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A podcast from The Independent focusing on everything to do with sexuality, relationships, identity and more.

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Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love This week, we are joined by fitness entrepreneur Grace Beverley. At just 23, Grace has made the unlikely transition from influencer to wildly successful CEO and now runs three fitness companies, including the sustainable activewear brand Tala. She joined me on the show to talk about how on earth she balances her business ventures alongside a dating life, why the myth of “having it all” is so damaging for women, and why she'd be cautious about sharing a relationship on social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by writer and author Raven Smith to discuss the difficulties of dating apps. Raven is a Vogue columnist and the bestselling author behind Trivial Pursuits, a memoir-meets-social commentary book that covers everything from the cultural capital of being tall to what you can tell about a person from the contents of their fridge. In the episode, Raven explains why he would never have met his husband in the dating app era. The two discuss how people curate a version of themselves on a dating app that can never possibly reflect who they truly are and how the saturation of users makes us less likely to settle for anyone. Raven also highlights the bizarre - and fundamentally racist - ethnicity filters on Grindr that have only just been abolished on the app in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sometimes, you hear a story that sounds so far fetched, you can't imagine it being real. That was what happened when Olivia read Karina Mazur's first-person article in The Independent about her experience of being catfished by her boyfriend while they were isolating together. Karina explains how she found out her boyfriend was not who he said he was, was stealing people's identities on multiple dating apps, and what the impact of all of this was on her. She also discusses how she got in touch with some other women her boyfriend had catfished, including one of his best friends. It's an unbelievable story. You can read her article here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/lockdown-catfish-hinge-dating-online-quarantine-love-relationship-a9537421.html You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one! If you enjoyed the show you can support us with a contribution here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by bestselling YA author Juno Dawson to discuss her latest book, Wonderland, which is a contemporary retelling of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland in which Alice is a 17-year-old trans girl. Juno explains why she wanted to retell this classic story through a transgender lens and how she hopes some of the issues explored in the book will help to educate young readers on sexuality and key LGBT+ issues, including sexual abuse, the difference between the female and male orgasm, and the fetishisation of trans women. The two also discuss how Juno came out after Germaine Greer said on Newsnight that trans women are "not real women" and the consequences of such instances of transphobia. Finally, they also talk about Dawson's podcast, So I Got To Thinking, which is an homage to Sex and the City. You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one! If you enjoyed the show you can support us with a contribution here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Singer and radio presenter Fleur East joined Olivia back in January to talk about how to keep things exciting when you've been in a relationship with someone for so long. Fleur shares some of her own tips - she has been with her husband for 10 years - and offers a unique insight into some of the things couples can do to reignite their passion for one another if things reach a plateau. While the episode was recorded back in January, it's most definitely relevant today, when so many couples in isolation together are spending more time with one another than ever before. You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We got a book deal!

We got a book deal!

