Sunday 21 January 2018

Jamelia on how being a mother never stopped her succeeding... and when colouring books come in handy

Jamelia pictured today with her daughters Teja, Tiana and 2fm DJ Cormac Battle
Jamelia pictured today with her daughters Teja, Tiana and 2fm DJ Cormac Battle
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Voice of Ireland judge Jamelia says being a mother shouldn’t stop anyone from succeeding in their career and she believes being famous has given her daughters great life experiences.

Speaking to Cormac Battle on 2fm today, Jamelia said her daughters ‘had to get used to’ what was normal for her as they were born into the showbusiness industry.

Joined by her girls Teja and Tiana in the studio, she also said she would support them if they chose life in the limelight.

“I’ve been in the industry since I was 15, so I became a mother while I was within the industry, so they were born into it and I just had the approach that, you know, they’re coming into my life and they’re going to have to get used to what is normal for me,” the 33-year-old said.

“So, for instance, today they’re coming to a radio station or they’ve been on photo shoots, they’ve been all around the world, they’re very used to this life and I just believe that being a mother shouldn’t stop you from doing anything, you know?

“I think it gives them  great life experiences,” she continued, “They were just learning how the whole radio system works out there and I think it’s great for them I think they have a very different experience of life”

Jamelia said that if Teja and Tiana did decided to go into showbusiness, she would be able to share her knowledge with them.

“I’d be a lot more confident then I guess my mother would have been [if they went into showbusiness],” she said, “because my mum didn’t have any knowledge of the industry, whereas I’ve got a lot of knowledge and so they’re both very talented, so I wouldn’t mind it at all.”

Jamelia said she does try and separate her professional life from her personal life and this is where colouring books come in.

“Sometimes I probably work like two days a week or three days a week and then the rest of the week we spend a lot of the time dancing in our kitchen, that’s us, that’s our biggest hobby and we have bake off, which I lost this week!,” she laughed.

“I like colouring in. It’s just nice I think because the girls like colouring in, they’ve got loads of colouring books  but they always  waste them so I’ve got loads of colouring pencils in my room!”

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