Kel­lie: I col­lapsed on the MasterChef set and next thing was rushed to hos­pi­tal...

MasterChef stars tell of baby trauma

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - UN­DER PRES­SURE Kel­lie on set of MasterChef EX­CLU­SIVE BY JANINE YAQOOB TV Ed­i­tor [email protected]­

KEL­LIE Maloney has told how she col­lapsed in the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen and was rushed to hos­pi­tal be­cause of the stress of film­ing.

The ex-box­ing pro­moter, 66 – known as Frank be­fore be­com­ing a woman – lost con­scious­ness af­ter a day cook­ing for judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

“Men­tally I got ex­hausted,” she re­called. “I wanted to go home but they wanted some more film­ing.

“The next thing I knew I was on the floor with all my fel­low celebs and the judges around me. Paramedics ar­rived and said I needed to go to hos­pi­tal.

“When they took my blood pres­sure I was 240 over 180. The para­medic said they couldn’t be­lieve I hadn’t had a stroke. I didn’t want to go to hos­pi­tal but they said I had to and rushed me there in an am­bu­lance.”

Doc­tors kept Kel­lie in for ob­ser­va­tion but the hit BBC show’s pro­duc­ers and her fel­low celebrity chefs – Ge­ordie Shore’s Vicky Pat­ti­son, 31, and Olympic gold medal­list Greg Rutherford, 32 – of­fered sup­port.

“I was there for nine hours,” she said. “I can’t re­mem­ber much about that day. But I got some nice texts from Vicky and Greg check­ing I was OK.”

The drama came days af­ter Kel­lie re­vealed she made a sui­cide bid last year. She had been strug­gling to come to terms with her

My blood pres­sure was 240 over 180. The para­medic was amazed I hadn’t had stroke KEL­LIE MALONEY ON HER MASTERCHEF MED­I­CAL DRAMA

2014 sex change and split with wife Tracey. She re­vealed: “I still had the guilt last year that I had de­stroyed my fam­ily. I was in a bad place. I started drinking. I’d had enough.

“I opened a bot­tle of wine and took ev­ery pill in the house. I took 150 pills. I was hav­ing prob­lems with my sex­u­al­ity.”

This week Kel­lie ex­plains that strug­gle. “I don’t think of sex or be­ing in­ti­mate with any­one,” she says on C4’s High Society: Cannabis Cafe, where she smokes the drug in Am­s­ter­dam. “I’m scared of hav­ing sex – I’ve never ad­mit­ted that be­fore.”

And she said of the drug: “I went back to my ho­tel room and thought green men were chas­ing me. I was con­vinced they wanted to take me to Mars. It was the first time I’d tried cannabis – and the last.”

As Frank Maloney, the ex-trainer from Peck­ham, South Lon­don, be­came one of the box­ing’s big­gest names, help­ing Len­nox Lewis to the heavy­weight world ti­tle in 2000.

Now Kel­lie has moved to Por­tu­gal to es­cape so­cial me­dia har­ras­ment, ex­plain­ing: “Life’s to­tally changed. I’ve got my dogs here, I’m get­ting more an­i­mals. Two goats, two al­pacas and a don­key. This is home now.”

High Society: Cannabis Cafe is on Chan­nel 4 on Tues­day at 10pm.

THEY’VE en­joyed a TV bro­mance for 16 years – and now Celebrity MasterChef co-stars Gregg Wallace and John Torode have re­vealed that their part­ners share a spe­cial bond.

As Gregg and his wife Anne-Marie Ster­pini strug­gled to con­ceive for two years, John’s fi­ancée Lisa Faulkner reached out to share her IVF trauma.

For­mer EastEn­ders star Lisa, 47, adopted daugh­ter Bil­lie, 12, in 2007 af­ter fail­ing to get preg­nant with her ex-hus­band, ac­tor Chris Coghill.

Gregg, 54, said: “Lisa mes­saged me and said, ‘I know you are strug­gling to con­ceive, I’ve been through this and if Anna wants to speak to me I’ve got ad­vice for her’. Then, of course, the mir­a­cle hap­pened when we were out in Tus­cany and con­ceived nat­u­rally.

“The red wine and warm weather must have worked! I love Lisa. I’ve never seen John so happy or re­laxed.” John, 54, says his wife-to-be was only too happy to of­fer a friendly ear to Anne-Marie, who at 33 is 21 years Gregg’s ju­nior. John

said: “Lisa had her own IVF jour­ney and adopted Bil­lie. When­ever we see some­one go­ing through a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion we may have had ex­pe­ri­ence of, we want to help them. We are all here as friends to help each other.”

For­mer green­gro­cer Gregg said of son Sid, who ar­rived in May: “I feel in­cred­i­bly lucky. I re­ally miss him when I’m away.”

Anne-Marie’s Ital­ian mother Rina lives with the cou­ple in Kent and looks af­ter Sid at night when Gregg is at home so he can get un­in­ter­rupted sleep.

“There’s no way I could do film­ing the next day if I don’t get my sleep,” he said. “Not at my age!”

Celebrity MasterChef con­tin­ues tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One.

BE­ING FRANK She re­vealed sex change in Sun­day Mir­ror

HAPPY John & ac­tress Lisa HELP Gregg and his wife Anne-Marie

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