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'I never thought I'd be alive to pay back my huge debt'

'I never thought I'd be alive to pay back my huge debt'

Health
Chris Lynch, 41, was a hard-drinking student when his debts began to build up and his life started to spiral out of control.At one point he was was £35,000 in debt - and that's when anxiety and depression took hold. "I didn't think I'd be alive long enough to pay if off. I could easily have ended up homeless or ending my life," he says.The charity Mental Health UK says Chris's experience is not unusual - up to four million people could be at risk of poor mental health brought on by money problems.In its recent survey of 2,000 people, many reported feeling stressed, anxious, isolated and depressed by financial worries and one in six admitted to having suicidal thoughts because of them.While just under a third of people did n...
I'd have been proud of players even if we'd drawn – Southgate

I'd have been proud of players even if we'd drawn – Southgate

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Fifa World Cup on the BBCHost: Russia Dates: 14 June - 15 JulyLive: Coverage across BBC TV, BBC Radio and BBC Sport website with further coverage on Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.England boss Gareth Southgate says he would have been proud of his players' performance even if they had drawn their World Cup opener against Tunisia.Harry Kane scored twice, including a dramatic injury-time winner, after Ferjani Sassi's penalty had cancelled out the England captain's opener."We created so many clear-cut chances, especially in the fi...
Shakira on her vocal problems: 'I doubted I'd ever sing again'

Shakira on her vocal problems: 'I doubted I'd ever sing again'

Entertainment
After postponing her El Dorado tour for seven months due to vocal problems, Shakira finally hit the road last week with an athletic, hip-shaking show that encompassed more than 20 years of hits.It's the star's first tour in seven years, after taking time out to start a family with her husband, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique.Footage from the opening night in Hamburg showed the 41-year-old looking overwhelmed, clasping her hands to her chest as she acknowledged her long journey back to health."Last year was one of the most difficult times of my entire life," she tells the BBC from Amsterdam. "Being back on stage has been so emotional."With the tour hitting London next week, the Colombian star took time out from her schedule to chat about how she's stopped ...
‘I'd like to go back’ – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Premier League return at tax court hearing

‘I'd like to go back’ – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Premier League return at tax court hearing

Sports
Former Man United star says life was more straightforward in EnglandSaturday, August 5, 2017Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he would like to return to England after revealing his frustration over an investigation into his tax returns.The 32-year-old former Manchester United man was speaking during a court hearing over claims of tax evasion.Ronaldo has denied charges of evading tax and hiding details of his income from the Spanish tax authorities.Prosecutors allege he evaded 14.7million euros (£13.1million) in tax in a dispute over his image rights.Ronaldo, who earlier this week appeared at magistrates court in a Madrid suburb to answer the charges, has reiterated his innocent plea. And he claimed life was more straightforward in Manchester, suggesting the furore over pay...
'If I knocked him out, I'd have lost my job' – the making of captain Root

'If I knocked him out, I'd have lost my job' – the making of captain Root

Sports
First Investec Test, England v South AfricaVenue: Lord's Dates: 6-10 July Start: 11:00 BSTCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, BBC Sport app and online; live text commentary and in-play video clips on BBC Sport website & appListen to a preview of the first Test on BBC Radio 5 live's Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show at 21:00 BST on Monday, 3 JulyOn Thursday, Joseph Edward Root will walk out at Lord's to toss the coin as the 80th man to captain England in Test cricket. Tipped for the top job long before Alastair Cook resigned in February, a quirk of the fixture list has meant a five-month wait for Root to lead his country against South Africa.The 26-year-old is a prolific run-scorer, a proud Yorkshireman and a new father - tha...