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…
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…”
LIVING THE HIGH LIFE
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