Saturday, 23 September 2017

Star?s dressing room used to change nappy

READERS who watched ITV?s This Morning on Wednesday last week will have seen Henley mum Emma Taylor on screen but will have missed the small drama behind the scenes

READERS who watched ITV?s This Morning on Wednesday last week will have seen Henley mum Emma Taylor on screen but will have missed the small drama behind the scenes.

Emma, 40, of Western Avenue, was appearing on the show to talk about an online craze called the ?brelfie?, or breastfeeding selfie, where mothers post photos of themselves breastfeeding their children on social media websites.

She was accompanied by her six-month-old son Gabriel and told presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that the pictures helped women celebrate their bodies and preserve special moments with their children.

Emma, who runs a seamstress business, has posted pictures on Facebook of her breastfeeding Gabriel and some from when she breastfed her daughter Lilia, who is now five.

What viewers didn?t see was her having to rush off set to change Gabriel?s nappy ? in actor Martin Clunes? dressing room!

Luckily, the Doc Martin star was not in there at the time as he hadn?t then arrived to talk on screen about his latest role as Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle in ITV drama Arthur & George, which was partly filmed at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Emma, an ex-journalist, did meet him after the show and the actor didn?t seem perturbed at her emergency dash to his dressing room.

She said: ?We had a nice chat and Martin was very taken with Gabriel. He made a beeline for him in the green room, engaging with him and smiling at him, which was lovely.?

Emma was asked to appear on the show by a friend who works for ITV.

?It was a bit hectic,? she said. ?I had to arrange for someone to take Lilia to school and we had to get up at the crack of dawn to travel to  London. I was a bit nervous appearing live on national television but it was really fun seeing the studio and having my make-up done.?

Since her appearance, she has been branded a ?brelfie champion? on Twitter. This is at least partly because the craze was described on the show as ?naked exhibitionism? by another guest, newspaper columnist Angela Epstein.

Emma said: ?I felt like Angela didn?t let me get a word in edgeways and I didn?t get across all the points I wanted to. Eamonn and Ruth were very supportive and I?ve had a lot of support online as well.

?It?s no different to taking a picture of your baby playing on the floor or being covered in yoghurt, it?s just a cute picture. Angela seemed determined to turn it into a personal act that might be offensive to someone viewing it.

?Women take these pictures for themselves to show moments with their children and to encourage other women to breastfeed in public.?

Meanwhile, Clunes had an effect on Gabriel too. On Monday, Emma posted on Facebook: ?Gabriel clearly remembers meeting Martin Clunes. He has been transfixed by Martin on the Jonathan Ross show tonight!?

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