‘They say that the two most stressful things in life have a kid and moving home – I did both inside a week,” TV presenter Glenda Gilson says with a laugh.”
It is just 3 months in the future, as she awakens and feeds baby Bobby, she seems as though she has been performing this particular thing for decades, to not mind that the home, that will be in south Co Dublin, is currently warm, tasteful and relaxing, with the majority of rooms completely furnished. And she seems amazing – perhaps the best she has ever appeared.
Glenda and her husband, Rob MacNaughton, proceeded to the home on a Monday, and Bobby came the next week, just two weeks sooner than anticipated. “I’d just completed work the Friday before. I was quite sick during the pregnancy, nausea daily. I had this illness called hyperemesis gravidarum, therefore I moved to the Coombe over the Monday to observe how matters were moving, and my waters broke at the vehicle park,” she clarifies.
The simple fact that Glenda was juggling various roles all of her life likely belonged to her this stressful moment. The TV-watching people understand Glenda as among Xpose’s top presenters, and more lately the creator of Ireland’s Got Mor Talent – 2 TV gigs she unites with designing her jewelry group, G by Glenda Gilson – however the bubbly brunette was operating all of her life, juggling first main school, then secondary, and after faculty, using a modelling profession.
“I had been a kid version; I began modelling in the three decades old,” she states, adding that her mom, Aileen, was favorable with version representative Geraldine Brand, that proposed to Aileen that Glenda could be an perfect kid version. And she had been perfect.
“I loved it,” Glenda says. “I did exactly the Tivoli wool designs for many, many years. Among the very first films for Tivoli gained image of this year. Inside, I had been with Alison Doody [the gorgeous model who went on to star in the James Bond movie, A View to a Kill]. I did plenty of advertisements in these days Bank of Ireland; even McDonald’s; yoghurt; Kellogg’s. I have done every advertisement you may imagine that has been about the TV. I had been on bus stops and billboards with Nissan,” she reminisces, including,”I did each of the charity supermodel displays from the Point. I had been 16 to your initial person, 18 the subsequent one”
The supermodel displays were large events at the 1990s a number of the world’s largest model titles, such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, engaged.
“I will never forget it all the Irish versions standing , fixing ourselves. We were nervous, and Yasmin Le Bon walked , covering her shirt half of her palms,and that she had this Lainey [Keogh] skirt . She stood in the front of the mirror and looked at herselfand asked us’Does my butt look big in this?’ And all of us went,’Ah here, in the event the supermodel Yasmin Le Bon believes she looks large, we may as well all go home.’ Glenda adds:”I recall Naomi Campbell was sporting this awesome Versace apparel, and she placed her foot .”
Once she left college, Glenda failed a class at TV and radio broadcasting and media and print journalism at Ballyfermot for a couple of decades. She had been so occupied with modelling she left school with no qualifying, to focus on modelling, which lent her tremendous profile.
She was soon offered work onto a 24/7 music-tv satellite channel named Bubble Hits. “I had a series named Glenda’s Showbiz Goss. Then I got a phone from TV3. At the moment, I was on Ireland AM frequently, modelling, along with a executive named Andrew O’Hanlon named me. He also offered me a presenting job for five weeks, covering [Xpose] presenter Sybil Mulcahy’s maternity leave. Here I’m, nevertheless there. I believe I am going in my 11th season in Xpose.”
Xpose has been the earliest of its kind in Ireland mixing style, beauty and showbiz, and also at the past 10 decades, Glenda has interviewed every significant celebrity in the actress firmament – Colin Firth, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, 1 Management, Khloe Kardashian, Garth Brooks, Robbie Williams, James Corden, Britney Spears, Colin Farrell… the record is equally impressive, and she is always kept her own together.
She got to have another experience with Naomi Campbell if she interviewed her to the Newbridge Silverware Jewellery effort. “I truly admire her,” she states.
Other favorites include Meryl Streep and David Beckham. “He was also a gentleman. As soon as I walked to the area, he had been the very first celebrity to stand up and shake my hands. It seems normal, but in these junkets, it is just like a conveyor belt. Some may just consider you if the cameras start rolling out, others are going to say,’Hi, how are you really ‘ However he also stood up to greet meand he is even better-looking from the flesh”
She proceeds to include Dustin Hoffman for her listing of critters. “I had been at the Ritz in Paris, there was a football game on and that I had been with my mom. Suddenly she said,’There is Al Pacino’, and hurried on to him until I can say anything else, and I turned off with humiliation. If she came back,” she explained,’I can not believe you would not come over and speak to Al together with me’. I said,’Al – you imply Dustin Hoffman, Mam’. She ran back and apologised to him. He had been so beautiful, he did not care,” Glenda says with a laugh, adding,”Approximately a couple of decades after, I had been interviewing Dustin Hoffman about the red rug and I apologised to him on behalf of my mom, and he stated,’What is your mother’s name?’ I said,’Aileen’, and he looked the camera down and said,’Hey Aileen, thanks for encouraging me at Dog Day Afternoon and The Godfather'” – namechecking Pacino’s films.
