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Ruth Langsford est «toujours en contact» avec le jeune homme au centre du scandale de l’affaire This Morning avec l’ancien animateur Phillip Schofield et «la vie est dure» pour lui.

Son mari, l’ancien animateur de This Morning, Eamonn Holmes, s’est adressé à GB News hier soir pour faire d’autres affirmations explosives sur la liaison de son ancien collègue avec un homme beaucoup plus jeune qu’il a qualifié de “charmant”.

Holmes a décrit Schofield comme un « narcissique », ajoutant qu’il y avait une « dissimulation » à propos de l’affaire, qui impliquait que le jeune homme soit transféré sur le plateau de Loose Women.

Interrogé sur le jeune homme, il a déclaré: “Ruth et moi nous sommes particulièrement occupés de lui, il ne nous a jamais parlé d’aucune relation, mais nous savions qu’il était mal en point et qu’il était mal en point fragilement.

“Il y a un devoir de diligence incroyable envers ce jeune homme.”

Ruth Langsford est toujours en contact avec le jeune homme pris dans une relation avec l'animateur en disgrâce de This Morning, Phillip Schofield

Ruth Langsford est toujours en contact avec le jeune homme pris dans une relation avec l'animateur en disgrâce de This Morning, Phillip Schofield

Ruth Langsford est toujours en contact avec le jeune homme pris dans une relation avec l’animateur en disgrâce de This Morning, Phillip Schofield

Holmes a déclaré que le jeune homme arriverait très tôt un vendredi matin de la maison londonienne de Schofield

Holmes a déclaré que le jeune homme arriverait très tôt un vendredi matin de la maison londonienne de Schofield

Holmes a déclaré que le jeune homme arriverait très tôt un vendredi matin de la maison londonienne de Schofield “parce que jeudi était l’heure du jeu, quand lui et Phillip iraient en ville”

Holmes a déclaré que le jeune homme arriverait très tôt un vendredi matin de la maison londonienne de Schofield “parce que jeudi était l’heure de la récréation, quand lui et Phillip iraient en ville”.

La paire arriverait alors dans des voitures séparément de l’adresse de Schofield, prétendument payée par ITV.

Il a déclaré: «Généralement un vendredi matin, car le jeudi était la récréation quand lui et Phillip allaient en ville, puis il est évidemment resté toute la nuit. Il y a des documents qui montrent qu’il a été amené le lendemain séparément dans des voitures payées par ITV.

Il a également décrit l’homme comme “un gars adorable, un gars très talentueux”.

Dan Wootton a alors demandé : « Êtes-vous toujours en contact avec le jeune collègue ? Et est-ce qu’il va bien ?

Eamonn Holmes a répondu: «Je ne suis pas Ruth. Je pense que la vie est dure pour lui.

Interrogé sur la suggestion de Schofield d’une vendetta contre lui, Holmes a déclaré: “ Ma réponse est qu’il se trompe ou qu’il ment, et il a admis qu’il mentait et qu’il racontait beaucoup de mensonges.

“Et dans la vie, j’ai toujours eu cette conviction qu’un mensonge non contesté devient la vérité. Donc, bien que je ne veuille pas tenir tête à Schofield qui lui montre constamment où il ment, je sens que je dois le faire.

«Je dis souvent cela à Ruth, peut-être qu’il croit tout ça, peut-être qu’il n’a pas vu ce qui s’est passé en fait parce qu’il y a quelque chose qui ne va pas avec lui. Mais il est le narcissique en chef, il est le narcissique pur et dur, tout tourne autour de lui.

“Tout ce que je suis ici pour faire, c’est parler au nom des personnes qui n’ont pas de voix, des personnes qui ont été bâillonnées soit légalement, soit par des actions qui ont été prises au sein de l’équipe de production.”

ITV a été contacté pour commentaires.

Le directeur général des médias et du divertissement d’ITV, Kevin Lygo, a refusé de répondre aux questions sur Schofield après avoir été poursuivi dans la rue par un producteur de GB News.

On lui a demandé à l’extérieur d’une station s’il y avait eu une “dissimulation” de l’affaire, mais M. Lygo s’est éloigné en disant au producteur: “Nous n’avons vraiment plus rien à dire.”

ITV a continué d’insister pour qu’elle mène une enquête en 2020, après que des rumeurs sur la liaison de Schofield avec un jeune employé ont commencé à circuler.

Mais hier soir, alors qu’ITV maintient que les deux parties ont été interviewées, des sources proches de son ancien amant ont déclaré qu’il n’avait jamais été interrogé sur la question.

Ce matin a été plongé dans l'effondrement vendredi après que Phillip Schofield a admis avoir menti à ITV, ses avocats, son agence artistique et co-animatrice Holly Willoughby à propos de sa liaison avec un jeune membre du personnel

Ce matin a été plongé dans l'effondrement vendredi après que Phillip Schofield a admis avoir menti à ITV, ses avocats, son agence artistique et co-animatrice Holly Willoughby à propos de sa liaison avec un jeune membre du personnel

Ce matin a été plongé dans l’effondrement vendredi après que Phillip Schofield a admis avoir menti à ITV, ses avocats, son agence artistique et co-animatrice Holly Willoughby à propos de sa liaison avec un jeune membre du personnel

Tweetant avant l'interview révélatrice de ce soir, Holmes a déclaré:

Tweetant avant l'interview révélatrice de ce soir, Holmes a déclaré:

Tweetant avant l’interview révélatrice de ce soir, Holmes a déclaré: “Ce soir, c’est pour tous mes collègues de travail au fil des ans qui ont été effrayés et ignorés par vous et votre comportement contrôlant et coercitif”

Avant l’interview, Holmes et Wootton, qui travaillaient également pour ITV, se sont engagés à raconter “la véritable histoire” derrière l’affaire de Schofield.

