Christine Bleakley is a famous television presenter known for getting others to open up... while keeping mum about her own life. For those of us curious to learn more about the television host (and Frank Lampard's other half), she's finally doing the talking.
Bleakley has agreed to her first-ever magazine interview for the latest issue of SHE magazine, where she's also the cover star, photographed by Barnaby Wilshier.
She talks candidly about her relationship with Lampard, including marriage plans - "Technically, I should be the last person to know it because it's up to him to do the asking. I can't imagine not being with him. He jokingly talks about the marriage thing, but I'm in no hurry. I'm very happy the way that we are" - and starting a family, which will have to wait for the time being:
"He'd [Frank] have babies in the morning," Bleakley tells SHE. "He's a brilliant daddy, he really is. It's one of the things that attracted me to him. And so, yeah, I think he'd be very happy about it. I have another couple of years of getting up at 3 o'clock in the morning. But I definitely would like to do it."
Bleakley looks radiant in the accompanying photo shoot; for her cover turn, she wears a white halter dress with rosette collar. For the black and white photos inside the mag, Bleakley reclines on a couch in a white asymmetrical frock and shows off her profile in a black embellished shirt.
The host also opens up to the mag about her career, like her highly publicised move from the BBC to ITV: "It was a strange old time and not terribly pleasant, to be honest. I talk about it now as if it didn't happen, because it was just a very bizarre period. It was eventful to say the least. I was home for the weekend and I got the call (from the BBC) saying if you don't sign your contract tonight it's all over. I wasn't so much cross, more bewildered. The One Show and everyone involved was like family to me."
No stranger to the limelight, Bleakley has had her share of bad press. And it seems like Lampard was integral in helping her get through the rougher times. "Frank was absolutely brilliant through that entire period," she tells the mag. "He still made me laugh, which is my key to survival in every kind of situation. He understood it, and that makes such a difference, to be able to speak to someone who does live their life in that way and has come across things that aren't terribly complimentary about themselves in newspapers."
For the full interview and more pics of Christine, pick up the latest issue of SHE, on sale now.