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Joey Essex appears to flout lockdown rules as he throws huge 30th birthday party at home with pals

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Joey Essex appeared to flout the UK’s lockdown rules on Wednesday evening, when he threw a huge party at his Essex home to celebrate his 30th birthday.

The former TOWIE star took to his Instagram Stories to share images and video footage of himself celebrating his big day with a party around his swimming pool.

Carrying the theme ‘Joey’s Jungle Paradise’, the party included elaborate decorations, treats from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant, and raucous music.

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Birthday boy: Joey Essex appeared to flout lockdown rules on Wednesday, when he threw a huge 30th birthday party at his Essex home. Pictured with pal Vas J Morgan

Birthday boy: Joey Essex appeared to flout lockdown rules on Wednesday, when he threw a huge 30th birthday party at his Essex home. Pictured with pal Vas J Morgan

Birthday boy: Joey Essex appeared to flout lockdown rules on Wednesday, when he threw a huge 30th birthday party at his Essex home. Pictured with pal Vas J Morgan

And rather than plump for the traditional number display embraced by so many of his reality TV contemporaries, the star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out ’29 + 1′.

His cousin Chloe Sims and pal Vas J Morgan were filmed dancing up a storm as a rendition of Sly & The Family Stone’s disco classic Family Affair blared in the background. Chloe’s sister Demi was also in attendance.

Angling his camera to catch more of the action, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star shared a glimpse of the crowds partying at his bash.

I'm in the mood for dancing: His cousin Chloe Sims was seen dancing up a storm alongside Vas as they revelled in the celebratory mood at the bash

I'm in the mood for dancing: His cousin Chloe Sims was seen dancing up a storm alongside Vas as they revelled in the celebratory mood at the bash

I’m in the mood for dancing: His cousin Chloe Sims was seen dancing up a storm alongside Vas as they revelled in the celebratory mood at the bash

Fun: Chloe appeared to be in her element as she partied in an eye-catching asymmetrical top

Fun: Chloe appeared to be in her element as she partied in an eye-catching asymmetrical top

Fun: Chloe appeared to be in her element as she partied in an eye-catching asymmetrical top

Attendees were also seen mingling in the kitchen, where they grabbed plates of food from the expansive counter-tops amid the festivities.

And while the celebratory gathering would be all but expected in other times, current government guidelines state that indoor socialising should be avoided, if it’s to be between more than two households at a time.

Further, when guidelines also discourage groups of more than six people meeting outdoors, unless they’re from a total of two households or are in support bubbles.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Joey Essex for comment. 

Bash: Demi Sims was also in attendance at the bash, which was themed 'Joey's Jungle Paradise'

Bash: Demi Sims was also in attendance at the bash, which was themed 'Joey's Jungle Paradise'

Bash: Demi Sims was also in attendance at the bash, which was themed ‘Joey’s Jungle Paradise’

Plus one: The reality TV star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out '29 + 1'

Plus one: The reality TV star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out '29 + 1'

Plus one: The reality TV star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out ’29 + 1′

Big treats: Included were elaborate decorations and treats from Chigwell's Sheesh Restaurant

Big treats: Included were elaborate decorations and treats from Chigwell's Sheesh Restaurant

Big treats: Included were elaborate decorations and treats from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant

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Dax Shepard reveals he’s been secretly battling a painkiller addiction

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Dax Shepard has admitted he recently relapsed while celebrating 16 years of sobriety.

On the Friday episode of his podcast Armchair Expert, the 45-year-old, discussed his history with painkillers and how he recently found himself battling a dependence on the pills again and keeping it a secret from those closest to him. 

He admitted he felt immense guilt about hiding ‘this enormous secret’ and expressed regret for ‘gaslighting’ his wife Kristen Bell, and podcast co-host, Monica Padman.

Dax Shepard (pictured Wednesday) has admitted he has been battling an addiction to painkillers. He had recently celebrated 16 years sobriety with his family

Dax Shepard (pictured Wednesday) has admitted he has been battling an addiction to painkillers. He had recently celebrated 16 years sobriety with his family 

In the episode entitled ‘Day 7’ in reference to being seven day’s sober when it was recorded on September 21, the actor began to explain what has been going on. 

‘I felt so terrible about the lying,’ he said, adding, ‘I was just very scared and I felt very, very lonely.’

The father-of-two said he was very proud of his making it 16 years with no alcohol or cocaine – and added that during his recent relapse he had no desire to take those substances. 

Shepard said the problems started around six months ago after injuring his hand and shoulder, and then he suffered another bike accident in August. He said he noticed he started ‘getting shadier and shadier.’

