After spending a year in lockdown together with their two daughters, the couple were forced apart when Vernon signed up to appear in the latest series of I'm A Celebrity, which was filmed in Wales due to coronavirus restrictions.
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"The printer, the dishwasher, the dryer [all broke] – basically everything you need when solo parenting," she said. "I was like, 'Okay, 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."
Tess talks about marriage and parenting credit: Pete Pedonomou/Women's Health UK
Tess, however, was busy filming Strictly. "I loved it [Strictly] more than ever. Of course, it was frustrating that you couldn't hug people," the host stated.
"If someone's in tears or they're leaving the show, it's hard not being able to physically reach out. But Strictly is such a celebratory, feel-good show, full of warmth and sparkle and joy, I felt lucky to be a part of something that people were appreciating on a whole other level because they were stuck at home."
The TV star features in April's Women's Health credit: Pete Pedonomou/Women's Health UK
Tess and Vernon, who tied the knot in 2003, are doting parents to two young daughters; Phoebe, 16, and 11-year-old Amber. Opening up about their daughters, Tess admitted she works hard in instilling a work ethic and inspiring her girls through 'strong' women like Oprah Winfrey.
"I've made a point throughout my girls' lives of reading them bedtime stories about strong, innovating women, whether it's Oprah Winfrey or Frida Kahlo," she added. "It's quite a feminist house, really...we've instilled a work ethic and they take nothing for granted, but I teach them that women can do anything, because they can."
Read the full Tess Daly interview in the April issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale from 3 March.
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