Emma Willis reveals genius way to get her children to eat more veggies

Lauren Clark
·2 min read
Emma Willis has three young children with husband Matt. (Getty Images)
Emma Willis has three young children with husband Matt. (Getty Images)

Many mothers will sympathise with Emma Willis' struggle to get her children to eat their five-a-day.

But the TV presenter, 44, may have just come up with an easy and affordable solution that all parents could give a go.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Magazine, the mother-of-three explained: "I make a batch of soup for lunch that lasts for days.

"The kids hate me for it, but I like to know they’re eating their veggies."

The host of The Voice also opened up about building a family routine during the latest lockdown, in which she has been forced, like countless others, to homeschool her children, daughter Isabelle, 11; son Ace, nine; and daughter Trixie, four.

Willis admitted: "I’ve found if we don’t get them up and dressed by nine it all falls apart."

She explained that she has a newfound "admiration" for teachers, adding: "I’m terrible with computers and can’t use a scanner.

"I felt so out of my depth during the first lockdown, I really beat myself up. For our sanity I’ve let go this time. I’ve realised my kids don’t need me sitting next to them all day."

The star is raising her three children with her 37-year-old husband, the musician Matt Willis, and the family live in Hertfordshire.

They met in 2004 while she was working as a presenter for MTV and he was performing with boy band Busted, and began dating a year later, before marrying in 2008.

In October, Willis sparked debate when she shared a picture of her son, sporting long blonde hair and a pink crop top, to Instagram.

Speaking to The Sun's Fabulous magazine, she defended allowing him to cultivate his own personal style at such a young age.

Willis said: "Say what you want about me, I’m big enough to take it on the chin. But when you get comments like that regarding your children, it just makes the Hulk want to come out and scream at the world.

“I’m so protective of my kids and this was just a young boy expressing himself the way he wants to. I thought: ‘Did you not watch ’80s dance movies? All the boys wore crop tops and it was cool!’

“He is very individual, he dresses the way he wants and he’s really happy doing that. Why would I try to suppress that?”

She added: "The response was a big eye-opener, because for me, it’s just Ace, he’s my son and that’s the way he’s always been.

"So it did massively make me start thinking about stereotyping and how bonkers it is that a boy, just because he has long hair and is wearing pink, is mistaken for a girl."