‘And I’ve not ever yet bought them,’ he said. ‘And then I do…For the last eight weeks maybe, I don’t know…I’m on them all day. I’m allowed to be on them at some dosage because I have a prescription.  

‘And then I’m also augmenting that. And then all the prescriptions run out and I’m now just taking 30 mil Oxys that I’ve bought whenever I decide I can do [it].’ 

Gratitude: On September 1 the Bless This Mess actor's family rallied around him as he marked 16 years sober, not knowing he was secretly battling a pill addiction

Gratitude: On September 1 the Bless This Mess actor’s family rallied around him as he marked 16 years sober, not knowing he was secretly battling a pill addiction

'I felt so terrible about the lying,' Shepard, 45, said, adding, 'I was just very scared and I felt very, very lonely.' he also admitted to gaslighting Bell (pictured on Wednesday) and podcast co-host Monica Padman as he hid his problem from them

‘I felt so terrible about the lying,’ Shepard, 45, said, adding, ‘I was just very scared and I felt very, very lonely.’ he also admitted to gaslighting Bell (pictured on Wednesday) and podcast co-host Monica Padman as he hid his problem from them

Shepard didn’t think there was a big problem because he was managing his day-to-day responsibilities.

But his podcast co-host confronted him and he began lying to her. 

‘And I’m lying to other people and I know I have to quit,’ he confessed. “But my tolerance is going up so quickly that I’m now in a situation where I’m taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. 

‘And I start getting really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret.’

He tried to lower his dosage but didn’t stick to the schedule he made for himself. 

Confession: Shepard (seen here on September 1) said the problems started around six months ago after injuring his hand and shoulder. He also was involved in bike accident in August

Confession: Shepard (seen here on September 1) said the problems started around six months ago after injuring his hand and shoulder. He also was involved in bike accident in August

Secret: Shepard said didn't think there was a big problem because he was managing his day-to-day responsibilities. He tried to lower the dosage he was taking daily but then realized he needed help

Secret: Shepard said didn’t think there was a big problem because he was managing his day-to-day responsibilities. He tried to lower the dosage he was taking daily but then realized he needed help

‘I now start getting pretty visibly detoxy and withdrawly,’ he said. ‘And I lie and start saying I’m having an arthritis flare up.’ 

One day he was in the car with Padman and he finally admitted his problem.

‘I’m gaslighting you and I know I am,’ he told her. ‘And I’m making you feel crazy and I’m making Kristen feel crazy.’

He then admitted everything to Bell and Padman and followed up with a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where he cried as he revealed what had happened. 

‘It was very emotional, he said about the meeting. ‘It was a really surreal kind of experience.

‘When it was over, I actually, mentally – for the first time in a very long time – felt optimistic,’ he explained. 

Proud: Kristen and her daughters celebrated Shepard's 16th 'sobriety birthday' on September 1

Proud: Kristen and her daughters celebrated Shepard’s 16th ‘sobriety birthday’ on September 1

Sweetest thing: 'Happy Sobriety Birthday Dady,' their youngster scrawled in red marker. On the back she added the Harry Potter character Ron Weasley and a red heart-shaped balloon

Sweetest thing: ‘Happy Sobriety Birthday Dady,’ their youngster scrawled in red marker. On the back she added the Harry Potter character Ron Weasley and a red heart-shaped balloon

‘Because for the last – a long time – I’ve known intellectually that things were going to get worse, that each encounter with it has gotten more shady and more dangerous. And I recognize that the next go-round would be “Oh, I can’t get pills, let’s snort heroin.”‘

Reflecting on his sobriety journey Shepard said, ‘The huge gift that the 16 years did give me was, I used to be able to gaslight people daily, and it didn’t bother me,

‘And I’ve had a good 15 1/2 years, or maybe more, of maybe not gaslighting people, and I just don’t have that tolerance for it.’ 

Shepard admitted his problems began when his father passed away in 2012 and then came back again about six months ago when Shepard was having issues with his hand and shoulder.

‘Eight years into sobriety, I had not done a single shady thing,’ he recalled of that year. ‘I hadn’t done anything gray.’

It was a difficult year for Shepard, he had been visiting his father who was undergoing cancer treatment in hospital. He also suffered a motorcycle accident on his way to the Parenthood set. 

‘I immediately called my sponsor, and I said, “I’m in a ton of pain and I gotta work all day. And we have friends that have Vicodin,”‘ Shepard recalled. 

‘He said, “OK, you can take a couple Vicodin to get through the day of work, but you have to go to the doctor, and you have to get a prescription, and then you have to have Kristen [Bell] dole out the prescription.”‘

Family man: Bell and Shepard share Delta, five, and Lincoln, seven

Family man: Bell and Shepard share Delta, five, and Lincoln, seven

The CHiPs star said he followed the advice but at one point he had to travel, without wife Kristen Bell, to see his dad.

