Abbey: ‘I Al­ways Make Time For Pete'

Bri­tain’s Next Top Model pre­sen­ter Abbey Clancy talks be­ing a mum, judg­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of mod­els and why she wants to have an­other babyé

Look (UK) - - ABBEY CLANCY INTERVIEW - words: Lucy devine

On our way to meet Abbey Clancy, we’re con­sid­er­ing the many times we’ve met the model turned pre­sen­ter turned de­signer turned judge.

The 31-year-old – who is mar­ried to foot­baller Peter Crouch, 36, with whom she has daugh­ters Sophia, five, and one-year-old Lib­erty – is a lady in de­mand, and since burst­ing onto the show­biz cir­cuit she’s ap­peared on Hell’s Kitchen, won Strictly Come Danc­ing and lent her fash­ion ex­per­tise to Mata­lan, de­sign­ing six suc­cess­ful col­lec­tions. Now, for the sec­ond year in a row, she’s re­turn­ing to the show where she made her name – as a judge.

A ‘proper’ north­ern gal (her accent is so in­fec­tious we find our­selves sport­ing a Scouse-manc hy­brid) and be­sot­ted with her fam­ily (she gushes about them con­stantly) – just don’t call her a WAG. Try fierce, funny, hugely suc­cess­ful and – we have to men­tion it – ab­so­lutely drop-dead gor­geous.

Hi Abbey! We can’t wait for the next se­ries of BNTM. Can we ex­pect drama? With 12 girls in a room to­gether, there’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be drama! If it were boys it would be fine, they’d all get on and just talk about foot­ball. Have there been any chal­lenges this time round? It’s so hard see­ing them up­set. I hate the elim­i­na­tions – these gor­geous girls are stand­ing there in front of you, want­ing to please you and you have to let them go.

I feel like I’m crush­ing dreams. But I do try to en­cour­age them, they can still go on to have a great ca­reer. What kind of judge do you think you are? I’m quite strict. Weirdly, I thought I’d be more sis­terly, but I’m more mum-ish. I don’t take any mess­ing around from them and I don’t like it when they’re all bitch­ing with each other – I hate that. I just want them to take it se­ri­ously. It’s been over 10 years since you were a con­tes­tant! How does that feel? I try not to think about it [laughs]. But I’ve done a lot in a decade. I’ve mar­ried, had two ba­bies, done loads of work and now I’m back as a judge – it’s in­cred­i­ble. It’s all the same team, we’re like a fam­ily. Do you think your daugh­ters will fol­low in your foot­steps? Sophia is very girly. She’s al­ways in the mir­ror, singing, danc­ing and she loves her clothes, so I think she’s def­i­nitely more cre­ative. Lib­erty’s go­ing to be a rugby player [laughs], she’s a lit­tle bruiser. She’s the most in­cred­i­ble baby, she’s gor­geous. On the show, body con­fi­dence is an im­por­tant is­sue. Do you think this is some­thing you’ll in­stil in your girls as they’re grow­ing up? I’m quite laid-back with the kids. I try and teach them to be kind, to be them­selves and not to com­pare them­selves to any­one. We’re a re­ally close fam­ily. We haven’t gone there with the whole body con­fi­dence thing yet, they’re too young. I just want them to be happy and nice to peo­ple. A mum in the spot­light, what ad­vice would you give celeb mums-to-be, like Ch­eryl? It’s hard be­ing a mum in gen­eral. It’s ex­haust­ing and there’s pres­sure to bounce back. But hav­ing a baby is a big or­deal, your life com­pletely changes, you’re ab­so­lutely knack­ered and not sleep­ing. Don’t com­pare your­self to any­one, do what you think is right – you’re the mum. I’m jeal­ous that Ch­eryl’s go­ing to have a new­born! Do you think you’ll have any more? I would like one! I love ba­bies, yeah. I don’t think Pete will let me, though [laughs]. Look loves your style. What are your top red car­pet tips? I would never spend a lot of money on some­thing that isn’t a clas­sic. My red car­pet style isn’t down to me, though, it’s thanks to my amaz­ing stylist, Angie [Smith]. I like to mix a bit of de­signer with high street. For ex­am­ple, I’d spend a lot of money on a leather jacket or a good bag, but then I’d high street every­thing else. With beauty, I use a hy­drat­ing serum by Sk­inceu­ti­cals [Hy­drat­ing B5, £61.95) – my skin’s re­ally changed since I’ve been us­ing that, it’s amaz­ing. Make-up wise, I use Char­lotte Til­bury, Sephora and Lancôme. You seem to love a good night out. Why do you think peo­ple make such a big deal out of you hav­ing a good time? It’s hard, the paps are in your face and you can’t do any­thing. [At the BRITS] I dropped my ring on the floor, I went down to get it and all of a sud­den they’re like ‘ch-ch-ch’. What’s your idea of a per­fect date? I’m go­ing on a date tonight ac­tu­ally, we’re go­ing to the cinema. Pete’s pick­ing the film. Fifty Shades? Yeah, Fifty Shades! Ac­tu­ally, I al­ways like it when we stay in a ho­tel, get a spa treat­ment and go out for a nice meal, a few cock­tails and have a good brekkie in the morn­ing. We’ve got quite a good so­cial life, ev­ery day we’re with the kids, so at least once a fort­night we’ll do some­thing with our mates. I think it’s im­por­tant to do that.

Bri­tain’s Next Top Model is on Life­time at 9pm from 16 March

Mum’s the word: Abbey with Sophia and Lib­erty Abbey first be­came a star on Bri­tain’s Next Top Model in 2006

The star (with Peter, left) was caught out by pho­tog­ra­phers at the BRITS

Abbey wed foot­baller Peter in 2011

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