Me now, I for­get I have con­scious”

Eels more con­fi­dent than ever.

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When do you feel at your most con­fi­dent? Prob­a­bly at work I think. Iron­i­cally, usu­ally when I’m stood up in front of thou­sands of peo­ple talk­ing. I feel less con­fi­dent in smaller sit­u­a­tions – my sit­u­a­tion is ac­tu­ally the op­po­site to what peo­ple think.

You have been liv­ing with the con­se­quences of the at­tack since 2008, how do you now feel about your scars? Well I talk about ac­cep­tance in the book and to be hon­est, I now see my scars as part of me. If some­one had a big bum they don’t like, they just re­alise that is who they are and what they have. I ac­cept my scars for the good and the bad, I don’t feel con­scious about them... I for­get about them now.

What pres­sures do you feel to look good in the lime­light? I think it can def­i­nitely be hard if you live your life through so­cial media, as so­cial media is heav­ily edited. It’s the same as years ago, when we only had movies. If you aspire to be like your favourite movie char­ac­ter, you have to re­mem­ber that it’s just edited fic­tion. If you try to be like some­one else you see on Face­book or In­sta­gram, re­mem­ber you’re only see­ing the best bits edited. It’s not a re­al­is­tic as­pi­ra­tion.

How does be­ing such an in­spi­ra­tional role model make you feel? For me it’s such an un­re­al­is­tic pedestal to be put on – I’m not a su­per­hero and there are lots of times where I don’t feel pos­i­tive or in­spi­ra­tional. It’s about recog­nis­ing that’s ac­tu­ally okay. Pos­i­tive think­ing is bril­liant, but just be­cause we’re not be­ing pos­i­tive doesn’t mean we’re fail­ing. It’s im­por­tant to feel all kinds of emo­tions – in­clud­ing neg­a­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially if that’s sur­round­ing some­thing that’s hap­pened to you.

What ad­vice would you of­fer oth­ers to bounce back from a neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tion and turn it into a pos­i­tive one, just like you have? I had the plea­sure of in­ter­view­ing many peo­ple – some who had been through the most hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tions like plane crashes and los­ing their whole fam­ily, oth­ers who had been through a break-up and felt like it had ended their whole world. But they all had one thing in com­mon – when the go­ing got tough they all had the abil­ity to tap into that hu­man strength and pull through. Not ev­ery­one has a happy fairy­tale end­ing, but you have your own end­ing and that’s okay – you’re able to move for­ward and make a suc­cess. If any­one is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time I would pick up my new book as you’ll find some­body in there that you can re­late to.

You say be­ing a wife and mother makes you more con­fi­dent, how have you found the ad­just­ment to moth­er­hood? It’s chaotic! My daugh­ter Belle has ac­tu­ally been in the kitchen all morn­ing mak­ing me lunch made out of play dough so that should be in­ter­est­ing. It’s re­ally good, she’s at a re­ally ex­cit­ing stage where she’s talk­ing and walk­ing, she’s just a lit­tle lady now.

How do you bal­ance such a busy life­style with be­ing a mum? It’s a strug­gle but it’s just about be­ing strict with di­aries, cal­en­dars and tim­ings. I need to make sure I wake up early and don’t waste any mo­ments.

When it comes to beauty, what’s your skincare regime? I’m quite strict with my skincare – I don’t ever sleep in my make-up. It’s so bad for you. I’ve dis­cov­ered a re­ally good range called Manuka Doc­tor, which is made with Manuka honey which is ac­tu­ally used on burns dress­ing in the hospi­tal any­way as it has heal­ing prop­er­ties that re­news cells and en­cour­ages the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen. For me, it’s not about find­ing a beauty treat­ment that looks and smells nice – I like to find some­thing with an ac­tive in­gre­di­ent that works as a treat­ment.

What are your top beauty tips? I ac­tu­ally just bought one of those mas­sive two litre flasks that I’ve been fill­ing with wa­ter and con­stantly drink­ing it. It’s been help­ing me to wake up so much bet­ter. Diet and ex­er­cise also do won­ders for your skin and your en­ergy – look­ing great in your clothes is a bonus too. I also think a good blow dry re­ally works won­ders for you too – I only wash my hair once a week but I do think that re­ally helps it to stay glossy and healthy.

Some women strug­gle with wear­ing no make-up in pub­lic. Do you ever leave the house with­out make-up on? Oh all the time! I have to do the school run at 8am in the morn­ing so it’s an ev­ery­day thing for me.

And fi­nally – other than your new book, what do you have com­ing up in 2017? I’ve also just re-signed for two years with Chan­nel 4 so that’s re­ally ex­cit­ing, and also I’ve just launched a range of pushchairs and high chairs for chil­dren so I’ll be work­ing lots on news de­signs for that.

Con­fi­dence: The Se­cret by Katie Piper is out now, £12.99, Quer­cus

Katie says be­ing a mum and a wife has made her con­fi­dent in ways she never ex­pected.

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