Emily Andrea praises Naomi Campbell for becoming a mum at 50

This week, Emily Andrea shares her thoughts and expert advice in a column exclusively for OK! VIPs as she talks motherhood, quitting drinking and the increasing concern over the Indian variant of coronavirus.

NHS doctor Emily praises supermodel Naomi Campbell for becoming a mum for the first time at 50, as well as commending Michael Caine for giving up drinking at 88 and explaining why we're going to have to "learn to live with" the increasing mutations of coronavirus. The mum-of two also opens up about her son's Theo's latest love and not letting her children watching too much TV.

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50 isn't too old for motherhood

It was lovely to hear Naomi Campbell has become a mum at the age of 50.

I read that in the past she has always spoken about wanting to become a mother, and if that is something you have your heart set on then it can become a really big part of your life, so I’m happy that it has finally happened for her.

Some have questioned if she is too old to have her first child, but it’s a completely personal choice.

Plenty of men become fathers in their fifties or older, so I don’t think it should be any different for women.

As a more mature mum, hopefully she’s had more time to prepare for the sleepless nights! There’s nothing to say you’re more tired when you’re 50 compared to when you’re 20.

I was definitely way more tired after I had Theo than Millie, but that was because I was having to look after two kids instead of one! It’s all down to circumstance.

We don't tend to let the kids watch much TV

I absolutely love this picture I took of Theo in his Greatest Showman outfit. Theo is obsessed with The Greatest Showman and he knows all the words and moves.

He loves nothing more than dancing around the living room while watching it. Every time we’re in the car he wants me to put the songs on as well!

We don’t tend to let the kids watch loads of TV, only the odd programme here and there, but we do often sit down to watch a movie as a family.

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Since we moved Theo out of Millie’s room and back into his own room, he hadn’t been sleeping that well and kept waking up in the middle of the night, but he’s been a lot better recently so we got him the outfit as a treat.

We avoided moving him for ages but it was definitely the right thing to do because they’re both sleeping a lot better. Millie can get a full night’s sleep without being disturbed now!

Better late than never for Michael

Sir Michael Caine has revealed he’s given up alcohol to be around longer for his grandchildren.

He said, “I’ve decided to live a bit longer, I’ve cut down on the drink and got a new outlook on life. I thought I wasn’t going to have grandchildren, and suddenly I have three.”

Cutting down on drinking when you get older isn’t a bad thing. The elderly are
more likely to have other health conditions or take medication that can be impacted by alcohol.

For Michael, I guess it’s better late than never to give up!

I certainly felt a lot better when I gave up drinking alcohol. It helped my head feel a
lot clearer and I loved not having those hungover mornings.

But he’s made it to the grand old age of 88 so he must have been doing something right!

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Viruses do mutate

There has been a lot of concern around the Indian variant of coronavirus, which is totally understandable as no one wants to go back to full lockdowns and the pressure on the NHS that we have seen over the last year.

Unfortunately, viruses do mutate and the coronavirus is no different, so we will have to get used to dealing with different variants.

The key is that we continue being sensible with things like washing our hands and wearing masks, and ensure as many people as possible get the vaccine.

Eventually there may be a variant that the vaccines are less effective against, and if that time comes we may have to adapt the vaccines just like we do with the flu vaccine.

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