Holly Willoughby celebrated her sister Kelly’s birthday with a boozy throwback snap on Friday.
The This Morning presenter, 40, took to Instagram to share the pre-social distancing snap, where the pair beamed side by side with some colorful cocktails.
Touchingly, she said to her sister, ‘Congratulations on my beautifully brilliant grand piano woman … I love you. Losing without you … Let’s see what this year brings, shall we. ‘
‘Happy birthday to my beautifully brilliant wing wife’: Holly Willoughby celebrated her sister Kelly’s birthday with a boozy throwback party post on Friday
Holly and Kelly looked flawless as they posed with their big drinks shot taken before the Covid pandemic.
Careful to let her fans know she had followed government guidelines, Holly wrote, “This is an old photo taken before the social distance was taken.”
Holly hung close for the snap and looked chic in a black turtleneck sweater, while Kelly donned a cute horseshoe print dress.
In addition to their matching cocktail glasses, the sisters also paired their bright lipstick that accentuated their pearly white smiles.
‘Let’s see what this year brings us’: The couple beamed as they posed side by side in the moving birthday post
The celebratory post comes after it was reported on Friday that Holly is in crisis talks with ITV about her future on This Morning.
The presenter is currently engaged in a legal fight with her old agency YMU, which means she could get a discount on her future earnings, despite the star breaking ties with them last year.
It is alleged that Holly told ITV Daytime that she would rather part with This Morning than let her former management – with whom she was together for 13 years – take £ 200,000 off her new contract.
Negotiations: The festive post comes after it was reported on Friday that Holly is in crisis talks with ITV about her future on This Morning
An insider told it The sun that the disagreement is not about money, but purely about ‘the principle’ of what is happening.
The source claimed that the issue surrounds Holly’s future earnings now that her former management is no longer involved in the negotiations, adding that YMU is “ trying to captivate her for years to come. ” It just doesn’t make sense. ‘
The insider pointed out that Holly left YMU and founded her own company, Roxy Management, to “ take back control of her future. ”
Regarding Holly’s current situation, the source told the publication: ‘She loves This Morning and really doesn’t want to leave. She is committed to the show but has been left with no choice but to discuss her options and move on.
Trapped: The presenter is currently engaged in a legal fight with her old agency YMU, despite cutting ties with them last year
She wants to stand up for women and won’t turn around when it comes to unfair renegotiations.
“ She has spoken to ITV executives and explained the situation – essentially she said she would rather leave the show than have YMU take such a high percentage of her earnings, if they are not entitled to it. ”
The insider pointed out that Holly is ‘clearly’ fond of Phillip Schofield and that ITV is ‘pulling out all the stops’ to try and resolve the crisis as little as possible and keep her from leaving This Morning.
MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives and Holly Willoughby for comment.
Leave? It is claimed that Holly would rather say goodbye to This Morning than her former management take over £ 200,000 from her new contract
In February, it was first reported that Holly was preparing for a legal battle with her old agents in a row that could cost £ 10 million, according to insiders.
The This Morning presenter hired lawyers to take action against the YMU Group after demanding a percentage of her future earnings, reports suggested.
Holly founded her own all-female agency called Roxy last year – and now manages herself – but her former YMU agent would demand sunset amenities – presumably about 15 percent – from the TV star.
These are commissions collected by agents from a star who is no longer on their roster, meaning YMU could get a share of Holly’s performances on Dancing On Ice and This Morning in the future.
Holly would be willing to pay YMU commissions for jobs arranged while she was with them, but not if those contracts are renewed, The sun reported.
Pricey: It was first reported in February that Holly was gearing up for a legal battle with her longtime agents in a row that insiders claim could cost £ 10 million (pictured in 2020)
The mother of three has been told she could be forced to pay YMU around £ 10,000 if their offer were successful.
The presenter has hired a team of lawyers – whom she met in February – to make sure that doesn’t happen.
A source told The Sun at the time, “ Nobody wanted this to be legal, but Holly won’t just give away her hard-won millions without a fight. This is a sad finale to what was once a hugely successful partnership.
“But YMU seems unfortunate to be set up on its own and feels entitled to maximize a sunset commission to claim commission for contract renewals.”
YMU – formerly known as James Grant – has some big name stars on the books including Ant and Dec, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman and Holly’s This Morning co-starred Phillip Schofield.
Legal Action: This Morning presenter hired lawyers to take action against YMU Group after demanding a percentage of its future earnings, reports suggested
It was reported that Holly left YMU in August and reportedly made plans to lead herself on an all-female team once she left the agency.
Last year, a source told the publication, ‘Lockdown has given her time to think and think about her future. In many ways it has become the perfect opportunity to start over and it was just time for a change.
She loves to manage herself and have more say in day-to-day decisions. She has always had such incredible business acumen and takes pride in being a working mother and career woman. ‘
The insider went on to say that Holly’s career decision was the “ logical next step ” after she hoped to develop a “ better work-life balance. ”
Independent Woman: Holly founded her own all-female agency called Roxy last year and now manages herself (pictured in March)