Judi Love admits fears ahead of first live stand-up gig in over a year

OK! columnist and Loose Women star Judi Love is never afraid to speak her mind on the hot topics that have us all talking.

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I'm nervous to be back on stage

I’ve booked my first post-lockdown comedy show! It’s on 24 July at Shaw Theatre in London. Oh my gosh, I’m nervous to get back on stage! But I feel like I’ve got so much I want to talk about after everything we’ve been through this year. I’ve missed the face-to-face connection with an audience and the roller coaster of emotions.

Don’t get me wrong, I love doing social media videos, too, but you don’t get the same buzz on a screen as you do in person. Engaging through eye contact, seeing people wipe their tears of laughter away, there’s such a raw relationship between you and a live audience and I miss it so much.

2021 is flying

I can’t believe it’s June already! I’m excited because it will be my birthday soon, but where is the time going? After feeling like life was on hold last year, I don’t want to waste another minute!

I always check in with myself halfway through the year to see if I’m on track with my goals. It’s been hard to plan with everything that’s been going on, but I feel happy with what I’ve done so far. There’s so much more I want to do in the next six months though, so watch this space.

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Bieber under fire

Justin Bieber has recently shaved off his dreadlocks after being accused of cultural appropriation. It can be hard to understand what “cultural appropriation” actually means. To me, it’s when you take someone’s cultural ideas, practices and customs and claim them as your own to make financial profit with no understanding of the history or recognition of the origins.

The music, fashion and food industries, and many famous people, have used black culture to elevate themselves or make profit for years. But unless Justin plans to state that he is the original Rasta man, then I don’t see a problem with him sporting a cultural hairstyle!

My baby shop is shut!

Danielle Lloyd has announced she is pregnant with her fifth child. Firstly, huge congratulations! Personally, my shop is shut when it comes to babies. Maybe that’s because I have a boy and a girl.

Everyone always tells me, “You’re so lucky you got both!” I’m content that I have two healthy children, but if we’re all honest we’d probably admit to wanting one of each.

I wouldn’t judge Danielle if she wanted to try a fifth or even a sixth time to have a girl. As long as kids get the love and quality time they need, that’s all that matters.

'Normal' people

Charlie Clements, who played Bradley Branning in EastEnders, was in the news last week as he was spotted working in a garden centre. This story really frustrated me. Why does it matter if he has been working in a garden centre? We’ve all got bills to pay!

Just because you’ve been on TV doesn’t mean you can’t work a “normal” job ever again. What is the definition of a “normal” job anyway? It’s totally his choice and the best of luck to him.

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