Sam Faiers admits parenthood has helped salvage her friendship with Ferne McCann as they endeavour to move on from a bitter year-long feud.
The TV personalities formed a close friendship during their time on The Only Way Is Essex, but relations were said to be strained in 2017 after Ferne opted to make her own parenting show as she prepared for the birth of her first child, Sunday.
However Mummy Diaries star Sam, 27, insists the pair have put their past acrimony behind them, a move prompted by their infant daughters, who were born just nine days apart last November.
Speaking ahead of her collaboration with lingerie brand Boux Avenue for their star-studded Christmas campaign, she told MailOnline: ‘We haven’t spoken about it and I doubt we will. We’ve both moved on.
‘We attended my sister Billie’s bridal shower in Ibiza and we saw each other the other day at the Pride of Britain Awards, so we’re just over it now.’
Tension: The TV personalities formed a close friendship during their time on The Only Way Is Essex, but relations were said to be strained in 2017 after Ferne opted to make her own parenting show (pictured in 2013)
Sam’s own daughter Rosie has featured prominently on the Mummy Diaries in the months following her birth, but she provoked bemusement from fans after revealing she sleeps with the youngster while partner Paul Knightley sleeps with their oldest child, son Paul Jr.
But while the couple are happy to sleep apart for the sake of their children’s well-being, she admits the unusual arrangement might change in the near future.
‘Little Paul sleeps with Paul and I sleep with Rosie, and that’s how it’s been since Rosie was born,’ she explained.
‘But I’m just about to decorate Paul his own bedroom; it will have an animal theme and toys and once I present his room to him as a surprise he will 100% want to sleep in his own room.
She added: ‘Up until now it’s been absolutely fine. Our kids get to sleep and our house is really chilled. For us it’s not a problem.
‘I know people say when do you spend time alone, but we do, we always do. We just say how nice it is to have our babies in with us.’
The TV personality has been equally open about her willingness to breastfeed Rosie in public, but admits she’s cautious after suffering unnecessary backlash for posting a series of breastfeeding images on social media.
‘If someone says something to me it would really aggravate me. I’d have to respond. I just feel like if she’s really thirsty or hungry I have to whack the boob out there and then. If you don’t like it then just look away and don’t be offended because I’m just trying to comfort my baby.
‘But I wouldn’t be able to hold back if someone said something to me, and I’m not a confrontational person.’
Special arrangement: Sam has provoked bemusement from fans after revealing she sleeps with the youngster while partner Paul Knightley sleeps with their oldest child, son Paul Jr
Sam juggles her responsibilities as a parent to Rosie and Paul Jr with a busy professional life, not least her commitment to clothing line All Bits and popular reality show The Mummy Diaries.
‘I feel like my life has really changed,’ she said. ‘But I think just in terms of being more sensible. Instead of worrying all week about what I’m going to wear on a night out I’m thinking about the kids.
Devoted mother: ‘I feel like my life has really changed,’ she said. ‘But I think just in terms of being more sensible. Instead of worrying all week about what I’m going to wear on a night out I’m thinking about the kids’
Sam stars in the new promotional missive alongside Made In Chelsea’s Louise Thompson and EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa – and she admits taking part has been nothing short of empowering.
‘It gives me a little bit more confidence in myself. I know I go on holiday and wear a bikini, but when you’re on a photoshoot and all glammed up in front of lots of people in just underwear it can be quite daunting.’
She added: ‘Although I’ve done it before I was fairly young. It’s a confidence thing because I hadn’t done it for so long, so I was quite nervous prior to the shoot, but once I got the first image out of the way I got on a roll with it and I actually enjoyed it.
‘When I came out of the shoot I felt really good. I think as a mum you sometimes need something like that to uplift you and pick you up.’
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