Nicola Fahey

Freelance Entertainment Editor

United Kingdom

Entertainment journalist with 15 years+ experience delivering agenda-setting cultural content to national newspaper and magazine titles

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ABOUT ME

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About Me

Specialising in celebrity interviews, I’ve sat down with an assortment of famous faces, from Foo Fighters backstage to Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey and LGBTQ+ icon Christine and the Queens. I spent five years at the world’s biggest showbiz column at The Sun before going freelance in 2018. I’ve since been hired in high-profile media roles, including Entertainment Director at Cosmopolitan, Celebrity Editor at Fabulous and Talent Booker for Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.

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As well as interviewing, editing and writing, I book talent for A-list events, including Harper Bazaar's Women of the Year Awards 2021. The evening celebrated inspiring women in film, TV, music, literature, art and culture, including Claire Foy, Sarah Snook, Phoebe Dynevor, Dame Joan Collins and Cynthia Erivo. Campaigner Soma Sara claimed the Activist award for giving a voice to schoolgirls affected by sexual harassment with her online platform Everyone’s Invited.

MOST RECENT

OK!
06/13/2022
Dame Laura Kenny breaks down baby loss stigma

Dame Laura Kenny is bravely breaking down stigma around baby loss. The world's most successful female cyclist speaks for the first time about suffering a devastating miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy within three months - and urges women not to suffer in silence like she did.

Notebook cover
06/20/2022
Rylan slept in mum's bed after split: 'I worried what he'd do'

Rylan's mum Linda recalls how her heartbroken son slept in her bed with her following his high-profile split from husband-of-six-years Dan Neal last summer, and the 6ft 4in star’s weight plummeted to 9st. Here, they share all about their unbreakable bond

OK!
George Ezra’s struggle with loneliness and anixety

George Ezra is holed up in his Hertfordshire home trying to stay cool about performing at the Platinum Jubilee. The singer has played just three shows since 2019: “I played my first gig in London two weeks ago and just stood at the side of the stage saying, ‘How the f**k am I going to do this?’

OK!
At Home with Jennie Bond on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

It’s the Queen’s big week as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations mark her 70 years of service to the nation. And during Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign, former BBC royal reporter Jennie Bond has become a bit of a Great British institution herself. When we arrive at Jennie's house, a short drive...

OK! cover
06/20/2022
Inside Jermain and Donna Defoe's wedding album

Jermain Defoe and his bride Donna invite OK! inside their three-day long wedding extravaganza, complete with fire-eaters and super-posh chicken kiev. They tied the knot at Cliveden House, the stunning venue where Meghan Markle stayed the night before she married Prince Harry.

Love Sunday cover
06/15/2022
Pepsi & Shirlie: 'A star went out when George died'

Shirlie Kemp is recalling the moment she showed her best friend George Michael her son Roman's early YouTube videos. What should have been a simple proud mum moment was far more profound for George, who saw in his godson something he had always longed for...

COVER STORIES

Cosmopolitan
12/03/2019
Joyous Jonathan Van Ness is PPA Cover of the Year 2020

My booking of Jonathan Van Ness - Cosmopolitan's first solo, non-female cover in 35 years - won PPA Cover of Year in 2020. The Queer Eye star thanked the magazine for "showing more variations of beauty for young LGBTQ+ people." You can read Jonathan's interview here.

Cosmopolitan
Lena Dunham on sex, love and the joys of self-care

It’s a cold winter morning when Lena Dunham arrives on set in silk pyjamas. Her face is bare apart from a shiny gold septum piercing and a warm, infectious smile. Arms thrown open wide, she greets each and every one of us, before professing her love for all things Cosmopolitan...

Cosmopolitan
Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical to Hollywood

Vanessa Hudgens is the sort of woman it would be very easy to just... hate. At 31, she’s already had the kind of career most of us dream of. She got to kiss Zac Efron on-screen for three years – and off-screen for another two. She had the High School Musical trilogy under her belt by 19...

Cosmopolitan
Christine and the Queens on refusing to be anything other than herself

Few musicians have enjoyed such mainstream success while so openly putting two fingers up at the straight, sexualised, male-gaze-dominated world of pop. Yet still, Héloïse Letissier does not want you to call her a role model. It’s four in the afternoon, after a five-hour shoot...

Cosmopolitan
Mariah Carey reveals how she wrote 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Mariah Carey's iconic anthem 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' and, as she cuddles up on the sofa with her beloved Jack Russell Cha Cha for our chat in her 10,000-square-foot, peach-coloured Beverly Hills mansion, Mariah is feeling nostalgic…

Cosmopolitan
Bebe Rexha opens up about size discrimination in the fashion industry

Oh god, I think we need coffee.” Bebe Rexha’s Staten Island drawl carries over the early-morning hush of one of London’s oldest hotels. A waiter in a starched white waistcoat arrives with a silver pot, pouring us both a steaming cup. He turns to leave but she stops him…

Cosmopolitan
How to do Christmas exactly like Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is the undisputed Queen of Christmas and her festive rituals are as delightfully extra as you’d imagine. If you're hoping to create a December that comes close to rivalling the hers, you'll need flights to Aspen, two Christmas trees, and a visit from Santa.

