Davina McCall has revealed that she recorded a demo tape with her ex-boyfriend Eric Clapton in a failed attempt to become a music star.
The 53-year-old presenter shared the surprising revelation she collaborated with her former lover, 76, as she discussed her determination to work in music during a talk for Advertising Week Europe.
During the talk entitled Blood, Sweat and Fears: Finding Ambition, Inner Strength, and a Fighting Spirit, Davina also reflected on her ‘terrible’ battle with heroin addiction, admitting that it stemmed from a desperate need to ‘be perfect’.
Blast from the Past: Davina McCall has revealed that she recorded a demo tape with her ex-boyfriend Eric Clapton in a failed attempt to become a music star (photo in 1992)
Davina described her own journey to stardom while explaining that she had always wanted to work in music and originally sought a job with MTV Europe.
She said, ‘I didn’t go to college, I worked in a restaurant, I loved music, I knew I wanted to do something in the music business.
‘I was a failed singer, I didn’t have a record deal, I made a demo tape with Eric Clapton, how did I not get a record deal? He played guitar on my demo and I still didn’t get a record deal! ‘
Frank: the presenter shared the surprising revelation she had with her former lover during a lecture for Advertising Week Europe
Supportive: Davina has previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her overcome her drug addiction
Davina has previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her drug addiction.
During the conversation, she moved on and landed a job with MTV Europe, which helped her rise to stardom as a TV host, but she had also worked briefly as an agent for Models One, even declining the opportunity to work for them. to work in New York.
Davina also reflected on her battle against heroin addiction, and how she managed to get clean with the help of Narcotics Anonymous.
Difficult: During the lecture, Davina also reflected on her ‘terrible’ fight against heroin addiction, admitting it stemmed from a desperate need to ‘be perfect’
Open: She added: ‘I spent much of my childhood trying to be perfect, and if I was perfect my mom would love me, and it was an impossible task’
She said, “Challenges need to be embraced, run away now. I was dealing with a very difficult alcoholic addicted mother and in turn became a drug addict myself.
But it just made me a much stronger person and a person who doesn’t see no as the end of the line, but sees no when the yes hasn’t happened yet.
‘I just feel like when you were that low, when I got clean, I was a heroin addict, I loved heroin more than my family, more than myself, I hated myself, but I loved heroin more than I loved whatever.
‘I would have stolen, put myself in terrible mixes to try and get it. Really a terrible drug, but getting through that and going to NA meetings hwich is how I got clean, made me realize that if I can get through it, I can get through anything. ‘
Speaking: Davina continued, ‘I think that’s why I took drugs because it was a relief from being perfect and filling a hole that a mother’s love should have been in’
The star admitted that her addiction stemmed in part from a desperate need to ‘be perfect’ for her mother Florence Kock, who passed away in 2008.
She added: ‘I spent much of my childhood trying to be perfect, and if I was perfect my mom would love me, and it was an impossible task, number one, I can’t be perfect. Who wants to be perfect? I don’t want to be perfect!
“I think that’s why I took drugs, because it was a relief because I wasn’t perfect and filled a hole that should have held a mother’s love.
‘I make a mental note of the things I’m not proud of. So if I do something that I don’t think is right or nice, I apologize right away. ‘
Comparison: It comes after Davina compared going through menopause to how she felt when she quit her addiction to heroin (pictured in 2020)
It comes after Davina compared going through menopause to how she felt when she stopped her addiction to heroin.
She recalled that suffering from symptoms such as severe night sweats, sleepless nights, and poor vision gave her flashbacks to her days of drug addiction in her twenties.
In an online Q&A, Davina explained, “I thought I was going crazy. I even thought I might have some sort of early-onset dementia. Menopause didn’t even occur to me because I was young – 44 – so I battled for a year. I didn’t know who to talk to, where to go.
‘I got night sweats, and what was terrible is that I am a recovering addict and I was sick again and trying to recover from my addiction. Then I couldn’t read the autocue. It started to affect my vision – because of sleep deprivation I couldn’t see or read. ‘
Symptoms: She recalled that suffering from symptoms such as night sweats, sleepless nights, and poor vision gave her flashbacks to her days of drug addiction in her 20s (photo 1997)
She went on to explain that, as a teetotaler, convalescent addict, she doesn’t even like to take over-the-counter headache tablets, so she avoided going the medical route.
Davina shared how she started exercising and took herbal remedies to help, but this one “ didn’t cut it, ” shared how she planned to “ fight through ” before finally getting educated about menopause, with a private gynecologist eventually getting her HRT prescribed.
In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to “fill the hole” left by her late mother Florence Kock.
The presenter reflected on the feeling of being ‘insecure and unstable’ after her mother – who passed away in 2008 – told her she was going on a two-week vacation but did not return and left her with her paternal grandmother when she was only four .
In an interview with DJ Fat Tony about his show The Recovery, the broadcaster admitted that she ‘kissed my brain cells goodbye’ when she used drugs like heroin, speed and weed as a teenager before seeking help over 20 years ago.
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‘I hated it’: Davina also previously admitted that she ‘kissed my brain cells goodbye’ when she used drugs like heroin, speed and weed as a teenager (photo in 2004)