Holly Willoughby supported by 'proud' Phillip Schofield as he attends her book reading

HOLLY Willoughby was supported by her "proud" best pal Phillip Schofield as she launched her new book Reflections.

Taking place inside a bustling Barbican Theatre in London, Holly, 40, took centre stage to explain how the book came to be.

Watching on from the audience, Phillip filmed a snippet of the event and shared it on Instagram.

He wrote, "Supporting my bestie," before adding, "#proud."

The 'in conversation' event was hosted by Holly's friend and ITV co-star Christine Lampard.

Holly looked radiant in a plunging minidress with a floral collar as she answered questions and shared stories.

Her All Saints singer pal Nicole Appleton was also among the guests and was pictured laughing along to Holly's tales.

This Morning star Holly revealed she has a new appreciation for her body after turning 40.

Promoting Reflections on her pal Fearne Cotton's podcast Happy Place, the presenter opened up about how she has learned to appreciate her body as she has got older especially after carrying three children.

She shared: "I've done this [self-criticism], a lot of this, and particularly as you’re getting older when you hit your 40s, things change quite rapidly actually.

"We are heading towards that kind of menopausal time, skin is changing, hair is changing, body's changing – even having had a baby the shape of your body completely changes.

"I think that it's really important in those moment rather than look down and go, 'Oh my god, look at everything changing, I’m getting old, I’m getting more wrinkled. Oh my God, my t*ts are around my knees.'

"Instead of looking down, you’ve sort of got to look up with it and go, 'God, my body was able to carry a baby and my boobs breastfed three children and they were fine'.

"…You got to go, 'Yes my face is starting to sag and my eyes are blood shot and the rest of it', but 'I’m healthy and I’m ok and getting older is a privilege because not everyone else gets to be here'."

The Wylde Moon founder added that she feels she has a "responsibility" to her daughter Belle as well as other women to conduct herself in a "certain way" in life.

"Having a daughter I'm very aware of the example I set now in this stage because Belle's 10 so she's old enough now to be watching me and I want to conduct myself in a way that when she gets to this stage, it's like I'm clearing the pathway for her," she continued.

"That's how I feel about many things and not just about outwards image but this is what we're talking about now. I feel I have a responsibility there to do this in a way that is a positive experience for all of us."

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