It has been 10 years since her last album release, but now British singer Sade is back with a vengeance. For the past few years, Sade has been living in a cottage in Stroud, UK, with her daughter Ila, who is now thirteen years old.


“… Ila appreciates the countryside. “She’s fascinated with frogs and newts and worms and slimy things, just like I was.”

Sade and Ila’s father, a Jamaican musician, parted ways years ago. Since then, the songstress has found love with a man named Ian. Together Sade and Ian have created a modern “nuclear” family, which consists of Ian’s 18-year-old son Jack.

“Ian is Ila’s dad, really. He does all the things a dad would do, and she really looks up to him. I feel like I’ve won the lottery, finally.”

Despite Ian’s support, Sade still feels the pressures of motherhood.

“Being a mother is the biggest and hardest job I’ve ever undertaken. I’m not complaining, but I’ve never had a nanny. For years after she was born I put Ila to bed every night. As soon as she arrived she became the centre of my life.”

Ila sings on one of the tracks on Soldier of Love, Sade’s latest album which is due out on February 9th,2010.

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Source:TimesOnlineUK for original print.

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