Holmes a tweeté: «Un mensonge non contesté devient la vérité. Pas sur ma montre, ça ne fait pas Pip.

Chronologie du scandale Phillip Schofield

Septembre 2022 – Schofield et Willoughby sont critiqués pour ne pas avoir fait la queue pour le Queen’s Lying in State. ITV a insisté sur le fait que le couple était là pour faire un reportage depuis le lieu.

Avril 2023 – Phillip est absent de This Morning pendant deux semaines tandis que son frère Timothy, 54 ans, est jugé à Exeter Crown Court pour avoir abusé sexuellement d’un adolescent.

3 avril – Timothy est reconnu coupable d’avoir “fait chanter émotionnellement” l’adolescent pour qu’il accomplisse des actes sexuels et regarde du porno avec lui.

10 mai – Des rapports émergent Phillip et Holly “parlent à peine”, mais un jour plus tard, il publie une déclaration appelant Holly “mon rocher”.

15 mai – Le couple présente un front uni lors de la présentation de This Morning, mais les rumeurs d’une querelle continuent. On dit que le couple s’est disputé en raison de l’échec de Phillip à avertir Holly du procès de son frère.

20 mai – Schofield annonce qu’il se retire de This Morning avec “effet immédiat”.

22 mai – Les présentateurs remplaçants Dermot O’Leary et Alison Hammond rendent hommage à leur ancien collègue comme “l’un des meilleurs diffuseurs de télévision en direct que ce pays ait jamais eu”.

26 mai – Schofield publie une déclaration admettant qu’il avait eu une liaison avec un collègue «beaucoup plus jeune», mais qu’il avait ensuite menti à ce sujet.

27 mai – Holly reproche à Phillip de lui avoir menti.

28 mai – L’ancien médecin résident de This Morning, le Dr Ranj Singh, dénonce la culture “toxique” de l’émission.

29 mai – Schofield publie une déclaration niant les affirmations selon lesquelles la série avait une culture toxique, seulement pour qu’Eamonn Holmes le qualifie de “délirant” sur Twitter.

«Ce soir, c’est pour tous mes collègues de travail au fil des ans qui ont été effrayés et ignorés par vous et votre comportement contrôlant et coercitif.

« Vous tous que personne n’a écoutés. Je suis là pour toi.’

Il a également ajouté qu’il “ne faisait que dire la vérité face à un contrôleur coercitif”.

On ne sait pas exactement à qui il faisait référence en tant que «contrôleur coercitif».

Plus tôt dans la journée, Schofield a rompu son silence en claquant une « poignée de personnes » avec des « voix constamment fortes » et a rejeté les affirmations selon lesquelles il y avait un « toxique » dans l’émission.

Dans une déclaration publiée sur son Instagram, le présentateur de 61 ans a déclaré: “Maintenant, je ne travaille plus sur This Morning, je suis libre de le dire.” J’espère que vous avez remarqué que c’est la même poignée de personnes qui en veulent à moi ou à la série qui semblent avoir la voix la plus forte.

« This Morning EST la meilleure émission sur laquelle travailler, avec les meilleures personnes. Pendant toutes les années où j’ai travaillé, il n’y a eu aucune toxicité.

Vous pouvez écouter ces voix persistantes si vous le souhaitez. Mais les milliers d’invités au fil des ans, des milliers d’employés et d’équipes, des centaines de présentateurs et de contributeurs le savent tous, c’est une famille de gens merveilleux, talentueux, gentils, durs et travailleurs.

Peu de temps après la déclaration, Holmes, qui critique Schofield depuis plusieurs années, a publié ses propres réflexions.

L’homme de 63 ans a tweeté: “Schofield vient de publier une déclaration délirante. Comme Holly, il le met sur Insta Stories, donc si ça tourne mal, il n’y a pas d’enregistrement après 24 heures.

“Je suis réticent à donner plus de publicité au menteur, mais croyez-moi, Pip, si vous cherchez un combat, vous avez choisi la mauvaise personne!”

Lui et Schofield n’ont jamais été proches mais appréciaient les styles de diffusion de l’autre et travaillaient professionnellement côte à côte.

Pourtant, en 2019, le couple s’est disputé après que l’épouse de Holmes, Ruth Langsford, a déposé une plainte officielle contre Schofield après avoir été coupée en l’air par la présentatrice alors qu’elle expliquait ce qui se passait dans sa mini section de This Morning.

Schofield a déclaré: «Les gars, nous allons devoir sauter là-dedans et vous arrêter, j’en ai peur parce que nous sommes un peu à court de temps à cette fin. Merci, Ruth.

