HE­LEN: ‘Hav­ing two ba­bies is a hand­ful!’

Corona­tion Street star He­len Flana­gan tells Closer how breast­feed­ing has helped boost her con­fi­dence and why she won’t spoil her chil­dren S

Closer (UK) - - News - By Olivia Bux­ton

he cel­e­brated the birth of her sec­ond child, Delilah Ruby Sin­clair, in June – and He­len Flana­gan ad­mits her home life has be­come chaotic. The 28-year-old Corona­tion Street ac­tress – who got en­gaged to foot­baller Scott Sin­clair, 29, in 2018 af­ter nine years to­gether – says that hav­ing a sis­ter for three-year- old Matilda Jes­sica has sent her into a tail­spin.

She laughs, “Hav­ing one is quite easy, but then hav­ing two is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ball game! I’m run­ning around all the time try­ing to keep up with them!”

The TV star wowed her fans by step­ping out in a bikini just months af­ter Delilah was born – show­ing that she was back to her slim size 8 fig­ure. And He­len has cred­ited breast­feed­ing for help­ing her to get back her fig­ure nat­u­rally – rather than spend­ing hours in the gym.

Now He­len says she loves breast­feed­ing in pub­lic and doesn’t un­der­stand why some peo­ple can find it taboo.

RUDE COM­MENTS

She says, “I feel the more you breast­feed in pub­lic, the more your con­fi­dence grows. I don’t think it makes you a bet­ter mum if you breast­feed – a happy mummy is a happy baby what­ever you de­cide to do. It’s just some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about and I re­ally love the bond it’s given me with my girls.

“I’ve only had one bad ex­pe­ri­ence. Delilah was three weeks old and I was breast­feed­ing in Star­bucks when the

girl op­po­site me started mak­ing rude com­ments to her boyfriend. I was quite shocked – I don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple feel so of­fended!”

And He­len – who be­came fa­mous play­ing Rosie Web­ster in Corona­tion Street when she was just 11 – loves shar­ing as­pects of moth­er­hood on her In­sta­gram ac­count with her whop­ping 624K fol­low­ers – and she in­sists on­line trolls won’t get her down, ei­ther.

“For­tu­nately, I don’t re­ally take that much of it on board,” ad­mits He­len – who is cur­rently on ma­ter­nity leave. “I have put up posts about how to wean your baby and there may be some peo­ple who might not nec­es­sar­ily agree with that, but I think peo­ple are al­ways go­ing to have those opin­ions.

“From be­ing in the pub­lic eye since I was young, I am used to that sort of thing and it kind of goes over my head now!”

GROUNDED

And while He­len’s fi­ancé Scott is worth a re­ported £6 mil­lion, she says she’s rais­ing the kids to be as grounded as pos­si­ble.

She re­veals, “I don’t re­ally go that mad with presents for the kids’ birthdays and other events. I think it’s a bit daft and you don’t want to spoil them. Kids en­joy the sim­ple things any­way!”

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