‘I don’t have a social life’ Fearne Cotton admits friendship circle is now ‘minuscule

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Fearne Cotton, 39, has said she doesn’t have a “vibrant social life” these days as she keeps her friendship circle small, while balancing work and motherhood. The Celebrity Juice star admitted she prefers to be in bed with a “nice book” by 10pm, rather than staying out late partying like other TV personalities.

The mental health activist shared: “I don’t have a vibrant social life nowadays, and that’s absolutely fine. 

“My friendship circle is minuscule. I like to see people in the day for a walk or for coffee.

“I don’t like going out at night. I don’t like dinner parties. 

“I don’t crave going out and being a wild party animal any more. 

“I’m really happy being in bed by 10pm and reading a nice book,” she added to Red magazine.

Fearne, who left BBC Radio 1 back in 2015 after it began to “ruin” her mind, is now the host of her own award-winning podcast Happy Place.

She recently won big at the British Podcast Awards after she picked up the Podcast Champion Award.

The award is given to a podcast that has championed a cause, and Fearne’s was awarded for her efforts to open up the mental health conversation and her work in the wellness podcast space.

The star made the announcement as she stood with the award, and admitted that it came as a surprise to her, especially since she hadn’t won in the other categories she was up for.

“When the two awards @happyplaceofficial were up for didn’t win I totally relaxed and just thought, ‘Oh well, maybe next year’. 

“I then went to go for a wee and my manager Holly told me I wasn’t allowed, which I thought was rather harsh,” she explained.

“Little did I know that next up I would be given this lovely award. The Podcast Champion Award, I had no idea I was in the running for.”

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In a lengthy post, the star also praised those she spoke to on her podcast, as well as her listeners.

“I’ve been humbled by the stories I’ve heard, floored by the courage demonstrated by my guests and have felt so connected to you lot listening,” she said.

Away from her podcast, Fearne is a doting mum to children Rex, eight, and Honey, five.

When Rex celebrated his birthday back in February, she marked the occasion by sharing a series of adorable photos on Instagram.

The host tends to keep her family life private, never sharing pictures of her two children’s faces, so fans were delighted with the new snaps. 

Fearne wrote in the caption: “Happy birthday my boy! 8 today. Here are some of my favourite photos of you in your happy place by the water. It’s a joy to watch you totally come alive when you’re near a river or the sea.”

The former Top Of The Pops host has been married to 43-year-old musician Jesse Wood – the son of Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood – since 2014.

Speaking on a tough time they encountered as a couple, Fearne said to the aforementioned publication: “[In 2018] Jesse and I hit a rough patch – he was away, touring relentlessly, I was trying to keep my own career going while looking after our kids and we were both desperately clinging on to our marriage.

“In the midst of this gargantuan row, I think we both wondered where the love had gone and worried that it might not come back.”

However, Fearne shared these days the couple are back on track and “more in love than ever”.

Read the full interview with Fearne Cotton in the September issue of Red on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect https://magsdirect.co.uk/magazine-category/lifestyle/red

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