Sinitta worried about ‘wild child’ days preventing adoption: ‘Won’t be a suitable parent’

Sinitta discusses adoption in new You Can Adopt campaign

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Simon Cowell’s former X Factor co-star Sinitta, 52, has opened up about her concerns before she began the process of adopting her two children, Magdalena and Zac, who she shares with her ex-husband Andy Willner. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the So Macho hitmaker revealed she had tried to conceive naturally at the time, but she and her ex didn’t have any luck. 

The former couple eventually decided they wanted to pursue adoption, but Sinitta initially felt worried that her life in the spotlight would portray her as an unsuitable parent.

Addressing her fears about her “wild child” past impacting her chances to adopt her children, Sinitta recalled that she found the adoption process to be “very thorough”.

She explained: “I found it thorough, it was very thorough, and I guess you have to be because you can’t just hand children out to anyone and everyone. 

“Initially I found it quite intrusive, because they ask you questions about your life and your background, and your family, and your job, and they’re interviewing your family and friends.

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“But you do get used to it and in the end I found it quite therapeutic because you’re reflecting and looking back at things in your life that you might not have thought about before.

“And realising that your life experiences are experiences that will help you be a good parent, because your children will grow up and have experiences and issues that you can help them deal with.”

Sinitta added that she began to reflect on some of the things associated with having a career in show business and if that would show her in a negative light.

The star, who rose to fame in the mid-1980s following the release of her single So Macho, admitted she was known for being a bit of a “wild child”.

 

Her relationships were also in the spotlight, as she had dated megastars including music mogul Simon Cowell, when he managed her pop career, and actor Brad Pitt.

She explained: “I was thinking of some of the things with being in show business, being considered a bit of a wild child, that they’d look at those things and think, ‘Oh she won’t be a suitable parent’. 

“But if you think about it, every parent has had their wild teenage years, but they’ve never had to think about it before.”

Fortunately, Sinitta’s worries were unfounded, as she went on to be “blessed with two gorgeous children” through the adoption process.

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The television personality said: “I adopted just 12 years ago now after having a difficult time having children naturally and I tried lots of different things – I tried naturally, I tried IVF, I tried with a surrogate, and each time it led to disappointment really until we decided to adopt.

“We ended up blessed with two gorgeous children and the whole process was very interesting because I started off as a woman really wanting a baby and ended up a woman really wanting to be the answer to what children needed because I learned how many children there were in care needing families, needing mothers, needing fathers.

“And to realise that it’s not something that you’re doing for yourself, you’re actually helping people as well and helping children.

“There’s so many children and there’s so many families that are struggling to have their own children and it’s the solution to both needs and I really would not exchange my children for biological children because they’re my children and I love them 100 per cent.”

Sinitta went on to address how she told her children about their birth story, explaining: “I was actually advised to make the children aware that they were adopted as early as possible in an age appropriate way.

“So they always knew from the start that I wasn’t their tummy mummy because they’d say, ‘Oh she’s got a big tummy’ and I’d say, ‘Oh she’s got a baby in there,’ and they’d ask, ‘So were we in your tummy?’ ‘No, you weren’t in my tummy, you were in your tummy mummy’s tummy.’ 

“So they knew like that and as they got older they made more and more sense of it.”

Sinitta is supporting #YouCanAdopt, a national campaign to raise awareness of adoption and dispel some of the myths around who is eligible to adopt. To start your adoption journey and find out more, visit www.youcanadopt.co.uk

 

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