Holly Willoughby recalls painful memory: ‘I was convinced everybody thought I was stupid’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Holly Willoughby, 39, revealed in the July edition of Red magazine that she has long struggled with a learning difficulty that used to “hold” her back at school. The This Morning host opened up on her struggle with dyslexia and how reading out loud left her “terrified”.
The presenter has hosted This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield since 2009 and explained how school was a difficult experience.
She told the magazine: “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.”
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters.
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The NHS website states dyslexia impacts 10 per cent of the UK population.
They have said dyslexia can display symptoms of “reading slowly” and “confusing the order of letters in words”.
As a host of This Morning, often Holly has to read off a teleprompter and she admits that “mistakes” are made because of the learning difficulty.
“It still happens now – most of the mistakes I make on This Morning are because of it, but it doesn’t do what it did to me back then because I don’t let it have power.
“I now know that it’s all about how you package it in your head,” she added.
Elsewhere in the article, Holly touched upon how she has learnt to appreciate “real” success after having a family of her own.
Holly is mother to children, Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, five, who she shares with husband Dan Baldwin.
She revealed: “Most nights, we play a game as a family called The Dinner Quiz, where Dan goes around the dinner table asking everybody fun questions.
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“It’s really simple, but we always end up laughing because one of us has said something silly.
The presenter noted that often social media can make users believe they are experiencing success, as opposed to focusing on real-life victories.
“To me, that’s real success, appreciating how special the things are that are right in front of you. It’s not having a gazillion followers on social media, it’s cherishing the people around you.
“I hope I don’t lose sight of how important it is to come home, shut the door and focus on just being there.”