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We have all had, on occasion, a “friend” who constantly annoyed us. For some reason, something in his personality pushed him to have totally inappropriate attitudes and behaviors that made us feel bad.

Here are seven symptoms that a friendship is starting to be undesirable for you .

1. No reciprocity: they receive and you give

If at any time you notice that the balance between giving and receiving is noticeably tilted, being you the one who contributes and your friend who rarely reaches out, you should rethink the situation . If after putting on the table the lack of balance in your relationship with your friend, he is not willing to change, you can start thinking about jumping ship.

These types of friends who always demand your attention but rarely give it to you when you need it are known as emotional vampires . We talk more about them in this article:

2. They don’t support you because of who you are

Friendly jokes between colleagues are not uncommon, and most tend to take them well. But when criticism and making you feel bad are part of your day-to-day conversations, the relationship will no longer be positive for you .

Toxic friendships can make you suffer. Undermining you can be a mechanism your friend uses to elevate their status above yours. This is usually more painful when it happens in public. It’s important to remind your friend that you want to be treated with respect, and if they are someone you want to keep in touch with, give them time to reflect and change.

3. You cannot trust him with your intimacies

A couple or three of true friendships can be the foundation for a healthy life. The circle of friends of this type is usually very small, a select few who have shown over the years that you can trust them blindly. We tend to have a good number of superficial relationships in which we share more trivial thoughts, experiences and opinions, but those few to whom we entrust our secrets must be truly faithful, in addition to knowing how to trust you with their secrets as well.

Taking into account that human beings are imperfect and can make mistakes, we should start to be suspicious when a friend is not careful on more than one occasion . In this situation, you must be honest with him, show him your disappointment and, if he intervenes, end the relationship or let time pass.

4. They bring out the worst version of you

When you suffer an emotional breakdown or a bad time, you may notice that your best friend is not able to be by your side to accompany you during this trance . Perhaps they prefer that you continue drinking, advise you to meet other people, encourage you to end romantic relationships without trying to improve the situation or advise you that you should have cosmetic surgery to improve your self-esteem . If this is your case, try to promote new and healthier relationships, as you stop spending so much time with your old friend.

5. They tend to disappoint you

When a friend leaves you frequently to meet others, it is annoying, but many of us accept it as something that does not matter as much. If he cancels an outing to a big concert that you were also going to because he has decided to prioritize a date at the cinema with a possible date, we are also usually understanding. If you lend them money to buy a game console and they don’t pay you back, you should stop lending them money and think about this relationship. If these situations occur regularly in the relationship, you will end up tired of their attitude . Experience tells us that this type of friendship is difficult to reconduct.

6. They do not respect your partner, family or children

It is not an easy task to assess how important our relationships are in keeping all the others alive. We trust friends to help us or share moments and experiences. We appreciate the people with whom we share opinions, to the point that they agree with us when we tell them that our partner is irrational or mean.

Sometimes, the friend can exceed certain limits, and that can make us feel bad if he criticizes or despises someone we love . Friendships that call into question your romantic relationship can be difficult for you to break up, especially in moments of special vulnerability. If this happens you should clarify that it makes you feel uncomfortable. If it is the case that the friend sustains these criticisms because of their own insecurities or jealousy, it is necessary to prioritize your romantic relationship and the social relationships that support your decision.

7. The friend wants to have a romantic relationship with you but you don’t

Many people try to be platonic with former partners or friends they would like to date. This rarely happens in an agreed or consensual way, and many times the story ends badly and with negative consequences. But it is a problem that can be prevented if we impose common sense .

When we are honest with ourselves, we can see when a friend wants more than just friendship . When sexual attraction surfaces, it is often impossible to ignore this fact and it is necessary to end the relationship unless you feel the same way. The best advice is to keep your former lovers in the past, unless you really feel like you should be with that person.

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In summary, we must value friendships not for their quantity but for their quality: trustworthy friendships who are by your side both in good times and in bad must be taken care of as an essential part of a healthy and happy life.

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Love Island SPOILER: The singletons couple up as Maya Jama welcomes them to the villa

Love Island kicks off for a new series of Monday nights, with the new singletons coupling up into the first five pairs.

