Vogue Williams says she’s seen a therapist to help with ‘horrific’ lockdown anxiety
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It’s been a busy year for Vogue Williams. The Heart radio host and former model, 35, has her hands full with son Theodore, two, and daughter Gigi, nine months, who she shares with her hubby, former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, 32.
And when OK! chats to the Irish star, she opens up on the difficulties of living in lockdowns – revealing she’s even seen a therapist to help with her anxiety, which the pandemic has heightened.
“There are times when it was horrific,” she says. “But we’re through it now.”
Vogue, who also uses exercise to boost her mental health, was thankful to have the company of her family while stuck inside too.
Here, the presenter lifts the lid on her two very different children, toddler tantrums and plans to expand her brood…
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Hi, Vogue! What milestones has Gigi reached recently?
I’ve done baby-led weaning with her, which involves her feeding herself. She’s hilarious! She sits there for so long. You think she must be full but she keeps going. She’s started waving and she sits up. She has no intention of crawling, so I don’t know what age that’s meant to happen. But she’s such a happy baby. She’s going through a phase where if she doesn’t know someone, you can tell. We met my friend in the park and she was not into it. I guess she’s not seen many people during lockdown – or else she didn’t like my mate [laughs].
What was Theodore like when Gigi first came home? Was there any jealousy?
Oh, there was jealousy. I think that’s only natural though, especially because I was feeding her. It took him a long time to get used to that. But for the most part he’s been amazing. Especially now – he’s so obsessed with her! He can’t wait to see her in the morning when she wakes up.
How is he now he’s hit two?
He’s had his moments! But for the most part he’s really good. It was before he was two that he started having little tantrums. He might have a whinge, but he’s a good boy. I wouldn’t say he’s the most magnificent at going to bed, but that’s just one of the small downfalls.
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Is Gigi a daddy’s girl?
He [Spencer] really wants her to be a daddy’s girl! But both of them are mummy’s kids. I’ve only just stopped breastfeeding, so Gigi was probably more attached to me for that reason.
What’s her personality like?
I think she’s going to be in charge. She’s got Theodore figured out.
Is Gigi like Theodore was as a baby?
Very different. But that might be because it’s very different when you have your second baby. You feel a lot more confident. You’re not panicking that everything will go wrong. Gigi is so good at settling herself. You put her down and she goes straight to sleep. I think that’s because we didn’t have time to stand rocking her for hours like with Theodore.
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Who do they take after the most?
I think Theodore looks more like me. Gigi looks like Spen but she really looks like how I did when I was a baby. Even Spenny can’t deny it, although he’d like to think she looks like him. But she’ll change to look like me!
Do you feel your family is complete now?
Our family is amazing the way it is but I would love more children. The plan is definitely to have more. People think I’m mad but the dream would be to have four kids.
How have you coped with lockdown?
It’s been hard. But because I’ve been working and we love spending time together, I can’t say we’ve had a really hard time because
we enjoy being in each other’s company. I’m trying not to be a complainer because I think other people find it hard. But this last lockdown felt so long and everyone wanted it to end. It’s so nice to be able to go to town now and see everyone on the streets.
How was your mental health in lockdown?
I think everyone has had serious anxiety and with people who suffer from depression it’s definitely been made worse. There’s a lot of loneliness. All that has made it hard for other people but it’s definitely heightened my anxiety. There’s times where it was horrific. But we’re through it now.
Do you do anything to take care of your mental wellbeing?
That’s kind of why I train. I feel like it really helps with anxiety. I use it for my body and my mind. I think people forget about how helpful it can be. I’ve been talking to people and saw my therapist for a little while over lockdown. But all is good now.
You’re taking part in a Fairy campaign. Tell us about the new Platinum Pods. Are you using them every day?
I’ve used them the whole time. I didn’t even switch when we were having a baby. I find my skin can be sensitive and Fairy is perfect.
Have you always used Fairy?
My whole life. My mum used it and you stick with what you know. In Ireland, the Fairy mum is a huge deal. So when they asked me to be the Fairy mum, I was overjoyed.
Fairy Non-Bio has launched new Platinum Pods with extra stain removal, offering the same gentle care for children’s sensitive skin with boosted cleaning power. They are available from Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Wilko, Ocado and Amazon, and have an RRP of £5.
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