Holly Willoughby candidly opens up on struggles with dyslexia: ‘I was convinced everybody thought I was stupid’
TV presenter extraordinaire Holly Willoughby is the face we see most days whilst getting our This Morning fix, and the stunning blonde star, who recently revealed she was “riddled with guilt” over missing her children's first days of school, has always, candidly, shared details of her life with viewers.
Now, the 39 year old mum-of-three has spoken out about her struggle with dyslexia during an interview with Red magazine, whilst admitting she’d struggle over words on live TV because of it.
“I've struggled with dyslexia since I was young and it used to hold me back. At school, reading out loud absolutely terrified me because I'd get all the words wrong and I was convinced everybody thought I was stupid,” admitted the star.
She continued: “It still happens now – most of the mistakes I make on This Morning are because of it, but it doesn't do what it did to me back then because I don't let it have power. I now know that it's all about how you package it in your head.”
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The popular presenter shares her three children, Harry, 11, Belle, nine and Chester, five, with her husband Dan Baldwin, who she married in 2007.
And, discussing her dyslexia, Holly once admitted she hoped her children wouldn’t inherit her condition.
“I do bear it in mind quite a lot,” she told Glasgow's Sunday Post in 2017. “Although my mum hasn’t been officially tested she has very similar tendencies to me.
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“I don’t know whether that’s hereditary or not, but I do think about that. Schools are so much more advanced in looking out for it than when I was at school.”
Holly added: “If anything was to crop up it’d be noticed a lot quicker than it was with me. And children learn in a different way now. It makes a lot more sense to me and things are a lot more visual. I feel the ways of teaching are better.”
Holly started out on children's television alongside her longtime pal Stephen Mulhern in 2004, where they hosted a show together known as Ministry of Mayhem.
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It was later renamed Saturday Showdown, and was where Holly first met her future husband Dan Baldwin, who worked on the show at the time.
She then moved on to CD:UK as Cat Deeley's successor, bringing Stephen with her, to present the children's weekend music show which had formerly been hosted by Ant and Dec.
Holly then stepped up her career to host Dancing On Ice from 2006 alongside Phillip Schofield, marking the beginning of one of the longest presenting partnerships on British TV.
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Alongside presenting cheeky comedy panel Celeb Juice in 2009, Holly also bagged a primetime role on This Morning alongside her Dancing On Ice co-host Phillip after giving birth.
He had recommended her for the job after Fern Britton stepped down, and their chemistry proved incredibly popular.
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