Holly Willoughby opens up about relationship with ‘amazing’ dad as she celebrates Father’s Day

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Holly Willoughby has opened up about her relationship with her “amazing” dad as she celebrates Father's Day.

The 40 year old, who is incredibly close to her dad Brian, has praised him for his positivity.

Speaking about her father, the This Morning presenter said: “My dad is amazing. Everything is ‘the best’, that’s my dad’s motto: ‘This tea is the best.’

"When we were kids we used to get the train to London and he would say: ‘Oh, it’s the best’.”

“And he just has the most positive outlook on everything, everything is the best so I love that about him because if you go through life thinking everything is the best then you’re never disappointed are you?”

The mum-of-three added: “It’s a lovely way to live and he is the best so it suits him.”

Last year Holly melted her fan’s hearts when she shared a throwback snap of herself and her dad for Father’s Day.

Her followers were quick to compare her father to music mogul Simon Cowell thanks to his dark hair ‘do and aviator sunglasses.

Holly’s This Morning co-stars Phillip Schofield, Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary also opened up about their own memories their dads for Father’s Day.

Holly’s co-host Phillip sadly lost his dad in 2008. His father, who was also called Brian, died from a long-term heart condition.

Talking about their relationship and his fondest moments, Phillip, 59, said: “My dad was a brilliant fly fisherman, and one of the best and final memories of my dad was when the whole family were together on the lawn.

“Someone said: 'Well, how accurate are you Brian?' and he said: 'Oh, I'm pretty accurate' and we put a tiny side plate out on the lawn and he was fly fishing and he was just pinging the fly off the dish, and we moved it further away and he was still able to do it.

The star, who recently revealed he brought his dad back after her suffered a heart attack by doing CPR, continued: “My dad gave me my sense of humour, I aspire to be as good as him.”

Meanwhile, Alison feels lucky to be able to celebrate and mark the day with her step dad after losing her dad Clifford last year.

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Alison, who was unable to attend her father’s funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic, said: “Sadly my dad passed away, but I’m really close to my step dad Clive who is a retired police officer and my son calls him Grandad.”

The 46 year old, who also lost her mum to liver and lung cancer four months before her dad, added: “I love the way he is always there like a rock if ever I need him, even now since my mum has passed on.


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"He’s still there to help out with Aidan when I need him. A super father figure in my life, I’m very lucky.”

And Alison’s co-host Dermot is celebrating his first Father’s Day after becoming a dad last June to son Kasper.

He says of his own father Seán: “He really is a lovely, warm, gentle, selfless man who let us make our mistakes and encouraged us in our choices so there was never anything to rebel against!

“If I can be a tenth of the man he is then I’d be very happy… and if I can pass any of that on to my son, that’s the greatest legacy and responsibility you can have as a parent isn’t it?”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV and on ITV Hub

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