'Now I'm in My 40s, a Few Things Are Going South' Corriestar Kym Marsh, 41, on Her Fresh New Look, the Ageing Process, and Not Being a Softie with Her Kids

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'Now I'm in My 40s, a Few Things Are Going South' Corriestar Kym Marsh, 41, on Her Fresh New Look, the Ageing Process, and Not Being a Softie with Her Kids


Byline: Kym Marsh

We're strictly told not to ask Kym about her relationships. But when 27-year-old boyfriend Matt Baker turns up and watches the photoshoot, we realise that with Kym family is everything. He even sits in on the interview and they talk about her kids (from previous relationships) with pride. Whether it's gushing over 18-year-old Emily's 'beautiful' singing voice, or 20-year-old David's 'creative eye' for his tiling job, or at six, Polly's love of performing, we do feel like we've been welcomed into the Marsh clan for the day.

It's hard to believe Kym has now played Michelle Connor on Coronation Street for almost 11 years and, in true soap style, she's had her fair share of traumas. Most recently being drugged and trapped in the boot of her own car, stalked by Will. So it's a good job all is rosy for Kym in Having just bought a Manchester home with Matt, she's content being doting mum to her two grown-up kids and a little lady ('I'll still make David his tea as much as I do Polly's!') and she's chirpy, witty ng a and chats for England.

She's ditched her trademark black hair for new softlook, and despite teeny bit of reluctance she's happy to try outfits totally out of her comfort for our shoot. And she likes them on. She's happy admit she works hard for body, but with her new makeover, the sexy body-con dresses have taken a backseat.

Still, she looks even more gorgeous than ever. Yep, our Kym is all grown-up Is it new hair, new you?

I finally braved it. I loved that hair, it was a part of me! But I do think as you get older that colour can look really harsh. It so obviously wasn't my natural colour.

Would you try anything else?

I had my breast enlargement (from a B cup to a D) and I'd never say never to anything else. I won't say I never would, because if I do everyone will point the finger. But I haven't had botox yet and I'm doing alright. Not with the Corrie high-definition cameras, mind you. What was that like at first?

Oh my God. It's an assault to the face, still. I see my face on telly and I'm like, 'That line was never there.' You look about 25, though That's very kind. I do take care of myself. I drink plenty of water and Matt cooks healthy meals for the whole family. And I don't party hard. If I do, it wipes me out for a month now. Sleep, or trying to get sleep, is the key.

How are your 40s?

I had more of a crisis about 30 than 40. I'm very happy in my personal life and I'm very settled. There's a few things going south, but hey, that happens. I put weight on easier now and find it harder to lose. There's ups and downs.

Are you making a conscious effort to soften your look now?

I'm just going for the safer options. I've never liked overly-daring, even though sometimes I have gone for it. You won't ever see me in a mesh dress or a silly cut-out thing. I stick to what I know.

Do you bother to check what people think?

Not really. It's nice when people say you look good, though. I wore a Jessica Rabbit dress to the Soap Awards a few years back and everyone loved it, so it was good to have been brave enough to wear it. But now I'd rather feel comfortable.

Do you like the red carpet?

No! And I sweat profusely when I'm on it. It's too much pressure. I play it safe in case I end up on the worst-dressed list. But I don't care too much. If they knock you down you can either stay down or get back up. I've been a fighter in every element of my life.

Is it hard watching the emotional Corrie scenes you've been in?

Not so much for me, but it is for my family. The baby loss, they let me take the episodes for the whole week, so I could watch it with my family prior to it coming out. I felt exhausted because my body couldn't register that I wasn't actually going through all those emotions. But my mum had a good cry. It was difficult to watch. …

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