Olivia Attwood thinks too much pressure is put on women to have children.
The Love Island beauty, who is engaged to Blackburn Rovers footballer Bradley Dack, says she is regularly “grilled” about when they plan to start a family.
But Olivia reckons there is plenty of time for all that.
She said: “I’m 29. I’m engaged. And I can’t believe how much people grill you about kids and when you are having them.
“I think it’s wrong and unfair that people put this pressure or expectation on you or think they can just ask you.
“It is such an outdated view that women are just there to reproduce, and if you haven’t had kids by 30 then there must be something wrong.”
Olivia left the ITV dating show coupled with Chris Hughes. Their relationship hit the rocks after only six months.
A stint on Celebs Go Dating in 2018 was not enough to tear her away from on-off boyfriend Bradley and they announced their engagement last October.
Now the former motorsport grid girl is too busy enjoying their life together to think about children. She said: “The expectation that I should be wanting kids or should have kids by now is making me feel, like, ‘Am I a bit weird?’
“It’s not that I don’t want them because I absolutely do – but not for a long time.
“Brad and I are enjoying our life together and we are having so much fun without responsibility to anyone else.
“We aren’t really ready to give that up just yet. I have so much other stuff I want to do first and that’s what I’m going to do.”
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Olivia and Bradley’s relationship will be put under the spotlight in her new show Olivia Meets Her Match, which she is filming now.
Loving in the limelight has not paid off so far, but the star is convinced that this time things will be different.
Olivia added: “I’m a bit dramatic and ended up making mountains out of molehills.
“But Brad is like, ‘We’ve got over so much in four years, we can get over anything’. We’ve dealt with Love Island, Celebs Go Dating and other boyfriends and girlfriends.”
Lockdown was tough for Olivia, who joined Towie last year, and she recently revealed her struggles with ADHD have taken their toll. Now she plans to use her platform to change perceptions of the condition.
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She said: “With ADHD you can find it harder to relax so it probably made it even harder in lockdown. I’m used to constantly rushing around. However, by the end I do think I was the calmest I’ve been in years.
“I was eating well and exercising and was the healthiest I’ve been in my adult life. I had time to get into a routine and focus fully on my health for the first time. I really want to do a lot more to educate on what ADHD really is because lots of people have the wrong perception. I would love to go into schools and do some talks at special learning centres.”
She added of Towie: “I would like to cover it on the show too. It has such a great reach – that’s the amazing thing with Towie.
“It’s not just drama and ‘agg’. It has actually dealt with a lot of series issues which can affect peoples’ mental health.”
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