Alex Jones shares first picture of baby boy and reveals tot’s name: ‘And then there were 4!’

The BBC presenter also revealed the newborn’s name

Alex Jones welcomes second son

Alex Jones has welcomed a baby boy with husband Charlie Thomson.

The BBC One Show star, 42, announced the happy news on Instagram with a black and white snap of the tiny tot’s hand.

Alex, who is already mum to a son called Teddy, revealed she ‘speedily’ gave birth last Monday.

She excitedly wrote to her 169,000 followers: ‘And then there were 4!!! Little kit Thomson arrived safely and very speedily last Monday at 2.21am weighing a healthy 7lbs 3.

‘Teddy, Charlie and I are absolutely besotted by baby brother and are enjoying this special time as we get used to being a foursome and generally breathing in that lovely newborn smell!!!’

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The thrilled presenter finished: ‘A huge thank you to the midwives at the birth centre, Queen Charlotte Hospital for everything you did for us.’

At the start of the month, Alex joked about ‘beating’ Meghan Markle to be the first to give birth as she shared a snap of raspberry leaf tea, which is thought to induce labour.

‘Trying to beat Meghan… or is it already too late?!’ Alex captioned the picture.

But Meghan got there first as she gave birth to baby Archie Harrison just two days later on May 6.

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The TV star, who announced her exciting baby news on The One Show back in December, previously opened up about her fears of not being able to have a second child.

‘I have to say, the first time – absolutely fine. Luckily, God, it happened,’ Alex told The Sun.

‘But second time, not as easy. I suppose I’m older now, but we took it for granted that it would be OK. But you don’t really know until you start trying how it’s going to go, do you?

‘The majority of couples I know have had something, not always IVF, but some problem that needs to be sorted out.’

Congrats Alex and Charlie!

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This Doesn’t Look Good: Nipsey Hussle’s Baby Mama Wanted by Police As She Battles for Custody of Daughter

An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for Nipsey Hussle’s baby mama Tanisha Foster, and the timing couldn’t be worse, considering the fact she’s currently battling Nipsey’s sister and brother for primary custody of her 10-year-old daughter Emani.

According to TMZ, Tanisha was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles a couple of years ago. After pleading no contest to one of the charges, she was sentenced to three years probation.

Because she missed a court date for the case on May 15th, the judge revoked her probation and issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

TMZ reports that the recent DUI arrest isn’t the only thing on Foster’s criminal record either:

In 2007 she was busted for vandalism, annoying phone calls and disturbing the peace. Those charges were eventually dismissed after she completed her probation.

In 2006, she was arrested for resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

None of this looks good, since Tanisha is trying to prove to a judge that she is stable enough to raise Emani on her own so that she can obtain primary custody of her daughter.

In case you missed it, Nipsey’s siblings—his sister Samantha Smith and brother Samuel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom—are asking for primary custody of Emani because, according to them, Tanisha isn’t stable enough to parent without their assistance.

Both sides appeared in court Tuesday for an emotional hearing, and Tanisha reportedly broke down in tears when she finally got a chance to spend time with Emani alone, saying that it’d been months since she’d seen her daughter.

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Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) & Kit Harington (Jon Snow) Warned Us About the “Game of Thrones” Finale, But We Didn’t Listen

FYI: Spoilers ahead. It should be obvious, considering the title, but just in case you landed here by mistake … If you haven’t seen the “Game of Thrones” Finale (Season 8, Episode 8) LEAVE! NOW!!

After eight seasons and, ironically, eight years, HBO’s biggest and most popular show ever, Game of Thrones aired its highly anticipated (and also highly dreaded) series finale Sunday night (May 19).

So, after burning King’s Landing to the ground, Queen Daenerys rallies with her troops and pledges to “break the wheel” and liberate the world. She says those who go against her will suffer the same fate as the people of King’s Landing. She makes Grey Worm the commander of her entire army.

Dany then accuses Tyrion of treason for freeing Jaime, and Tyrion lets her know (in front of everyone) that he doesn’t agree with her burning down King’s Landing. After Tyrion takes his “Hand” pin and throws it to the ground, Dany imprisons him.

While imprisoned, Tyrion pleads with Jon Snow to do what he knows is the right thing. Dany has proven herself to be a tyrant and needs to be stopped, Tyrion says. Jon, however, is loyal to his Queen and leaves Tyrion wondering what’s going to happen next.

