Secret Life

Secret Life

Tell me your secret, I'll tell you mine — true confessions of love, sex, money, food, addiction, and hidden taboo topics that are often hilarious, uplifting, and hopeful. Every Monday, best-selling author and actress, Brianne Davis, pulls back the curtain on the deepest, darkest, heartbreaking, and even silly secrets from an eclectic group of guests. While sharing her own secrets in each episode, Brianne's disarming approach creates an intimate and safe space for her guests to bare their souls, uncover the truth, and share practical advice. And just like that, we're laughing, crying, inspired, and filled with hope. Brianne's best-selling book, Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict, a roman à clef novel based on a decade in recovery (with a dash of creative license), launched in February 2021. Want to share your secret and be a guest on the show? Email us at secretlifepodcast@icloud.com www.secretlifepodcast.com

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January 24, 2022 31 min

Regardless of the situation, Rivkah's compulsive urge to lie about matters big and small started as early as first grade, from lying about a birthday to starring in the touring company of Les Misérables, and even sexual orientation. 

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If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, sexual abuse or feeling overwhelmed, we've compiled a list of resources at secretlifepodcast.com.

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Trigger Warning: This episode touches on the subjects of molestation, sexual assault, and trauma. 

Rick was 8 or 9 when he was betrayed by his best friend. He didn't feel he could tell his parents, and the friend he did share it with threatened to tell everyone. How much of that affected his relationships moving forward?

Did you know one in six males are sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday? Unfortunately, many victims a...

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In this episode, our past guest Jen Levin (Ep #27 Living With Binge Eating Disorder), pulls back the curtain on the nine online dating apps she frequents. Hint... Bumble is her favorite. You're in for a treat; these stories are almost unbelievable! 

If you've used a dating app, you know the odds of having an ideal date are pretty slim. In fact, there's a pretty good chance that you're bound to have a few bad experien...

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January 3, 2022 22 min

Studies have shown that the majority of New Year's resolutions focus on weight loss and getting into shape, which can be triggering for those individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder or who are at risk of developing an eating disorder.

Brianne and Katie look at social media's power on women, their bodies, and the drive to be sexually desirable. Katie shares how her eating disorder started when she was a college...

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It's that time again, where we look at the past year and make New Year's Resolutions for the year ahead. Many of which we often can't or don't keep. 

Something that surfaced as a result of Covid-19 was the opportunity to take stock of our lives, our habits and make some changes if possible and desirable. Some people have changed their lives dramatically, sought help with addictions, dove into therapy, dropped old fri...

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Follow Up to Episode #77 - [Trigger Warning: This episode touches on the subjects of sexual assault and trauma.]  Suppose you’re a long-time listener of the show. In that case, you know that often the initial secret the guest shares is just the tip of the iceberg. Many times, as Brianne asks the next question, more secrets (some buried for decades or thought would never be shared) are revealed. Lindsay was one of those guests. Howe...

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Famed actor/director Stanislavski's "Magic If" describes an ability to imagine oneself in a set of fictional circumstances and to envision the consequences of finding oneself facing that situation in terms of action. In a way, that's what Anna David did when she wrote an article for Playboy magazine about sex and dating—because she didn't have much advice to give. Anna bravely shares how just "assuming the p...

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How willing are we to change? And even when we become willing, is it possible to uncover those deep wounds that we've suppressed for sometimes an entire lifetime? Jason bravely shares some of the discoveries he's had regarding his first drink, sex and love addiction, and the challenges of becoming your authentic self.

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It started with a credit card from Victoria's Secret, and before she knew it, Lindsay found herself with several credit cards, thousands of dollars in debt, and desperate to hide it all from her husband. The purchases weren’t extravagant or luxurious, just a coffee here, a lunch out here, a couple of tops at Target, and then, BAMM! Living a life of vagueness and fantasy comes at a price. Lindsay’s been attending Debtors Anonymo...

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It’s never easy to cut someone out of your life. And when it comes to family, it’s especially hard to accept that a family member is creating so much stress, anxiety, and pain that you cant continue to have a relationship with them. Liz Svatek has had a toxic relationship with her sister for over 40 years and she finally realized she was hurting herself by not setting boundaries. People can change, but toxic people rarely do. They ...

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Sometimes called The G-String Scholarship: College Students Strip to Pay Tuition Costs. College students say they make more than enough money to graduate debt-free. Young women in pursuit of a higher education use their stripper earnings to pay for tuition. Stripping to pay for school may sound like a cliché to some, but it was the fastest and easiest way for Celeste to pay for her teaching credentials.

When Celeste moved to Califor...

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We all know a friend or family member who is single—but for the life of you, you can't understand why. They say they want to be in a relationship; they're attractive, fun to be around, passionate, loving, giving, and yet you can't figure out why they're still single. Guess what? They might not know either. So is there something deeper going on? What blocks might they have?

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Secret Life was born out of the desire to help people realize that you are not alone. Jill dealt with a learning disability from an early age, that combined with the death of her friend’s mother and a teacher who told her she was stupid, she found comfort in cutting and burning herself. Decades later, she still battles the crippling voices and self-harm.

Need help? Looking for some answers?

Self-Harm Resource: Crisis Text: https://ww...

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October 25, 2021 22 min

You’d never know that actor and TikTok star Adam Rose would be scared of dying. But ever since he can remember, he’s always had a hard time falling asleep at night without thinking of the endless ways he could die. This episode is another can’t-miss episode as Adam share’s some genuinely hilarious stories. 

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Trigger Warning - This episode briefly touches on sexual abuse. Teresa’s step-dad showered her with gifts from a young age, all of it to keep her quiet about the sexual abuse that went on for years. As she grew up and married, she found herself in a pattern of unhealthy relationships, resentments. Eventually, she would use money to punish the men for their behavior. With the help of Debtors Anonymous, Teresa was able to make amends...

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Growing up with parents who were household names in celebrity news, Meg followed in their footsteps and worked for some of the biggest celebrity news and gossip outlets in Hollywood for over a decade and secretly hated it.

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When you restrict on one type of addiction, you must watch for another addiction to take its place. It's a widespread occurrence that most addicts can identify with. Taking away the drink, drug or relationship isn't the solution; it only stops the destructive behavior. It's what's underneath the addiction and addressing the "why" that we start to heal. Like many people, there were addictions like food and se...

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Love bombing is a common abuse tactic used by narcissists and sociopaths to manipulate situations to their advantage. It is the key gaslighting tactic in the Idealization phase of abuse, preceding the far more obvious Devaluation and Discarding stages. Amanda Montell innocently texted her friend’s older brother in Hollywood while she was in high school. What followed was a calculated and abusive relationship. 

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What do we hold to be true for ourselves? How do those beliefs affect how we share, communicate and process situations that happen in our lives? If I believe that I’m supposed to have children, and I don’t, then I’m a failure. If I believe I’m supposed to have a specific career or look a certain way, but I don’t, am I a failure? Brianne and Shane look at our core beliefs and how we will keep secrets from others instead of sharing o...

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September 13, 2021 21 min

 “Everybody has sex,” says Rue. “The only difference is that I charged for it.” Rue was a sex worker in her early 20s, working for the madam of Heidi Fleiss. Even though that life is far behind her (she’s married and an educator now), she still firmly believes in the decriminalization of sex workers. It's estimated that there are at least 1 million prostitutes in the United States and 40-42 million worldwide.

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