‘I sat in the car for three hours crying my eyes out’ Tamara Ecclestone opens up about suffering from parental separation anxiety

Tamara Ecclestone has opened up about suffering from parental separation anxiety, admitting that she’s more anxious since becoming a mum.

Speaking about the condition, which is described as having an excessive fear or anxiety about separation from a child, the mum-of-one revealed it caused her to sit outside and cry for three hours when Sophia first went to nursery back in January.

‘I’ve had more anxiety since I became a mum, and it’s something I need to work on and deal with. I was never an anxious person before I had Sophia, but now I have serious anxiety about anything happening to my daughter’, she told Happiful magazine.

‘I’ve just got to get my head around the fact that I’m not going to be there to pick her up every time she falls over, and that’s the brutal reality.’

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‘I sat outside in the car for three hours, crying my eyes out and Jay was telling me that I was a lunatic. I was watching my phone, thinking: “The nursery staff are going to need me to come back”.’

‘But they didn’t. I feel like I’m always worried. Is she going to fall over? Have I forgotten something? Is her smock clean for school? Everyone has a certain level of anxiety. Nobody’s life is perfect.’

Tamara, who has sparked debate in the past with several aspects of her parenting style, including sharing photographs of herself breastfeeding Sophia, said that the separation anxiety is something she will have to adapt to.

‘I’ve just got to get my head around the fact that I’m not going to be there to pick her up every time she falls over, and that’s the brutal reality.’

The mum, who’s the heiress to father Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula 1 fortune, also confessed she doesn’t employ any nannies and does everything herself.

‘Since Sophia’s been a toddler, there’s mess everywhere and I’m OK with it now. I’m not going to bother replacing things that get stained, because they’re just going to get stained again!’