ALISON BOSHOFF reveals how parenthood keeps Lionel up all night long

Lionel’s little liabilities: As his son Milo is held at Heathrow for threatening to blow up a plane, ALISON BOSHOFF reveals how the perils of parenthood are still keeping Lionel Richie up all night long

On Saturday, Lionel Richie is due on stage in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Now 69 and said to be worth £150 million thanks to his golden voice and hits such as All Night Long, Hello and Say You, Say Me, he could be forgiven for entering his eighth decade enjoying a well-earned retirement. Instead, he has never worked harder.

In addition to 70 or so gigs a year, a stint as a judge on American Idol and a residency in Vegas (they sold mugs that read: ‘Hello, is it tea you’re looking for?’), he has several endorsement and advertising deals, as well as a range of bedding and homewares for a department store chain.

Miles (pictured with father Lionel Richie) was cautioned by police after telling airport security staff in London he had a bomb in his bag 

Pictured: Daughter Sofia Richie, 20, attending the launch of the new website Prettylittlething.com 

You can see why he is feted as one of the hardest-working performers in showbiz. But he is also known as one of the nicest.

Never sulky, never cool and never entirely in fashion, Lionel’s reward has been that he has never gone out of fashion, either.

By way of contrast, meet his three children: Nicole, 37, Miles, 24, and Sofia, 20. Raised in incredible privilege, unlike their uncool father, they are stars of the reality TV and Instagram era. If it’s in vogue they’re into it.

They are known for brattish behaviour, run-ins with the law, drug rehabilitation and questionable choices of romantic partner (Sofia has dated the troubled pop star Justin Bieber and her current boyfriend is reality TV star Scott Disick).

When he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame last March, Lionel gestured to his children and joked: ‘They’ve done so much to try to kill me.’ 

Certainly, the latest incident, involving Miles, a model, will have done nothing to lower a loving father’s blood pressure.


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Miles, known latterly as Milo, was cautioned by police after telling airport security staff he had a bomb in his bag that he would detonate on a plane.

The incident unfolded at Terminal Five of Heathrow Airport on Saturday morning after Miles, who had been in Paris for a fashion assignment and was believed to be en route back to the U.S., was prevented from boarding a flight (it is not clear why).

He apparently then saw red and claimed he would detonate a bomb on board if he wasn’t allowed on.

The threat suffers from a rather evident faulty logic, but Miles has previously talked about suffering from anger issues, so perhaps he wasn’t thinking clearly.

Witnesses claim he punched one of the members of staff before being detained by police.

Miles is not the only Richie child to have been in trouble with the law. Nicole has come through addiction to heroin and cocaine, and an arrest for driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway 

Pictured: Bare-footed Nicole Richie looking extremely thin as she goes grocery shopping

He is not the only Richie child to have been in trouble with the law.

Nicole — who was adopted by Lionel and his first wife, Brenda — has come through addiction to heroin and cocaine, and an arrest for driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway while high on the painkiller Vicodin.

Lionel dotes on her so much, he even went into rehab with her in 2003 to give her extra support. She is now an actress and fashion designer and mother to two girls.

Younger daughter Sofia, also a model, is distinguishing herself by dating Disick, the luxury-loving, faithless ex-husband of the least interesting of the Kardashian sisters, Kourtney. He is 15 years her senior and has three children.

Gossip maintains that he is planning to propose marriage to Sofia on Valentine’s Day this year, encouraged by his former mother-in-law Kris Jenner, who feels the move would be good for TV ratings and the Kardashian brand.

Lionel has said of the relationship: ‘Right now it’s just a phase and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.’

Clearly, he is as horrified as any father would be.

It is not yet known what Lionel thinks of Miles’s weekend transgression. Miles has since been released, and his spokesman did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.

A police spokesman said: ‘On Saturday, January 19, a 24-year-old man accepted a caution for communicating false information causing a bomb hoax, and battery, following an incident at Heathrow Terminal Five earlier that morning.’

What is clear from his social media accounts is that Miles’s life has always been one of glorious luxury.

His mother Diane Alexander and Richie started their relationship when Richie was still legally married to Brenda, his college sweetheart. He married Diane in 1995, a year after Miles was born, but separated less than a decade later.

