10/01/2012 13:23 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Dancing On Ice Star Jennifer Ellison Feels Guilty Leaving Son For Work

Jennifer Ellison tells of  working mum guilt PA

Dancing on Ice star Jennifer Ellison has confessed that she feels guilty leaving her son to go to work each day.

The former Brookside actress - who has reportedly lost five stone since having her little boy, Bobby - says work means life is a juggling act.

Jennifer says the skating practice and work commitments in the run up to the live Dancing on Ice shows left her with little time for her son, who turns two next month.

She told this week's new! magazine:

"It has been a huge juggling act for me. For the first eight weeks of training, I was on tour with Calendar Girls. Because I was moving around, I had a different coach at a different ice rink each week.

"I was also doing eight stage shows a week and still trying to be a mum. Some days, I'd travel four hours to an ice rink, then go home, kiss Bobby and then go to Calendar Girls."

Jennifer, 28, says that as a toddler, Bobby cannot understand why mummy has to leave him:

"He's too young to understand that I have to go to work, earn a living. That's when I feel the guilt."

The hard-working mum revealed that she had 'a bit of a cry' when she had to leave him in Liverpool for a week recently whilst she trained for Dancing on Ice in London - but found modern technology saved the day!

"I had a bit of a cry leaving him because I'm not going to see him until the weekend," she says. "But, luckily, I can Skype him every night!"

Read the full story in this week's new! - out today

Did you see Jennifer on Dancing on Ice?
Are you impressed with her amazing post-baby weight loss? And do you sympathise with her work/life juggling?