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Closet Confessions

Candice Brathwaite & Coco Sarel

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Got something to confess sis…? Good job because author and journalist, Candice Brathwaite, and actress and online personality, Coco Sarel, are inviting you into their closet of confession to drop their truths, and yours… Come and confess to us cousins, it’s *totally* anonymous and there’s nothing off-limits. Send in your secrets: https://forms.gle/isf8odGDSn1S3FSz7 Oh, and don’t forget - what’s said in the closet, stays in the closet… This podcast has been produced by Astrid Productions. Hos ...
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Welcome to Confessions of a Closet Romantic, a sweet and sexy show highlighting the smartest, most engaging romantic stories on the big and small screen — sometimes books— that share a common takeaway. I'm a writer, former film student and book reviewer who has loved romance forever — those hopeful, heartwarming and dramatic stories about sex, romance, connection and love. I've always felt shamed for loving this genre, but not anymore! Every two weeks, I'll be your ridiculously enthusiastic, ...
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To celebrate 5 seasons of Closet Confessions, we’re throwing back to some of the best cousin confessions. So enjoy the most iconic stories of petty revenge, broken hearts and a seriously chaotic Christmas. Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod Don’t forget, what’s said in the closet, stays in the closet and send your anonymous confessi…
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Send us a Text Message. It's been a couple of years, a hot minute since we spent time with the Bridgerton and Featherington families. If this was real life, every single woman in the Ton would now be a confirmed spinster, but fortunately, in this glittering romantic period costume drama world, we resume the story as the wallflower Penelope Featheri…
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Sarel’s confession brings out Candice’s responsibility to slay, but Sarel just wants to confirm outfits before the event… In the closet this week, Candice shares how dressing outisde of trends makes her feel powerful, the girls discuss the impact of a signature staple and they discuss the recent Amanda Seales pile-on. Follow the show on Instagram @…
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Sarel’s confession brings out Candice’s responsibility to slay, but Sarel just wants to confirm outfits before the event… In the closet this week, Candice shares how dressing outisde of trends makes her feel powerful, the girls discuss the impact of a signature staple and they discuss the recent Amanda Seales pile-on. Follow the show on Instagram @…
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A cousin is struggling with her friend’s escapades with a sugar daddy. When is it concern or is it judgement? Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to get off your chest, pop it anonymously in here: forms.gle/isf8odGDSn1S3FSz7 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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Candice and Sarel discuss how scary it is watching the youth grow up online and the joy of not having to stick at one thing forever. In the closet this week, Candice explains why she hates Stitches on TikTok, not being a content creator forever and the girls wonder what the lasting impacts of iPad babies are going to be… Plus, in our cousin confess…
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Send us a Text Message. Romance friends! I'm celebrating my 100th episode this week with an indulgent deep dive into the tear-stained emotion, blind love and delicious word play in Taylor Swift songs. My romance friend Mariah, a Swiftie from way back, returns to the show so we can gush together over the passion, the heartbreak, the artistry, the ti…
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After a gorgeous story of Black love, a cousin has written in as she’s reconsidering dating a guy due to his favourite movie. Candice and Sarel discuss the intricacies of dating outside your rate and recall some unhinged comments made about dating Black women. Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to g…
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Candice has found her first grey hair and it’s not where you think it is… This week in the closet, Sarel and Candice get into the reality of perimenopause, the desperation of wanting to learn more about our own bodies and how Black women’s health issues are constantly overlooked. Plus, our cousin confession features a lying husband, big-boobed whit…
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Send us a Text Message. I'm a J Lo fangirl from way back, and even though the title of her narrative concept film based on the album of the same name seemed ridiculously self-absorbed, I got completely transported by it anyway, because...J Lo. It's not just the story of her second chance romance with the person she never stopped loving, and has reu…
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Send us a Text Message. I have the sweetest hangover that I don't want to get over. My first ever visit with my long-distance sweetie was amazing, he's already gone home, and we're already planning our next visit. I'm exhausted, but in the very best way, so I bring you a replay of my second chance romance episode, which I created a little over a ye…
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This cousin is wrestling with her mum’s new boyfriend with a 27-year age gap. Candice and Sarel offer their thoughts on whether we worry about our parents too much and the dream of being a wealthy older woman. We’re going on tour! Come see us in Birmingham and Manchester, get your tickets at www.closetconfessionspod.com Follow the show on Instagram…
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Sarel makes it clear the type of person she finds the most annoying and Candice is reminding us why we’re not owed any information about… anyone. The girls discuss why you must be shameless in life, why they’re sick of the public villainising women’s sexuality and they advise a cousin who’s been told to teach their young son about shame. We’re goin…
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This confession is a story of identity, secrecy and the ultimate betrayal. The question is, does this daughter tell her mum what she’s discovered? We’re going on tour! Come see us in Birmingham and Manchester, get your tickets at www.closetconfessionspod.com Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to get…
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Candice reveals why she’s done auditioning and Sarel declares her love and utmost need to have her own space on holiday. The girls wonder why Rishi Sunak is acting like a reality TV star, why they’re put off by things that have too much hype and help a cousin who’s deciding whether to drop out of uni for a dream job. We’re going on tour! Come see u…
