I’m really proud to be interviewing Rosie Nixon, the editor of HELLO! magazine. Rosie is a hands-on editor with a love of all things celebrity, royal and fashion. She previously held senior positions at glossy women’s magazines including Grazia, Glamour and Red.
In her career, Rosie has attended a multitude of glamorous award ceremonies, premieres and showbiz weddings all around the world. Ever discreet and protective of the big stars she has worked with, Rosie’s experience has undoubtedly enabled her to write her debut novel, The Stylist.
I’m delighted to be interviewing Rosie and showing a different side to her – a glance behind the ultra-professional exterior and an insight into the mum behind it.
Tell me about the most unexpected change to you as a person or to your life since becoming a parent?
Oh how I miss my sleep and the chance to read the papers in bed on a Sunday morning… but that day will come again. I can’t complain, because being a mother has enriched my life beyond all expectations and I will never take it for granted, or stop being thankful.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced since having children?
Having the children! Life changes completely and it’s a constant learning experience. But I’m loving the ride.
What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
My two sons. And after them, my novel.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What hasn’t killed you?
Having two children under the age of two. The long five months when neither slept at night was much harder than I possibly imagined, but here I am, survived to tell the tale. (Just with a lot more concealer around my eyes).
Who inspires you?
My glamorous grandma. She turns 98 this year and still has a twinkle in her eye and a witty one-liner on her lips.
I have just invented a time machine (and you thought you’d achieved something great). You can now go backwards or forwards to any point in time and deliver any message to any person, what’s your message and who is it for?
I would visit my teenage self and tell her not to worry about fitting in with the cool kids. I’d say, ‘Be proud to be you; you’re going to do all right. But I’d recommend not cutting your hair that short and covering it with Sun-In.’
You have the opportunity to influence the entrepreneurs of the future. What life changing invention would you like to see on the drawing board?
A tidy-up robot that packs away all the toys strewn around the house at the end of the day.
I have waved a magic wand and all of your responsibilities have been taken care of for 24 hours. What are you going to do?
While away the day dozing under a palm tree – I have a love of palm trees – somewhere warm where I can hear the lapping of the tide and with a book from my to-read list. I would like my family to arrive and join me 24 hours later though, I’d soon be missing the chaos.
How can parents best be empowered to properly balance a career and a family life?
Unfortunately, this is the million-dollar question – there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution and just when you think you’ve found a good balance, something goes and changes like the kids go to school, you fall pregnant again or you get a new boss. My advice is to follow your instinct and find what’s right for you, by trial and error if necessary. Also don’t be afraid to ask – if you don’t ask your employer for flexible working hours, or go for that promotion to help pay for childcare – you never know what the result might be.
You’re off for a night out tonight. Where will you go, what will you drink and what will be the topic of conversation?
I’ll go out for dinner with my group of five best girlfriends, we’ll drink fizz followed by wine and cover family, relationships, work, fashion, money, politics, travel – in no particular order. Someone will be horrendously late because the kids wouldn’t go down, someone will cry before the night is out and someone will have some major ‘news’. We’ll barely come up for air – from laughing as much as talking – and we’ll all get Ubers home, having stayed out later and drunk more than planned, but with full hearts and the assurance, that only great friends can give, that everything is going to be brilliant.
The Stylist by Rosie Nixon is out now!