Fearne Cotton: "I Don't Give A Cr*p What People Think"
Celebrity Juice star says motherhood has changed her outlook on life...
Fearne Cotton has declared that becoming a mother has changed her outlook on life - and that she doesn't care what other people think about her now.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan in her first cover interview since giving birth to baby Rex earlier this year, she said: "I don’t give a crap what people think anymore. Since I had Rex I’m like, wow, I can't believe my body did that!
"I've got boobs and a bum. I don’t know if it’s all still expanding hip-wise from giving birth, but I'm in no rush to get back into shape. I don't care if I'm on holiday and my stomach's hanging out.
"Likewise I don't care if people say they don't like my tattoos. They are all a part of who I am. I haven't had one since I had Rex yet as I'm breastfeeding, but I will do. Jesse had one done, with 'Arthur', 'Lola' and 'Rex' on it. It's a feather, and it's beautiful."
But she admitted that she did used to worry about how she looked.
"As a teenager I was quite happy with the way I looked, but my twenties weren’t so easy. I spent so much time worrying because I felt I didn’t fit into any particular category.
"I used to think, 'Am I really girly and glamorous? Am I a tomboy? Am I a girl next door?' Getting into TV and doing shows like Top Of The Pops and photo shoots definitely made me more body conscious – you're meant to be a 'thing' in TV, and I never knew what I was.
"My twenties were quite turbulent, but I think going through the bad times as well as the good helps you figure out what you truly want."
The 32-year-old also admitted that her taste in men changed as she got older.
"When I was younger, I went for bad boys so I could live vicariously through them but still be square and good, which I am at heart.
"But, looking back, I wish I hadn’t bothered with most of them. It was way more hassle than it was worth and I wasn’t being me; I was so insecure about who I was that I would try to be a different person every time. I gave too much."
She admitted that the worst moment of her life was a failed engagement to Jesse Jenkins at the age of 29.
"That felt pretty crap. It was around the time of the royal wedding so there was this big thing about marriage everywhere, but my life was the opposite of that. I thought, 'Oh, that’s me then. I'm not going to meet anyone now'.
"Plus, I’ve always wanted kids so I started to think, 'Should I adopt one day?' What you don't know at the time is that as one door closes, another opens – and, soon after, I met the love of my life and got to have a baby."
And she elaborated on how she met BF Jesse Wood.
"Jesse and I met through a friend in a restaurant in Ibiza and we just clicked… I don't think there's anything you can really pinpoint when it happens like that.
"I'd been in love before, but this was different. He makes me laugh, and he balances me out… He makes me laugh all the time and he's so chilled out. He's been to hell and back in certain ways, so nothing fazes him; he takes it all with a pinch of salt.
"I'd love to get married and I'm sure Jesse would too, but we don’t have any plans yet – we're so hectic with a baby and two other kids [Jesse's two children Arthur, 11, and Lola, seven], and we're both working. I think it's important to feel like a family unit though."
The full interview appears in the October issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale 5 September.
For behind-the-scenes footage, please go to www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/fearne.
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