Fans will see the ten singletons move into the luxury villa in South Africa, with the boys seen arriving first.

New host Maya Jama gets stuck in, questioning the five hunks on their love lives, before telling them the girls will soon be making their entrance to pick which boy they want to couple up with.

 

Here we go! Love Island kicks off for a new series of Monday nights, with the new singletons coupling up into the first five pairs

Shaq and Haris arrive together, before welcoming Will, then Ron, then Kai to their sun-drenched new home.

Maya invites the boys to gather at the fire pit and quizzes them on what they’re looking for.

 

 

New host: Fans will see the ten singletons move into the luxury villa in South Africa, with the boys seen arriving first before new host Maya Jama makes her entrance

 

New host: Fans will see the ten singletons move into the luxury villa in South Africa, with the boys seen arriving first before new host Maya Jama makes her entrance

Maya asks: ‘Is everyone excited, be honest, how many press ups did we do this morning?’ Shaq answers: ‘I’d say at least 75.’

Maya asks: ‘Shaq, have you got a type?’ He says: ‘Not specifically, I go for more personality and vibes but she’s definitely got to be funny, funny is top of my list, I love it.’

Kai adds: ‘I am looking for a wifey,’ while Haris reveals: ‘I’ve never been in a relationship’

 

 

First arrivals: Shaq and Haris arrive together, before welcoming Will, then Ron, then Kai to their sun-drenched new home

 

First arrivals: Shaq and Haris arrive together, before welcoming Will, then Ron, then Kai to their sun-drenched new home

Ron says: ‘For me it’s all about if they are nice girl.’

Meanwhile farmer Will tells Maya: ‘I wanna settle down, I think it’s time to bring a girl back, introduce them to the animals.’

Maya then declares: ‘I think I’ve found out enough, are you lot ready to meet some girls?’

 

 

Inviting the boys to stand before her by the pool Maya then says: ‘Well boys, it is time to couple up, the girls will come in one by one and I’ll ask you to step forward if you fancy them.’

Grand entrance: As they're getting to know each other, Love Island's new host Maya Jama makes her entrance after an epic arrival by helicopter

 

Grand entrance: As they’re getting to know each other, Love Island’s new host Maya Jama makes her entrance after an epic arrival by helicopter

Getting the gossip: Maya invites the boys to gather at the fire pit and quizzes them on what they're looking for

 

Getting the gossip: Maya invites the boys to gather at the fire pit and quizzes them on what they’re looking for

Getting stuck in: Maya asks: 'Is everyone excited, be honest, how many press ups did we do this morning?'

 

Getting stuck in: Maya asks: ‘Is everyone excited, be honest, how many press ups did we do this morning?’

 

 

The big moment: Inviting the boys to stand before her by the pool Maya then says: 'Well boys, it is time to couple up

 

The big moment: Inviting the boys to stand before her by the pool Maya then says: ‘Well boys, it is time to couple up

‘Each girl will then decide which boy she wants to couple up with. It’s that simple. So who’s ready to meet our first girl?’

One by one Tanya, Anna-May, Lana, Olivia and Tanyel make their entrance into the Villa.

As the first coupling of the series gets underway, it’s time to see which boys the girls pick and whether they will step on each other’s toes to couple up with the boy they fancy the most.

Here come the girls: One by one Tanya, Anna-May, Lana, Olivia and Tanyel make their entrance into the Villa

 

As the first coupling of the series gets underway, it's time to see which boys the girls pick

 

Here come the girls: One by one Tanya, Anna-May, Lana, Olivia and Tanyel make their entrance into the Villa

Ready for love: 'Each girl will then decide which boy she wants to couple up with' Maya tells the ten new singletons

 

Ready for love: ‘Each girl will then decide which boy she wants to couple up with’ Maya tells the ten new singletons

Making an impression: The girls are dressed in their most sizzling bikinis for their first meeting with the boys

 

Making an impression: The girls are dressed in their most sizzling bikinis for their first meeting with the boys

It's getting hot out here: Lana and Tanya are seen deciding on which boy to pick

 

It's getting hot out here: Lana and Tanya are seen deciding on which boy to pick

 

It’s getting hot out here: Lana and Tanya are seen deciding on which boy to pick

 

 

Gorgeous: Michelle Keegan body double Olivia looks stunning in a hot pink bikini

 

Gorgeous: Michelle Keegan body double Olivia looks stunning in a hot pink bikini

Once the couples are formed, Maya says: ‘We now have five lovely couples but will you stay together or will your heads be turned?’

