Newly 30 and feeling fabulous, Emily Atack is enjoying being single in this new era of her life. But she can’t resist the temptation of a man, no matter how hard she tries.
“Don’t get me wrong, I b****y love boys. I love men!” the presenter, comedian and TV star tells OK! .
“I’ve been on some wonderful dates with amazing people and I’m enjoying that part of my life. But I’ve been through a lot of heartbreak and I don’t want to be heartbroken at the moment.”
With men on the back-burner for the time being, life continues for Emily with a new live comedy tour in the autumn, Emily Atack Has Left The Group, which she explains is her way of loving this next chapter in her life.
And for a flirty-at-thirty girl like Emily, life is – even during these troubled times – about putting yourself before anybody else.
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You turned 30 in December. Does life begin at 30?
It’s really different, it’s not just a cliché – things start to change. I can’t believe how true it is. Every time I do something – make a better decision or change a lightbulb – I say, “Well, this is 30.” I find WhatsApp is a huge part of my life and it’s got a lot to answer for.
It’s good for cancelling plans, excellent for making excuses. It’s a focus of stuff in my life."
Were you scared of reaching that milestone?
I was terrified about turning 30 and thought I’d wake up and feel depressed. But I’ve learnt that, at times when I feel s**t about something – I’ve been skint, heartbroken and not knowing what to do – when I’m put in that position, I’m a fighter. That’s what made me do I’m A Celebrity and write a show and a book.
I did those things because I was terrified. Then I turned 30, looked around and realised I had pretty much everything
I wanted. I’ve got the career I’ve always dreamt of, everything is f*****g great and there was nothing to be afraid of.
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What’s on your wish list to do at 30?
I’d like to buy my own house this year. I’d like to meet someone. I am enjoying being single and for work it’s important that I’m selfish and can be by myself.
When I’m in a relationship, I put everything into it and neglect my life. But I can’t let boys cloud my mind – because, boy, do I let them!
I’ve put an emotional guard up against men at the moment. In my whole life, I’ve only ever put a man first. For once, I’m just not doing that. But I would like to meet someone.
Speaking of dating, is John Barrowman still trying to set you up with guys?
Yeah! Everyone is always telling me they’ve got a mate for me. Don’t get me wrong, I b****y love boys. I love men! I’ve been on some wonderful dates with amazing people and I’m enjoying that part of my life.
But I’m struggling to connect romantically at the moment because I’ve had to harden myself to it all. I’ve been through a lot of heartbreak and I don’t want to be heartbroken at the moment.
I’m trying to avoid it. I’ve got this guard up that I’ve never had before as I’m usually so open to love and wishing for it to come in. Mean boys, please stay away at the moment. That doesn’t mean I’m not having fun though!
Have you watched Love Is Blind on Netflix? That’s about digital dating…
Everybody is sort of having relationships through their phones. There was a guy I was speaking to for a while.
I started to really like him and started to realise that I’ve only met him two or three times but because we talk constantly, living in my phone, it became this relationship I almost had with my phone.
I had to put a stop to it as it was a phone relationship.
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You’re going on tour later this year with Emily Atack Has Left The Group. Tell us about that…
It’s my second tour and now is the time to give people something to look forward to. My first show was about being terrified of approaching 30, not settling down and still acting like a teenager.
This one is about life now that I’ve hit 30. It’s about how I’m now trying to live as an adult. WhatsApp is one of those things that everybody has. It covers all age groups. You can’t get away from anyone!
Are your private groups well behaved?
I’m surprised at the women in my groups. They sometimes chat like naughty kids. Gosh, not sure I should be saying this… but we’ve got a group for the single women and that is hilarious.
It’s popping off all the time, mainly on a Saturday morning when we’re all looking for each other. “Are you OK? Are you safe?”
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Are there any you don’t like?
I can’t be doing with the hen do groups. I participate very little and put the odd emoji. There’s talk of the price of things.
I just can’t do it. I don’t just leave them – I mute it for a year and then, when the wedding is over, slowly get out of there.
The drama when people leave! Oh my God! People start going nuts. Even if they said a really nice goodbye, they will still get slagged off.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been sent?
I can’t tell you that! I can’t. My mum looks over my shoulder and gasps… it’s mainly boy talk.
How are you dealing with the spread of coronavirus?
It’s one of those things where I feel really depressed about it, but everybody is in the same boat. Feeling like I’m alone in something makes me feel s**t, but I don’t with this.
There are people in far worse situations. I feel lucky that I have a lovely home to sit in and amazing friends. We all keep speaking to each other. I think it’s about reevaluating your life a bit.
Without sounding too clichéd, we will look back on all this and hopefully start appreciating the little things again.
Tickets for Emily Atack Has Left the Group are available now at LiveNation.co.uk
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