Angel Strawbridge has spoken about how she felt after having her first child with husband Dick as she said her whole life changed after becoming a parent
Angel Strawbridge has spoken about feeling “isolated” after having her first child with husband Dick Strawbridge.
The 43-year-old star of Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau, has opened up about her feelings after becoming a parent for the first time and how it wasn’t the dreamy start to motherhood that she had expected.
Along with husband Dick, 62, they made a life changing decision in leaving Britain for a new life in France, where they bought Chateau de La Motte Husson, so they could renovate it with TV cameras following their every move.
Speaking candidly to the Sweat, Snot & Tears parenting podcast, Angel told presenters Annie and Wendy how she struggled with her feelings after becoming a mum.
Angel said that one of the biggest changes in her life was after giving birth for the first time.
She said: “The biggest change when I did feel a little bit isolated was when I had my first child.
“Because when I just was like: right, your whole life changes completely. (sic)
Angel admitted that becoming a mum had changed her perspective on life before she and Dick decided to ditch Blighty to renovate a run-down chateau.
She continued: “By the time I moved to France I was in a different mental state from before I had children.
“I was ready. And I think that’s the big thing.
“I think if you’re gonna do a move to somewhere like this, you really have to be ready for it.”
The move to France also led to a big change in Angel’s social life, which has been exacerbated in recent years by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Previously, Angel would describe herself as a “social butterfly” who had a wild social life in London but nowadays she is a home girl who loves spending time at the chateau with her two children.
Angel admitted that while her kids settled into a French school without any problems, she was not finding any signs of friendship with the “Chateau set”, which she had dubbed her posh neighbours.
Angel said: “I felt really uncomfortable, it was weird.”
Sweat, Snot & Tears is a parenting podcast produced by Netmums.
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