“We aired everything on Xpose. My mother hid behind the couch that night,” she moans.
There are nevertheless a few people she would really like to interview, although a few on her own wishlist have expired. “One had been George Michael and another was Prince. The next on my list will be Jack Nicholson, however I think that he does not do interviews,” she states.
A guy she made to interview until he became really famous was just one Donald Trump; he met with him when he arrived to Ireland about Doonbeg company, and since it happened, she and Rob were participated in the time and intended to wed in Doonbeg, therefore her forthcoming nuptials were something of the ice-breaker together with The Donald.
She also Rob wed there in 2014. Rob, who is from Kiltipper, is a keen sportsman – he lived in Germany for 3 decades working with horses and performing three-day eventing. In addition, he played soccer team for Ireland and is still a keen sailor, but his day job today is the machines dealer.
“You may remember the signal for McCormick MacNaughton about the Naas road? Well, that is Rob’s household,” says Glenda. “Diggers and cranes, they have been in the company for 90 years”
In accordance with Glenda, she and Rob knew each other for many years until they got together. “Rob went into college from King’s Hospital so did my brother Damien. They had been in exactly the exact same calendar year,” she states. “My attention was constantly attracted to Rob when I was younger – you will find just five years . We enjoyed the appearance of one another, and we’d small relationships through recent years. We dated off and on, and also then, we’re always good friends”
Glenda appreciated a terrific social life in the intervening decades and was featured in the societal pages – she states that feels like a different life today. “If you are younger, you do not think. I probably thought that I was excellent. Now I am nervous about looking in magazines and newspapers. I would see something that I mentioned and think,’I am an idiot for stating that’ – although it is a part of my enterprise, I have got to stay out there. If you are younger, you are living in the present time, however as you get old, you become more fortunate, I assume.”
During her 20therefore, she and Rob continued to proceed in the very same circles, and eventually started going out together again. “We hooked up on my 29th birthday at the Angler’s Rest in Castleknock, and now I have been ever since,” she says fondly, including,”We have engaged in New York. We had been walking across Central Park in the dark and suddenly he fell to his knee and suggested.”
The coming of baby Bobby has become the icing on the cake. “I have worked my entire life and that I believed on maternity leave will unnerve me – I love being with him. I have my mom, who loves himand she’s over a great deal, which is fantastic, along with my very best friend Hazel has just had a kid, so I am fortunate that way, we have helped each other along the way”
It goes without saying that Rob is bowled around with infant Bobby and finds it difficult to tear himself off. “I always knew Rob are a fantastic father, there is always plenty of love Rob, he is not one to shy away in the temptations and temptations; he is thrilled with his child,” Glenda says.
Glenda’s maternity leave ends a month after she moves back to perform on Xpose along with Ireland’s Got Mor Talentthe sister series of Ireland’s Got Talent; she did some filming it only later Bobby was born. “I wished to take action. If I had been considering telly and viewing somebody else doing my series, it’d be dreadful,” she states.
She’s been doing a bit of job on her selection of fairly jewellery in silver, gold and rose gold – borne by Glenda Gilson – that she layouts with Natasha Obernik of all Fields, also sells at Seagreen and also online. “It is the sort of jewelry I enjoy sporting myself, fragile bits. I am doing my third set right now.”
But, she’s really relishing this valuable moment with Bobby.
Nappies, moist wipes, twisting – are a far cry from the glamorous world of film red rugs, however, Glenda looks thrilled with easy domesticity.
“Frankly, I love being with Bobby here in the home. I have been covering maternity leave for 10 decades on Xpose – Lorraine Keane, Aisling O’Loughlin, Karen Koster; I have coated for all while they have had babies. It is my time today,” she says with a laugh.
‘Ireland’s Got Mor Talent’ proceeds on Virgin Media One straight following’Ireland’s Got Donation’
‘Xpose’ is really on Virgin Media 2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8pm
Edited by Mary O’Sullivan
Photography from Tony Gavin
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