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