In documents filed during their 2004 divorce, Diane asked for £165,000 a month, noting that in their years together she never knew Lionel earn or spend less than £230,000 a month.

‘We could comfortably afford to spend unlimited sums on everything and anything we chose,’ she said.

The family home, which had 17 bathrooms, a recording studio and a panic room, was worth an estimated £31 million and staff included a house manager, head housekeeper and three subordinate housekeepers.

These days, Miles is pictured on social media on private jets, sometimes with his father and sometimes alone — not bad for a man who only made his modelling debut last year.

Lavishly tattooed, he has the words ‘true love’ on his knuckles and ‘amor vincit omnia’ — love conquers all — on the back of his neck. His entire back is covered with a giant image of Buddha.

Pals include the hard-boozing singer Ed Sheeran — the two of them were snapped sharing a drink last summer. 

He is also friends with Michael Jackson’s model daughter, Paris — Jacko and Lionel Richie were friends — who went into rehab last week. 

Four years ago he dated Kylie Jenner, the youngest of Kardashian matriarch Kris’s daughters. Her initials are among his many inkings.

He has attended social engagements such as the GQ Man Of The Year event in Los Angeles, and the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show.

Sadly, the luxurious upbringing Richie has give his children doesn’t seem to have resulted in happy, contented offspring.

In an interview last year, Miles said: ‘I was a very angry child. I was sent away to a boarding school in Colorado for four years when I was nine years old. 

‘They taught me how to control and handle my emotions in a more ‘reasonable’ way. I still get myself into trouble sometimes because that’s just life.’

Last year, he also noted: ‘I’d like to not be viewed as a celebrity person or something. I’d like to be known as a model or an actor, not just ‘the son of’ or ‘the brother of’ . . . I’d like to develop my own identity in those scenarios.’

His sister Nicole, meanwhile, has said she had too much, too young and turned to drugs just for a thrill.

She was adopted as a young girl, initially in an informal arrangement. Her biological father is a percussionist, Peter Escovedo.

Of the moment he first saw little Nicole after a Prince concert, Lionel has said: ‘I went backstage and I knew the mother and I knew the father and they were having difficulties with their relationship.

‘I said, ‘While you are having the difficulty, the kid is sitting out here in limbo, so I’ll tell you what I’ll do. Just put the kid in my house until the tour is over with, then we will sort this out later.’

‘So it took about maybe a year for me to just fall in love, and of course by that time I was Dad.’

Nicole had birthday parties at her godfather Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch, took up piano and competitive figure-skating, and went to school with Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.

But Lionel’s divorce from her adoptive mother hit her hard. Nicole started doing prescription pills and cocaine in high school and partied her way through two years at the University of Arizona.

It was Lionel who persuaded her to go to rehab in 2003. He recalled: ‘I went to her and I said, ‘When I was growing up I lost three friends — they were the hippest friends I ever knew in life.

‘ ‘One was the hippest guy at the clubs, he drank and he died in a car accident. The second friend died of drugs and the third one, suicide.’

‘I said, ‘It’s going to happen to your generation. I don’t want you to be in that list of three.’

‘Three months later, her friend died of an overdose and I went back to her and very quietly I said, ‘I’m sorry to hear that. That’s one.’

‘And sure enough, one year later the second one died and I said, ‘That’s two’ — and I got a phone call and she said, ‘Dad, I need help. I don’t want to be the third one.’

‘I said, ‘I’m with you’, and I cancelled the tour. I said, ‘Me and your mother’ — who didn’t get along that well — ‘me and your mother are checking into rehab with you’.’

Nicole went on to become famous on The Simple Life, the reality TV series she made with heiress Paris Hilton.

She and Paris, both aged 22, were sent to live and work on a farm, with Nicole famously asking in the first episode: ‘What’s a soup kitchen?’

The two girls became famous for wild partying at the Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont and various nightclubs. 

Nicole picked up a conviction after driving under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin, and sought treatment for an eating disorder. 

Falling pregnant with daughter Harlow in 2005 with husband Joel Madden made her realise her wild phase needed to end.

Now, says Lionel, she has made him a grandfather twice over and he couldn’t be prouder of her.

