Fearne Cotton has revealed the secret to a happy family life is ‘being thoroughly boring’, adding that she loves the ‘chaos’ of being a working mum.
The former Radio 1 DJ and presenter, 34 who is married to musician Jesse Wood, gave birth to her second child, Honey Krissy, in September.
She is also mum to Rex, who recently turned three, and step-mum to Jesse’s two children from a previous marriage.
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Fearne with her husband Jesse Wood. The couple, who married in 2014, have two children together – Rex, three, and Honey, six months – with Fearne saying that she ‘loves the chaos’ of being a working mum
‘Yoga partner’: Fearne recently shared this snap of her performing yoga with her three-year-old son Rex
The fashion-loving presenter, who has a cookbook coming out this year, says that looking after up to four children at a time means that her morning beauty regime is now more or less nonexistent.
‘My morning routine is the kids’ routine,’ she admitted. ‘As soon as we get up, I’m making Rex’s breakfast, we get Honey her milk and Rex is instantly already on a bike scooting around the kitchen or something crazy.
‘And then if you’ve got the full set of kids then you’ve got lunch boxes to sort out, uniforms to find and all that sort of thing.
‘Along that hectic path I will at some point try and have a 30-second shower, try and pick up some form of clothing, and maybe put some lip balm on, and that is basically it.
‘And the most important thing: have a coffee. I will forgo washing my hair, cleaning my teeth, whatever – but having a coffee is the one thing that has to happen beyond anything.’
Fearne announced the birth of her second child, Honey, in this Instagram snap in September . Speaking of motherhood, she said: ‘It is a whirlwind and it’s completely all over the shop and hectic, but you embrace that’
Rex plants a kiss on his mum’s bump in a candid Instagram snap. He is now a big brother to Honey, six months
Speaking about how her life has adjusted since becoming a mother, she said: ‘It obviously is slightly more chaotic having two small ones, because you’ve got two little people who need your attention all of the time.
‘But I love it, I’ve learned to love that chaos more and more as I’ve gone through this weird and wonderful journey of being a mum.’
Fearne – who this year launches her first cookbook, homeware range, as well as fronting a new ITVBe fashion show alongside Gok Wan – said that her secret to juggling everything is ’embracing the chaos’ and letting things go.
‘At first you’re like, oh my God everything’s a mess and I haven’t done this, I haven’t done that,’ she said. ‘But actually that is your way of life, and it is a whirlwind and it’s completely all over the shop and hectic, but you really embrace that and learn to love that.’
Fearne has a busy year, with the release of a new cook book, homeware range, and a new fashion show for ITVBe alongside Gok Wan – and she has also been named as a spokesperson for beauty brand SensatioNail
While Fearne still enjoys a night out, she confesses that going out ‘isn’t what it used to be’ with her hectic schedule – and the demands of being a mum – meaning she is often exhausted by 10pm
Fearne, who has recently been named as an ambassador for beauty brand SensatioNail’s Polish to Nail Transformer, added that her secret to juggling is having a shared diary with husband Jesse, and scheduling the family’s every move.
‘The only way you make it work is by being thoroughly boring,’ she explained. ‘Me and my husband sit down and say, ‘”Shall we do the diary thing?”
‘He’s touring with his band at the moment and they’re really busy, so all we really do is sit and chat about diaries and who’s got the kids when, and if we need my mum to help or whatever, so we just have to be really organised.’
Fearne says that the secret to a happy family life lies in being ‘thoroughly boring’ and keeping a tight schedule
‘I wouldn’t change any of it for the world’: Fearne says she is happy to have given up her partying ways to become a mum
But Fearne added that, despite her hectic schedule, she still loves taking time out for a glitzy event.
She said: ‘I used to take it for granted to have my hair and make-up done, and now I think, Ooh – I’m going to have my hair and make-up done.
‘I get exhausted pretty quickly because we get up so early and Honey still wakes in the night a little bit. So going out is definitely not what it used to be, but that’s fine,’ she said.
‘I’ve happily changed up my life to being a parent and I absolutely love it, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.