Jo Whiley: 'Seeing my daughter off to uni was so hard I had to take Valium'

You have to make way for new talent If young DJs such as Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw didn't join Radio 1, you'd still have Tony Blackburn spinning the records. When I left [in February, before joining Radio 2], I'd been there for 17 years and it was time to move on. Musically I can now be who I want to be, playing anything from [thrash-metal band] Hüsker Dü to Ella Fitzgerald, and it makes me very happy.

It's hard to come to terms with your kids growing up Seeing my daughter India off to university last year was unbearable. The whole car journey there I could not stop crying – I was hideously out of control and my husband told me to take a Valium. It was the only way I could deal with it.

No amount of trying to improve upon my flaws has ever worked I used to treat every day as New Year's Eve – making resolutions to start afresh – but I've learnt to accept myself for what I am, that I will always try to do too much and I'll never be the mum who bakes cakes and makes jam for the school fête.

Live the life you love and love the life you live It's the family motto. My husband found it engraved on a bit of metal and he's pinned it on the hall wall. We always say it to the kids.

We all need the freedom to go off the rails as we grow up If kids are well brought up, they'll come back. The last thing you want to do is be preachy to them. I've told mine plenty of anecdotes about stars taking drugs and how it wasn't a good look. But if they did go down that route, I'd want it to be me they came to if they were struggling.

Technology can make children too insular Last night I was sitting down with the kids at home – four of us on the settee with laptops in front of us, and there wasn't a lot of dialogue going on. It's why I like the idea of going along to an old-fashioned teddy bear's picnic, where you play old games and bring old teddy bears – which I'll be doing at Bestival.

The first Persil 'Pass on the Love Picnic' is at Camp Bestival on 30 July, www.persil.co.uk/kids-activities/pass-on-the-love

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, - 1 Year contract

£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Human Resource Officer and Executive Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...

Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events business) - Central Manchester - £20K

£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...

Recruitment Genius: Project Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions