Kate Waterhouse June 17, 2012
To Britain with love ... Erin McNaught and Kate Waterhouse at Gazebo Wine Garden. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
McNaught on marriage, making babies and her big move in the name of love.
Usually, model Erin McNaught divides her time between her MTV gig and ambassadorship roles for Mambo Goddess, Toyota Yaris and ZU Shoes. But that's about to change: McNaught is quitting Sydney in the name of love. The 30-year-old is moving to Britain later this month to be with her boyfriend, British singer Example (aka Elliot Gleave). Kate Waterhouse caught up with her to chat about the move, her career and having babies.
How will you fit in your commitments while overseas?
My MTV contract has come to an end and I will do my last news the day I fly out. I've also just shot the latest summer Mambo Goddess campaign, but I will be back and forth.
Will you try to start a career in Britain?
I'm definitely going to try. I would go mental not doing anything over there. But I'm taking three months off just to travel with Elliot and enjoy myself. I'll hopefully start working but I've still got so much stuff on here that I might not have to work that much over there.
Where will you be based?
I will be based in Fulham in London and be touring with Elliot for [the] summer festival circuit. He's doing 50 shows over three months.
Do you like touring with him?
I love it! I love being on the tour bus because it's like ''glamping''. It's a two-level tour bus; you sleep in a little bunk, you've got a kitchen and two lounge areas - it's huge. I'm actually going to start a blog while I'm over there because, as a music fan, I find how they get from A to B and all the behind-the-scenes stuff fascinating.
How did you meet?
I interviewed him for MTV last October. I then tweeted him to thank him for the interview and he tweeted me back. I met him after his set at Parklife and then three weeks later I went over to London to visit him.
Any wedding bells soon?
He has to propose first! But we are just so comfortable with each other and everything has just fallen into place. I flew to London after knowing him for only six hours because after our first meeting at Parklife we were constantly talking on the phone and Skyping and then after a few weeks he was like, ''I want you to come and visit me.'' He was really persistent [so] I was like, ''OK, if you're serious about this,'' and we had the best time.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I'll hopefully have a couple of kiddies running around.
So starting a family is on your radar?
Definitely. My brother has a 10-month-old daughter and she is the first baby in the whole family and it definitely made something click in my brain. I met Elliot around the same time she was born and I think when you meet the right person it just kind of becomes a natural thought process. I want to be a young mum, too. But I actually made a bet with my brothers when I was 18: I bet them $500 each that I would never have kids because I thought I'd never want them, but I'm going to owe them $1000.
Would you move back to Australia to raise children?
I think so. Elliot and I have spoken about moving back here to raise kids. We haven't made a full-on decision but we have briefly spoken [about it] and Australia is pretty amazing.
WE WENT TO Gazebo Wine Garden, Elizabeth Bay.
WE ATE Veal and chorizo sausage roll; vine-ripened tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella.
WE DRANK Laurent-Perrier champagne.
ERIN WORE Mambo singlet, Ellery coat, Naughty for ZU heels, Lily Jean shorts.