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Tina Campbell

Strictly star Fleur East says she has 'mum guilt' as she returns to work just three weeks after giving birth

Fleur East has lamented having “mum guilt” as she returned to work three weeks after giving birth to her first child.

The radio DJ and singer, 36, who originally shot to fame as a finalist on The X Factor, welcomed daughter Nova with her husband Marcel Badiane-Robin, on March 22.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, she revealed that she had performed her first gig exactly three weeks since becoming a mother and was feeling very emotional about it.

Alongside a picture of her posing alongside two of her backing dancers, she penned: "While I was still pregnant, I received a booking to perform at a gig. It was touch and go as to whether or not I would do it because it would be so soon after giving birth," Fleur explained. "But this weekend, three weeks after having Nova, I decided I was ready to get back on stage and see how I get on."

Despite looking sensational in a pearl-studded white blazer teamed with glittery tights and patent boots, she went on to admit her body "doesn't feel the same" but eventually the "energy took over" and she "felt amazing" up on stage.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star continued: "I was anxious being without our baby girl for a bit and my body definitely doesn’t feel the same, but surprisingly the energy took over.

"It felt amazing to perform with these incredible ladies who gave me good, positive vibes on stage. I was able to get out there, move my body, sing and do what I love and then get back to the little person I love with all my heart."

She concluded her post: "I spoke to lots of you on my stories about Mum guilt and feeling anxious and it’s nice to know I’m not alone, we all experience it in some way, I’m told that it will get easier and a happy Mama means a happy bubba."

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