‘There's not one parent out there who's perfect'
New UK|February 22, 2021
Sam Faiers and Billie Shepherd on the challenges of homeschooling, what’s to come in the latest series of The Mummy Diaries and adding to their broods
CHLOE ALEXANDROU

Superstar sisters Sam Faiers and Billie Shepherd are back for another hugely anticipated installment of The Mummy Diaries. And it’s fair to say the last six months have been a rollercoaster ride for both reality stars.

Billie began training for Dancing On Ice, but she got one go on the rink before crashing out of the competition after suffering concussion. And Sam’s dreams of having a huge 30th birthday celebration were left in tatters thanks to lockdown.

Billie, 31, and her husband Greg, 35, have got homeschooling and house renovations to contend with, too. And the couple are also coming to terms with the fact they’re officially out of the baby stage with kids Nelly, six, and Arthur, who turns four next month.

On the flip side, Sam reveals that she and her partner Paul Knightley, 31, have been forced to take drastic measures against screen time with their children.

Here, the girls tell us what’s coming up on the show, how they’re keeping romance alive during lockdown and whether more kids are on the cards...

Hi, ladies! Tell us how it feels to be back for another series of The Mummy Diaries...

Sam: We just can’t believe we’re here again doing another one. This hasn’t been the easiest one either has it, Bill?

Billie: [Laughs.] No. It’s really exciting though. I’m so appreciative of everyone who tunes in and loves the show.

Why do you think viewers enjoy it so much?

Billie: I think mums enjoy it because it’s relatable. It has been a pretty tough series to film because we’ve been in lockdown. It’s been challenging and there are plenty of highs and lows as we always say.

Sam: The whole nation will be able to relate to this series. We’ve all been going through the same thing. It’s lovely to see a bit of glitz and glam, but what the viewers really enjoy watching is home life.

Billie: We face the challenges all mums face. We give everything to the show, so the viewers see it all. Even the mundane bits, like dinner time and bedtime, are interesting for people because they get to see how we do it and can relate to it. The kids aren’t always on best behaviour either!

Do you think it helps other parents?

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