As Maya makes her exit from the Villa, she says: ‘Don’t forget finding your perfect match is never that simple, trust me I know.’

 

 

As night falls and the Islanders get to know each other a little better, it’s not long before news that the public have been voting for the first bombshell reaches the freshly formed couples.

On the lookout for love: The boys are tasked with stepping forward if they fancy a girl

 

As the first coupling of the series gets underway, it's time to see which boys the girls pick and whether they will step on each other's toes

 

On the lookout for love: The boys are tasked with stepping forward if they fancy a girl

Sun's out guns out: The boys strip down to shorts for their big moment in the first recoupling of the new series

 

Sun’s out guns out: The boys strip down to shorts for their big moment in the first recoupling of the new series

Take your pick: With five hunky singletons to choose from, the girls are spoilt for choice

 

Take your pick: With five hunky singletons to choose from, the girls are spoilt for choice

 

Take your pick: With five hunky singletons to choose from, the girls are spoilt for choice

 

 

Home sweet home: The Islanders will be calling this sprawling villa in South Africa home

 

Home sweet home: The Islanders will be calling this sprawling villa in South Africa home

 

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

 

Tanya Manhenga

Name: Tanya Manhenga

 

 

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

 

 

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

 

Lana Jenkins

Name: Lana Jenkins

 

 

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

 

 

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey

 

Anna-May Robey

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

 

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

 Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

 

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

 

Kai Fagan

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

 

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

 

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’

Shaq Muhammad

 

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry.

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

 

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

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Victoria Beckham showcases her lithe figure in pale pink ruffled gown from her summer collection

She’s famous for her incredible sense of style.

And Victoria Beckham has treated her fans to a peek at the newest collection from her high-end fashion brand.

The fashion designer, 48, flaunted her incredible figure in a flowing gown decorated in diagonal ruffles.

 

Looking good: Victoria Beckham has treated her fans to a peek at the newest collection from her high-end fashion brand

The pale pink dress boasted spaghetti straps and a long ruffled train that reached the floor.

Victoria took to Instagram on Monday to share two mirror selfies of herself modelling the outfit.

In the caption she teased: ‘Monday morning fitting. New Summer collection for a special occasion x #VBSS23 coming soon!! VB’.

It comes after Victoria cut the prices of hundreds of clothing items in a huge sale amid the reported financial trouble of her company after it reportedly racked up a total of £66.3million of debt since its launch.

Dazzling:  The fashion designer, 48, flaunted her incredible figure in a flowing gown decorated in diagonal ruffles

 

Dazzling:  The fashion designer, 48, flaunted her incredible figure in a flowing gown decorated in diagonal ruffles

On her website it says: ‘Explore the VB sale with up to 60 per cent off key styles’.

Items including sunglasses, coats, gym wear and dresses are included in the offers online.

For example a green dress in the sale section is down 40 per cent from £990 to £594 while a camel coat is also 40 per cent reduced £1,590 to £954.

Sneak peek: In the caption she teased: 'Monday morning fitting. New Summer collection for a special occasion x #VBSS23 coming soon!! VB'

 

Sneak peek: In the caption she teased: ‘Monday morning fitting. New Summer collection for a special occasion x #VBSS23 coming soon!! VB’

A representative for Victoria has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.

It comes after earlier this week it was revealed that the company reportedly has racked up a total of £66.3million of debt since its launch.

The fashion designer launched her fashion label in 2008 with a small collection of dresses. It swiftly grew to an extensive range that now includes handbags, coats, shoes and accessories.

