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‘I allowed myself to feel guilty for a very long time’: the teenage cashier who took George Floyd’s $20 bill

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Christopher Martin lived above a bricked grocery store in south Minneapolis, with a maroon awning and bold red signage that reads Cup Foods. So when a cashier’s position came up last year, he took it without thinking....

Suki Waterhouse: ‘I was carrying a lot of shame around myself for a long time’

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This is not a golden era for women writing love songs about men. With the exception of Lana Del Rey, the last decade of female-fronted pop has been defined by revenge anthems and breakup bangers, with “dump him” a com...

Elton John: ‘I can still explode at any moment. I just have terrible feelings about myself’

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A good illustration of Elton John in 2021 is how, last week, he scored the eighth UK No 1 single of his career and also had his right hip replaced. The 74-year-old certainly has his frailties – “my left hip is the hip...

Edward St Aubyn: ‘I never read things about myself because I’m so easily crushed’

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Most interviews in the lockdown era are conducted by video, but the novelist Edward St Aubyn and I are talking by old-fashioned telephone because, his publicist warns me beforehand, “Teddy doesn’t do Zoom.” Of course ...

Munroe Bergdorf: ‘Transition was an act of love for myself’

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I grew up under the Tories’ Section 28 designation in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. That was difficult. It prohibited teachers from promoting homosexuality, which meant they couldn’t condemn homophobic bullying, eit...

Me, Myself and Di review – miserably unfunny romcom about Bolton’s Bridget Jones

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There’s nothing quite so naff and depressing as a British comedy misfire, and Me, Myself and Di is the real deal: a miserably unfunny romcom about Bolton’s answer to Bridget Jones. Her name is Janet Brown (Katy Clayto...

Emeli Sandé: ‘Cutting my hair was the starting point of embracing myself’

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The 80s weren’t easy for my parents. My mum is English and Dad is from Zambia, where he’d been a top engineer, but he couldn’t find work after moving to the UK – he was a window cleaner for a while. It was an honourab...

I got a camera to spy on my cat – and it made me question everything about myself

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This summer I bought two in-home security cameras. I told people I got them because my cat was sick, and I required on-demand proof he was still alive. But the truth is, I just wanted to spy on him. There’s something ...

‘I feel admonished for being myself’: Yseult, the chanson singer riling the French establishment

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Accepting the award for the best newcomer at Victoires de la Musique (the French Grammys) on 12 February, Yseult said: “This is not just a victory for me, it’s a victory for my brothers and sisters. We have snatched t...

John Simpson: ‘Like most men, I’m amazingly good at forgiving myself’

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Broadcast journalist John Simpson has been a face and measured voice of the BBC for more than half a century. For most of his career he has been world affairs editor, reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989, both Gulf...

‘I’m sacrificing myself’: agony of Kabul’s secret sex workers

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When Zainab met her first client almost two years ago, she was drunk, drugged-up, and had passed out by the time he started raping her. She had never touched alcohol before, but was told she’d be better off unconsciou...

Dining across the divide: ‘I found myself considering my life in a way I haven’t before’

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Occupation Project coordinator for a group of games, media and music colleges Voting record Labour; also voted Remain (passionately) Amuse bouche Bought an apartment in Spain, and completed on Brexit day. Nightmare! O...

Living with my partner, I’m learning a lot by seeing myself through her eyes

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Recently, in the shadow of Melbourne’s latest instalment of the bestselling lockdown franchise, my partner and I introduced all our precious belongings (chests overflowing with trinkets, cursed rings, paintings of dog...

Karol G: ‘Why should I limit how I express myself because I’m a woman?’

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I catch Colombian singer Karol G in a rare moment of calm, while she is in a car on her way to a hotel. She has just landed in New York to film a music video, but home is Miami, she clarifies, the engine humming in th...

Lauren Laverne: ‘My biggest disappointment? Myself – that’s my Catholic upbringing’

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Born in Sunderland, Lauren Laverne, 43, formed the band Kenickie when she was a teenager and released two albums before becoming an award-winning broadcaster. She presents BBC 6 Music’s breakfast show, and has hosted ...

Love Island review – I hate myself but I can’t stop. Please, somebody, help!

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I don’t know. I don’t know. If I had to bring in stringent checks on people’s mental health and resilience, if I had to ensure that a ‘welfare team’ was on set at all times during filming, provide ongoing psychologica...

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