Adèle Exarchopoulos confides in her motherhood

As she gave birth to a baby boy in 2017 at the age of 23, Adèle Exarchopoulos opened up about what she may have missed from her youth. With great sincerity, the young woman spoke about her life as a mother.

Becoming a young parent can sometimes be a bit complicated. Raising a child just emerging from adolescence is a source of both joy and frustration. On the one hand, we have the love of our child, the affection we have for him and the joy of parenthood, and on the other, we have this desire for youth, for freedom, for carelessness.

Adèle Exarchopoulos, lead actress in The Life of Adele, expressed this paradox very well in an interview with Les Inrocks. The young woman, who gave birth to baby Ishmael in 2017 at the age of 23, shared her heartfelt thoughts.

A quirky life

Movie actress

born 22/11/1993


Becoming a mother very early on, the young woman had to give up some of her plans when she got pregnant. “At 23, I was pregnant. I had to give up two projects, my contract with Vuitton ended …”She said. As a result, she found herself selling sandwiches to support herself and her unborn baby. “I had a cap, a fake name … but clients recognized me”, Confided the young mother. A radical life change, and perhaps difficult to accept.

Giving birth to a child means taking responsibility and changing the way you live, it is worrying, being on the lookout, being more mature and aware. Things you don't necessarily want to be at 23. Adèle Exarchopoulos expressed it very well. “It's true that I can feel out of step with what girls my age go through"She confessed before adding"Sometimes it annoys me, I envy them. I imagine they have fun, spend their nights in a club partying while I have to get up at dawn because I accompany my son to school and I have an appointment with the principal”.

The young woman has fully come to terms with the fact that she is a little jealous of the “normal” life of other girls her age, even though she is crazy about her son. Sometimes she feels like she missed out on her youth. "From the moment I became a mother, I started to worry about my son, and I told myself that I had lost the carelessness", said the young woman.

A life that pleases him

Although she has missed the party life of a 20-something woman and still misses her sometimes, Adèle Exarchopoulos is fulfilled and would not change her life for the world. She adores her son and has even confided in Inrocks more intimate moments: “But there are also great moments of fun and lightness in being a parent. I can spend hours talking with him to find out if sharks can fall in love or why pandas are herbivores”. Adorable!

On Passage des arts months ago, the actress said she liked her life the way it was, and that she had taken a step back from a lot of things. The young woman understood the feelings a parent can have, their worries, their fears. “I think that we become aware of what inheritance is and of the errors, imperfections of our parents (…) There is still a great awareness when we give life, when we are faced with this responsibility”, She confided to Claire Chazal.

In any case, Adèle Exarchopoulos spoke with a lot of honesty about what the life of a very young parent really is, and what that can entail.