Holly Willoughby took Play to the Whistle for son

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 February 2017
Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby decided to take the presenting job on 'Play to the Whistle' because she wanted to impress her football-mad son Harry

Holly Willoughby presents 'Play to the Whistle' to impress her son.

The 36-year-old beauty - who has kids Harry, seven, Belle, five, and Chester, two, with husband Dan Baldwin - will return for a third series of the fun sports quiz next week and admits one of the reasons why she took the job was because of her eldest child's passion for football.

She said: "Harry is football mad. He's as bad as his father. If he's not playing, he's watching it. I'm either dropping him at football, picking him up from practice, washing his kit, cleaning his boots... It's a massive part of my life and Chester is showing all the signs of going in that direction too. So I've had to embrace it or I can't be part of that conversation. Selfishly, this is my way of scoring brownie points with my son."

The 'This Morning' presenter feels "very lucky" to have three children she adores and a job she loves.

She told HELLO! magazine: "Essentially, I just have a job and children.

"I have the same issues as the next person but I do feel very lucky that I've been blessed with three lovely children and then I look forward to going to work.

"A lot of people don't feel like that.

"If I'm going to leave the kids in the morning, it has to be for something I care about or feel passionately about and I'm lucky to be able to do that."

And for Holly, being a parent is far more important than her career.

She said: "All I ever wanted to do was be a mum.

"It wasn't like when I was at school I thought, 'Oh I'm going to be this big career girl.' Being a mummy is definitely my most favourite job of all."

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