Emma Bunton quits Heart breakfast radio show to spend more time with family

Emma Bunton is taking a break from her Heart FM breakfast radio show after five years.

The pop star will be stepping back from the early morning duties to spend more time with her family as her schedule gets increasingly busy.

The blonde, 42, is keen to devote more time to sons Beau, 11, and Tate, seven, with long-term partner Jade Jones in between her hectic career roles.

Emma is preparing for a Spice Girls reunion tour in the new year, as well as co-hosting the US version of The Great British Bake Off.

As well as the girl group reunion, Emma is also heading back to the studio to release her first solo album in 12 years.

Emma Bunton quits Heart breakfast radio show to spend more time with family

Emma Bunton is stepping back from her Heart breakfast radio show
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She will still continue to present her national, weekly Sunday show on Heart following her last breakfast show on 14 December.

In a statement, Emma said: "Wow. What an awesome five years I’ve had presenting Heart Breakfast with the incredible Jamie Theakston. I can truthfully say that I’ve laughed my head off every single day. It’s with a heavy heart that I say farewell to Heart Breakfast listeners, but I’m hoping some of them will be able to join me for my Sunday show.

"Plus, Jamie’s made me promise to call-in to him on the breakfast show with ‘Spice-y news’ and other updates, which of course I will! It has been an enormous pleasure to work with such a lovely bunch of people on breakfast, but I won’t be far away and will remain a firm part of the Heart and Global family."

Emma Bunton quits Heart breakfast radio show to spend more time with family

Emma is reuniting with her Spice Girls bandmates Mel B, Mel C and Geri Horner for a 2019 tour
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Heart are yet to confirm who will fill Emma’s shoes alongside co-host Jamie Theakston.

Emma has been a radio presenter on Heart since 2009 and started co-hosting the breakfast show alongside Jamie in January 2013.

In October, it was announced Emma would be co-hosting The Great American Baking Show alongside American footballer Anthony ‘Spice’ Adams on ABC, which started screening in the US last week.

Last month, Emma signed a record deal with BMG to make her fourth solo album following 2006’s Life In Mono, which reached a disappointing No.65 on the UK album charts.

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