Holly Willoughby opens up on her dyslexia and says its favourite thing about herself

Holly Willoughby said that her dyslexia is her "favourite thing about herself" during Tuesday's instalment of ITV's This Morning.

The television presenter was joined by her co-host Phillip Schofield as they spoke to former Health Secretary Matt Hancock about his new bill on the common learning difficulty in schools.

And when Matt called for those who had become successful despite their dyslexia to openly discuss their experiences, Holly said that she is "proud of being dyslexic."

"I think it's one of my favourite things about me because I think it brings a unique skill set, I really do," said Holly, who also recently revealed she loved all three of her labours.

She continued: "I've always felt like that, my mum used to say to me, 'you're sending that Christmas card, it's all spelt wrong, you can't send it out!'

"I'd be like, 'to be honest, mum, it's the communication, it's what I'm trying to say, that's the important thing, not how it's all spelt.' So, I've always been quite proud of it in a way."

Matt replied: "That's wonderful, and that's great that you're talking about it, but not everyone does.

"After university, I went for twenty years before I started talking about it.

"I was explaining to one of my civil servants when I was in the cabinet, 'One of the things you've got to do is write short notes on top of the long documents because I'll read the long documents, but I need to choose which ones I need to read slowly.'"

Speaking about how her diagnosis impacted her throughout her childhood, Holly continued: "I got diagnosed just before my GCSEs which was brilliant and helped me then.

"I do wonder if I had an earlier diagnosis, I could have had my learning tailored, which may have helped me.

"Later on, once I knew, I got tailored support which was a huge difference to me. Things were put in place, learning support, and I think that is why I am probably OK reading the autocue now, and I have the job I do now."

Speaking previously to Red magazine, Holly admitted that most of her mistakes on This Morning are because of her dyslexia.

"At school, reading out loud absolutely terrified me because I'd get all the words wrong and I was convinced everybody thought I was stupid," she said.

"It still happens now – most of the mistakes I make on This Morning are because of it, but it doesn't do what it did to me back then because I don't let it have power. I now know that it's all about how you package it in your head."

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