Sunday 23 July 2017

Samantha Mumba opens up about life in adopted home of LA: 'I carry a gun'

Samantha Mumba at The People of the Year Awards 2016
Samantha Mumba at The People of the Year Awards 2016
Samantha Mumba and her husband Torray Scales at the launch of Paula Callan's new Callan & Co salon in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Samantha Mumba on the beach in Miami with baby Sage. Picture: Fame Flynet
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Samantha Mumba pictured at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival closing night gala screening of Handsome Devil at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Samantha Mumba and her daughterSage
Samantha Mumba arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Samantha Mumba with husband Torray Scales walk the red carpet at the Gala Irish premiere of The Handsome Devil as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema. Picture: Fergal Phillips
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Singer Samantha Mumba has revealed she carries a gun with her while in her adopted home of Los Angeles.

The former pop star (34) from Drumcondra, Dublin, now resides in Los Angeles with her husband Torray Scales (35) and daughter Sage (two).

And the Gotta Tell You songstress said she feels safer with a weapon in the house when her husband is working night shifts as a police officer, but said she's still uncomfortable with American gun culture.

"It is just the way of life over there. My husband is an officer. At first it is a bit weird and you open the glove box and there is a gun there or whatever," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You magazine.

Samantha Mumba and her husband Torray Scales at the launch of Paula Callan's new Callan & Co salon in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Samantha Mumba and her husband Torray Scales at the launch of Paula Callan's new Callan & Co salon in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"The first time that my husband brought me to the gun range, I thought I would love and I would be a bad ass and just that it would be really cool. But I hated it and I think it's insane how easily available guns are.

"You adjust to where you live and guns are readily available in LA and a lot of people have them. So if someone is breaking into the house and I have a young daughter, it is either you get shot or..I would generally feel safer.

When she was first gifted with a gun, the mother-of-one said she enjoyed the "novelty" of carrying it in her purse, but soon chose to move it away and now she has one in her car and home.

"When I got my first gun that was a Christmas gift a few years ago. I was carrying it around in my handbag and it was terrible but I suppose it was the novelty," she explained.

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Mumba, who has spending more time in Ireland in recent years since welcoming her daughter in 2015, said she would consider a permanent move home after successful appearances on TV3.

"I’m definitely trying out a few different things this year and hoping to do a bit more presenting," she recently told the Sunday World.

"I guest hosted on the 7 O’Clock Show a couple of times and I really enjoyed it. It’s a new avenue for me. I have a few different things lined up. We’ll see but who knows."

It's not the first time she has expressed her desire to move home - after Sage's birth, she said she and her husband are "in two minds" over where to set up base.

Samantha Mumba and her daughterSage
Samantha Mumba and her daughterSage

"Since having Sage it's great being around my family and for them being there for special things with her. It's a tough one," she said.

"I think it's important for [Sage] to know where her roots are from."

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