Nicky Buckley infosite

TV host Nicky Buckley talks candidly about growing up with four brothers, and life with her husband Murray and three sons.
Vital statistics
Age: 40
Lives: Victoria
What are you watching? All Saints, and I love vegging out to Desperate Housewives.
What are you listening to? We've downloaded a heap of favourites onto my MP3 player, like Jack Johnson and Ben Lee.
Best advice you've ever been given? Our family lives by this rule: Always look on the bright side. There is always someone worse off than you.

People might be surprised to read that I was tomboy when I was growing up.
I have four brothers and one sister. My sister was the youngest, and I was the second-eldest, so for 13 years it was just me and the four boys. That meant I always had to be the spare player on our backyard footy team or cricket team. Mum tried to make me a bit girlier. Because she had so many boys she loved to frill me up by putting rollers in my hair (so I'd have some curls) and buy me pretty, lacy socks, but I just wanted to run amok with all the boys.

Having four brothers has put me in good stead for my own three boys.
My eldest, Cooper, is nine, Jasper is seven-and-a-half and Baxter is three-and-a-half, and they're your typical boisterous boys. I loved having lots of siblings when I was a kid, but three is as big as my family is going to get! I don't know how Mum and Dad managed with all those kids. My three children [with husband Murray Bingham] are an absolute handful. I guess the difference is that Mum didn't work, and I juggle work and kids. Still … six kids! I could never do it.

I'm often asked to talk about being a working mother.
I guess I do see myself as being a role model for working mums. And whenever I'm asked to talk about it, I like to get into the warts-and-all. Being a working mum is hard, and I'm juggling things all the time. But really, I'm doing the same as everyone else. I think as a celebrity you're seen as doing it in a different light — that it's somehow more glamorous. But it's not. You're still cooking meals at night for the kids, or doing the washing, or the grocery shopping and after-school activities. It's just normal.

I'm the busiest I've been for a while.
Along with working on the TV show, Talk To The Animals, I have some major endorsements that keep me busy. It's funny, because people who obviously haven't seen the show come up to me and say, 'What are you up to, now?' and I think, 'My God, you haven't got time to listen to me tell you what I'm up to.' But the TV show has been really exciting. Getting to work with all the different animals has been a buzz.

The boys are aware that I'm a so-called celebrity.
They've seen a few bits and pieces of Sale of the Century over the years, but they were very young when I left the show. Baxter wasn't even born and Jasper was only one. Sometimes they get a bit funny about the celeb thing and say, 'You're famous, Mum.' But I reply, 'You know I'm not,' and they say, 'Yeah, we know.'

My family and my friends are very important to me.
They're my world. Murray and I have been together for 24 years. We met at Flinders Street Railway Station in Melbourne when I was 16. I went there with a girlfriend to meet her boyfriend at the time, and it started from there. Our relationship is just like everyone else's — it's not roses all of the time. But we enjoy each other's company and give each other plenty of space to do our own thing.

Murray and I are both involved in charities that have touched us in some way.
I'm an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, because I lost my mum to ovarian cancer, and Murray and I work closely with the Asthma Foundation because Murray lost his brother to asthma. As a celebrity, you get asked to be the face of many different charities, but I think people should really get involved in something that touches them — that way you're doing it for the love and not for any other reason. I'd love to see an early-detection method found for ovarian cancer. Other cancers, like breast cancer, can be detected at an early stage, but with ovarian cancer it's a bit more difficult.

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