Fabulous
Maura Higgins says she 'falls out of love quickly'

When Maura Higgins, then a struggling hairdresser, shared a meme that said: “You’re nobody unless you’re talked about” she laid down her ambition to become famous. Fast-forward five years and she hasn’t been out of the news since splitting with her Love Island ex Curtis Pritchard

Fabulous
Joe Wicks talks chaotic childhood with addict dad

Joe Wicks stops short as his 19-month-old daughter, Indie, spontaneously crashes our video interview. “Is that blood on the floor, darling? Oh, it’s just soy sauce,” he determines, in his chirpy Cockney accent. It’s late afternoon and The Body Coach is on dad duty...

Fabulous
Victoria Pendleton on how she regained control after hitting rock bottom

It’s taken eight turbulent years, a crushing divorce and a near-suicide attempt, but double Olympic gold-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton has finally conquered her demons. Posing with hair tinged lilac and striking tattoos, she looks a world away from the clean-cut golden girl of cycling…

Fabulous
Shona McGarty kept her split from fiance Ryan secret for a year

Her Irish-themed wedding complete with mermaid-style bridal gown had all been painstakingly planned out. But Shona McGarty started the new year looking towards a very different future after announcing her shock split from fiancé Ryan Harris.

Fabulous
Lydia Bright has nightmares she can't touch her newborn baby

Lydia Bright is describing a nightmare she has had. It’s one that undoubtedly resonates with many new mums across the UK right now. “I dreamed I was in this Perspex box and my mum was bringing the baby to me. I couldn’t touch her because I was in isolation."

LIFESTYLE

Fabulous
03/06/2022
Report: one year after Sarah Everard’s murder

After visiting a friend on the evening of March 3, 2021, Sarah Everard wrapped herself up in a cream beanie and turquoise raincoat, and set off on the two-and-a-half-mile walk from Clapham to her home in Brixton. At 9pm, she started walking along a busy, well-lit street and...

Fabulous
Why are gay women being denied fertility treatment?

Lying in the delivery suite, Kirsty Rollings sobbed. She'd always imagined being full of joy there as she welcomed her longed-for baby with fiancée Faye Charles. But instead, she was in the midst of a miscarriage - her second - following four rounds of IVF at a crippling cost of £23,820...

Fabulous
There is life after HIV diagnosis

“The nurses were talking to me, but all I could hear was muffled speech, as though I was trapped inside a bubble. I sat in a small room at a Bristol sexual health clinic in July 2016 and struggled to understand what I’d just been told: I was HIV positive.”

Fabulous
A stranger needle spiked me on a night out

“Looking in the mirror, I saw a deep-purple bruise on my right tricep. And right there, in the centre, was a puncture wound. Suddenly, my strange behaviour the night before – and unexplained hangover from hell – made sense. I’d been drugged by injection at a nightclub in Worcester..."

Fabulous
I rented a designer wardrobe for a fraction of the cost

Pre-pandemic, my shopping habits would have landed me in hot water with the green police. A repeat offender of one-time wears, I was spending around £250 a month on outfits for work events or special occasions – a terrifying waste of money and materials.

Cosmopolitan
'My periods caused me to self-destruct'

"There used to be a running joke in my family. “Are you due on?” my mum would ask, a smile resting on her face. She’d say it after witnessing one of my many meltdowns. But I wasn’t just snappy or bursting into tears at silly things, as so many of us do when our period is about to arrive."

Fabulous
03/27/2022
Having babies changed our bodies forever

"Looking at my naked body in the hospital bathroom mirror, I began to cry. After an emergency C-section, following a traumatic 52-hour labour, I had an angry scar across my abdomen, my breasts were swollen and I felt exhausted and ugly. I was consumed with guilt..."

Fabulous
It's not just girls who get eating disorders

“My heart raced with panic as I lay in bed, too frightened to fall asleep alone in my bedroom. Aged 18, I had just been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia and orthorexia, and doctors had warned I was so malnourished my heart could stop beating at any moment."

MUSIC FEATURES

The Sun
Carpool Karaoke host takes aim at Dave Grohl for criticising show

Dave Grohl is surely the nicest man in rock’n’roll. But that didn’t stop James Corden having a pop at the Foo Fighters star for criticising his ­Carpool Karaoke viral TV smash. Speaking backstage in Manchester, the rocker revealed he’d received an angry message from the Late Late Show host.

The Sun
George Ezra on love for an early bedtime and Tudor monarchy podcasts

Most pop stars would ­celebrate their first No 1 with a boatload of booze and debauchery, but George Ezra is not your average rock’n’roll hero. After spending six months teetotal, the singer toasted his achievement with a solitary pint. “I was so drunk off one beer, I can’t tell you."

The Sun
Ellie Goulding shock: I've split up with Dougie and I'm quitting music

It's minutes before Ellie Goulding kicks off her biggest tour on home soil and she should be bouncing around the dressing room – not fighting back tears. But on top of the pressure of 7,500 expectant fans waiting only yards away, the 29-year-old pop sensation is nursing a freshly broken heart.

The Sun
Anthony Kiedis heaps praise on James Corden before headlining Reading

James Corden spent five years dishing out Brit Awards as host, and now an industry legend reckons he deserves a shot at getting one himself. The Late Late Show host has been backed to land a record deal by Red Hot Chill Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. The rocker was so blown away…