While Natasha Bedingfield is enjoying her time with family at home, she is not putting the breaks on pumping out new music.
Bedingfield, whose new song “Together In This” comes out today, says her family got a jump start on prepping for quarantine after spending five weeks wearing masks in a hospital at the end of last year when Solomon underwent multiple surgeries for an infection in his brain.
Bedingfield shares her 2½-year old son, Solomon with her husband of 10 years Matt Robinson, at their home in Los Angeles.
“We have a unique experience because we were in the hospital just two months before COVID because Solo had a brain abscess and had to have some surgeries,” she revealed to PEOPLE exclusively. “He’s completely recovered now, but we spent a whole five weeks in a tiny little hospital room wearing masks, so we kind of got a head start on what everyone’s going through.”
Bedingfield, 38, revealed the heartwrenching experience in an Instagram post in December detailing her son’s condition.
“Feeling gutted but also thank God that we live in a time of MRI where we are able to see into our own minds and for doctors who are wise enough to keep asking questions,” she wrote at the time. “He has an area of infection that somehow found its way into the brain. We are so grateful though that there is treatment for what Solo is experiencing and it is straight forward and has worked many times.
“It’s actually quite nice to be at home as a family, with our son really healthy,” Bedingfield says. “Shout-out to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We have such an appreciation for both medical health professionals and the length that they go to help people be healthy. For us, they actually literally saved our son’s life.”
Beddingfield shares just how grateful she is for the quality time she is able to have with him amid the pandemic.
“I’m just really enjoying my son and even if he’s difficult and going through the ‘terrible twos’ and stuff, I’m just grateful for it because of what I’ve just been through,” she says. “I just keep reminding myself if it gets frustrating, I’m glad to be feeling frustrated, glad for the luxury of that.”
Bedingfield reveals how Solomon loves having her sing to him and loves to join in himself. “He’s very creative in every way, and I think kids are because it’s so natural, especially if they have access to it,” she says. “He’s grown up around me doing music. I think he thinks every mum does it because it’s so normal for him.”
Bedingfield’s new song, off the Jungle Beat: The Movie soundtrack, is an upbeat track inspired by the film’s themes of togetherness and friendship. But Bedingfield shares how she believes it is also a reflection of the current state of the world.
“We’re all divided right now, but I think that we are finding ways to unite, even if you think about the protests, and I feel like people are finding what’s important to them and uniting on causes that matter,” she says. “Some people are separated from their families and they’re having to find creative ways to connect with them.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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