Michelle Keegan has shared why her mum Jacqueline won’t be seen leaving restaurants with her.
The 36-year-old actress, who has received much praise for her new Netflix series the star of Fool Me Once, opened up about this during a chat on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast.
Her new series, based on a Harlan Coben book, follows an ex-army captain investigating her husband’s murder and discovering life-changing video footage. While promoting the series, Michelle has been sharing insights into her personal life.
Michelle – who also stars in the Bacup-filmed Brassic – revealed that she battles with Imposter Syndrome, having entered the industry later than most when she landed the role of Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street. She also spoke about how hurtful negative comments have been for her family, especially her mother.
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Michelle said: “When it affects my family, that’s when it’s hurtful. I remember once I stepped out of a restaurant with my mum and we got pictured and I remember my mum reading the article and she read the comments. That really affected my mum, really bad.”
“Now, she won’t walk out of restaurants with me, because of that reason.” Michelle prefers to keep her family life private and doesn’t share much about it. Given how private Michelle and her husband Mark Wright are, it’s not surprising she dislikes when people ask about their plans for a baby.
The couple, both 36, have been married for nearly eight years. However, Michelle says she is the only one constantly asked about starting a family, which she believes is due to her being a woman. Whenever they post a picture with their nieces or nephews, fans quickly ask when they will have their own baby.
Michelle expressed her desire to do things at her own pace and not be pressured into starting a family. She criticised the constant questioning, saying: “It’s horrible. People don’t know if we’re trying. They don’t know the background of what’s happening. In this day and age, you shouldn’t be asking questions like that. I’m asked purely because I’m a woman. But I’m immune to it now it’s like a reaction, and as soon as I hear it I brush it off as it’s no one else’s business.”
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