Jo O'Meara announces that she's expecting a son, talks pregnancy in Hello

03/22/2008 at 11:34 PM ET

Joomeara1_cbbEx S Club 7 singer Jo O’Meara, who is expecting her first child in May, sat down with Hello! magazine for an interview and photoshoot this week. The 28-year-old Brit revealed that she’s expecting a son and has split with the baby’s father, and discussed her controversial Celebrity Big Brother role and subsequent breakdown.

Click below for the photo and interview highlights.



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Jo, who is perhaps better known at this point for her part in the racially-motivated bullying of actress Shilpa Shetty on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, maintains that she is not a racist and that her portrayal on the show was the result of selective editing. The change in public opinion of her, after having been in the extremely successful band S Club 7, was too much for Jo to take — she ended up overdosing on pills and alcohol, but luckily was discovered by a friend in time.

I didn’t leave my house for a long time, I was too scared. [My] recovery has been a slow process. Idon’t really know how to explain a breakdown unless you’ve actuallybeen through one. It was kind of a case of one step forward, two stepsback.

From October to Christmas, I started feeling a lot more positiveabout stuff. Then when the New Year came, I thought: ‘You know what,I’m not going to go in to 2008 like this.’ Everything I’ve been throughin the past year has made me realize that I’m strong.

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Adding to her strength was the realization that a new life was forming and responsibility was a requirement. Jo took the news of the pregnancy in stride, committed to change.

Thepregnancy was a surprise, but I was really pleased about it straightaway. I did five tests to make sure. I feel really content.

Expecting this little one has given me a newlease of life. It’s kind of completed me in a way. I feel likeeverything is a new start for me. I’ve got a new babycoming, I’ve got a new home. I’m ready to pick myself up and startagain at the bottom and work myself up.

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Jo tells Hello! that although she dated her baby’s father — whom she does not wish to name — for two years, they have recently decided to end their relationship. However, they remain friends and are committed to raising their son together.

Eventhough I’m classed as a single mum. I’ve got my family and friends andthe father is going to be involved. I think we’ve made the rightdecision. If you stay in something that won’t be happy, that’s not goodfor the baby. He’s going to be loved by both his parents, and he’s notgoing to see us feuding or arguing.

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Source: Hello!,Issue 1013 March 25th

Thanks to CBB reader Carlie.

FILED UNDER: Births , Maternity , News

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Andrea on

I really don’t understand how people can say it was the editing on a TV show that made them come across badly. They say what they say, you can’t change what comes out of someones mouth.
Her and some of the other “celebs” in the house at that time were just plain vicious. No amount of editing can change the things they said. Poor excuse. I don’t wish her bad, two wrongs don’t make a right & I’m sorry she went so low but I think she is trying to change events to try and make herself look better but people watched it happen! That makes me cross!

Alisha Meehan on

Jo is a truly lovely person and I’ve been a fan since her S Club 7 days. She didn’t deserve what happened after big brother and I’ve really felt for her. But she is now looking to the future and has a beautiful baby. I hope one day she releases another album because she’s a wonderful singer and it would be a shame to waste her pure talent.
People who want to say bad things about her don’t know her or what she’s been through, but she’ll have my support all the way.
To Jo, never give up on yourself and don’t put yourself down. You deserved better than what you went through but bad experiences can make you learn from it and find strength from it. GOOD LUCK wih your future and I wish you all the best!!! xxxxx

Hopeful&Peaceful on

Good On You Jo Forget About It Its All In The Past Fank God Shes Finally Moving On Its A Shame Other People Cnt Do The Same Thing.

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