We don’t like to gossip, but… have you heard what this lot are saying? Here are 12 famous faces (who let’s face it, ought to know) on the highs and lows of the rumour mill.

“People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won’t be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that’s present.”

Blake Lively sums it up perfectly – as we’d expect from a Gossip Girl.

“I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working. When I was 17, I used to get very angry because I opened a magazine and I saw myself in a picture on a motorcycle, and the headline was, ‘I’m getting married next month.'”

Did you at least get some presents out of it, Penelope Cruz?

“Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven’t done or some place that I’ve never been or don’t even know. It’s just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.”

Hilary Duff there, with a handy reminder not to believe what you read. Except on betty.

“If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.”

Actress and singer Rebecca Pidgeon knows the true cost of gossip. Which might be why you haven’t heard of her.

“I always read fan accounts instead of the news because they have all the info and make the funniest jokes about it, so that’s how I get my gossip – by stalking fans.”

Meanwhile Gigi Hadid likes a bit of gossip, as long as it’s funny.

“I guess rumours are more exciting than the truth.”

Game, set and match to Venus Williams.

“I perpetuate rumours that I’ve dated people that I’ve never actually dated.”

Hang on Ginnifer Goodwin, you mean that wasn’t true about you and Prince Harry?

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

Oscar Wilde knew that gossip was a double-edged sword.

“If people talk behind your back, it’s because you’re ahead of them.”

This piece of wisdom might explain why Zayn Malik left 1D first…

“I can’t stop the rumors from starting, and I can’t really change people’s minds who believe them. All I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me.”

You’re so right, Beyonce. Although we’ll be honest, some days it legit does feel as though we have nothing better to do than talk about you.

“When celebs get pestered by paparazzi why don’t they just start singing “Hey Jude” or some incredibly expensive song to clear?”

Mindy Kaling has the genius solution to celebrity privacy invasion: copyright law.

“Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong.”

When it came to gossip, Anne of Green Gables author LM Montgomery knew the score.

 

No one has a boring dad. Ok, so they may impose random rules. They might dance terribly and crack awful jokes and some may only be able to ‘make’ beans on toast, but dads are the also some of the oddest, most fabulous people in the world.

And apparently celebs feel exactly the same way about their papas. Here are nine famous daughters on their dads.

“He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal. So I only have my tattoos on my left side. I think he sees this as my Marilyn Monroe side, and he sees this left side as my Iggy Pop side.”

Not entirely sure Lady Gaga fully kept this promise to her dad…

“He has always provided me with a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.”

Chelsea Clinton knows there are some upsides to having a president as a dad (and not just Air Force One).

“My dad is my everything. He always had the craziest speeches for Kylie and me growing up, good words to live by.”

Caitlyn taught Kendall Jenner everything she knows.

“My dad actually makes the best cookies. My mum is great baker, too, but doesn’t share them – it’s tantalising! Luckily for me though, my dad shares his.”

As if Blake Lively’s life wasn’t perfect enough. Although what’s with the cookie hogging, mom?

“My dad loves to cook. I’m half Thai, and growing up, that’s all we ate in my house. My dad was very big on the idea that dinnertime and cooking time was also family time.”

Brenda Song’s dad is also a dab hand in the kitchen.

“My dad has more sparkly stuff than most men.”

I mean, he is Mick Jagger, Georgia May…

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised my true models are my parents. My mom is like a shero. My dad is so strong. I look up to my big sister and realise the influence she’s had on me and making me a better person. Having such a big, grounded family, I realised as you get older how important that is.”

Zendaya’s family sounds magical.

“I think my dad is a lot cooler than other dads. He still acts like he’s still 17.”

This, er… doesn’t sound too appealing actually, Miley Cyrus.

“My father was really good at having me stand on my own two feet, both financially and philosophically. His whole parenting philosophy was to give my brother and me the skills to be grown-ups and the curiosity to ask the right questions.”

Gwyneth Paltrow might be famous for her daft advice, but her dad’s parenting sounds totally sensible.

“My dad raised me with some good advice: ‘Always tell the truth. Always shoot from the hip. You might not have many friends, but you’ll never have enemies, because people will always know where you’re coming from.”

That is great advice, Pink’s dad.

And a bonus quote from an A++ dad…

“I was asked if I would speak at her graduation and I said absolutely not because I’m gonna be sitting there with dark glasses sobbing. She’s one of my best friends… She’s just a really smart, capable person. She’s ready to make her own way.”

Lucky Malia Obama. We’re sobbing right there along with you, Mr President.

