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tough journey Stacey Solomon reveals how being a teenage mum gave her a 'kick up the bum'

Stacey revealed how she had to 'immediately become organised' when she had her first son, Zach, at 17-years-old.

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Stacey Solomon (Ian West/PA)

Stacey Solomon (Ian West/PA)

Stacey Solomon (Ian West/PA)

Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon has admitted how she is a “constant mess” despite misconceptions about her.

Stacey revealed how “every day, just like everyone else, you’re just constantly tidying up," as she was discussing her new book ‘Tap To Tidy’ with Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One.

She also apologised as her one-year-old son Rex insisted on having his say in the background, “because he doesn’t understand radio”.

Somehow Stacey managed to get though the interview even while Ryan said her baby’s screams were “going through my head”.

“Those screams are going through my head, I don’t know how you’re doing it, sitting there talking to me,” Ryan said.

“But it’s very human, you’re doing great so keep going.”

Stacey revealed how she often turns to Instagram and her four million followers just to have someone to chat to.

“Sometimes I just need a break from my family and I think, ‘who else can I talk to’, so I go on Instagram where I’ve got a nice little community of people to have a little chat with.”

Ryan also remarked how in her book Stacey, as a young, single mum who lived with her mother, gave a real sense that “before all the fame and the wealth that goes with it came into your life, you had a real grounding in reality”.

“The thing is, when I had Zach, it’s not that I was tidy in any way, shape or form, it’s just that I had to immediately become organised,” Stacey explained.

“I was finishing my college A levels at the time so he was in the college creche. I was working at the night time to pay for all my college stuff. I would have to arrange childcare. I would get milk vouchers which were really helpful at that time. I would get tax credits to top up my wages at the fish and chip shop so I could afford nappies and everything else.

“I had to make sure and be really vigilant about everything, every bit of money that was going in and out, to make sure I didn’t run out by the end of the week. And that threw me into reality because before then I was just a carefree kid.

“I really had to kick myself up the bum and get into gear,” she added, “I couldn’t be scatty.”

And even then she was aware of people who were struggling and in a worse off condition.

“My biggest privilege is my family,” she added. “I genuinely feel that without them I wouldn’t have been able to do all the things I’ve been able to do. They’re just the most incredible support network I could ever wish for. I feel lucky and privileged all the time.”

Stacey (31) who shares one-year-old son Rex with fiancé Joe Swash is also mum to Zachary (12) and Leighton (8) from past relationships. Joe also has son Harry (13) from a previous relationship.

She first met Joe in Australia in 2010, after the former X Factor contestant was crowned queen of the jungle on I'm a Celebrity and Joe – who won the show in 2008 – was presenting the spin-off programme.

The couple are planning to tie the knot in July following Joe's Christmas Eve proposal last year.

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