Tess Daly breaks silence on sharing photo of kids after protecting them from public eye

Tess Daly enjoys Valentine’s date with Vernon Kay

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Tess Daly, 51, has revealed she always wanted to “protect” her children with Vernon Kay, 46, from the spotlight until they were old enough to make their own decisions. The Strictly Come Dancing presenter first posted a photo on Instagram with daughters Amber Kay, 11, and Phoebe Kay, 16, in support of her spouse entering I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! camp last year.

We have always protected them

Tess Daly

The bold decision attracted attention from news outlets after Tess had previously chosen to keep her children’s faces away from the glare of cameras.

Speaking on Gabby Logan’s podcast The Mid Point, Tess said: “They’re a bit older now, so we have always protected them from being in the public eye, just because I thought when they were so young, they don’t choose to be in that spotlight.

“It’s not their choice and your instinct as a parent is to protect them from everything,” she added.

However, now her daughters are older, Tess feels more comfortable sharing family photos, particularly to support her other half when he entered the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! camp in December last year.

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She continued: “Because they were a little bit older and he was going in there [I’m A Celebrity]… I had this gorgeous photo of us all together and it just felt like the right time because we were all behind him, and it felt like a family thing.” 

Tess shared a sweet throwback snap on her Instagram page back just before Christmas, which showed the family smiling as they had enjoyed dinner together.

The Strictly host captioned the post: “GOOD LUCK VERNON. 

“After not being able to see him for what feels like AGES me & the girls can’t wait to watch Vern on tonight’s first @imacelebrity and see how he fares in the Castle!

“We love you SO much and we miss you TONS! Go #teamVernon #imaceleb All our love Tess Phoebe & Amber XXX.” (sic)

Fans gushed over the picture as they praised the adorable family.

One said: “What a beautiful family. You guys are totally blessed.”

A second replied: “You have the most beautiful girls x.”

While a third typed: “God the most stunning family ever!”

Opening up on how she keeps her daughters disciplined at home, Tess also revealed she enforces social media restrictions for the two teens.

She shared: “I won’t let my daughters go on screens at least half an hour before bed because I think it stimulates them a little bit. 

“And if my 10-year-old is Googling or looking on YouTube then she’s got to do it in a room where we’re present. 

“We’ve put all the child safety settings in place, but you still can’t predict what might turn up on a YouTube or Google search.”

Tess admits that social media is quite a “daunting place” for teenagers to spend time and her youngest daughter is not yet allowed her own personal Instagram.

She added to Made For Mums: “Social media is quite daunting, it’s kind of a minefield for parents. 

“My daughter [Amber] has been asking us if she can start Instagramming and we said absolutely not. Not yet, we’re going to try and hold off as long as we can.”

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