‘I feel sorry for Kylie Minogue’s Welsh boyfriend as she leaves for Australia’ – Val Savage

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On this week’s column Val, the 74-year-old mum of Mirror columnist and soccer legend Robbie Savage, hopes Kylie and her Welsh boyfriend discover happiness and divulges she doesn’t care who sees her in her dressing robe

Kylie Minogue and boyfriend Paul Solomons

Most males might be envious of Kylie Minogue’s boyfriend, however I really feel sorry for him for the time being.

Kylie has determined, after residing in Britain for 30 years, she’s shifting again to Australi a. Regardless of the place you go or what you obtain, the pull again house is at all times sturdy.

However her boyfriend Paul is Welsh, and I do know that love for this stunning nation might be deep in his soul. For him, the longing to remain somewhat than transfer to the opposite facet of the world might be simply as sturdy.

In the event you’re actually in love you’d go to the ends of the earth for somebody. However once you love your private home nation and your loved ones inside it, it’s a horrible wrench to even think about leaving.

It’s an actual quandary for Paul. I hope, no matter they do, he and Kylie’s hearts might be glad.

Spins, grace and gorgeousness

I watched Rhys Stephenson’s opening variety of final Saturday’s Strictly 61 instances. And I’d have replayed it extra and saved it forever had I not unintentionally deleted it. It made me really feel alive.

As he danced to the 4 Tops’ I’ll be There, in my thoughts I mentioned to my late husband, ‘Col, keep in mind we used to bounce to this?’.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu strut their stuff



My recollections whirled straight again to 1967, after I shopped in Carnaby Avenue for a ruffled gown identical to the one worn by his dancing professional Nancy. Thoughts you, I weighed 9st then. If I wore it now I’d be put straight on prime of the cistern within the rest room like an old school rest room roll holder.

I additionally love John and Johannes. John is improbable, and there’s something actually particular about Johannes. He strikes as if he’s fabricated from elastic. He reveals immaculate class and poise on the dance ground and a stunning smile and humility off it.

Watching Johannes, I neglect the fantastic reality he’s making historical past in Strictly’s first all-male partnership as a result of I simply drift off right into a dreamy world of sparkles, spins, grace and gorgeousness.

Dressed for consolation

Earlier than Covid hit, there’s no method on God’s earth I’d have let anybody see me in my dressing robe.

Nowadays, each Tom, Dick, Harry, postman and freezer man has seen me in it. They need to suppose I’m actually poorly as I’m hardly ever in the rest. And pals nonetheless tease me about carrying it after I appeared on Good Morning Britain and threatened to stitch Piers Morgan’s mouth closed.

Mother and father exterior Ayresome Main Faculty in Middlesbrough the place a row has damaged out after the headteacher requested them to decorate appropriately and cease dropping youngsters off in dressing robes


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The issue is, it’s so comfortable it’s virtually unattainable to take off. It’s pink fleece, with a zipper and buttons all the way in which down the entrance (I’m a bit hefty so can’t be doing with belts). I attempted to make it acceptable afternoon put on by insisting it was an extended fleece and never a dressing robe, however nobody was shopping for it.

So I’ve sympathy for the mother and father of the varsity youngsters in Middlesbrough who have been advised off by the headteacher for doing the varsity run of their jimjams and dressing robes. I perceive the reluctance to peel off the supreme consolation all of us want proper now.

And though I wouldn’t have worn mine after I used to stroll our Jonathan and Robert to highschool, if I’d had a automotive and will’ve dropped them off with out getting out, I feel I’d have chanced it.

Nose to nose is finest

In all of the technological breakthroughs we’ve lived by way of, I reckon we’re all going backwards.

Through the lengthy saga of my damaged freezer, I needed to telephone a name centre. An answering machine supplied me so many choices which have been irrelevant, I wished to hold up. I saved saying: “I don’t need choices, I need converse to a human being”. However nonetheless the choices saved coming and I ended up feeling riled by a robotic.

A cup of tea goes a great distance


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My eldest son Jonathan is extra placid so he managed to get by way of to the fitting particular person. And when the engineer arrived to try the freezer, I made a degree of giving him tea and Package Kats, and telling him he was doing an ideal job. In return, he went the additional mile for me.

So you possibly can hold all of your fancy name centres, web orders and limitless push button choices. One of the simplest ways to get issues carried out correctly is the quaint method of being good, grateful and well mannered to one another head to head.


Annually I purchase two containers of chocolate biscuits from Marks and Spencer for Christmas presents (they’re £4, in blue a field, they usually’re to die for).

However I can’t rating something off my procuring checklist. As a result of although my legs are unhealthy, I managed to get upstairs, attain in to the again of the wardrobe, seize the field and now there’s solely half a field left.

My will energy has at all times been this weak. That’s why I used to offer all my edible presents to my mum to maintain within the run as much as Christmas cease me consuming the lot.

Mum was at all times more than pleased to take them in for me. Then, per week earlier than Christmas, I’d get the inevitable name: “Our Valerie, I don’t know learn how to say this to you. You realize the containers of chocolate Brazils you gave me? I ate them.”

Giving my final bar for Ryan

It’s been a superb few weeks since I invited megastar Ryan Reynolds round for a cuppa. I haven’t heard a peep from him and I’m afraid to say all my Blue Ribband bars at the moment are gone.

Hollywood celebrity Ryan Reynolds has purchased Wrexham AFC



He’s nonetheless welcome. Nutella bars are my new favorite. However due to all the great issues Ryan’s carried out for my native soccer membership Wrexham FC, I’d give him my final one. I’d even open that different field of chocolate biscuits in my wardrobe if I actually needed to.

  • In the event you’d prefer to contact Val, please e-mail options@mirror.co.uk or write to Val Savage, PO Field 7290, E14 5DD

  • The Mirror makes a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society in lieu of fee. alzheimers.org.uk

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