Emma Willis says she is ‘neurotic’ and wants a panic room for when husband Matt is away


EMMA Willis has revealed becoming a mum has made her more “paranoid about safety”.

The TV presenter, 44, said she also wanted a panic room for when her husband of 12 years, Matt Willis, was away.

“I am Mrs Health and Safety – I would rather be safe than sorry,” she told the When NoOne’s Watching podcast.

“I think I have become immensely paranoid about safety as I’ve got older and had kids.

“I think I’m a bit of a control freak, so there’s part of me that does enjoy it because I can go to bed knowing that my ticklist is completed. But part of me would love not to come downstairs five times to check when I’ve already put the alarm on.

“I would love a panic room. We don’t have room for one and I imagine they are mega bucks, but I would love one.”

The Voice host admitted to asking friends to stay over and getting up five times a night to check the burglar alarm when Matt’s on tour as bassist for the band, Busted.

They are parents to three children, Isabelle, 11, Ace, 8, and Trixie, 4.

Emma also revealed she forced, Matt, 37, to give up his motorbike.

 “I’ve taken everything he finds fun out of his life and made him immensely safe to be a husband and father,” she admitted.

Matt complained: “There is a little bit of a chance of death with everything that is fun.

“Every time we went on tour one of Emma’s friends would move into our house. And if I’m away all the kids go and sleep in her bed.”

It’s not the first time Emma has opened up about being a control freak.

She recently told Fabulous that Matt was coping with lockdown much better than she was.

Emma explained: “One thing it’s made me realise – and I’m going to say it out loud – is that I’m a bit of a control freak. And I think Matt is quite happy that I’ve realised that about myself, because he’s clearly known it for a long time!

“I suppose because I’m a little bit that way inclined and this is something you can’t control, he has handled it so much better than me. He’s been brilliant, actually.”

But that’s not to say Emma, hasn’t been determined to find the positives amid the sadness of being separated from extended family and fears about the wider world.

Going “back to basics” has proved a refreshing change in many ways – she’s grown her own peppers, carrots, radishes and parsley and surprised herself by finding joy in the simplicity of going for walks.

“I never thought I would like a walk so much! I think if you can take positives from such a hellish time by stripping all the crap away that you normally surround yourself with, that’s a good thing.

“I think about the kids and their toys and think: ‘You don’t need all this, it’s just unnecessary’. So it’s been home-schooling, cooking, cleaning, walking and watering the plants. I did have a moment of baking cakes, but my arse didn’t agree with that so I stopped!”

Ask her how home-schooling Isabelle, 11, and Ace, eight (four-year-old Trixie starts reception in September) has gone and she confides it’s been hit and miss.

“Mainly miss, actually,” she says. “I wasn’t cut out to be a schoolteacher, which is why I’m not one!”


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