Yet a decade and a bit later, he is going through many similar challenges with Sofia.

Lionel has said: ‘Now I have the joke with Miles and Sofia where every time they try something, I say, ‘Your sister already did that.’ ‘

In 2017, he added: ‘Sofia is now phase two of Nicole. The adventures of Sofia are equally terrifying. She’s just driving me crazy. Some days you don’t want to know, but she’s in the fashion world.

‘When Nicole came along, her adventures were to Miami, New York, LA. Sofia, she knows friends all over the world and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God!’ ‘

Asked about Miles recently, Lionel seemed to hope that a niche in fashion might help his troubled son. 

Miles’s plans for 2019 include making his acting debut and releasing his own ‘design collection’ with a brand. He wants the designs to feature a lot of silk, and trousers with ‘hand-lettered Japanese writing on’.

Lionel said: ‘He is now coming out of the craziness. Thank God, he made that turn.’

Given those troubling events at Heathrow, he must be hoping his son will soon find his way back on to the right path.

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Jessica Simpson Reveals Daughter’s Name at Her Baby Shower: Pics

Flower child. Jessica Simpson was a floral queen at her shower for baby No. 3 on Saturday, January 19, where she revealed the name of her unborn daughter.

The “With You” singer, 38, hosted a beautiful celebration for her little one, complete with family and friends … and a big reveal!

“Jess is feeling excited to meet this little girl,” a source exclusively reveals to Us Weekly. “This has been her toughest pregnancy, so she is ready.”

Scroll down to see pictures from the stunning party and to learn the name of the latest in the Simpson-Johnson clan!

Family Is Everything

The MTV alum posed alongside daughter Maxwell, 6, mom Tina, sister Ashlee and Ashlee’s daughter, Jagger, 3. All of them committed to the nature theme with floral crowns and/or botanic prints.

Other guests included Simpson’s best friend, CaCee Cobb, and close friend Odette Annable. A source tells Us, “Jess felt wonderful to have so much love surrounding her.”

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Mother-Daughter Time

Maxwell, whom Simpson shares with husband Eric Johnson, had a smile on her face as she put her hand on her mom’s bump.

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A Little Birdie

The former reality star used the caption, “Birdie’s Nest,” on a bunch of her photos on her Instagram Stories. Why? Birdie is actually the name of the baby, Us Weekly can confirm.

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Center of Attention

“Eric has been incredibly supportive and loving,” says the source. “He is always right next to Jessica trying to help her with whatever she might need. He is also a super dad and Maxwell and Ace just adore him.” (The Dukes of Hazzard actress and the NFL player, 39, welcomed son Ace in June 2013.)

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Mama Knows Best

Tina had two special occasions to observe during the festivities. “Jessica’s mom was so excited to celebrate Jessica!” the source tells Us. “It was her birthday [on Friday, January 18], so she was thrilled to continue the celebration.”

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Woman reveals why she chose to toilet train her daughter from birth

‘It is respectful’: Mother, 33, reveals how she used ‘non-verbal’ cues to toilet train her newborn – and the 19-month-old is now out of nappies and able to use a potty

  • Kate Varallo researched cloth nappies when she found out she was pregnant 
  • She instead stumbled on elimination communication and decided to give it a go
  • This is the practice of picking up on non-verbal cues to take them to the toilet 

When Kate Varallo, from Bendigo, Victoria, found out she was pregnant with her daughter Lily she was given cloth nappies by her friend’s sister.

She immediately did some research on the brand and found out about elimination communication (EC) – a technique that helps parents use ‘non-verbal’ cues to work out when their baby needs to use their nappy.

This then allows parents to train their babies to use the toilet – a potty – instead of a nappy from very early on.   

‘It just seemed respectful,’ the 33-year-old, who saves an average of $672 a year on nappies, told Daily Mail Australia. 

Kate Varallo (pictured with her partner and their daughter Lily) told FEMAIL about how she found out about elimination communication, which is about picking up on non-verbal cues to find out when your newborn needs to use the toilet rather than letting them use a nappy

‘I don’t want to sit in my own filth if it was to come to that and I don’t expect anyone else wants to – whether you’re young or old. I thought it was a nice way of bonding, being supportive and keeping the baby clean.’

