Listen, everything I did in my childhood was competitive.

Everything we did my dad made it into a game to win. We used to drive my mum nuts.

Living in the fishbowl is hard enough without worrying about a Secret Service that can't keep mum.

I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?

I trust my mum with anything. If I have a problem, my mum is always the first person I go to.

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I feel like my mum is in heaven sharing a cup of tea with Lady Fate and plotting my life out like a chess game.

My father was having an affair with a 16-year-old when Mum was pregnant with me.

She found out when I was three weeks old and left, not surprisingly.

I come from a family of working women, my mum went to work two weeks after I was born - my parents had no money, there was no choice.

My mum was Labour-voting, but wanted us to know we were important.

Basically, everyone's equal, but you, my children, are a bit better.

I'd be the best mum ever. I would. I've got great training from my mum.

I'd read things, like people criticizing me.

But no one likes to read stuff about that, and probably the main thing that was getting to me was me mum's illness.

Seven years is a long time, and he was there for me, when my mum died.

He was very compassionate at that time. I couldn't have found anyone better in that situation.

Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn't say, 'This is really good, you should do this', She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.

The only ones I trust really are my Mum and Dad and those who are closest to me.

And my parents' separation was tricky.

But my mum had always been really honest with me, and treated me like an adult even when I was really young, so I knew they hadn't been getting on.

My mum loves cats so I took her to see the lion cubs which at about a year old are actually quite big. She wasn't scared at all and went straight over and kissed one on the mouth! She thought they were just like her pets at home.

It was my Mum who got me into singing properly - she knew I had to do something with my voice because she knew I was talented. She was the one who pushed me into joining a choir all those years ago, when I was about 12. I remember she told me to start with the choir and just see where it took me.

I'm amazed that things have panned out the way they have.

I always say I'm so lucky, though my mum always says, "You make your own luck."

Mum put me in drama classes when I was about 14.

I'd been going on about it for some time, so maybe it was a way to shut me up.

When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone broke into my house or my mum's house, I worry that the burglar has more rights than me.

My mum says, 'Go with your first instinct,' but this can lead to impulse buying!

Apparently, one in five people in the world are Chinese.

And there are five people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother, Colin. Or my younger brother, Ho-Chan-Chu. But I think it's Colin.

We are still so close, David and I. We were at a party the other day at my mum's house and I was sitting on his lap. We're very affectionate. And I looked at him and thought after being married for 11 years! We were the only couple who were even near each other at that party. We're soul mates.

People have lots of misconceptions about me.

My mum, who is half French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I'm called quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90 percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90 percent of my entire career.

In five years' time I'd like to be a mum.

I want to settle down and have a family, definitely sooner rather than later. I'd like to have finished my second album too, maybe even my third. I'd like a sound that sticks around that other people are inspired by and that people know is me.

Mum loves me being famous! She is so excited and proud, as she had me so young and couldn't support me, so I am living her dream, it's sweeter for both of us. It's her 40th birthday soon and I'm going to buy her 40 presents.

My mum was never strict. I was allowed to go out to clubs underage, watch TV, listen to whatever music I wanted to, and that made me not rebel. I have never touched a drug in my life.

I was a really picky eater as a child.

Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we'd hum the Popeye tune and then I'd happily eat it.

I remember when I got to 16, my mum was like, 'No, now you've got to go and get a proper job. We've indulged you long enough.' I don't think they ever thought I was going to be successful in entertainment at all.

My mum was never too keen on TV, so we kids all went to the library and got books out. Right from the start, I loved the works of Mark Twain. Every time I read about Tom Sawyer, I'd go out and do something low-level naughty, just like him.

My mum always told me 95 per cent of success was partnering well.

It wasn't through choice that I became a mum at 36.

I wanted to be a young mum but things never worked out for me.

I've never once heard my mum shout and she's 83 now.

She's incredible. She's very, very happy, slightly eccentric but loves laughing, which I do too.

I had some difficult times when I first moved to Los Angeles when people would tell me I was saying things wrong. I felt different although my mum kept reminding me it was OK to be different.

Being a mum changed me for the better.

I love being a mum but I do love to work too.

So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family - Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma - because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories.

The divorce is a regret of mine and my mum thinks that we should have stayed together. He's now remarried so there's no chance of us getting back together.

My commitment is to my kids and my mum and I'm having a whale of a time.

One day Mum saved up for this exciting new thing - a frozen chicken.

She cooked it on the Sunday and we all sat around waiting for it, but there was a terrible smell from the kitchen. She didn't realise that the giblets were in a plastic bag inside it. We just ate vegetables and she cried and cried.

I was away a lot on 'Countdown' when the children were young and I couldn't have done it without Mum's help. Because she was at home running all of that, I never had to worry about them.

My mum's advice is never to whine to my friends, so they never see the other side of me. I save all my problems for my mother.

My mum reads every script before I go for it.

I never promise anything. I don't promise anything to my mum. I don't promise anything to the supporters.

My family was never cultural in that we never went to see plays, my mum wasn't very into films.

Losing my mum. That was a punch-me moment.

I feel like a different person since my mum passed away, like I'm driving a ship with my husband alongside me and we're leading these four children into unknown waters.

I try to balance it out on the whole.

Being a mum is always the priority. Next, it's taking care of yourself. Right now, I get to only work two days a week - it's a dream. I can't imagine how hard it is for mothers who work 40 hours a week.

My mum is about five foot with her hair done. Without it she's about four foot 10.

Being busy with work, and as a mum, I'm a big fan of online shopping.

As a working mum, it's really hard to find time in the day to just relax and take a break. I am constantly on the go.