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"You don’t know what people are going through": Ricki-Lee Coulter on not having kids.

It’s been 15 years since Ricki-Lee Coulter’s sonorous voice captured the nation’s heart on Australian Idol.

Despite coming seventh on the series, Ricki-Lee managed to leverage her reality TV fame and launch a career that still stands today – an achievement many before and after her struggle to do.

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But with that fame has come an intense interest in her personal life.

And one topic that continues to resurface is the 33-year-old’s decision to not have children.

 

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In an interview with Stellar Magazine on Sunday, the singer admitted once more: “I don’t want kids.”

“It’s a completely personal decision,” she told the publication. “You can’t tell people how to live their lives. You don’t know what people are going through, if they can’t have kids, or are trying, or have lost a baby.”

Ricki-Lee has been married to her partner Richard Harrison, who is also her manager, for four years.

“For me, it’s simply: I don’t want kids. People on the street ask me, ‘When are you and Rich having kids?’ Stop!”

The singer said she adores being an aunty and a sibling for her nine-year-old sister, but she also enjoys returning them.

“My mum and my sister had babies around the same time,” she explained. “I love being an aunty. We’ll stay up all night eating pizza, we’ll wake up and have a tub of ice-cream for breakfast and send you back to your parents – bye.”

It isn’t the first time she has made such admission.

In an interview with radio duo Fitzy and Wippa back in 2014, the singer reflected on how her unconventional upbringing influenced her decision to not want kids.

“I’m the eldest of like 30 grandchildren, my mum is one of like, fifty thousand kids. I was the eldest of all these grandkids and I was the one looking after them.

“My mum had me when she was really young and so I was dumped with whoever – aunty or friend or cousin, who would take me while she went out partying, being an 18-year-old.”

 

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Ricki-Lee has also spoken about her upbringing candidly – one that was punctuated by addiction.

“I don’t have an addictive personality, so I sat back watching my parents partying all the time and I grew up knowing that feeling of resentment and watching them thinking, you’re an embarrassment. And I hate what you’re doing and I hate the way you’re acting and I hate the way that you forget about me when this is happening,” she said on the Thinkergirl Podcast in 2017.

“And I remember all those feelings, they were so strong when I was growing up. I had a real issue – in my late teenage years when I was really becoming a woman and coming into myself – with the way they were living their life.

“And I remember all those feelings, they were so strong when I was growing up…

“I have a really grossed out attitude towards drugs because I have seen a lot of it in my life. I grew up watching my family, and I thought, I never, ever want to be like you.

“I’m never the messy one, I’m always together. I don’t want anyone to look at me through the eyes that I looked at my mum and dad when they got hammered.”

Despite a backdrop of dysfunction, Ricki-Lee Coulter has emerged as one of Australia’s brightest stars. And it just so happens that she and her husband don’t want kids.

Ricki-Lee Coulter is the host of Australia’s Got Talent which premieres 7pm, Sunday July 28, on Channel Seven.

You can read her full interview with Stellar Magazine here.

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