The first time Ms Varallo used EC with Lily was when she was breastfeeding her the day she was born.

‘I started to notice that she would not come off my breast but pause and do a wee,’ she said.


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‘It just seemed respectful,’ the 33-year-old told Daily Mail Australia

What is elimination communication potty training? 

Elimination communication (EC), which is about picking up on non-verbal cues to find out when your newborn needs to use the toilet. 

The practice is extremely old but has largely been lost in the Western world.

In 2017, The Guardian reported that two Los Angeles doctors said that there are enormous benefits to going nappy-free.

However the publication also pointed out some pediatricians argue a newborn isn’t developmentally ready for EC.

‘After I began to notice that pattern I asked my partner to go and get a bedpan. Next time she paused in her feed we held it under her.’

At 19 months old Lily doesn’t wear nappies and tells her parents when she needs to go to the bathroom, sometimes she is even particular about which toilet she uses and who takes her.

‘I’ll prompt her during the night, or when she wakes up from a nap if she wants to go,’ Ms Varallo said.

‘Or if we’re going out and we’re about to leave.’

Lily wore cloth nappies as well as enjoying nappy-free times, meaning she would be wearing training pants, when she first was born. 

The first time Ms Varallo used EC with Lily was when she was breastfeeding her the day she was born

‘There were times when she was little where we would go a couple of days and every time she went it was in the potty,’ she said.

‘But we would have a couple of weeks here and there where it felt like almost none of them went into the potty.’ 

She said it was just working with her, and some milestones like getting her teeth were very distracting to the process.

Ms Varallo said sometimes Lily was testing her boundaries of how long she could hold her bathroom habits.

Hard work: She said it was just working with her, and some milestones like getting her teeth were very distracting to the process

‘When she was little she would just get really restless [and that’s how I knew she needed to use the bathroom],’ the Bendigo woman said.

‘But it was in a different kind of restless from when she was hungry or tired.’

Her advice to other mothers was to try it if they’re interested.

‘If you decide it is not for you, you can go back to nappies. Some people just do it part-time,’ she said.

Give it a go! The Bendigo woman’s advice to other mothers was to try it if they’re interested

‘I know people who have just done EC just for poos. There is lots of ways of doing it.’

She said it is about that relationship and bonding with your child in a respectful manner.

‘Its just another way of letting you know you’re there for them, and respect is a big thing,’ she said. 

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Expert reveals Meghan Markle's clothes are always creased thanks to her poor choice of fabrics

But have you noticed how the duchess has frequently been pictured wearing clothes that look crumpled and creased?

Recently, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, was photographed in a tan-coloured Oscar de la Renta coat as she visited Smart Works charity, and the garment looked like it could do with an iron.

And when she visited a nursing home in Twickenham in December, the back of her dressed wasn’t as smooth as it could have been.

Some even claimed that her stunning Givenchy wedding dress was ruffled at the front.

So what is the reason for why her clothes look more rumpled than Kate Middleton’s?


According to the former creative director of Mulberry, Scott Henshall, it’s all down to fabric choices.

Scott told the MailOnline: “All the Duchess or her 'people' have to do is familiarise themselves with the best wrinkle-free fabrics, and keep these in mind next time.

“Typically synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic and olefin have a natural resistance to wrinkles and a greater stability since they do not absorb water as efficiently.”

He added that even fabrics that have a tendency to wrinkle, such as cotton, rayon and silk, are less likely to wrinkle if they are blended with other fabrics.


Scott said that knit material, favoured by Kate Middleton, is a safer choice for a wrinkle-free outfit.

He added: “As a rule of thumb, thicker knits (and fabrics in general) are less wrinkle-prone than thin.

“Lyocell, commonly referred to as its brand name, Tencel, is soft and strong. It's machine-washable and most importantly, resists wrinkling.”

The professional said that polyester is also a good choice, thanks to it being soft, comfortable, affordable and wrinkle-resistant.

He advised that if clothes look crumpled as you take them out of a suitcase, you should hang them up or lie flat for a bit and the wrinkles should release.

Proof Meghan Markle doesn’t own an iron? Duchess’ VERY rumpled up wardrobe revealed (and even her wedding dress needed a steam).

