So it’s raining. It’s always raining. I have been damp for three and a half days. And I know it’s good because the rivers needed it and probably so did the grass and stuff, but ok, that’s enough now. Right? Well, apparently not.

But it’s all going to be ok, because here’s a round-up to read which should kill five and a bit minutes! After that? Yeah, you’re on your own. Probably Netflix.

Here’s everything we’ve been doing, loving and reading this week…

Solange Knowles talks to her teen self, whole world listens

It can’t always be easy having Beyoncé as your sister, but Solange Knowles is a study in grace and wisdom. Tbh, I’m not sure what to say about this letter she wrote for Teen Vogue other than please read it. Then read it again. Hell, print it out and stick it on your wall so you can read it every morning. Here’s a taster:

“there will be pain, there will be doubt there will be beauty, there will be the unknown. there will be so many moments of joy and delight that the whole universe will feel painted in hues of amber and wonder. there will be times you are so sad you can’t lift your head. and there will be times you are so happy that the sensation of life knocks you down. but most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it. and you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming.” Sol, you slay us.

Shorts, skirts, trousers? Oh, who cares?

At least 120 schools in the UK have now adopted gender-neutral uniforms according to Educate & Celebrate, a charity that helps develop LGBTQ+ training in schools. What does that mean? Well basically schools are allowing boys and girls to wear either skirts or trousers, whatever they choose, or they’re creating an entirely unisex uniform from scratch. Heartwarmingly, loads of schools are doing this organically and with minimal fuss.

Paula Weaver, the headteacher of one of the first primary school to introduce gender-neutral uniforms back in 2013, said: “There’s nothing special about gender-specific toilets and uniforms: children just need to be able to express themselves and if they feel comfortable, it’s what clothes they feel comfortable in.”

Ha. Take that gender roles.

We’re not playing around

At some point in your life, you’ll probably have found yourself standing in a bathroom, looking down at your outfit, then looking at the loo, then back to your outfit wondering what the hell you’re meant to do. And it’s not because you’ve suddenly forgotten how to ride the porcelain express, but because fashion designers seem to have forgotten you’d ever have to. Playsuits, jumpsuits – or as Americans call them, rompers – are the enemy of the small-bladdered ladies among us.

But it turns out men want in on the action anyway. A new Kickstarter campaign called Romphim is trying to fund playsuits for men. They’re collared and pastelled and no matter how many times I look at them, I can’t help thinking they make fully grown men look like weirdly tall babies… but apparently that’s just me because they’ve already raised more than 20 times what they were aiming for. Hey, let’s all have equally frustrating toilet trips together!

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Apparently bad liars make great singers

After having Harry Styles’ album on repeat for an entire week, we’ve taken a small break to listen to Selena Gomez’s has new single Bad Liar – and it’s freaking awesome.

After Selena posted a teaser of a video where she’s wearing a bracelet that reads ‘Fall Risk’ and a bandage on her arm, fans were speculating that her new single might centre around self-harm to tie in with 13 Reasons Why, the show she produced. But the photographer Petra Collins set the record straight in the Instagram comments, writing: “Selena came straight from the hospital to this shoot – from being there for lupus”.

Selena, feel better soon. The betty team is sending you all our good vibes x

If you’re having withdrawls

If you need some more Harry Styles in your life (we get it, you’re only human), check out his Carpool Karaoke with James Corden to find out what it means to cry…but in a cool way.

Happy weekend! X

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In her new interview with Vogue, Selena Gomez is FULL of interesting information. Plus, we actually get to see *inside* her house, and spoiler, it’s just as dreamy as you’d hoped.

Facts we’ve learned: she’s obsessed with the game ‘Heads Up’. She loves Europe (woo!). She wants to learn a new language. She thanked me individually for helping her (fine, it wasn’t me individually, she thanked all her Instagram followers, but whatever). Her first memory is of her mum painting. The first concert she ever went to was Britney Spears. Her favourite word is grateful. If she had to choose another career, she’d be a chef.

What’s her advice to her 15-year-old self? “Go ahead and do it, because you’re going to do it anyway.”

And what does she know now that she didn’t know when she was 15? “Patience”.

Selena, are you trying to tell us something…?

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Guys, spring is not springing. It just isn’t. In fact it’s actually meant to snow in some places this weekend, which, while exciting, is distinctly un-springlike. So we’ll park the denim jacket and… I guess put our thermals back on? Again.

On the plus side, here’s everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week! Chin up.

