Stella: I don't want to die like mum

Last updated 08:53 04/09/2012
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MUMMY'S GIRL: Stella McCartney says her mother's death has had a marked effect on her life.

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Stella McCartney is terrified of getting cancer like her mother.

The designer's mother, Linda McCartney, died of breast cancer in 1998. Stella McCartney has four children with her husband Alasdhair Willis and parenthood has made her worry about her mortality.

"It's really hard because you think, 'I've got to make sure I don't get cancer for the sake of my kids, and I'm going to make sure my sister doesn't get it for the sake of her kids,'" she said.

"I try to be really preventative and get regular check-ups. I'm not OK with death. But I'm a real believer in trying to live in the moment."

McCartney has released a new perfume called L.I.L.Y. which is in honour of her mother. Linda I Love You, or L.I.L.Y for short, was the nickname her father Sir Paul McCartney had for her mother.

The 40-year-old said she wanted to pay tribute to Linda in some way.

"Lily of the valley was a flower my mum loved and it's also one that I love. I love that it represents spring, I love the way it looks, I love everything about it," she told Harper's Bazaar.

"My mum's death is definitely the most difficult thing in the world I've ever had to encounter. It's with me every day, the thought of how one deals with all of the repercussions. I'm aware that it's part of everything I do, in a good way and a bad way."

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