I was f so hap in Dub my fat

TV pre­sen­ter Mariella Fr life up­side down – and h

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I don’t think my voice is sexy. It’s too harsh and too loud. I know it has been very good to me be­cause I get asked to do lots of voiceovers, but I’ve hated the sound of it since I was 16 and first heard it back on an an­swer­ing ma­chine. Peo­ple say I sound like Honor Black­man but I don’t think I do at all. It’s weird when peo­ple ask me to do a com­mer­cial for some­thing like so­fas and they want me to make the sen­tence ‘so­fas can be found...’ sound re­ally sexy. That hap­pens quite a lot. My fa­ther died when I was 15 and I was so dev­as­tated my hair turned white. He was a jour­nal­ist in Dublin and I was com­pletely mad about him. Ev­ery­thing changed when he died. I felt this huge need to be grown up and be re­spon­si­ble and go and work to earn money. I dyed my hair from mouse colour to blonde to cover the white, went to Lon­don and ended up work­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try. It made me the per­son I am – in­cred­i­bly in­de­pen­dent and re­silient – but it’s not some­thing I would wish on any young girl. I look at my daugh­ter now and think I was just eight years older than she is when all that happened, yet my mis­sion is to pre­serve her child­hood for as long as pos­si­ble. I dis­cov­ered the se­cret code of swingers. I put two pam­pas grass plants on my bal­cony and when one of the dads from school came round he ex­plained that that’s what you do if you are look­ing for a bit of neigh­bourly ac­tion. I haven’t re­moved them, but sadly I’ve man­aged to kill one. We have just bought a house in Som­er­set and I’m tak­ing them down there. I’ll put them in the win­dow and see what the lo­cal swingers are like. I had to get in drink­ing prac­tice so I could hang out with Ge­orge Clooney. For a while when the chil­dren were lit­tle, I’d be so tired I’d be crash­ing out all the time. But then my hus­band Ja­son started do­ing a lot of work with

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