Sam Faiers has defended no longer sharing a bed with her “snoring” partner Paul Knightley.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Sam revealed that the pair haven’t shared a bed “for a long time” and have prioritised their growing family, which now includes Edward.

Son Edward was welcomed into the world on 13 May and is a sibling for Sam and Paul’s eldest children, Paul, four, and Rosie, six.

Opening up about co-sleeping with their children, Sam says of herself and former property developer Paul: “In our household, anything goes. We sleep in whatever beds to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

“Paul and I are so close anyway. We spend most of our days together and do everything together, but we don’t share a bed and we haven’t for a long time.”

She goes on to admit that she prefers sleeping with her children because Paul keeps her awake with his snoring: “It’s funny because before Edward was born we had one night to ourselves where we shared a bed.

“I was really tired and wanted to sleep, and he wanted the telly on late – he had some football catch-up on so the room was bright green – and he’s on his phone, then when he goes to sleep he’s snoring.

“I was like, actually I much prefer sleeping with the kids!”

Sam co-sleeps with her newborn Edward in the spare room of their family home in Cobham, Surrey.

The new abode is also where Sam gave birth to her baby boy with the support of Paul and her eldest children.

But she confesses that she abandoned a water birth at the last minute because she “couldn’t get comfortable” in the birthing pool.

She explains: “The whole time, I didn’t sit down as I didn’t want to slow down the labour, so I was just pacing around.

“I’d had Rosie in the water and it was beautiful, so I thought it would be the same with Edward. But when I got in the water, I just couldn’t get comfortable and immediately felt like I needed to get out.

She continues: “Instead, I went to a corner of our kitchen – Paul was standing behind me and I had my hands on his neck.

“How he held my bodyweight I don’t know, because I was putting all my weight onto him. He said a few days later he was still aching from it!

“So I was standing but squatting a little bit, then the midwife came underneath ready to catch the baby. Little Paul and Rosie were next to me and I gave birth to him standing up.”

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Little Paul was also tasked with revealing the sex of their new bundle of joy, proudly telling their parents they’d had a boy.

“We had a plan for Little Paul to tell me what sex the baby was and all of a sudden he said: ‘It’s a boy!’” she says.

“I feel so blessed that I’ve got one of each. I didn’t have a preference. He’s got big blue eyes, like Rosie did, whereas Little Paul had big chocolate-brown eyes. I see both of them in him.”


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