As Dany touches and admires the Iron Throne, and is just about to sit down on it, she’s interrupted by Jon, who lets her know he thinks she did a terrible thing by killing the hundreds of thousands of people in King’s Landing.

Jon also begs Dany to free Tyrion, but she refuses and remains adamant that she’s doing (and has done) the right thing. It’s almost as if he’s begging her to change her ways in that very moment before he decides to do what he thinks is the right thing to do.

After basically telling Jon “I’m going to do what I want to do because I am Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and everyone else will either adhere to my rules or die,” Dany leans in to kiss him … and then Jon stabs her right in the heart.

The Queen is dead, and she never even got to sit on the Iron Throne.

Drogon, sensing Dany’s apparent death, flies into the Throne room, and after confirming that his mother is really gone, he looks at Jon and sets fire to the Iron Throne, reducing it to molten metal. He scoops up Dany and flies off. They’re never seen again.

Jon is taken prisoner by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, and a few weeks later, all of the Lords and Ladies of Westeros’ Seven Kingdoms hold a meeting to determine who will rule the realm.

Arya and Sansa’s Uncle Edmure Tully nominates himself, and Sansa comically tells him to have a seat, which makes everyone else snicker in amusement. Tyrion nominates Bran, who, surprisingly accepts.

Everyone agrees that “Bran the Broken” is now the King … but Sansa wants to rule the North as an independent kingdom, which King Brown allows.

Instead of executing Jon (which is what Grey Worm wanted) or freeing him (which is what Arya and Sansa wanted), King Bran comes up with a punishment that appeases everyone … sending him to the Night’s Watch for the rest of his life.

As for Tyrion, his “punishment” is to be Hand of the King for the remainder of his life and try to make up for all of the tragic mistakes he’s made over the years.

Jon says goodbye to his brother and sisters and heads to Castle Black.

Instead of going to Winterfell, Arya says she wants to see what’s west of Westeros since all of the maps stop there. Sansa goes on to rule Winterfell as Queen in the North. Grey Worm and the Unsullied travel to Naath in honor of Missandei.

When Jon gets to The Wall, he’s reunited with Tormond and his extremely loyal dire wolf Ghost. The show ends with Jon and the Wildlings passing through the gates of The Wall to who knows where.

While many fans have petitioned for HBO to redo GoT’s entire eighth and final season, those of us with good sense in our heads know that there’s ZERO chance of that ever happening, no matter how many signatures are acquired via Change.org.

The show ended how it ended and that’s that. If you were actually paying attention to all 73 episodes, the “Game of Thrones” storyline actually reached a final point quite well, though some could argue that the way we got there could have been done a bit better.

However, regardless of how you may feel about how Game of Thrones ended, the show’s titular characters, Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen (played by Kit Harington) and his auntie/lover/queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) warned us that their characters would receive not-so-happy endings months ago.

On the red carpet of the GoT Season 8 premiere party in April, when an ET reporter asked Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) if they were “happy how things ended,” Clarke couldn’t hide her disappointment as she awkwardly yelled “BEST SEASON EVER!” while everyone laughed.

And earlier this year, during an interview while promoting his new movie at the time, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Kit Harington was asked to sum up the Thrones finale in one word.

The word he chose? DISAPPOINTING.

So there you have it, Jon Snow and Daenerys knew all along (obviously), but we didn’t listen. WE DIDN’T LISTEN!!

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Things We Saw Today: A Deleted Captain Marvel Scene Gives Us a Glimpse of the Kree Training Academy

Captain Marvel is coming to digital download May 28th, and the Blu-ray will be close behind on June 11th, with six deleted scenes and a whole slew of bonus featurettes and behind-the-scenes content. One of those deleted scenes, titled “Star Force Recruits” was just released early online. In it, we see Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg training a class of young Kree students.

As i09 notes, the scene is solid but it’s pretty obvious why it was cut from the final film. It covers a lot of material we get elsewhere in the movie–Skrull’s shapeshifting abilities, Vers’ implant, and the different, personalized forms taken by the Supreme Intelligence. There’s really no new information in the scene at all (making me wonder if it was shot specifically to end up as bonus material), but it’s a cool scene nonetheless. And we’ll never say no to more Carol content!

Watch the deleted scene above and i09 has descriptions of the other five deleted scenes you’ll get on Blu-ray, as well as other features.

What did you all see out there today?

