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Nadia Sawalha, 55, has been a Loose Women regular for two decades, having been one of the original presenters when it first launched in 1999. Alongside her television work, the small-screen star shares her family’s life via their popular YouTube channel – The Sawalha-Adderleys: Family, Films & Fun.
Nadia, who is married to husband Mark Adderley, regularly gives viewers an insight into their home alongside their two daughters, Maddy, 17, and Kiki-Bee, 12.
But the Loose Women favourite admitted their YouTube channel, which launched in 2014, was not smooth sailing to begin with.
The mum-of-two revealed when they initially started the family vlog things were “really bad”.
Speaking in an interview with Express.co.uk, Nadia said: “Our children are homeschooled and [YouTube] was my husband’s idea. With homeschooling you try to find different ways to get the kids to learn.
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“So the kids love movies and my husband is a producer and director and he works in television.”
She continued: “Mark thought how do we harness their love of movies and use it in the same way they might in school.
“We started reviewing movies – that’s how we started on the YouTube channel – but at the beginning it was really bad.”
Nadia confessed it took some time for the family to find common ground.
“The kids were like, ‘No you can’t not like it because it’s a brilliant film and I love it,'” she remarked.
“And over the years we’ve been doing it they are now the most fantastic movie reviewers.”
Nadia also admitted her children were initially concerned about their parents becoming social media stars because they were “too old” and felt the public would “hate” her.
But the presenter admitted it was a risk she and her beau were prepared to take.
“My kids were like, ‘Mum, it’s so embarrassing. You can’t be a YouTuber. It’s the worst thing in the world. They’ll all hate you,” Nadia revealed.
“‘It’s the worst thing in the world. You’re already famous and they don’t like people that are already famous’.”
Nadia said she was determined to prove everyone wrong and pushed ahead with the project.
She explained: “I was like I’m not having that. I can’t have my kids telling me I can’t do something or that I’m too old.”
The couple’s children have since become invested in the family channel, which has gained 100,000 subscribers.
Meanwhile, the ITV star dished on her regular slot on daytime show Loose Women.
Nadia said: “Loose Women is one of the most relatable programmes on television. I always say it’s All Bar One at lunch with your friends.”
Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.
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