Without his pills, Shepard says he ended up taking some Percocet – double the dose he would take of his usual pills – after giving his sick father a dose. 

‘You know, we had so little in common and so much f**king friction,’ Shepard remembered. 

‘But the no. 1 thing we had in common was we were both f**king addicts and we had never used anything together. And we sat there stoned and looked at the lake. And in that moment, I felt elation and I was just happy.’

On September 1 the Bless This Mess actor’s family rallied around him as he marked 16 years sober.

Bell took to Instagram to praise her other half for his hard work and dedication. 

Ouch! Shepard was recovering from a serious motorcycle crash which left him with four broken ribs in August

Ouch! Shepard was recovering from a serious motorcycle crash which left him with four broken ribs in August

The Good Place star, 40, wasn’t the only one giving Shepard congrats, she also shared a precious ‘Happy Sobriety Birthday’ card one of their daughters made for their dad in the post.

‘Happy Sobriety Birthday Dady,’ their youngster scrawled in red marker. On the back she added the Harry Potter character Ron Weasley and a red heart-shaped balloon.

Bell – who has been married to Shepard since 2013 – didn’t say whether daughter Delta, five, or Lincoln, seven, was responsible for the sweet note.

She joined in the praise in her caption, writing: ‘Today is my husband’s 16th sobriety birthday. My daughter woke him up with this sign, and a sketch of the one and only Ronald Weasley(absolutely random, and also perfect).’

‘Happy birthday Daxy. Thank you for dedicating your life to the hard and wonderful work of sobriety, so that we could share it with you.

She then signed the note with everyone’s initials, writing: ‘Xo K, L & D.’ 

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Maya Jama looks sensational in a satin fuchsia co-ords as she films Don’t Hate The Playaz

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She never puts a foot wrong when it comes to style.   

And Maya Jama looked sensational in fuchsia as she posed in the satin halterneck co-ord in a behind-the-scene shot while filming Don’t Hate The Playaz on Thursday.

The TV and radio host, 26, wowed in the striking ensemble as she posed with her hand on her hip in the dressing room of Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. 

Beauty: Maya Jama, 26, looked sensational in fuchsia as she posed in the satin halterneck co-ord in a behind-the-scene shot while filming Don't Hate The Playaz on Thursday

Beauty: Maya Jama, 26, looked sensational in fuchsia as she posed in the satin halterneck co-ord in a behind-the-scene shot while filming Don’t Hate The Playaz on Thursday

Busy: Maya showcased her incredible hourglass figure in the high-waisted trousers as she prepared for filming of the ITV2 show

Busy: Maya showcased her incredible hourglass figure in the high-waisted trousers as she prepared for filming of the ITV2 show

Maya showcased her incredible hourglass figure in the high-waisted trousers as she prepared for filming of the ITV2 show. 

The beauty styled her raven locks in a side parting which fell in loose waves over her shoulders. 

Finishing her look, Maya opted for gold oversized hoop earrings with a pendant necklace and an assortment of rings. 

Feline: The star showcased a full smokey eye complete with spider web detailing and hand-drawn bats

Feline: The star showcased a full smokey eye complete with spider web detailing and hand-drawn bats

Keeping all eyes on her look, she added a flick of black eyeliner and a hint of gloss. 

Captioning the snap, she penned: ‘She’s busy.’  

On Friday Maya revealed a sneak peak of the Don’t Hate The Playaz Halloween special with a striking feline look to her Instagram Story. 

Turning up the glam, the star showcased a full smokey eye complete with spider web detailing and hand-drawn bats.

Wow: In a black vinyl jacket and a sleek high ponytail, Maya added: 'I want to save the big reveal for actually Halloween but I just cannot get over'

Wow: In a black vinyl jacket and a sleek high ponytail, Maya added: ‘I want to save the big reveal for actually Halloween but I just cannot get over’

In a black vinyl jacket and a sleek high ponytail, Maya added: ‘I want to save the big reveal for actually Halloween but I just cannot get over.’ 

She added: ‘Just to give you guys some context we were just filming the Halloween special episode of Don’t Hate The Playaz.’  

The filming comes after Maya graced the cover of Wonderland Magazine for a sensational new shoot with an accompanying interview detailing her feelings on the industry and how she will struggle with acting 

Maya said: ‘I definitely think I’m resilient. Sometimes I surprise myself, because there’s been a few times…

‘I feel like oh my God, this is the end of the world — and then it’s not the end of the world. And then I’m back.’   

Maya also recently revealed that she is unfazed by ex Stormzy rapping about their relationship in his songs.

