The Big In­ter­view: Natasha Hamil­ton

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really strong solid fam­ily unit as me, the kids and Charley all to­gether. The kids ab­so­lutely adore him, so throw­ing a baby into the mix would just be… Well, we haven’t got time. I’m really busy, he’s really busy and we just want to nur­ture the fam­ily we’ve got at the mo­ment. But that’s not to say [we won’t] in the fu­ture. Who knows?

Where are you think­ing about ty­ing the knot? We heard ru­mours about Italy…

We did go to Sor­rento in the sum­mer, but we’re not get­ting mar­ried there!

You’ve not had the easiest of re­la­tion­ships in the past – do you strug­gle to ig­nore the bag­gage from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships, or has it had an im­pact on you and Charley?

I’ve learnt so much in 12 years, it’s ridicu­lous, and it does carve out who you are. I try not to let any bag­gage come with me, but I’m hu­man – we get in­se­cure, or we have bad mem­o­ries. But so far, so good.

How is Charley dif­fer­ent from the men you’ve been with be­fore?

He’s never let me down or bro­ken my trust, and I’m not so ob­sessed with the re­la­tion­ship either now.

At the end of the day, no-one is per­fect – we all do silly lit­tle things and as I’m get­ting older, I’m choos­ing my bat­tles more wisely. It can be the small­est thing and I might think, ‘Ooh, if that was a few years ago I would have kicked off by now.’ I’m glad to be of an age where I’m mel­low­ing, and will do any­thing for an easy life.

So have you changed as a per­son to make this re­la­tion­ship work?

No, that’s not to say I’m be­ing a walkover, be­cause that’s just not me. I know ex­actly what I do and don’t want out of life, but I’ve met my match. He meets me half­way on ev­ery­thing – ac­tu­ally, more than half­way. He’s so car­ing, not just to me but all the fam­ily – the chil­dren, my par­ents, he’s just so thought­ful. He also says he’s go­ing to work from home a few days, so

I can go on tour. We’re jug­gling and bal­anc­ing and be­ing equals, which is great. At last – still touch­ing wood.

As you said, you are a busy mother of four, but how do you main­tain such an en­vi­able fig­ure? Be­cause you’ve al­ways had a slen­der frame…

Hear­ing you say that makes me laugh a bit, be­cause I have had four chil­dren and, although I’m slim, I have to work hard to main­tain a pre-baby size. I go to the gym, but it cer­tainly doesn’t come easy – noth­ing comes for free. It’s all about ex­er­cise and eat­ing the right things.

‘We’re build­ing a strong fam­ily unit’

So what do you eat on an av­er­age day?

For break­fast I’ll have por­ridge made with co­conut milk or co­conut wa­ter and flaxseed – that sets me up for the day. Some peo­ple don’t eat be­fore go­ing to the gym, but I need the en­ergy. I like go­ing to spin­ning classes and I go to high-in­ten­sity classes as well. Then for lunch I’ll have a grilled chicken breast or salmon and cous­cous, or leafy salad with lots of spinach. I just ex­per­i­ment with a lot of things like that.

Do you ever have guilty mo­ments when you eat some­thing that’s not par­tic­u­larly healthy?

You might roll your eyes, but that’s just not really what I want to eat! But ob­vi­ously I’m very busy, as I live my life on the road. If the only op­tion is a KFC or a Mcdon­ald’s, then I’m go­ing to have it and I’m go­ing to en­joy it. I go to the gym and I work out way too hard to be look­ing at food think­ing, ‘Ooh, I can’t eat that.’ That is just not me. I am a foodie, I love my food and wine and beer. I don’t count calo­ries – I know if some­thing is nu­tri­tious, and that’s more im­por­tant.

You’re on tour with the mu­si­cal. How dif­fi­cult is it to main­tain a home life and ca­reer along­side one an­other? Hon­estly, we have monthly

plan­ners up on the wall at home! My mum’s got one and my sis­ter’s got one. It’s a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion, but it has to be like that. It is not easy, be­cause I am spend­ing a lot of time away from the kids on this tour. It is manic, but it is what it is. But then I can have two months at home with just the oc­ca­sional Atomic Kit­ten gig on the week­end, so I get to be with the kids ev­ery day, take them to school, pick them up and get a lot of time with them then. So it’s swings and round­abouts really.

When you are away, how do you stay in­volved with fam­ily life? Do you ever break down in tears be­cause you miss them so much?

God, yeah! It is dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially if some­thing has hap­pened with one of the kids, or they’ve done well, or they’re miss­ing me. When the Kit­tens went on tour in Aus­tralia ear­lier this year, Ella knew I wasn’t there, but she wasn’t both­ered. Now she’s like, ‘Mummy, I miss you.’ She un­der­stands what miss­ing some­one is. She is emo­tion­ally charged and it’s tricky. It sounds really bad, but the only thing I can do for her is say, ‘Mummy’s got to go now. I love you.’ Be­cause I know as soon as I put the phone down and her at­ten­tion moves on to some­thing else, she’ll for­get about it. If I sit on the phone and say, ‘I miss you too, baby,’ it makes her feel worse. So it’s just a mat­ter of know­ing the best way to deal with things.

How about you sons?

The boys are just like, ‘Oh well, Mum’s on tour.’ They get it, they’re to­tally cool. When I’m tour­ing, I get more love from the boys than I do any other time, though. They take me for granted when I’m at home all the time.

Fat Friends The Mu­si­cal opens at Leeds Grand The­atre on 7 Novem­ber, ahead of a ma­jor UK tour in 2018. fat­friend­s­the­mu­si­cal.

‘I’m slim but it doesn’t come easy’

With three­year-old daugh­ter Ella

On tour with fel­low Atomic Kit­ten, Kerry Ka­tona The full cast of Fat Friends The Mu­si­cal Love­birds Charley and Natasha moved into a new house in July

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