Heather Peace on love, Lip Service and lesbian parenting
Ahead of the DIVA Music Festival, Roxy Bourdillon spends the day in Brighton with the actor, singer and mum of three
I’ve swayed along as Heather Peace sang her heart out live on stage. I’ve binge-watched her in Lip Service as Sam, the tough cop with a gentle heart. I’ve even sat across from her in the Radio DIVA studio while she’s co-hosted like a pro alongside Rosie Wilby. But I have never – ever – seen Heather Peace quite like this. She’s pinned to the sofa, two toddlers crawling all over her body, while a third tiny child plays at her feet.
I’m at Heather’s jaw-droppingly dreamy four-storey home in Brighton, and it’s bedlam. Full of warmth and love and joy and laughter, but complete and utter bedlam nevertheless. There are brightly coloured toys scattered across the floor of the living room (white walls, exposed brick, rainbow speckled rug – in case you’re interested). Heather and her wife Ellie are playing mum tag team, while we try to get organised for today’s cover shoot. Is her daily life usually this chaotic? “Sometimes more so,” she laughs. We barely stop laughing all day. “Honestly though, before I had kids I sometimes used to wake up a bit meh. None of that now. They’re just fantastic.”
I can confirm that three-year-old Annie and twin babies Lola and Jessie are truly awesome. They’re friendly, adorable and hardly even raise an eyebrow when their idyllic home is invaded by a bunch of queer women trying desperately to get the perfect snapshot of their mummy.
Motherhood suits Heather. She can be playful and raucous with hem one moment and nurturing and tender the next. So is this their lot now? Heather guffaws, “Thank god it can’t happen by accident!”
Read the rest of our exclusive interview with Heather Peace in the June issue of DIVA, available to buy in print or digitally here. Find out more about the DIVA Music Festival at divamusicfestival.com.
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