The former Love Island pair, both 23, welcomed their daughter Bambi Fury on 23 January 2023 and have been sharing snippets of their newborn bubble on Instagram.
But last night’s YouTube vlog is the first time she has spoken openly about life as a family of three and about her labour experience.
Within seconds of the 36-minute video starting, there are tears. Molly-Mae said: “This is me, just crying all the time, just so emotional.”
Molly-Mae detailed the difficulties she faced in the first days after giving birth, from struggling to shower and brush her teeth to the total sleep deprivation.
She said: “From the minute I gave birth on the Monday night until about day five, I actually didn’t sleep a single hour. I didn’t have a single hour. For the first week I ran completely off adrenaline. I actually made myself really quite unwell…
“Day five was 100% the hardest day of my entire life. Not a doubt in my mind. I genuinely was scared for myself and my health.”
But she later added: “I would live day five, the hardest day of my life, I would live that every single day for the rest of Bambi’s life just to make sure she has everything that she needs.”
She also said that the day they revealed Bambi’s name was a ‘really really hard day’ as thousands left unpleasant comments on social media.
She said: “I think I was just brought back down to planet Earth very very quickly, of like how nasty this world can be.”
Molly-Mae spoke too of why she chose to have an induction – and it was largely down to Tommy’s boxing schedule and his upcoming ‘gigantic fight’ with Jake Paul.
She said they ‘needed to have a rough understanding of when Bambi was going to be making her arrival’ so that she didn’t have to do it without Tommy by her side.
In the vlog, Molly-Mae described the pain she felt before she was given an epidural. She said: “10 minutes after that gel was inserted – the pain, guys. It’s no joke. That wasn’t even contractions. The pain I was experiencing was not contractions, and the way I was crying, screaming, nearly throwing up… the nurses were looking at me like ‘This is going to be a long day’.
“I’m not gonna sit here and say ‘I took it like a champ, I breathed through those pains, I had it under control’ – I didn’t have it under control. I was in pain and it was really really hard.”
She also said that she ‘that down there’ would ‘never be the same again’ after having a vaginal birth and receiving two stitches, with Tommy watching the whole thing.
“I was push push push push pushing,” Molly-Mae said. “She was coming out of me and I could feel it – it was incredible.
“To be honest with you, I’m sure I’m gonna get loads of questions like ‘What did it feel like’, for me it did actually feel like I was doing a poo.
“And by the way, did I do a poo in birth? Yes I did, I think. The doctors were like ‘don’t worry about it’ but I’m 99.9% sure I did, I could smell it.”
Tommy pops up in the vlog, saying: “It was like a science class but in real life. It was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s the most beautifullest thing, it’s so pure. You can’t describe it.
“Single-handedly the best thing that’s ever happened so far and the best thing that will ever happen in my entire life. Work, holidays, whatever, it just doesn’t compare to being a father and having your own family. It’s the best feeling in the world. I love that little girl.”
Addressing Molly-Mae, he said: “You went up a hundred gazillion percent in my book. The respect – I had a lot of respect for women anyway because what they go through with periods and stuff like that, but birth is a completely different level. After seeing that and experiencing what she went through – men are pretty much useless to be honest.”
Bambi’s birth was all filmed, but Molly-Mae says the ‘vulnerable’ video is a difficult watch.
“I can barely watch my video back myself,” she said. “I think I’ve watched it back once with no volume, and I bawled my eyes out. I just feel like I’ll never ever be able to show it to anyone.”
Featured image: YouTube, MollyMae
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85-year-old gran from Altrincham stars in new Adidas running advert
Everyone’s favourite gran, Barbara Thackray, is back in the headlines and this time she isn’t just jogging and raising money, she’s featuring in Adidas’ brand new running advert.
The Altrincham-born and bred grandmother, who has become a local legend and inspiration across the UK with her incredible fitness and fundraising feats in recent years, is no stranger to being interviewed following her amazing efforts, but now she’s popped up in the new Adidas running ad too.
