Sophie Ellis-Bextor has revealed that she is struggling with & # 39; feeling guilty & # 39; while struggling to find time for her marriage to husband Richard.
The singer and mother of five, 40, spoke frankly about juggling life as a working mother and wife while she was the cover of Red magazine December edition.
But Sophie went on to say that despite her fights with so-called & # 39; maternal debt & # 39; she thinks that working alongside raising her family makes her feel like & # 39; a better mother & # 39; to be.
Candid: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 40, spoke frankly about struggling with & # 39; guilt & # 39; as a wife and mother, while she adorns the December issue of Red magazine
Sophie has been married to husband Richard Jones since 2005 and they welcomed their fifth child, a son Mickey, in January.
When asked about the secret of her long-term marriage, she said: & # 39; When I got married, my mother [Janet Ellis] said: & # 39; Be selfish about your marriage and if you have a choice about what you want to do with your time, choose do something with Richard. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; If you are a mother, you feel guilty about everything. When we have a night out, that feeling diminishes, because sometimes you have to go out and spend time together. & # 39;
Open: the singer said that despite the guilt, she notices that working makes her a & # 39; better mother & # 39; makes while she is stunned in a female shoot for publication
Together: Sophie has been married to husband Richard Jones since 2005 and they have five sons together
About juggling life as a working mother, Sophie said: & # 39; & # 39; Many working mothers end up trying to be all things to all people. When I say that I am working, at least two of the children get really mad at me, such as: & # 39; & # 39; Why don't you tell them you can't sing? & # 39; & # 39; I say: & # 39; You must stop punishing me for what I do. I love what I do. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; I don't want to make money. I say it is good to feel focused, to give me something that I like to do. Working definitely makes me a better mother. & # 39;
Besides her youngest son Mickey, nine months, Sophie is also the mother of Sonny, 14, Kit, nine, Ray, six and Jesse, two.
Ever since she became a mother again, Sophie joked that little Mickey was the & # 39; mascot & # 39; for the family and said: & # 39; Mickey is just like our family mascot. He just sits there in his high chair, grateful when someone makes eye contact.
"But now he is nine months, and I am back to work and I don't always take him everywhere, it's like this:" Okay, logistics. "But it's good to do. It's good. We're doing well. He's here now. & # 39;
Wonderful: Sophie explained that since the birth of her fifth child Mickey in January, the toddler is the & # 39; family mascot & # 39; has become
Prior to the festive season, Sophie also said that Christmas is nothing less than chaotic in her household, with all sorts of family members coming to her house for the annual occasion.
She said: & # 39; It's great! A great family thing, usually kept in our home. My mother, stepfather, brother, sister, brother & # 39; s girlfriend, Richard & # 39; s people, his brother, they all come to us.
& # 39; And also a few laggards. We always do a conga around the house and chant: "Here comes the Christmas pudding," in the tone of For He’s A Jolly-Good Fellow.
The December issue of Red is available from October 30
Sophie also thought about her illustrious music career during the interview and said: & # 39; When I was in my first band, I thought I was just going to tell a good story to my children, you know, & # 39; & # 39; Oh, I was in a band once. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; I never thought I would be lucky enough to keep a long career, because if I had learned something by the time I was 20, it is that you don't always have a say in what happens! & # 39;
& # 39; Not long after I signed my solo deal, I collaborated with [Blur bassist] Alex James, with whom I wrote something, and I remember he said that nobody's career is a straightforward trajectory, it's always peaks and troughs.
& # 39; It was so good to hear. That's why I couldn't lose my head if it didn't go the way I wanted. & # 39;
The December issue of Red is available from October 30.
Wonderful: in anticipation of the holidays, Sophie also said that Christmas is downright chaotic in her household with all the members of her large family present
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