Holly Willoughby reveals she’s ‘heartbroken’ after older sister Kelly confirms the death of their Uncle Ray: ‘We will miss you so much’
Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly have paid tribute to their Uncle Ray after confirming his death on Sunday.
The This Morning presenter’s older sister shared a moving tribute to Ray with Instagram followers, along with some fond childhood memories.
She wrote: ‘Sleep deep Uncle Ray. We are heartbroken to say goodbye so soon. Thank you for all the love and the laughs.
‘The kids will forever remember you turning up, taking your hat off and watching with glee as packets of Haribo dropped to the floor. We will miss you so much.’
Holly, 42, responded to the post with a broken heart emoji.
Sad news: Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly have paid tribute to their Uncle Ray after confirming his death on Sunday
Farewell: The This Morning presenter’s older sister shared a moving tribute to Ray with Instagram followers, along with some fond memories from their childhood in Brighton
A host of family friends also commented on the news, with All Saints star Nicole Appleton writing: ‘So sorry darling sending love.’
Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite – whose mother is the sister of Holly’s mother-in-law – added: ‘So sorry Kelly. Sending you all love and light.’
Elsewhere resident This Morning cook Clodagh McKenna wrote: ‘Sending so much love to all your family. May he rest in peace.’
The post follows claims that Holly was told by male executives to go braless – on a children’s show – in the early stages of her career.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the This Morning host was told doing so would make her ‘more attractive’ to male viewers.
One close associate of the star says that he raised concerns at the time with a senior member of staff who was working behind the scenes on one of the shows.
‘Before I knew who Holly even was, I saw her without a bra on and asked a director who she was and why she was dressed like that,’ the friend said.
‘I said she needs to get a bra on, it was children’s television. I reminded Holly of it some time later and she said they made her not wear a bra, that the shows weren’t actually for children.
Side by side: Holly shares a close relationship with her lookalike older sister Kelly (pictured)
Controversy: The post follows claims that Holly was told by male executives to go braless – on a children’s show – in the early stages of her career
‘It was pretty staggering that this was going on.’
Another friend added: ‘It’s pretty awful, it doesn’t even seem that long ago. And what’s worse is that Holly probably wasn’t the only one.’
During her time on ITV Saturday morning show Ministry Of Mayhem from 2004 to 2006, Holly was put in several risque outfits for the cameras.
She was dressed as a maid, wearing a black short skirt and matching top; as well as a skimpy festive Mrs Christmas outfit. She also appeared in low-cut tops and was drenched in water or gunge while appearing on the programme.
One television insider told this newspaper: ‘It was what it was like back then, young women were told what they should wear and they didn’t say no.
‘Like with a lot of other industries, television was run predominantly by men and young, pretty ambitious women were hired and they had to do as they were told. It was wholly misogynistic.’