Inside Ulrika Jonsson’s life away from the spotlight

Ulrika Jonsson made her name in front of the camera as a one of the UK's most popular TV pin-ups.

But after a series of failed relationships , the Swedish host decided to take a step back from the spotlight, choosing to become a stay-at-home mum to her four children.

Fading from public life, Ulrika, 51, established a keen passion for cooking while tending to her sprawling countryside pad in Berkshire, alongside her two English Bulldogs.

Although the former Gladiators presenter eventually made a triumphant return to the limelight back in 2017, making it to the final three of MasterChef, she had enjoyed a quiet life in the country for nearly a decade.


That involved plenty of cosy family time with her husband Brian Monet – who she has sadly just announced her divorce from after 11 years – along with her children.

They share her youngest son Malcom, 10, with Brian also adopting her daughter Bo, now 18, in 2004.

Ulrika is also mum to Cameron, 24, from her first marriage to John Turnball as well as Martha, 14, with second hubby Lance Gerrard Wright.


The Swedish personality said back in 2016 that the choice to step away from the spotlight was down to her mainly, but also as a result of job offers.

During her hiatus from life in the public eye, Ulrika spent most of her time being a mother to her children.

She said: "It became an interesting time. I'm very settled. You start to reflect on things that went on before. When they're babies anyone can feed them and cuddle them but its when they're becoming monster teenagers that's when they need you."

Ulrika, who recently opened up about battling menopause , has proved dedicated to motherhood fondly nicknaming her children 'ungratefuls' in her Instagram posts.



She often ferries her oldest daughter Bo, who has a congenital heart defect, to and from hospital appointments.

The TV presenter, who has battled depression, spoke about her daughter's serious heart defect and how she would constantly fret about her health, with her undergoing her first operation when she was just six days old.

Since then Bo, who celebrated her 18th birthday last year, still has regular check-ups but has gone on to achieve success by starting her training to become Norland Nanny.

Her 14-year-old daughter Martha often accompanies her mum to work, with Ulrika posting snippets of their car journeys together on Instagram .

She recently joined her to film Channel 4's Let's Talk About Sex, where Ulrika revealed that she learned about sex at school when she was just six.

Ulrika is super close to her daughters and posted several snaps last summer of her enjoying a holiday with the pair in the sun.

She joked in one picture: "So far the best day and the best pic and almost no phones and almost no fighting and only two rum and cokes at the end of it all….for me."

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