Me & My Fam­ily: Sinitta

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Former pop singer Sinitta, 53, is mum to daugh­ter Mag­dalena, 12, and son Zac, 11

Hey Sinitta! If your kids were to de­scribe you in three words, what would they say? Car­ing, loyal and strict. I think that’s a good com­bi­na­tion.

That’s great! As a par­ent, what’s been your big­gest chal­lenge so far? I’m learn­ing to be less anx­ious about things and re­alise that kids have to be al­lowed to grow up. It’s im­por­tant that they go out into the world and make their own mis­takes.

Do you get much ‘me time’? I do, ac­tu­ally. I love to read and watch rub­bish TV, while com­ment­ing about it on so­cial me­dia. I’m lov­ing Celeb Big Brother this year!

Is there a prod­uct you can’t live with­out as a mum? Jelly! It’s fan­tas­tic. Sum­mer, win­ter, when­ever – it’s al­ways a treat. Plus it’s easy to make.

How do you en­sure your kids eat healthily? I make sure they un­der­stand that healthy eat­ing doesn’t mean bor­ing food. My kids love dips and cru­dités – a great way to fill them up with raw veg.

What’s your go-to din­ner? I love mak­ing our own ‘healthy pot’ – brown rice and chopped veg, stir-fried with eggs. I’m very lucky, as my chil­dren love help­ing out and are be­com­ing lit­tle Masterchefs them­selves.

What books do you love to read to­gether? I still love the old Enid Bly­ton books, as I’ve al­ways been an ad­ven­tur­ous type. My chil­dren pre­fer David Wal­liams; his books are so funny.

How do you en­joy spend­ing time to­gether as a fam­ily? At home, we play board games and quizzes to­gether. On hol­i­day, we love go­ing surf­ing. Sinitta is sup­port­ing Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port World’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing on Fri­day 29 Septem­ber. Find out more at cof­fee.macmil­lan.org.uk

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