In more Meghan news, here's how the Duchess paid secret tribute to late mum-in-law Princess Diana with her choice of Royal Tour outfits.

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Elaine Paige reveals secret battle with hearing loss and how she’s spent the last two years using aids

The stage icon, 70, told The Sun she has been wearing hearing aids for two years, hiding them behind her famous blonde locks.

She blames her industry for the rapid decline, claiming her ear drums have taken a battering.

Speaking exclusively, Elaine said: “I’m a victim of my career having worked in the music business for over 55 years.

“Using headphones, singing with musicians and orchestras in confined surroundings obviously damages the ear.”

Elaine’s hearing has deteriorated so much, she’s forced to wear hearing aids at all times.



She was pictured wearing the devices while playing tennis in Barbados over Christmas.

Elaine, who has starred in West End shows including Evita, Cats and Chess and performed on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, is determined to carry on with her singing career.

She’s heading Down Under for a series of dates this month while also lining up a number of projects in the UK.

Elaine added: “With advanced technology and the hearing aids I wear, it’s not affected my concert, recording or radio work.”

The singer has suffered ill health before when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 – the same year she was awarded an OBE.

She endured five years of treatment, including radiotherapy, before beating the illness.

Speaking last year about how the threat of cancer returning still haunts her, she said: “Once you have had breast cancer the fear of it never really leaves you and every year I am checked over and I make sure that I check my breasts.

“But I have been healthy now since that episode and that’s over 20 years ago. Of course since then, I am mindful of what I eat and I try not to indulge myself in all the things that are meant to be bad for you, but equally you have got to enjoy life.”


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Sarah Hyland Reveals How Close She Was to Committing Suicide

“I would write letters in my head to loved ones of why I did it … I didn’t wanna write it down on paper because I didn’t want anybody to find it,” the “Modern Family” star tells Ellen DeGeneres.

In her 28 years of life, actress Sarah Hyland has undergone 16 surgeries, including two kidney transplants. She also has endometriosis and "a whole slew" of other health concerns that left her "very, very, very, very close" to taking her own life. All of this happened while she was starring in "Modern Family," and very few people knew about it.

Hyland first opened up about her close-kept secrets during an interview with Self magazine last month, but she went into more detail during a conversation with Ellen DeGeneres Friday morning.

"How close did you get? I mean, were you really close to doing that?" Ellen asked her guest while discussing depression and suicide.

"I was very, very, very, very close. Yeah," Hyland replied, explaining that it wasn’t until she vocalized her suicidal thoughts that she realized that was not the route she wanted to take.

"I finally said it out loud to someone," she recalled. "I had been saying, ‘I need to go see a therapist. I think I need to go see a therapist again,’ And they were like, ‘Why would you see one? You can just talk to me.’ And when I said it out loud, they were like, ‘Oh, you need to see a therapist.’"

Hyland said the conversation prompted her to do "more digging and soul-searching," adding, "Just saying it out loud helped immensely because I kept it to myself for months and months at a time."

"No one around you saw that you were that close to taking your life?" Ellen asked.

"I didn’t want anybody to know that I was that close," Hyland replied. "Because if they knew, then they would try and persuade me differently."

"I would write letters in my head to loved ones of why I did it and my reasoning behind it, how it was nobody’s fault. I didn’t wanna write it down on paper because I didn’t want anybody to find it," she added.

While Hyland made sure she to express she does’t have all the answers, she did encourage depressed individuals with suicidal thoughts to vocalize them.

"Talking to someone and saying it out loud really, really makes it sound almost ridiculous — and it puts everything into perspective," she said.

If you are ever experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Now in a super happy relationship with Wells Adams — the bartender from "Bachelor in Paradise" — Hyland said their first date was just nine days before her second kidney transplant.

"We were talking, like texting, for a while. I didn’t take it super serious because he lived in Nashville," Hyland explained. But her impending surgery actually forced her to make a move.

"So I texted him being like, ‘You need to come out to L.A. by the end of the week, or this is never gonna happen,’" she told Ellen. "And he was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I was like, ‘I’m gonna be out of commission come next Tuesday. It’s totally fine. I’ll be fine.’"

