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The Spill: Wednesday's best entertainment and gossip news.

1. There’s a rumour that Jessika Power has been sending flirty messages to Sam Burgess.

Over the past few days, there have been rumours circulating that Married at First Sight’s Jessika Power is romantically involved with South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL star, Sam Burgess, who is recently single after splitting from his wife, Phoebe.

According to the Daily Mail, the two had been exchanging flirtatious text messages, with Sam apparently bragging to footy mates about his hopes to meet up with the 28-year-old reality TV star.

However, Jessika denied their involvement and set the record straight on Instagram.

During the video uploaded to her Instagram today, Jessika discussed how she was contacted by the Daily Telegraph about a photoshoot, and after agreeing to it, the reporter asked about her involvement with Burgess.

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Credit: Jessika Power/Instagram.

Of the situation, she said, "There wasn’t a whole bunch to say, I kept saying to her, 'why are you asking about Sam for' and 'what’s it got to do with me.'"

She then clarified that the two are not romantically linked.

"Things saying that Sam offered to fly me from Brisbane to Sydney are completely false.

"I actually didn’t really say anything on the record about Sam and I. So a lot of things that have been written in that article… I’m like, well, where’s your quote for that?

"No Sam and I are not dating. Let’s all move on from that topic," she said.

There you have it, folks. The pair are in fact, not dating.

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2. "We wanted to express our solidarity." 72 female MPs have come together and penned a letter of support for Meghan Markle.

Less than two weeks ago, the world watched as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex admitted during an ITV documentary that she's been struggling to cope with the intense media focus on her life.

And today, 72 female MPs took a stand against the media scrutiny Meghan has faced.

Led by British Labour MP Holly Lynch, MPs from various political backgrounds have banded together to write Meghan an open letter of support.

"As women MPs of all political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in a number of our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family," the letter reads.

The letter, which was shared on Twitter, calls out the British media for invading Meghan's privacy and attacking her reputation.

"As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged."

"Although we find ourselves being women in public life in a very different way to you, we share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation which is now so often used as a means of disparaging women in public office from getting on with our very important work.

"With this in mind we expect the national media to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest, and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason."

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The letter concludes, "You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this. We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth."

The open letter is another important example of women supporting women. And we're definitely here for it.

3. Oh. The Bachelorette's Jackson Garlick has apparently been caught Photoshopping himself into pics with celebrities.

Well, this is embarrassing...

A quick (well, not really) stalk of Bachelorette frontrunner, Jackson Garlick's Instagram has revealed a 2016 picture of the 25-year-old alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Which sounds impressive, but as it turns out, the image is definitely Photoshopped.

Oh dear.

 

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In a comment to the Daily Mail Australia, Garlick confirmed that the pic was indeed faked.

"Photoshopped hahaha," he said of the image.

The revelation could not have come at a worse time for the Sales Manager.

'Sources' have recently told New Idea that Jackson is a "massive player" and "not on [The Bachelorette] for the right reasons."

"The girls he hangs around are nothing like Angie. She's not his type and everyone knows he is on the show simply for profile," they said.

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Interesting...

4. "We liked Beau Ryan hugs." The Amazing Race Australia nuns Judy and Therese just admitted to having a secret crush.

Our favourite pair of nuns, Judy and Therese, were eliminated from The Amazing Race Australia last night, which means they're currently doing the media rounds.

They recently caught up with Now To Love, and admitted they were both particularly excited about the show's host, Beau Ryan.

"I must admit, I was pretty excited about Beau being the host because I may or may not have a bit of a footy crush on him," Therese said.

"Yeah we liked Beau Ryan hugs, we're supporters of the Beau Ryan hugging technique," Judy added.

Judy and Therese. Image: Network 10.

In last night's episode, teams were faced with military-like obstacle courses, drone soccer games, and mathematical water challenges.

The nuns cost themselves valuable time as they stopped to pray at the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North and South Korea.

"We feel like God was in it all and he had our backs, I kind of think in the DMZ we didn't just want to run in and run out. That's who we are. It's a place of reverence, a place of pain, and we didn't want to miss that opportunity to spend time in there and really pray. We don't regret it one bit, not at all," they said.

We will certainly miss having the lovely ladies on our screens.

You can watch The Amazing Race Australia on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on Channel 10.

5. "The pain was excruciating." Angie Kent on her experience of living with endometriosis.

We’re calling it. Angie Kent is the best Bachelorette Australia has had yet.

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Not (just) because she’s hilarious and a bit weird and has told many of her badly behaved suitors on the reality TV series to jog on, but because the 29-year-old’s completely unfiltered openness is the breath of fresh air the Bach franchise needed.

Previously, Angie has spoken candidly about being single for most of her adult life, her struggle with letting people in, and her experience with an eating disorder that consumed her for years.

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Image: Instagram.

Now, Mamamia can exclusively share that in Wednesday night’s episode, she will also touch on the health condition she shares with one in every 10 women: endometriosis.

Why? Because as the 758,000-plus Aussie women living with the debilitating symptoms of the chronic illness know, women with endo can find it harder to fall pregnant. Add to that the helpful ticking biological clock all of us have in the back of our minds and trying to fall in love with someone in a matter of months on national TV, and the whole ‘settling down thing’ becomes a touch more complicated.

Speaking to Mamamia ahead of Wednesday night’s episode of The Bachelorette, Angie said endo has impacted almost every aspect of her life. She was diagnosed in 2016, but had been putting up with not only the pain, but also the negative emotional and social impacts of endo, since her last few years of high school.

Read our full interview with Angie Kent, here.


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