Sheryl Crowe and Lily Allen on pregnancy and motherhood.

October 16, 2010

Sheryl Crowe and Lily Allen on pregnancy and motherhood.

Sheryl Crow has completely changed her outlook on life since becoming a mother. The singer – who has adopted sons, Wyatt, three, and five-month-old Levi – says she is a lot less selfish as she now puts the needs of her children above everything else.

She said: “Kids change your life – period. The first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night is them, and every decision that you make in between is dictated by their welfare.

“My tour bus now is a family bus. I’ve got both my kids and everything that they count on to keep their lives normal on there, whereas before my life was much more me-centric.”

Sheryl, 48, also says her outlook on her career and fans has changed after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, which she successfully beat.
She told the NY Daily News newspaper: “Before I was diagnosed, I was very particular about not seeing the audience. I wanted the audience to be pretty dark, so there wasn’t the distraction of making eye contact. Now I have to see people, I have to make that connection.

“That’s what the experience is about. I find that the connection now with people is deep. Everybody is looking for a connection. It’s what coming into a room with a bunch of strangers is about, to hear music and be moved. It started to feel much more like a celebration for me.”

Lily Allen on the first scary trimester of her pregnancy.

Lily Allen “lived in fear” for the first three months of her pregnancy. The ‘Not Fair’ hitmaker – who is due to give birth to her first child with boyfriend Sam Cooper in February 2011 – admits she was terrified of something going wrong after previously suffering a miscarriage two years ago, when she was dating Chemical Brothers star Ed Simons.

She said: “I came off the pill, and weirdly, a week later it happened. But then it was really difficult – I had complications. “I had about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding and had to have lots of scans, that’s when I had to cancel my gig in Spain. I’ve been living in fear for the past three months.”

The 25-year-old star also admitted she regularly skipped meals, replacing food with alcohol, until she fell in love with 32-year-old Sam last year and transformed her life. Asked if she had suffered an eating disorder as a teenager, she told the Sunday Telegraph magazine: “Not then, but last year I wasn’t eating. I would drink a pint of Guinness as a meal. “It was only when I got together with Sam in June that that stopped – and that’s also when I stopped using twitter because he said, ‘This is weird, why are there millions of people in the room with us?’ So I cut myself off from everything – and I was so much happier.”

Lily also says she has had to give up high heels because she’s pregnant.
The singer normally loves wearing stilettos but has had to adapt what she wears on her feet as they’re no longer practical. She said: “Heels are the only area I’ve stopped splurging on. I rarely go near a shoe if it’s lower than 4in, but stilettos just look so unappealing to me right now, which is very sad.”

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