Saturday 19 August 2017

Imelda May: 'Thank God I don't have to pick up wet towels and smelly socks off the bed'

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Imelda May has said that although a marriage break-down is never ideal, there are a lot of perks to being single.

May (42) split with her husband Darrel Higham in 2015 and said that although it was painful, there are many positives to her life as a single mum.

Speaking to RSVP magazine, May said: "I may be just speaking for myself but I think that women do most of it anyway. So, in some ways of course it's harder but in other ways it's like 'Thank God I don't have to pick up wet towels or smelly socks off the bed'," she said.

May, who split with husband Darrel Higham in 2015, insists her latest record Life Love Flesh Blood is not a break-up album but said those who feel the story is one-sided need only listen to her ex's album written after their break up.

Imelda May said she had her heart broken after her marriage broke down
Imelda May said she had her heart broken after her marriage broke down

Speaking in April, the mum-of-one said: "Darrel has written his own album so if you want to hear his side of things you can go and listen to the songs on his album.

"He knows I'm a songwriter and he knows that's what I was going to do and that's what he did. That's good, that's healthy and it's the way it should be," she said.

Meanwhile, the singer recently opened up about her cousin Caroline's death, which she said made her rethink her marriage and her life.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, May said: "That was my wake-up call. I thought [after Caroline died]: 'Jesus, I need to grab life. Grab it by the balls and live it as opposed to make do'. I really needed to live after she died."

Imelda May with ex-husband Darrel Higham and Violet, who is now four
Imelda May with ex-husband Darrel Higham and Violet, who is now four

"You don't know how long you have left. You presume you are going to live life to a ripe old age but who knows what is around the corner. So I had to live life - not half live it."

May (42) lives in London with her daughter Violet and said she and her ex-husband remain good friends.

We are still really, really good. We have to be for our child but we have an immense love for each other. We have gone through crazy journeys together. You hear of people splitting up and they say, 'oh, we're good friends' and it's a load of rubbish - but we actually are good friends and we get on."

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