PROFESSOR Green spoke about the challenges of parenthood, but said it didn’t stop him from wanting a second child.
The 39-year-old rapper and mental health activist — real name Steven Manderson — welcomed Slimane in March 2021 with actress fiancée Karima McAdams. He said fatherhood has its ups and downs, but admitted that his young son changed his life.
The Lullaby singer said he was worried about his 21-month-old son’s future as he opened up about his financial situation and the possible shelf life of his career.
Speaking exclusively to Kristen Bell Tattoos about fatherhood, Prof Green said: “My parenting line, as I best understand it at the moment, is both beautiful and intense, it’s more wonderful than it’s stressful, but it’s stressful at times.
“People don’t necessarily talk about it, especially since we had a son during Covid – there were no open playgroups, there was no child care.
“So, we stayed at home all this time, parents, which was accompanied by a whole range of emotions, you also experienced insecurity.
“I will never look back and think that I would like to spend less time with my son, I am very grateful for that.
“All parents go through difficult times, but you don’t voice it because God forbid someone thinks you’re jealous of being a parent, you’re not, sometimes it’s hard as hell.”
Speaking about having more children in the future, he said: “We have the most beautiful boy in Slimane, terrible twos are just around the corner, hypothetically I would like to have more children, but I don’t want to rush into it.
“Now I’m a parent and every aspect of your life has to accept that or things can get stressful and can get a little out of control and I don’t want that to ever happen because he deserves the best in me.
“So potentially I’m not giving it up. Unlike most decisions I’ve rushed into, this one was not rushed, it was thought out, and even with all of that, you still run into things you had no idea about. “
The talented star explained that the birth of a child changed his life and praised the young man for keeping him on his toes.
“I was really lucky even though I was not raised by my parents, but if it was my grandmother alone, I would suffer from what people do in single-parent families,” he said.
“I didn’t have it like my great-grandmother did until I was 13. Just remember how much patience she had; patience is what I learned from Slimane.
“He is not responsible for everything I feel if he were. I try to always be patient with him, even when you and your partner are awake.
“The only thing I have learned is that I learn more from him, he improves my life more than I could imagine.
“People have preconceived notions about how they will raise their children, but the kids are leading the way.”
The musician, who has teamed up with British Gas Post Office pop-ups to help people get advice and help if they’re struggling to pay their energy bills, said he’s worried about his son’s future amid the cost of living crisis.
He explained, “Yeah, I’m really worried, people see me go to cafes and buy pastries and say you’re middle class. I can never become middle class or get rid of my working class anxieties.
“I’m a homeowner, I’m lucky in that, but I’m in huge mortgage debt and it’s hard for me to change my mind about it, whether I own my house or the bank.”
Speaking about his financial situation, he said: “I’m not in a situation where I have a huge income, I started a business going in the right direction, but I’m almost 40 and I don’t want to be in a situation where I only earn what what I work for.
“It’s hard for me not to worry that my career is coming to an end. You have to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
“So, I want him to grow up with more structure and more security than me.
“He’s really confident, happy, sleeping well, it gives you a different perspective on this as I want to make sure he’s as safe as possible and I want to work on that. goals”.
In light of the cost of living crisis, Professor Green has made a heartfelt appeal to people to visit the British Gas Post Office pop-ups for advice and help if they are struggling to pay their electricity bills.
Growing up in a council flat with his grandmother in Hackney, Professor Green understands what it means to make difficult decisions without support.
That’s why he’s partnered with British Gas to bring nearly 100 British Gas Post Office Pop-Up events to cities across the UK so no one has to fight alone.
Discussing the campaign, he said: “Post offices have been around for a long time in our community and British Gas offers people a place to talk privately and confidentially and they can talk to the consultant they go to to weather the storm.
“As a child, I had the stresses of poverty and no matter how hard my nanny tried to hide me from the debt collectors, she was exhausted doing three jobs a day.
“Now I have a child and I can’t imagine what will happen to families in an energy crisis.
“By the time I was 13 years old, I got into the student referral group, I would like to know how best to manage my money. I could make better decisions if I had a better education or if I didn’t have an anxiety disorder as a child, but it’s only through therapy that these behaviors are related to things that grow up.”
With nearly half (46 per cent) of Britons unsure of the support available for their electricity bills and more than a third (37 per cent) unsure where to find accurate advice, there is a real need for personal initiatives on the ground. such as these.
British Gas Post Office pop-ups are designed to put people at ease by getting their questions and concerns answered by an expert in a familiar, safe and local environment.
More importantly, at each event, money and energy consultants from local charities funded by the British Gas Energy Trust will offer a detailed overview of available support, point people to other organizations who can help, check eligibility for benefits and provide free energy. -Saving tips and advice.
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