Showbiz / 30-11-2019

Pregnant Ali Bastian has a reunion with former Hollyoaks co-stars and it’s bringing back all the nostalgia

Pregnant Ali Bastian has a reunion with former Hollyoaks co-stars and it’s bringing back all the nostalgia

Pregnant Ali Bastian just had a Hollyoaks reunion with her old co-stars Jodi Albert and Carley Stenson and suddenly we’ve been launched back into 2002.

Cast your minds back to Chester all those years ago and you’ll remember it was the Dean family that was running shop.

For the purposes of a quick refresher, you had sisters Debbie and Steph Dean (played by Jodi and Carley) bringing the glamour to The Dog and then Ali’s character Becca tied the knot to their brother Jake.

While Debbie remained elusive from the Deans after running off to work on a cruise ship, Steph married Max before he was killed on their wedding day (#stephandmaxforever) and later passed away herself from a cervical cancer battle.

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You can see about as much of my feet in this pic as I can at the moment 😂 Had the most amazing day with @calmbirthsmith #hypnobirthing. @davidcomahony and I are so relaxed we are now horizontal (which is how we got into this situation in the first place😂).. so many take aways, but a big for one for me today was about giving myself permission to put myself first and to surround myself with positivity. I’m usually one for wanting to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly in this messy adventure we call life.. to resist the urge to bury my head in the sand ... but maybe for now, it is ok to simply keep things light, to stay positive, to only engage in conversations that serve me and our baby right now... and to really, fully allow myself to enjoy this incredible journey. Thank you so much Rachel for you perception, intuition, kindness and for imparting so much knowledge. I really feel like I can sail into the second part of this pregnancy with the confidence and calm I wish for and the tools to get me back there if I have a wobble. Can’t wait for our second day with you nearer the #birth. I’ve also been trying out @secretsavioursco for the past few days. This product is AMAZING!! The night cream smells so beautiful and makes me so relaxed, I’m asleep in about 10 seconds of applying it. I’ve had nightmare SI pain and the belt delivers a really nice level of support for this stage of pregnancy. It’s really helping! Totally recommend. No stretch marks so far 🤞🏻 Will wear them like a badge of honour if I get them, but will also be very happy to avoid it! 💕#22weekspregnant #pregnant #bumpdate #bump #love #gift #pregnantbellygallery Thanks as always to @mumandme_app 💫

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As for Becca, after being sent to prison for having an affair with one of her students, she met a grizzly end and was murdered.

But while their characters may be long gone from Hollyoaks, the girls are still the best of pals so it seems, as Jodi and Carley are helping Ali to plan her baby shower.

Ali is expecting her first child with husband David O’Mahoney, due to arrive in March next year.

She revealed her baby news in an interview with Hello! magazine and told the publication she feels ‘incredibly lucky’ to have fallen pregnant, after suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage on New Year’s Eve last year.

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Here we are, bump and me. Away on holl 🌴🌞. There is honestly no way on earth I would post a swimsuit pic on my holls ordinarily... but I feel so different in my skin at the moment. Perhaps more confident... proud of my body and everything it is doing to grow a tiny human. Unashamed of my curves, my cellulite, of occupying more space in this world. As women, so often we are preoccupied with making ourselves tiny, almost as if we are attempting to remove ourselves from the face of the planet. Well, I am here. I am a woman and I am BIG. My bottom and thighs and breasts match my round pregnant belly and I am proud... and also very, very lucky 💕 #pregnant #bump #love #babymoon #24weekspregnant #babygirl

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Sharing a baby update with fans, Ali took to Instagram with a snap of herself, Jodi and Carley together and called the former soap stars her ‘magical fairy godmothers’.

She wrote: ‘Lovely catch up with my girls! @carleystenson1 @jodialbert and @sarahjaynedunn in spirit! I am smiling from the centre of my being in this pic. Thank you for making me and bump feel so special. We couldn’t have wished for more magical Fairy Godmothers #lifers #18yearsoffriendship.’

Jodi added: ‘Gorgeous lunch/pre baby shower planning afternoon with my beautiful lifers.. my @alibastianinsta and @carleystenson1… @sarahjaynedunn had to work but she was on speed dial #alisbabygirl #cashmereblanket #ladiesthatlunch.’


While Ali went on to star in Strictly Come Dancing, Jodi appeared on The Big Reunion with her former girlband Girl Thing. She is married to Westlife star Kian Egan and their parents to three children.

Carley, meanwhile, set her sights on the West End and tied the knot to fellow Hollyoaks star Danny Mac.

30-11-2019 01:30, source: metro, by James Foster
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