Emma Willis: Motherhood has helped my career
Emma Willis says becoming a mum to Isabelle and Ace has made her more confident and capable when it comes to TV presenting
Emma Willis believes motherhood has helped her TV career.
The presenter started out as a model before becoming an MTV presenter, but she claims it's mostly thanks to her children, Isabelle, four, and Ace, two, boosting her confidence that her career has really taken off in recent years and landed her gigs like 'Big Brother' and 'The Voice'.
She admitted in an interview with the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine: "Things started to go really well for me as soon as I had kids. Sometimes, interviewing people, I would feel so intimidated and nervous.
"But when you've had kids it gives you confidence - you think, 'I'm a mum. I'm not scared. If I can raise a human being, I can f***ing do this!' "
Emma avoids partying with her showbiz pals and says her presenting gigs are down to hard work and being professional rather than networking.
She explained: "I'm not a great networker. What I have done is always try to be nice to work with. I make the best impression, try to do a good job... and if people hire me again, it's for the right reasons.
"It's nice to see people you work with socially, but I like to stay in most of the time. I don't want to get a job because I've gone out and got drunk with someone."
The 38-year-old star has been married to Busted star Matt Willis since July 2008 and while she insists they're not a romantic couple, she claims their friendship is what makes their marriage so strong.
Emma said: "Matt and I have never been romantic - I find it all quite embarrassing myself. When he proposed, it was like, 'This is really weird!' I was so freaked out I couldn't even call Mum - then he told me, 'Erm, your mum knows.'
"We have date nights but we'll just go to a movie and have dinner - no candlelit suppers! But we're always a proper team: Team Willis."