After having children, TV star Stacey Solomon has opened up about being a single mother on benefits and how she turned her life around for the better.
The 34-year-old mum of five had her first child, Zachary, when she was just 17 with her then-boyfriend Dean Cox. Four years later, she welcomed her second son, Leighton, with her ex-fiancé Aaron Barnham. Now happily married to Joe Swash, the pair currently have three children — son Rex and daughters Rose, and Belle.
Stacey and husband Joe welcomed three kids of their own (Credit: Splashnews.com)
‘I couldn’t get my milk vouchers’
Stacey’s career in entertainment has gone from strength to strength. Rising to fame as a finalist on The X Factor in 2009, she has since won I’m A Celeb, become a panelist on Loose Women, and now hosts her own show, Sort Your Life Out.
However, in a recent interview for New! Magazine, Stacey revealed how being a single mum later on help her career blossom.
“When I had Zachary, I went from a carefree, I’m-never-gonna-die-life-is-fantastic teenager to, ‘I’ve got a child who depends on me,” she explained.
“I realised immediately that if I wasn’t meticulously organised, I couldn’t get my milk vouchers. I had to pick up my giro at a certain time every week, I had to get the baby into nursery and out of nursery at a certain time there was so much for me to remember and think about.”
Stacey continued: “If I didn’t get my [bleep] in gear, I wouldn’t have survived. I wouldn’t have passed my A levels and I wouldn’t have kept my baby alive. It shocked me into it.”
Stacey and Joe have a blended family of six (Credit: Splashnews.com)