Claudia: My parents' support has always been very important. But I also had support from my oldest friend; we've known each other since we were four years old. She still lives in Germany, so we don't see each other as often, but I talk to her regularly. She knows me from before, she knows my family, we're very close. We went through all the same rituals together – experimenting with make up, first boyfriends, our first cigarettes (though we got caught by her mum!), and I even pierced her ears for her using a sewing needle (but then backed out of letting her do mine as well!). Now she's a mother too and we holiday together.