Emma Bunton has opened up about how her friendship with her Spice Girls bandmates changed as they all started families – with tattoo artists swapped for creches behind the scenes of their tour performances.
The star, aka Baby Spice, is mum to sons Beau and Tate, welcoming her first child with partner Jade Jones in 2007, and spoke candidly about her family life in the pages of her new book, Mama You Got This.
In an exclusive extract shared with Metro.co.uk, the Wannabe singer opened up about how her bond with Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C and Geri Horner adapted as they all had children – with their little ones coming on the road with them.
‘I was the fourth Spice Girl to have children so I had loads of support and advice from the girls when the time came. We now have 12 children between us. Watching them grow up, having their own amazing personalities, and all very much like their mamas, makes me feel so proud of them. I am lucky to have such a big, extended family,’ she wrote.
‘In fact, on our last tour, we had a dedicated family room, where they all hung out together while we were on stage – a bit of a change from the tattoo artists and nightclubs that were a regular feature of our 1998 tour!
‘It’s funny how becoming a mama can change things between friends and sometimes the people you thought were your besties for life can suddenly feel so far away if one of you has children and the other doesn’t. This definitely happened with some of my close (non-Spice Girl) friends.
‘I’d hear about them getting together and going out to parties and get proper FOMO. New babies can take over your life (as you are probably realising right now!) and, before you know it, you haven’t called someone you really should have for months, and when you do you have nothing to talk about except babies and how tired you are. It can be hard to navigate these times, but knowing that this is normal and something we all experience can help.’
‘As can cutting yourself some slack. It has been my experience that the friendships that really matter can weather fallow periods; the friend who didn’t have kids when you did eventually has them and calls to ask your advice and finally you can be there for her, or vice versa,’ she continued.
‘And meanwhile you will probably find that you meet one or two new friends through having your baby, whether it’s at a class or just being out and about. I was extremely lucky to be pregnant at the same time as one of my closest friends and going through everything at the same time as her was such a brilliant support and felt so natural.
‘For all the love and support I got from Jade and my family, being able to have those very female conversations, whether it was about finding a good maternity bra, or sex, or feeling down, or whatever it was, with someone who was experiencing all these things at the same time, was a real support for me.
‘I’ve got so many photos of our babies sitting together on the sofa or the pair of us feeding at the same time! I know it’s not possible for everyone, we live such splintered lives now and many of us live miles away from our dearest friends, but if you can, find another mama to walk with you on this amazing journey.’
Extracted from Mama You Got This by Emma Bunton (Ebury Press, £16.99), released on June 10.
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