Paloma Faith was forced to cut her maternity short because she was running out of money.

The '30 Minute Love Affair' hitmaker gave birth to her first child - whose gender and name aren't known - in December 2016 but has admitted she wasn't able to take an adequate amount of time off to be with the little one because she and her partner Leyman Lahcine were low on funds and her accountant urged her to get back into the studio pronto.

Speaking to the i newspaper, she said: ''I'm not well-off. I think it was a combination of wanting to stay relevant but also generating an income. My accountant called me and said, you need to think about earning some money, because otherwise...' I had a little panic.''

However, not only was she trying to deal with her financial difficulties, the 36-year-old singer also found motherhood ''hell'' because of how lonely she felt during the night feeds.

She explained: ''Don't get me wrong, I love my child, but it's hell.

''It doesn't matter how much help you've got, no one can explain how lonely it feels at night when you're waking up breast-feeding and you spend hours just wired on your own and you lose the will to live in a way, because your hormones are going mad and your husband is usually asleep snoring next to you. There's so much resentment.''

But that hasn't stopped the flame-haired beauty from wanting more children.

She said: ''I want two or three kids in all and they'll be gender neutral. I just want them to be who they want to be. I wasn't saying 'let's mutilate my child's genitals. I do totally think that people should live as they choose to but I wasn't talking about that.

''I was talking about actually allowing my child to have all the opportunity that they can. Because I was raised like that myself. I was always called a girl but I had Lego and Meccano and I had dolls but I didn't like them so I had the choice.''

To read the full interview with Paloma, pick up today's (15.06.18) issue of the i newspaper or view it online at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/paloma-faith-interview-architect-album-tour-the-voice-gender-neutral