SHE’S one of Britain’s most familiar faces, having woken up the nation for nearly 40 years.
From TV-am to GMTV and, for the last decade, her own self-titled show, Lorraine Kelly, 61, is as synonymous with breakfast as cornflakes and coffee.
Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie Smith reveal what really goes on at home
And when she’s not charming celeb guests on her sofa, she is just as sweet behind closed doors – a fact her daughter Rosie (with cameraman husband of 30 years Steve Smith, 61) attests to.
“She’s just lovely,” says Rosie, 26. “She’s never given me a genuine telling-off.” Chatting to them both today, it’s clear that their mother-daughter dynamic is playful and full of fun, although Rosie refers to her mum as the “wild one”.
Rosie is Lorraine’s only child and she has spoken about the heart-breaking miscarriage she suffered in 2001.
Lorraine says today that the experience made her even more grateful for her “beautiful, happy, wee girl”.
Rosie is now all grown-up and back with her parents in Buckinghamshire (a recent move from their family home in Dundee) after three years working away in Singapore in marketing, so we sat down with them both to talk about love, loss and what really gets Lorraine riled up!
Rosie is Lorraine’s only child and she has spoken about the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in 2001
Lorraine, how did you cope when Rosie moved to Singapore?
L: It was hard, but she’d been to university for four years before that so we’d had that empty nest thing going on already.
L: Actually, in Singapore the time difference worked really well because her lunch hour coincided with me going into work, so we could talk to each other at 5.30am my time and 12.30pm her time.
Or sometimes I’d be in the Co-op and she’d be somewhere like Laos or Cambodia!
Rosie, did you ever struggle growing up with a famous mum?
R: I’ve never known any different. She’s so lovely – if I had a mum who was controversial it would be different, but I’ve never had any hassle. When I was a teenager the only social media was Bebo really, so it wasn’t bad!
L: I do remember when she was tiny, people would ask for my autograph, and I remember Rosie just looking all bemused.
R: I suppose people my age didn’t really watch Mum because they were at school. Although all my male friends say that they fancy her all the time!
L: Do they? Ha! You know how to make a 61 year old happy!
Lorraine with Rosie as a tot
Rosie, is there a side to your mum that nobody else sees?
R: It takes a lot for her to be annoyed…
L: But when I’m annoyed, I’m annoyed. Everyone’s just trying to go about their lives, so I hate bigotry and bullying and you see that a lot online unfortunately. I just think that’s the kind of thing that would get me really, really angry.
Is that what caused the on-air friction with your former GMTV colleague and now Tory MP Esther McVey last June?
L: She’d been quoted as saying some really terrible things, especially towards the LGBT community. I just thought: “Nah, you don’t do that.” Ann Widdecombe was the same. People shouldn’t be toxic. I just don’t get it.
How would you describe your mother-daughter relationship?
L: It’s a totally different dynamic between me and Rosie, and me and my mum Anne, who’s 79. My mum was only just 18 when she had me, so she’s a young granny – which is really good because she’s full of beans!
L: I was 34 when I had Rosie. I had got to a really good point in my career, whereas my mum was incredibly young and we were from a very working-class background in Glasgow.
Lorraine admits she isn’t ‘very good at doing discipline’
Would you say you were a strict parent?
L: Because I was working and had to go backwards and forwards from London up to Dundee, Steve was always the parent who had to say: “Eat your broccoli, do your homework.”
L: He was the bad cop. I was the one who would let her sit and watch the rubbish on the telly. I wouldn’t be very good at doing discipline anyway.
R: Dad was always the one who gave me a telling-off!
Lorraine, you had a miscarriage in 2001. Is that something you’ve spoken about together?
R: I had heard about it, but I actually read it fully in my mum’s book. It came out when I was a teenager, and that was actually easier than talking about it. I remember the day it happened – I was about five and I saw mum sitting on the stairs.
R: The blood went out of her face. Then I was in the car behind the ambulance with Dad, but I had no idea what had happened until years later.
L: Yeah, Rosie was so little, and I remember her saying: “Oh, Mum, you look as white as a sheet.” It was really sad.
L: But we didn’t go down the route of IVF or adoption because, honestly, we just felt really lucky that we had Rosie. We had a very happy, healthy, beautiful, wee girl.
Lorraine Kelly celebrates with her daughter Rosie Smith who graduated from napier University Edinburgh with a BA (hons) in Journalism
What’s the secret to your 30-year marriage with Steve?
L: I met Steve when I was about Rosie’s age. I try to never take him for granted, and he’s just really funny.
L: He does put up with a lot though. If things are getting too much for me or I’m overwhelmed, he’s really good at just being like: “Take five”.
R: He’s also really kind. Even when he’s annoyed at you, he’ll still make you a cup of tea.
Does that inspire you when dating, Rosie?
R: Dating is awful! I had Bumble in Singapore, and I just couldn’t do it. You end up meeting very strange people. I had to explain it’s like Tinder to Mum, though Mum thinks Tinder is Grindr!
L: Well I didn’t know what it was! I think generally you meet the person you’re meant to be with at work or through friends. But it must be hard, especially now.
L: There’s no pressure on Rosie at all though. I don’t want her to settle, it’s got to be someone you love very much and who treats you well. Never think: “Oh, this’ll do.”
Lorraine urges Rosie to never settle when it comes to dating
Are you looking forward to Christmas together?
L: It’s going to be a different Christmas for everyone. It’ll be the three of us and Angus, our three-year-old border terrier. We got him as a surprise for Rosie at Christmas time three years ago, while she was back from Singapore.
Is Angus just like a family member?
L: Yes, and that’s why we wanted to work with Tails.com. Its hampers have got gorgeous things in them – they’re like a Christmas dinner with toys for dogs! Angus will get the full Christmas experience, plus 10% of the profits go to charity.
Who’s cooking the turkey this year?
L: Rosie is going to do Christmas dinner for the first time. I’ll just be in the kitchen with an extremely large drink to supervise!
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