Fearne Cotton blazed the trail for podcasts like mine. When she launched Happy Place in March 2018, it went straight to the top of the iTunes chart and has seemingly stayed there ever since. It has done so much to bring discussions about mental health into the mainstream, partly because Fearne has also been honest about her own experiences with panic attacks and anxiety.
When I started How To Fail in July 2018, I always knew Fearne would be top of my list of dream guests. A few months later, we ended up sitting next to each other at the British Podcast Awards (spoiler alert: neither of us won but embarrassingly, we both presented awards to other winners) and having a good old natter and then I was sent to interview her for @youmagazine and we got on so well that we hatched the idea of doing each other's podcasts and now HERE WE ARE.
What makes Fearne so special is not just her impressive broadcasting career or her bestselling books. No, it's that she is unafraid to be honest. She believes, as I do, that true strength comes from true vulnerability. Fearne joins me to talk about failing most of her GCSEs, a failed engagement and, in one of the most powerful passages of any interview I've ever had the privilege of doing, about her failure to be herself in her 20s and how she lived with an eating disorder for years - and how she recovered. This is the first time she has ever spoken about it, and I am so grateful that Fearne felt this was a safe enough space to bare her beautiful soul. Thank you, Fearne. Your words and your courage will help a great many people. Also thanks for carrying on recording despite taking 587 deliveries while this interview was happening.
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Sooo sooo good! I listen to you both religiously & the combination of the two of you is just like a big hug. ❤️
That was a very special one 🥰 What an amazing thing it is to be able to listen to such an honest conversation between two such ladies. A-mazing 💜
A great interview and listen, open, honest and thought provoking 🙏
Two of my fav podcasts combined!! 🙌🏻
You’re both trailblazers - showing a vulnerability and authenticity that podcasting facilitates more than any other medium. The sheer, power, awe and wonder of the human voice - great episode, Podcast Award winning 🤟
I could not believe my eyes when I saw this was today’s episode! Absolutely phenomenal! Special thanks to Fearne for discussing her issues with food etc as well. So humble and also so real, how many people have the courage or awareness to ask whether they are naive to think they recovered? Absolutely wonderful. Fearne this interview was more than a discussion, you helped so many people today, myself included, thank you @fearnecotton @elizabday
Love both of your podcasts. Listening to them while I run is the best therapy! I’ll look forward to this one. Thank you x
It isn't downloading on Spotify 😭😭
Couple of beauties 🙏💥👍🏻
It isn’t working for me on Spotify or apple podcasts
Just finished listening - inspiring stuff x
Loved this honest conversation that was so inspiring. Thank you both.
Building Society advisor!!!! Ha ha. My son did one of those and was told a football coach even though he has two left feet - seriously!
Anyone else been completely unable to play it on Spotify? Weird
Dream team 💕