pauline kane

“I’m incredibly proud of him. He’s not afraid to take a risk, and he’s strong and independent. You can’t pick what your children are going to turn out like, but watching him grow up has made me realise just how lucky I am.” - Pauline Kane, on Miles (x)

I’m an only child, so it was just me and Mum when I was growing up, which meant our relationship has always been intense. My parents divorced when I was five, but my dad and I have a good relationship.

Mum, along with my two aunts, took over my gran’s butcher business. When I was a kid, we’d take it in turns to go stay with my nan at the top of our road for a week every month. As an adult, I often think of how hard that must have been for my ma – raising me, looking after my grandmother and working long hours. I’m just full of admiration for her.

Our relationship hasn’t changed much over the years; even when I was in my teens she treated me as an equal. I must have been a bit of a Kevin at times, but I don’t think she worried about me because there was no real reason to.

I started getting into music during secondary school. I loved the Pink Panther theme tune at the time, so I decided to learn the saxophone. Mum was so pleased, as she loved her jazz and I’d grown up listening to it at home. But when I was 13, my aunt bought me a little Spanish guitar, and that was it: I was in love, and the sax got dropped. I think Mum was a little disappointed and she may have got nervous when she realised that’s what I wanted to do with my life. The music business was such an unknown world to her, but she’s been incredibly supportive and proud of me.

The biggest things she has taught me are to work hard and to be cautious. She’ll always say: “Be careful!” – and I have taken that on, to an extent. She means everything to me and I’m very thankful for how hard she worked to give me every opportunity possible. I just want to make her proud.