Lorraine Kelly On Her Bond With Daughter Rosie

Lorraine Kelly and her lookalike daughter Rosie discuss the ins and outs of their relationship, and show that there’s little stronger than the bond between mother and daughter…

LORRAINE I want to give Rosie as “normal” an upbringing as possible, so try to avoid red carpet events and star-studded parties. We moved to Dundee when Rosie was 12 and the mums there accepted me as one of them. The only difference was, I never baked cakes for the school cake sale. But that’s only because I’m the worst cook ever!

ROSIE [Rolling her eyes.] Mum is more likely to make charcoal than cakes! Dad was great at that sort of stuff. Mum is wonderful at cheering me up and making me laugh and being bonkers in the nicest possible way! She dances around the kitchen with her hips swaying, singing away, but not knowing the correct song lyrics.

LORRAINE Steve has always been the parent who says “Eat your Brussels sprouts!” I’ve always been the parent who runs in through the front door and says “Read this bit of gossip!” It wasn’t always easy, though, and I did suffer terribly from “working mother guilt” – especially when Rosie was little. I remember sitting on delayed trains,
desperate to be back at home with her. Although I’ve always turned up
for work and never asked for time off. The only time I did was when Rosie was
two and a half and playing Mary in the school nativity. My radio bosses
at the time said I couldn’t go but I took it off anyway and have never
regretted it.

ROSIE When I was little, I always saw Mum on the TV, so just thought everyone’s mother was on TV. I used to look at the screen and wave at her!
 
LORRAINE When Rosie was small, she used to watch me sign autographs for people and would ask, “Why do you always scribble your name on pieces of paper and give them to people?” It was so funny. Rosie is studying journalism, but I don’t worry about her going into such a tough career. I tell Rosie that it doesn’t matter what job she does – it’s how you get on with the people around you that counts. Rosie can make her own choices now. I wouldn’t like her to get a tattoo, for example, but I know I couldn’t stop her.
 
ROSIE Not even a wee, pretty tattoo on my foot? That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?
 
LORRAINE I like what President Obama said – that if either of his girls has a tattoo, he and his wife would get the same tattoo in the same place! No child would want the same matching tattoo as their parents! I’m glad Rosie has always had a great sense of style. Even as a little girl she insisted on dressing herself. Now I love taking her style advice because I’ve had plenty of fashion disasters in the past. Now, what was the worst one?
 
ROSIE Oh Mum, that jacket! The one with the lime green panel and the enormous buttons. It’s hideous!
 
LORRAINE I’ve kept that as a symbol of bad taste! There was a feeling, in the 80s and 90s, that you had to follow fashion trends regardless of whether the look suited you or not. But Rosie is far more comfortable in her own skin than I was at her age. I remember thinking how much she’d grown up when she dressed up for a party earlier this year – her dress was so elegant and gorgeous, I just thought “Wow”. It was a lovely moment.

 

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