Imogen Thomas won't ever "sacrifice herself for someone else again" following her split from her long-term partner Adam Horsley.
The 35-year-old former glamour model has opened up about what life as a single mother is like for her in the wake of her break-up from her boyfriend of seven years Adam, with whom she has daughters Ariana, five, and Siera, two.
Imogen insists their relationship had been over for a "long time" before they made the decision to separate and she gave up a lot to try and make things work, and she won't be doing the same again for any other man.
Speaking to the new issue of Closer magazine, she said: "I thought we were the real deal, and it took me a long time to get over and to get where I am now. When you've been with someone for so long as suddenly it's over, it's hard to adjust to a new version of your life.
"I forced myself to pick up the pieces and get on with it for the sake of my girls. In all honestly, it was over a long time ago and we didn't address it.
"But eventually we had a chat and he moved out. I gave up so much for Adam, he didn't like being in the public eye, but that's my livelihood. I won't sacrifice myself for someone else again.
The 'Big Brother' star struggled at first to adapt to life on her own, but her mother Janette is now working for her as a nanny which has given her back some freedom.
She revealed: "It's hard being a single mum, but I'm trying my best. At first I was like a fish out of water, but now my mum works for me as a nanny and stays over three days a week. She's been an absolute godsend; I get to go out and still have fun when I can, while the girls spend time with their granny."