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Holly: I was so inse­cure about my looks I wouldn’t leave home with­out make-up

- By Alisha Rouse Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent Television Presenters · Supermodels · Viral · Celebrities · Social Issues · Society · Holly Willoughby · ITV · The Early Show · United Kingdom · Work–life balance · Peter Jones · Peter Jones · Declan Donnelly · Anthony McPartlin · Noel Edmonds

SHE’S been light­ing up our TV screens for more than a decade with her tal­ent and girl-next-door beauty.

But Holly Wil­loughby has ad­mit­ted that only now does she feel happy enough with her looks to leave the house with­out wear­ing make-up.

The ITV pre­sen­ter, 37, cur­rently host­ing I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, said she was once so inse­cure she wouldn’t even go to the shops with­out at least ap­ply­ing mascara.

‘I feel like now I’m get­ting older, I’m much hap­pier with my face as it is now than when I was younger,’ she said.

‘ There was a time where I wouldn’t go out of the house with­out at least putting mascara on. Now I lit­er­ally don’t care. I’m not afraid of how I look in the mir­ror.’

In an in­ter­view with Red mag­a­zine, she also re­vealed how she main­tains a work-life bal­ance de­spite pre­sent­ing du­ties in­clud­ing early starts for This Morn­ing.

The for­mer model said she ded­i­cates the week­ends solely to her fam­ily – hus­band Dan Baldwin, 43, and their chil­dren Harry, nine, Belle, seven, and Ch­ester, four.

‘I don’t re­ally see any­body,’ she told Red. ‘I turn down a lot of stuff – even friend stuff – and be­cause they’re friends, they un­der­stand that I just want to be able to sit at home, or­der a takeaway and watch telly with my fam­ily.’

De­spite jug­gling her suc­cess­ful ca­reer with rais­ing three chil­dren un­der ten, she said it was a ‘mis­con­cep­tion’ that she wants to ‘have it all’.

The pre­sen­ter has ad­mit­ted that her fam­ily and work obli­ga­tions forced her to pull out of a deal with Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones. The pair had been due to launch life­style brand Truly this au­tumn, but Miss Wil­loughby dropped out in Septem­ber, fear­ing the ven­ture would af­fect her time with her fam­ily.

She said the project would need ‘to­tal ded­i­ca­tion’ but that with her ‘many other com­mit­ments’ she could not do the role with­out ru­in­ing her work-life bal­ance.

‘ The biggest mis­con­cep­tion about me is that peo­ple seem to think that I want it all and that I had it all, and I walked away from hav­ing it all,’ she said. ‘That was never part of it. I never wanted it all.’ Miss Wil­loughby has re­ceived glow­ing reviews from fans for her role on I’m A Celebrity along­side De­clan Don­nelly, who is host­ing the jun­gle re­al­ity show with­out Ant McPartlin for the first time.

Her daily fash­ion choices in par­tic­u­lar have caused a stir, with many of the pieces sell­ing out on­line af­ter she fea­tures them on her so­cial me­dia pages.

‘I’m not com­pletely straight up and down, I’m curvy, so I think I’m sort of a nor­mal shape, wear­ing nor­mal clothes,’ she said. ‘That makes peo­ple go, “Oh yes, I might look like that in that”.’

But she in­sisted that her style has to be ‘func­tional’ to cope with her busy fam­ily life.

Noel Ed­monds yes­ter­day de­nied claims of a feud with Miss Wil­loughby and says they hugged and made up af­ter his shock exit from I’m a Celebrity. They fell out dur­ing a heated de­bate over can­cer on This Morn­ing in 2016.

Ed­monds, 69, was the first to be elim­i­nated from the Aus­tralian jun­gle on Fri­day. On Good Morn­ing Bri­tain yes­ter­day, he said: ‘I re­spect Holly as a broad­caster. We had a spat on This Morn­ing. We hugged. There is no feud.’

The full in­ter­view with Miss Wil­loughby ap­pears in the Jan­uary is­sue of Red, on sale to­day.

‘Hap­pier than when I was younger’

 ??  ?? Pic­ture of con­fi­dence: Holly poses for Red mag­a­zine (be­low) Chang­ing style: Holly in her mod­el­ling d days, l left, ft and d at t th the start t t of fh her TV ca­reer
Pic­ture of con­fi­dence: Holly poses for Red mag­a­zine (be­low) Chang­ing style: Holly in her mod­el­ling d days, l left, ft and d at t th the start t t of fh her TV ca­reer

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