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Rebecca Ferguson: Becoming a mum at 18 was best thing ever

Rebecca Ferguson has admitted becoming a mother was she was still a teenager, aged 18, was the "best thing" to happen to her.

Rebecca Ferguson: Becoming a mum at 18 was best thing ever

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Rebecca Ferguson thinks having a child when she was 18 was the "best thing" to ever happen to her.

The 'Nothing's Real But Love' hitmaker - who has Lillie, 14, and Karl, 11, with ex-boyfriend Karl Duress and Arabella, four, from a past relationship - insisted becoming a parent so young was "hugely positive" because it gave her the drive to keep going and focus on reaching her goals.

She explained: "Having kids at that age was the best thing that ever happened to me. I'm not promoting it, but for me it was a hugely positive thing.

"It pushed me forward and made me want to chase my dreams.

"It gave me so much strength.

"When you have kids, you can't just collapse in a heap when life gets you down, you've got to keep going."

And the 28-year-old star - who shot to fame after competing on 'The X Factor' in 2010 - always wanted to be an inspiration and a good role model for her children.

She added to Closer magazine: "It was also really important to me that my kids saw me succeed, and so I made sure I did.

"I want them to be inspired and to do well - that's why I've worked so hard."

Rebecca has been in a relationship for the last 18 months and wants to marry and have children with her mystery man.

She said: "He's lovely. He makes me feel so special and he's everything I've wanted.

"He's not fazed by celebrities or anything - he doesn't like all that.

"I think I've found The One. I'd love more kids in the future but I want to get married first.

"I want a big white wedding, a really girly one with the dress and everything. I'd have to rally up my music friends to sing at it.

"He doesn't know this yet though!"

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