Tess Daly says Vernon Kay’s I’m A Celeb stint made her love him more than ever

Tess Daly confessed her marriage to Vernon Kay has been "a ride" – but she loves him "more than ever".

The star couple's ups and downs have included Vernon, 46, being caught twice exchanging flirty texts with ex-Page 3 girl Rhian Sugden.

But Strictly Come Dancing host Tess, 51, said Vernon's recent stint on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! made her realise how much she wants him around the house.

The couple have been married for 18 years and share daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, who were rooting for their dad during his stint in the I'm A Celeb castle last year.

Tess said: "The printer, the dishwasher, the dryer all broke – basically everything you need when solo parenting. I was like: 'OK, Vern, I really do need you around the house.'

"We're soulmates, me and Vernon. It's been a ride. And I love him more than ever."

The mum-of-two added that she's revelling in being in her 50s and has been doing 5k runs on her treadmill and yoga.

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She said: "Confidence comes from cutting yourself some slack, I'm in my fifties now.

"That's still a shock when I say it out loud because I don't feel any different to when I was in my thirties.

"But I don't fixate on age as a limitation, because it's never held me back… confidence, to me, is just pushing yourself a little bit further than you think you can go, and you'll always surprise yourself."

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Despite missing her husband around the house, Tess recently revealed to Gabby Logan's on The Mid Point podcast that there were certain aspects of their time apart that she appreciated.

"I really enjoyed watching him because he's got all these lovely characteristics that you sometimes take for granted when you’re living with him," she told.

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She went on to say: "Like the big Vernon bear hugs he gives, because he’s a big man, so when you get one of those hugs, you know about it, and they're brilliant!

"And just to see him handing out those hugs and being very compassionate and very gentle and calm because he's the calm one at our house and I'm the one that vibrates at a much higher frequency and runs around."

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Tess added: "So he's the calm one and it was lovely to see those qualities reaffirmed.

"And just enjoying him sharing that compassionate side that he has with everybody."

Read the full interview with Tess in the April issue of Women's Health UK, on sale tomorrow.

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