Cat Deeley opens up on motherhood as she admits it’s ‘exhausting’ and leaves her unsure what to say

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Cat Deeley has opened up about how motherhood has changed her life in a rare chat on This Morning.

The 43 year old, who recently shared a glimpse into her luxurious Los Angeles kitchen, spoke to hosts Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield, 58.

The TV presenter explained that the inspiration behind her debut children's novel, The Joy In You, came from the idea of what she would like to tell her two sons, James and Milo.

She also confessed that becoming a mother and going through the motions of feeding and bathing her sons has left her exhausted.

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Speaking on the popular ITV show, Cat said: "It was just one of those things, like every other mum at the end of the day once you’ve fed them and they’ve been in the bath and they smell delicious and all of those things, you are completely exhausted.

"Well, I am anyway, if I’m being very honest.

"It was kind of an idea of what would I like to say to them when I can’t find the words and I’m completely inarticulate and I can’t string a sentence together."

Cat, who recently opened up on a horrifying shopping mall shooting ordeal and explained why she moved back to the UK, continued: "What do I want to say to my boys and so that was really the idea behind the book.

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"It’s a series of feelings and moments and thoughts and emotions and it’s kind of top and tailed with love.

"My boys are only four and two and they have to learn about the real world quick enough and so, actually, I love the idea that when they go to bed they’ve kind of got that warm and fuzzy moment.

"And just feel really confident and comfortable.”

The stunning star added: "I think it’s good to feel about 7 and three quarters sometimes and to try new things. I think we’re never too old to try new things and sometimes the things that scare us a little bit are good to try too."


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It comes as Cat recently revealed the hilarious way she landed her job hosting SM:TV Live with Ant and Dec. Cat, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly fronted the hit ITV kids show from 1998 to 2001, earning millions of fans.

Cat began: "So basically what happened was, we've got mutual friends in common, and I knew that one night they'd been out to this Chinese restaurant in Chiswick.

"Dec had behaved a little bit badly and been a little bit rude to this couple sitting next door on the next table… you know, just being a bit cheeky. Anyway, they said to me 'Look, you've got to pretend that you're the girlfriend of person that,' I said I can't do that, I can't do that.

"They're like seriously, just go for it. They won't remember, it will be great, and I was like 'No, no, no, I can't do it'."

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She continued: "Anyway I met them and had such a lovely time and were laughing so much and we instantly got along and I thought, you know what, I'm going to do it… and I said to him 'Actually Dec, we have met each other before.

"'I don't know if you remember, but you were actually really rude to my boyfriend who we were sitting next to you at that table'.

"He went bright [red], I've never seen, I mean they don't get embarrassed very easily. He held his head in his hands. He was like, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry'. And then I let it go for about 30 seconds and then I was like 'Nah, not really!'

"And then Ant was absolutely cracking up and was like 'She got you, she got you!'… and then I got a phone call going back in the cab and the said, ok, you're coming in for a screen test, they're not seeing anybody else."

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV

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