Un Langsford clairement peu impressionné a répondu: “Eh bien, je n’avais plus que deux mots à dire”, et a détourné le regard de la caméra.

En février 2022, Holmes a publiquement condamné Schofield à ce sujet, déclarant au magazine Daily Mail’s Weekend que sa femme était l’une des nombreuses personnes de l’industrie de la télévision qui avaient été “ snobées ” par le présentateur.

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Thousands of people on Sunday rallied in Paris and other cities across France to denounce the far-right National Rally party’s “false feminism” and the “real danger” it poses to women’s rights. The demonstrations came exactly a week before France’s snap parliamentary elections, with polls showing the National Rally and its allies leading the first round of the vote.

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RUTH SUNDERLAND: Can next government win economic growth game?

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  • Rachel Reeves and Sir Keir Starmer say they can balance books through growth 
  • They will need to put rocket fuel under the industries where the UK excels
  • Video games industry does not receive attention it deserves 


Ready for action: Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves

Ready for action: Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves

Ready for action: Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves and Sir Keir Starmer say they can balance the national books without imposing even heavier taxes or cutting public spending: through growth.

If that is to go beyond mere wishful thinking, they will need to put rocket fuel under the industries where the UK excels.

These include the video games industry, which does not receive the attention it deserves. This is quite possibly because many politicians are to be found at the Royal Opera House or the theatre, rather than hunched over a console like some of England’s sub-octane footballers.

The video games industry is worth around £6billion to the economy and is the fastest growing part of the leisure and entertainment sector.

But insiders say there are only two people at the Department of Culture looking after it. Investment is minimal, with just £3m going into the Games Fund to support development as the most recent allocation. The neglect is even less defensible given the potential for levelling up and job creation.

Figures from industry association UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) found it supports 76,000 staff across the UK, with each role creating £113,000 of value, well above the average.

It is a vital part of the creative industries which generate up to 10pc of national income. The hotspots extend far from London with hubs in Dundee, previously known for jam and journalism, and the genteel midlands town of Leamington Spa. The UK video games market is the second largest in Europe and the sixth biggest in the world, so we punch above our weight.

The potential goes well beyond gaming itself. Ukie estimates around £760m from ‘spillover benefits’ into other industries including health, energy, advanced manufacturing, film and TV.

Ashmolean Museum in Oxford teamed up last year with games group Ubisoft. Its interpretation of the palace at Knossos from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was on display along with archaeological finds in an exhibition on the myth of the Labyrinth.

The British Library’s ‘Fantasy’ exhibition is another case in point. Along with the books and manuscripts one would expect were games such as Fallen London, set in a dark alternative Victorian version of the capital.

As this visitor can attest, both these were stunning. If the next government wants to boost growth, ministers need to look at cleverly targeted incentives in the tax system – the UK has fallen behind rival countries in this respect – and also at investing in education. Senior figures are calling for a GCSE in digital creativity, which no doubt will annoy traditionalists but actually would help young people gain skills.

They also want to increase the UK Games Fund, which supports early stage games development, closer to levels in rival nations such as Germany.

The role of regulators is important – and controversial – too. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was last year accused by Microsoft of damaging Britain’s prospects in the sector when it blocked the tech giant’s £60billion takeover of video game maker Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft huffed and puffed that legitimate concerns aired by the CMA about the deal were a ‘disservice to UK citizens who face increasingly dire economic prospects’ though it eventually agreed to changes that meant the takeover went ahead anyway.

Hyperbole aside, we will face dire prospects if the next government fails to support gaming and industries where we have real energy, innovation and talent. We will only win the game if we play to our strengths.

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Travel experts reveal 5 cities that are perfect for solo travellers, from a 1,500-year-old hotspot with ‘welcoming locals’ to ‘one of the safest countries in South America’

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Travelling alone can be pure joy – as there’s only one person in charge of the itinerary. You.

However, pick the wrong destination and the ‘alone’ part of the deal can suddenly become a problem. Especially if there are safety issues.

So where are the ‘right’ destinations? 

See below. We’ve spoken to travel experts from The Points Guy, Aditi Travel and Travel City for their top tips on the best cities for a solo adventure, from one that’s in the ‘safest country in South America’ to spots where making friends is a breeze thanks to ‘welcoming locals’ and plentiful hostels.

Scroll down for more – and don’t forget to vote in our poll for your favourite solo destination… 

Tbilisi, Georgia

Solo travel expert Helen Youngman recommends the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi (above), for a getaway for one. She says that the 'welcoming locals' are one of many plus points

Solo travel expert Helen Youngman recommends the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi (above), for a getaway for one. She says that the 'welcoming locals' are one of many plus points

Solo travel expert Helen Youngman recommends the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi (above), for a getaway for one. She says that the ‘welcoming locals’ are one of many plus points 

Helen Youngman, who runs solo-travel holiday firm Aditi Travel, recommended 1,500-year-old Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, which stands at the intersection of Europe and Asia.

Helen told MailOnline Travel: ‘Tbilisi is a creative and eclectic city with a historic old town, colourful Ottoman architecture and warm and welcoming locals, which makes it perfect for exploring solo. 

‘Relax in the city’s famous sulphur bathhouses, enjoy wine tasting in cosy basement bars and for a taste of famed Georgian hospitality and cuisine, book a meal at a local family home.