Store: The fashion designer launched her fashion label in 2008 with a small collection of dresses. It swiftly grew to an extensive range that now includes handbags, coats, shoes and accessories

 

Store: The fashion designer launched her fashion label in 2008 with a small collection of dresses. It swiftly grew to an extensive range that now includes handbags, coats, shoes and accessories

According to The Mirror, the latest accounts for Victoria Beckham Holdings Ltd show it made losses of £5,887,036 in 2021, down from £8,581,944 in 2020.

This means overall losses for the firm now stand at £66.3m since its launch in 2008 and directors of the firm – including Victoria and her husband David – were not paid a dividend.

The study says: ‘The loss for the year, after taxation and minority interests, amounted to £5,887,036 (2020 – loss of £8,581,944

Power couple: Despite the big losses, the Beckham¿s global empire has reportedly doubled its profits - racking in £11.6 million in 2020

 

Power couple: Despite the big losses, the Beckham’s global empire has reportedly doubled its profits – racking in £11.6 million in 2020

‘During the 2021 financial year the ultimate shareholders provided additional loans of £0.6m to the group.’

The luxury fashion business has expanded to Europe and the Middle East, with the annual accounts saying the brand was also expanding into new products, with the launch of leather goods and the VB Body range.

A company spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The shareholders continue to support and invest in the business for growth. The balance sheet is good, there is no bank debt.’

CEO, Marie Leblanc added: ‘2021 saw the successful repositioning of Victoria Beckham Limited and 2022 is set to be an even stronger year.

‘We have entered a new chapter for the business and our energy is focused on accelerating growth and taking the brand to its full potential.

‘With the successful launch of leather goods in 2022 and the continuous acceleration of sales growth in Beauty, we have high expectations.’

Despite the big losses, the Beckham’s global empire has reportedly doubled its profits. Annual accounts filed with Companies House in London showed the pair made £11.6m in the year ending December 2020 despite the pandemic – compared to £4.5m in 2019.

In accounts submitted in 2021, auditors warned of ‘significant doubt’ about Victoria’s fashion company’s ability to continue operating when it was reported that the company had racked up debts of more than £46 million since it launched.

Friends of the star said at the time that she is determined to continue with her company even though her detractors have dismissed it as a vanity project.

One said: ‘This is what gives Victoria her identity, she loves it and despite its obvious obstacles, she is a grafter and hugely passionate about it.’

In February 2021, it emerged that Mrs Beckham’s beauty range she set up in 2019 had suffered a loss of £4.7 million.

A spokeswoman for Mrs Beckham said: ‘Whilst 2019 was a challenging year, the business halved its losses – a significant step in the road to profitability. The launch of the hugely successful beauty line in the same year helped drive overall revenues up 7% on 2018 and both businesses are focussed on profitable growth.

‘The showcase of the recent AW21 fashion collection has been well-received by fashion critics and the beauty business has seen multiple sell-out products in recent months.’

A company spokesperson told MailOnline: 'The shareholders continue to support and invest in the business for growth. The balance sheet is good, there is no bank debt'

 

A company spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The shareholders continue to support and invest in the business for growth. The balance sheet is good, there is no bank debt’

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My M-sized boobs won’t stop growing because of a rare condition

An OnlyFans model fears her M-cup breasts won’t stop growing because of a rare condition.

Pamelia James, 27, of Melbourne in Australia, claims her gigantomastia has caused her to go up four bra sizes — or 31cm (12 inches) — in just one year.

The mother-of-one sought medical help in March for her back, neck and shoulder pain.

She also noticed her chest was growing rapidly when her most-worn bra no longer fit.

A rare condition called gigantomastia has caused Australian Pamelia J’s boobs to grow four bra cup sizes to an M-cup, and they won’t stop growing (Pictured: Pamelia now)

A doctor suggested her issues were due to the weight of her breasts and referred her for follow-up care.

Miss James, a mother-of-one, was eventually diagnosed with gigantomastia, also called breast hypertrophy or macromastia.

The condition is benign (non-cancerous) but can cause debilitating breast, back, neck and shoulder pain, among other symptoms.

As of 15 years ago, fewer than 110 cases of the condition had ever been published in medical literature.

