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Emma Willis: 'Having grown-up time is healthy'

The Voice presenter is mother to three children with husband Matt Willis, seven-year-old Isabelle, five-year-old Ace and eight-month-old Trixie

Emma Willis has a "more simple day" when she's at work rather than at home with her kids.

The Voice presenter is mother to three children with husband Matt Willis, seven-year-old Isabelle, five-year-old Ace and eight-month-old Trixie. While Emma is kept busy with her work, fronting both The Voice in its new home on ITV and Big Brother and its celebrity counterpart on Channel 5, she doesn't mind having a hectic schedule.

In fact, she finds her days in front of the camera are often easier than when she's at home looking after her brood.

Speaking about going back to work six weeks after having her first two children, Emma explained to the Daily Telegraph: "It was only one day a week, and you know what? I enjoyed that one day a week! It was one day a week for me, one day a week when I didn’t have to think about milk, nappies or poo. And to have that time to think as a grown-up is really healthy.

"Also, it’s just easier going to work – and I don’t mean easier being away from my kids – but it’s a more simple day than being at home. Because home is work 24/7, non-stop. It’s so different for men. They somehow find lots of lunch and dinner breaks and they nap. And you say: ‘What do you mean, you napped when she napped? I’ve never napped. I don’t even nap at night.’ "

Being honest about what really goes on in her life is important to Emma. She has 1.32 million followers on Twitter and 515,000 on Instagram, and prides herself on not portraying an unrealistic depiction of her life to her fans.

"Everybody looks at these ‘perfect lives’ being lived on social media and that’s just not the way life is. Even if you have all the money in the world, life isn’t perfect," she said. "And that’s what makes me scared of social media, because I always want it to be a true reflection of my life, not an unrealistic, polished version."

This mentality also extends to photoshoots Emma takes part in, with the 40-year-old frequently asking editors to tone down the airbrushing.

“So many times I’ve been sent publicity pictures for approval on various shows that have been retouched to within an inch of their lives – and I look plastic, like the doll version of me," she said. "There’s no character left in my face, and not one little line: it’s all been rubbed out. So I’ll always send them back and say: ‘Take it right down please’.”

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