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Having a baby sent me bonkers, I didn't know who I was; all about me.. .. EDITH BOWMAn EXCLuSIVE.

On back to work two weeks after childbirth..

DJ Edith Bowman has made a career out of looking cool. But three years ago it was a very different story when she suffered a terrible crisis of confidence after having her son Rudy.

"After I had Rudy, it was like I didn't know who I was any more," she says.

"I went a bit bonkers and did mad things like leaving the sugar bowl in the fridge.

"Looking back, I was trying to do too much, my hormones were all over the place and I had extreme tiredness."

Edith, who had Rudy by C-section because of a heart problem she was diagnosed with six years ago, returned to work after just two weeks.

"I was doing it to prove to myself that I still could, which is mad, really," she says.

"I did Glastonbury, T in the Park and I fronted Reading and the Electric Proms.

"I was still breastfeeding Rudy and I had to dash to my trailer to express milk and then head back to the stage.

"Once that had all finished I took six months off and I turned into a bit of a slob. I hung out with Rudy but it was great to spend quality time with him."

Edith's heart condition was spotted when she suffered spells of dizziness after weeks of intense work.

"I have a bicuspid valve, which means I have a two-way rather than a three-way valve and my heart is under more strain than normal. Going through labour wasn't a good idea," she says.

"But I wasn't one of those women who's desperate for a natural birth.

"I hate people who go on about how a C-section reduces your connection with your child. I couldn't be closer to Rudy."

Edith is making a serious effort to take care of herself this year.

Already presenting Radio 1's weekend breakfast shows and filming C4's The Vue Film Show, she also covered the red carpet at Thursday's Harry Potter premiere.

She says: "Work is taking up so much time that I didn't want to run myself ragged and commit to all the festivals like Glastonbury and Leeds this year.

"But still I'm going to do T in the Park this weekend."

On worse fashion sense than Hyacinth Bucket..

At first glance Edith can appear more tomboy than model material. But the DJ with a wicked sense of humour and never-ending knowledge of music scrubs up pretty well.

That's not to say Edith hasn't had some stick for her style choices.

And while she's confident enough to tell haters to get stuffed, she admits some comments are tough to stomach.

"I'm very relaxed about the way I look," she says. "When people make comments about my appearance it can be vicious and very unkind."

The last time it happened was when Edith helped present the royal wedding for the BBC back in April.

She wore a 1950s-inspired lilac dress one critic described as being "so mumsy that both Hyacinth Bucket and Susan Boyle would have rejected it".

Edith says: "Well, I don't care what they say, because I felt a million dollars.

"I wanted a Mad Men-style frock and Emilia Wickstead designed it. How I look doesn't make me do my job differently."

And as much as the mum-of-one has faced pressure to look good, she swears she'd never go under the knife.

"I can't think of anything worse!" she says. "When any grey hairs or fine lines appear, I'll embrace them."

On a war of words with Lily Allen..

With such an exciting showbiz job, Edith gets to rub shoulders with rock'n'roll royalty and counts Paul McCartney and Coldplay among her A-list friends.

But the presenter hasn't always seen eye to eye with gobby celebs - especially Lily Allen.

And she isn't sold on Lady Gaga either!

"I weirdly know Lily through her slagging me off," laughs Edith.

"When she started out she had a go at me on her blog for not playing her music on my show. Then I had to interview her at T in the Park for Radio 1 and I asked her: 'What's your problem?' "She looked embarrassed and said: 'I was lashing out at you for not giving me airplay but it wasn't anything personal'.

"She apologised and since we've had it out we've been really good friends.

"I'm delighted she is pregnant. She's had a horrendous time but hopefully this pregnancy will work out for her."

Edith says she'd have loved Lily to be part of this year's new X Factor judging panel.

"Lily is brash and honest and would have been amazing on X Factor," she says.

"But she would never have done it. She's become a lot more private and is focusing on settling down and having babies."

Edith isn't a massive fan of Lady Gaga either. "When she played at Radio 1's Big Weekend I was a bit bored by her performance," she says.

"Lily tweeted me and asked what Lady Gaga was like and I replied saying there were moments of brilliance but it was very self-indulgent.

"I had lots of Lady Gaga fans going: 'How dare you?' and I was like: 'What? Am I not allowed an opinion? How very un-Gaga of you!' She's one of the most opinionated people I know!" On getting hitched and hating weddings..

It's not likely Edith will toe the line on everything, either. At 37, with a child and a partner of six years -Tom Smith, lead singer of indie band the Editors - she still refuses to let expectations pressure her into walking down the aisle.

"I'm not going to get married for the sake of it," she insists.

"Some people get married for the wedding rather than the marriage and I won't do that.

"I also hate the thought of a big white wedding and being the centre of attention. I reported at the royal wedding and it was lovely but it didn't make me want to get married.

"My parents used to run a hotel and I helped set it up for weddings so I know how much hassle goes into it. Maybe one day we'll go to Vegas or Gretna, but for now we're happy as we are."

But she has found one drawback to not being married - Rudy has Tom's surname, which can cause problems.

Edith recalls: "The one thing that really upset me was when I went on the Eurostar with Rudy and they checked our passports. They asked what my relationship was to him. I remember snapping: 'He's my son!' "That was hurtful and when things like that happen, I think maybe we should make our relationship official."

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