EXCLUSIVE: My Vajazzling days are over! Denise Van Outen says she's calmed down now she's a mum- and planning for number two next year
18:31 GMT, 23 July 2012
Denise Van Outen is clearly not letting motherhood cramp her style after she was snapped two weeks ago grooving under a fountain as onlookers cheered her on.
38-year-old was the life and soul of the party at the Ocean Beach Club in Ibiza, with party-goers a decade younger struggling to keep up with her.
But the star maintains that, since becoming a devoted mother, she only lets her hair down and parties once a year.
Denise enjoyed letting her hair down recently in Ibiza, but only treats herself to a night out once a year
Summery: Denise back at work in London today filming with Daybreak
'We stayed in the north of the island but luckily one of my friends wasn't drinking so she was our taxi driver and drove us to the crazy parts of the island.'
Working-mum Denise, who has a two year older daughter called Betsy with musical theatre actor Lee Mead, reveled in letting her hair down during the trip.
'As a woman I find it difficult to multitask and juggle everything. I sit up and night and worry if I have done everything I am meant to that day. The hardest part of motherhood is not being able to have a lie in.'
Denise loves spending time with her two-year-old daughter Betsy
Denise and Lee, who met when Denise was a judge on the show Any Dream Will Do (which Lee went on to win), do not employ a nanny and, although Lee has spoken out before about the strains that parenthood can put on them as a couple, they are a united front.
'Parenthood was hard at the beginning, it was a shock to the system but now it's a balancing act.
'We sit down with our diaries and plan. We have a good little system at gauging who's the most tired and then the other will take over. We never argue over it.
'We are very happy as we are for now but may think about having another one next year.'
The couple enjoy the simple life and relish the opportunity to take Betsy to the local farm or for lunches in the park.
Lee, who has shot to fame in the West End since his TV debut in Any Dream Will Do, is moving to Los Angeles for two months to be put up for auditions by his management there, but this doesn't phase Denise at all.
'It is so normal for us to be apart, it is part of our job. We both get it.
'I did the whole LA thing, and Lee toured Japan before Christmas. It's best to do it while Betsy is young and has no concept of time.'
Denise will keep herself busy while Lee is away by finalising the one-woman show she is co-writing and believes is the next step for her.
She has been lucky enough to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which she described as 'amazing' and would love to be a judge on Britain's Got Talent alongside her great friend David Walliams.
The actress, who hails from Essex, currently narrates for hit-show The Only Way is Essex and although she has never met any of the cast, she describes herself as a 'typical Essex girl' because of her hard-working ethos.
'The girls in the show now are all so hard-working, they have used the show positively to start their own businesses.
Denise and Lee met while he was a contestant on Any Dream Will Do
They are not at all stupid. I am hard-working like they are, although I am definitely less glam!
'When I was their age, grunge fashion was all the rage and Kate Moss was my idol.
'Now I look up to Twiggy; I would love to look that great when I am her age.'
Despite her Essex roots, Denise won't be in a hurry to take a trip to Amy Childs' salon for the notorious Essex treatment.
Denise described working with Andrew Lloyd Webber as 'amazing'
'I think my Vajazzling days are over as a mother of one!' she said.
Although she has never met the majority of the cast, she is good friends with Lydia Bright and the pair took part in a charity cycle across India for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
'Lydia is lovely and we are going to take part in a similar bike ride again soon but take a more coastal route.'
Although many TOWIE cast members, in
particular Lauren Goodger are constantly criticised for their weight,
Denise maintains that the camera adds pounds and Lauren is a normal,
'The criticism Lauren receives is unfair,' she said.
Denise, who looks fabulous for her age, keeps trim by power walking and running after her daughter.
'I am a size 10 at the moment and I
will never go below that. I am healthy and eat normally, I don't deprive
myself but I'm not one of those girls who craves chocolate.
I wish I had more time to try Yoga but I am so busy. I will always make sure that I walk rather than take a taxi if I can.'
Denise is also a firm fan of the show's original lothario Mark Wright.
'He is far too young for me but he is gorgeous. He is a real cheeky chappy, he is the sort of guy who would break your heart!
'My Lee is an Essex boy but he is a nice one, not a heart breaker!' she said.
Denise, who was very affected by Jade Goody's tragic death, is currently working on the We Are Women campaign will Lil-Lets in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
She has donated an item to the Lil-Lets We Are Women auction in support of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The find out more visit www.facebook.com/wearewomenuk