“[At photoshoots] I’ve thought, ‘I’m not lean enough, I could’ve eaten healthier or trained harder.’ This was the first time in my life I’d ever acknowledged that I looked good. Isn’t it sad?” Emily tells us. It might seem like a surprising admission from someone who’s made the Financial Review Young Rich List twice, features on a billboard in Times Square New York, and has a new app for her Emily Skye Fit program out in May (all while running beauty brand, James Cosmetics, and recording podcast You Can on the side). Yet, her 2.5 million Instagram followers are used to that kind of honesty from the star trainer. As she gets older, Emily says, “Silly things I was [once] concerned about are [now] insignificant. They don’t matter.”
We got the 35-year-old on the phone in her home city of the Gold Coast, to chat about things that do matter. Such as family (Mia, now two, partner Declan and their baby boy due in early July), the importance of having a purpose (“It’s something that I needed, especially years ago when I was going through depression”), and why lifting makes her feel like a superhero.
WH: Congrats on your pregnancy! What was Mia’s reaction?
ES: I point to my belly and say there’s a baby in there. Then I’ll ask her, “Where’s the baby?”, and she’ll point, but how can you really understand that?
WH: When the baby comes out, then she’ll understand.
ES: Then she’ll probably be jealous!
WH: Because somebody else has Mum’s attention.
ES: I know. Then she’ll want it more!
WH: I love all the videos of Mia working out with you.
ES: She imitates everything I do. I was doing a workout a few days ago and she was doing little squats and leg kick backs. She’s so funny.
WH: Mia sounds like she might be a trainer in the future.
ES: I’m pretty sure she’ll follow in our footsteps − she’s hyperactive like me and Dec, too. It’s going to be hard work for us!
WH: Were there things that you learnt from being pregnant with Mia that you’re doing differently this time around?
ES: Not being so anxious [this time], especially in the first 12 weeks. Not to say I [haven’t been anxious] at all, but I just let things happen, rather than freak out. Also, in my first pregnancy I took a lot of people’s advice and worried about everything. I’m a lot more relaxed.
WH: I read it took you almost a year to fall pregnant. Was it hard letting go during that time?
ES: It was hard. I fell pregnant with Mia after the second month of trying. My family are always saying, “We’re very fertile in our family, so it’ll be easy.” I assumed it’d be easy with the second one, too. That didn’t happen. It took almost a year. Every month, I’d do a test a few days before my period was due, and it would be negative. I’d think, “Maybe it’s too early,” and then my period would come in. I’d be disappointed [each time] but then I’d go, “We’ll try again next month.” I’d pick myself up again. But each time you get that negative, it’s harder to deal with.
My doctor [told me] there were things I could do to help, like giving up breastfeeding, because it can be a contraceptive for some people. I listened and I started weaning Mia, and that’s when I fell pregnant. It could just be a coincidence, or maybe it is true. Who knows?
Read our full chat with Emily in the April issue of Women's Health, on sale now.