Tess Daly has admitted that she follows her daughter Phoebe through an app because she is concerned about her safety while driving alone.
The presenter, 54, who shares Phoebe, 18, and Amber, 13, with husband Vernon Kay, revealed her eldest is a new driver, which is the reason for her concerns.
She said, “When your kid starts driving, it’s a whole new minefield. I have that app LIFE360 and I obsessively follow Phoebe on it until she reaches her destination.
“That’s because she’s a new driver. And the relief when I see she’s there. . . you never stop worrying.
The Strictly host joked, “She’s only been gone 20 minutes and I’m a nervous wreck. It is ridiculous. Loosen the belt!’
‘I obsessively follow her on it’: Tess Daly has admitted she follows her daughter Phoebe, 18, through an app as she worries about her safety while driving alone
Family: The presenter, 54, who shares Phoebe, 18, and Amber, 13, with husband Vernon Kay, revealed her eldest (second from left) is a new driver, which is the reason for her concerns
Speak on the Rotating plates podcast she revealed that while she still worries about her girls, she’s letting them forge their own life path.
The television personality also gushed that she and Vernon have a “great relationship” with them.
She said, “You just have to advise them and gently show them the way. It should feel like they are making their own decisions in life.
“But they need more as they get older. They need more life advice, there seems to be more mental hand holding.
“You never stop parenting. I don’t know when that all-seeing eye ends.’
It comes after Tess Daly admitted she was “in denial” in March as she braced for a “major change” in her family life.
Speaking on Loose Women, she said she “couldn’t believe” her eldest daughter was now 18 years old and knew change was imminent.
Tess explained that Phoebe is leaving home soon to attend drama school, but joked that she “didn’t want to think about it.”
Future: It comes after Tess admitted she was “in denial” in March as she braced for a “major change” in her family life, (stock photo)
Panelist Jane Moore said she couldn’t believe how old her daughter was, to which Tess replied, “I know, same thing, I’m in denial.”
She continued, “She never leaves, I can’t think about it,” while pretending to sob to the rest of the panel.
In February, Vernon said he doesn’t want his kids to live off his and wife Tess’s fame, insisting they “form their own careers.”
He told MailOnline that he is currently looking at drama schools to send Phoebe to a place where she can combine her passions for acting and business.
Unlike some showbiz couples, Vernon and Tess feel it’s important for their brood to “find themselves” and not be given their “life on a plate,” crediting the couple’s Northern background for shaping their parenting beliefs.
Showbiz: In February, Vernon (pictured with Phoebe) said he doesn’t want his kids to live off his and wife Tess’s fame, insisting they “form their own careers”
Vernon said, “We let them be independent when it comes to them and their future because it’s important that you allow them to find themselves, which is character building and personality development.
“Sometimes I think the old silver spoon and the life on a plate in front of it… I think that’s pretty much the opposite of how you want them to be.
“Tess and I grew up in warm, healthy Northern families and that’s a huge quality that has helped us in our personal development and I think that’s very important.”
He added: “I don’t disagree with someone who does that by helping their kids, which is great, but I think sometimes for us personally, it’s whatever they’re into, they can start exploring themselves.”