Summary: Stories, discussion and debate on love, relationships, sex and modern dating from The Independent's Lifestyle team.
It's our series finale! To celebrate the end of season one of Millennial Love, we've decided to take a look back at all our past episodes and think back at what we've learned over the past year or so. Thank you to everyone who's supported Millennial Love so far and stay tuned for what happens next! Follow us on Instagram here: @rachel_hosie, @oliviapetter8 and @millennial_love.
Happy Sexual Health Week, everyone! What a time to be alive. In all seriousness though, being sexually healthy is incredibly important, and that's why we figured a podcast on the topic was long overdue. From the different types of sexually transmitted infections and how you contract one, to how to get tested and what we can do to break down the stigma of having one - let's talk about sex(ual health), baby.
Whether you’re more into them or they're more into you, whether you’ve been seeing someone for a few weeks or have been together for years, knowing when to walk away from a relationship is incredibly difficult. What if you end things then regret it? But what if you wait, eventually cut things off and then wish you’d done it earlier? It’s never easy. This week on Millennial Love, we offer advice on how to know when is the right time to walk away from someone - while sharing our own experiences, naturally. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! instagram.com/millennial_love
What constitutes a relationship fail? A break-up? Treating someone badly? Cheating on your partner? This week on Millennial Love we're joined by the brilliant journalist, author and fellow podcaster Elizabeth Day to discuss why it's important to fail at relationships, and we share our own tales. After all, if you learn something about yourself, is there even such a thing as a fail at all? Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! instagram.com/millennial_love
It's our 50th episode! We can hardly believe it. What fun it's been. To celebrate, this week we're talking about being single - perpetually so. Why is there such a stigma? Being single is great, and never having had a long-term relationship doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. As two longtime singletons, we're done with being made to feel bad for not having partners. Join us! Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
In this week's episode of Millennial Love we're joined by the authors of the brilliant book 'Slay In Your Lane', Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, to discuss how racism operates in the contemporary landscape of dating and relationships. Yomi and Elizabeth share their own experiences of dating as black women and we discuss the problem with fetishising ethnicities online and beyond. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
Contrary to what popular culture would have us believe, having a crush is not limited to our teenage years: it's exciting, it's annoying and it very much still happens as an adult. This week on Millennial Love, Rachel and Olivia are joined by comedian, TV presenter and podcaster James Barr to discuss our crushes past and present (both human and of the plant variety). How can you tell someone has a crush on you? And what should you do when you're crushing on someone? Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
This week on Millennial Love we're joined by the brilliant young poet, producer and mental health ambassador Charly Cox to try to get to the bottom of why we let the people we like treat us like rubbish. From emotional abuse to simply not replying to messages, we're all guilty of putting up with poor behaviour from someone we fancy even though we know we deserve much better. So why are we like this and what can we do about it? Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
Summer lovin' eh? Sure, it can be a blast. And it always happens pretty fast too. But for most of us, holiday romances don't play out as rom-coms - from Grease to The Lizzie McGuire Movie - would have us believe. (We're still waiting to go to Rome, meet our international pop-star doppelgängers and fall in love with an Italian who'll drive us around on a Vespa). This week, we're joined by TV and radio presenter Maya Jama to discuss the reality of holiday romances - do they actually happen? Do they ever end well? And why do we fall in love more easily when abroad? We also discuss the ever problematical dilemma of when to say 'I love you' to a new partner for the first time. How do you know you're ready? Is there such a thing as too soon? And what do you do if someone says they love you but you don't feel the same? Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
Today on Millennial Love we're delving into the murky waters of class and, specifically, the role it plays in dating. Joining us in our discussion is the brilliant journalist and author Sophia Money-Coutts, who spent five years studying the British aristocracy while working as Features Director at society magazine, Tatler. We discuss the concept of 'marrying up' (or down), the problematic nature of dating apps purely for the privately educated and what it means to be 'posh' anyway. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
This week on Millennial Love we're joined by writer and activist Scarlett Curtis to discuss the taboo around female masturbation. Scarlett recently launched a campaign called #girlswanktoo which seeks to demystify female masturbation. Why is it a gendered issue? Why is it important? And what can we do to break the stigma around it? We dive deep into all of this and more in this week's episode. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
As Rachel and Olivia harp on about every week, dating in your 20s is no walk in the park. But add a baby into the mix, and things get a lot more complicated. This week we’re joined by Amy Nickell, author of Confessions of a Single Mum, to debunk the most common misconceptions around life as a young single mother on the dating scene today. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love
Love Island has become a national talking point, but the hit reality series remains shrouded in mystery, leaving eager viewers wondering what really goes on behind the scenes in the Mallorcan villa. Do the women get bikini waxes? What's the audition process like? How much are contestants allowed to drink? This week, we're joined by former contestant Montana Brown, who speaks candidly about her time in the villa, explaining everything from how many clothes the women pack to how they cope when they're on their periods. Montana also addresses criticisms that some of the action is staged, revealing how involved the producers actually are with the goings on in the villa. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love/
"You'll find someone when you stop looking," the cliché goes. But is this piece of highly unhelpful advice really true? Should we be proactive when looking for love or simply leave it up to destiny? This week, we're joined by TV presenter and radio DJ Roman Kemp who shares the rather fateful story of how he met his girlfriend. Roman, Rachel and Livi also share their top tips for finding love. We've also got a cracking dating disaster story from one of our listeners - please do keep sending them in! Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love/
Whilst there's no one-size-fits-all approach to first dates - Rachel loves activities like crazy golf whereas Livi is more of an exhibition kind of girl - there are certain factors that make a first date more likely to be a winner. This week on Millennial Love, we're discussing the best first dates we've ever been on and what made them so great. Similarly, we also reveal the worst first dates we've suffered through - and there are certainly lots from which to choose. And from the start of a "relationship" to the end: how do you break up with someone you're "seeing"? If you're not officially in a relationship or even exclusive, how much do you owe that person? We share our own experiences and expert tips to help get to the bottom of what to say, where to do it and when - if ever - ending things via text is appropriate. Do you agree? Let us know! Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! https://www.instagram.com/millennial_love/