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We’re Allowed to Be Mad About Movies and Television Shows

 

Natasha Romanoff and Brienne of Tarth

Today in things we shouldn’t have to say, let’s examine why it’s perfectly fine for us to be mad about fictional works. I’ve seen a few responses on Twitter complaining about people who are mad about Game of Thrones and I’m applying the sentiment to Avengers: Endgame as well because, news flash, we’re allowed to be angry. We’re allowed to still be angry.

The thing about fiction is that we can lose ourselves into distant worlds and characters and, in doing so, many of us become emotionally invested. If you don’t feel this way about fiction and have a hard time envisaging it, consider how people feel about “their” sports team, and the ups and downs of their seasonal trajectory. When something doesn’t go our way, we want to complain about it, dissect it, and commiserate, and, to be honest, we have that right. We’ve dedicated our time and energy into this, we have feelings about it. While I draw the line at “calling out” creators and actors IRL, we’re allowed to express our disgruntlement to each other.

Deeply felt feelings over fiction is hardly new; it’s part of the human condition. Remember when Victorian Sherlock Holmes fans wore black mourning armbands when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill him off? What I don’t like to see are the people who feel the need to police how others should or shouldn’t feel about something. Look at it this way: Did I get angry at Thor’s storyline in Avengers: Endgame? No, I thought it was just whatever. But I recognize that other people had a real problem with it, and I support them in their anger because they have the right to feel that way.

With Game of Thrones now having drawn to a close, it’s the same deal. Many of us believe that these characters have had their entire arcs destroyed by the rushed last season, and so we’re not exactly happy about it. In some ways, it felt like an echo of highly cited annoyances with Avengers: Endgame because while both properties had their moments, they were also inherently sexist. Game of Thrones‘ finale with the treatment of Dany and Brienne in particular and Avengers: Endgame with Natasha’s fridging showed that they still don’t understand their own female characters (or audience) and think that by giving other women a “moment” that they’re in the clear.

Sure, having Sansa be the Queen of the North and having that be the last line in Game of Thrones is an appreciated touch, but it doesn’t fix all the other problems in the plot, nor excuse the show’s long history of relentless sexual violence. We felt a similar way with the female Avengers moment in Endgame. You don’t get to try and fix a long history of not featuring women by pandering to audiences. Though we might appreciate the powerful visual sight of those women all united together, the moment wasn’t earned. Marvel only gave us our first female-led movie a month before, and there are no plans for a “lady Avengers” team up. One cool moment doesn’t fix phases and phases of sidelined women.

And so, again, we have the right to be angry and I know that I, for one, am going to complain. Sometimes we even get heard.

That’s all this needs to be. You don’t have to join in with the conversation, you don’t have to be angry too, but you should at least respect why other people are upset.

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Was Game of Thrones‘ Ending Foreshadowed on the First Page of the Book?

Bran and Robb Stark with Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

It’s been almost twenty years since I first read A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin’s first book in what was intended to be A Song of Ice and Fire, the trilogy. But as Twitter exploded with reaction over who took the throne in the TV series finale, I remembered how the book began.

I’m not what you might call an ASoIF superfan, but I liked the books well enough, especially the first one. For me, Martin’s strength resides in gutsy narrative curveballs like killing Ned Stark, who had seemed like the story’s main focus until he loses his head, and shocks like the Red Wedding. These twists and turns have also helped keep viewers of the show on edge and perpetually tuning in, since anything dramatic might happen.

But the first book of the now-intended-to-be-seven-book A Song of Ice and Fire starts on a relatively tame note, seen through the eyes of a child. After a brief prologue that plunges us into confusing violence wrought by the undead, we shift to the first chapter and the first perspective of this series of many narrators: Bran.

I dug out my old copy to confirm:

Through Bran’s childish gaze we experience Winterfell and Westeros for the first time. He rides out to see justice delivered with his father Eddard Stark and brothers Robb and Jon, and they discover the litter of direwolf pups.

A few chapters later, we return to Bran for the book’s first real shock and significant plot advancement, when a climbing Bran accidentally spies on the twins Jaime and Cersei locked in carnal embrace, and Jaime pushes the boy off the window ledge.

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While some disgruntled fans after Game of Thrones‘ season finale were quick to point out that Bran was such an insignificant figure that he disappeared for a season, I was remembering how the book focuses us in on Bran from the very beginning—how our sympathies are first sworn to him.

It’s clear that Martin’s ideas for the book series have shifted considerably over time (an early outline from 1993 had such head-scratching ideas as a Jon/Arya/Tyrion love triangle). But I imagine he may have begun with some idea of who was going to ascend to the throne at the end of it all. Was this opening on Bran a wink to the audience all along that in the seven-year-old boy we were meeting first was the person who would ultimately succeed and win the game of thrones?

