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Paloma Faith reveals she had Botox in lockdown but wants to grow old like ‘sexy’ Helen Mirren

PALOMA Faith has admitted to having Botox but surgery is a no-no as she wants to emulate her icon Dame Helen Mirren.

Taking over my column for the day, Paloma declared the actress is “the sexiest woman in the world” and said she wants to grow old gracefully, just as she has — and without resorting to the scalpel.

On Botox, the singer and actress explained: “I wasn’t doing it for years and then, before lockdown, I thought ‘Oh, let’s have a go and see what it’s like’.

“But because I act as well, (she plays Bet Sykes in TV’s Pennyworth) and my character’s quite angry and expressive, I couldn’t have that much because otherwise it’s a bit weird.

“It’s nice to know that it’s there but I don’t think I’d ever want to be frozen.

“I’m too anxious to have surgery. Also, it goes against how I think society judges and scrutinises women. The most sexy woman that’s ever lived is Helen Mirren.

“Socially it’s a bit weird to deny the female ageing process. Men don’t have the same thing as much. Men, when they age, everyone’s like, ‘Ooh silver fox’, but with women it’s much harder.”

It’s a lesson Paloma will be passing down to her daughter, who she had with long-term boyfriend, French artist Leyman Lahcine, in December 2016 at the age of 35.

And Paloma has some more sage advice for her, after revealing last week that she is expecting her second child.

The singer, who suffered depression after having her baby, underwent six rounds of IVF before falling pregnant again and said she would tell her daughter not to wait too long to start a family.

She explained: “If I were to give advice to my daughter, or other young women, I would say you would never, ever regret the children you have, you only regret the ones you choose not to.

“And that if you can start younger, you should. For me, the Holy Grail age for being a mother for the first time would be 28.

“But it was hard. I had quite a traumatic birth and maybe I wouldn’t have if I’d have done it younger.

“Older parents — I mean, my head’s obviously 12 — but physically, if you leave it a bit later then it’s harder on the body.”

 Staying in to sing just the thing

With her second tot on the way, Paloma’s “third baby” is her new album Infinite Things.

She wrote most of the tracks for what will be her fifth studio album, due to be released on November 13, before lockdown.

But she decided to scrap those tunes, fearing they didn’t suit the current climate.

Paloma said: “It felt like a lot of my songs were quite optimistic and dancey and a bit more of a celebratory thing.

“Then all of this stuff happened, so they just didn’t feel appropriate. I started to write again in lockdown and the more I wrote, the more those songs seemed to be a bit more emotionally arresting and it felt more appropriate.

“Now I’m really pleased with the album.

“It’s the right mix of reflective and optimistic. We need a bit of optimism as well.”

Paloma is now saving those songs for her sixth album.

And the singer reckons she would prefer to record that one at home as well, just as she did with Infinite Things.

Paloma, who has plans for a 26-date tour across the country from next September, added: “I won’t bin the other songs.

“But I think I need to wait until we are all celebrating our freedom again.

“I thrived in that intimacy of being alone with your own thoughts.

“I don’t really want to go back to the studio. I like doing it at home. I feel uninhibited.”

Lack of diversity

She has been a vocal critic of the Brit Awards, most notably taking a pop at the organisers during last year’s ceremony while pointing out the lack of female artists on the bill.

But Paloma is all for the changes to the 2021 bash.

The separate gongs for Best Male and Best Female Solo Artist are expected to be merged into a single prize.

Paloma said: “It will be good if it’s equally spread – but not if it’s given to white men all the time, which is usually the case.”

Recalling her own Best Female win in 2015, Paloma said: “It made me feel good to be acknowledged.

“I did love it . . . but the people who are close to me don’t give two s***s about that sort of thing.”

Tot not a fan

When it comes to her daughter, Paloma reckons the tot could not be more different to her.

Unlike her pop star mum, the little ’un doesn’t like dressing up nor having her picture taken.

Paloma said: “She’s not really musical, but who knows at three?

“She’s very opposite to me. I don’t know whether it’s because that’s who she is or whether she’s contrary.

“She’s different. She hates having her picture taken and she’s not interested in dressing up or make-up.”

And it turns out the tot – who Paloma has never publicly named – is not the biggest fan of her mum’s incredible voice.

Paloma said: “The other day I made a video of me singing in the kitchen, going for it, and she was just like, hands over the ears, going, ‘It’s too loud, too loud!’

“I said, ‘Do you not know your mother is a star?’”

I’m sure it won’t be long until she joins the fan club.

Sympathy for Kanye

PALOMA sympathises with KANYE WEST’s war with his label Universal Music Group.

She said: “I can see what he is saying, ‘They made more money than I did on that stuff.’

“On the one hand for me, it’s not fair. But on the other, I am living a lifestyle and have the stability of a mortgage-free house that I feel very grateful for.”

Women deserve top billing

Reading and Leeds festival have doubled the number of headline acts for 2021 – but not a single one of the six artists is a female.

And Paloma is one of the many women in music backing calls for an industry- wide change across all festivals to ensure this type of limited line-up can never happen again.

She said: “I’m always an advocate for women’s rights.

“I think I would go so far as to say for diversity, I think that anybody in a powerful position, in any field of work, owes it to society to make sure that there’s a good cross-section of what Britain stands for.

“For me, that’s LGBT, racial diversity and gender diversity, and I think that hasn’t really happened enough.

“I’m all for it being a bit more inclusive across the board.”


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A Disney parody of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s X-rated hit WAP has gone viral.

The video features 50 famous Disney moments, including the scene where Pinnochio’s long, wooden nose starts to grow.

Ozzy saved

Ozzy Osbourne says working has saved his life.

The rocker, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February last year, said he spent lockdown working on the follow-up to Ordinary Man.

Ozzy said: “I’m doing another record right now.

“It’s what gets me up in the morning, and it’s what I’m here to do. It saved my life, doing that last album.

“It’s better than sitting on my a**e all day waiting for the f***ing pandemic to be over.”

Asked about retiring, he added: “You know the time when I will retire? When I can hear them nail a lid on my box. “And then I’ll f***ing do an encore. I’m the Prince Of Darkness.”

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Foy Vance, has launched a podcast, The Vinyl Supper, with megastar guests including Courteney Cox, Keith Urban, Passenger and Josh Groban.

The singer – discovered by Ed Sheeran – releases three episodes today.

Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth has been cast in Netflix film Spiderhead.

He will star alongside Miles Teller in the adaptation of George Saunders’ short story about prisoners who become test patients for emotion-altering drugs.

Demi Lovato’s ex fiancé Max Ehrich has claimed he found out she had dumped him after reading it online.

In a blistering post on the web, the US actor said he had read about it but Demi’s pals insisted he had been told of her decision beforehand.

Miley Cyrus is on course for a new UK chart peak, with Midnight Sky up six places to No5.

Clean Bandit’s track with Mabel, Tick Tock, is at No8, according to Official Charts First Look. Mood, 24KGoldn’s new single, is on course to stay at No1.

Paloma Faith performs 'Crybaby' at the BRIT awards 2018

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