Helen Flanagan's 'mum guilt' over son Charlie as she opens up on split from Scott

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-Credit: (Image: @hjgflanagan/Instagram)


Helen Flanagan has candidly opened up on overwhelming 'mum guilt' as she reflected on life as a single mum, since splitting with ex-partner Scott Sinclair.

The former couple, who share three kids, Matilda, Delilah and Charlie, had been together for 13 years. Helen described their split as a 'divorce' from the former Celtic star at the time, and continued to wear her engagement ring.

Helen has recently returned to social media following a break for her mental health. In her latest post, she reflected on life with her three children and being a single parent, admitting she felt she had been a 'horrible mummy' at times.

The ex-Corrie star also expressed that she felt there was a lot of times she wasn't there for youngest son Charlie, who was only one when their parents split. Helen's thoughts ran away with her, as her kids are soaking up the sun in Dubai with dad Scott.

She wrote in the post to her one million Instagram followers: "Not seen my babies for 11 days as they were in Dubai with their daddy x I feel such a horrible mummy for not seeing them and guilty but I think it’s important for them to have a nice time with their daddy, I suppose mum guilt never goes no matter what you do x

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Helen admitted she felt 'guilty' over not being there as much for youngest son Charlie -Credit:@hjgflanagan/Instagram

"They went on holiday with their lovely nanna too which helps me as I get lots of pictures of them looking really happy x Feeling in such a better place then I did this time last year and I think it’s just time, it’s a massive healer and I look back at myself this time last year and I can give myself kindness and compassion for maybe looking for love in the wrong places and numbing how I felt x."

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She continued: "As mummys we just do our best at that time x Maybe I’ve not always got it right but always had the right intentions x I feel like I’ve changed so many times since Matilda was born and that we have grown together and our bond is really special x

"Charlie was one when me and his dad split and I remember in the build up to us separating I was still breast feeding and I couldn’t get my baby boy off the boob and it made me feel quite trapped and stuck as I couldn’t do anything on my own independently as my baby needed to be stuck with me all the time and he would just cry for me and maybe because everything felt a lot emotionally when I finally got Charlie off the boob at 14months with help from a nanny I needed my space to get my head together and to feel like my own person and not just a mother but a woman too x"

Concluding her post, which was alongside stunning snaps and clips of her and Charlie, she wrote: "I do feel guilty for maybe not being as present with Charlie as I was with the girls. I struggled to sit and just play with him. To be honest I struggled to be in the house too much as it all felt a bit sad.

"Their daddy moved away for football and originally he surprised me with our family home that me and the kids live in and I suppose at the beginning I just didn’t want to take on the reality that it really was just me now and the three little ones. That was just a bit much for me. The beginning of the year was tricky and I felt so guilty for not being my best. I know I’ll have such a beautiful relationship with Charlie and the girls. Feel in such a happier place this summer and I’m so grateful."

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