In a recent interview promoting her latest venture with LCG, Rachel has discussed her life after lock-down, her family’s love of music and her possible return to the music scene.
She rose to fame in chart-topping pop group S Club 7, which went on to sell 10 million albums worldwide as well as bagging two BRIT awards.
And Rachel Stevens has now revealed that her eldest daughter Amalie, nine, plans to follow in her footsteps and dreams of becoming a singer just like her famous mum.
The singer, 42, revealed to MailOnline she fully supports her daughter’s passion and admitted that both Amalie and her youngest, Minnie, six, are ‘performers’.
Discussing her families’ love of music, she said: ‘We’ve always got music on in our house, my kids have now got the buzz. Amalie’s definitely wants to be a singer, that’s going to be her career.’
The former band member also touched on her own singing career, and said: ‘Music is such a big part of our lives. I haven’t recorded for ages, but it comes up now and again, I talk about it and think about it. There’s potential might want to do some more shows, or music of some kind, I just don’t know what way yet.’
The star also discussed how lock down has been ‘intense’ as she juggled trying to create structure at home for her kids, as well as herself and husband Alex Bourne.
She said: ‘At the beginning it was scary, the uncertainty and worrying about family. It was such a massive change so quickly, the unknown really.
‘Then it was trying to create some sort of structure at home, because having children and home school and all that craziness, was really hard.’
Rachel was speaking in conjunction with her edit for Low Cost Glasses, which she revealed was ‘fun’ picking her frames virtually from home.
Explaining a bit about the company, she said: ‘They’re an online prescription glasses company, the glasses are brilliant value, both glasses and sunglasses.
‘Some own brand and amazing discounted designer frames as well. I’ve recently picked my own edit, which was so fun, you can do it virtually from home which is great in these times.’
Rachel modeled her range of prescription glasses and shades for a stylish photo shoot, for which she donned a range of chic looks to complement the eye wear.
Detailing what her go-to style is, Rachel said: ‘I’m quite classic in the things that I go for, but I do like things with a little bit of an edge to them. Actually I’m quite eclectic in what I love if I’m honest.’
Explaining where her fashion inspiration comes from, she joked that she won’t hesitate to stop people in the street to ask where their clothes are from as well as picking out pieces from Instagram.
Rachel went on to talk about how she has found the past few months amid the corona virus outbreak, which she said has definitely been an ‘up and down’ experience.
Discussing the ‘full-on’ experience, she said: ‘Just trying to keep them [her children] happy and enjoying what they’re doing and still trying to get their school work done, was hard.
‘I think it was hard on most parents because teaching is such a skill, that was really full on, intense and crazy. But we had some really lovely times, it’s very unusual that you have so much family time.’
Rachel also revealed she has been able to spend more time with her husband Alex, who she married in 2009 after 18 months of dating.
She said: ‘Before lockdown my husband Alex would be going off to work at 7 in the morning and coming home at half 6, 7 at night, so we would have lovely dinners and lovely long walks together and we’d have that family time that we wouldn’t have necessarily had beforehand.’
Rachel said that her family plan to spend the rest of summer enjoying fun ‘socially safe’ activities, while her kids are currently spending time at a small summer camp.
Although they had no plans to venture abroad this year due to recently moving house, Rachel said they will enjoy staycations in the Cotswolds and Devon.
She added: ‘I think things are still uncertain and changeable, so who knows. Just try and plan lots of family things, fun stuff, and work. It’s been great doing this job and getting back to work and being busy.’
Rachel also admitted she has previously kept her home life off social media, as she described herself as being ‘quite private personally’, especially while her daughters were little. However she said she is ‘slowly’ changing her habits.
She explained: ‘I guess I have always been quite private personally while they were little. But as they get older it’s something it’s something I’m not feeling as strongly about. [posting on social media]
‘My girls are my world and I love Instagram as a platform, it’s such a positive most of the time. It’s lovely to see people’s families, so I’m slowly doing more of that.
‘And also they’re interested in it, their friends are obsessed with Til Tok, especially my older one, I’ve not let her do all that yet. They’re so used to being around it aren’t they.
‘Especially with us on the phones, I think it’s lovely to share family life, I’m doing it more and more.’