'In hindsight, I was falling in love with him': Holly Willoughby offers rare insight into marriage with husband Dan Baldwin as she recalls how they met as friends for three months first

She tends to keep her relationship and family life out of the spotlight.

Yet Holly Willoughby offered a rare insight into her marriage to husband Dan Baldwin during a TV appearance to promote her new book, Reflections, on Thursday.

Appearing on Loose Women, the presenter, 40, discussed the early days of their romance with the panel, where she revealed they met as friends for three months for embarking on a romance. 

Married life: Holly Willoughby offered a rare insight into her marriage to husband Dan Baldwin during a TV appearance to promote her new book, Reflections, on Thursday (pictured 2012)

Married life: Holly Willoughby offered a rare insight into her marriage to husband Dan Baldwin during a TV appearance to promote her new book, Reflections, on Thursday (pictured 2012)

Holly revealed: 'We met on Saturday mornings and we became really ridiculously close friends, it was this intensity of friendship for about 10-15 weeks and I remember cheersing him with a glass and I was looking at him and like 'Oh my God, I fancy him, I fancy my friend!' 

'It took me so by surprise and I thought, 'Oh God, what's just happened?' And the relationship carried on. And I think in hindsight, I was falling in love with him. I think that's what that intensity was, but I didn't necessarily recognise it.'

When Holly was asked if she still considers Dan to be her best friend, she said: 'Yeah, definitely. He knows me better than anyone, he's my absolute support. He gives the best advice of anybody, he's got that strength and good moral fibre, so I always check and run everything past him.' 

TV appearance: Appearing on Loose Women, the presenter, 40, discussed the early days of their romance with the panel, where she revealed they met as friends for three months for embarking on a romance

TV appearance: Appearing on Loose Women, the presenter, 40, discussed the early days of their romance with the panel, where she revealed they met as friends for three months for embarking on a romance

Holly and Dan have been married for 14 years after tying the knot in 2007 and they share children Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and Chester, seven. 

During the promotional tour for her new book at the end of last year, Holly shared more details about her relationship with Dan.

Divulging what they argue about, Holly wrote in her book: 'If I'm watching something on TV and my husband suddenly asks, "Why are you watching this s***?", it'll spark something deep inside and I will get disproportionately angry about it.

Private life: Holly and Dan have been married for 14 years after tying the knot in 2007 (pictured) and they share children Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and Chester, seven (pictured 2019)

Private life: Holly and Dan have been married for 14 years after tying the knot in 2007 (pictured) and they share children Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and Chester, seven (pictured 2019)

'But actually, I'm angry because I subconsciously feel as though someone's trying to control what I'm doing.

'My husband absolutely isn't trying to control me, but I'm getting a really strong reaction, so maybe I'm worried about control in my life. Maybe that's a sign that I still need to address the issue of control.'

Holly said on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 show in November: 'I have a very happy relationship with my husband. I love him, I still fancy him - which is fantastic.'

Holly said: 'Dan knows me better than anyone, he's my absolute support. He gives the best advice of anybody, he's got that strength and good moral fibre' (pictured in her wedding dress)

Holly said: 'Dan knows me better than anyone, he's my absolute support. He gives the best advice of anybody, he's got that strength and good moral fibre' (pictured in her wedding dress)

Yet she elaborated on Heart Radio: 'The last few years I've kind of been looking inward a little bit. And I sort of got to this stage in life where I was like "I've got a really lovely life, I love my husband, I fancy my husband. I've got great kids. I'm very blessed in many, many ways, but something is missing."

Reflecting on this during Thursday's episode, Holly said: 'Up until this point, I had all these plates spinning, I had children, I got married, I got the house, I was working, building myself in my career and all of those things are lovely and wonderful.

'But there's no doubt when you get to a certain age and you get a little bit more time back because the kids don't rely on you so much and you get a spare hour in the day, especially when I went to Australia and I had this two-week period of having no one to look after apart from myself, I sat there with myself and I thought...

Here comes the bride: Holly recycled her wedding dress to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day at a party with her mum Linda and sister Kelly (pictured)

Here comes the bride: Holly recycled her wedding dress to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day at a party with her mum Linda and sister Kelly (pictured) 

'God, this is really weird' and it really felt like something was missing. It scared me a little bit and I realised the thing that was missing was me.'

She added: 'I had no idea what I wanted, no idea what I liked, because all of my life and my energy had gone on these things around me. So the book really is about trying to find the way back to who you are. I've really enjoyed the process of that. It's been nice, it's been great.' 

Earlier in the day, Holly was left red-faced after she accidentally sent a cheeky text while on-air presenting This Morning ahead of her Loose Women appearance.  

Oh no! Earlier in the day, Holly was left red-faced after she accidentally sent a cheeky text while on-air presenting This Morning ahead of her Loose Women appearance

Oh no! Earlier in the day, Holly was left red-faced after she accidentally sent a cheeky text while on-air presenting This Morning ahead of her Loose Women appearance

After returning from ad break, she told viewers: 'Well, to the person I've just sent a text message to very quickly in the break, I was about to say "I need a new one". 

'And I sent it and thought, "Oh I've got away with that with five seconds until we're back on air".

'And I've looked down at it and 'one' has been replaced with 'bra' and it said, 'I need a new bra'. I don't need a new bra, I need a new one. I completely apologise!'

Struggling to contain his later her co-host Phillip Schofield, added: 'And we'll never know what one is!' 

Whoops: After returning from ad break, she told viewers: 'Well, to the person I've just sent a text message to very quickly in the break, I was about to say "I need a new one"

Whoops: After returning from ad break, she told viewers: 'Well, to the person I've just sent a text message to very quickly in the break, I was about to say "I need a new one"

Holly clarified: 'It's actually a barbeque, was what I was trying to say!'

Holly's co-host couldn't help but poke fun at her more, adding: 'It's a guy I'm assuming? Right, the guy you've asked for a barbeque is now thinking 'Ah, I've got to go and source her a bra now…'' 

Holly's embarrassment was furthered when she read out the hilarious reply. While collapsing into a fit of giggles, she read: ''Oh thanks for letting us know but I'm not sure this was for us', Oh no!! They put laughing-faces, thank god.' 

Gaffe! Struggling to contain his later her co-host Phillip Schofield, added: 'And we'll never know what one is!'

Gaffe! Struggling to contain his later her co-host Phillip Schofield, added: 'And we'll never know what one is!'

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