Fearne Cotton

22 Apr 19
Steph’s Blog

Today I’m beginning this book… Fearne Cotton ‘Happy’. Its a journey to discover what happiness really is, to each of us personally. I chose Fearne Cottons’s book over the many others as she’s someone I’ve always admired. She always seemed so confident and outgoing. Almost carefree. She can take banter and give as good as […]

21 Apr 19
Metro

We get it – it’s hard wading through every chart and recommendation on social media for the podcast you should be listening to on your morning commute. From true crime to fiction to celebrity interviews to comedy, there’s almost too much choice – but before you get caught up in your scrolling-through-Netflix-for-hours-without-watching-anything habit, we have […]

21 Apr 19
Metro
We get it – it’s hard wading through every chart and recommendation on social media for the podcast you should be listening to on your morning commute. From true crime to fiction to celebrity interviews to comedy, there’s almost too much choice – but before you get caught up in your scrolling-through-Netflix-for-hours-without-watching-anything habit, we have your back. Every Sunday, Metro.co.uk will be handpicking the podcast of the week for you to feast your ears on while avoiding eye contact with everyone on the bus or the tube. So for this week, we’re diving head first into the magical world of the UK drag scene, with Glyn Fussell’s BBC podcast, Drag Queen’s Den. Heading into its second season this April, Drag Queen’s Den has brought on board a team of guests shedding their light and fabulosity as Glyn dissects what makes the UK drag scene so distinctive from anywhere else in the world. Drag Queen’s Den brings the UK drag scene to the masses (Picture: Radio One) ‘This country’s got such a rich history with drag it’s kind of always been there, on television with Julian Clary and even Kenny Everett was drag, Danny La Rue…,’ the host told us. ‘It’s almost been linked to Britain and the British seaside with fish and chips!’ ‘It’s so part of British culture, and even down to the British comedy scene – it’s drag and continues to be,’ Glyn adds. ‘There’s a self-deprecating wit in this country that is drag personified really. I’m glad that we got to showcase that on the podcast and I think also on the podcast, because we’re taking away how people look and you can only hear us, you are really getting to hear that wit and the stories without focusing on the aesthetic and I think that’s really interesting as well. If I say so myself!’ From love and sex, drag kings to bio-queens, and even a drop-by from Michelle Visage (because of course), nothing is off limits. In easy to handle thirty minute bites, Glyn and the guests chat the ins and outs of what it means to be part of the drag world – whether they be performer, LGBTQ, or ally. Ever since the phenomenon that is RuPaul’s Drag Race catapulted the performance art into the spotlight, the world has been obsessed – but Glyn was keen to show that the UK has its own story to tell, and through Drag Queen’s Den, he’s able to bring listeners into the world he has been part of for decades. ‘Drag is for everyone, it shouldn’t be elitist or snobby’  ‘That’s exactly what we wanted to do. I think that drag’s definitely crossed over into the mainstream, but UK drag culture was getting let behind a little bit. All the UK drag culture I know was getting left behind and getting kind of glossed over.’ On top of hosting the podcast, Glyn is a director of Sink The Pink events – whose manifesto is ‘everyone is welcome, and everyone is celebrated’. It’s a otto that clearly resonates within drag as well. ‘Drag is for everyone, it shouldn’t be elitist or snobby,’ he tells us. There’s a level of camaraderie over here, and I don’t think it’s as competitive. Maybe I’m blinkered, maybe I’m crazy, but the community is really supportive over here. And we’re rough and ready and I love that! When I used to dress up I was the ultimate hot mess and would never be that polished show pony. I think it’s drastically different now. ‘Anything I think that’s transformative, where you become someone else, is drag enough.’ By Glyn’s own admission, he’s shocked by the audience it’s drawn in, and admits: ‘My big, straight brother and his rugby mates have been listening to it and they’re like “what the fuck?!”. That’s been grand!’ ‘My brother’s a great person and has always been the biggest Radio One fan, but he’s a bruter,’ Glyn joked. ‘He’ll message me after and be like “Oh I never knew that, bro. Thanks so much that’s amazing.” And I feel like “I’ve done my job today!” Glyn is bringing us the best of the UK drag scene each week (Picture: Radio One) So what does Glyn think newcomers can learn from the podcast? ‘I’m a bit older and I feel an obligation now to shout even louder, but not for me, I’ve got nothing to prove to myself anymore. But I feel like there’s an obligation to do it for the younger kids who’s listening in Hartlepool in their bedroom,’ he explained. ‘I have to be unapologetic, to give them the licence to be themselves. That’s really important to me and I will continue to do that. That’s the greatest thing I think I’m getting across from this show, I’m very grateful for that.’ He added: ‘I think it can take away a lot of prejudice, this show, and I think that’s a great thing. It’s not scary – it’s a Radio One podcast.’ [metro-tag-post-strip] For those thinking of starting their own podcast, the major piece of advice the star gave is this: Know what it is you’re talking about. ‘I’ve spoken to people who want to start a podcast and they’re like “I just want to talk” and that’s fine if you’re Reggie Yates or Fearne Cotton with a broadcasting career. But I think it has to come with a purpose or point of view,’ Glyn said. ‘I think without that, there’s no point. Do it, practice before you put it out there.’ Glyn Fussell hosts Radio1’s Drag Queen’s Den – available now via BBC Sounds. 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17 Apr 19

