Billie Piper has detailed the struggles of motherhood, revealing that she cried at night due to the stress of a successful working mother.
The actress, 38, spoke candidly to Fearne Cotton earlier this week on the Happy Place podcast, where she made the confessions about her family life.
She said that ‘finding a balance’ between working and raising children is ‘unattainable’, which will destroy her.
Billie has sons Winston, 12, and Eugene, nine, with ex Laurence Fox and two-year-old daughter Tallulah with singer Johnny Lloyd.
Honest: Billie Piper has opened up about the struggles of motherhood, revealing she cried at night due to the stress of being a successful working mom (pictured in 2019)
Billie became Rose Tyler – one of Doctor Who’s companions – after the show came back to life in 2005, after 16 years off the air.
As well as Doctor Who, her dazzling acting career, which came after her teenage years in the music business, included playing Belle in Secret Diary of a Call Girl and most recently acted as the titular character in I Hate Suzie.
Echoing her body of work, Billie has now reflected on her work-life balance and the issues she faces emotionally.
She said, “This idea of finding a balance is unattainable. When I work all day, I see it in my kids, or in my relationship with my partner …
Struggles: The star has children Winston, 12, and Eugene, nine, with ex Laurence Fox and two-year-old daughter Tallulah (pictured) with singer Johnny Lloyd
‘When I’m not working, I can see it in me. I cry at the end of each day and spend an hour in bed and say, “I’ll be better tomorrow, I swear.” I’m going to read my parenting manual tonight and everything will be better. ‘
Billie added that her mother, Mandy, noted that it was easier in the past because there was less judgment from other parents when raising children.
She said, “It was that simple then.”
The mother of three recently shared how she struggled through similar mental health issues as Britney Spears.
Old Flame: The star also has daughter Tallulah with singer Johnny Lloyd and reveals she ‘cries every day’ due to stress from parenthood (Billie and Johnny pictured in 2019)
That was then: she shares her two sons with ex Lawrence Fox (pictured in 2014)
Britney, 39, famously suffered a public meltdown in 2008 after checking out of rehab, shaving her head and attacking paparazzi with an umbrella.
After rising to fame as a 15-year-old pop star, Billie recalled how 18-hour days of work and having a ‘lack of control’ over everything had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life.
Looking back on her early years, Billie shared how relentlessly working to become a music star negatively impacted her mental health and ultimately led to an eating disorder.
She explained: “I don’t know anyone who has worked as hard as when I was 15 years old.
Struggles: Billie who rose to fame as a 15-year-old pop star recalls how 18-hour days of work and a ‘lack of control’ over everything had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life (photo 1998)
Heartbreaking: Britney, 39, famously had a breakdown in 2008 after checking out of rehab, shaving her head and attacking paparazzi with an umbrella
“It was a combination of burnout, the trauma of becoming famous, the connection with my family, a lack of control in my life – hence the eating disorder.”
She continued, “I also felt that I was a teenager and was changing so much emotionally and psychologically. When I think about the life I lived as a child, with an 18-hour workday and never seeing my family, I see how it negatively impacted my life. ‘
At just 15 years old, Billie became the youngest female performer to reach number one on the UK singles chart with her debut song While We Want To.
Troubled Times: Looking back on her early years, Billie shared how relentlessly working to become a music star took its toll on her mental health and ultimately led to an eating disorder