nobody trains you how to say goodbye to your mates on FaceTime,” she said.

Paulina Gretzky Stuns In Mini Dress For Boat Day With Dustin Johnson & Friends — Pic

Paulina Gretzky looked super cute in her spring attire, rocking a mocha colored mini dress while enjoying a day on the water with fiancé Dustin Johnson and pals Jeremy Cohen and Miguel Rivera!

Paulina Gretzky stunned her fans once again with her fabulous springtime style! The stunner, 32, was featured in an April 18 Instagram post from pal Jeremy Cohen, who took to the social media platform and shared a sweet pic of his “crew” from their day out on the water in West Palm Beach, FL. In the snap, Paulina fashioned a super cute, mocha colored mini dress that accentuated her figure effortlessly.

Her makeup totally brought out her natural beauty, and she wore her blonde ‘do with soft beach waves. Ever the fashionista, Paulina opted to go minimal on her accessories and simply wore a few bracelets along with her stunning engagement ring, which could be seen on her left hand ring finger. Paulina was joined by Jeremy, Miguel Rivera, and her beloved fiancé, pro-golfer Dustin Johnson!

Paulina absolutely loved the snap, and left a string of fire emojis in the comment section of Jeremy’s post! Meanwhile, Dustin actually reposted the image to his own Instagram account, captioning the photo “sunset cruise!” Paulina looked like a total vision of spring in her cute little mini dress, and she’s been showing off her springtime style for her legions of fans on Instagram.

Prior to her West Palm Beach boat ride, Paulina took to Instagram on March 23 and proved that she was ready for warmer temperatures and the fun and fabulous spring season! The model wore a brown string bikini and posed with a cowgirl hat as she soaked up the sun in Beverly Hills. Paulina looked like a total vision, and fans were all about her look.

Of course, when she’s not showing off her latest springtime fashion statement, she’s spending a lot of quality time with her fiancé of more than seven years! Paulina and Dustin, 36, share two precious little boysTatum Gretzky Johnson, born in 2015, and River Jones Johnson, born in 2017. As the spring season continues to unfold and lead into summer, we cannot wait to see what Paulina and her loved ones get up to next!

Julia Teti

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life