Catherine Tyldesley has hit back at critics who have accused her of photoshopping herself in a picture, which she recently shared on Instagram. Stripped down to a bikini, the Coronation Street star showed off a yoga pose during a day at the beach - but her followers questioned the size of her bellybutton. The 33-year-old - who welcomed son Alfie in 2015 with husband Tom Pitford - defended herself, telling her fans: "[my belly button is] just above my briefs! Ha ha. Mum Tum hiding it."
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In the past, Catherine has been open about her weight loss journey, stating she was once a size 22 before changing her diet and exercise regime. "It has to be a lifestyle," she previously told The Mirror. "Diets do not work. Fact. I have done every diet going." She added: "I went back to the gym less than six weeks after giving birth. But safely. I was doing hill sprints with him in his pram. There’s a little bit more pressure with my job. Especially because Eva is always in ridiculously tight dresses. My dad always has to avert his eyes."
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Catherine has been with fitness trainer Tom since 2014, and they welcomed their first child together a year later. In a recent interview with HELLO! Magazine, the soap star opened up about her experience of motherhood. "I know a lot of mums when they first have their baby do lost their confidence. I know I did," she said. "I'm only now starting to feel like myself, to be honest. After I had Alfie I felt like my body had been taken over."