The condition caused Miss James’ boobs to grow to an M-cup, with her bust growing from 100cm (39 inches) last January, to 114cm (45 inches) by July and now sitting at 131cm (52 inches).

She said it has left her with massive physical and mental discomfort.

Miss James said her mental health has suffered as a result of the condition as people give her ‘dirty looks’, so she tends to stay at home.

The OnlyFans content creator said: ‘It is very uncomfortable — they are so heavy and I can be in a lot of pain.

In January last year, her bust was 100cm but just seven months later it had grown to 114cm (Pictured: Pamelia before the excessive breast growth)

 

And now Pamelia's chest measures 131cm - causing her massive physical and mental discomfort (Pictured: Pamelia before the excessive breast growth)

 

In January last year, her bust was 100cm but just seven months later it had grown to 114cm and now Pamelia’s chest measures 131cm – causing her massive physical and mental discomfort (Pictured: Pamelia before the excessive breast growth)

 

 

‘At first it was fun and interesting to see how much they were growing, but recently I’ve grown to be uncomfortable and I find myself wishing I had normal-sized breasts.

‘I struggle to find clothing to suit my bust and I end up just wearing oversized t-shirts. There are very limited options for bigger-busted women, especially if you don’t want to have your cleavage on show.

‘I feel very self-conscious when going out in public. If I wear something that is tight on my chest, I notice women giving me looks.

‘I feel like I’m getting dirty looks for having such large breasts so I tend to stay at home — my mental health has suffered from it.’

Annie Turner-Hawkins, a 66-year-old fetish model from the US, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest natural breasts (102ZZZ).

She also has gigantomastia and has spoken out about the struggles of having such large boobs — which weigh 30kg (66lbs) each.

Ms Turner-Hawkins previously said she has to ask herself ‘who is going to attack me today’ when she goes out.

Annie Turner-Hawkins, a 66-year-old fetish model from the US, also has gigantomastia and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest natural breasts (Pictured: Ms Turner-Hawkins on This Morning in 2011)

 

Annie Turner-Hawkins, a 66-year-old fetish model from the US, also has gigantomastia and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest natural breasts (Pictured: Ms Turner-Hawkins on This Morning in 2011)

Gigantomastia is thought to be caused by a range of factors, including hormonal changes, medications and autoimmune diseases.

Miss James also has polycystic ovary syndrome — abnormal hormone levels that cause irregular periods and for the ovaries to become enlarged. She is undergoing testing to see if the two conditions could be related.

She said her best option is to get a breast reduction, which she hopes to get at some point this year.

She has a seven-year-old son but would like to have another baby before undergoing the surgery.

There is a chance her breasts may grow back to their current size after the reduction but Miss James is looking forward to having some of her discomforts eased.

She has been using the social media site TikTok to share her experience as she hadn’t yet seen people post about gigantomastia.

She hopes sharing her story will encourage people to think twice before passing judgement on her appearance.

Miss James said: ‘The online reaction has been surprisingly positive overall and I’ve had a lot of women sharing their experience with getting a reduction.

‘Of course, you get the odd rude comment.

‘But for the most part, I feel that it’s opened people’s eyes to what gigantomastia is — it is a very rare condition so most people don’t know about it.

‘I’d like people to do research before giving an opinion on the way that I look. It is uncomfortable and it is not easy to have gigantomastia.’

What is gigantomastia?

Gigantomastia sees breast tissue quickly become abnormally enlarged.

The condition is usually diagnosed when the breasts weigh more than three per cent of the total body weight.

It is thought to be caused by a heightened sensitivity to female hormones prolactin, oestrogen and progesterone – or an abnormally elevated level of these hormones in the blood, or both.

Sometimes it occurs naturally in pregnancy, but usually the breasts shrink again a few months after the baby is born.

Breast reduction surgery is commonly offered to most patients, in order to reduce the size of their breasts to be more proportional to their body.

Surgeons say it can reduce discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders, while also improve sleep quality and help with insecurities.

Studies have repeatedly shown the condition, which often develops in adolescence, can be detrimental to the mental health of teen girls.

Figures are unclear as to how common the condition is, however it has been branded rare in various medical reports.

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