Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had to “redefine her identity” after welcoming her son in 2017.
The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Jimmy Choo, and Marks & Spencer.
However, Rosie discovered that she had to reassess all aspects of her life after giving birth to baby boy Jack, whom she shares with her actor fiance Jason Statham.
“I don’t think I was prepared in any way for the emotional side of becoming a mother. I’d never really been around babies before, I knew it was time to start a family, and I knew I had this inkling in me that I wanted to have a baby, but the maternal instinct never really kicked in until I gave birth. It was incredibly overwhelming on so many different levels because here I am with this newborn baby that I had an overwhelming sense of love for and it is a huge identity shift,” she said during an interview for Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal podcast. “And so that first year, for me, was a mix of pure joy, a lot of anxiety, learning as I went, redefining my identity to myself, to my partner, to my work, to my son. It’s a very intimate kind of personal experience. And really beautiful because I feel like I’ve evolved and grown so much. And there’s nothing that comes close to how proud I feel of him. I could stare at him all day long.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, also asked Rosie how she made the decision not show Jack’s face in public or on social media, and the blonde beauty insisted it was a “no-brainer”.
“I just always felt really strongly that it should be Jack’s decision if he wants to live a public life. I just dread the idea of him turning around to me at 15, 16 and being like, ‘You and dad didn’t protect me, you w**red me out.’ It should be his choice. I want him to feel normal,” the 38-year-old explained.
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