‘I am not really interested unless I am going to have kids’: Konnie Huq admits giving her husband Charlie Brooker an ultimatum as he didn’t want children
Konnie Huq, who is the mother to Covey, eight, and Huxley, six, candidly admitted on Tuesday that she’s always wanted three children, but her husband didn’t want kids when they first met.
The former Blue Peter presenter, 45, discussed their ‘yin and yang’ dynamic, what first attracted her to her partner, 49, and why she doesn’t use certain social media or Amazon.
She said on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Lockdown Parenting Hell podcast: ‘I always wanted to be a mum. I always thought I’d have three. Two was just a nuclear family, so boring.
Dealbreaker: Mother-of-two Konnie Huq admitted to giving her husband Charlie Brooker an ultimatum when they first met as he didn’t want children
‘Three is a dynasty, three is like a team and then I had two and I was like ‘no way!’ Two is company and three’s a crowd.’
Konnie met the Black Mirror creator during an episode of his show, Screenwipe, in 2009 and they became engaged nine months later, in June 2010.
According to mother-of-two, she discovered he wasn’t planning on having children, and informed him that was a deal-breaker.
She recalled: ‘He didn’t want kids but he hadn’t met the right person and all that changed. I said, ‘I am not really interested unless I am going to have kids.’
Tell all: The former Blue Peter presenter, 45, discussed their ‘yin and yang dynamic’, what first attracted her to her partner, 49, and why she doesn’t use certain social media or Amazon
‘And so… he obviously saw the gene pool that I possessed and thought ‘it wouldn’t be right!’ I dunno, he just sort of changed his mind.’
The children’s TV presenter revealed the quality that drew her to Charlie, and why she barely uses the internet.
Konnie said: ‘I don’t have an Amazon account, an Uber, a Deliveroo… nothing. I am not even on Facebook, I am an old fashioned person.
‘That was one thing that attracted me to Charlie, a bloke who is good at phone conversations is quite a rare thing, and Charlie is really good at having a telephone conversation.
‘I am anti-consumerism. I buy nothing. Me and Charlie yin and yang there well.
‘I always say I am really analogue and Charlie is really digital. My oldest is digital and my youngest is analogue.’
She elaborated on her digital versus analogue comparison and added: ‘The eldest is like his dad… he likes tinkering around with gadgets. The younger one loves getting out there and being sociable. He is a classic boy.’
Konnie revealed that her family-of-four took the lockdown very seriously and hardly ventured outside.
Family man: Konnie joked that when Charlie saw the ‘gene pool that I possessed’ he changed his mind and they now share two children, Covey, eight, and Huxley, six (pictured in 2019)
She said: ‘We took lockdown quite seriously in this house, we hardly went out at all.
‘Even on our allotted walks we were like ‘we will let someone else use the air. The communal air.’ We can go without these walks. We got everything delivered.
‘I am quite a homebody, I am a social recluse. We both are, it was pretty much as normal apart from the fact that the kids are around which was the worst part of it.
‘When lockdown was finished I said to my son, ‘shall we go to the park?’ He was like ‘do we have to?’ I was like, ‘you haven’t been anywhere for months!”
Staying safe: The TV presenter revealed that her family-of-four took the lockdown very seriously and hardly ventured outside as she claimed her and Charlie are ‘social recluses’