Fearne Cotton has opened up about juggling work and motherhood in her first interview since giving birth to baby Rex in February
Fearne Cotton opens up about juggling work and motherhood in her first interview since giving birth to baby Rex in February.
Fearne – presenter, designer, Celebrity Juice star, fashion plate, rock chick – has revealed that it’s her newest role, as a mum, that’s making her happiest in an exclusive new interview with The Sun.
‘Holly Willoughby wanted me to go out on the town with her the other night because she didn’t have This Morning the next day,’ the 31-year old told the publication.
‘But I had to say no because I don’t think I could be a mum with a hangover. I never thought I’d say waking up at half six is a lie-in.
‘But I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I had so much fun when I was younger that I don’t need to do crazy stuff now.’
Fearne gave birth to son Rex Rayne Wood (his father is rocker Jesse Wood) back in February, and while new motherhood certainly hasn’t slowed her down or curbed her style, Fearne insists she’s no longer at the heart of every party – unless it’s in her kitchen.
‘My party days have ended and I’ve started to get really chilled. A nice dinner with a bottle of wine is a lot more up my street these days.
‘Since I’ve had Rex, I’ve got into baking. I just want to be at home with my family. That’s what I love.’
Fearne also opens up about the tricky balance between work and motherhood, explaining:
‘The first few months I thought, “How will I ever go back to work?” It felt impossible.
‘But now feels like the right time because Rex is six months. He’s doing his own thing – eating and sitting up. He feels like a little man. He’s less vulnerable, I’m less vulnerable. I can’t start doing all the things I used to do without feeling too much of that mother’s guilt. It’s a good place to be at.’
Fearne returned to her role as a panellist alongside pals Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby last week following her maternity leave, and has also been busy modelling her own designs for Very.co.uk and launching a homeware range for the e-tailer.
The presenter insists that even though there’s ‘sleep deprivation and being covered in puke and poo on a daily basis,’ motherhood is ‘more than worth it because it’s such a privilege to be a parent.’
And when it comes to mums who successfully ride the balance between career and motherhood, Fearne looks to her BFF Holly for inspiration.
‘Holly still likes to have fun and do her thing while being a mum. It’s important to still be you.
‘She makes me feel not too guilty about working. Being a mum makes you look at your whole life differently. Time with your partner is more precious and time on your own is more precious.’
We didn’t think we could, but we love Fearne even more now…