Holly Willoughby ‘set for legal battle with old talent agency over money claim’
This Morning's Holly Willoughby is reportedly gearing up for a legal battle against her old management agency in a disagreement over money.
The 39-year-old television presenter was signed to YMU Group, who also look after her co-star Phillip Schofield, before she formed her own agency with an "all-female team" named Roxy Management.
According to The Sun, YMU are looking to get 15 per cent of any future earnings that the ITV star makes but it has been claimed that Holly has not signed a contract to that effect.
The mother of three is believed to have the backing of many of her celebrity friends who say that she shouldn't have to hand over any of her earnings from jobs that she had secured herself, especially after leaving YMU.
An insider told the publication that Holly "never actually signed a binding contract with [YMU]," and that it was a shame if they did pursue this as she "was incredibly loyal to YMU for many years."
The source has also claimed that the agency is not "signed up to the professional body called PMA which represents actors and agencies," so there shouldn't be any reason why "they are demanding commission on future earnings."
They added that Holly is a "strong, savvy, very successful woman working in a tough industry" and "won't be taken for a fool".
Holly had been part of the YMU Group agency for 13 years before setting up Roxy Management.
Speaking about the new venture, a source said: "Holly set Roxy up with an all-female team.
"She is all about empowerment and will not roll over on the matter.”
Daily Star Online have contacted a representative for Holly and YMU for a comment.
It was reported last month that Holly made the huge career decision to leave YMU after coronavirus gave her time to reflect on her future.
A source told the publication: "Lockdown has given her time to reflect and think about her future. In many ways, it has become the perfect opportunity to start afresh and it was just time for a change.
"She is really excited about managing herself and having more say over decisions on a day-to-day basis.
"She has also had such incredible business sense and is proud to be a working mum and a career woman."
Holly's latest career move comes just months after she announced that she was quitting Celebrity Juice after 12 years.
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