Rebecca Adlington on having a baby: ‘Anyone who says it is easy is flat out lying’

The Olympic gold medallist isn't holding back on what life as a new mum is really like


Usually when you ask a celebrity what becoming a mum is like, they’ll say something so sickly sweet we’re left feeling completely inadequate.


Aren’t you knackered? Don’t you need half a pack of custard creams just to get through the day?

Well, it seems new mum Rebecca Adlington is completely on our wavelength. And we love her for it.

Following the birth of her baby daughter Summer in June last year, the 26-year-old has no trouble telling you being a mum is “bloody hard work”.

“Anyone who says it is easy is flat out lying,” she told Weekend magazine.

The Olympic gold medallist married fellow swimmer Harry Needs, 24, in 2014 – and the couple have always been SO lovey dovey. But even these sweethearts have found the sleepless nights taking their toll.

“Harry and I have had plenty of arguments. We’re knackered,” Rebecca admitted.

The mum of 1 retired from swimming at 23 – and is now working hard as a TV personality – with the aim of being a sports commentator.

“A lot of mums take 6 or 8 months off. I had 2 months and then had to go back to work,” she said. “There have been plenty of times I’ve wanted to say, ‘I want a year off.’

“I want to sit and be with my daughter and just have time together. But it isn’t possible because I’m supporting the family.”


Rebecca has been filming in Austria for The Jump – though an injury to her shoulder, which inflicted pain “worse than childbirth” has left uncertainties as to whether she’ll be able to continue with the show. Meanwhile, Harry is a student on a graphic design course.

If Rebecca does well on the show, she could be in Austria for 6 weeks. But luckily, her parents have already flown her little girl out for a visit. “When I’m not with her I feel I’m missing something all the time,” she said.

Photos: Instagram / Rebecca Adlington

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