Barbara stars alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube ad spot.
In the genuinely moving minute-long commercial, Barbara’s lovely little face pops up right at the end. Always save your best till last.
Actually quite stirring and inspiring, right?
Maybe it’s just us going soft in our old age (we never used to well up and interviews, promise), or maybe it’s because we know all the truly wonderful things she’s been doing for charity and her local community of late.
The Alty nan, who turned 85 earlier this month — the same day she broke her own PB in the annual Trafford 10k — has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for more than 10 years amongst her sister’s illness and eventual passing.
She only started running when she turned 77 but now she runs around 12 miles every week.
The organisation’s Fundraising Manager, Lucy Leeming, said: “The awareness Barbara has raised across Greater Manchester for the importance and vitality of St Ann’s Hospice has undeniably helped raise funds and awareness for our charity.
“Her passion and dedication to towards our charity shines through in everything she does for us, we’re so grateful to have her support.”
As for Barbara herself, she’s still encouraging people of all ages to get into running; her only advice is “to begin gently and listen to your body.” No wonder the global sports brand chose her: she embodies everything the campaign is about.
To show this Alty gran some love and help her continue her incredible efforts, you can donate HERE.
Soccer AM cancelled after nearly 30 years on the air
Sky Sports have reportedly made the decision to cancel British TV and sporting institution Soccer AM after nearly three decades on the air.
The iconic football and comedy talk show which first aired in 1995 and enjoyed huge popularity throughout the 90s and early 2000s is set to end at the end of this season (its 28th) with just 10 episodes left, as per an exclusive report by The Sun.
According to a source who revealed details to the outlet, Soccer AM will be axed at the end of the 2022/23 season due to low ratings and viewing figures, which have both gradually decreased over time — as has the running time, which went from 240 minutes to just 90 in more recent years.
The insider went on to claim that the decision has come as “a complete bombshell” to those involved with the programme, with “morale at an all-time low”.
Staff on the show were reportedly told of the cancellation on Tuesday, with their last episode airing on Saturday, 27 May, the day before the end of the Premier League season, at which point they will be made redundant.
Issuing a response to the news, a Sky Sports spokesperson said: “Soccer AM has played an important role in our coverage of football for the past three decades, and we continually adapt to the evolving needs of our customers.
“We now go into a period of consultation to discuss the proposed changes with our people. We are unable to provide more detail while these consultations are underway.”
As for current presenters John Fendley and former footballer Jimmy Bullard, who have been at the helm of the show since 2019, the two are said to have been left “fuming” by the decision. Figures from within Sky and around the footballing world have been paying tribute to the programme.
The show began with Russ Williams and long-time host Helen Chamberlain presenting back in 1995 before the latter was joined by veteran TV personality Tim Lovejoy just a couple of years later, with the two going on to become the most famous pairing in the show’s history.
As well as recurring comedic guest ‘Tubes’ (Peter Dale), some of the most famous guests you can think of made their way through Soccer AM‘s doors down the years, including the likes of Oasis, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Dave Bautista, umpteenth footballers and countless others — you name ’em.
However, the show was not without its controversies and reflected a very different time and admittedly outdated part of British culture, to say the least.
Perhaps the most infamous serial segment of the show was its ‘Soccerette’ feature, which saw attractive young women walk into the studio and asked how old they were as men cheered “great age!”
The show obviously had to evolve over time but sadly its viewership continued to dwindle, no matter how much affection there was back in its heyday.
Speaking to Mirror Sport back in May 2022, leading figure Bullard admitted “it’s hard trying to refresh a show every single week with all the new material”, but that he still found it a privilege to be trusted with reinventing a show that is still “the start of a lot of people’s mornings on a Saturday.”
It was certainly far from perfect and pretty problematic at times, but it still played a huge role in the lives of many British people and young football fans’ formative years.