‘Stay at: Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, which is located in a beautifully restored building and is a great base for exploring the vibrant local culture.’

Santiago, Chile

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy said Santiago (above) is 'one of the safest countries in South and Latin America' with 'stunning natural scenery' and 'a huge hostel culture'

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy said Santiago (above) is 'one of the safest countries in South and Latin America' with 'stunning natural scenery' and 'a huge hostel culture'

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy said Santiago (above) is ‘one of the safest countries in South and Latin America’ with ‘stunning natural scenery’ and ‘a huge hostel culture’

Nicky Kelvin, travel expert and Editor at Large at The Points Guy, recommended a hotspot in South America that’s surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains – Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Nicky explained to MailOnline: ‘Chile is considered one of the safest countries in South and Latin America, and the capital city has an especially low crime rate. 

‘Once you venture beyond Santiago, you can enjoy skiing in the Andes, trekking in the Atacama desert and even enjoy bicycle wine tastings. 

‘In terms of stunning natural scenery, the wild Chilean landscapes are hard to top. 

‘Plus, the entire country has a huge hostel culture (with both budget and high-end options), making it easy to find new friends. Prefer to stay in town? Santiago has many accessible lookout points, fantastic museums and delicious restaurants, too.’

Berlin, Germany

Nicky recommended Berlin for a solo European city break, noting its 'excellent public transportation, high level of spoken English' and the plentiful hostels

Nicky recommended Berlin for a solo European city break, noting its 'excellent public transportation, high level of spoken English' and the plentiful hostels

Nicky recommended Berlin for a solo European city break, noting its ‘excellent public transportation, high level of spoken English’ and the plentiful hostels 

Travellers who want to explore Europe are spoilt for choice – but Nicky recommends the German capital for those heading out alone. 

He noted: ‘Berlin is a city with a low crime rate, excellent public transportation, a high level of spoken English and progressive vibes that will make pretty much anyone feel at home. 

‘With plenty of hostels and free tours, you’ll be able to easily meet other solo travellers in a low-pressure environment. 

‘Berlin also has a fantastic public art trail, so wandering the city on foot is especially easy – and entertaining.’

Melbourne, Australia

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, suggested Melbourne, because it has a 'vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals'. Above - Melbourne Flinders Street railway station

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, suggested Melbourne, because it has a 'vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals'. Above - Melbourne Flinders Street railway station

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, suggested Melbourne, because it has a ‘vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals’. Above – Melbourne Flinders Street railway station

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, which offers reviews and suggestions about where to go, recommended holidaymakers venture down under.

He told MailOnline: ‘Melbourne stands out as a great city break for solo travellers due to its vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals. 

‘The city is known for its street art, coffee culture, and numerous festivals. Solo travellers can visit the National Gallery of Victoria, explore the laneways filled with unique shops and cafes, and relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

‘Melbourne’s extensive tram network makes it easy to get around. The city is also a gateway to natural attractions like the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley – perfect for day trips.’

Taipei, Taiwan

Nicky Kelvin recommended Taipei for solo holidaymakers, noting that it's 'right up there with Japan in terms of safety' but 'much cheaper' than Tokyo. Above - Taipei's National Concert Hall in Liberty Square

Nicky Kelvin recommended Taipei for solo holidaymakers, noting that it's 'right up there with Japan in terms of safety' but 'much cheaper' than Tokyo. Above - Taipei's National Concert Hall in Liberty Square

Nicky Kelvin recommended Taipei for solo holidaymakers, noting that it’s ‘right up there with Japan in terms of safety’ but ‘much cheaper’ than Tokyo. Above – Taipei’s National Concert Hall in Liberty Square

The Points Guy’s Nicky suggested that solo travellers who want to explore Asia should venture to Taiwan, an island country off the east coast of China.

And while there, he recommended making a beeline for Taipei. 

He explained: ‘Taiwan is right up there with Japan in terms of safety – and [capital city] Taipei is much cheaper for a solo traveller to visit than Tokyo. 

‘With an immense offering of budget and boutique properties, as well as large brand hotels that are also well-priced (think Kimpton and Hilton), solo travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to lodging options. 

‘Free walking tours are offered in many neighbourhoods and are an excellent way to link up with like-minded travellers, as are street food tours. 

‘An additional bonus: Taipei’s metro system is clean, organised and safe. It even plays classical music when the trains approach.’

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My son died of a heroin overdose- here’s what I wish I knew and how you can save your own child

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If it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours.

That’s what a New Jersey mother told DailyMail.com she wants other parents to know after her 25-year-old son died of a heroin overdose on Mother’s Day. 

Patricia Roos’ son Alex was found dead on the street in Newark, New Jersey, 20 miles from their house, succumbing to his three-year-long battle with drug addiction that saw him through 12 stints in rehab and four stays in sober living houses. 

Like thousands of other victims of the opioid epidemic, Alex came from a good family. He was born to two sociologists who settled into a pleasant middle-class life in New Jersey. He was athletic and smart, and he received a college degree in biology.

Mrs Roos spoke with DailyMail.com about the signs she wished she’d known to look for that could have saved her only child in the hope of saving other families from a similarly devastating experience.