The Ordinary – Coverage Foundation I am obsessed with this foundation! I watch a lot of youtube makeup tutorials and a girl i follow on instagram (@abbyrobertsartistry) swears by this foundation. Abby is only 17years old but her makeup is just amazing. She featured on one of Nikki Tutorials videos where she done her makeup […]

17 Apr 19
Life according to Lili

This is a conversation I had with my Granny recently, who was oblivious to what a podcast even is. For me podcasts are insightful, engaging and allow me to unwind whilst also learning valuable lessons. There’s also something about a podcast which feels more intimate than watching a YouTube video for instance. I find myself […]

17 Apr 19
THE DISASTER DIARIES

…When You’re Doing Everything – Except What You’re Supposed To Be Doing.

16 Apr 19
Happy Magazine

WellFest, Ireland’s largest health, fitness and wellness festival, returns on 11-12 May 2019 and we can’t wait. WellFest is a two-day weekend festival presenting the best fitness experts, exciting new forms of movement, global yoga sensations, psychology and mindfulness practitioners, talented foodies, qualified nutritionists, the latest wellness brands and more. Who will be there? Just […]

15 Apr 19
Metro
This is going to be epic (Picture: Rex – Getty) There’s just a month to go until the Eurovision Song Contest, and Israel are pulling out all the stops to make their show one to remember. Israeli broadcaster KAN has revealed a host of Eurovision stars from contests past will be returning to the show, and we cannot wait. In an amazing mash-up, four legendary Eurovision competitors will be singing each other’s classic tracks. 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst will be singing Heroes – the song that Mans Zelmerlow of Sweden won the 2015 contest with. Mans will sing Eleni Foureira’s absolute bop from 2018, Fuego – let’s hope he brings some equally fierce hairography, while Elena will take on the very quirky Dancing Lasha Tumbai, Ukraine’s 2007 entry from Verka Serduchka. Gal Gadot will make an appearance at the final (Picture: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) And Verka will bring things full circle by performing Israel’s reigning winning song, Netta’s Toy – before all four artists join 1979 winner Gail Atari to perform Hallelujah. More Israeli Eurovision royalty will return in the form of 1998 winner Dana International, with the Diva singer set to perfrom a surprise number in the first semi-final and the grand final. As is tradition, Netta will perform at the first semi-final, singing both a new single and Toy. And, in a super twist, actual Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot will be making a guest appearance at the grand final. That’s before, y’know, noted indie artist Madonna takes to the stage. [metro-tag-post-strip] Host Assi Azar previously told Metro.co.uk of the show: ‘This show is going to be insane in terms of how the arena is going to look. It’s actually unbelievable what they’ve done. The way we’re going to present each country will blow your mind. ‘I know from previous shows that everyone puts their focus on the final – but we decided this year that we’d give a lot of attention to the semi-finals. The way that the first semi-final will blow people’s minds, it might make people shed a tear, it’s very special. ‘Also, we have a surprise for the viewers which will make them smile, because they will recognise some of the people on stage. I can’t say more, I’m not allowed yet, but we are bringing special guests that Eurovision fans know and love.’ Well, the secret’s out. Eurovision’s semi-finals take place on 14 and 16 May, before the grand final on 18 May. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/15/inside-jordyn-woods-new-girl-squad-coachella-2019-kylie-jenner-friendship-ends-9215631/” title=”Inside Jordyn Woods’ new girl squad at Coachella 2019 after Kylie Jenner friendship ends”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/15/fearne-cotton-wont-ever-return-celebrity-juice-keeping-kids-spotlight-new-netflix-show-project-interiors-9200784/” title=”Fearne Cotton on why she won’t ever return to Celebrity Juice, keeping her kids out the spotlight and her new Netflix show Project Interiors”]
15 Apr 19
Metro