Hyland said he texted her back the next day and said, "See you on Saturday." She was overwhelmed by the gesture — until she learned months into their relationship he had to be in L.A. anyway for a work-related reason.

All jokes aside, Hyland said Adams is "the best man" she’s ever met.

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Katherine McNamara Reveals How She Found Out She Was Cast as Clary in ‘Shadowhunters’

Katherine McNamara is spilled the real story behind her being cast as Clary Fray in Shadowhunters.

In a new interview with AfterBuzzTV, the 23-year-old actress revealed that she won the role last minute.

“As they were casting Shadowhunters, because the fanbase already existed from the book series, they were tweeting it out, and they were sort of making it a thing for the fans to get people excited. And so, they, they said that they would be announcing Clary in two hours on, on their Twitter account, and I still hadn’t heard anything,” Katherine says.

She continues, “I knew it was between me and one other actress and I went, ‘oh, well I guess it’s not me then because I didn’t hear anything and aw, I guess I’ll move on.’ And I was really gutted because I’d fought really hard through several rounds and it had been almost six months of casting and you get attached by that point, you know? And Dom [Sherwood] and I were friends beforehand so knowing that he was in the project I really wanted to work with a friend and all this.”

When she shared that she didn’t know until the last minute, she really didn’t know and the excitement was getting to her as well.

“I get a call about ten minutes later from my manager saying, ‘Hey, they haven’t said anything to anyone yet. Hold on. Just hang tight.’ So I’m going, ‘Huh?’ and I’m watching Twitter as ‘who is Clary?’ is trending and all of these things are happening, things are exploding, speculation is going left, right, and center, and it, it’s almost down to the wire and I get a phone call 10 minutes before the two hours is up and then they tell me.”

Katherine found out she got the part just 10 minutes before they announced it on Twitter.

It was They go, ‘Congratulations, you are playing Clary. It’s gonna go live on Twitter in ten minutes. You know, here we go. Get ready.’ And I, I sort, I’m speechless. I’m kind of catatonic in a sense because, it hits me that in ten minutes this fandom that is so passionate and is going crazy; they’re all going to know that it’s me, And I’m just praying that they approve and that they like me.”

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'Orgasm Dr' reveals when women climax it 'sucks' a man's sperm to her ovaries – making it easier to get pregnant

And to make matters harder, fertility experts now claim that women have to orgasm if they want to get pregnant.

Dr Robert King is a lecturer in applied psychology at the University College Cork, Ireland, and he claims that orgasming can boost a woman's chance of conceiving by as much as 15 per cent.

During his own clinical research, he found that when women orgasms, a unique reaction causes a man's sperm to be "sucked" to the dominant ovary, boosting the chances of conception.

He says: “When I first started researching the female orgasm, it represented something of a puzzle.

“The consensus in the field was that the female orgasm didn't actually do anything, other than being a byproduct of male arousal.

“Some argued that female orgasms mustn't do anything, not even forge closer bonds between partners, because it's hard to bring about.

“But the fact that it's sometimes tricky to achieve doesn't mean that it's not a vital evolutionary function.

“And my research builds on growing evidence that female orgasm is intrinsically linked to fertility."

In other words, pleasure isn't just an "add-on" when it comes to sex – it's absolutely vital for reproduction.

“What’s more, the patterns of female orgasm in response to partners is far from being random," Dr King goes on.

“In general, females orgasm more with smart, considerate, vigorous lovers with a nice smell – this last one is important because it signifies a compatible immune system!”

His study involved a group of six female volunteers aged between 26 and 52, who were asked to record orgasms at home over a month on various occasions, using a vibrator.

He then measured the retention of liquid (a lubricant used as a semen substitute) in the womb during orgasm and non-orgasm conditions.

When a woman climaxed, she retained as much as 15 per cent of the "sperm", compared to when she didn't climax.

And Dr King claims that this retention is key to getting pregnant.

Dr King suspects the phenomenon is caused by the release of the hormone Oxytocin during female orgasm, which in turn causes a wave of small contractions transporting the sperm to where it needs to be.

Dr King adds: “Sperm retention in the womb equates to better chances of falling pregnant, as the sperm is taken up into the uterus via the cervix.

