Jonathan Ross has begun preparations for his annual lavish Halloween party, known for welcoming a host of celebrities and A-listers.
The 62-year-old broadcaster is hosting the party at his sprawling family home in leafy Hampstead, London, where star-studded guests dress in their spookiest outfits.
The party was canceled for two years – in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic and the following year because his daughter Betty, 32, was struggling with fibromyalgia – but last October it came back with a bang.
However, for the first time the event took place at Camden nightspot KOKO rather than Ross’ famous home.
Now the soiree is back at his family’s home and preparations were once again underway as giant pumpkins were carried onto the patio while various spooky structures – including what looked like a giant, forbidding gate – were put together.
Preparations: Preparations are underway for Jonathan Ross’ celebrity Halloween party
Emotional: The comedian canceled for the second time after his daughter Betty was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a long-term condition characterized by chronic muscle pain
Exciting: The 62-year-old broadcaster is hosting the party at his sprawling family home in leafy Hampstead, London, where star-studded guests dress in their spookiest outfits
In addition, huge stone walls were driven into the earth to create a fairytale castle with turrets.
Past participants include Rita Ora, Holly Willoughby, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Carr and Joan Collins.
Last year, Spice Girl Mel C appeared as Morticia Adams, while Rita dressed as the scantily clad Lisle Von Rhuman from Death Becomes Her.
The famous party returned in 2022 for the first time in two years – after Ross revealed the heartbreaking reason for the cancellation.
After canceling the party for the first time in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the 62-year-old broadcaster canceled it for a second time the following year due to personal and emotional reasons.
The comedian canceled for the second time after his daughter Betty was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a long-term condition characterized by chronic muscle pain.
Betty also suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which causes an abnormal increase in heart rate after sitting or standing.
Confirming his decision to cancel 2021 for the sake of his daughter, he told Good Morning Britain: “One of our children is not well… it’s fibromyalgia, which is quite debilitating. “She’s back home with us and we’re looking after her us about them.’
Ross, whose annual party is usually a staple of the celebrity calendar, explained that he was uncomfortable hosting the party while she was struggling with her illness and was worried that one of his guests would die after attending the party Covid and therefore decided to cancel the event.
He said: “I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be over and it looks like the numbers are going up again. “We always have a few hundred people at the party and as you know about half of that come from show business.
Details: Huge giant pumpkins were brought to the patio to create a festive atmosphere
Spooky: Huge stone walls were driven into the earth to create a fairytale castle with turrets.
Puzzle: Several spooky decorations were brought along – including what looked like a forbidding gate
Location: The party takes place at Ross’s sprawling Hampstead family home in London
Preparations: The spire of the Ghost Tower could be seen on the ground before taking on its spooky form
Creepy: Also visible was a large cage-like structure, ready to be assembled, covered in fake spider webs
Finishing touches: Several men were seen carrying in boxes and setting up equipment as they prepared for the exciting party
Eerie: The end effect was a spooky-looking castle entrance that allowed the star-studded guests to arrive later
“So if there was an outbreak, it would wipe out half the shows on TV, so we don’t want that, we don’t want to be a superspreader event.”
“She’s upstairs in the bedroom and I thought, ‘I can’t in good conscience have a big, loud, fun party downstairs and one of my kids is locked in a room upstairs.’ It would be like something out of a horror novel.
“Actually we won’t do it out of good conscience, but hopefully we’ll be there again next year.”
He added: “My daughter, we thought she had Long Covid but found out she had fibromyalgia so we want to be aware of that and not make so much noise when she’s up.”
The comedian also shares Harvey, 29, and Honey, 26, with his wife Jane Goldman, whom he married in 1988.
In July this year, Betty said the world had “opened up to her” since she got a new wheelchair.
Taking to Instagram, Betty shared several snaps of herself trying out her new wheelchair from Distribe Limited.
Alongside the photos, she wrote: “Since I purchased my wheelchair from Distribe a little over a year ago, the world has truly opened up to me so drastically and so much wider than I even thought possible before I purchased it.”
Health: Jonathan’s daughter Betty, 32, suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain throughout the body
“I was able to go out, make memories and have adventures, even on some days when my health was at my worst.
“A large part of this is because I am confident in the quality of my chair and know that it will not let me down and will not let me down!”
Betty went on to say that using a wheelchair has had a “positive impact” on her life and also described it as “liberating”.
She wrote: “I’ve said it many times on my Instagram, but the wheelchair has truly had such a huge positive impact on my life.”
“I am very confident that by working with Distribe and being able to share my discount code with all of you, I can play a small part in helping other people experience the euphoric and liberating change that comes with the right mobility equipment can bring itself.” ‘
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and fatigue.
According to studies, up to 2.7 percent of people worldwide are affected by it, with three women for every man.
Fibromyalgia is often triggered by trauma, such as a car accident or childbirth, as well as infections. Why this happens is unclear.
The symptoms are usually experienced as pain and burning from head to toe.
And fatigue ranges from drowsiness to exhaustion due to the flu.
People who are seriously ill are often unable to work or socialize.
The pain may be worse at some times than others and may change location, e.g. B. become stronger in the parts of the body that are most stressed.
Other symptoms may include headaches; IBS; diarrhea or constipation; poor concentration; Dizziness; Allergies and hypersensitivity to stimuli, for example to light or heat.
Studies suggest that the average patient waits five years for a diagnosis, probably because x-rays and other medical tests fail to detect the condition.
Generally, it is defined as pain lasting more than three months and affecting 11 or more of 18 pressure points when pressed.
Treatment aims to relieve pain and promote sleep.
Source: Fibromyalgia Action UK