Holly Willoughby opens up about losing touch with herself as she watches children grow

Holly Willoughby discusses feeling as if she'd 'lost' herself

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TV presenter Holly Willoughby appeared alongside Matt Tebbutt on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. While the TV chef prepared a rascasse inspired dish, Tebbutt quizzed Holly on her new biographical book entitled Reflections. The daytime host has worked on ITV’s This Morning for 12 years with fellow host Phillip Schofield. While discussing her motivation behind the book, the TV star admitted she had “completely lost touch” with herself as she watched her children grow up.

In 2007, the TV author married Daniel Baldwin, who was also the executive producer on ITV’s Celebrity Juice, which Holly also appeared on.

Speaking about her latest publication, the mother of three began: “The book, I think, is a real marker in the sand of where I find myself in life.

“I mean, I turned 40 last year, and I think I had some time to sort of just sit with myself, and my kids have got to a certain age.

“And I think I got to the point where I was like, ‘God, I’ve got them all off to school.’”

She continued: ‘They’ve sort of got to a certain age’, and then I was left with a bit of time on my hands and I just realised that I’d completely lost touch with who I am as a person.

“I didn’t even know what music I was into anymore, and I just felt that I’d sort of coasted through this period and done a really good job of bringing the kids up and going to work and doing all this stuff.”

Willoughby’s showbiz career took off at the age of 14 after the Dancing on Ice star was spotted at a Clothes Show fashion event in Birmingham.

She was scouted by the Storm modelling agency and soon ended up on the covers of magazines such as Mizz. 

After raising her children, Chester (seven), Belle (10) and Harry (12), the former model opened up about her struggles on the morning cooking show.

Holly explained: “I was still happy but I was like, ‘What is this feeling I’ve got?’ I felt like I was missing something.

“Ultimately, I realised that the thing that I was missing was me and that I’d lost myself along the way and I just needed to find a way of reconnecting with myself again.” 

Later on in the programme, the 40-year-old host paid a sweet tribute to her fellow co-star Phillip.

The Suprise Suprise star gushed over her colleague as she said: “I’m lucky that I’ve got the silver fox, Phillip Schofield, by my side all the time.

“Yeah. We’re very lucky to have each other, I think.”

As Holly reflected on her early career with Phillip, she likened him to her “mentor” who guided her through live shows.

She added: “I was sat by his side like a sponge and he’s always been very great.”

Saturday Kitchen airs on Saturdays at 10am on BBC One

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