'I can't imagine where I'd be without my gay friends, particularly Ian,' she says. He's taken me through some of the worst times in my life.' A prime example is last year, when Frances wrecked her knee and then had her heart broken, when Mike, a much younger and much adored boyfriend of three years, cheated on her. 'When I did my leg in [she snapped a ligament in a cycling accident], the man I was with didn't step up to the plate, so Ian took me to his house and I didn't leave,' she says. 'I went through a very rough patch and my 50th birthday was coming up.
'He had to put me on the loo and help me dress every day. I'd been with this man for three years and thought he was fantastic, but clearly I made a very bad error. I'd made him the centre of my life, the centre of the universe. We were touring in the US, so Ian hired a bus and we went to visit some friends in Washington.
he United States' response to Russian interference through cyber attacks in the 2016 presidential election is about to get much noisier – and possibly sharper – as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds hearings this week.
If President Putin thought that his promise not to expel American diplomats in response to new sanctions imposed by President Obama last week would make this episode blow over, he should think again.
'He took them all on a trip to South Carolina and we stopped at fabulous hotels on the way.
One day, we were by the Mississippi and one of my friends, who is an opera singer, sang an aria and we washed the man away through the waters of the Mississippi.
Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God's mercy, concern for the poor, populist causes and commitment to interfaith dialogue.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March.
'It was like watching someone you love being captured, held to ransom and tortured every single day.
It was horror, nothing but endless horror.'So in prison, whenever I asked myself: "Did I do the right thing?
He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina's provincial superior of the Society of Jesus.
He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.