Matt Willis: Everything You Need to Know About Emma Willis’ Husband

Matt Willis was in the band Busted

by Marianne Eloise |
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You know Emma Willis from her major career as a presenter on shows like Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother and The Voice UK, but if you weren’t big into boy bands in the early 2000s, chances are husband Matt Willis passed you by. Matt and Emma have been together for over ten years, have three kids, have presented shows together, and all in all are a pretty solid couple. But Matt is much more than just Emma’s husband - he has just as much cred as she does; primarily for being one third of Busted, who split in 2005 but since reformed and will be playing their first US show this year. Since Matt shows no sign of going anywhere, it’s best you get to know him as more than just Emma Willis’ husband ASAP.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

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Matt Willis* (Credit: Matt Willis/Instagram)

So, who is Matt Willis?

Before he married TV presenter Emma Willis, Matt had a pretty impressive career of his own. In music alone, he played bass in the massively successful boyband Busted alongside Charlie Simpson and James Bourne from 2000 - 2005, enjoyed a solo career after, and then formed supergroup McBusted with members of McFly. He’s also been on TV and worked on a load of non-musical projects, but we’ll get to that.

How old is he?

At 33, Matt is seven years younger than wife Emma. That means he was just 19 when Busted’s self-titled debut was released!

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Matt Willis with band Busted* (Credit: Getty Images)

Where is he from?

Matt is from Tooting in South London.

Where did he go to school?

Matt went to the Sylvia Young Theatre school in Marylebone, where he met famous classmates and close pals Billie Piper, Tom Fletcher, and Amy Winehouse among others.

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Matt Willis at an event with wife Emma Willis* (Credit: Getty Images)

How long have he and Emma been married?

Matt and Emma got married in 2008 after three years of dating, so that’s almost ten years together! Aw.

How did they meet?

Emma and Matt met at MTV in 2005 when she was the one doing all the chasing! He didn’t call her for a while, but luckily they made it work in the end. He later confessed that he had had a crush on, “the girl from MTV with the eyes” for a while, and that she was at the top of celebs he wanted to meet. A happy ending.

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Matt and Emma Willis having a kiss* (Credit: Matt Willis/Instagram)

Does Matt do anything other than music?

Tons! Beating the odds as the underdog of the show, Matt was crowned I’m a Celebrity’s King of the Jungle in 2006. He has also followed in his wife’s footsteps and done a spot of presenting both with her and alone, including the BRIT Awards and I’m a Celebrity. He also had a short stint in Eastenders in 2014 as Luke Riley, the boyfriend of Stacey Branning, and tried his hand at theatre in productions of Flashdance: The Musical, Wicked, and Footloose among others...he never stops!

Is Matt Willis related to Bruce Willis?

No, don’t be silly!

What’s Matt up to now?

After a few years away from Busted, big fans will be happy to hear they’ve reformed! They released their third studio album, Night Driver, late last year, and have performed a string of sold out tours. Matt will also be performing at V Fest and Glastonbury with Busted in the summer.

How do I keep up with Matt?

You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @mattjwillis

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