As you ponder the possibility, let me introduce one of my absolute favorite ideas of Martin’s. On the topic of writers and writing, Martin said:

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”

I remember reading this and having it open my third eye about why and how people approach writing in such varied ways. And while Martin claims to be more of a gardener than an architect, there has to be a little bit of both in every writer. Was he laying down grand architectural foundations when he first embarked from Bran’s perspective?

We won’t know until we get the last book in our hands, but I can’t help but wonder if the final narration closes with Bran, as it all began.

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How Thor Set Up the Cosmic MCU

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) face off against Frost Giants in Thor

After the smash success of Thor: Ragnarok and the massive popularity of the character in both Infinity War and Endgame, it’s fun to remember how Thor used to be a gamble for the MCU. One of my favorite images on the Internet is a screencap of an article on the casting of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston that implies that they’re not the best choices for the roles. Retweet it for good luck.

Back in the day, the casting of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston was seen as a massive gamble.

But Marvel always knew how important Thor would be to the overall MCU. Kenneth Branaugh, the director of Thor, told Yahoo Entertainment, “I was aware that Kevin Feige really knew that Thor was critical. This new dimension … the space adventure needed to find its starting place. There was real concern around that. They felt that if they didn’t get that one right, it was going to be really, really difficult for the expansion of that tone across the rest of what they planned.”

After Avengers: Endgame, where a talking raccoon is a prominent character and the film leans heavily into timey-wimey comic book shenanigans, the world seems adjusted to weirdness in their comic book movies. But back in Ye Olde 2011, people tended to think superhero movies were good if they were grounded in reality. Fantastic Four had bombed, and critics and fans loved the more earthbound, realistic adventures of Batman in The Dark Knight and Tony Stark in Iron Man. A film about a space-dwelling Norse god who flies around via hammer? That’s pushing the envelope.

But Feige was right. Without Thor, the MCU wouldn’t have the base of which to build off of for their wilder adventures. Thanos, the Infinity Stones, the Guardians, even now the Eternals … all of this is based around Thor kicking ass in 2011. If they hadn’t done Thor right, they would have had a struggle selling other cosmic adventures.

The first Thor isn’t topping anyone’s “best of” list, but it’s an excellent doorway to the MCU’s cosmic side. The film plays it more as a fish out of water comedy, though it invites us to laugh with Thor rather than at him. Hemsworth is charming and heroic, the film manages to not be overly sexist, and Hiddleston hams it up as one of the MCU’s best villains. Branaugh tries to frame the film as a comic book with multiple Dutch angles in shots, and the film is brightly colored and fun.

Most importantly, audiences didn’t reject the cosmic elements, which therefore allowed the MCU to break from being grounded and lean heavily into fantasy. We couldn’t have that stellar shot of the portals opening up in Endgame without Thor opening the door with a blend of magic and science. Thor is now running off with the Guardians and (hopefully) ushering in more cosmic adventures; Captain Marvel and The Eternals also, in turn, allow for space mayhem.

The MCU wouldn’t be what it is without breaking from the tradition of “realistic” superhero movies and wholeheartedly embracing the weirdest elements of comic book lore. Thor was the perfect gateway to the weirder elements of Marvel. Feige and Branaugh were right: if Thor had failed, it would’ve been a struggle to sell the more cosmic elements of the MCU. Thank goodness it didn’t.

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I Wish I Were Surprised That Game of Thrones’ Finale Was Just Men Talking at Each Other

Closeup of Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Do you know what I love in my shows? Men talking at me. And that’s what the finale of Game of Thrones essentially delivered. I can’t say that I’m necessarily surprised, but at the same time, I’m just so angry but unable formulate why, exactly, until a man tweeted at me, comparing me to Daenerys Targaryen just because I wanted Sansa to rule Westeros.

My problem with a male-dominated show, written by men, where the entire final episode was a bunch of men talking is that women, both the characters in the show and those who watch it, are often then dismissed. Maybe that’s why I wanted Sansa to rule. Instead, she’s the queen of the North, and … fine, but what if she ruled Westeros from Winterfell? Did literally anyone think of that?

The end of the episode is simple enough: Bran is the ruler of Westeros because, you know, that makes sense, and then all the Starks kind of go their own separate ways. Look, I don’t really know what happened, because I started to tune out all the men talking, which means I probably missed 90% of the not-real plot.

