‘All sorts of worries’ Emma Willis details family concerns amid plans to turn down TV role

Emma Willis gets emotional about being a mum

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The Voice presenter Emma Willis, 45, has quashed any speculation about her becoming the new Love Island host, if the role ever becomes available. The programme is currently being fronted by Laura Whitmore.

Although Emma has plenty of experience hosting reality TV shows, including The Circle and Big Brother, she said she wouldn’t be keen to add Love Island to the list if Laura decides to step down.

The star, who shares three children; Isabelle, 12, Ace, nine, and Trixie, five, with husband Matt Willis, said she wouldn’t be able to cope with being away from her family for months in Majorca, where the ITV2 show is filmed.

When quizzed on the subject in a new interview, Emma quickly said “no” to the idea.

However, her colleague Stephen Mulhern, who was speaking alongside her about Make-A-Wish UK’s bid to fulfil the dreams of children with serious illnesses after lockdown by bringing Disney to the UK, urged his TV pal to reconsider.

He chimed in their chat with Metro.co.uk: “All I’m gonna say is this, get Emma on. 

“If I was her agent, I’d say yes.”

Explaining her decision to stay away from the Love Island role, Emma told Stephen: “I’ve got three kids babe, I can’t keep working and swanning off…”

The mum-of-three then seemed to contemplate the idea further, quipping: “Ooh, but Majorca? It’s hot…”


“You’d be great, who knows?” Stephen replied.

Emma went on to go into further details about her worries as a parent during lockdown, and how she and Matt have had several concerns.

She explained: “We’ve all spent the past year and a half worrying because we’re living in a time that we haven’t lived in before and experienced something we couldn’t even have imagined happening. 

“We’ve had all sorts of thoughts and worries but once the initial shock of what was happening in the world, we got used to it.

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“It’s just a matter of rather than am I doing everything right and not overthinking the little things like are they happy enough because they are loved and supported and well.

“That was all I was stressed about – other than keeping them occupied during the school holidays.”

It comes after Emma’s other half Matt revealed his upcoming role in the UK and Ireland tour of the musical Waitress comes with a big downside. 

The tour will kick off in September before Matt’s stint playing Dr Pomatter will come to an end in February.

Although Matt shared his excitement to take on the role in the hit musical, he admitted his family had some reservations about how long he would be away for.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio hosts Sam Pinkham and Gaby Roslin, who were filling in for Chris during his holidays, quizzed Matt on how much time he’ll have to spend away from home and his loved ones during the show’s run.

“You’re going everywhere!” Gabby exclaimed.

Matt then sheepishly admitted: “Yeah, much to my family’s dismay!”

The star added: “To be honest, it was third lockdown when it came through and I was like, ‘Yes sign me up! How long? Yep, sign me up’. 

“And then suddenly, it’s dawning on me how long I’m going to be away for.”

Disney UK, Make-A-Wish UK and The Kentown Wizard Foundation have joined forces to deliver the Disney Wish Experience, a first-of-its kind three-week event supporting 150 wish children and families from across the UK. To find out more please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk.

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