Where is Greg James today? The Radio 1 Breakfast DJ is missing from his show

Where is Greg James today?
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Tuning into Radio 1 breakfast is a ritual for avid listeners but fans are wondering where is Greg James today? The radio presenter is missing from his usual show.

Greg usually hosts the weekday breakfast show from 7am but today (Monday, 23rd May) he was unexpectedly absent from the airwaves as his Radio 1 colleague Matt Edmundson stepped in for him.

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2022 (opens in new tab) is coming up this weekend but listeners often ask where their favourite radio hosts are with some previously wondering where Zoe Ball was (opens in new tab) when she was absent and why is Scott Mills wasn't on Radio 2 (opens in new tab).

We look at what's happened to Greg....

Where is Greg James today?

Greg James is said to be "off as sick" this morning (Monday 23rd May), after he fell unwell a week ago after testing positive for Covid-19 which he contracted just hours after returning from his delayed honeymoon.

The DJ shared the news that he has tested positive for Coronavirus last Monday (May 16th), he tweeted, "Oh for fu Not a classic end to a (very delayed) honeymoon tbh Thanks to the @BBCR1 gang for rallying in the early hours and to @ariellefree for covering the breakfast show. Hoping to feel better and sort something from my house tomorrow  Back to bed."

After broadcasting from his home, three days later, he shared, "Ps. @MattEdmondson and @MollieKing on tomorrow as I’ve probably overdone it a bit this week and not feeling quite right just yet. Gonna rest this weekend and be ready for a huge week in Coventry next week. Live from the city on Monday! Off to bed. Cheers x"

And it's thought he's still recovering ahead of the show's Big Weekend and Matt Edmundson confirmed this morning (23rd May), "Greg is off as sick this morning, hopefully back tomorrow though, live from Coventry just like we are now." Matt is broadcasting with four residents taking part in the breakfast broadcast. They are Stella, Josh, Nick and Sydney.

Greg's absence comes after the presenter was on a day "off" from his BBC Radio 1 breakfast show last month (Friday 29th April) but admitted he FORGOT that he had booked the day off.

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Is Greg James in a relationship?

Greg James is married to vogue columnist and author Bella Mackie. The couple got engaged and married in 2018, and the DJ has admitted that lockdown had "unlocked a new level of a relationship" for the pair.

They started a podcast Teach Me a lesson in lockdown and speaking about their 'on-air' relationship, Greg said, "People are interested in other people’s relationships, definitely. And people are really interested in Bella, because they follow her online, but she’s mysterious to a certain extent. They didn’t know what she sounds like, for example.”

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“They do,” says Bella, “Because you’re always making fun of my voice on the radio.”

He announced earlier this week that his wife had hit the number one spot with her book How To Kill Your Family (opens in new tab).

He showed his pride for his other half when he uploaded a video of her dancing and captioned it, "As of this afternoon, this person has the number 1 book in the country. How To Kill Your Family has sold more copies this week THAN ANY OTHER BOOK ❤️ @mackie_bella"

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Does Greg James have a baby?

Greg James does not have a baby. His wife Bella previously opened up on her heartbreaking miscarriage (opens in new tab). In a personal essay for The Times, Bella wrote, "It was a surprise and only lasted for about three weeks; it could barely be called a miscarriage. But, even in that brief window, my mental health plummeted dramatically."

After that traumatic experience, Bella isn’t sure if she ever wants children now, as throughout her three-week pregnancy, she says she was having "constant intrusive thoughts" and her OCD "roared back" to the point that she couldn’t stop crying.

Where does Greg James live now?

Greg James lives in a luxurious pad in North London with his writer wife Bella Mackie. They share their space with their beloved pooch Barney.

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Bella previously shared a snap of Greg to mark their third wedding anniversary and she captioned it, "3 years married to this absolute DREAMY BEHEMOTH of a man. I have cropped this photo extensively to ensure a safe viewing experience for all the family."

BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show is from 7am-10am on BBC Radio 1.

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.