The Vossi Bop hitmaker, 27, referred their romance in his 2019 song Lessons, but Maya insisted that it comes with the territory if you date a musician.  

Speaking during a Q&A with singer Madison Beer as quoted by The Sun, Maya said: ‘I feel that going out with an artist, you kind of sign an invisible contract where it’s like, ‘This is this, it’s everybody’s business’. 

Stormzy’s song, which featured on his Heavy Is The Head album, directly name-check’s Maya and their split.  

He raps: ‘Fast forward now, my nephew’s still asking for his Auntie Maya, guess this is the karma for what I done to Maya. 

‘I just stood and let it burn, I couldn’t down the fire. Lord, I pray you make it easy, that’s my one desire.’  

All over: Maya recently revealed that she is unfazed by ex Stormzy rapping about their relationship in his songs (pictured in February 2017)

All over: Maya recently revealed that she is unfazed by ex Stormzy rapping about their relationship in his songs (pictured in February 2017)

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Serena Williams takes a break from tennis training to cuddle up with her daughter Alexis Olympia

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Serena Williams has quite a weekend ahead of her. 

On Saturday, the tennis champ will celebrate her 38th birthday and just one day later she is set to play in the first round of the French Open.

But, none of those things stopped her from taking a break from training to enjoy some snuggle time with her three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia in a new Instagram post on Friday.

Mom goals: Serena Williams took a break from training to enjoy some snuggle time with her three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia in a new Instagram post on Friday

Mom goals: Serena Williams took a break from training to enjoy some snuggle time with her three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia in a new Instagram post on Friday

‘Fun times,’ the all time great captioned her latest Instagram post.

Serena shared two snaps with her daughter taken at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy where she has been preparing for the French Open.

In the first snap the mother of one looked down at her little girl adoringly while the toddler was sprawled on a small trampoline.

The second sees the mother-daughter-duo locked in a sweet embrace with Serena planting a kiss on her daughter while she looked up at the camera.

Taking a break: Serena shared two snaps with her daughter taken at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy where she has been preparing for the French Open

Taking a break: Serena shared two snaps with her daughter taken at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy where she has been preparing for the French Open

Williams has been hard at work, preparing to face fellow American Kristie Ahn in the first round of the French Open women’s singles on Sunday. Meanwhile her sister Venus will be facing off against Anna Karolina Schmiedlová.

Serena recently shared one of the tricks she uses to help get her body ready to play and it is quite chilling.

The star was pictured grimacing while stepping into a frigid ice bath at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.

The Academy captioned the shot: ‘If you’re not making this face when entering an ice bath, are you even doing ice bath?’ 

Dedication: Williams has been hard at work, preparing to face fellow American Kristie Ahn in the first round of the French Open women's singles on Sunday. Meanwhile her sister Venus will be facing off against Anna Karolina Schmiedlová

Dedication: Williams has been hard at work, preparing to face fellow American Kristie Ahn in the first round of the French Open women’s singles on Sunday. Meanwhile her sister Venus will be facing off against Anna Karolina Schmiedlová

Big weekend! Not only will Williams play in the French Open this weekend, she will also celebrate her 38th birthday

Big weekend! Not only will Williams play in the French Open this weekend, she will also celebrate her 38th birthday

Like the Olympic gold medalist that she is, Serena managed to ignore the pain from the icy waters and flash a megawatt smile to the camera. 

The French Open is following strict health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic after its original date was delayed for the same reason.

Unlike the recent US Open, the French Open isn’t using the typical American ‘bubble’ model and will allow fans to sit socially distanced in the stands.

'Up to four people in a single party will be able to sit adjacent to one another. Seats on the outside courts will be open, but there will have to be at least one empty seat between spectators,' ESPN reported about safety protocols (Pictured at the US Open)

‘Up to four people in a single party will be able to sit adjacent to one another. Seats on the outside courts will be open, but there will have to be at least one empty seat between spectators,’ ESPN reported about safety protocols (Pictured at the US Open)

‘Up to four people in a single party will be able to sit adjacent to one another. Seats on the outside courts will be open, but there will have to be at least one empty seat between spectators,’ ESPN reported. 

Adding: ‘Everyone older than 11 will have to wear a mask or face covering at all times, and there will be hand sanitizer dispensers installed all around the stadium.’

Also, unlike at the US Open when Serena and other elite players stayed in private residences, players can only stay in one of two designated hotels in Paris, according to Yahoo. 

During the US Open, Serena was cheered on in the stands by her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, their daughter. 

Team Serena! During the US Open, Serena was cheered on in the stands by her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, their daughter

Team Serena! During the US Open, Serena was cheered on in the stands by her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, their daughter 

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