Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq said she stopped working for TV after becoming a mother because she had to go home to pump milk for her young son before her “breasts exploded.”
The 45-year-old mother of two said that after giving birth to her first son Covey, who is now eight, she initially tried to go ahead with presenting the Sky TV show she was working on believing she could ‘do anything. have ‘and a great mother too.
But she soon realized that she was ‘doing everything awful’ and had to give up her TV role if she wanted to be a better parent.
Huq, who is married to presenter and writer Charlie Brooker, said she’s now limiting her work as a children’s author to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so she can focus on Covey and Huxley, six.
And she says the only time she really comes to herself now is when they’re sleeping – or when she’s hiding in a cupboard to eat a chocolate chip cookie.
Huq said that after first son Covey, eight, she initially tried to continue presenting shows believing she could ‘have it all’ and be a great mom too. The star is married to broadcaster and writer Charlie Booker and they also have second son Huxley, six. Pictured: The family in July last year
Huq said on the Alonement podcast, ‘I’m a bit of a control freak and the younger years go so fast.
‘I did this job early on for Sky and at first I thought’ I can do it all ‘, but I remember it was filmed in Chelmsford, it was called’ King of the Nerds’ and it was one of those shows where all participants live in a house and then they coordinate.
“It was all filmed in this Hogwarts-style mansion in Chelmsford and I said I have babies so I can’t do it overnight.”
‘So I had to commute to Chelmsford every day, which meant getting up at 5 a.m. every day to express the baby milk before getting into the car – I had to wake up before the baby wakes up, which is unheard of.
‘Then I would archive this stuff and actually I would be willing for them to pack it up so that they could film the’ current affairs ‘, those are the participants in the house, because I knew if I would be on the A406 before four o’clock’ clock my trip would halve in time for rush hour.
And if it wasn’t, my breasts would explode on the way back with milk for the baby.
‘And I just remember doing everything horribly – I’m working horribly and I’m mothering horribly.
“And those years go so fast, kids grow up so fast, and it’s about quality of life,” she added.
Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq said she stopped working on TV after becoming a mother because she had to go home to pump milk for her young son before her “breasts exploded.” Pictured: Huq during her days at Blue Peter
Huq said she feared that if she didn’t spend time with her kids and make sure they were happy, healthy, and loved, they might need therapy to correct it all as adults.
She added: ‘The only time I get to myself is when they sleep because they are limitless energy – my two have literally been bouncing off the walls from morning to night.
‘But it is fun and funny. I would say that time for yourself changes as a mom – you could enjoy that moment when you sit down for two minutes with a cup of tea and they are just in the other room, which is time for yourself.
‘Or eating a chocolate chip cookie in a cupboard, hidden from view … you learn to save these precious moments.
‘But it’s all so fleeting anyway, I can’t believe they both don’t have diapers and are in school.
It’s speeding by at a speed of knots, so I’m glad to have been here every moment.
‘To get drop-offs and pick-ups, I’ll move heaven and earth. All my work is now done in the window from 9am to 3pm because I want to be there.
In your primary years, you are shaping and shaping – these are the adults they will be.
Even in high school, the blueprint is set.When you’re 20 you’re done, by your 30th, you need therapy to undo all the weird stuff in your head, so if you don’t get the primary years right, you have it actually ruins an adult.
“So it’s really important and as adults we know we’re just a product of our upbringing.”
And Huq added that she has barely spent a night without the kids since either was born.
‘I really don’t want to get away. I did a job where I stayed away from them and I haven’t been on vacation with a girlfriend or anything, and I really don’t mind.
“I like them, they are fun.”
It comes after the former presenter revealed earlier this month that she had been ‘kicked off’ when she found out that Blue Peter co-hosts Matt Baker and Simon Thomas were paid more than they were on the program.
The London-born star is best known for hosting Blue Peter from 1997 to 2008.
Speak to the Telegraph, she revealed that she made ‘in the high £ 20,000 in 1997’ before hearing her co-presenters Matt Baker and Simon Thomas were getting paid more.
She said: ‘So I started, fought for my rights, and increased my salary. Since I had done math while in college, I made sure to get all compound interest back payments. ‘