Cher Lloyd has opened up about the tough reality of being a mum and a musician.
The 26-year-old and husband Craig Monk welcomed baby girl Delilah Rae last year.
Cher admitted she ‘struggled’ with leaving her daughter at home each time she had to attend an event.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m not gonna glorify this and say working mums have it easy, we don’t have it easy. I know there’s a lot of working mums out there that have it a lot tougher than I do. I’m really lucky that I’ve got a great network but it’s still difficult.
‘When it comes to having things to do, like if I’ve got a session or a show or a photoshoot, it’s not just get up and go and do it. I’ve also got a 16-month-old baby that I have to consider.
‘The balance of being a pop star and a mum can be really tricky. I really struggle to leave her. It is horrible, it’s the worst.’
Since becoming a mum, the former X Factor star feels she has become ‘more grateful’ and ‘a better person’.
‘Things before that I would think were a huge deal are really not that much of a big deal to me any more.
‘She is everything and I do everything for her and it feels amazing to have somebody that it’s all for.’
Cher originally shot to fame on The X Factor in 2010 at the tender age of 16, and the intense process took its toll on her at the time.
The Dub On The Track star recalled the time her mum found out she had started smoking by seeing a picture of her on the front page of a newspaper.
‘My mum rang me, she was like “What the f – I just saw a picture of you on the front page. You were smoking!” That was the way I got caught smoking a fag. Seriously,’ she said.
‘Usually it’s “so and so’s mum saw you behind the bike shed”, but me, front page. I couldn’t even lie and say it wasn’t me. She was livid.’
The singer is back doing what she loves – making music – having released new single M.I.A. which she has called an ‘anti-party’ track.
Cher told us: ‘It’s about wanting to get away from that place with your best friend. It’s just an all round fun, energetic song.
‘I’ve never really been much of a party girl myself. I’m the total opposite. I like a night in.
‘There’s something about that anti-party song that I haven’t really heard. Songwriting is not an easy creative process and trying to come up with ideas is tough. Especially when a million songs have already been written. But it felt good and I love the outcome.’
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