Abbey: “You get zero sym­pa­thy with baby num­ber 3!”

Eleven years ago, a fresh-faced Abbey Clancy was run­ner-up on Bri­tain’s Next Top Model – now she’s head judge. Closer’s Han­nah Wright caught up with the preg­nant star ahead of the new se­ries…

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With her mass of flow­ing blonde hair, per­fect white W teeth and stat­uesque fig­ure, Abbey Clancy is a vi­sion of love­li­ness as she moves in for a wel­com­ing hug.

We’re at the swanky west Lon­don of­fices of Life­time TV, where the model’s face adorns the walls – and here she is in the flesh, sur­rounded by pas­tries.

Granted, we don’t ac­tu­ally see her eat­ing any­thing while we’re with her, but at six months preg­nant with baby num­ber three, Abbey talks about an ad­dic­tion to Greggs’ sausage rolls, and heaps praise on an “amaz­ing” pro­duc­tion team for keep­ing her fed dur­ing the film­ing of the lat­est se­ries of Bri­tain’s Next Top Model by “putting ex­tra cakes and pas­tries on set”.

Un­der­neath a brightly-coloured woollen dress, there is just a hint of a bump, which the 31-year-old strokes ab­sent-mind­edly while she chats away.


“I found out I was hav­ing my third child to­wards the end of film­ing the show. It’s been a re­ally tough preg­nancy ever since,” she ad­mits, “like 24 hours a day sick­ness – hor­rific!” Laugh­ing, she con­tin­ues, “This is only the fourth week that I’ve been OK and have been able to stand up, ba­si­cally.”

Still un­de­ni­ably gor­geous, Abbey adds, “My skin’s gone crazy. I’m get­ting loads of pig­men­ta­tion and spots, but now I’ve got make-up on. When you’re get­ting up at 4am ev­ery day with a two-year-old, then con­cealer is a ne­ces­sity…”

Al­ready a mum to daugh­ters Sophia, six, and Lib­erty, two, with foot­baller hus­band Peter Crouch, is she hop­ing the next one is a boy? “Do you know what,” she says, “as long as it’s fine I don’t mind.”

Laugh­ing, she adds that Peter hasn’t been overly con­cerned dur­ing this preg­nancy. She says, “With the third baby, you get zero sym­pa­thy. Pete doesn’t even bat an eye­lid now when I’m throw­ing up ev­ery morn­ing. He doesn’t even try to help me. It’s like, this is the third one, for­get it!”

The lat­est Bri­tain’s Next Top Model, the 12th in the se­ries sees Abbey, who was a run­ner up on the show in 2006, in a new role as head judge, along­side pho­tog­ra­pher Nicky Johnston and fash­ion model (aka Mr Kim­berly Wyatt) Max Rogers.

De­spite her celebrity sta­tus – Abbey also won Strictly Come Danc­ing in 2013 (she says she can’t watch it now be­cause she feels too jeal­ous) – the friendly WAG comes across as be­ing very down-to-earth.

“I’m def­i­nitely nor­mal,” she says. “I do the school run and, while I don’t get the Lon­don Un­der­ground be­cause we live out in Sur­rey, Pete gets it all the time. He wears a spe­cial hat – he thinks he’s in­vis­i­ble when he puts it on, but he can’t get away with any­thing be­cause of his height…”


Ah, yes, there’s no get­ting away from the fact that Abbey is mar­ried to the one of the tallest foot­ballers in the world. He is partly the rea­son why Abbey al­ways wears heels. “I’m a walk­ing-in-heels ex­pert be­cause I’m mar­ried to a 6ft 7 man,” she says. “I’ve con­stantly got them on be­cause I’m 5ft 9... with­out them I’d feel 2ft tall!”

Mean­while, with film­ing now wrapped up on BNTM, Abbey is look­ing for­ward to watch­ing episode one with her pals, then get­ting ready for the new baby.

She adds, “[Nicky and Max] are com­ing to my house to watch it. We’re hav­ing a take­away be­cause I can’t be both­ered to cook. Pete will be there, too – he loves the show! Then I’m go­ing to spend some time with the kids be­fore the birth. I’m nor­mally su­per-or­gan­ised and have my Christ­mas shop­ping done by Septem­ber, but I’ve done noth­ing this year. There’s three months to go and I haven’t got any­thing for this baby yet. I need to get sorted, be­cause new­borns are my favourite thing and I’m go­ing to be ob­sessed with this one!”

Daugh­ters, Abbey’s Lib­erty and Sophia The model flaunts her baby bump

With foot­baller hus­band Peter Along­side judges Nicky Johnston and Max Rogers

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