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Send us a Text Message. I'm meeting my LDR sweetie for the first time this week, after more than a year of online dating, and excited doesn't begin to cover it. Humans are spread out all over the globe yet hyper connected, so many of us will experience a long distance romance at some point in our lives. LDRs are thrilling and intensely romantic, bu…
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Warning cousins, this one’s gag-city. Candice and Sarel share their thoughts (and gags) about this creative cousin and their petty revenge… We’re going on tour! Come see us in London, Birmingham and Manchester, get your tickets at www.closetconfessionspod.com Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to ge…
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Sarel announces her dream to swap the closet for a HBCU which leads her and Candice into a reminder of exactly who is NOT invited to the cookout… They also discuss the dire state of the UK’s black education before dealing with a confessed cousin who is battling with the green-eyed monster. We’re going on tour! Come see us in London, Birmingham and …
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This confession sends the microphones flying and cameras spinning in maybe the CRAZIEST story we’ve had in the closet. This week’s cousin loves her husband, even though he makes zero effort in and out of the bedroom. Now she’s questioning everything after he gave her the WORST Valentine’s gift ever… Check out the National Aids Trust for support. We…
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This week in the Closet, Candice and Sarel are discussing ghosting their PTs and what the streets are saying about the Royal Family drama. Candice talks about the complex nature of the fitness community, Sarel is wondering where the heck Kate Middleton is (p.s. this was recorded before the retouching drama) and the girls are wondering if the French…
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Send us a Text Message. I'm a classic film nut, and there's no better example of overblown, dramatic and romantic Hollywood storytelling than the movie Black Narcissus, starring Deborah Kerr. Based on the 1930s Rumer Godden novel, it’s a story that shows how women throughout history have so often buried themselves in service to others as they subli…
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Is it jealousy or is it control? This week's bonus confession comes from a cousin who isn’t happy with her best friend’s behaviour. Candice and Sarel offer their advice on whether she needs a reality check or to dump her. We’re going on tour! Come see us in London, Birmingham and Manchester, get your tickets at www.closetconfessionspod.com Follow t…
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In the closet this week, Candice and Sarel review Usher’s Superbowl Half Time show, there is an EXTREMELY controversial confession from Candice about Queen B and Sarel proposes a new tax for the men of the world. Plus, Candice has a theory about a certain energy drink’s effect on her late father, Sarel explains why she isn’t talking about weight lo…
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This confession is one of the wildest sexcapades we have had on the podcast so far, with a political twist: so strap in for the ride. We’re going on tour! Come see us in London, Birmingham and Manchester, get your tickets at www.closetconfessionspod.com Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to get off …
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If you’re driving, then park your car for this one cousins, because season 5 has TRULY begun. In the closet this week, Candice and Sarel explain why they nearly didn’t come back for this season, they question why the common blind spot for Black women is… men and Candice shares her theory about cross-cultural relationships. Plus, our listener confes…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, I'm joined by my romance friend Mariah to gush, giggle, get deep and then frothy again about the Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, directed by Greta Gerwig. It was the most mega of mega movie hits last year, now Oscar nominated in many categories, and well deserved. It's been a long time…
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In our Cousin Confession this week, we have a 28-year-old woman who is thinking of giving up her entire marriage because she’s wondering what could have been… did we mention her husband is 55? Plus, the girls share a lowdown of what to expect on their upcoming tour. We’re going on tour! Come see us in London, Birmingham and Manchester, get your tic…
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This week in the Closet, Candice shares her beef with the latest Apple gadget and Sarel reveals why she won’t even queue for Beyoncé. The girls discuss whether kids should be allowed on the internet, the fear of being abducted via MSN, and a horrifying story that instils fear of any man in you. Additionally, Candice explains why Pinterest is the be…
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A cousin has come into some serious money and is wondering whether to tell her family or… cut them out and run away with it all! Candice and Sarel talk about why you need to trust your gut, how families can turn ugly when someone finds riches and why not sharing the wealth can be a perfect lesson in financial health. We’re going on tour! Come see u…
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It's season 5, baby! Candice and Sarel reopen the closet for more confessions and chaos. The girls recap what went down during their off-season break, their plans to escape the country to avoid the sketch comedy group also known as 'our government,' and a much-needed recap of The Grammys and all the mess surrounding it. We’re going on tour! Come se…
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Send us a Text Message. My favorite shows, books or movies feature women over the age of 40 finding sensuality, romance and connections of whatever type they desire. Unfortunately, society likes to pretend that women — especially older women —don't have desires. There aren't many examples of sexy fearless aging in Hollywood once you get beyond the …
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Send us a Text Message. I'm one of the last remaining people on planet earth to see this amazing movie, and it still managed to surprise me, even after all the hype. I love Greta Gerwig, I love her courage in telling a story about feminism and patriarchy using Bazooka pink, candy colors and a beloved, if stereotypical, doll. And I love Barbie even …
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It’s Blue Monday, so to raise your spirits we’ve got a very special listener confession that will have you screaming. This cousin has a controversial opinion about shaving your private parts which leaves Candice and Sarel in bits, discussing why some men prefer a clean-shaven partner and ultimately why you gotta do you… Follow the show on Instagram…
