Jamelia struggled to rejoin Hollyoaks due to her new baby
Jamelia struggled to return to ‘Hollyoaks’ because of her new baby.
The ‘Superstar’ hitmaker has been cast again in the Channel 4 soap again after she first appeared in it in 2021 as Sharon Bailey, but this time she claims it has been harder due to the late-night breast milk “pumping” sessions but she loves “getting up and going to work” after welcoming her fourth daughter in October.
The 42-year-old star told The Sun newspaper: "If I said it had been a walk in the park, that would be a lie. I've been pumping milk between breaks and doing it through the night to leave milk at home.
"That said, I had a sense of pride that I've been getting up and going to work."
Jamelia - who, along with her little one has four-year-old True with her husband, whose identity she has kept private - called her incredibly “traumatic” c-section when she was 36 weeks into her pregnancy as contraception for her oldest daughters from a previous relationship, Teja, 21, and Tiani, 17.
She said: "It was so scary. I felt like I was in labour for a month, but the main objective was to keep the baby in for as long as possible. I just had to hold on.
"I'd only ever seen a C-section on the telly, and thought: 'Oh well, at least it's going to be straightforward and I'll be out in five minutes.' There's this idea of 'too posh to push' – that it’s the easier option. But I found it incredibly traumatic. And then you’re recovering from major surgery while looking after a newborn."
The former ‘Loose Women’ panellist revealed that her husband - whose identity she has kept hidden from the media - stayed at home with her little one when she was giving birth.
Jamelia explained that as selfish as it might sound, I wanted to share this experience with my girls.”