Thursday 13 December 2018

'I'm much happier with my face than when I was younger' - Holly Willoughby is enjoying the ageing process

Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby take speedboat to meet I’m A Celebrity stars (Steve Parsons/PA)
Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby take speedboat to meet I’m A Celebrity stars (Steve Parsons/PA)
Holly Willoughby in 2004
Holly Willoughby on Red (Chloe Mallet)
Holly Willoughby (Yui Mok/PA)
Holly Willoughby during the Pride Of Britain Awards 2018, in partnership with TSB, honouring the nation's unsung heroes and recognising the amazing achievements of ordinary people, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly (REX).
Holly Willoughby in a raspberry wool blend single-breasted pink coat (€95)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

TV star Holly Willoughby is enjoying the confidence that comes with ageing, including her newfound appreciation for leaving the house makeup free.

As one of Britain's most popular broadcasters, Holly has all but been elevated to "international sweetheart" levels of fame, but even unwavering public adoration isn't enough to boost someone's confidence in a way only they can.

"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 told Red magazine. "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."

Due to her hectic broadcasting schedule and corresponding work commitments, any downtime in the Willougby household is focused on her young family. She has been married to producer and business partner Daniel Baldwin for 11 years and they have three children - Harry (nine), Belle (seven) and Chester (four) together.

Holly Willoughby in 2004
Holly Willoughby in 2004

"I don’t really see anybody. 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," she said.

"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. That was never part of it. I never wanted it all."

She's currently enjoying her most lucrative year as a presenter, doubling up on her This Morning duties - for which she was given a significant pay bump after it was revealed there was disparity with her pay in comparison to co-host Philip Schofield - with hosting opposite Declan Donnelly on I'm A Celebrity; in addition to her sell-out fashion range with Marks & Spencer. In fact, recent filings show Holly gave herself and her husband a salary of nearly€2m, according to financial documents seen by The Sun.

As for the secrets to her mainstream appeal, in particular her fashion choices, Holly says it's likely her 'normal' body shape which makes her wardrobe more relatable.

"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 explained. "That makes people go, “Oh yes, I might look like that in that.'"

Holly Willoughby (Yui Mok/PA)
Holly Willoughby (Yui Mok/PA)

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