Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

The rise of the sober curious: having it all, without alcohol

Influencers are taking a sober second look at drinking culture but for whose benefit? Louise Delage was briefly Instagram famous in 2016 forever ago in internet years, so you may need a quick refresher on who she was. Delage was a young, beautiful, Parisian Instagram it-girl with more than 100,000 followers at her peak, continually posting photos of herself at rooftop parties or aboard yachts in late summer, hair tousled, and always, always, with a fictionalized social media star created by the French addiction support agency AddictAide in a campaign to raise awareness of alcohol addiction and how deceptively glamorous it can look, especially when filtered through social media. Delage may have been a fabrication, but the fact that the …

Is there such a thing as vegan loo roll?: how to have a cruelty-free home

From plant-based paint to ethical furniture, creating a vegan home is less complicated, and costly, than you may think With vegan food, fashion and makeup firmly established in the mainstream, more and more people are looking for ways to have an ethical, cruelty-free home, too. You may not have given much thought to what animal-based products crop up in your house, but there are many: fabrics, from silk to wool to sheepskin, are an obvious example but is your mattress vegan? What goes into your cleaning products, or your energy provider? And is there such a thing as vegan loo roll? The fact is, you can take a vegan approach to choosing almost anything for your home and it neednt …