Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead talks about her new book, staying grounded and living in Kent (From News Shopper)
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Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead talks about her new book, staying grounded and living in Kent
She may be Made in Chelsea, but Alexandra Felstead – better known as Binky – has a fondness for the garden of England.
The reality TV star was in Kent last weekend to sign her new tell-all book Being Binky at Waterstones in Bluewater and told Vibe she had history with the county.
She said: “It’s very exciting for me.
“I used to live in Kent, so Bluewater’s not too far.
“We had a pub in Wadhurst called the Best Beech Inn, then we used to live in Burwash. But it was only for a year or two. So I’m fairly familiar.
“I can’t remember too much, but I loved to countryside and the shopping in Kent.”
Twenty-three may seem young to have written your autobiography – though many celebs do it younger – but the Made in Chelsea cast member had plenty to fit in.
The socialite has been on the BAFTA-winning show since its inception in 2011 where she went from being a receptionist at a hedge fund company to a national star, with her friendships and relationships played out on screen.
She said: “I have had lots of people tweeting asking me where to go out in London, good shops to go to and things like that.
“And also, I wanted to get away from the whole public generalisation of being spoilt, posh, bratty kids because I had a very lovely, grounded upbringing and always earned my own money and worked for my own money, so it is very important not to be generalised.
“I have had ups and downs growing up and there are tips on how to deal with bullies and parents going through divorce.”
Understandably, parts were difficult emotionally to write.
Binky said: “It was quite therapeutic going through it all. My mum and I were in bits at one point. It is good to get it all out.”
Ask any fan of the show, and they will tell you Binky is the ‘nice’, level-headed one, despite her recent turmoil with boyfriend Alex Mytton, which saw her breaking down in tears on screen.
She said: “I haven’t been very level-headed recently. It’s quite difficult to be level-headed.
“If I believe in something I’ll speak my mind. I don’t believe in two-facedness or fakeness. It’s an incredibly real series.
“It’s good to keep your head on your shoulders and not get too blown away by the whole lifestyle of the show. I think I have kept incredibly grounded and I’m still the same old me.
“Some people have changed, which is a shame, but I’m glad I’m not one of those people.
“I think it is the way you have been brought up and how close you are to friends and family. I’ve got lots of friends outside of the show and my family are incredibly close so it is not too difficult.
“I’m incredibly close to my mum. She is my rock and I always speak to her if I’m a bit down or whatever. I’m very lucky to have a relationship with her like that.”
Being Binky by Alexandra ‘Binky’ Felstead is published by Simon and Schuster. RRP £12.99
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