Gogglebox’s Baasit Siddiqui admits lockdown struggles as he fears for daughter

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Baasit Siddiqui gave a rare interview where he admitted he’s found it difficult to balance homeschooling, work and being a dad of two. Speaking on the Oxford Education Podcast, he said: “It has been quite a juggling act if I’m honest with you, throughout the whole of lockdown which seems like a lifetime.”

Baasit and his wife Melissa share two children together, six-year-old Amelia and a one-year-old Theodore. Baasit is an IT teacher and director of Siddiqui Education.

He said: “It has been a balancing act to try and ensure that my daughter is getting the education that she needs whilst ensuring that I’m still juggling the work of the business, and we have a one-year-old as well.

“With the first lockdown, everyone was equally as lost and unsure and worried about what was happening, and our priorities were definitely more about Amelia’s wellbeing. Everything went at that moment, she could not see any family and lost seeing her friends on a day-to-day basis.

“My wife and I were talking about the whole Zooming and having a conversation with your friends on Zoom. It is very difficult at [Amelia’s age] because she is not in a position to communicate on that level.

“If she were 13-years-old, or just a bit older, she would either be texting, Zooming or be able to have an articulate conversation with a friend.”

On coping with homeschooling, Baasit said: “During the first lockdown, I would make sure she was doing certain work and elements of what the school had set, but our priority was just to make sure she was ok.

“We were a bit more stringent in the second lockdown and had more of a focus on the work the school were setting.”

Baasit also spoke about Gogglebox which he has starred in since it began in 2013. On the show’s success, he said: “I think there is someone for everyone in terms of the families that people can relate to. And, when I say people, I mean every single person out there.”

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Baasit appears on the show with his dad Sid and brother Umar. He revealed: “We once got stopped by an MP when we were in London and he said Gogglebox is a fantastic focus group to see what the mood of the nation is. I never thought about it that way.

“I think people watch it for different reasons, there is that family element to it in the sense that, when I was young we used to sit down and watch something with the family. Nowadays, with every app and every device, that isn’t the case.

“A lot of parents have said to me that Gogglebox is the show that the whole family sits down together to watch. So, it’s nice that it is a time for everyone to sit down together and see what is going on in the world and what is on TV.”

Gogglebox returns tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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