Her career is reaching 20 years but Holly Willoughby is still one of UK’s top stars. She started modelling at 14 years old, she presented the Xtra Factor and Dancing on Ice and now she is a hosting This Morning and she is also a panelist on Celebrity Juice. This Saturday she also came back on prime time television, presenting the second series of The Voice.
Besides her flourishing career Holly also has a beautiful family. She’s married to TV producer Dan Baldwin and she’s a mother of two, a three year old boy, Harry and a little girl, Belle. In an interview for The Sun Holly opened up about her relationship with her mom, and what she taught from her mother.
She is really close to her mother, who has always supported her, ever since she was a child. Now that Holly is a mother too she is influenced even more by her mum.
My mum Lynne has always been a big influence in my life and, now that I’m a mum too, I appreciate her more than ever. When I was a child, she was really supportive towards me. Whatever I wanted to do, she let me. She’d come on castings with me when I started modelling and let me decide what jobs I wanted to do. That said, she was sensible about it and wouldn’t have let me do it under any old terms. Her attitude was: “If you want to do it, that’s fine. But be with a reputable agent.
I was spotted by Storm at a The Clothes Show Live event. She had heard of them and knew I was in safe hands. Had it not gone well or I hadn’t got a big agency, she probably would have said: “Come on, let’s forget this.
Holly asks her mom advice for everything, especially since she has children: Whether it’s the brand of washing powder I use or what I should feed the kids, she always has lots of advice. And she’s usually right. The one thing I’ve learned is that it’s better to listen straight away rather than try my own thing, because nine times out of ten she is spot on and it saves me making my own mistakes .I rely on her more than ever since I had children. After I had Harry, I went back to work after five weeks of maternity leave to do Xtra Factor.
Holly went on and talked about how growing older made her realise how things change , that the roles mother-daughter intertwine . She is now teaching her mother too new things, like how to cook better, and that is a lovely feeling. Holly also talked about her mother is handling her grandma position: And she’s different with my kids than she was with us. She’s so soft with them. They honestly think chocolate eggs come out of their ears when they’re with her. She has a stash of them in her handbag. Whereas when we were kids, she’d say: “If you’re hungry, have an apple!” Although the kids love her to bits, to me she’s always my mum first and foremost
Holly recalled how she used to wear her mother’s clothes, and especially her wedding dress. She said that her mum was glamorous and classy, and had a great figure, looking like a Bond girl.
Being feminine is about the way you behave and carry yourself and that’s important to both me and my mum.
If I could be anywhere near to how good a mum she was to me, I’d be delighted and know that I’m doing a good job.