Olivia Attwood: ‘Brad’s a great gift giver – I’m very spoilt’

The reality queen knows the true meaning of the season

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by Charlotte Oliver |
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It’s been a turd of a year, but Olivia Attwood is finishing 2020 with a whole lot to be grateful for. And that’s no surprise, considering the success of her and fiancé Bradley Dack’s fly-on-the-wall series Olivia Meets Her Match.

The show – which charts the ups and downs of their lives together in Manchester, as they plan their wedding and take the piss out of each other – has given Liv the chance to show fans a new, more vulnerable side to her personality, and has also made breakout stars of footballer Brad and Liv’s super-glam mum Jen.

Liv, 29, spoke to us about wedding plans, letting people in, and why – when it comes to Christmas – it’s never too early to pop the Champagne cork…

Brad’s taken to the cameras surprisingly well…

Yeah, he surprised me. I think the key was that we had a really great crew, and he bonded with them quickly. A lot of the stuff we filmed was just us at home, so they were around all the time.

Was it hard appearing more vulnerable on screen?

It’s always a risk letting people in, but I felt like I owed it to my followers. I really went into this thinking, “Right, this is my baby, my name’s on the tin. If people don’t like it, that will be shit, but it has to be me.”

How’s your mum Jen finding her new-found fame?

I mean, Jen is turning into an icon in her own right. She might have her own Kardashian-style spin-off show at this rate. Jen Takes London, or something.

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You’ve now booked your wedding venue. How does that feel?

It’s crazy to think it’s in June, but at the same time – because of corona – the wedding still feels like make-believe. But my wedding planner’s like, “Kick your arse into gear.” It’s exciting, but it’s still hard to plan anything.

Grantley Hall [in Yorkshire] is a very posh venue – will you still have a boozy knees-up?

I mean, the majority of our guests are really wild. That’s why it was important for us to find a venue that we could book exclusively. I don’t want that nightmare of people witnessing the carnage or upsetting someone’s nice romantic weekend.

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You and Brad are staying in Manchester for Christmas. Is he good at giving gifts?

Yeah, I’m very spoilt. I’m normally treated to something lovely – handbags are always a lovely surprise under the tree! But I like spoiling him, too.

In your opinion, when’s an appropriate time to open the bubbly on Christmas Day?

I don’t think it can be too early. We always do Buck’s Fizz, so I think it’s from the moment you open your eyes, really!

The full series of Olivia Meets Her Match is available now on ITV Hub.

Read more in the latest issue of heat magazine - out now.

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