October 3, 2008
Emma Bunton, 32, the youngest of the Spice Girls, still lives near where she was born in north London, and relies on her mother for childcare. Here, she tells how she and her partner, 28-year-old Jade Jones, former lead singer of boyband Damage, have settled into a life of gentle domesticity with their son, Beau. Beau's just turned one. How has being a mother changed you?Having a child is the best thing I've ever done. When I walk into Beau's nursery and see his smile, it's like Christmas all over again.
He has changed everything because it's not about me any more. The other night, Jade and I were getting ready to go to a glitzy awards do.
Pre-baby, we'd have had the music cranked up and have been swigging champagne, but there we were singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Beau and worrying about what time my mum would arrive to babysit. We were laughing about how times had changed. So are you ready for number two? I'm really looking forward to having more children - but not just yet as I'm enjoying this time with Beau.
It's important to enjoy the moment and not always be rushing on to the next thing, especially because, for a long time, I thought I might never be a mum.
When I was 25, I was diagnosed with endometriosis [a condition that can make it difficult to conceive]. It scared the life out of me.What about marriage then? It's not on the agenda; we don't even talk about it. We've been together for ten years and we're so close - we share the childcare rather than have a nanny so we're often together 24/7.
I can honestly say that we're really happy, so we don't feel the need to formalise it. Once Mel C's had her baby, you will all be Spice Mummies. Does that finally spell the end for the group? I think so. We're all in our 30s now and, let's face it, by then most people aren't doing the same thing they were when they were 18, which is how old I was when I first met the girls. I'm ready to move forward. Any guilty pleasures to confess? A packet of cheese and onion crisps and a big glass of Coke with ice and lemon. You can't beat it. I'm not a big drinker, but I'm partial to a really good Bellini, although it has to be made with fresh peach juice. Are you saying women can have it all? It's hard to juggle, but it can be done. For every working mother, there's this scary moment where you've got to put yourself back out there once you've had your baby.
For me, it was tough going on tour three months after having Beau, and I don't think I would put myself through that again. But that said, I was lucky in that Beau could come with me, so I didn't have separation anxiety.