My t*ts are down round my knees, my face is sagging and my eyes are blood shot but I'm ok with it, says Holly Willoughby

HOLLY Willoughby has revealed she has a new appreciation for her body after turning 40.

The This Morning star released her debut book Reflections, which explores what it means to live a beautiful life, both inside and out, in the modern world, last week.

Promoting the book on her pal Fearne Cotton's podcast Happy Place, the presenter opened up about how she has learned to appreciate her body as she has got older especially after carrying three children.

Holly, who turned 40 in February, shared: "I've done this [self-criticism] a lot of this and particularly as you’re getting older when you hit your 40s, things change quite rapidly actually.

"We are heading towards that kind of menopausal time, skin is changing, hair is changing, body's changing – even having had a baby the shape of your body completely changes.

"I think that its really important in those moment rather than look down and go: 'Oh my god, look at everything changing, I’m getting old, I’m getting more wrinkled. Oh my God, my t*ts are around my knees.'

"Instead of looking down, you’ve sort of got to look up with it and go, 'God, my body was able to carry a baby and my boobs breastfed three children and they were fine'.

"…You got to go, 'Yes my face is starting to sag and my eyes are blood shot and the rest of it', but 'I’m healthy and I’m ok and getting older is a privilege because not everyone else gets to be here'."

The Wylde Moon founder added that she feels she has a "responsibility" to her daughter Belle as well as other women to conduct herself in a "certain way" in life.

"Having a daughter I'm very aware of the example I set now in this stage because Belle's 10 so she's old enough now to be watching me and I want to conduct myself in a way that when she gets to this stage, it's like I'm clearing the pathway for her," she continued.

"That's how I feel about many things and not just about outwards image but this is what we're talking about now. I feel I have a responsibility there to do this in a way that is a positive experience for all of us."

Holly's positive discussion around body image and aging comes after she opened up about her fear fans think her career comes before her family life.

MUM GUILT

The ITV darling admitted that she worried that people may believe she loves her job as a presenter more than her own children.

Holly revealed the pressures of working in front of the cameras full time in an interview with The One Show last week.

She discussed her concerns about what other people may think of her parenting skills, admitting she has missed out on the school run due to her demanding schedule.

The presenter, who is the mother of Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and seven-year-old Chester talked about struggling with guilt after she missed taking her kids to school on a regular basis.

"I feel guilty about everything." she said "It's totally normal. But what I would say is – and this is what I really have to focus on – where's the guilt coming from?"

She admitted to feeling ashamed about neglecting her responsibilities as a mum due to her habit of worrying about what other mums would think about her.

I feel guilty about everything. It's totally normal.

"Because I think the problem with working mums is that I'm feeling guilty because I'm not there to drop my kids off in the morning because I have to go to work." she explained.

"What I'm feeling guilty about, is that in some way I'm telling myself that I clearly don't love my kids because I love my career more than my children, which is why I'm choosing to do this," Holly continued.

Holly shared her 3 kids with her producer husband, Daniel Baldwin, who she tied the knot with back in 2007.

"And of course, that's not the case. I know that's not the case because I know I love my kids more than anything on this planet. So why am I thinking like that? And it's because I believe that's what everyone else is thinking."

She continued: "You just have to re-evaluate whose opinions you're living by. Are they yours or someone else's?"



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