Paloma Faith says she's raising her child as gender neutral

Clarisse Loughrey

Paloma Faith has stated she'll be raising her child as gender neutral.

The musician gave birth in December but has declined to reveal the name or sex of the baby, with the reasoning now becoming clear. "I just want them to be who they want to be," she said.

Speaking to the Mirror at the Q Awards, she explained her approach to gender neutral parenting involves, for example, not dressing her child in stereotypical "boy/girl" colours such as pink and blue, to avoid implicit pressure on the child's own gender identification.

She added that she hopes to have more children with her partner, French artist Leyman Lahcine: "I'm loving being a mum. I want two or three kids in all and they'll be gender neutral."

Faith announced the birth on Instagram, in which she wrote a passionate thank you to the NHS following a "difficult labour" that resulted in an "emergency caesarian".

"The devotion, kindness, and commitment shown by all of them was second to none and I am humbled by the whole experience," she wrote. "I really believe the NHS to be one of the great achievements of this country and it should be respected and protected by all."

Faith's fourth album, titled The Architect, is out next month.

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