CORONATION Street star Brooke Vincent has admitted she struggled in pregnancy after believing she "lost her identity" while expecting.
The actress, best known for playing Sophie Webster on ITV soap Corrie, is a proud mum to two sons – three-year-old Mexx and 22-month-old Monroe – with footballer fiancé Kean Bryan.
However, in a new interview, Brooke bluntly admitted she found pregnancy and the toll it took on her body more difficult than she imagined.
In fact, she's even refusing to wear any of the clothes she bought.
"People just underestimate how carrying a child can make you feel and how it can knock your confidence. I just didn't know who I was," she explained on the Made By Mammas podcast, saying a lot of those feelings came down to her weight and body changes.
She also found Instagram and Twitter posts of other pregnant mums hard to stomach as she found herself comparing her journey to others in the public eye.
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"I was on social media at the time and there were a couple of people in the public eye that were pregnant the same time as me, and I was like 'I look nothing like that'," she said. "I didn't understand.
"I'm like 'are they on a diet whilst they're pregnant? Why are they so tiny?' I just couldn't really grasp it, so I think I felt a bit like 'oh my god, this is really out of my control.'"
"All I could see was my arms were really big, 'I can't wear that top, I can't wear that dress because my bump's now really big, my legs are now really big'," she added.
Brooke officially left Corrie in 2019, with Sophie driving off into the sunset in a back of a taxi.
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By that point the 30-year-old had played Sophie for 15 years since arriving in 2004 and has starred in more than 1,000 episodes.
However, she got fans excited back in January when she took son Mexx for a tour around the set – prompting speculation she may be making a cameo.
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