Monday 23 April 2018

Billie Piper: I feel pressure to be on top of everything

Billie Piper thinks young girls misread what feminism is.

Billie Piper (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Billie Piper (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Billie Piper has said “new-age female emancipation” has left her feeling under too much pressure to be everything.

The actress, 34, said there is a danger that women in their 30s feel as if they are supposed to be “on top of” every aspect of their lives, admitting: “I just feel f***** by this amount of pressure!”

She told Stylist magazine: “I just think some of this new-age female emancipation can often land us in that place in our 30s where we feel, ‘I’m supposed to have this, this and this… I’m supposed to be successful and business-savvy and coquettish and making cash and a slag in the bedroom and well-read and I’m supposed to be on top of all of these things, because it’s my time.

“People have made it my time. Women have made it my time’.”

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Billie Piper on Stylist cover (Stylist)

She added: “I just feel f***** by this amount of pressure!

“It feels like it is unnatural to be able to do all of those things.

“I think it’s shaky in its brand, do you know what I mean?

“When I’m around women of my (24-year-old) sister’s generation, I think there’s this really misguided view of what (feminism) actually is. It’s a bit man-hating and sort of oversexualised.

“I think young girls misread what feminism is.”

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Billie Piper (Ian West/PA)

Mother-of-two Piper also opened up about moving into her 30s, saying: “It feels like you have to be fully established by your 30s. But now the world’s not interested, because you’re not 20 anymore.”

She said she sees herself “on a beach in Mexico, in a kaftan, with rum and roll-ups” at 90.

“Getting old, but not feeling the cold from England, feeling like now it’s my time,” she said.

“I love my kids, I raised you all, I’ve poured everything into you and now I just want to go and waft around.

“Just being looser than I was in my 20s and in my teens without any apologies because I’m approaching my death.”

Press Association

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