Alex Roos died of a heroin overdose at age 25 in 2015. His drug use skyrocketed during the summer after college graduation

Alex Roos died of a heroin overdose at age 25 in 2015. His drug use skyrocketed during the summer after college graduation

Alex Roos died of a heroin overdose at age 25 in 2015. His drug use skyrocketed during the summer after college graduation

Alex was a varsity athlete in baseball. He was sensitive, loved music – especially electronic dance music – and was particularly close with his grandma, whose passing Mrs Roos is sure had a major influence on his drug use during the first summer home from college. 

He had plans to go back to school at Rutgers University to complete a masters degree in business, but those crumbled as his drug use continued.  

Just a few days within his return to New Jersey in May 2015, after years spent hopping from rehab to rehab in Florida, Alex was set to go to his 13th recovery center. Instead, he was found dead in a vacant lot frequented by heroin users. 

Over his multi-year battle against heroin addiction, his longest period of sobriety was about five months. But every time he would relapse ‘it became more and more horrific,’ Mrs Roos said. 

‘On his 25th birthday, we had to get the door unlocked and go in and I thought he was brain dead, because he was breathing very heavily and gray stuff oozing out of his mouth, she told this website, adding: ‘He was brought back multiple times [with] Narcan and the final time was what would have been his 13th rehab and he refused entry.’ 

Mrs Roos knows her situation is not unique and she channeled her grief into advocacy and writing, eventually publishing a book about her experience and flaws in the recovery care infrastructure called Surviving Alex: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Addiction.

She told DailyMail.com: ‘Every day when I sat down to write I thought I’m writing for people like me who are going through this because I want them to know that I hear them. They’re not alone.

‘I want people to know that if it happened to my family, it can happen to any family, right? Because I think that people don’t think it can happen to them. And it can.’

In her book and speaking to this website, she revealed signs other parents can look out for before it’s too late to help their own child.  

Struggling with anxiety or other mental health conditions

Alex was about 12 years old when he was first hospitalized, but it wasn’t for substance use or depression. He spent more than two months in the hospital being treated for anorexia.

Mrs Roos said: ‘And that’s when we began to realize his levels of anxiety. Prior to that time, we were just a normal family. We did all those things that normal families do. 

‘Lots of neighbors hanging out in the backyard, the kids did plays, quintessential summers hanging out with your friends and barbecuing, and so forth.

‘In seventh grade, he talked about having two classes on the obesity epidemic and having read about anorexia… He asked his dad, how do I get a six-pack and his father said you exercise and no more hamburgers. So, he really took that to an extreme.’

Anorexia and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. The process of eating becomes an obsession, and the fear of gaining weight takes over. The disorder manifests as micromanaging all of the food someone takes in as a means to exert control over their own lives and combat the fear of losing control, also known as anxiety.

Alex became increasingly isolated in his years of active addiction and often snuck around and went missing for days on end

Alex became increasingly isolated in his years of active addiction and often snuck around and went missing for days on end

Alex became increasingly isolated in his years of active addiction and often snuck around and went missing for days on end

About one in three people who have an eating disorder are male. Males account for about 20 percent of anorexia sufferers and 30 percent of bulimia sufferers. 

Similarly, substance use disorder and anxiety often occur side by side. A sweeping study reflecting data from more than 43,000 Americans found generalized anxiety disorder was the anxiety disorder most often associated with using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate.

Mrs Roos said: ‘You think about the psychological kind of factors that are systemic – depression or anxiety – but there’s also socio-economic, systemic factors, poverty, unemployment, incarceration, racism. All of these are the contexts in which people live.

‘So what is the message that I would give to parents who are worried about this? The first thing you have to do is that you have to evaluate the risk. So, what are the psychological factors? 

‘Do you have psychological issues in your family, in your extended family? Do you have alcoholism in your family or extended family? And that enables you to sort of better evaluate the risks that you face.

‘It’s important to understand that young people mostly take drugs to self-medicate, right? And Alex’s case, it’s exactly what was going on, and we saw it back when he had anorexia.’

The recent National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions found nearly 18 percent of people with substance use disorder met the criteria for an anxiety disorder as well. 

A separate study by Yale researchers found anxiety disorders tend to precede the onset of alcohol abuse disorder and they co-exist. In 57 to 80 percent of cases where people had both an anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorder, the anxiety appeared first. 

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And in at least 67 percent of cases where people had both anxiety and a drug use disorder, the anxiety disorder came on first. 

The rehab programs that Alex attended were mostly 12-step programs that discourage the use of any mind-altering substances, including anxiety medications. 

While he was not prescribed them consistently during his years of active addiction, Mrs Roos said at one point he was able to secure three months’ worth of Xanax and Ambien from a doctor at an urgent care clinic. 

Sneaking around

Alex’s mom said her son began to exhibit ‘sneaky’ behavior after he was released from the hospital. It started with him secretly drinking while attending his Metuchen, New Jersey high school and it continued through college. 

And like many drug or alcohol abusers, Alex was good at hiding it.

Mrs Roos told DailyMail.com: ‘Soon after he came out of the hospital, he started drinking surreptitiously, and we didn’t know how much he was drinking. But… in high school, it was a little bit more problematic. And in college, it became much more problematic.’

