Baby Spice Emma Bunton shows off her new hair, new attitude and new path in the September issue of SHE magazine. The 33-year-old British pop star talks about her 2-year-old son Beau, her thoughts on marriage and the fear she once had of never having children.
On what she wants for Beau: “I want for Beau what my parents provided for me although they split up when I was 11. I still felt totally secure in their affection. My partner Jade, Beau and I all sit down to eat together as a family. We spend a lot of time together – in fact we do everything together, which is what I remember from my own childhood. But every so often it’s nice to step outside of my ‘mum’ role. I love doing my radio show with Heart FM every Friday and Saturday, but, equally, I love going home to Beau and Jade afterwards. I genuinely feel that I get the best of both worlds.”
On her fear of never having children after being diagnosed with endometriosis at 25: “Being told that my chances of having children were only 50/50 was almost more than I could bear. For a while I was a complete wreck; I just couldn’t imagine a life without children. But my mum’s belief, right from the start, was that I would have children, it would happen – and so I adopted that attitude too.”
On if her pregnancy with Beau was a surprise: “To be honest, after my diagnosis I just tried not to think about it too much. Working hard on Strictly Come Dancing meant that I was so focused on my performance that it distracted me from any concerns about having children. When I discovered that I was pregnant, I cried and cried with joy. It was something I wanted so badly.”
On marrying her long-term partner Jade Jones: “Marriage is something we talked about years ago but, to be honest, it’s not something we’ve ever felt we’ve really needed.”
On juggling career and family life: “I’ve decided that Beau is my number one priority, so I never struggle with guilt that I should be somewhere else when I’m with him, or vice versa. When work opportunities come along that don’t fit in with what I’ve chosen, I turn them down. I’m doing the radio show twice a week, and I miss Beau like crazy, but I get a real fire in my belly from doing it. I’m as ambitious as ever, but it’s all about timing. And, right now, I’m a mummy.”
On wanting more children: “I definitely want more children, but not right now. I’m enjoying watching Beau grow up so much that I want to focus on what we have together – his little everyday milestones. And anyway, I’m only just starting to feel that I’m getting my body back.”
To read the full interview, pick up a copy of the September issue of SHE magazine.