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Melissa Doyle says her lookalike daughter Talia is her 'best friend' as she speaks about motherhood


Melissa Doyle says her lookalike daughter Talia is her ‘best friend’ as she reflects on motherhood and her career

Melissa Doyle juggles raising her 21-year-old son Nick and 18-year-old daughter Talia with a successful career.

And on Wednesday, the TV presenter told The Daily Telegraph, she hopes she has inspired other women in the television industry to do the same.

‘I have loved every single stage (of motherhood) but for different reasons,’ the 52-year-old said.

Motherhood: Melissa Doyle said her lookalike daughter Talia is her 'best friend' as she reflected on motherhood and her career

Motherhood: Melissa Doyle said her lookalike daughter Talia is her ‘best friend’ as she reflected on motherhood and her career

‘Talia is my best friend. I feel so lucky… I just feel so appreciative of having such an extraordinary young woman in my life who happens to be my daughter,’ she added.

Melissa shares her two children with her sports marketing executive husband John Dunlop.

In September, Melissa admitted it’d been ‘pretty tough’ watching Talia go through her last year of high school during Covid lockdown.

Talia, along with a generation of Aussie teenagers, weren’t able to spend time with friends or attend her school formal due to the pandemic.

'Talia is my best friend. I feel so lucky.I just feel so appreciative of having such an extraordinary young woman in my life who happens to be my daughter,' she said

‘Talia is my best friend. I feel so lucky.I just feel so appreciative of having such an extraordinary young woman in my life who happens to be my daughter,’ she said

At the time, Melissa told The Daily Telegraph she felt sad watching her daughter ‘miss out’ on these rites of passage during endless days of home confinement.

The mother of two said it was also unfortunate her son, Nicholas, had to spend his break from college in America living under lockdown in Sydney.

‘I’m sad for the things they’re not able to do and are missing out on,’ she said.

‘Nick comes home for his holidays and hasn’t been able to catch up with any of his friends or do anything… and watching Talia go through year 12 is pretty tough.’

Family: Melissa shares her two children with her sports marketing executive husband John Dunlop

Family: Melissa shares her two children with her sports marketing executive husband John Dunlop

It comes after the long-serving Seven presenter quietly signed with rival network Nine, just 12 months after losing her job during the Covid-19 recession.

The former Sunrise and Sunday Night host was let go by Seven last August but made her TV comeback in Nine docuseries Australia Behind Bars.

She presented and narrated the ITV-produced show, about life in three NSW prisons.

Melissa was also recently announced as the new host of This Is Your Life, which will premiere on Channel Seven later this year.

New role: Melissa was recently announced as new host of This Is Your Life, which will premiere on Channel Seven later this year

New role: Melissa was recently announced as new host of This Is Your Life, which will premiere on Channel Seven later this year

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