“And female orgasm significantly aids this process.

Dr King is not alone in promoting the benefits of female orgasm.

Leading fertility expert Dr Hana Visnova, medical director at respected European fertility clinic IVF Cube in Prague, Czech Republic, says it’s vital couples maintain real intimacy when faced with fertility issues – and female orgasm is part of that healthy relationship.

She says: “There's growing evidence of a link between female orgasm and pregnancy rates and it’s an area that warrants further research.

“And it’s also important to remember the psychological benefits of orgasm when it comes to stress reduction.

“When your body is stressed, it essentially goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode. Hormones including adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine flood the bloodstream.

 

“And they tell the body that because there’s a perceived threat, now is absolutely not a good time to fall pregnant.

"It’s an ancient, evolutionary reaction. And it’s a very real barrier."

Sex is a natural stress reliever but often relaxation goes out of the door when couples are fantically trying for a baby – adhering to strict routines.

“This can lead to emotional instability, relationship problems, sadness, anxiety, and even sexual estrangement. And I think couples need to be educated about how vital it is to maintain true intimacy," says Dr Visnova.

“The message is clear – we need to ditch the perfunctory, sex-for-a-purpose, and always make it enjoyable.”

This isn't the first time orgasm has been raised to be an important part of conception.

Back in 2010, BBC documentary maker Lord Winston wrote: “Linking fertility and sexual enjoyment is highly controversial scientifically, not least because many women seldom have an orgasm and many who have never had one often get pregnant without difficulty.

“I am quite attracted by the theory that contractions of the womb and the fallopian tubes may help pregnancy.”

Research published in May last year by a team at the University of Florida highlighted a large gap between male and female orgasm experiences.

Their poll of students found that while 91 percent of males 'usually' orgasmed during sex, just 39 percent of females said the same.

Separate research by America's famous Kinsey Institute found estimated that women who have sex with men orgasm around 63% of the time.

D r King writes about the orgasm/conception phenomenon in a brand new book, "Tulips at Midnight: Exploring the latest Research into the Nature and Function of Female Orgasm", which is due for release this month.



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Bombshell video reveals secret Scientology plan to find real 'Obi-Wan Kenobis' by recruiting thousands of new members a week

The plans were outlined in a leaked video, which was taken at a secret meeting of Scientologists last month.

It shows a sermon by Scientology “preacher” Michael Chan, who reveals some of the religion’s secret "space opera" beliefs, which are usually shared only with high-level Scientologists such as Tom Cruise.

Chan tells worshippers they all used to be gods of their own universe trillions of years ago before they were imprisoned on Earth.

He says: “Early on the track you had your own home universe and you could create anything at will you wanted to.

“But you got a little bit bored – imagine being born into a life where anything you did became true.

"You’re shooting basketball a hundred foot away, nothing but net every time. You go fishing and only get big fish.

“At some point you got a little bit bored, it would be like Michael Jordan playing basketball with five-year-olds… So at some point you decide to join universe with other spiritual beings to have someone to play with.”

A rebellion ensued and the gods – or “thetans” as Scientologists call them – were banished and imprisoned on Earth where they were forced to live an endless cycle of lifetimes in human bodies, Chan explains.

Now, according to Chan, less powerful “thetans” are taking over – and Scientology must aggressively recruit new members to find the powerful "thetans" who he likened to Star War’s character Obi-Wan Kenobi – who he says are still out there, living among us.

Chan warned Scientology branches – known as “orgs” – were only managing to recruit one or two new starters a week and need thousands to "find them".

He goes on: “So 5,000 years ago, in the times of ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, when there were only 85 million bodies, with billions and billions of ‘thetans’, only the most able 'thetans' were able to get a body.

“And this is how you would have seven-year-olds in Sparta going out on their own and surviving – because everyone was very powerful at the time.

“This is how the slaves of Egypt built the pyramids. The slaves 5,000 years ago were more able than the kings today.

“So as the bodies have sex and there’s more bodies and now as we’re pushing eight billion bodies, much less able ‘thetans’ are now getting into bodies – and now you have the mess we have now…

“This is why it’s so important for our IdealOrg strategy, when we are looking for these players on our planet – now 7.7billion people – at one or two first starts a week – we are never going to find these people."

