Emma Willis reveals she "chased" husband Matt for a date!

Published Thursday, Aug 27 2015, 15:42 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Celebrity Big Brother host Emma Willis has opened up on her early romance with her McBusted star husband Matt Willis, insisting it was her who chased him for a date!

Yes, really! You'd usually think it would be the other way around, but proving she's not afraid to go after what she wants, Emma made the admission while appearing on ITV's Lorraine earlier today.

Recalling how she and her now husband of seven years first got together, Emma admitted: "I asked him [out]."

Emma Willis on ITV's Lorraine
27 August


Way back when Emma was starting out as a presenter on MTV, she first met Matt and had interviewed him several times before the pair became friends.

"We met at MTV actually, years and years ago," she explained. "We knew of each other and then we started to see each other more in interviews and then out socially. We became friends and then friends became more."

And making sure her friendship with the rocker definitely did blossom into romance, Emma decided to make the first move and ask him to go on a date with her... with a little help from a familiar face.

"I chased him for a little bit," she revealed. "I was watching him on the tele and I thought I had such a good time with him, I called up Simon Webbe from Blue who was with him on the tele. They were on Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway together and I said can you pass my number onto him... [Matt] didn't call me."

While he may not have picked up the phone immediately, Emma said she did receive a call from him a few days later and when she eventually did speak to him, she said: "I don't play games, let's go out."

You've got to hand it to her, right?

Now the couple are happily married and have two children, their daughter Isabelle, six, and son Ace, four.

Emma Willis and husband Matt at the Glamour Awards 2015
2 June

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Emma's appearance on Lorraine isn't the first time the 39-year-old has opened up about her beau.

Earlier this year, Emma revealed what it is she really loves about Matt. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, she said: "I'm a worrier. I worry about everything. I worry about the kids, my family, my health, Matt's health. I always think the worst - and he keeps me calm, he's really optimistic.

"He's a constant support with everything... It's everything about him, he's an incredible person."

And she's still smitten with him too. Seeing her husband all suited and booted to attend the NTAs with her back in January, Emma couldn't resist bragging: "My husband is an absolute hottie. I couldn't love him more if I tried."


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