Fearne Cotton is a force of nature across world of television, radio, podcasting and fashion, having recently left Celebrity Juice and taken on brand new BBC Two and Netflix show Project Interiors. The 37-year-old presenter, who’s behind chart-topping podcast Happy Place, juggles all her projects while looking after her four kids – including two step-children from husband Jesse Wood’s previous marriage. Metro.co.uk caught up with Fearne to hear about her Boots Mini Club collection and we learned the reason she won’t be returning to Keith Lemon’s ITV panel show in the wake of her exit, why she keeps her children’s faces out of her Instagram pictures and the importance of not glamourising motherhood. Why did you decide to leave Celebrity Juice? ‘I just think it’s really important to have chapters in your life and not be scared of making big changes, even when they don’t necessarily need to happen. ‘There are several reasons [why I left Celebrity Juice], one of them is that I really like to do things when people are least expecting it and keep things fresh and new and exciting. ‘I’d done 10 years so it felt like a really good, natural time, and also, I’m not very good when I’m working too much. ‘I’ve been working solidly for 22 years and I’ve really hit a wall where I’ve got to be more focused on how I divide my time between my kids and my work and ways of doing that. ‘My main focus is Happy Place as a brand and all the things we want to do with it, so there had to be a little bit of room made and that felt like not such a devastating one to move on from because I’d been there so long, and because I’ve got solid friendships from that Celebrity Juice family that will continue on from the show. ‘It didn’t feel like I was breaking away from anything, it was just a healthy change.’ Fearne Cotton stepped down from Celebrity Juice after 10 years (Picture: ITV) Will we see you again on the show as a panelist in the future? ‘I think it’s really important to make a clean break and to move away and do things properly and for me, once you’ve left, you’re out. ‘You can’t just break up with someone and then every now and again pop around for tea. You’ve got to make a clean break, so for me it’s a proper goodbye.’ Now you’ve left Celebrity Juice what other television projects are you working on? ‘I just filmed a massive new BBC Two Netflix series called Project Interiors which comes out later this year. It’s a big interior design competition and I’ve finished filming it. It was amazing fun.  ‘I love doing TV, I just hadn’t felt passionate about any shows offered to me and again because I want Happy Place to be my priority, I’d been a bit more cheesy. ‘But this one came along and I loved the sound of it so I jumped on board. I don’t want to do any TV just because it’s telly, I want to do things I give a s*** about and this one’s really good so that’s out later on in the year.’ Michelle Ogundehin and Fearne are on BBC Two and Netflix’s new show Project Interiors (Picture: BBC) Will there be a second series of Project Interiors?  ‘They can never really tell until it’s out, hopefully it will get recommissioned. It’s really good.’ How do you juggle your projects with motherhood?  ‘I’m a massive nerd. I’m not the person who can’t wait to go out and get pissed at the weekend, that does not interest me at all. ‘And also, very rarely do I sit and watch TV. There might be a show that I love, like I’ve watched Fleabag this time around, but I’m not someone that has to sit and eat dinner in front of the TV every night until 11pm. ‘I put the kids to bed, eat and then crack on with whatever projects I’m working on. I like my job, that really helps and it enables me to use my time really productively; it’s not a chore ‘I definitely try to not bring work home when I’m with the kids, but when they’re in bed I’ll absolutely crack on. I work hard because I enjoy it.’ The presenter often posts about her life as a mum-of-four (Picture: Instagram) You often post on your Instagram about the realities of motherhood and the difficulties of spinning plates. How important is it to share authentic pictures and to not glamourise parenting?  ‘I think it’s so bizarre. There is no other side of it for me, there is no glamorous side to parenting, it’s f****** hard work. It’s amazing and I love it, but it’s not easy and it’s not glamorous. ‘I don’t know why anyone would pretend otherwise. I kind of hate it when people make out that it’s amazing, and easy and brilliant. ‘Of course there are beautiful moments, like anything that takes hard work in life, and I cherish it and thank my lucky stars everyday, but it’s not easy. ‘So of course, I’m going to post things that are happening and for me that’s a devastating lack of sleep quite often, possibly crazy days of trying to juggle four kids and my career and speaking to my husband every now and again which helps, and keeping my house from not looking like a ****hole. ‘It’s crazy, it’s absolute chaos. I don’t know any exception to that and I have a lot of friends who have kids, not one parent would say, “It’s really easy and really glamorous and my kids are angels. That’s b*****ks. ‘The fact that people would look at that and believe so, I find devastating because then you start comparing yourself and start panicking and worrying. ‘We’re all in the same boat, we’re all going through the same old s***. We all have the same problems. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, kids are kids and there’s no exception to that.’ Fearne purposefully keeps her kids anonymous on social media (Picture: Instagram) You’ve kept your kids anonymous on Instagram. Why is that and will this change when they become teenagers? ‘My reasoning is that it’s not up to me, it’s up to them. If they decide that when they’re young teenagers that they want to lead very peaceful lives without being associated to me or our family of other wild people then good. ‘Let them go and be a marine biologist and have a quiet life, I don’t want to predict or inform how their life is lead. That’s not up to me. ‘If they get to their teen years and are like, “I really want to be on social media,” or, “I want my own page on Instagram,” then great, go and do it. But it’s not up to me. ‘I don’t want to put their faces out there and do it for them, including my step-kids. I just think for me, it doesn’t necessarily feel right.’ Why do you think celebrities parade their kids on social media? ‘Some people really enjoy being famous and enjoy being in the limelight and that’s not something I’ve ever paid attention to. ‘I’ve never paid particular attention to it or enjoyed courting it. Again, that has to be a realisation for my kids to work out and not for me to decipher. ‘In my daily life it doesn’t hinder me in any way, I go and do exactly what I want. I never think, “Oh God, can I go to the supermarket?’ It doesn’t cross my mind. ‘I crack on with my life like everyone else and maybe once every two days someone might go, “Is that Fearne?,” and I go, “Yes,” and that’s where it ends. There’s nothing more too it. ‘There’s no bombardment in the Sainsburys aisle, that’s b******s it doesn’t happen.’ How’s Happy Place going? How long do you anticipate making it? ‘We’ve had way over six million listeners now which is amazing. We’re about to release series three and get that on the road. ‘It’s going very well indeed. [I plan on making Happy Place] forever. It’s something I don’t want to stop. As long as people are listening to podcasts, I’ll be making them. For a long time.’ [metro-tag-post-strip] Fearne has just launched her Spring/Summer collection for Boots Mini Club which is inspired by her love of the sea and the environment. How did your Boots Mini Club collection come about? ‘I’ve got kids and I do a lot of design work and collaborative projects these days and these things are starting to make a lot of sense. ‘There’s a lot of octopus action on the badges and stingrays feature quite a bit. The colours are quite beachy and seasidey. Fearne’s launched her new Boots Mini Club clothing line (Picture: Boots) ‘It’s probably the strongest theme we’ve run with and it works across the boys and girls clothing and some of the items that aren’t particularly aligning to one gender. ‘As I moved on in other areas in my career, the main relasiation that I’ve had is I want everything I do to have a purpose or a double layer, it could be a project I’m working on or a podcast, but it has to have a reason why rather than just doing it for the sake of it. ‘I’m trying to consciously weave that into all the projects I’m working on. ‘It’s easy with stuff with kids because they’re exploitative and imaginative and you can really give them something they can grab hold of and run with.’ [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/21/howard-donald-hailed-celebrity-juice-hero-thrusts-shows-off-banana-skills-8976661/” title=”Howard Donald hailed Celebrity Juice hero as he thrusts and shows off banana skills”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/20/emily-atack-gets-rinsed-missing-celebrity-juice-job-paddy-mcguinness-8953328/” title=”Emily Atack gets rinsed for missing out on Celebrity Juice job to Paddy McGuinness”]
13 Apr 19
headcasemoments

