Luisa Zissman: 'Becoming A Mum To Dixie Saved Me From Destroying My Life With Drink'

14/08/2014 16:58 | Updated 20 May 2015

Luisa Zissman and her daughter

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Luisa Zissman has told how becoming a mum saved her from destroying her life with booze.

The Apprentice runner-up said having daughter Dixie, now three, had changed her dramatically and stops her partying for days on end.

In an interview with the Daily Star Sunday, Luisa, 26, also revealed she suffered with postnatal depression for months after Dixie's birth.

She said: "I think if I didn't have my daughter I would be totally off the rails.

"I'd be out drunk for days on end. I'd just be working, then going out, then doing it all over again.

"Because of her I have to go home every night when I otherwise wouldn't. I have to be up at 7am to get her up and take her to nursery. So having a daughter keeps me steady and motivates me to work harder. Motherhood has changed me dramatically."

Luisa had separated from husband Oliver by the time Dixie was born and struggled as a single mum.

She said: "I went back to work two days after giving birth because I had to.

"I used to work at my dining room table and lie her on the changing mat. She'd be screaming for a feed but I'd be thinking 'S**t, if I don't do this for my customer...'

"It was tough to be a mum and run a pretty new business and rely on myself."

Luisa spoke about her postnatal depression, saying: "I had really bad depression. I found becoming a mum really tough."

Despite managing to run her baking business and bring up Dixie, cruel trolls still slam her for enjoying a night out.

Luisa added: "I get criticised a lot for being out. But she's got a father too. Half of her time is spent with him. He's an amazing dad.

"And that means I do have quite a lot of free time. There are plenty of people who think I'm a terrible mum because I'm going out to work and partying.

"But you can judge your parenting by your children and my daughter is a very well-rounded three-year-old and that's all I care about."


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