Alison Hammond and Paloma Faith bonded over their respective splits from the fathers of their children on Friday’s This Morning.
With the pair admitting they both ‘felt like a failure’ following the end of their long-term relationships during the candid conversation.
Alison, 48, was previously married to Noureddine Boufaied, though it’s unclear when they split, with whom she shares son Aidan, 18. While Paloma, 42, confirmed her separation from the father of her two young daughters Leyman Lahcine in 2022.
The songstress appeared on the sofa to speak about her new album The Glorification of Sadness which she said was inspired by her ‘painful’ split.
Saying: ‘I feel a real sense of responsibility, stages of grief are still present and even two years on I still feel this guilt that I have failed my children’.
Alison Hammond (C) and Paloma Faith (R) bonded over their respective splits from the fathers of their kids on Friday’s This Morning (pictured with co-host Dermot O’Leary)
With the pair admitting they both ‘felt like a failure’ following the end of their long-term relationships during the candid conversation
‘It’s definitely biggest failure and my only regret and I have never really been someone who regretted anything’.
Offering advice Alison said: ‘That doesn’t make you a failure- you are a single mum and a pop star who is smashing life. That is your life and journey and story.’
Before admitting: ‘I felt that failure with my son’s dad when we broke up but he moved on and has three other kids now and they are part of our life.’
Alison was married to the cab driver from Manchester and found out she was pregnant shortly after appearing on the third series of Big Brother.
The star refused to name who the father was at the time, but later posed for a magazine shoot together while she was three months pregnant.
Alison has previously admitted her one regret in life is not having more children.
She told Hello magazine in 2021: ‘My one wish would be that I’d had more children. I wish I’d had another three back then.
‘I would totally consider adoption in the future. I’ve got so much more love to give – I don’t think I’m done with one child, I’m just not.
Alison, 48, was previously married to cab driver Noureddine Boufaied (pictured) with whom she shares son Aidan, 18
While Paloma, 42, confirmed her separation from the father of her two young daughters Leyman Lahcine in 2022 (pictured together in 2015)
Alison was married to the cab driver from Manchester and found out she was pregnant shortly after appearing on the third series of Big Brother (pictured with son Aidan)
‘Aidan has already got two sisters and a brother from his dad’s side, who he still sees.’
Paloma, who has opted not to make her children’s names public, welcomed her first daughter in December 2016 followed by a second in February 2021.
In October she admitted her breakup from Leyman was ‘the worst thing that’s ever happened’ to her.
Speaking on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, she confirmed she and her ex are still in touch, but sometimes the conversations can be ‘harrowing’ – describing the separation as ‘devastating’, yet ‘liberating’.
Paloma used the grieving process of the relationship as inspiration for her new album and its lead single How You Leave A Man.
She said: ‘It’s about the worst breakup I’ve ever had, because it’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had, and we obviously had two kids together, so it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.
‘I couldn’t ignore it when I was writing, but also the most private I feel about it because there’s kids involved, so it’s weird but I’m hoping the songs speak for themselves.
‘I’m not mincing my words, am I, when I’m doing a song called How You Leave A Man? It’s like, “Oh I wonder what it’s about.” But I find it liberating.
‘I feel like the whole album, when you go from start to finish, it’s basically chronicling the stages of grief and it goes from the self destructive moments to the insular moments to the really vulnerable moments and actually the kind of unusual bits for me as a female artist are the empowered moments.’
Paloma appeared on the sofa to speak about her new album The Glorification of Sadness which she said was inspired by the ‘painful’ split (pictured in 2018)