Twins are in the air

It seems that this year’s must have accessory for celebrity couples are matching tatt– oh no, whoops, twins. It’s twins. George and Amal Clooney have announced that they are expecting twins, but unlike when Queen Bey made her announcement, there was no luscious photoshoot in sight, instead they shared their news with the world via an American show called ‘The Talk.’ Congrats x 2.

Why Hiddleswift tanked

It might seem like a million years ago since you last heard the term ‘Hiddleswift’ but the duo is back in the headlines this week after Tom Hiddleston’s interview with GQ. In what’s got to be one of the most bizarre interviews of all time, Hiddleston explains how he came to be wearing the now iconic “I ❤️️ T. S.” tank top at Tay Tay’s 4th of July party.

He insists it was a joke, explaining: “I slipped and hurt my back. And I wanted to protect the graze from the sun and said, ’Does anyone have a T-shirt?’ And one of her friends said, ’I’ve got this.’ ” Somehow, after reading this interview, we have even more questions than we did at the start. Soz Tom.

Selena Gomez adds ‘producer’ to her CV

In addition to being a singer, songwriter and an actress, Selena Gomez is now trying her hand at producing. The quadruple(?) threat has signed up to work on Netflix’s new series, 13 Reasons Why, based on a YA novel by the same name written by Jay Asher. It’s a pretty harrowing story that deals with mental health, but that’s exactly why Selena got involved.

Speaking at a Netflix press panel, she said she could relate to the story; “I had no idea what I was gonna be or who I was going to become,” she says of her own high school experience. “It definitely hits home; that’s why I wanted to be a part of this project in any way.” She then added, “I would do anything to be a good influence on this generation,” which is giving us all the feels.

Epic snowball fight at a Canadian University

The forecast is predicting snow this weekend, and while it may not be the balmy spring dreamscape we’d optimistically hoped for, we’ll take it. Boy, we’ll take it. Maybe we’ll even be able to pull off a thousand people-strong snowball fight like students at the University of British Columbia did! Not that we’re getting our hopes up or anything.

Richard Vs Barack

There was a time when he hadn’t seen pictures of Barack Obama kite surfing. And let’s just all agree, it was… ok maybe not a worse time, but a simpler time. On the list of things we can thank Richard Branson for (like cheap flights and internet that only cuts out every so often), we can add this video. You go, Prez.

Get your skates on

We’re desperate to take up rollerskating. We’ve booked lessons and we’ve bought these increds roller skates so come join the party too!

And also, it’s given us all a great excuse to re-watch ‘Whip It’ which we’re convinced has to be one of the greatest sporting movies of all time.

Valentine’s Day nailed (ok, stapled)

If you want to do some Valentine’s Day craft that you can keep in your room all year round, why not try out rainbow heart garland tutorial? It’s super easy to make and looks AH-MAZING.

Wrap up warm this weekend – and please, if you get the chance, have a snowball fight!

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You probably know the story by now. A few weeks ago, Justin posted a stream of selfies of him and his new lady friend, Sofia Richie, on Instagram.

Lots of Beliebers were less than impressed and started throwing some serious shade at Sofia. Biebs came to her defense, saying:

“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand. If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

Next followed a public spat with his ex, Selena Gomez, who advised him to stop whinging and stop posting pics of his new love – then a few days later, Justin’s account vanished into Instagram heaven (presumably to live happily with the ghost of Ed Sheeran’s social media presence).

What can we learn from this?

Well, for starters, it’s probably not a great idea to feud with your ex in the comments section of Instagram.

But maybe Biebs is on to something. Maybe we should all be taking a bit of a break from social media.

Shockingly, it turns out that all the time we spend staring at screens isn’t amazing for our mental health. The University of Pittsburgh found that the more time people spent on social media, the greater risk they were at of developing depression.

Meanwhile, Anxiety UK conducted a study that suggested people who spent a significant amount of time on social media have increased levels of anxiety and low self-esteem.

Half of the people interviewed said social media had a negative impact on their lives, whether it was because they were negatively comparing themselves to other people or struggling to ever switch off.

The constant pressure of social media; to pick the ‘right’ filter and get the ‘right’ amount of likes, to be seen with the ‘right’ people in the ‘right’ places.

To be funny and smart and interesting and beautiful. And to do all of those things without spilling tea down your front and remembering all your friends birthdays.

It’s frickin’ exhausting.

So this weekend, let’s all be a little more Biebs (but without the face tattoo) and take some time out from social media.

And guys – stay away from your ex’s comments section.

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