MEN­TAL HEALTH, MAR­RIAGE AND DI­ET­ING Ju­lia Mor­ris gets can­did

The ‘Blind Date’ host shares hi­lar­i­ous dat­ing sto­ries, age­ing hap­pily and the ther­apy that changed her life JU­LIA MOR­RIS

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Can­did and straight-talk­ing, Ju­lia Mor­ris doesn’t spare the gory de­tails when it comes to her per­sonal life. Whether it’s ro­man­tic hu­mil­i­a­tion, fer­til­ity woes or her hubby’s brush with can­cer, each episode in her roller-coaster life is re­told with com­plete frank­ness, wicked hu­mour and a side of her in­fec­tious cackle. Yes, Mor­ris is Aus­tralia’s first lady of com­edy for good rea­son.

Hav­ing spent the last 30 years hon­ing her skills as both a co­me­dian and pre­sen­ter, she’s now one of the busiest women in the busi­ness, co-host­ing I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, tour­ing na­tion­ally as a stand-up per­former, and all the while jug­gling her role as a wife and mum to two young girls. Now she’s adding to her al­ready full work plate by tak­ing the helm of the new Aus­tralian ver­sion of Blind Date.

“I haven’t been sin­gle for some time,” the 50-year-old tells WHO. “But I re­mem­ber that if I thought I could meet a de­cent guy, I’d try any­thing. I think Blind Date is as good a place as any to find The One.”

Set to hit our screens on Oct. 15, the show sees a sin­gle guest ask three hid­den po­ten­tial suit­ors ques­tions to de­ter­mine which per­son they want to go on a date with, and Mor­ris will be on hand to play match­maker.

In the era of dat­ing apps Tin­der and Bum­ble, where play­ing the field can be pretty bru­tal, its for­mat prom­ises a back-to-ba­sics ap­proach, along with some good old-

fash­ioned ro­mance. And al­though she’s mar­ried now, Mor­ris is sure she’ll be able to call upon her years of dat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to guide ner­vous sin­gles.

“I have mostly hor­ror sto­ries!” she gig­gles. “I’ve been on some dis­as­ter blasters over the years. You’re out to din­ner and your date says some­thing racist, or is dis­re­spect­ful to a waiter, and you’re like: ‘Oh, my god! What do I do?’ And you just end up get­ting re­ally drunk! That’s what usu­ally hap­pened with me. I went on a date with one guy who got so drunk that he fell asleep! We went to an­other bar to meet some of his friends and once we were there he nod­ded off. I woke him up to say good­bye and he turned to me and said: ‘I don’t think this is gonna work out.’ Bril­liant!”

Thank­fully bad dates are all but a dis­tant mem­ory for the TV star. Mor­ris has been mar­ried to Welsh co­me­dian Dan Thomas since 2005. The pair met through friends at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val when Mor­ris was “32 or 33” and are still go­ing strong more than 17 years later.

“The first night was overnight ro­mance!” she re­calls, laugh­ing. “But he called me the next day, so we were al­ready on the right track. I’d usu­ally date some­one and get around five or six months in and be bored, though I never got sick of him.

“I never got to that bit where I was like: ‘now I have to off­load you.’ We’re still not there yet and I get joy from see­ing him ev­ery day.”

Mor­ris shared this sweet snap with her hus­band on their 17th an­niver­sary. Mor­ris is em­brac­ing age­ing af­ter turn­ing 50. The co­me­dian has had us laugh­ing for years.

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