In a sea of beautifully filtered, curated images, Fearne Cotton can always be relied on to bring a healthy dose of reality to her Instagram account, and her latest birthday post is no different.
Known for posting hilariously honest posts about the realities of being a mum-of-two small children (and step-parent to one teenager), having insomnia, living with anxiety and dealing depression in the past have grown her already impressive legion of loyal fans on the social media site to new heights.
As the author and podcast host turned 39 yesterday (3rd September), she took to Instagram to share yet another unfiltered photo of herself — having woken up early and in last night's makeup — along with a list of 'rules' she'll be now be living by (disclaimer: In true Fearne style, they're not the typical birthday goals you'd expect).
'This is 39. Last nights make up on. Hair breaking free. The only one up in the house,' she starts the post.
Admitting that at this stage, she probably won't change (and she doesn't need to), but will always try to expand and improve herself, before listing all the things she commits to continuing now that she's a year older.
'I probably won’t change but I’m always expanding and improving.
-I won’t let anyone dim my light
-I will keep dying my hair pink
-I will dress as I always have
-I will keep loving with my whole heart
-I’ll send over the top texts to people I adore
-I’ll keep letting go and learning
-I’ll say ‘I love you’ ‘I’m sorry’ ‘thank you’ ‘Fuck it’
-I’ll keep trying
-I’ll keep trying to not try so hard
-I’ll keep being me
This is 39
Her refreshingly honest message obviously struck a chord with many currently grappling with the societal ideals and pressures put upon women as they age, with many of her famous friends rushing to comment on the Instagram post.
'Happy birthday you inspirational human ❤️',' cheered celebrity pal Tamsin Outhwaite in one comment.
'Love this @fearnecotton - have a great day', added celebrity doctor, Dr Rangan Chatterjee.
Whilst influencer @dresslikeamum wished her a happy birthday and seconded her plan of 'rules' to live by: 'Happy birthday beautiful Fearne ❤️❤️❤️ The plan sounds perfect 👌 💋'
We couldn't agree more Fearne!
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