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Mel B reveals why she's launching a dating podcast: 'I'm kind of nosy'

Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has ventured into the podcasting world with a new series that explores the highs and lows of modern dating. “The Truth Flirts”, created by dating app Badoo, comprises eight episodes featuring discussions on everything from polyamory and parenthood to mental health and splitting the bill. Speaking to The Independent, the Spice Girl-turned-broadcaster → Read More

Oxford English Dictionary adds slang words and Star Wars terms in latest update

Jedi, chirpse and arancini are among the new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in its latest update. More than 650 words have been added, ranging from slang (“sumfin” and “whatevs”) to Star Wars terms, such as “The Force”. → Read More

Lululemon leggings ‘made by Bangladeshi female factory workers who claim they are beaten’

Lululemon has launched an investigation into its sourcing of clothing after a report said young female factory workers supplying the brand were beaten and physically assaulted. → Read More

Kim Kardashian West recalls moment she was ‘about to die’ during Paris robbery

Kim Kardashian West has spoken out about the moment she was robbed in Paris in October 2016, describing it as the “scariest” thing she’s ever experienced. The reality TV star recalled the incident in a new episode of E! True Hollywood Story, explaining how robbers broke into her bedroom and stole millions of dollars worth of her jewellery, including the $4m (£3.2m) 20-carat → Read More

Elton John says Prince Harry has Diana's ability to 'walk into a room and disarm people straight away'

Sir Elton John has said he feels particularly fond of the Duke of Sussex because he reminds him of the royal's late mother, Princess Diana, with whom the musician was close friends. → Read More

Royal Mint names rarest 50ps in circulation to celebrate coin’s 50th anniversary

The Royal Mint has revealed the rarest 50ps in circulation to celebrate half a century since the coin was introduced. The 50p entered circulation on 14 October 1969 and is considered one of the most collectible coins in the UK thanks to its distinctive heptagonal shape. Now, mintage figures from 2018 reveal that the nation’s rarest 50p coin is the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p, with → Read More

Chinese takeaways and a violin: The most unusual items Brits want to be buried with

Argos catalogues, violins and Chinese takeaways might sound like they have nothing in common, but these items are actually among the list of unusual items Britons have asked to be buried with, according to a new survey. → Read More

Hilary Clinton says ‘inexplicable’ treatment of Meghan Markle is ‘certainly’ partly tied to racism

Hilary Clinton has spoken out about the ‘inexplicable’ way the Duchess of Sussex is treated by the British media. The former US presidential candidate told The Sunday Times Magazine that she is a “huge Meghan Markle fan”. → Read More

'Shame on everybody': Hillary Clinton calls out ‘inexplicable' treatment of Meghan Markle

Hillary Clinton has spoken out about the ‘inexplicable’ way the Duchess of Sussex is treated by the British media. The former US presidential candidate told The Sunday Times Magazine that she is a “huge Meghan Markle fan”. → Read More

The revolution of tights: How hosiery is becoming trendy and green

Tights don’t get good press. Perhaps it’s a hangover from our school uniform days when our 60 deniers kept falling down and required constant manoeuvring, when ladders appeared daily thanks to splintering wooden chairs and front seams poked through clothing ruining our entire aesthetic. But think of tights and the word “chic” doesn’t immediately come to mind. → Read More

Celebrity quotes to inspire and reassure anyone worried about discussing their sexuality on National Coming Out Day

Today marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day (NCOD), a day to celebrate coming out as a a member of the LGBT+ community. Launched by the Human Rights Campaign, NCOD aims to support those who have recently come out or are considering doing so. → Read More

Millennial Love podcast – latest updates: Every season two episode so far

Millennial Love is The Independent lifestyle desk’s dating and relationships podcast. Hosted by Olivia Petter, the podcast features in-depth discussions surrounding sexuality, identity and gender. Topics discussed in the second season include how to have feminist sex and dating in a post-#MeToo era. Stay updated with all things Millennial Love here or over on Instagram → Read More

Munroe Bergdorf warns gender reveal parties could be incredibly 'dangerous' for trans children

Munroe Bergdorf has warned that gender reveal parties could be "dangerous" for transgender children. → Read More

Katie Piper shares photograph of acid attack injuries in powerful Instagram post for Mental Health Awareness Day

Katie Piper has shared a powerful post on Instagram for Mental Health Awareness Day that reveals the extent of the facial injuries she suffered following an acid attack in 2008. On Thursday, the Strictly Come Dancing star posted a photograph of herself shortly after the brutal attack and explained the psychological toll it took on her in a caption below. → Read More

World Mental Health Day: YouTuber with physical disabilities shares secrets to happiness

YouTuber Jessica Kellgren-Fozard has teamed up with emotional wellbeing organisation The School of Life to reveal her “secrets to happiness” in a short film narrated by philosopher and author Alain de Botton. → Read More

‘Gingers Unite’: Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran team up for mock video for World Mental Health Day

The Duke of Sussex has found an unlikely ally in the musician Ed Sheeran, who stars in a lighthearted Instagram video with the royal for World Mental Health Day. Following a short teaser clip released on Wednesday, @sussexroyal posted the short film featuring the flame-haired duo that begins with Sheeran preparing for the meeting. → Read More

Most explosive celebrity social media rows from Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy to Donald Trump and Chrissy Teigen

Thanks to the advent of social media, it’s become fairly common for people in the public eye to share their gripes on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or all of the above. But given the number of followers celebrities have, any impassioned conversations they have online often make headlines, with the occasional exchange going viral. → Read More

Ikea teams up with Louis Vuitton creative director Virgil Abloh for interiors collection

Ikea’s products are more renowned for their practicality as opposed to their style, but that could all be about to change. The Swedish retailer has teamed up with Off White designer Virgil Abloh for a high-fashion interiors collection that goes on sale from 1 November. → Read More

Millennial Love podcast returns with new look and celebrity lineup – here’s everything you need to know

Millennial Love returns for a second season on Friday 11 October with a new look and a whole host of celebrity guests, ranging from authors and psychologists to musicians and TV stars. The Independent lifestyle desk’s dating and relationships podcast will feature in-depth discussions surrounding sexuality, identity and societal issues. → Read More

Kim Kardashian West reveals paparazzi once tried to upskirt her

Kim Kardashian West has opened up about being upskirted by paparazzi in her early career, revealing that Paris Hilton helped her navigate the situation. → Read More