Emma Willis admits family fears due to husband Matt Willis’ absence: ‘Immensely paranoid’

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The Voice host Emma Willis, 44, has admitted she gets “paranoid” about security measures when her husband Matt Willis, 37, is away from home while on tour with his band Busted. The mum-of-three revealed she wants a “panic room” in the house, as she tends to become very concerned over their young family’s “safety” when the musician isn’t with her.

Emma said that she and her kids all sleep in the same room when the Busted bassist isn’t there.

She also relies on friends to stay and gets up five times a night to double check that their burglar alarm is on in her other half’s absence.

Speaking on the When No One’s Watching podcast, Emma candidly explained: “I am Mrs Health and Safety – I would rather be safe than sorry.

“I think I have become immensely paranoid about safety as I’ve got older and had kids.

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“I think I’m a bit of a control freak, so there’s part of me that does enjoy it because I can go to bed knowing that my ticklist is completed. 

“But part of me would love not to come downstairs five times to check when I’ve already put the alarm on.”

The television personality then divulged: “I would love a panic room.

“We don’t have room for one and I imagine they are mega bucks, but I would love one.”


Emma also revealed she is very protective of Matt and recently told him to give up his motorbike because of the risks involved in riding it.

She added: “I’ve taken everything he finds fun out of his life and made him immensely safe to be a husband and father.“

Matt then complained: “There is a little bit of a chance of death with everything that is fun.

“Every time we went on tour one of Emma’s friends would move into our house. 

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“And if I’m away all the kids go and sleep in her bed.”

Emma’s revelation about wanting a “panic room” installed at home comes after she felt “panicked” by tuning into the news during the coronavirus lockdown.

The star shared her realisation while insisting that Matt Willis has coped with the pandemic “so much better” than she has.

Opening up about their experience in lockdown as a couple, Emma told The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine: “We had a point where I don’t think I watched the news for about three days and my focus adjusted.


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“I realised I’d been all-consumed by it and it was nice to live in my bubble for a week and not feel panicked.

“We have a good balance now, news in the morning and evening and that’s better than having a constant stream of it.”

She added: “One thing it’s made me realise – and I’m going to say it out loud – is that I’m a bit of a control freak.

“And I think Matt is quite happy that I’ve realised that about myself, because he’s clearly known it for a long time!

“I suppose because I’m a little bit that way inclined and this is something you can’t control, he has handled it so much better than me.”

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