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Sometimes it’s easy to think celebs are barely even humans – they’re otherworldly aliens with perfect skin and a million Instagram followers who can perform to whole stadiums without getting nervous, while we freak out about the tiniest thing.

But just like all of us, celebs have their ups and downs; they struggle, they panic, and they come out the other side just a little bit stronger. Here are some of our favourite celebs getting real about their mental health, to remind us that we’re never the only ones.

“The first time I had a panic attack, I was sitting in my friend’s house and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just wouldn’t stop.”

Emma Stone knows that panic attacks can be properly scary – and they don’t always make sense, either.

“It’s difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling – that really hollowed out feeling.”

Depression can be hard to put into words. But as usual, JK Rowling writes it beautifully.

“My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. SO why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”

Listen to Kerry Washington, everyone. Your brain needs to be looked after just like everything else (and she also has great teeth).

“I’m constantly having a battle with myself. But you do have control over your body. You have to think of the worst case scenario and how that’s not going to happen. You’re not going to die. You can do this.”

Zoella has spoken often about her struggles with anxiety, and that honesty is one of the many reasons we love her.

“[Exercise] has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.”

Lena Dunham knows that sometimes a workout for your ody is the best rest you can give your brain.

“I’m scared of audiences. I get sh*tty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.”

Just another point for the long list of reasons Adele is our hero.

“People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is laboured. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying.”

Comedian Sarah Silverman knows there’s nothing funny about a real anxiety attack.

“[My fans] know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f** king feathers and my little outfits.”

Don’t you dare say Miley Cyrus isn’t a good role model.

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”

Author Jodi Picoult has the very best metaphor for those panic attacks.

“When I was doing Bake Off it was quite stressful and I had a little elastic band across my hand. I would ping it and forget why I was worried, I would use that in Bake Off but in week five or six it pinged off.”

Your favourite cake queen Nadiya Hussain discovered that ‘desserts’ really is ‘stressed’ spelled backwards.

“There’s no shame in having to fight every day, but fighting every day, and presumably, if you’re still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You’re here.”

Supernatural and Gilmore Girls star Jared Padalecki knows that sometimes, the key to beating mental illness is taking it one day at a time.

“It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realising their worth, their potential? And once the dark cloud is lifted will be truly happy and free.”

Ruby Rose, on coming through depression and seeing the sun shine again.

There are many things the world needs more of – love, peace, peanut butter Magnums, tights that actually stay up – but one thing we have no shortage of whatsoever is motivational quotes. They’re everywhere. On our walls, on our fridges, decorating our notebooks and cluttering up our Instagram feeds. They are the hot air that powers Pinterest like a jet engine.

But of course, they’re not always helpful. There are only so many times you can be told to ‘be a unicorn!’ before you want to smash your phone screen with your non-existent horn – and of all the genuinely cool and inspiring things Audrey Hepburn did in her time on earth, that quote about believing in pink ain’t one of them.

So as your antidote to all the whimsical sunsets, we’ve dug up 13 truly awesome quotes from some truly awesome women. Go kick some ass today – like yourself, not a unicorn.

(The hooves would just be impractical.)

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

Marie M. Daly, the first African-American woman to to earn a PhD in Chemistry

 

“However many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”

Nora Ephron, first lady of American screenwriting

 

“If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I’m going.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at four different Olympic Games.

 

“We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f***ing feminist and wear a f***ing Peter Pan collar. So f***ing what?”

Zooey Deschanel, your fringe icon and all-round comedy babe

 

“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, from her book Year of Yes

 

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

JK Rowling, everyone’s favourite dream auntie

 

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”

Zelda Fitzgerald, Jazz Age legend, from her Collected Writings

 

“Be brave and fearless [enough] to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason.”

Adele. You know Adele.

 

“Because you don’t live near a bakery, doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”

Hedy Lamarr, 1940s movie star and inventor, who developed the radio wave system that led to the modern creation of wi-fi (thanks Hedy!)

 

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist

 

“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature.”

Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning novellist, on (you guessed it) selfies

 

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai, female education activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner.

What better motivation could you have before double Geography?

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Never has anything or anyone been as universally loved as Michelle Obama.

The Lion King Musical? Ha. Dream on Simba.

Bras without underwire? Close, but no.

Barack Obama? I mean, sure we love you and stuff… just, er, not as much as we love your wife.

As the Obama’s stint in the White House comes to an end we thought it would be a good time to focus on the Wonderwoman of the White House: Michelle Obama.

