Robbie is a good dad to the girls and any time he has with them he enjoys whole-heartedly — why would I be envious of that? She would say that. She knew she had some problems with attention that she didn't get when she was a child, I guess. I'm very close to the girls. I have no aspirations to be a 'hip' mum, I just want to be what I am — their mum. And then when she is out, the sheer abandonment — they forget about everything — whereas a mother can never really forget about everything as there are so many things to think about. She sees her daughter as someone she herself should be, and believes, on some level, that her daughter is depriving her of the talents and achievements and happiness she craves. While I wouldn't like to be young with a full future ahead, I would like to be 30 years of age again. We are at completely different stages in our lives, so we don't share wardrobes — I would look ridiculous in her clothes and vice versa. I love the fact that now there are so many opportunities for young girls to educate themselves. Being young is fantastic in a lot of ways, but whether I want to go back there I don't know. A father recognising his girl needs to have an early relationship with him should not be seen by mum as a threat but as an early attachment to dad," says Connolly. You do feel a sense of loss, but I would find a mother being envious of her daughter very shallow.