‘I have Ed Sheeran’s phone num­ber!’

X Fac­tor win­ner Sam Bai­ley talks tex­ting A-list pals and sup­port­ing Katie Price through her rough patch

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Soon af­ter grac­ing our screens on The X Fac­tor back in 2013, Sam Bai­ley was given a com­plete image over­haul. A once dowdy prison guard, she was com­pletely trans­formed into a glam­orous pop star for the live shows, and went on to win the se­ries.

Drop­ping from a size 18 to a svelte size 10-12 af­ter the show, Sam, 40, ad­mits that, al­though some of the weight has crept back on, she’s em­brac­ing her body. Now, she has teamed up with plus-sized com­pany Yours Cloth­ing for its sum­mer cam­paign.

Here, she tells us how she balances be­ing a mum to her chil­dren – Brooke, 13, Tommy, nine, and Mi­ley, three – and wife to hus­band Craig with her showbiz ca­reer…

YOU’VE JUST STARRED IN FAT FRIENDS THE MU­SI­CAL WITH NATASHA HAMIL­TON. ARE YOU GO­ING TO HER WED­DING?

We’re in­vited to the re­cep­tion, but I’m not sure when she’s get­ting mar­ried be­cause she’s so busy. She’s an in­cred­i­ble actress, and she looks great. I’m very jeal­ous be­cause the whole of her bot­tom is prob­a­bly the size of one of my bum cheeks!

DO YOU STILL

SPEAK TO MI­LEY’S GODMOTHER, SHARON OS­BOURNE? I’m go­ing to LA soon, and she’s sup­posed to be meet­ing up with us then. I do text her and send her pic­tures of Mi­ley, though.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CELEBRITY FRIENDS?

I’ll send peo­ple a nice text if I’ve seen some­thing in the news, but I tend to just leave peo­ple be. I’m really good friends with [foot­baller] Jamie and Becky Vardy, as well as Katie Price. She’s got her prob­lems, but she’s a tough cookie. Katie can get through any­thing. She knows where I am if she needs me. I’ve also had Ed Sheeran’s num­ber on my phone for about three years, but never rang it!

ARE YOU FEEL­ING BODY CON­FI­DENT AT THE MO­MENT?

I am feel­ing con­fi­dent in my body, but I do eat a lot of c***. I’ve been tour­ing with Fat Friends The Mu­si­cal and, when you’re on the road, you eat out quite a lot. Now it’s fin­ished, I’ve set my­self a goal to be health­ier, and start look­ing af­ter my­self a lit­tle bit bet­ter. But I’m happy with who I am.

WHAT’S YOUR END TAR­GET?

I don’t want to be stick-thin, but I want to tone up a bit. I like a chal­lenge, so I’ve just agreed to do Ride Lon­don, which is a 100-mile bike ride. I don’t think any woman is com­pletely happy with her body, and I have bits that I don’t like. But I don’t think about my weight and size, as long as I feel com­fort­able in what I’m wear­ing.

DID HAV­ING CHIL­DREN CHANGE YOUR BODY?

Yes, but I’ve ac­cepted that I’m not go­ing to have a wash­board stom­ach like I used to have. I’m happy with that, be­cause I have my three beau­ti­ful chil­dren. My stretch marks are a con­stant re­minder that my body has car­ried three kids.

WHAT ARE YOUR CHIL­DREN LIKE NOW?

Mi­ley’s my lit­tle fire­cracker, and Tommy’s a mummy’s boy – as well as a cud­dle mon­ster. Brooke is get­ting to the age where it’s em­bar­rass­ing to have Sam Bai­ley as a mum – she only likes me when she wants some­thing! She’s very in­de­pen­dent, but we’ve got a spe­cial bond. She’s into fash­ion at the mo­ment, so I showed her some of the clothes I wore in the cam­paign. She pointed out the things she liked, like the stripy jump­suit. I’m get­ting style ad­vice from my 13-yearold daugh­ter!

Sam is still in touch with her X Fac­tor men­tor, Sharon

In­sta­gram/@natasha­hamil­ton

She re­cently starred in Fat Friends The Mu­si­cal along­side Natasha Hamil­ton

Mi­ley’s her lit­tle ‘fire­cracker’

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