Nadine Mulkerrin has exclusively opened up on her fear of her one year old son, Reggie, being bullied as she supports The Diana Award.
The 28 year old welcomed her first child with her Hollyoaks co-star Rory Douglas-Speed in October 2019.
She is now fronting The Diana Award’s latest campaign, Don’t Face It Alone, which encourages people to have a conversation about bullying, and to show young people they are not alone.
In our candid chat, the Cleo McQueen actress discussers her worry that Reggie could face bullies and how she and Rory navigated bringing up a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic.
Nadine exclusively told : “Since becoming a mum, you never stop worrying about them and I do just hope to God that he never gets bullied and never has to experience that.
“You’ve got to give them the tools to stick up for themselves, in the right ways, in case they do and build up their self-confidence because kids can be cruel.”
She explained: “These days, all the social media and everything online and in schools, there’s no respite. You go home and you can still get bullied.
“Especially now I am a mum, I’ve got a son, it kind of hits home a bit harder. I can’t even imagine, I freak out about him in nursery so God knows what I’m going to be like when he’s of the age when he’ll actually go to school.
“I think it’s important that we just come together and get the message across. I don’t even know why people do it, I suppose to makes themselves feel a bit bigger in the moment but it can have such a lasting effect on someone’s confidence and self-esteem and it’s not acceptable, it’s not ok, so we just need to nip it in the bud and raise the message of how horrible it is.”
Discussing Reggie’s unusual upbringing, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nadine continued: “Reggie was six weeks old when we got the first lockdown from Boris.
“In some ways, I kind of miss that feeling of being in our little bubble and, obviously, Rory was off work which was a massive help.
“I was thinking, God, if he was filming seven till seven, I don’t know how I would have coped!
“We were a little team, we just really got to soak in those newborn moments and enjoy Reggie together.
“But, equally, it’s sad that Rory’s family up in Scotland haven’t seen Reggie that much, and I definitely do feel like he’s missed out on certain bonds with people and little things like, he’s never really been to a restaurant before, so he’s wild when we go out.
“There’s so many things we’ve not been able to do with him, but now soft plays are open that’s helped my sanity a bit.”