The other day, I tried to make sense of why the headcasemoments ‘diaries’ which I guess these blog entries are, hold such significance for me? It was whilst listening to a Podcast; a woman being interviewed about her life and motivations, that I realised how compelled I am into being unfalteringly honest both with myself […]

13 Apr 19
Brian's Blog

A couple of months ago (wow, doesn’t time fly?) I was in a second-hand/charity shop and happened upon a pack of ‘playing cards’; they weren’t actual playing cards, but similar to Tarot cards, but not Tarot cards (I knew that much). This story, however, begins the day before when Youtube threw a video my way […]

12 Apr 19
Julie-Anne Reads

Hi, hello everyone! This is my very first book haul. While I’ve shown which books I’m currently reading or mini hauls on Instagram, I’ve never really spoken in depth about why I was interested in the books and why I can’t help but spend more money on purchasing books. In complete honesty, I really need […]

12 Apr 19
WATCHA Guru

So what do you need to have in your carry-on or hand luggage, and what is essential? What’s going to make that long haul flight, next to a screaming baby,  with two stop-offs delays, and travelling thousands of miles across the world, bearable or even actually enjoyable? This article contains affiliate links, which means I […]

12 Apr 19
WENDY CARRIG PHOTO BLOG

The fabulous Fearne Cotton in collaboration with Dulux. Huge thanks to Duncan Spires, Jude Collins,Justine Jenkins, Lisa Eastwood, Sophie Melia, Melinda Ashton-Turner,Sinead McKeefry, Julie Stewart, Gemma Gravett, Curtis Gibson and all the teams. Photography by Wendy Carrig represented by A&R Creative Agency Behind-the-Scenes photography by Julie Stewart  

11 Apr 19
The Sun
IF you want a good night’s sleep then paint your bedroom GREEN, according to a new study. Researchers polled the nation and discovered 26 percent of Brits with green-themed bedrooms say they sleep like a baby, compared to only one in 10 people with red chambers. A study found that 26 percent of Brits with green-themed bedrooms say they sleep incredibly well People with yellow bedrooms are most likely to say they always feel exhausted (32 percent) – little wonder then, perhaps, that they had the least number of passionate moments with their partner – just five a month. The research, commissioned by Dulux polled the nation to discover the colours, hues and tones which have a profound influence on how we live our lives. According to the study, people who have a yellow front door earn the most money (£47000, compared to a national average of £26000). Brits with orange kitchens are the best cooks, with 12 percent of those rustling up meals between amber-hued walls claiming to be fantastic chefs, compared to a national average of 10 percent. And – perhaps unsurprisingly – those with orange kitchens were also the most likely to say the room was the heart of their home (61 percent, compared to a general average of 42 percent). The study revealed that people with purple living rooms were most likely to describe themselves as TV addicts (73 percent), while those with a green colour scheme in their lounges are the biggest workaholics (21 percent). The data also revealed taking a shower in a red coloured bathroom makes for a more relaxed experience (69 percent), while people with blue hallways are most likely to describe themselves as having a confident approach to life (78 percent, compared to 68 percent generally). ‘APPRECIATING BEAUTY AROUND US’ To help homeowners embrace the new spirit of positivity, the colour experts at Dulux are working with Fearne Cotton as an ambassador for the 2019 Colour Of The Year, Spiced Honey, to show the nation how they can create more mindful home spaces. Fearne – broadcaster and author of wellbeing books Happy, Calm and Quiet – believes that small steps can lead to big changes in everyone’s lives and there is no better starting place than home. Fearne said: “In today’s world, there’s so much confusion and complication and I think, for 2019, we’re all ready to let the light in and start living in a more positive way. “A lot of it is about getting back to basics, putting down our phones, and appreciating the beauty that’s around us. We forget to see the blue of the sky, the sunlight hitting the pavement and we ignore the impact that these things have on our mood. “This is the same in our homes, too often we think ‘oh I like that colour’ but don’t think about the impact that can have on how we feel in that room. We need to look at what we want from that room and then create spaces that help us feel more positive.” Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director for Dulux, continues: “Spiced Honey has a raw, natural quality that works like a warm neutral, which makes it so adaptable to pairing with different materials and styles of decoration.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN UK NEWS” posts_category=”327″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Fearne added: “Designing your own space or putting a colour on a wall is a brilliant moment where you can feel good about yourself. You can let the light in and feel like you did something good. You have to go with your gut and what feels right.” Almost half (49 percent) of the 1500 people polled said colour was hugely important in how they feel, with 21 percent adding that a certain colour can actually make them feel depressed. A further 35 percent admitted that small colour changes to rooms can have a big impact on their mood. The colour experts at Dulux are working with Fearne Cotton as an ambassador for the 2019 Colour Of The Year Only one in ten Brits say having a red bedroom helps them sleep well [bc_video video_id=”6023759885001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Modest three-bedroom semi-detached house crowned one of the UK’s best homes after incredible interior transformation by owner Miffy Shaw”] GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email exclusive@the-sun.co.uk.