Sophie Ellis-Bextor addresses ‘most stressful Christmas’ with husband

Sophie Ellis-Bextor puts Vodafone's Pro II Broadband to the test

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Pop superstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 43, will be spending the festivities with her husband, The Feeling’s Richard Jones, 43, their five sons, her famous mum Janet Ellis and her in-laws. With her children’s ages ranging from three to 18, Sophie detailed her “most stressful” Christmas yet and her tips for ensuring the festivities are a success.

Detailing her plans for the big day, Sophie told “Richard now does the majority of [the cooking] but we all have our roles.

“I used to do it on my own for a long time, we have hosted Christmas at ours since our eldest was born, so this must be our 18th Christmas or something.

“But we all have something to do, my mum will bring the bread sauce and the Christmas pudding, I’m more on vegetable duty, Richard is really good with the turkey and the roast potatoes.

“We’ve all got our different things and I think that we have done it so many times now that we don’t even need to talk about it, it just happens.”

The Murder on the Dancefloor singer adds that one particularly stressful Christmas taught her that “delegating” is the key to success.

She explained: “I think I had my most stressful Christmas the first one I did. I had a baby and Richard was, what we call, front of house looking after the people that were coming over while I was in the kitchen doing all the cooking.

“I had just put so much pressure on myself for it to be perfect and I think that is something that is really easy to get in your head when actually, it doesn’t really matter.

“So delegate, get everybody involved so that everybody can share what is going on and that way you kind of lessen the stress.  


“The other thing I really would recommend is, I like a good cocktail and Richard makes this fab mulled wine martini. So, I would say get one of those by your side when the time is right and that will help everything go smoothly. 

“The other thing I always think is really important is good music. It’s the soul of the party isn’t it.

“We’ve got our Christmas playlist that will be on in the background and then later on in the evening we kind of ramp it up and have a jump around in the kitchen and get all the disco lights going. It is fun.”

Sophie says she can also rest assured that technology won’t be an issue over the festive period thanks to her partnership with Vodafone.


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The singer opened Vodafone’s Ultra Connected Christmas House last week and tested out the brand’s new Pro II Broadband.

It is Vodafone’s most advanced and fastest WiFi technology which can connect more than 150 devices throughout the home. 

On the opening, Sophie explained: “The broadband is very powerful and can basically support absolutely loads of things, I think it’s something like 115 different devices, gadgets and gizmos – all using their broadband all at once. 

“It is a similar scene to what goes on in our house because we are quite a techy family and our house has usually got different things happening in different rooms and people are using different tech.”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has partnered with Vodafone to open its Ultra Connected Christmas House and put its new Pro II Broadband to the test – the UK’s fastest WiFi technology throughout the home. 

You can find out more here. 

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