Catching up with Amy Childs is always a pleasure, as the bubbly mum-of-two has stayed down to earth since finding fame on TOWIE back in 2010. Still, a lot has changed for Ames since those early days of reality success – and the star admits life is no longer about vajazzles and nights out at the Sugar Hut, but family time and charity causes.
“I’m still the same person. I’m still very ditsy. But I’m a mum now, I’m older, wiser and I’ve grown up,” Amy explains. “I first did TOWIE when I was 19. I’m 32 this year.”
And while the star tells us all about her new charity venture as the creative director of the Jorja Foundation, new! has to get the goss about the new man in her life. Amy has been dating Billy Delbosq, 36, since last year and she seems truly loved-up with the First Dates star.
In fact, as Amy tells us that Billy is great with her children – Polly, four, and three-year-old Ritchie, from previous relationships – she can’t hide the happiness in her voice. It’s lovely to see our fave honey in such a great place.
Here, she chats about finding love, ditching surgery and finally feeling content…
Hi Amy. You and Billy look so loved-up at the moment. How are things going?
It’s all good. We get on so well. He’s amazing with the children and I’m very lucky – we both are!
You celebrated nine months together on social media recently, but in September you told us you were single… Can you clear up the confusion?
I met Bill quite soon after I split up with my ex [Tim, who Amy broke up with in July 2021]. We didn’t go on a date for a long time, but we were talking to each other – we had a few mutual friends.
We count it from the day we met, but technically we’ve not officially been together for that long. My life is always out there on social media and there are a few things I want to keep back – I wanted to get to know Billy first before putting it out there.
You’ve said you’re feeling confident enough with Billy to ditch cosmetic surgery now?
Yes. I was so young having surgery done, I just feel like I’ve accepted myself now. I’ve stopped getting Botox and I’m doing Pilates three times a week. Because I’m happy in myself – Bill makes me so happy and so do my kids – and I’m in such a good place, I just feel like I don’t need that any more.
Before, it was all about image. Now I’m a mum, all I care about is that my kids are alright and healthy. I can’t say I don’t dress up – I’m very glamorous and always have my hair blow-dried – but there’s more to life than lip fillers.
I got addicted – I’ve been open about my surgery regrets and I massively had regrets. Now I don’t, as I haven’t had surgery for a long time. I did have a new set of veneers though.
And you had liposuction on your chin recently…
Yes. I was watching myself on telly and it was just a little pouch – I thought, “I don’t like it.” When I saw the doctor, she said you could be the skinniest person ever and you’d still have this double chin. It was very painful. But in terms of filler, changing my face and that, I’m very happy in myself. I can’t even remember the last time I had Botox done!
Do you worry about the pressure on young girls like Polly as she gets older?
When Polly gets older, I’m going to tell her everything. I’ve got pictures before and after I had lip fillers, and pictures from when I had my boobs done. I’ll sit her down and say, “This is what it is.”
Hopefully she’ll say, “Do you know what, my mum’s done that and I’m not going to.” I’ll talk her through it all.
There is pressure now. You look through social media and think other people’s lives look perfect, but are they perfect? I think when you’re happy in yourself, that’s the most important thing. Since meeting Bill, I feel so content. I’ve always been happy, but now I’m also content.
How is Polly doing – we saw she did a photoshoot with Base Childrenswear in Marrakech recently…
Yes. She was there living the dream and it was great. She really came out of herself. I just thought, “Where has she got this from?” When I was four I wasn’t very confident, but Polly was so good on a shoot for the company a year and a half ago, and they wanted to use her again for their summer campaign. They flew us all to Marrakech and it was the same again – she owned it.
And how is Ritchie?
He’s all good. Ritchie is a little bit more quiet and very much a mummy’s boy – he’s so clingy to me. Whereas Polly is quite independent.
How does it feel being a “momager” now and following Polly around?
I said to Bill this morning, “What did I do before I had kids?!” This morning I was up at 6am doing the packed lunch and taking Rich to nursery. I have no free time any more. But I love being a mum – to me it’s the most amazing thing ever. It’s tough sometimes but I just love it, I really do.
Would you like more children?
I’ve always said never say never, but at this moment in time, working on the Jorja range and then launching my own prosecco, I am literally everywhere. And then it’s full time with the kids. I’m not sure.
You returned to TOWIE in 2020 after a nine-year break. What made you want to go back?
I took myself off TV for a little bit because I felt like I needed time for myself. Then Ritchie’s dad [Ritchie] and I split up and I found Amy Childs again – I lost her for a little bit. I filmed Celebs Go Dating [in 2020] and then the time just seemed right to go back to TOWIE.
Eleven years ago, I was on the show doing vajazzles and spray tans, I was really young and my life was about going to the Sugar Hut. Now, 10 years on, I’m a mum. I’m more of a mediator, the one who gives advice.
Will you be in the next series?
Yeah. We start filming in June. I love it. I don’t do drama. There’s no one I don’t talk to – I film with everyone. I’m like the mum on the show. They’ll come to me and I’ll always give my opinion. Billy might join too.
Do you think Polly will go down the showbiz route?
Polly will do what she wants to do. I would never push her to do anything. She does a little bit of filming on TOWIE. There was one time where they wanted to do a scene with Polly and me, and she wasn’t up for it that day, she didn’t want to do it. So I was like, “You know what? Let’s not do it.”
Do you keep in touch with the original cast members?
Of course. People think Brentwood and Loughton are big, but they’re really not. You always hear what everyone is up to. Billie Faiers is around the corner from me. I was at a premiere with Ferne McCann last week. Sunday goes to school in Brentwood and Polly is round the corner. They go to ballet on a Monday together now.
Tell us about your new position as creative director of the Jorja Foundation…
Being a mum, Jorja Emerson’s story really touched me. She was born with an extremely rare chromosome abnormality called a 1q43q44 deletion and at 10 months old she began having seizures, to the point where doctors said to her parents that the best thing to do would be to take her home to die.
Her dad, Robin, went away and researched 24 hours a day, then someone suggested trying medical cannabis. They did, and since then, Jorja has been thriving.
Her life has completely changed and she doesn’t have seizures any more. I want other parents to know about it – it could save other lives.
And you’ve launched a range of CBD products too…
Yes, I went to see Robin and he told me this story. I had tears in my eyes. I met Jorja, she is so beautiful. We’ve become such good friends and we’ve released this beautiful CBD range together. CBD is so popular right now.
I love the Soothing Cream and the Bath Oil – all the family can use them, even kids. The proceeds go to the Jorja Foundation, which helps families going through the same thing.
Visit jorjafoundation.org for more on the Jorja Foundation and jorjabotanicals.com to shop Amy’s range of CBD products
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