Ciara is ''far from perfect''.

The 29-year-old singer, who has a 12-month-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn, with rapper Future, said the public has wrongly perceived her to be a perfectionist - which isn't the case.

She shared: ''Over the years, there was a perception I was trying to be too perfect. I'm far from perfect.''

Ciara separated from the father of her child shortly after giving birth and the 'Goodies' hitmaker - whose sixth studio album, 'Jackie', was released earlier this month - admitted she'd love to spend more time with her tot.

She told The Guardian newspaper: ''He took four steps today - 1-2-3-4. If I could, I'd be around him every second of the day, but baby's gotta eat and baby ain't cheap.''

The platinum-selling artist also said her career can be fairly compared to the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce, despite them both attracting more attention.

Ciara said: ''You know what I think? Everything's about timing. I've had records just as big as those artists, I've had No 1 songs around the world. My biggest competition is me.

''There's no doubt in my mind how high up this train can go. I faced those challenges. I don't see myself beneath Beyoncé and Jay Z; I don't see myself above them. I'm in my own world, hungry to grow.''