'We banish a lot of myths' - Myleene Klass discusses Single Mums On Benefits

'We banish a lot of myths' - Myleene Klass discusses Single Mums On Benefits

'Myleene Klass: Single Mums On Benefits' airs on ITV at 9pm tonight.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Singer and presenter Myleene Klass came into the talkRADIO studios to talk about her new documentary Myleene Klass: Single Mums On Benefits, which screens on ITV1 on Tuesday evening (9pm).

Two million people are single parents in the UK, with 64.4 per cent of those still in work. 

Klass is a single mum herself, and she told listeners that her own experience was a driving force towards her decision to undertake the project.

"I hadn't really given the title much thought," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "But like with anything, when you do change [your] title everything seems to change because you identify so heavily with it.

"My whole world changed, and I realised I had negative connotations towards the term 'single mum'.

"The word 'mum' is the most powerful word we have in our lexicon, and yet when you stick 'single' in front of it, you think teenagers on benefits, scroungers..."

During the course of making the documentary, Klass, who also interviews single fathers, discovers that the average age for becoming a single mother in the UK is 37, and that many teenage parents do not qualify for benefits. 

She hopes the programme will change people's perceptions of parents who are raising their children alone.

"It's very easy to sit there and judge," she said. "All those huge dramatic headlines we read… [that] is not necessarily the case.

"This documentary [gives] a bit of normality to a situation which has been misjudged for so long.

"It does diminish or banish a lot of the myths which surround the single parent."