STACEY Solomon has opened up about her life as a teenage mum saying: “I felt totally out of control.”
The 31-year-old Loose Women favourite, who got pregnant aged 17, said she turned to tidying because it was something she could get a handle on.
Speaking in her book Tap To Tidy she explained: “At a young age — I was just 17 when I became pregnant — I became a mum myself.
“That meant there was me, my brother, my sister, my baby son, Zachary, and my mum all living in one small house, with no space to be messy.”
She adds in the book, which is being serialised in the Mail: “As such a young mum, I felt completely out of control and out of my depth.
“I had no idea what the hell I was doing; it felt like all my decisions had been made for me and there was nothing I could do about that.”
The star explained that she wrestled back a degree of control in her own life by focusing on little jobs she could take care of.
That, she said, meant becoming a master of making up baby bottles or sorting through nappies and wet wipes.
Stacey added that as a teen mum getting by on working tax credits, she also learnt to be super-organised with her money.
The star is mum to Zachary, 12, and Leighton, eight, from previous relationships.
She also has son Rex, one, whom she shares with former EastEnders star fiance Joe Swash.
Last month Stacey revealed on Loose Women that she felt ashamed of her baby bump as a pregnant 17-year-old.
She explained: “I just remember feeling so ashamed. I know that sounds awful but when I was pregnant with Zach, all I felt the whole way through was shame.
“I looked like a baby as well. I looked about six. I think people just looked and were like, ‘ugh, why is she pregnant?’ Maybe it’s a bit of a trauma I just haven’t addressed.”
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Stacey has previously said her parents didn’t put any pressure on her when it was revealed she was pregnant aged 17.
She said: “Even though they were really upset with me, and hurt and disappointed, they never told me whether I should go ahead and have the baby or not have the baby.
“Which at the time was absolute turmoil because all I wanted was for my mum and dad to tell me what to do.”
Stacey’s book book Tap To Tidy, comes out next month.