14/08/2014 16:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Carla Bruni Admits It's Hard Being A Mum In Your 40s

Carla Bruni says it's hard being an older mother

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has admitted in an interview that it is tough being pregnant and having a baby in your 40s.

Carla, the wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was 43 when she had her second baby, Guilia, her first child with Nicolas.

She said the pregnancy left her feeling 'fat and ugly' as she struggled to lose the baby weight, and that it was a 'very fragile time' in her life.

"It was exactly at the time of my life when I would beg not to be photographed. It becomes like a war," the singer and former model told Vanity Fair.

"They [the press] say 'She's fat.'They get really nasty. Nothing is out of bounds. It was a very fragile moment in my life. I'm kind of tall, with good-size shoulders, and when I am 40 pounds overweight... I just look ugly."

At the time of her pregnancy, her husband was in the midst of the presidential campaign, something she admits made things difficult, but cites her age as making it even worse.

"I was dead," she said. "Breast-feeding the little girl, waking up every two hours at night because she was hungry. Having children when you're older is not easy."

She reveals that since losing the 2012 election, her husband has had more time to devote to his daughter, who is now 19 months old, and says that one plus point about being an older parent is how much they appreciate her.

"She is so Sarkozy. Nicolas has found his master. I think between our age and the fact that she's a girl, we're both melting, basically, you know?"

Carla also has an 11-year-old son, Aurelien, from her relationship with Raphael Enthoven.