Seriously, if men weren’t talking, men were killing women, so maybe it’s a good thing we had a lot of talking? The whole thing was just so many men that Brienne of Tarth, who would have gone back to Winterfell with Sansa, had to stay in King’s Landing, because otherwise, the entire council would have been men, instead of just most of it. Because there were no women left.

I truly wish I could watch the finale objectively, but it just makes me so angry that it has been diminished to tearing down female characters and raising up male characters who were not redeemable in the first place. Looking at you, Tyrion Lannister, with your killing spree of Shae and your dad.

What’s great, though, is that fans on Twitter haven’t let this go unnoticed.

I wish that Game of Thrones was better, and I wish the ending didn’t make me see red, but here we are.

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The Doubleclicks Talked to Us About Their New Album, Gender Identity, and the Awesomeness of Cats

ser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner of The Doubleclicks sit side by side in suits.

The beloved band The Doubleclicks are back with a new album that’s already topping Billboard charts. The geeky, insightful, empowering sibling duo of Laser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner have described this new album, titled The Book Was Better, as “a comedy album,” which might seem like an obvious statement if you’re familiar with their work.

But their last album, Love Problems, was a bit sadder—or perhaps more serious. In a way, The Book Was Better is a return to form, leaning back into those comedy roots. In true Doubleclicks fashion, though, those “lighter” songs still manage to tackle incredibly personal issues from boundaries and consent to gender identity.

I was lucky enough to speak with Laser and Aubrey about their new album, which is available now.

The Mary Sue: I’d love to talk about your use of metaphors throughout your work. You seem to use these big metaphors to describe more personal things–like superpowers for self-care and empathy, but then you also use these smaller images as a way to access bigger ideas, like gaming as a metaphor for gender identity. On top of that, on every album, you tend to have at least one song that is just a total emotion gut-punch. I’m wondering how you come up with your metaphors and if you’re aware going in of which ones are going to resonate especially hard with listeners?

Laser: Well the metaphors come from the stuff we’re interested in. We’ve spent a lot of time being classified as a nerd band–which we have no problem with–but we don’t really write a song about video games or dinosaurs so much as we write a song about growing up or gender or whatever. And then we include the imagery that we like and that we know that our audience and our friends are into. But really it’s stuff that occurs to us—like for example, “I’m Winning,” I think a lot about, about games and about victory conditions, because I love games and I love finding various different ways to win. And so when that kind of came to me, I was very excited about sharing that one.

I think that just like with any nerd, that we related everything to pop culture or the stuff we like or to the kind of media we’re consuming. But you never really know how a song is going to be received until you release it. Fortunately, we kind of constantly really stuff. So a lot of the songs on this album, for example, were released via a podcast called You Should Write a Song About That. And it has a very small audience but those people really gave us a good impression of what people were going to like and what people were gonna react to. Basically immediately after we wrote the song, we got feedback. We’re that band that always just puts things right out on the Internet.

ser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner of the Doubleclicks dressed in capes and crowns.

TMS: I have to say that I really love the idea of using cats as an inroad to talk about boundaries and consent. When I fell in love with your work, I had zero cats and now I have three cats and I thought I understood your songs about cats before, but now I really see the truth of them.

Laser: Yeah, cats are the best. I mean, when we started the band, I didn’t personally have a cat. We had cats in our world and in our neighborhood who would wander into our house. But yeah, cats are great. And the song “Boundaries” is really just so true about my beautiful cat Marzipan. It’s one of the things I love about cats, is they’ll tell you what they want and how to make them happy. And that’s all I want, is to know how to help people in a way that makes them comfortable. It’s so good in a relationship, to know what’s going to help and hurt somebody and it’s good with a cat as well.

TMS: Laser, you’ve talked about how your last album, Love Problems, and also how your last interview with the Mary Sue both played a role in you coming out as non-binary. How did that happen?

Laser: Yeah, we had a song on the last album called “Women Know Math,” which is a great song and I stand by it, it’s really nice. But in talking about that song, specifically with The Mary Sue in an interview which was really, really fun, the question was something like, “gender is a love problem, but could it also be a solution?” And immediately I was like, “No! What are you talking about?! Gender is bad! It’s so bad!” And I, like, fell into a depression about it. And it took a while for me to sort of process those feelings. Like, why does just thinking about gender and my gender specifically make me so uncomfortable and angry?

