Brummie TV presenter Emma Willis & husband confirmed as Love Is Blind UK hosts - a look at their relationship

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TV presenter Emma Willis and her husband, Matt Willis, have been confirmed as hosts of a new dating show coming to the UK - here is more about their relationship

Birmingham-born broadcaster Emma Willis, 47, and her husband, Matt Willis, 40, have been confirmed as the hosts of Love is Blind UK.

The Big Brother presenter, who grew up in Sutton Coldfield, and Busted star look excited to host the dating show together. Emma said in a press release: “I love to play matchmaker with my friends and love LOVE so I am excited to be co-hosting the first ever UK version of Love Is Blind.”

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Matt added: “It’s been such a dream working together and fascinating to watch the process unfold. Experiencing this new project side by side has been really amazing and I can’t wait for people to come on this journey with us.”

The couple, who are married in real life, last starred in the National Television Awards-nominated documentary Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction. He was also a contestant on Cooking with the Stars in 2023 with Emma as host. They will now host the dating show - Love is Blind UK - which will follow British singles looking for love. The show is expected to release in 2024 on Netflix.

Emma Willis and Matt Willis(Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)Emma Willis and Matt Willis(Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Emma Willis and Matt Willis(Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Emma and Matt Willis’ relationship timeline

Co-founder, bassist and co-vocalist of the pop-punk band Busted, Matt, and the TV presenter, Emma, met in 2004 when the latter was an MTV presenter and she had to interview the band.

They started dating in 2005 with Matt going down on one knee in 2007 when they were on a holiday in Venice for Emma’s birthday, according to the Independent.

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During an appearance on The One Show Emma, 47, said: “We were in Venice and it was my birthday and he kept wanting to go on walks down little canals which is really not kind of Matt really. He went really quiet and I actually thought he was going to finish with me.

Matt Willis and Emma Willis(Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)Matt Willis and Emma Willis(Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Matt Willis and Emma Willis(Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“Then we got to the Rialto Bridge and we got to the top and he looked at me and he pulled this box out of his pocket and he went to kind of drop on one knee and I just went, ‘Don’t you dare’ and grabbed him.”

She didn’t want him to propose in public but he still went ahead with it and the rest is history.

They married on July 5, 2008 at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire. Since then, the couple have partnered up for work several times as they co-hosted I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp, the Brit Awards for ITV2 in 2008 and the Baftas for E! Network.

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The couple welcomed three children, Isabelle, 13, Ace, 11, and Trixie, seven, during their marriage. Emma has opened up about their different parenting styles and that she is jealous of him being the “fun” one.

Speaking on the Dadpod podcast, she said: “Oh, he’s like the fourth child. And that for me, is perfect, because I think he has such a fantastic bond and relationship with them because he can get down on their level - do you know what I mean? And when they want fun they go to him.

It makes me feel sensationally boring because I’m like, ‘Oh I’m that one, am I? .... [I’m the one] that tells them off and makes sure the washing is done’. I am the quintessential mum and, I think, security. That’s what I’ve always had from my dad and Matt is just always there and always fun and I’m quite jealous of that.”

Becoming a parent changes most people and Emma believes that their first-born helped her husband turn his life around.

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“What really changed him was our daughter, Isabelle. He was already doing it [recovery] himself, then she arrived and that made him even more determined,” she said, according to Mirror. Matt Willis has battled addiction for several years with being in and out of rehabs and his documentary Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction went in depth about its effect on his wife.

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