Fearne Cotton admits it’s ‘difficult’ trying to navigate a blended family amid coronavirus crisis


Fearne Cotton enjoyed a home workout on Tuesday as she candidly discussed the difficulties of trying to navigate a blended family amid the UK coronavirus lockdown.

The presenter, 38, shares Rex, seven, and Honey, four, with her rocker beau Jesse Wood, who also has Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14, with his ex-wife Tilly.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Fearne shared two snaps of herself enjoying a home workout as she used the hashtag ‘#StayTheHellHome’ in a bid to stop the public from going outside following Boris Johnson’s UK lockdown on Monday night. 

Candid: Fearne Cotton enjoyed a home workout on Tuesday as she candidly discussed the difficulties of trying to navigate a blended family amid the UK coronavirus lockdown

The mother-of-two showcased her toned arms and physique in a black crop top and matching leggings as she playfully flexed her muscles to the camera.

Fearne went on to share a candid video as she discussed the difficulties of trying to navigate a blended family amid the UK coronavirus lockdown. 

Boris Johnson ordered the immediate closure of all non-essential shops and threatened people with fines or even arrest if they do not ‘stay at home’ on Monday night in a shutdown that will last for a minimum of three weeks. 

Blended family: The presenter, 38, shares Rex, seven, and Honey, four, with her rocker beau Jesse Wood, who also has Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14, with his ex-wife Tilly

Blended family: The presenter, 38, shares Rex, seven, and Honey, four, with her rocker beau Jesse Wood, who also has Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14, with his ex-wife Tilly

Britons can leave their homes for one form of exercise a day, shopping for basic necessities, any medical need and travelling to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.  

In her video, Fearne also revealed that son Rex, seven, was ‘doing great’ learning in the house despite sharing her homeschooling mares on Friday.

Fearne said: ‘I, like many of you, are part of a blended family and after last night’s announcement it’s really difficult to know how to play that. My step-kids come and go from both houses — to our house, to their mum and step-dad’s. 

‘From what we’ve read, we think the best approach is to take it as long as both sets of parents have no symptoms or children, and they haven’t in the last two weeks, we should be able to continue having the kids dropped off or picking them up.

Keeping it real: Fearne went on to share a candid video as she discussed the difficulties of trying to navigate a blended family amid the UK coronavirus lockdown

Keeping it real: Fearne went on to share a candid video as she discussed the difficulties of trying to navigate a blended family amid the UK coronavirus lockdown

'Trying our best': Fearne, shares her two children - Rex, seven, and Honey, four - with musician Jesse Wood, 43 (Fearne's children pictured with step-siblings Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14)

‘Trying our best’: Fearne, shares her two children – Rex, seven, and Honey, four – with musician Jesse Wood, 43 (Fearne’s children pictured with step-siblings Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14) 

‘So we can spend time with them because the thought of not seeing them for, God knows how long, is tricky. There’s so much more I want to say but my brain is scrambled, I haven’t had much sleep. So much love to you all, stay home and safe.’

It comes after Fearne jokingly claimed that her two children have ‘no respect for her whatsoever’ on Friday. 

The broadcaster spoke to Zoe Ball, 49, on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, where she discussed home-schooling son Rex, seven, and daughter Honey, four, after the closure of their schools.  

Worries: Fearne said: 'I, like many of you, are part of a blended family and after last night's announcement it's really difficult to know how to play that.' (pictured with husband Jesse Wood in May 2019)

Worries: Fearne said: ‘I, like many of you, are part of a blended family and after last night’s announcement it’s really difficult to know how to play that.’ (pictured with husband Jesse Wood in May 2019) 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that extra steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the UK, leaving parents little choice but to educate their children at home.

Fearne, who shares her two children with musician Jesse, described the experience as ‘interesting.’

She told Zoe: ‘I have discovered that my children have no respect for me whatsoever and I’ve got no patience is the other discovery as well! We’re trying our best. We’re trying our best.’

Zoe, who is mum to Woody, 19, and Nelly, 10, with ex-husband DJ Norman Cook, 56, also chimed in on her own experience. 

Mum life: It comes after Fearne jokingly claimed that her two children have 'no respect for her whatsoever' on Friday

Mum life: It comes after Fearne jokingly claimed that her two children have ‘no respect for her whatsoever’ on Friday

She said: ‘I think we all, parents and children, and grandparents and all sorts, we are all going to learn an awful lot about ourselves in the coming weeks.’ 

The radio host laughed, revealing: ‘I’d sit with Nelly doing work and I’m thinking oh my goodness me, this is beyond my capabilities, and she’s 10-years-old! So it’s going to be interesting for us all.’ 

The two stars also touched on mental health and anxiety in these ‘testing’ times. 

Fearne has been incredibly vocal in the past with her own mental health struggles, and continues to be open and honest in her Happy Place podcast. 

The BBC presenter shared her thoughts on her to stay positive amid the pandemic. 

Radio star: The broadcaster spoke to Zoe Ball, 49, (pictured in 2019) on her BBC Radio 2 Show, where she discussed home-schooling son Rex, seven, and daughter Honey, four

Radio star: The broadcaster spoke to Zoe Ball, 49, (pictured in 2019) on her BBC Radio 2 Show, where she discussed home-schooling son Rex, seven, and daughter Honey, four

She said: ‘I think you just have to be really mindful of how you balance out what you’re digesting.

‘So if you are watching the news, the rolling news, and you are reading the newspaper or online every day, then you really need to balance it out with positive stuff.

‘There are lovely books to read and lovely podcasts to listen to, and there’s nothing wrong with having some light relief in these times. 

‘Don’t feel guilty that you’re having a moment out of the angst, that you’re having a moment out of thinking about it all very seriously. 

‘I think it’s really important that we really endeavour to get a little bit of balance when things are so wobbly at the moment.’

Yummy: Fearne has shared various snaps to her Instagram Story of how her family are staying occupied at home, including baking vegan cookies

Yummy: Fearne has shared various snaps to her Instagram Story of how her family are staying occupied at home, including baking vegan cookies

 

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