The First Lady has come out with some fairly amazing quotes about friendship, relationships and ambition in her time. Here are our faves:

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have. Because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 20: First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd as she speaks at an Arizona Democratic Party Early Vote rally in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on October 20, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

 

You’re not supposed to do this perfectly. You don’t do life perfectly. No one does.

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 Choose people who lift you up.

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Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.

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There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.

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“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.”

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Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up, you practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama(L) rests her elbow on the head of Olympian Simone Biles (2nd L) as President Barack Obama (R) speaks during an East Room event at the White House September 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the first lady welcome the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to honor their participation and success in the Rio Olympic Games this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

 

When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back.

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Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt.

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The question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering.

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You have a bad day, you go to bed, you wake up and you work a little harder.

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And, of course, our favourite:

 Michelle, can you run for President? Please?

We’ve all been there – scrolling through Instagram, feeling that our life isn’t quite as pastel-tinted, our outfit quite as perfect, our friends not quite as glamorous as all of the people populating our feed.

It can be exhausting. And irritating. And probably, maybe, quite bad for us.

Whenever I make the crucial mistake of opening Instagram when I’m lying on my bed waiting for the next episode of Gilmore Girls to load, surrounded by Maltesers and half drunk cups of tea, it can feel like a punch to the stomach. Why is everyone so flawless-skinned? And tanned? And chilling on a yacht while I’m in Nando’s? How are these people always travelling? Why do they drink so many smoothies? Does anyone, if they’re being really honest with themselves, even like kale?

So as a lovely antidote, here are 12 Instagram accounts that won’t make you feel terrible about your life.

And I promise, not one of them features kale.

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Paul Nicklen

You might not have heard of Paul Nicklen, but 2.5 million people have. That’s right; 2.5 freakin’ million. He’s a photographer for National Geographic and his photos of nature are so beautiful it will make you want to live outdoors for the rest of your life. Maybe.

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School of Doodle

The School of Doodle is a really cool project that focuses on providing young girls with the knowledge, skills and experiences not taught in high school. You can watch inspirational and informational videos featuring big creative brains and world changers, connect with fellow Doodlers and take part in the weekly Doodle challenge.

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Jane to my Austen

I want ‘Jane to my Austen’ to be the Darcy to my Elizabeth. Basically, we are now in love. Don’t panic, this isn’t just a Jane Austen fangirl feed – it’s beautiful celebration of all things bookish.

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The Atlas of Beauty

Mihaela Noroc photographs women from every corner of the world. Through exploring all sort of different cultures, she wants to expand our concept of what ‘beauty’ really. It’s a super inspiring project and her photos are amazing.

 

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Mr. Pokee

Somehow, in what I can only assume is a cruel punishment from the universe, I only recently found this account. The entire account is dedicated the adventures of a hedgehog. A hedgehog! Mr. Pokee is now my life, and he’ll be yours too.

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Girl with no job

Sometimes life can get you down. Especially when other people are lying on a sun lounger in the South of France, sipping on organic, macrobiotic coconut water and you are lying in your back garden on an old towel with a warm glass of flat Coke. But luckily that’s what comedy is for. Here’s to Girl with No Job, who uses her downtime to entertain us rather than make us jealous.

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History Photographed

This isn’t one of those Instagram accounts that just churns out old black and white images of Audrey Hepburn you’ve seen a million times. History Photographed includes loads of really unusual images that you’ve probably never seen before. Like parents at New York Pride in 1974 carrying signs that say “I am proud of my gay son.” #LoveIsLove

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Baby Animalstagram

This Instagram account is exactly what it sounds like. But better. So much better.

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NASA

I never used to be that fussed by space. I knew it was out there but never wanted to learn all that much about it – like taxes or Kanye West. But NASA’s Instagram account changed all that. Now, while I would give all of my savings (£67.50) to go to space, this account means I don’t have to. I can see some pretty amazing things from the comfort of my bedroom.

 

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Papered Thoughts

I love everything Paper Thoughts does so much I want to eat it. Yes, even her illustrations. Yes, even her beautiful letters and envelopes. Yes, I would even gobble down her beautiful motivational painted rocks without so much as a second thought. I fully believe it would be worth the indigestion.

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Makers Women

Need some inspiration in the your life? Look no further. Makers Women’s feed is brimming with kickass feminists and inspirational quotes like this one from Shay Mitchell: “You have this one life, so go and make the most of it.”

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Mental Floss

If, like me, you are a lover of random facts, useless information, and things that will make you say “Really?!”, then this is your holy grail.