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Fearne Cotton reveals she left broadcast career to save her mental health


Fearne Cotton has said that she stopped her broadcast career in its tracks to protect her mental health because of ‘cancel culture today’.

The 40-year-old former presenter and podcast host spoke candidly to Lorraine on her morning chat show on Thursday as she explained her reasons behind leaving an incredible TV and radio career behind for newer pastures.

Promoting her new mental health app Happy Place, the author said: ‘I couldn’t be in that situation every day, where I was having the negative feedback every day, not with cancel culture that exists.’

Opening up: Fearne Cotton revealed on Thursday's episode of Lorraine that she quit her TV career to protect her mental health because of 'cancel culture today'

Opening up: Fearne Cotton revealed on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine that she quit her TV career to protect her mental health because of ‘cancel culture today’

The former TV regular revealed in August last year that she quit her job at BBC Radio 1 because it was ‘ruining her mind’.

In 2020, she also revealed that presenting had affected her mental health as she didn’t ‘feel connected’ to lots of parts of the entertainment industry, adding: ‘I always felt like someone was about to slag me off.’

On leaving radio, she told Lorraine: ‘When I entered my 40’s I thought some life laundry needs to be done, I can’t feel like this anymore

‘Sometimes you are stuck in life situations that you can’t change but sometimes there are things you can do the alleviate the stress.

‘I was petrified, it took the fun out of it so I stopped doing things that gave me anxiety, for a radio show it wasn’t worth it. 

Career: Fearne has been a solid part of the TV and radio world since she began her presenting career at the age of 15 (pictured on Celebrity Juice with Holly Willoughby, Keith Lemon, Rufus Hound in 2009)

Career: Fearne has been a solid part of the TV and radio world since she began her presenting career at the age of 15 (pictured on Celebrity Juice with Holly Willoughby, Keith Lemon, Rufus Hound in 2009)

Candid: Promoting her new mental health app Happy Place, the author said: 'I couldn't be in that situation every day, where I was having the negative feedback every day'

Candid: Promoting her new mental health app Happy Place, the author said: ‘I couldn’t be in that situation every day, where I was having the negative feedback every day’

‘It was a huge, massive cause of anxiety. It sounds maybe disproportionately dramatic but I couldn’t bare to be in that situation…

‘That feedback every day, or however often I was doing a show, I found it quite traumatic to have that feedback constantly from people and not being able to mess up at all because there isn’t any room to mess up or make mistakes.

‘I was petrified. It took the joy out of it, the fun out of how it used to feel.

‘I’ve definitely moved away from things that caused me panic attack anxiety, not just like “I don’t feel good” – I mean not sleeping the night before, proper full-on panic attacks. For a radio show, it’s not worth it. 

Traumatic: On leaving radio, she told Lorraine: 'When I entered my 40's I thought some life laundry needs to be done, I can't feel like this anymore'

Speaking out: The 40-year-old said she found her time on radio 'traumatic'

‘Traumatic’: On leaving radio, she told Lorraine: ‘When I entered my 40’s I thought some life laundry needs to be done, I can’t feel like this anymore’

Looking chic: She donned a leopard print waistcoat and matching trousers, a shimmering silky white blouse and stand-out pointed red heeled boots as she sat on the chair opposite Lorraine

Looking chic: She donned a leopard print waistcoat and matching trousers, a shimmering silky white blouse and stand-out pointed red heeled boots as she sat on the chair opposite Lorraine

On the importance of having me time, she added: ‘I think it’s a weird British thing that self care is seen as being self indulgent, but its actually the least selfish thing that you can do.’

The mother-of-two has been a solid part of the TV and radio world since she began her presenting career in 1996 at the age of 15.

Fearne also hosted The Xtra Factor from 2007 and appeared as a team captain on Celebrity Juice alongside Holly Willoughby and Keith Lemon.

For her appearance on Lorraine, Fearne donned a leopard print waistcoat and matching trousers, a shimmering silky white blouse and stand-out pointed red heeled boots as she sat on the chair opposite host Lorraine. 

She wore her short choppy blonde locks in a bouncy wave and kept her makeup simple and classy.

Sharing the moment on her Instagram page for her 3.7million followers to enjoy, the blonde beauty captioned the post on Thursday morning: ‘Thank you for having me @Lorraine. Always lovely to have a catch up.

‘Today we talked about the new happy place app amongst other things. @happyplaceofficial. Leopard print overload.’ 

Married to the son of Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Jesse Wood, Fearne has two children and has focused her recent years in family life and her Happy Place Podcast, which has now been launched as an app.

Leopard lady: Sharing the moment on her Instagram page for her 3.7million followers to enjoy, the blonde beauty showed her leopard print outfit and red heeled boots

Leopard lady: Sharing the moment on her Instagram page for her 3.7million followers to enjoy, the blonde beauty showed her leopard print outfit and red heeled boots

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