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The listener confession this week is from a cousin who after putting everything into her family feels completely lost as her children have got older. Candice and Sarel are here to remind you that it’s NEVER too late and offer a step-by-step plan to get your life back on track in middle age. They discuss when you can expect your second Saturn Return…
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Is this an episode of Closet Confessions or Sarel’s therapy session? Kicking off the new year, Candice and Sarel are talking about how to bring discipline into your life so you can have the 2024 you deserve. The girls discuss why you need to look outward to better understand yourself, how your Saturn Return is messing up your life in more ways than…
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It’s listener confession time and this week’s cousin is wondering when and how to cut off the drama after a bereavement. Candice shares her experience of family management after the will is read and Sarel gives some crucial financial advice as the conversation covers the most important thing your parents can leave you, subconscious cravings for dra…
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Merry Christmas cousins! In this festive episode, Candice and Sarel talk about why we need to stop idolising celebrities, why the simple pleasures are what they’re most grateful for and why they seriously relate to Rudolph as an outsider. Plus, we’ve got THREE cousin confessions about a rare happy ending, a hilarious revenge story and a cousin who …
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It’s almost Christmas so this week we have three different cousins needing some festive advice because none of us are safe from our own family! Sarel and Candice discuss working on your inner child, what is the line when it comes to disrespecting family and the unexpected twists of turns of promising to love someone for better or worse. Follow the …
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Candice and Sarel are back in the closet and on the agenda today: what that annoying beeping in the background really means, why Sarel hates pinky nails, men with penises at both ends of the size spectrums, what the scariest type of man is, the double standards when it comes to religion and why gospel music is the BEST type of music. Plus, a listen…
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Send us a Text Message. It's a holiday miracle: I've finally watched one of the most perfect Hallmark holiday movies I've ever seen, with stellar writing, directing, editing, and acting. The story is heartfelt, it has relatable stakes, it's romantic and touching and funny: everything a holiday movie should be. Not surprisingly, it's inspired by one…
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For the first time ever Sarel is left gagging as she spills the tea with this week's cousin confession. An 18-year-old cousin has just realised she wants to end her relationship and Sarel and Candice are here to revel in the planning and preparations for a sneaky exit… The conversation covers self-worth, low libidos and a full recital of our fave B…
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Candice’s confession about being a mess and Sarel’s confession about her simpiness turns into a deep conversation about how we surround ourselves with people who don’t believe in us… a normal day in the closet! The girls discuss why being a simp can make your relationships become a legacy, how to stop getting your value from someone else and a cous…
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It’s a BIG day for Sarel as her new show ‘Smothered’ comes out on Sky Comedy today (7th December)! Make sure you support our girl and watch ASAP. Before this week's listener confession, we have a hopeful note from a cousin reminding Sarel and Candice that not all cousins are in the trenches and as Candice says ‘Good doesn’t have great PR’. BUT, thi…
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Grab a pumpkin spiced something because after a festive intro, the girls get into why Sarel hates a birthday engagement and Candice reveals the cult she’s a part of. This episode features some discount girl math, some controversial wedding chat and why iPhone users need a reality check. Plus, a cousin confession that features a woman who is questio…
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Send us a Text Message. There's no way to exactly describe the dark and hilarious debut dramedy Shiva Baby except to say: you giggle at what should be sad, feel heartbroken for what should be exciting, become annoyed with the emotional meddling, and end up a ball of stress and tension — until the twists and turns of this darkly comic plot unwind th…
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Caught up in a wild marital web of lies this week's cousin confession leaves Sarel and Candice with no doubt about what their listener should do. The girls are crystal clear about their advice as they discuss vex money, gas lighting and fake identities. Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfessionspod If you have a confession you need to get off …
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Candice is wondering what the requirements are to be added to a Close Friends list and Sarel has finally unghosted her therapist. This week, the girls discuss getting caught out via Close Friends, why you should never give an ugly man a chance and how to prioritise your health even if it means paying up. Plus, a listener confession about a Black po…
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This week's Cousin confession leaves Sarel and Candice reeling! Revelations about a 21-year-old dating a 44-year-old take Candice down memory lane, whilst the girls discuss the power dynamics that come with an age gap and they sing a tribute to Craig David. TW: This week’s conversation features paedophilia Follow the show on Instagram @closetconfes…
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The Petty Pisces is out in full force this week! Candice wonders why white women will stay friends even when they commit the worst crimes and Sarel keeps it short and real with a confession about bleaching. The girls talk about testing loyalties and friendship fall outs, reasons they may block the bag and why they believe in paying the most for pla…
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Send us a Text Message. How I love a romance set aboard a luxury cruise ship or ocean liner, especially classic movies set on ships in the early to mid 20th-century, a heyday of ocean travel. The coziness, the leather luggage with a separate toiletries case, the cute staterooms and cabins, the service, people dressing for elegant dinner and dancing…
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