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'We want them to know their grandparents' - Cat Deeley on motherhood, marriage to Patrick Kielty and their decision to leave life in the US behind

Having recently swapped LA for London with her family, TV presenter Cat Deeley chats to Shilpa Ganatra about her first foray into children's book writing, Hollywood's beauty pressures and the untruths peddled by the Trump administration

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Comedian Patrick Kielty (L) and television personality Cat Deeley attend the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 14, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Comedian Patrick Kielty (L) and television personality Cat Deeley attend the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 14, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley after the birth of their first son Milo in 2016

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley after the birth of their first son Milo in 2016

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley

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Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley hosted SMTV Live (Peter Jordan/PA)

Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley hosted SMTV Live (Peter Jordan/PA)

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Host Cat Deeley on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Host Cat Deeley on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

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Comedian Patrick Kielty (L) and television personality Cat Deeley attend the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 14, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

A couple of years ago while living in LA, where Cat Deeley presents Fox's prime-time show So You Think You Can Dance, she dropped a text to her Co Down-born husband, comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty, who'd taken their elder son Milo out for a burger. It transpired she texted him while they were in the midst of a shooting scare in a shopping centre, where the two were forced to hide until armed FBI personnel arrived.

Today, she speaks to Weekend from her newly rented home in the genteel neighbourhood of Primrose Hill in London. The terrifying incident seeded the idea of returning to the UK after 14 years stateside, but family is the main reason the Deeley-Kieltys made the move, and Covid facilitated it. When the world started locking down, the bubbly TV personality had to leave pronto, even though she was in the middle of filming a Disney quiz show.

"LA was slightly behind in terms of the progression of the pandemic, and I was keeping an eye on the news back in the UK, thinking 'oh no, I'm going to have to be the bad guy that says that I have to go back to my family, and leave the production hanging'," she says. "But then LA caught up - we weren't able to bring in an audience, and it got to the point where Disney said we couldn't continue. So I flew back, and I've been back ever since.