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AT HOME WITH HEATHER PEACE

AHEAD OF THE DIVA MUSIC FESTIVAL, ROXY BOURDILLON SPENDS THE DAY IN BRIGHTON WITH THE ACTOR, SINGER AND MUM OF THREE

I’ve swayed along as Heather Peace sang her heart out live on stage. I’ve binge-watched her in Lip Service as Sam, the tough cop with a gentle heart.

I’ve even sat across from her in the Radio DIVA studio while she’s co-hosted like a pro alongside Rosie Wilby. But I have never – ever – seen Heather Peace quite like this. She’s pinned to the sofa, two toddlers crawling all over her body, while a third tiny child plays at her feet.

I’m at Heather’s jaw-droppingly dreamy four-storey home in Brighton, and it’s bedlam. Full of warmth and love and joy and laughter, but complete and utter bedlam nevertheless.

There are brightly coloured toys scattered across the floor of the living room (white walls, exposed brick, rainbow speckled rug – in case you’re interested). Heather and her wife Ellie are playing mum tag team, while we try to get organised for today’s cover shoot. Is her daily life usually this chaotic? “Sometimes more so”, she laughs. We barely stop laughing all day. “Honestly though, before I had kids I sometimes used to wake up a bit meh. None of that now. They’re just fantastic.”

I can confirm that three-year-old Annie and twin babies Lola and Jessie are truly awesome. They’re friendly, adorable and hardly even raise an eyebrow when their idyllic home is invaded by a bunch of queer women trying desperately to get the perfect snapshot of their mummy.

Motherhood suits Heather. She can be playful and raucous with them one moment and nurturing and tender the next. So is this their lot now? Heather guffaws, “Thank god it can’t happen by accident!” It wasn’t always the plan to have three sprogs? “Ellie’d have had 10! No, it wasn’t the plan to have three, Roxy. Ellie had Annie with my eggs and I had the twins with Ellie’s eggs. She was at work and I was in the operating room. They said, ‘We’ve only got two embryos. Do you want us to put in one or two?’ This is not when you should be asking me this!” Heather’s giggling hard now. “I had to phone Ellie after work. I was like, ‘Babe, something’s happened. I might have put two in, ‘cos it would have gone in the bin.’” She gazes fondly at the little’uns. “They’re gorgeous aren’t they? I can say that ‘cos they’re not my genes, so it’s not me being a prat.”

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This month we’re super excited to have actor, singer and Radio DIVA co-host Heather Peace rocking our cover for a record-breaking seventh time. In her most revealing interview ever, the Lip Service star opens up about her marriage, lesbian parenting and why she’s actually very different to the roles she plays. Make sure you check out our stunning photo shoot and find out what went down when we spent the day chez Peace, ahead of the DIVA Music Festival. Also in this issue… Holby City’s Catherine Russell on Berena, feminism and being a lesbian icon We hang out in Amber’s Closet and get to know the woman taking YouTube by storm Legends Of Tomorrow’s Maisie Richardson-Sellers: “I don't want to exist within the boxes given” The career issue: How to start your own business, by women who have Why we love The Voice finalist Lauren Bannon Does being out on the court still have the potential to kill a career in tennis? “How a stay at an artsy lesbian Airbnb made me question my whole identity” PLUS: Karima Francis, Rachael Cantu, menswear for women and so much more!
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