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Sir Tom Jones, Dani Dyer and Helen McCroy: This week’s celebrity news

By George Arkley

In this week’s celebrity gossip column, we have a naughty Love Islander boyfriend about to face jail time and Sir Tom Jones’ encounter with some mean sharks. Of course, we also have the sad news of Helen McCrory’s death from cancer. My thoughts are with her family and her husband, Damien Lewis.

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Dani Dyer’s boyfriend could face jail after admitting £34,000 scam

It wouldn’t be a celebrity gossip column without at least one islander in love or their partner causing upheaval. Dani Dyer entered the villa in 2018 and won the show with her then-boyfriend Jack Fincham. Long story short – Jack and Dani broke up; she started a new relationship with Sammy Kimmence and released a baby boy earlier this year.

Fast forward a lot of layers, and a few months, Sammy Kimmence is now facing jail time. I know, it didn’t take a turn?

Sammy allegedly posed as a financial investor and scammed two pensioners out of £34,000. He appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday to face fraud charges. According to The Sun, although he initially denied the charges, Sammy changed his plea at the very last moment.

Sammy first met the two retirees when they were clients of an investment firm he worked for. He allegedly falsely claimed he could provide financial services – even though the investment firm had closed.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud and is expected to go to trial in the coming days.

The judge warned Kimmence that if he did not show up for the trial, it was possible that it would go ahead without him.

Poor Dani and baby Arty, what a waste…

Helen McCrory dies at 52 of cancer

Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 after a battle with cancer. Helen’s death came as a shock to many of us, as very few people actually knew about her illness.

Her husband and Homeland star Damien Lewis broke the news on social media and said he was “heartbroken” to lose such a “beautiful and powerful woman”.

Damien and Helen married in 2007 and have two children. During the pandemic last year, the two raised over £1million to support NHS workers with meals from street restaurants.

Helen’s friends were reportedly “sworn to secrecy” about her illness. She underwent treatment and continued her charity work weeks before her death.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight said, “Helen was one of the great actors of her generation. She was so powerful and controlled, and it’s so sad.”

Sir Tom Jones nearly drowned in shark-infested waters

Sir Tom Jones recently revealed on Alan Carr’s ‘Life’s A Beach’ podcast that he nearly drowned in shark-infested waters in 1980.

The 80-year-old hit singer said he was at a beach barbecue in Acapulco, Mexico in 1980. He wanted to cool off, so he took a dip in the ocean. Sir Tom went on to say: “I, schmuck, thought just above that dune is the ocean… so I walk away like a fool, and look at the calm water and I think it is beautiful there.”

However, once he crossed the breakers and started swimming, he realized he couldn’t swim to shore.

He continued: “I always used to take my jewelry off and put it in my man bag; for some reason I didn’t. I put my hand on my chest and I still had this big cross and this chain.

“I got my hands on it and said, ‘God, I’m desperate here. What should I do? I was going to give up. I thought I’d grab a load of water and say goodnight.

A voice then came to him and said, “‘If you think you can swim, now is the time to prove it.'”

So he began to swim towards the beach, and divine intervention gave him the courage to “go like tap dancing”. He got caught in the breakers, did a few pirouettes, and thought, “Surely I’m going to get thrown on the beach and break my neck?

Fortunately, Sir Tom landed safely on the beach. However, after surviving the near-death experience, Tom then spoke to more experienced swimmers. They would have said that the surf would have continued to take him out to sea and that he would have had to swim left or right to get there.

Tom then discovered that the waters were also infested with sharks – so it was truly a miracle that he survived.

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