The summer after his 2012 college graduation was marked by a series of deaths in the family, ratcheting up Alex’s anxiety and depression.

His mom added: ‘When Alex graduated from college in 2012… he just really got into drugs. [In] 2013 was the first time that he overdosed, and we had to take the door off its hinge to find him, overdosed with heroin.’

Being sneaky doesn’t have to mean denying using a drug at all. A person who uses drugs compulsively may lie and say drugs are an occasional indulgence.

It’s also not unusual for compulsive drug users to sneak away for days at a time.

Before Alex’s fatal overdose, he hadn’t been in contact with his family for six days, and that wasn’t the first time.

Drug use is often a solitary activity, and that became even more true during the Covid pandemic.

People often turn to restrooms to inject drugs, and Mrs Roos said parents should pay attention to how often and for how long your child is in the bathroom.

She said: ‘It’s important to watch for if kids start isolating themselves, begin to lose friends, if they spend a lot of time in the bathroom because a lot of drug taking happens in bathrooms because that’s one of the few places where I think people find some privacy that they need.’

Patricia Roos (pictured right next to Alex and her husband, left] said Alex was a happy, athletic child with a 'wicked sense of humor'

Patricia Roos (pictured right next to Alex and her husband, left] said Alex was a happy, athletic child with a 'wicked sense of humor'

Patricia Roos (pictured right next to Alex and her husband, left] said Alex was a happy, athletic child with a ‘wicked sense of humor’

Selling belongings

Drugs are not free, and to an addict securing them becomes more important than securing food or a place to live. For drug users without disposable income, that often requires selling valuable belongings.

It can also require stealing from family in order to turn anything from heirlooms to silverware for a profit. 

According to Mrs Roos, Alex begged at a local train station and sold ‘lots of different things’ to fuel his addiction.  

Mrs Roos told this website: ‘We put into a safety deposit box our rings because we didn’t want him to get those and sell those. And he was aware of all of this.

‘I remember having lunch with him and he said, “Oh, you’re not wearing your rings.” And I said, “Yeah, we put them in the safety deposit box.” And he said, “because of me?” and I said “yeah,” and he just felt horrible.’

Part of heroin’s appeal, as well as that of fentanyl and other opioids sold on the street, is that they’re not very expensive. A bag of heroin costs about $5 and prices remain low because of inexpensive and plentiful fentanyl. 

Fentanyl and other illicit opioids are being rapidly massed produced, largely from China through Mexico, as well as in smaller clandestine US labs. 

Efforts to block fentanyl from hitting the streets are taking on a whack-a-mole quality, with drug makers increasingly making ever-more fatal fentanyl analogues. 

And there is little indication the deluge of illicit drugs on US city streets is slowing. 

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Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark have arrived in Chicago. 

The rookies were photographed in the tunnel at Wintrust Arena Sunday afternoon ahead of the Indiana Fever’s third showdown against the Chicago Sky. 

Reese turned heads in a barely-there ensemble, including a brown lace-up top and matching mini skirt. 

She added a pair of distressed, knee-high boots, a white handbag and several gold bangles on her wrist. 

Meanwhile, Clark showcased her ongoing partnership with Prada by stepping out in polo style shirt-dress from the Italian luxury fashion house. 

Angel Reese arrived in Chicago in a barely-there top and a matching ultra mini skirt

Angel Reese arrived in Chicago in a barely-there top and a matching ultra mini skirt

Angel Reese arrived in Chicago in a barely-there top and a matching ultra mini skirt

Caitlin Clark showcased her ongoing partnership with Prada in a shirt-dress from the designer

Caitlin Clark showcased her ongoing partnership with Prada in a shirt-dress from the designer

Caitlin Clark showcased her ongoing partnership with Prada in a shirt-dress from the designer

She accessorized the forest green dress by adding a brown belt around her waist, and a gold watch on her wrist. 

The Iowa alum also donned a pair of black loafers with matching socks and a black handbag from the brand. 

The pair’s highly-anticipated showdown comes a couple of days after the Indiana superstar insisted she and Reese do not have a ‘rivalry’ amid controversy surrounding their recent battles on the court. 

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Swifties take over Wembley… AGAIN! Taylor Swift takes to the Wembley stage for third mega show in London on UK leg of sold-out Eras Tour in front of her adoring boyfriend Travis Kelce and celeb guests including Ellie Goulding and Sir Paul McCartney

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Taylor Swift fans are partying in Wembley this evening for the third night of her show-stopping Eras Tour in London.

Swifties are singing along to the popstar’s hits at tonight’s show, which is the final in a sold-out three-night run in the UK’s largest venue.

The first two nights on Friday and Saturday brought out some of the biggest names in Britain, with even Prince William and his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte making an appearance.

Tonight rock legend Jon Bon Jovi joins the 89,000-strong crowd alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding and Taylor’s NFL beau Travis Kelce.

Fleabag’s own Phoebe Waller-Bridge has also been spotted in the VIP tent dancing to Love Story with Andrew Scott.

