Hit daytime talk show Loose Women is never one to shy away from the most talked about issues of the moment. And today’s monumental episode will prove no exception.
In a world first, new co-host India Willoughby is set to become the first transwoman to front an all-female talk show.
After proving popular with viewers during an appearance on the show last month, the 51-year-old will return to share the story of her former life as a TV journalist called Jonathan.
Revealing her excitement about her forthcoming slot, India said:
“I just can’t believe it. I absolutely love the show so it’s beyond my wildest dreams to be a guest panellist.
“My history will add something different to the mix and it’s the perfect fit for me.”
In addition, she also went to talk about the bond she already shares with the Loose Women panel:
“All the Loose Women have overcome some sort of adversity. They all carry battle scars and that’s what makes them interesting people.
“Mine just happens to be my body.”
India shares her story
Speaking to The Mirror, she continued: “I didn’t want to be considered a novelty. I’ve turned down several TV offers. I want to be working on merit and that’s why it was so perfect for me, because I’m just a girl next door.”
And on her hopes for her role on the show, she added:
“If I can help others in my situation by becoming a panellist, well that’s terrific.”
Outlining the moment in 2010 that led to her transition India – a former news presenter across the North East and Cumbria – explained:
“I was doing a live interview when I caught sight of myself in one of the monitors.”
Continuing she said: “I was nice and smart in my suit but I knew I couldn’t go on because that person wasn’t me.
“I went home in tears, absolutely distraught. I bought myself a bottle of wine and drank it.”
India also talked about her regret she feels over not speaking out earlier:
She said: “I really do wish I had the courage to speak up when I was younger.
“But now that I’ve done it, life begins at 50 for me. I’ve got a whole lot of living to do and I can’t wait to get on with it.”
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