Natasha Bedingfield Prefers Having Curves to Starving Herself

10/29/2011 at 08:00 PM EDT

Natasha Bedingfield Prefers Having Curves to Starving Herself
Natasha Bedingfield
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British pop star Natasha Bedingfield says she hasn’t always felt "Weightless."

"I have never had a stick-thin model, size-zero body," Bedingfield, 29, told PEOPLE at last week's Dove Movement for Self-Esteem kickoff event. "I definitely battled a lot of insecurities as a young girl."

Now, as a Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bedingfield admits, "The pressure on singers is 100-fold … but I decided not to starve myself to try and fit into the mold."

The singer, who is scheduled to perform with Rascal Flatts at Nov. 9's 45th Annual Country Music Awards, says the Dove ads featuring women of all sizes proudly showing off their bodies "helped me accept and love my curvy figure and see myself as womanly."

Bedingfield, happily married to California businessman Matt Robinson since 2009, says there's one area that does make her uncomfortable.

"To even talk about having kids makes me hot," she says humorously. "I want to take off a layer of clothing."

Fanning herself, she adds, "I already gave up a little freedom by getting married. I'm not really ready to give up that freedom yet."

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