Alesha Dixon opens up about how violent childhood shaped her as a mum
Alesha Dixon is committed to giving her own daughters the happiest possible childhood after the traumatic experience of witnessing her mother be beaten when she was a child.
The singer has been open about what it was like seeing her mother become victim to domestic violence at the hand of a boyfriend.
At the age of just eight years old, Alesha found herself witnessing the violent attacks – which she says has made her a better mum today as it 'shaped' who she is.
Speaking to Alice Liveing on the Give Me Strength podcast, she opened up about not wanting her children to go through what she did.
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The Britain's Got Talent judge said: "I want to make sure my children are never exposed to things that I saw. I want them to grow up feeling very secure, because I grew up feeling very insecure."
Despite being a witness to such violence in her youth, Alesha went on to say that she didn't have a bad childhood and that she had had “a lot of love” around her.
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Alesha is now mother to two young girls – Azura, seven, and Anaya, 20 months – that she shares with her choreographer husband, Azuka Ononye.
The star uses her platform to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence and how it can have a lasting impact, in 2010 she hosted a documentary on the subject called Don’t Hit My Mum.
Chatting to The Mirror, Amanda Holden's co-star said: "Being a mum has made me a better person because I’m always mindful of my behaviour.
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"Obviously, there is still a rebellious side in me and I’m young at heart, but for the most part I’m quite sensible.
"My children keep me grounded. Everything I’m doing now is to make sure they have a great future and to protect them."
Alesha confessed that one of her favourite things about motherhood is "the cuddles", admitting that sometimes she begs for them.
- Alesha Dixon
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