Fleur East: Losing my dad has made me want to start a family

Fleur East poses for photographers upon arrival at the world premiere of the film 'Downton Abbey' in London, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Fleur East is ready to start a family. (AP)

Fleur East has revealed losing her father has made her keen to start a family of her own.

The former X Factor contestant - who married fashion designer Marcel Badiane-Robin in June 2019 - has said she has stopped putting off becoming a parent after losing her dad in March.

East, 32, told the MailOnline: “I appreciate things more. One, because of the pandemic but also for me on a personal level as I lost my dad just before lockdown.

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“It's interesting because before I was like, 'I'll take it as it comes, I'm not in a rush, we've got time', she explained. 'But as soon as you lose someone, you're like 'Wow! Okay, you can't really plan for anything, nothing's promised.

Fleur East wants to start a family with husband Marcel Badiane-Robin. (Getty Images)
Fleur East wants to start a family with husband Marcel Badiane-Robin. (Getty Images)

“So it's changed my views on that definitely. I'm a bit more open to the idea of starting a family now.

”I'm still not planning it, but I'm not waiting and saying, 'I'll start in a year' or anything like that. We are just letting things happen naturally now!”

The Sax singer - who was runner-up on The X Factor in 2014 - said she really appreciated spending lockdown with Badiane-Robin and celebrating a low key first wedding anniversary together.

She said: “My lockdown has been good. We usually don't get a lot of time together, so whenever we can, we make the most of our time. So, for us, we've found that being together is what we need, it's made us stronger.

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“As a couple we're stronger together so I'm actually not looking forward to being apart from him for too long.”

East - who took part in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018 - last year became the host of a new breakfast show on Hits Radio.

The singer took over the slot from Gemma Atkinson, who moved to the drivetime show after she gave birth to her first child with Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez.