We have the same insecurities, the same worries, the same hopes, the same dreams
Myleene Klass talks motherhood ahead of her brand-new documentary, Myleene Klass: Single Mums on Benefits, tonight.
Myleene talks about her own journey to parenthood and remembers hearing the term 'single mum' and thinking about all the negative connotations that came with it. Now she is one, she wrestled with how she saw the title of single mum.
'(Mum) is the most powerful word in the world and we still don't use it in the way it deserves to be... we always say, 'Do I look a bit mum?'' But when you start talking to fellow single mums and dads, she says there's an immediate understanding of how hard it is.
Talking about her own journey she says: 'There is that understanding. You know what that person’s done to be there... You have a real sense of achievement.'
One in four parents are now single parents, and Myleene meets single mums and dads to talk about their journeys. We all know one, were raised by one, or have spoken to one.
In her new documentary she speaks to single parents and was shocked by what she found. She was shocked to find that the average single mum is 37 and reveals that not all 'teenagers on benefits' as teenagers are classed as children and so are unable to claim them. Everyone is in a different situation: 'I met a single dad and he was still coping with the death of his wife,' she says. Myleene says she thinks the documentary will surprise people.
Myleene loves the sense of achievement: 'You're all in this club together. But let me tell you, I'm proud to be in this club, to have membership of this club.'