Taylor Swift performs to a crowd of 89,000 in a glittering silver blazer and matching high-heeled boots on Sunday night

Taylor Swift performs to a crowd of 89,000 in a glittering silver blazer and matching high-heeled boots on Sunday night

Taylor Swift performs to a crowd of 89,000 in a glittering silver blazer and matching high-heeled boots on Sunday night

Taylor smiles as the crowd at Wembley cheers tonight

Taylor smiles as the crowd at Wembley cheers tonight

Taylor smiles as the crowd at Wembley cheers tonight

Taylor in her pink and blue Lover bodysuit

Taylor sings her song Fearless for a large crowd at Wembley

Taylor sings her song Fearless for a large crowd at Wembley
The pop singer, 34, is in London for three nights in June and a further five nights in August

The pop singer, 34, is in London for three nights in June and a further five nights in August

Dressed in a sparkling golden dress, Taylor performs songs from her Fearless album

Her set-list lasts for three hours and consists of songs from all of her albums

Her set-list lasts for three hours and consists of songs from all of her albums

Her set-list lasts for three hours and consists of songs from all of her albums

The 34-year-old plays both guitar and piano during the Eras Tour

The 34-year-old plays both guitar and piano during the Eras Tour

The 34-year-old plays both guitar and piano during the Eras Tour

This is Taylor's third night in London during the UK leg of her sold-out Eras Tour

This is Taylor's third night in London during the UK leg of her sold-out Eras Tour

This is Taylor’s third night in London during the UK leg of her sold-out Eras Tour

A trio of Taylor Swift fans do their make-up and fix sequins to their faces outside Wembley this afternoon

A trio of Taylor Swift fans do their make-up and fix sequins to their faces outside Wembley this afternoon

A trio of Taylor Swift fans do their make-up and fix sequins to their faces outside Wembley this afternoon

A male Swiftie wearing a snake necklace and black love heart sunglasses arrives at Wembley Stadium ahead of the concert today

A male Swiftie wearing a snake necklace and black love heart sunglasses arrives at Wembley Stadium ahead of the concert today

A male Swiftie wearing a snake necklace and black love heart sunglasses arrives at Wembley Stadium ahead of the concert today

A Taylor Swift fan wears a cowboy hat and a jacket with the word 'Clown for Rep' written on the back outside Wembley today

A Taylor Swift fan wears a cowboy hat and a jacket with the word 'Clown for Rep' written on the back outside Wembley today

A Taylor Swift fan wears a cowboy hat and a jacket with the word ‘Clown for Rep’ written on the back outside Wembley today

A group of women wearing white wedding veils walk towards Wembley Stadium before the show

A group of women wearing white wedding veils walk towards Wembley Stadium before the show

A group of women wearing white wedding veils walk towards Wembley Stadium before the show 

A pair of Swifties wearing pink and blue cowboy hats look at bracelets as they wait for the concert to begin

A pair of Swifties wearing pink and blue cowboy hats look at bracelets as they wait for the concert to begin

A pair of Swifties wearing pink and blue cowboy hats look at bracelets as they wait for the concert to begin

Four women wearing pink and blue cowboy hats sit down on a bench outside Wembley Stadium before the gig

Four women wearing pink and blue cowboy hats sit down on a bench outside Wembley Stadium before the gig

Four women wearing pink and blue cowboy hats sit down on a bench outside Wembley Stadium before the gig

A London Underground service information board pays tribute to Taylor swift at Wembley Park station today

A London Underground service information board pays tribute to Taylor swift at Wembley Park station today

A London Underground service information board pays tribute to Taylor swift at Wembley Park station today

Swifties put on bracelets as they prepare for the Taylor Swift concert at Wembley Stadium today

Swifties put on bracelets as they prepare for the Taylor Swift concert at Wembley Stadium today

Swifties put on bracelets as they prepare for the Taylor Swift concert at Wembley Stadium today

A man wears a gold shirt and matching bowtie as he makes his way to the  concert

A man wears a gold shirt and matching bowtie as he makes his way to the  concert

A man wears a gold shirt and matching bowtie as he makes his way to the  concert

One fan carries a lilac cowboy hat on her back as the other wears Taylor Swift merch showcasing the dates of previous shows on The Eras Tour

One fan carries a lilac cowboy hat on her back as the other wears Taylor Swift merch showcasing the dates of previous shows on The Eras Tour

One fan carries a lilac cowboy hat on her back as the other wears Taylor Swift merch showcasing the dates of previous shows on The Eras Tour

Taylor Swift performs on stage at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, June 22

Taylor Swift performs on stage at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, June 22

Taylor Swift performs on stage at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, June 22

Andrew Scott (left) and Phoebe Waller Bridge (right) watch tonight's show from the VIP tent

Andrew Scott (left) and Phoebe Waller Bridge (right) watch tonight's show from the VIP tent

Andrew Scott (left) and Phoebe Waller Bridge (right) watch tonight’s show from the VIP tent

Tickets have been going for hundreds of pounds a pop, with many fans eager to catch a glimpse of the US pop sensation before her tour moves onto Ireland next week.

But she will be back soon enough, with the 34-year-old set to play five more dates at Wembley in mid-August.

Supporters of the chart-topping star, who is on an epic worldwide tour following the release of her album Midnight last year, are convinced that the superstar is going to make a huge announcement during her third night at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Some have been guessing when she is going to announce the re-recording of her album Reputation – referred to as Rep TV (Taylor’s Version). 

