It’s not always easy being a celebrity. No matter what they do, they’re often criticised for it and sometimes they just can’t win. So, at Uspire we’ve decided to shine a light on some of our fave VIPs and remind you that many of them are down-to-earth and real, just like us.
In the sixth offering of our #PositivePeeps series, we want to give a massive shout out to the one and only Nadia Essex – who found fame as a dating expert on Celebs Go Dating.
Nadia, 38, has had somewhat of an unusual lockdown experience during the global coronavirus pandemic after welcoming her first child, Ezekiel Michael Essex, at the beginning of March.
It certainly hasn’t been easy adjusting to life as a new and single mum, but Nadia has taken it all in her stride and that’s exactly why we love her! Girl power is an understatement!
Speaking to Uspire, Nadia explained: “2020 will go down in history. We were part of it and we survived! Zeek will forever hear stories about being a Corona baby and the craziness of being born in a pandemic.
“Some days it’s not easy. My hormones get the best of me and I just want to have a good cry and feel sorry for myself, but some self care and positive affirmations help bring me out of my baby blues.”
She continued: “It’s been extremely tough being alone, raising a baby and recovering from a C-section during a pandemic, but I look back with fond memories. We made it through and we (me!) are stronger than ever!”
Nadia’s honesty is certainly refreshing, especially when it comes to keeping it real with her 218,000 followers on Instagram.
Just last month, the bubbly TV star posted an unfiltered selfie where she looked tired, upset and overwhelmed as she shared the ‘true face of motherhood’ with her fans on Zeek’s three-month birthday.
Nadia captioned the snap: “It’s not pretty but it’s real and it’s okay! Today is Zeek’s three month birthday and this was taken five days after he was born and I was in bits. There was a killer virus, I was going to have to go into lockdown alone and it was very difficult to not feel overwhelmed on top of the usual craziness of being a new, first time mum.”
Paying tribute to her adorable tot, she added: “Since then you have grown into the most wonderful boy. I am absolutely grateful and amazed that you are my son. I am so proud to be your mummy. Proud to have done it alone. Proud we are a team and proud you are my best friend.”
Along with being honest, Nadia has found ways to stay positive during this strange time and focused on the pros of being at home alone with her bundle of joy.
“I like to write things down so I write a list of things about lockdown I have enjoyed, for example: no stress of having to host visitors and no pressure to keep a tidy house in case anyone pops in.
“Pure bonding time with my baby and no judgment from people with good intentions but who would perhaps be critical about my parenting skills… to name just a few.”
And as Nadia and Zeek prepare to adjust to the new normal with the reopening of shops and restaurants etc, the TV star has been reflecting on the last three months.
“Being forced to stop work, stay in and focus on my baby has been a wonderful time for the most part. My last work meeting was on the morning of my induction – it wasn’t clever or smart, and so a forced work break has been wonderful too,” she added.