Tess Daly celebrates her ‘wonderful, loving, kind’ daughter Phoebe’s 19th birthday with


Tess Daly daughter Phoebe turned 19th, on Monday. 

And the Strictly host, 54, celebrated her ‘wonderful, loving, kind’ eldest child’s birthday with a heartfelt tribute and sweet throwback photo, posted to Instagram.

In the first shot, Tess and Phoebe – who is studying at drama school – could be seen partying together at a festival, while the presenter also included a childhood snap of both of her daughters together.

She penned: ‘I can’t believe my big girl is 19 today! time flies… Thank you Phoebe for being the most wonderful, loving, kind daughter, and the best big sister we could ever wish for. Love you to the moon & back always.’ 

Tess and husband Vernon Kay, 49 – who have been married since 2003 – are also parents to younger daughter Amber, 14. 

Birthday girl! Tess Daly, 54 celebrated her daughter Phoebe's 19th birthday on Monday, with a heartfelt tribute and sweet photos, posted to Instagram

Birthday girl! Tess Daly, 54 celebrated her daughter Phoebe’s 19th birthday on Monday, with a heartfelt tribute and sweet photos, posted to Instagram

Adorable: The presenter also included a childhood snap of both of her daughters - Phoebe and Amber, 14 - together

Adorable: The presenter also included a childhood snap of both of her daughters – Phoebe and Amber, 14 – together

Family: The presenter shares daughters Phoebe and Amber, 14, with husband Vernon Kay, 49

Family: The presenter shares daughters Phoebe and Amber, 14, with husband Vernon Kay, 49

Last year, Tess admitted she tracks Phoebe on an app because she worries about her safety while she’s driving alone.

She revealed on the Spinning Plates podcast that her eldest is now a driver which is the reason for her concerns.

She said: ‘When your child starts to drive, that’s a whole new minefield. I’ve got that app LIFE360 and I track Phoebe on it obsessively until she gets to her destination.

‘It’s because she’s a new driver. And the relief when I see she’s reached it . . . you never stop worrying.

The Strictly host joked: ‘She’s only gone for 20 minutes and I’m a nervous wreck. It’s ridiculous. Loosen the leash!’

Despite her concerns she admitted that she is letting her girls forge their own life paths, and gushed that she and Vernon have a ‘great relationship’ with them.

She said: ‘You just have to advise them and gently guide the way. It has to feel like they’re reaching their own decisions in life.

‘But they’re needing more as they get older. They need more life advice, there seems to be more mental hand-holding. You never stop parenting. I don’t know when that all-seeing eye ends.’

Showbiz: Last year, Vernon (pictured with Phoebe) said he doesn't want his children to live off his and wife Tess' fame, insisting they form 'their own careers'

Showbiz: Last year, Vernon (pictured with Phoebe) said he doesn’t want his children to live off his and wife Tess’ fame, insisting they form ‘their own careers’

Last year, Vernon said he doesn’t want his children to live off his and wife Tess’ fame, insisting they form ‘their own careers.’

He told MailOnline that he and Tess believe it’s important for their offspring ‘to find themselves’ and not be given their ‘life on a plate’, crediting the pair’s Northern backgrounds for shaping their parenting beliefs.

Vernon said: ‘We let them be independent when it comes to them and their futures because it’s important that you allow them to find themselves, which is character building and personality development.

‘Sometimes I think that the old silver spoon and life on a plate in front of them… I think that’s quite contradictory to how you want them to be.

‘Tess and I grew up in hearty, wholesome Northern families and that’s a huge trait that helped us in our personal development and I think that’s really important.’

He added: ‘I don’t disagree with anyone that does that by helping their kids, which is great, but I just think sometimes for us, personally, it’s whatever they’re into, they can go and discover themselves.’



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