Her recent shows have seen complaints of glitching happening on the screen behind her as she performs.

But fans have suspected that this is a build-up to the announcement, when they anticipate the screen will glitch and go completely black.

Despite the complaints about the glitches, there can be no dispute about her popularity.

Over the last couple of days it seems everyone who is anyone has been seen at her London shows.

Among the most visible of these was Prince William, who went to see the show with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as a birthday gift, with the heir to the throne and his children getting a selfie with Taylor afterwards.

The Prince of Wales was filmed eagerly joining in in the crowd which also included fellow royals Zara and Mike Tindall as well as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria.

Also in the crowd at Wembley have been Hollywood superstars Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Hugh Grant, while her beau Travis Kelce has been supporting her from the sidelines. 

Taylor Swift posted a selfie with the royals and her boyfriend Travis Kelce wishing the heir a happy birthday

Taylor Swift posted a selfie with the royals and her boyfriend Travis Kelce wishing the heir a happy birthday

Taylor Swift posted a selfie with the royals and her boyfriend Travis Kelce wishing the heir a happy birthday

Prince William, George and Charlotte take a selfie with Taylor Swift before rocking royal breaks out his best dad dancing

Prince William, George and Charlotte take a selfie with Taylor Swift before rocking royal breaks out his best dad dancing

Prince William, George and Charlotte take a selfie with Taylor Swift before rocking royal breaks out his best dad dancing

The Prince and Princess of Wales's official X account posted: 'Thank you Taylor Swift for a great evening!'

The Prince and Princess of Wales's official X account posted: 'Thank you Taylor Swift for a great evening!'

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s official X account posted: ‘Thank you Taylor Swift for a great evening!’

Prince William has thrilled fans after being seen 'dad dancing' at Taylor Swift's Wembley concert last night

Prince William has thrilled fans after being seen 'dad dancing' at Taylor Swift's Wembley concert last night

Prince William has thrilled fans after being seen ‘dad dancing’ at Taylor Swift’s Wembley concert last night

The royals seem to be having the time of their lives as they sing and dance along in the video

The royals seem to be having the time of their lives as they sing and dance along in the video

The royals seem to be having the time of their lives as they sing and dance along in the video

Tom Cruise is among the thousands of attendees at Taylor Swift's concert in London

Tom Cruise is among the thousands of attendees at Taylor Swift's concert in London

Tom Cruise is among the thousands of attendees at Taylor Swift’s concert in London

Mila Kunis in the crowds ahead of Taylor Swift's second Wembley show

Mila Kunis in the crowds ahead of Taylor Swift's second Wembley show
Her partner Ashton Kutcher is also among some of he many famous faces

Her partner Ashton Kutcher is also among some of he many famous faces

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have also been spotted in the crowds ahead of Satuday’s show

Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall and her ex-rugby international husband Mike were among those attending Taylor Swift's first London gig at Wembley Stadium on Friday night as part of the US singer's record-breaking Eras Tour

Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall and her ex-rugby international husband Mike were among those attending Taylor Swift's first London gig at Wembley Stadium on Friday night as part of the US singer's record-breaking Eras Tour

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and her ex-rugby international husband Mike were among those attending Taylor Swift’s first London gig at Wembley Stadium on Friday night as part of the US singer’s record-breaking Eras Tour

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Wembley Stadium on Saturday

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Wembley Stadium on Saturday

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 

The American megastar, 34, performs on stage in front of almost 90,000 fans

The American megastar, 34, performs on stage in front of almost 90,000 fans

The American megastar, 34, performs on stage in front of almost 90,000 fans

Actor Hugh Grant eating carrots during the Eras Tour in Wembley on Friday night while standing in the VIP tent among a host of A-listers

Actor Hugh Grant eating carrots during the Eras Tour in Wembley on Friday night while standing in the VIP tent among a host of A-listers

Actor Hugh Grant eating carrots during the Eras Tour in Wembley on Friday night while standing in the VIP tent among a host of A-listers

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot and film the veteran actor in the VIP area of the audience watching on as the Cruel Summer singer took to the stage

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot and film the veteran actor in the VIP area of the audience watching on as the Cruel Summer singer took to the stage

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot and film the veteran actor in the VIP area of the audience watching on as the Cruel Summer singer took to the stage

Swift was seen talking to a young girl in the audience as she performed the Red Era of her show at Wembley stadium on Saturday

Swift was seen talking to a young girl in the audience as she performed the Red Era of her show at Wembley stadium on Saturday

Swift was seen talking to a young girl in the audience as she performed the Red Era of her show at Wembley stadium on Saturday

The US megastar performed hits such as Shake It Off on the opening night of her Eras Tour run in London

The US megastar performed hits such as Shake It Off on the opening night of her Eras Tour run in London

The US megastar performed hits such as Shake It Off on the opening night of her Eras Tour run in London

Taylor Swift's various costumes for Friday night's sell-out Wembley gig included a white gown with her lyrics written on it

Taylor Swift's various costumes for Friday night's sell-out Wembley gig included a white gown with her lyrics written on it

Taylor Swift’s various costumes for Friday night’s sell-out Wembley gig included a white gown with her lyrics written on it

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