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We Are Women | Jo Whiley Exclusive

WE ARE WOMEN | The Podcast 05
Jo Whiley Exclusive

We couldn’t wait to sit down with Jo Whiley, much-loved television host on BBC 2 and illustrious career at Radio One. Mother of four, lover of swimming costumes and croissants and our very own autumn collection cover model!

What is your perfect Sunday morning?

My perfect Sunday morning… is to get up really early because I can’t do lie ins at all. Take the dogs for a walk with my husband, then get a coffee and croissant, then read the papers. That will suit me.

What is the secret to a long and happy partnership?

The secret to a long and happy partnership, is to stick with it, to work really hard because, you know, every couple will argue and always fall out, and there will be times when you just can’t bear to be near each other. But give it some time, let the dust settle and then… I am really lucky, we complement each other very well, me and my other half. So I think if you are lucky enough to find someone who is committed to you, then you know, hopefully, you will make it through.

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of my job is interviewing people, I just really like having good conversations with people, and if you can get people to be honest and be themselves and get some insight into their lives and their minds then that’s the proudest thing I can achieve. I love doing that – I love it. I like playing records, but I really like speaking to people and doing a good interview.

Do you care about what people think of you, or at what age did you stop caring about what others think of you?

I think one of the joys about being older is that you don’t actually care about what people think about you. When you are young and you are growing up, you think that everyone has a view on the way you look and what you are saying, and actually, they don’t because everyone is worried what they are looking like and saying and no one’s looking at you at all. So when you get older you just think “I actually don’t care” it is amazingly liberating and the great things about getting on in life, I suppose.

On the other hand, when I am doing a job, somebody will write something, and if you are in a particularly vulnerable state of mind and you read that one thing it is literally a dagger under the rib cage and it is quite hard to shake off sometimes. You’ll walk around with it for quite a long time. I usually need to offload to my other half or to somebody and be given a good talking too and then you can learn to let go. Sometimes it gets to you, sometimes it doesn’t.

What have you worked on recently that you have been very excited about?

This is extraordinarily un-rock and roll, but Gardening. I love gardening, and recently Radio 2 did a garden at the

Chelsea Flower Show and it was just so fantastically exciting, I got to work with some great designers, got to actually get my hands dirty and plant. It was genuinely a dream come true.

What impact has motherhood had on your career?

It is just part of what I do and who I am, motherhood. I can’t think of a way it has changed my job. It means that life is really rich and busy and fun. The kids have just always fitted in with what I do.

What are your wishes for your children’s futures?

Someone once told me that you are only as happy as your unhappiest child and that is the thing I would say to anyone, it really resonates. It is so painful when your children are unhappy. You just want them to find a job that fulfills them and is the right thing for them to do. When your kid is unhappy it’s really difficult, so yeah I just want them to be happy.

My daughter when she first started out in her job, it just wasn’t right for her. It was really difficult, watching her get up in the morning and coming back at night and being incredibly sad, and then when she found the thing she was kind of born to do, it was such a massive relief.

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