She was pop culture’s face, but then Fearne Cotton had plunged into crisis. She has found her voice again now….
Next to her computer, Fearne Cotton holds a stack of notebooks, each packed with project plans.
During the pandemic, many of us struggled to concentrate, but for Cotton, the last nine months were among the most fruitful of her professional life. “I’ve found this time to be very creative,”I’ve found this time to be very creative. “It’s like going on vacation when I go.
“I find this clarity in the moments when I am forced to do nothing. “It’s 10 a.m. A gray morning in December when we meet at Zoom, and her timetable sounds exhausting as she goes through it with me. For her, she’s got her job cut out.
She’s written two books since the pandemic started and continued her popular health podcast, Happy Place, alongside her weekly Radio 2 program.
And while the Happy Place Festival, the second edition of her annual summer wellness event, may have been another Covid casualty, Cotton and her team took the program online.
So you’d think a brief TV appearance would have created a few issues at the height of the first closure.
For decades, Cotton, now 39, has been an on-screen fixture.
Once upon a time, she was the face of “Top of the Pops,” a regular on “Celebrity Juice,” an anchor hosting some of the biggest TV events in recent years…. Yet Cotton laid in bed, wide awake and panicked the night before she was to appear on a big national broadcast – she would not say which one. Her dread filled her with the thought of television.
And it was a feeling all too-too-familiar. Her brain kicked into high gear and pounded her heart.
Intellectually,” she explains, “I know I’m going to be okay, but my body is panicking.
It’s a whole lot about PTSD, feeling uncomfortable in some places.
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In recent years, it is encounters such as this that have led her to change her attention from moderation to health and wellbeing, an environment where she feels content and more satisfied.
In 2018, as a forum to share good thoughts, she launched the Happy Place podcast. (Hillary Clinton, Alicia Keys and Jada Pinkett Smith were among the guests; the podcast has been downloaded 40 million times). And three self-help books, Cool, Quiet and Happy, each with a series of advice and reader exercises, as well as tidbits from the life of Cotton, have already been written. We are here to talk about her fourth book, Speak Your Truth, which will be published early next year.
Cotton had difficulty communicating in early 2020, and a physician diagnosed a cyst on her vocal cords. When she spoke about the likelihood of surgery, she was advised that during a two-week recovery time she would have to remain quiet – a disturbing thought, given that schmoozing is Cotton’s specialty.
Cotton wanted to write a manifesto of sorts for a more honest life on the way home from that first appointment.
In it, she gives encouragement and discusses the ramifications of letting her true voice go unheard. Anecdotes and affirming mantras and amusing references to becoming a mother are available.
Yet frank discussions on depression, bulimia, and anxiety are also ongoing.
She writes about “bullied, overwhelmed and manipulated,” how “tricked, duped and screwed over.” she is.
For the country, Cotton has spent 25 years broadcasting.
But now it’s time to show more about the real her, she thinks. Cotton was a restless child growing up in the suburbs. Her family lived in Hillingdon, a few kilometers west of London, which she considered dull and dreary.
Her father was a painter of signs, and her mother did all kinds of things.
A guidance counselor at the local comprehensive school proposed that she become a teacher.
“In the ’80s, she says, “you lived in a pack, never met people who were better or worse off than you,” Cotton had other ideas: “Growing up in that kind of working-class climate.
It was very comfortable, very good.
I wasn’t living in poverty.’ But she wanted more: she got her first TV appearance on a children’s GMTV show at 15.
It was the reward of a childhood full of dance lessons, commercial auditions, and amateur theater. It was everything I wanted,”It was everything I wanted,”a wonderful time to explore and learn the art. “a wonderful time of exploring and learning the craft. “