Sunday 19 August 2018

Jennifer Zamparelli on her second pregnancy: 'I'm dreading it but I'm also excited'

Jennifer Zamparelli at the RTE New Season Launch 2017
Jennifer Zamparelli at the RTE New Season Launch 2017
Jennifer Zamparelli at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
TV presenter Jennifer Maguire & husband Lauterio Zamparelli looked every bit the doting parents as they enjoyed lunch outside Jo Burger with new baby daughter Florence Myra Zamparelli, Dublin. Photo: VIP Ireland
Jennifer Maguire at the opening night of the musical The Bodyguard at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Jennifer Zamparelli and her daughter Florence. Image: Twitter
Jennifer Zamparelli's daughter Florence

Sean O'Grady

Jennifer Zamparelli has admitted she's finding it "tough" not being able to cut loose like she used to now that she's pregnant.

The 2fm presenter (37) recently revealed she's expecting her second child with husband Lau. The couple are already parents to daughter Florence, born in 2015.

Jennifer Zamparelli at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin.
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jennifer Zamparelli at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Speaking about her pregnancy, she said: "I'm dreading it but I'm also excited about it as well. Going to events now is tough because you can't have a drink. I suppose I couldn't do that anyway because I have to be up so early in the mornings."

The RTE star reckons that having another child won't change the family dynamic too much, but if it does, she knows how to handle it.

"I don't think two will change things because I have one already, but if the sh*t hits the fan, I'm just going to throw loads of money at the problem," she said.

Jennifer has described Florence as a "mammy's girl", but said she is more like her dad. "She'd run away with anybody and she loves playing in the dirt. She looks like Lau. She's just a mini-him," she said.

Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli in New York
Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli in New York

Speaking about the success of the Breakfast Republic radio show, whose listener numbers have continued to increase year on year, Jennifer reckons it's down to herself and co-hosts Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh not taking themselves too seriously.

"We've stopped trying. I think in the beginning you want to do well and you have people to please," said Jennifer.

"You're trying to find your feet and settle in. If you look at some of the most successful people in radio, it's taken them years to get to that place. It took us a while, but I think we just relaxed a bit more and just forgot that people were listening and then they started tuning in."

Jennifer had never worked in radio before landing her gig on Breakfast Republic in 2014, but she learned fast on the job.

Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli's daughter Florence
Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli's daughter Florence

"I hadn't a bleedin' clue what was going on when I started. I learned very quickly," she said. "My first time ever working with the lads as a threesome at all was our first day on air. I was terrified. But you know, the nerves go, obviously, and you get used to each other and each other's voices."

Should the listenership ever drop, the Dubliner said it wouldn't make her worry because of how far the show has come.

Jennifer Maguire adds a touch of colour to her maternity style.
Jennifer Maguire adds a touch of colour to her maternity style.

"When you start from sh*t, all the way down there, you can take anything," she said. "It was the same on Republic of Telly. When we started out, it was slated, it was never going to go another season. Everything was just sh*t and I was on it for seven years."

Herald

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