Emma Willis receives text from sister during parenting debate

Emma Willis, 44, hosted Loose Women today and asked her fellow panellists Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Kaye Adams their thoughts on the topic. The presenter began by saying her husband Matt Willis found it cringe if it’s said away from their children, but went on to explain she knew a couple who called each other mummy and daddy, despite their child being a newborn.

Jane said she also wasn’t a fan of the term being used if children weren’t in sight.

“I’d be horrified,” she revealed.

Agreeing, Emma said she uses the term as a joke as her spouse doesn’t like it.

Much to her dismay, the show anchor then received a text from The Voice host’s sister, who revealed their parents use the term with each other.

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Reading the text aloud, she said: “‘Mum’s just said, ‘Dad calls me mummy’.”

As she pulled a shocked face to the camera, Jane asked: “What the whole time?”

“Well I’ve known them for nearly 45 years and I’ve never heard him say that!”

“That’s quite worrying,” she added.

Nadia chimed in: “It is odd because it’s hard enough to keep your relationship separate from your children, isn’t it?

“They literally suck the oxygen out of the relationship if you’re then relating to each other still as just parents and not individuals, I wouldn’t be comfortable.”

Also during the show, the panellists discussed the impact home-schooling has had on their children.

Emma shares Isabelle, 11, nine-year-old son Ace and Trixie, four, with her long-term spouse Matt.

Discussing life at home in lockdown, she said she “underestimated” the impact learning at home instead of school would have on their offspring.

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“I thought they’ll bounce back, they don’t really… you know, yes it will be different, but it won’t be that much different.

“But, it’s only now I can see them pining to go back to school.

“They want to be around other children, and my eldest, she’s getting a bit more anxious and her sleep is really being affected.”

Emma’s appearance on the show today was her first in five years.

Fans have since called for her to be a permanent fixture on the afternoon programme.

One user wrote: “@EmmaWillis on Loose Women Raising hands Genuinely one of my favourite people on TV EVER.”

“@loosewomen @EmmaWillis was amazing on the show today! She’d a great rapport with the girls and is so relatable.

“She’d be a fantastic regular addition to the panel,” a second added.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.

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