Stacey Solomon's 'warped' post-birth body image
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 May 2017
Stacey Solomon has opened up about body confidence and how she felt like a "goddess" after giving birth to her first child
Stacey Solomon thought she looked like Halle Berry after giving birth to her first son.
The 27-year-old star now admits that she felt "pressure" to get back into shape after having nine-year-old Zachary - whom she has with ex-fiance Aaron Barnham - however, when she looks back at old photos she now thinks she looked more like "Shamu the whale" than the 50-year-old former Bond girl.
Writing for her HuffPost UK blog, she said: "After I gave birth for the first time, I actually felt like Halle Berry. I thought I was amazing and had this gorgeous bikini body. When I look back at pictures now, I was more like Shamu the whale.
"I dunno why I had this warped vision of just being a goddess, but I had stretch marks everywhere."
Talking about the fear of never looking the same again, she added: "A year on you feel like, 'I'll be able to get in my jeans then. I'll look exactly how I looked before.' But when you don't, you start thinking, 'oh my gosh. I'm never going to be the same again.'
"I felt a pressure to look good really quick and I think that made me go the other way and I just felt like, no way and I dieting. No way am I getting on an exercise machine."
The former 'X Factor' contestant - who is dating former 'EastEnders' actor Joe Swash - became famous when she had her five-year-old son Leighton and said it was the "weirdest" and "messed up" thing having people judge her body.
She said: "When I had Leighton I was then in the public eye so I felt really aware that people would be looking at my body after giving birth, which I think is just the weirdest most messed up thing ever.
"I had just literally pushed a human being out of my vagina."