Written by Sara Bordon, September 6, 2016

Jessica Marais has opened up on her struggles with motherhood. The 31-year-old is mum to four-year-old daughter Scout with ex-partner James Stewart.

‘I used to feel a bit of shame in saying I wasn’t coping,’ the upcoming star of new TV series The Wrong Girl has revealed. ‘But it really does take a village to raise a child and I think it’s good for kids to have people around who they trust who aren’t’ just mum and dad.’

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Jessica Marais arrives at the 58th Annual Logie Awards at Crown Palladium on May 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/WireImage)

Jess’s comments come after James, 40, revealed that he’s Scout’s primary carer. ‘I am the full-time carer for Scout as Jess is busy working and travelling a lot,’ he said last month. ‘When Jess is back, Scout is shared 50/50.’

The revelation is said to have left Jess reeling. ‘She was completely blindsided and hurt by James’s comments,’ tells a pal.


Despite the difficulties in her personal life, Jess’s career is flourishing – and she says she’s doing the best she can when it comes to juggling work with motherhood. ‘There are advantages and disadvantages to being a working mum,’ she tells. ‘It’s a struggle, but I think being a stay-at-home mum could be a struggle in other ways.’

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