Vogue Wil­liams

Jan­ice But­ler chats to the Dublin broad­caster to talk about her re­mark­able year, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally

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Over the past nine months, Vogue Wil­liams has kept her 300,000+ fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram up to date with her preg­nancy. From work-outs to out t choices and hol­i­days with her now hus­band Spencer Matthews, there’s not much she isn’t will­ing to share and that’s why peo­ple love her. When I caught up with the Howth na­tive to talk about her new doc­u­men­taries air­ing on RTÉ, she was just days away from her due date – in her own words “ready to pop” and in­deed, she gave birth to a boy in the early hours of Septem­ber 5). Life seems to be go­ing re­ally well for Vogue. Fol­low­ing a much pub­li­cised break up with Brian McFad­den in 2015 a er three years of mar­riage and her self-con­fessed bat­tle with anx­i­ety, she now seems to be in a re­ally good place, mak­ing a home with Spencer Matthews in London. e cou­ple, who rst met on the 2017 re­al­ity chal­lenge se­ries, e Jump, were en­gaged at the end of Jan­uary. Spencer popped the ques­tion on stage at the Lyceum eatre in London’s West End, a er a per­for­mance of e

Lion King and a month later, they an­nounced they were ex­pect­ing their rst child. ey were mar­ried ear­lier this sum­mer in Scot­land, where Vogue was daz­zling in an o -white, silk V-neck wed­ding dress that was de­signed es­pe­cially for her by her friend, the Ir­ish de­signer, Paul Costello.

Vogue con­tin­ued her busy work sched­ule dur­ing her preg­nancy, lm­ing three doc­u­men­taries for RTÉ and a new sea­son of the travel show

Get­aways, which will air later this year. In the rst doc­u­men­tary, she looks at how re­la­tion­ships and the con­cept of monogamy have changed in re­cent decades. In the sec­ond doc­u­men­tary, which airs this week, she takes us into the so­cial me­dia as­pect of her own life, although she says she dis­likes the ‘in uencer’ la­bel. Vogue trav­els to Los An­ge­les to meet some of the world’s big­gest in uencers. Who are they? What do they ac­tu­ally do? Vogue wants to nd out just how much money there’s to be made in this new in­dus­try. Here, she chats about the ‘in uenc­ing’ part of her job, deal­ing with neg­a­tive com­ments and be­ing bliss­fully happy at home.

Was it hard to lm all the way through your preg­nancy?

I wanted to try and nish lm­ing at about six months but it didn’t re­ally work out like that. I was ac­tu­ally lm­ing quite long days un­til the start of Au­gust and I think on the last day of lm­ing, I felt re­ally un­well so I knew that had to be the end of it. But I didn’t want to miss out on do­ing these doc­u­men­taries. I do three a year and I knew if I didn’t get them in the bag while I was preg­nant, then it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.

e doc­u­men­taries have touched on con­tro­ver­sial top­ics – do you come up with the themes?

My director on these shows is ac­tu­ally my best pal since I was 18, so we work re­ally well to­gether and are on the same wave­length with what we want to do. I would have a load of ideas when we sit down to dis­cuss them, so it does start with me com­ing in with about 15 ideas and them be­ing crushed down to what ev­ery­one thinks is go­ing to work best. My aim with the doc­u­men­taries is to go in blind to a sub­ject, some­thing I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in nd­ing out about it along the way with the au­di­ence. With the monogamy one in this se­ries, I was dead set on it be­ing the only way be­fore I did the show and while it’s still some­thing that’s for me, I can now to­tally un­der­stand why other peo­ple choose di er­ent types of re­la­tion­ships.

You got mar­ried re­cently – are you very much a re­la­tion­ship type of per­son?

I love be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship – in past re­la­tion­ships, I was in an open one, I just didn’t know about it! I’ve al­ways had long re­la­tion­ships, I was ob­vi­ously with Brian

and be­fore that I was in a six-year re­la­tion­ship with Al, who is still one of my best friends. When I meet some­one and fall in love with them, I’m very much about that per­son and es­pe­cially with Spencer now, we’re just de­lighted with our­selves.

What are you guys like as a cou­ple?

Spencer is a very a ec­tion­ate per­son – he’d be much more a ec­tion­ate that me – so it’s a good bal­ance, it works.

It’s been a whirl­wind year, from meet­ing last year to get­ting en­gaged, then mar­ried and now a baby: does it feel like it’s all hap­pened very quickly?

It does feel like that when we stop and think about it; it hasn’t been that long and it’s quite crazy to think how far we’ve come in that time. But it doesn’t feel weird ei­ther; it just feels like it was al­ways meant to be this way.

Is it im­por­tant to you to get home as much as pos­si­ble?

Oh ab­so­lutely. My favourite place in the world is Howth and Spencer is very aware of that. I ac­tu­ally miss it now be­cause I haven’t been able to y so I haven’t been home in about a month. I’ve had to re­sign my­self to the fact that the baby will have an English ac­cent. I think you get away with a lot more with an Ir­ish ac­cent.

Are you very set­tled in London now?

I’ve been in London for seven years now. I just get home so much that peo­ple don’t re­alise I’m there that long. But I would think of buy­ing a house in Dublin be­cause once you get to a stage where you don’t have to be in London full time, I would like to see my­self liv­ing in Howth.

Are you wor­ried about your work life now that you are about to have a baby?

I wouldn’t be anx­ious about hav­ing to keep my pro le out there – I just gen­uinely love my job and love what I do. I know what I have com­ing up and I re­ally en­joy ev­ery­thing I’m work­ing on and I think when that’s the case, it doesn’t re­ally feel like work. I ob­vi­ously want to have some me time with the baby and I don’t know what it’s go­ing to be like; this is my rst time so I’m go­ing to take it handy and see how I get on! I’ll just take on slightly di er­ent types of work. I’ve these docs done and the travel show as well so I can look at other things which won’t in­volve trav­el­ling and that I can do with the baby in tow.

In this week’s doc­u­men­tary, you look at so­cial in uencers, but is that a term you like be­ing ap­plied to you?

I don’t re­ally see my­self as an in uencer – it’s not my full-time job, but some­thing that be­comes part of my job. I know any con­tract I sign, es­pe­cially in the last two years, will in­clude so­cial me­dia. You just can’t get around it, that’s the way the world is go­ing.

Spencer is a very a ec­tion­ate per­son – he’d be much more a ec­tion­ate that me – so it’s a good bal­ance, it works

How do you man­age the neg­a­tive com­ments that come with your job?

I think I’ve got­ten to a point where I’m re­ally happy in my life. I don’t read cer­tain news sites or apps and I do see the com­ments on my In­sta­gram but they would be the only things I choose to read. I just de­cided to stop look­ing at all that stu that’s put up on­line about me and that’s made a mas­sive di er­ence. I think I’ve also hit a point in my life where I’m 32, I’m mar­ried and about to have a baby, so I don’t re­ally care what peo­ple think about me. If my fam­ily and friends have some­thing to say, I’ll take that on board but a er that, I don’t lis­ten to what peo­ple have to say. Spencer is re­ally good for that – he doesn’t give a sh*t what any­one says about him on­line and I’ve sort of picked up a bit of that from him. Well done Spencer!

With hus­band Spencer, and right, their new­born son

Scenes from the new se­ries which cov­ers mono­gomy, so­cial me­dia & mod­ern re­la­tion­ships

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