And that’s when I sort of came to this conclusion about something that had been in the back of my mind for basically my whole life, which is that I wasn’t doing gender right. (Laughs.) I wasn’t presenting the way that I really wished I could. Basically immediately after that, Aubrey and I had a good conversation and I was able to sort of figure out my stuff and do a lot more research into non-binary gender identities and kind of test the waters of that being part of my existence, which is something I recommend for people who are also questioning. It was recommended to me that I just try with a trusted friend and see if them using different pronouns for you or a different names feels right. And so that’s how I started. And it has changed my life. It has made me so much happier as you can tell in the song “I’m Winning.” It just has transformed me from a person who feels like I am trying to fit into a role that will never fit me into somebody who feels like I am doing exactly what I should do (at least in terms of gender). And that has really, really, really made me happy.

TMS: Is there a through-line for this album or any of your albums or is it just a collection of things that are important to you at that moment in time?

Aubrey: So, the Doubleclicks took a break after the last album; we had a lot to process and so we went into “reality” and had a lot of experiences that we hadn’t been doing as a band together. So we kind of had some time away from the band and got some day jobs and did a lot of therapy and thinking and concentrated on other things.

And then when we came back and started saying, “Hey, what if we wrote some new songs again?”, they all seem to have that throughline of talking about what it’s like to be away from the Internet, and what we had learned. So this collection of songs all came out around the same time. Like Laser said, we were doing the podcast You Should Write a Song About That, where we were having conversations and then writing a song every week. And so a lot of those songs made it onto the album and were just about real life experiences. We’ve written on previous album lots of songs about the Internet and this one not as much.

Laser: I don’t know that we set out to write to a theme, but once we’ve figured out the theme, it becomes pretty clear.

TMS: How is it different writing songs now that you live in different cities?

Laser: It is a little different, but not much different. We’ve always kind of powwowed on the concept and then I go off and write the words. And then Aubrey works up the production of the song and all the music and what it’s gonna sound like. And now we do that, ironically enough, over the Internet. But honestly, it hasn’t really changed that much about us and we talk on the phone every day for like an hour. So we’re really still spending a ton of time together, we’re just doing it in different weather.

TMS: I write a lot about the overlap between the personal and the political and how very personal things are incredibly political and vice versa, and I’ve always felt that idea is at the forefront of your work. I’m wondering if, one, if you agree with that and also if that’s different in a time when these things like empathy and self-care have become such distinctly political issues?

Laser: I think it is. I think it’s so hard to ignore the fact that basic humanity is being challenged for a lot of folks. And to us, it’s really important to demonstrate that we believe in the value of everybody. And I think we want to make sure that that’s clear. With this album specifically, we wanted to make something that was a bit of an escape–something that was very positive and inclusive and empowering, but also something that you could go to, to recharge in the midst of the battles that we’re all fighting right now, instead of something that would maybe bring you down a little bit. But definitely, we think about the impact that the work is going to have on people, probably more than when Obama was president.

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Holly Willoughby shows off drastic style change on This Morning for THIS touching reason

Hol changed up her style today for a super important cause

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby is usually seen on the ITV breakfast show wearing a super feminine dress or a mega stylish skirt and top combo.

But today the 38-year-old telly host appeared on screens sporting a rather different style of outfit to her normal attire.

Taking to Instagram, Holly posed pre-show in her outfit for the day as she showcased her choice of tailored black trousers and a smart patterned blouse to her 5.5 million followers.

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Beside the upload, the mum-of-three explained the reasoning behind her style switch up.

After crediting the bird themed pattern of her Mercy Delta blouse to artist Dan Baldwin, Holly touchingly penned: ‘Showing my support for #lifeandsoul campaign to shift the perception of male depression, there is no stereotype, no shame in asking for help…

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‘if you you need help or are worried about another you can find great advice here @calmzone#mentalhealthawarenessweek#suicideprevention 💙,’ the blonde beauty added.

Many of Holly’s fans were quick to praise her for showing awareness for the important cause, with one commenting: ‘Thank you for sharing a post of mental health awareness week as a lot of people don’t know enough about it. I have a personal experience that I know what it is to be able to come to terms with to get help.’

Meanwhile another follower left more heartfelt words, writing; ‘Thanks for the head’s up I have suffered with depression for years and it’s good to talk x,’ with one more chiming in to say: ‘Thanks for the support X I’m one of the many, that despite dealing with depression for 30 years, still finds it hard to talk about. X.’

The pretty pattered garment retails for £190 with 20% of the proceeds being donated to mental health charity Calm.

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