Holly Willoughby admits feeling ‘very emotional’ on ‘important day’: ‘Been through a lot’

Holly Willoughby cries following emotional This Morning segment

Holly Willoughby, 39, has posted on Instagram that she is “very emotional” on an “important day”. Taking to the picture-sharing app, the This Morning presenter admitted to feeling moved over the publication of one of her “oldest friends” first book, which supports children’s mental health.

Been through a lot

Holly Willoughby

The former Celebrity Juice star posted a selfie peeking coyly out from behind the release, Conker the Chameleon, with one of her children lying next to her.

The caption read: “Today is a very important day for one of my oldest friends @h.j.peckham.

“We met on our first day of school and eventually moved into our first flat in London together… we’ve been through a lot!”

The star continued: “Probably something that bonded us hugely was the fact we are both dyslexic…”

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“That’s why this post is even more special and actually writing this I feel very emotional.”

Holly said: “If I could go back and tell my school friend that on the 2nd of February 2021 to mark the begin[ning] of #childrensmentalhealthweek she would publish her 1st book, I’m not sure she’d believe it possible…

“You did it Hannah… so so proud of you… it’s a beautiful and important book.

“One that helps open the conversation with your little ones about how to talk about their emotions… we all need that right? @whsmithofficial @bluefalconpub @amazon @waterstones.”

Holly shared the post in support of one of her pals and revealed that they bonded over both being dyslexic.

Hannah Peckham’s book follows chameleon, Conker, who can’t change his colour like other chameleons, but soon discovers that his differences make him special.

It is designed to “delight and engage young children while encouraging them to talk openly about their feelings”.

The picture revealed a brown head of hair peeking out from behind the book, but it’s unclear which of Holly’s three children – Harry, 11, Belle, 9, and Chester, 5 – she was reading it to.

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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is Royal Patron of charity, Place2Be, and last week shared a selfie video on Instagram to raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health week, which kicked off yesterday.

In an interview with Red magazine last year, Holly opened up about living with dyslexia.

She said: “I’ve struggled with dyslexia since I was young and it used to hold me back,..

“At school, reading out loud absolutely terrified me because I’d get all the words wrong and I was convinced everybody thought I was stupid.”

She said that the learning disorder is the reason she makes mistakes on This Morning.

“It still happens now – most of the mistakes I make on This Morning are because of it.”

But despite being impacted by the condition, she doesn’t let it hold her back.

She finished: “But it doesn’t do what it did to me back then because I don’t let it have power.”

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