He added: "We need orgs producing hundreds of first starts, and thousands of first starts, a week.

"Because Obi-Wan Kenobi and their like is on this planet – and we must find them.”

The bombshell video, filmed in Athens in early December, was shared with The Sun Online by Scientology expert Tony Ortega, who has spent years exposing the church’s alleged wrongdoings on his blog The Underground Bunker.

He said the sermon reveals the secret beliefs the religion tries to keep hidden – except to those who have spent thousands of dollars to take their courses.

Tony told Sun Online: “This video is significant because Scientologists are not supposed to talk about specifics of Scientology even to other Scientologists – it’s called verbal data.

“The founder Ron L Hubbard was very smart that way because he knew that if people talked about Scientology it would just sound crazy – so people only talk about it in very vague terms.

“The only person who has been talking about these wild and crazy ideas is Michael Chan, who is the nearest thing to a preacher they have – he goes around the world, to city after city to get Scientologists amped up and ultimately give more money.

“We knew this from descriptions but we never actually saw him in action because it’s all top secret – until this video.

“He talks about how you ultimately became trapped in this body to the point you don't even remember that you were once the god of your own universe.

"And that's part of the goal of Scientology trying to remember all of those lifetimes to help you regain those godlike powers so you'll once again have power over matter, energy, space and time.

“He keeps using the example of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars and I think he was only partially using it metaphorically – he really seems to think Obi-Wan Kenobi is out there.

“And that's why it's so fascinating because I tell people this ‘space opera’ stuff and the Scientologists all deny it – but they can't deny this, this is their guy onstage talking openly about these ideas.

“That's why I was so, so happy to finally get this video.”

Ortega also believes the video shows that Scientology – which claims to be the fastest growing religion in the world – is actually “in trouble” because it is only recruiting one or two new members a week.

He said: “This is one of the few times anybody has admitted how bad things are for Scientology right now because on the video he admitted they're only getting one or two new starts a week – that’s terrible.

“There's no question. Scientology is in big trouble. It's been shrinking and shrinking. 

“I talked to people that were former top executives who had access to enrolment numbers around the year 1990 – probably their biggest expanse – and they had about 100,000 people.

“Now I have two recent former defector executives who think it's no less than 20,000 around the world.

"They've never had the billions that they claim, never. They always just flat out lie about that."

A representative for the Church of Scientology claimed Tony Ortega was a "stalker" adding: "Tony Ortega deliberately distorts and misrepresents what Michael Chan said…

"Tony Ortega hates the fact that the Church and its parishioners are engaged in a very successful program to open new Churches of Scientology around the world.

"These Churches are centres of activity for their communities and welcome thousands of new people per week."



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Kathy Griffin Reveals Mom Maggie’s ‘Devastating’ Dementia Battle & Declining Health

Kathy Griffin is heartbroken over her mother’s devastating health crisis. This Thursday on Twitter, the outspoken comedian revealed mom Maggie is suffering from advanced dementia and at 98, her health has rapidly declined. 

“As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie. I’ve always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her,” Griffin, 58, wrote alongside a sweet photo of her with her mother.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, the comedian has long described her mom as her “best friend.” Over the course of her career, she has brought her to shows, events and red carpets. Because of that, fans and stars have gotten to know her thought the years. And now that her health is failing, many have taken to social media to voice their sorrow.

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“Since that photo was taken, she has rapidly fallen into the throes of dementia. This is never easy for any child, I know this is a reality that millions of people deal with every year. But when it comes to my mom this is particularly hard because her sharp mind was everything,” Griffin continued.

The star then went on to describe her mom, who family, friends and admirers know as a vibrant and happy person.

“My mom is 98 and up until this past couple years she was so sharp she always kept me on my toes. Her mind was so naturally quick, funny, and smart. No one could get anything past her. Watching that slip away so fast has been devastating,” Griffin admitted.

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She added that while her mom can no longer perform everyday activities due to her illness, she is not in any pain and is getting 24-hour care.

“In terms of how she is now, at this point she only knows my name and I love you. I know many of you know what that reality is like…I’m still grappling with it,” Kathy Griffin tweeted.

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