Stacey Solomon shares fear of being 'left with nothing'
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Stacey Solomon has opened up about her 'inherent' fear that something will 'go wrong' and she could end up 'on the streets'.
Many of us most recognise the 33-year-old as the presenter of BBC1 series Sort Your Life Out and for her recurring role on Loose Women, but what you may have forgotten is Solomon started her journey to becoming one of the nation's sweethearts when she auditioned for The X-Factor in 2009, singing a rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.
Despite her continued professional success and happiness - Solomon married to Joe Swash and a mother of four - soon-to-be five - children - the TV presenter has spoken out about a fear she holds surrounding the stability of her future.
The 33-year-old 'absolutely adore[s]' working on Sort Your Life Out and 'going into people's homes to help and get involved,' but ultimately she reflected: "You can’t work your way up then know you’ve got a job for the next 10 years."
"So my whole attitude has always been take it, enjoy it, work your socks off and see what happens," she continued.
Solomon's scepticism surrounding true financial security stems from her family's previous experiences - her dad from a background 'where he had nothing'.
She said: "So we could have nothing again. Even to this day I think, 'Well, we’re comfortable now but something’s going to go wrong at some point, it won’t stay like this forever’. It’s inherent.
"So you’re constantly thinking, ‘I’d better hold on to that and I’d better not waste that’ because in a few months’ time I could be on the streets.
"It’s that fear, passed down from generations. And a lot of people have that fear."
However, it's Solomon's own financial anxieties and the circumstances around her upbringing which have made her the perfect host for Sort Your Life Out.
"Trust me, I’m the biggest hoarder of them all. I can see myself in most of the people whose homes we go into. I see how they’ve got that way and how busy life is for them," she continued.
"We need to convince people that there are better ways of saving money, because using up that space doesn’t do you any favours."
The 33-year-old mum-of-four also noted the 'sense of urgency this year' amid the cost of living crisis.
"It feels like [...] it’s more essential to be regimented, to be organised and to not waste money at all. If we’re having those conversations, it’s happening on a much more scary scale for so many people," she added.
Solomon previously spoke out about the impact the cost of living crisis is having on her family in December 2022.
She told The Guardian: "If our energy bill doubles, then it might well be beyond our means in the future. I’m not saying it is the same for us as someone on the breadline, ’cos it blooming well isn’t.
"But it’s such a scary time. How have we allowed the country to get to this point? How can the government not be prepared for it?"
However, ultimately, despite holding fears for the future in relation to her financial security, Solomon resolved to the Mirror: "Our biggest privilege is our families and the fact that they’re always around. I couldn’t have a job without them. We live on a kibbutz basically, where everyone chips in."
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