Rochelle Humes says living in hostel gave her drive: ‘I worry my kids won’t have that’

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Rochelle Humes is concerned that her children won't have her hunger for success because they didn't have a difficult upbringing like she did (Getty Images)
Rochelle Humes is concerned that her children won't have her hunger for success because they didn't have a difficult upbringing like she did (Getty Images)

Rochelle Humes says she is worried her children won’t have the 'drive and ambition' to succeed because they didn’t have a tough start in life like she had.

The TV presenter, best selling author and former pop-star, has admitted that her difficult upbringing, which included living in hostels, was the making of her.

Humes fears her three children will grow up without a fighting spirit because they have only ever known wealth and comfort.

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Speaking on the Showing Up podcast — as reported by OK Magazine — the star, who raises Alaia-Mai, eight, Valentina, five, and Blake, one, with her radio presenter and JLS star, husband Marvin Humes, said: "When my mum had me, we were living in a hostel and she felt like she won the lottery when she got a council flat and then she was able to buy the flat from the council.

Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

“Those stepping stones are what made us. I always had the feeling of wanting more, striving for more."

The 32-year-old This Morning host added: "The phrase 'no one knows hustle like a woman who's seen her mother struggle' really resonates with me.

"I really wonder if my kids will have the same hunger, drive and ambition as me.

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"I want my children to have those same values, that same hustle and dive and grind but let's face it, they've got a lovely home, a nice car, they go on amazing holidays, because I've worked hard to give them all of those things.

"But will they have that same fire in their bellies?"

Rochelle Humes launched her own children's toiletries brand My Little Coco last month (Getty Images for Boots)
Rochelle Humes launched her own children's toiletries brand My Little Coco last month (Getty Images for Boots)

She joked: "If they lived with me and Marvin until they were thirty I'm sure they'd be really happy."

The star started her showbiz career in pop group S Club Juniors before joining the chart topping band The Saturdays.

With many TV projects, including presenting Ninja Warrior UK, and being a regular on This Morning, she also presents The Hit List alongside her husband.

She has also collaborated on clothing for high street store New Look and in February 2020 launched children's' toiletries brand My Little Coco and her cookbook, At Mama's Table, recently became Sunday Times Best Seller.

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