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Breaking Millennial Love news: a brand new book is in the works and it's all about this show. The book will be published by the fantastic team over at 4th Estate and will be written by Olivia. It's going to feature guests from the show, as well as some new and exclusive content as well. Make sure you follow us on Instagram at @millennial_love for all the latest updates on the book, its progress and when it'll be available.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we're taking a break from coronavirus content and returning to regularly scheduled programming. Olivia is joined by comedian and activist Grace Campbell to discuss why it's important to date a feminist and what that means. How do you know if you're dating a feminist? And if you're unsure, how can you educate a partner on equality without coming across as patronising? Grace opens up about how she and her boyfriend support one another and strive to defy stereotypical gender roles. She also reveals why she felt so irked when her father, Alastair Campbell, refers to women as "birds". You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We're back with another very special episode for you this week. We hosted a phone-in for listeners to share their stories about how coronavirus has impacted their love lives, whether it’s forced them to isolate separately from their partner or they’ve started going on social distancing dates with people at the supermarket. I was also delighted to be joined by a special co-host: previous Millennial Love guest, poet Charly Cox. Charly has just started a brilliant newsletter called A Little Coronamance in which she shares details from her own experiences of virtual dating and sliding into a mysterious actor's DMs. Follow Charly on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/charlycox1/ Subscribe to her newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/819d3ab82627/charlycox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, it's a slightly unusual episode as Olivia speaks to listeners about how coronavirus has impacted their love lives. Living in a national shutdown means that most of us are completely house-bound, rendering our romantic lives somewhat obsolete. Or does it? We hear from Candice, whose new relationship is flourishing on Face Time and Harriet, who has moved in with someone she has just started seeing. There are less-than-ideal scenarios, too, like Ciara, who explains how she has had to continue living in a house with her ex-boyfriend due to the shutdown... If you have an interesting story to share about how the pandemic has affected your love life, please do get in touch via Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Millennial Love this week Olivia is joined by singer Ella Eyre to discuss how to balance your dating life and your friends. The pair, who have been pals for more than a decade, dive into what it's like when one of your friends gets into a serious relationship and talk about dating within a friendship group. They also reminisce about old school times, over several of Olivia's favourite rich tea biscuits, and dig up old memories of stealing boyfriends off one another. As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Olivia is joined in the studio by fashion model Emma Louise Connolly and Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock. On the table for discussion is the use of Instagram in relationships. What do you share, when do you share it and, most importantly, who gets to post it? The couple also reveal who messaged who first, with some surprising revelations in a Millennial Love exclusive! As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
To kick start season three Olivia is joined by Love Island winner Dani Dyer to talk about her experience on the show, what it was like to win and how she coped with a relationship, and subsequent break up, in the public eye. Dani also spills the beans on this season of Love Island and which couples she's rooting for. As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 3 of Millennial Love returns on Valentine's Day! Once a fortnight Olivia will be joined by a different guest to discuss everything from how to tell if you’re dating a feminist to how to keep the spark alive in long-term relationships. So keep your eyes peeled for a new episode in your podcast feeds from tomorrow morning. In the meantime keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram, you can follow us at @millennial_love.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Olivia is joined by comedian and Griefcast host Cariad Lloyd to discuss grief in relationships. How can you help a partner who is grieving? What should you say to them and what should you definitely not say? The duo discuss the complexities surrounding grief and explore why there's so much stigma surrounding it. Cariad also talks about why you shouldn't be surprised if a partner breaks up with you after losing someone close to them and how this doesn't necessarily mean your relationship is over for good. Plus, she explains why the 'five stages of grief' is grossly misguided information and why there is no right time to move on after losing a partner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we have another listener special. As of Monday last week, people in England can now meet up with one person outside of their household so long as they abide by social distancing rules. This means people can go on dates! In this episode, we hear from four different women who have been on social distancing dates in the last week. One date involved a cemetery and a rogue wee, while another wound up lasting seven hours. We’re also joined this week by relationships expert and therapist Sally Baker, who offered some useful insight into the mysterious art of social distancing dating and how it could transform the future of romance for good. You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Olivia is joined by Olympic cycling hero Victoria Pendleton and fitness entrepreneur Sophie Everard to discuss break ups. What's the best way to get through them? And what are the dos and don'ts of getting over someone? After Victoria's divorce the pair took a surfing trip to Costa Rica. Is there really value in 'finding yourself' abroad, or is it just something that people think they need to do? Plus, Victoria explains why her lesson in love is not to give too much if you don't get it in return.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week Olivia is joined by TV presenter Grace Woodward and poet Charly Cox to discuss sacrifice in relationships. What lengths do we go to for love? How much of ourselves should we compromise for another person? And what happens when we start changing core parts of our personalities and our appearances to suit their desires? How marriage and childbirth are two of the biggest sacrifices women can make and how having an absent father can hugely impact the way we behave in relationships are also up for discussion. You can follow Grace on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/gracewoodward/ You can follow Charly on Instagram here and her new poetry anthology, Validate Me, is available now. https://www.instagram.com/charlycox1/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by Shane Jenek, aka drag queen and artist Courtney Act. The pair discuss how gender fluidity is perceived in 2019 and why there are still so many barriers to overcome with it comes to breaking down some of the stereotypes society attaches to masculinity and femininity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by activist Gina Martin and writer Flo Perry to discuss feminist sex. What is feminist sex? And how does it differ from, well, regular sex? Olivia, Gina and Flo also discuss the importance of communication in the bedroom, why straight men don’t talk about sex in the same way as other people, and how our parents help to shape our love lives in unexpected ways.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jordan joins Olivia to discuss how the #MeToo movement changed the dating landscape. The actor and musician opens up about how wider conversations about sexual harassment and manipulation made him reconsider some of his own experiences with women. They also talk about coercive behaviour, emotional neglect and how the term "toxic masculinity" has been monopolized by the media and acquired new meaning.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Authentictalks 2.0

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May 30th
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Aaron Wilson

"cock" is a completely different level of insult as "bird". give me a break

May 18th
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Bryan Freese

So let me get this straight, all me are dogs is ok. But shut up bird is offensive. Sounds like a rubble standard...

Apr 30th
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Sibusisiwe Shaba

13 years together, broken up and still sharing a bed, chances of getting back together are pretty high!

Apr 18th
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Diego Osorio

Very enlightening as a man to hear this, all the double standards, how so many women actually convince themselves that leaving off details on a dating profile such as being a mom is not a big deal when it conveniently doesn't suit them to be honest. On the other hand they demand so much honesty from men and hold men to such high standards

Apr 12th
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Ella Syverson

I know this episode is super old, but I just want to point out that you don't really spend any time talking about what virginity and sex means outside of a cis-hetero framework.

Apr 6th
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Sarah Marshall

I love Spencer and Vogue and baby boy Theodore sorry if I spelt that wrong I'm dyslexic I love there program and it's nice to see that Spencer's finally found the right woman for himself and grown up into a nice chap

Oct 29th
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ally printon

I've heard cuffing ends in spring when the weather is warmer lol

Mar 10th
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yuka hira

Love this, light and easy to listen yet relatable and insightful

Jun 27th
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