Emily Andre recalls her ‘struggles’ as a teenager and how she grew up to accept herself
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Emily Andre struggled as a teenager, as the self-described ‘late-timer’ faced acne and other puberty-related issues. Speaking with Harriet Wheeler, the mother-of-two discusses how she raises her kids to live with confidence and body positivity
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Emily Andre juggles a lot as a working mom. As well as raising two children, Millie, eight, and Theo, five, with husband Peter Andre, the 32-year-old has been busy with a career as an NHS doctor and bestselling author for children. Teenager.
The medical professional is also an upset stepmother to her husband’s two children from a previous relationship, Junior Andre, 16, and Princess Andre, 14.
Speaking with Harriet Wheeler, Emily chatted about how she managed to spend quality time with Peter, she hopes that her children will never have a hard time sense of self, and why her teenage years were a struggle.
Hi emily! You are too busy with work, family and writing your new books. Do you have time to see Pete at the moment when he’s starring in Grease The Musical?
It’s really been the best lately because last year he toured with Grease for four months and was homeless in between.
Emily Andre / Instagram)
Theo has started a new school and I’m starting a new job, so it’s been tough. He’s in the West End now, he comes home every night and can take the kids to school, so it’s really lovely.
Do you have time for date nights?
We are now at the age where two adults will be able to babysit for two children.
It’s been tough with four kids, but we try to explain that it’s important for mom and dad to have time together, too.
You’ve written books about puberty for boys and girls, do you remember that time in your life?
I’ve had bad skin since I was 13 and ended up having to take long-term antibiotics since I was 15. I really struggled with it and now I still have spots. I am also a late bloomer.
All of my friends were growing up earlier than me, and I remember worrying that it would never happen. It’s just that over the past few years, I’ve accepted myself properly.
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Millie will soon be a teenager, are you worried?
Millie began to become aware of her appearance. She likes to choose her outfits. On the days Pete takes her to school, she will wear “daddy’s hair”.
She started saying, “Can’t we just let Mom do my hair?” I hope they don’t feel self-conscious or anxious, and I would love that if none of them struggled with their skin like I did.
Does bullying worry you?
I also think about people bullying them. That’s why I care so much about the self-confidence aspect of your body – if you’re confident in yourself then you’ll feel more able to push yourself.
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