She has changed her life after a well-documented battle with alcohol addiction and now focuses on wellness and ‘feeding her brain’.
And in a new interview, Davinia Taylor reflected on living through decades of “excess” in the 1990s and 2000s, explaining that “nobody was sober.”
Speaking with the Telegraph, the former Hollyoaks star, 43, said she is “lucky” to have experienced a period when there was “less self-regulation.”
“Nobody was sober!” Davinia Taylor reflected on living through decades of ‘excess’ in the 1990s and zeros, explaining how ‘no one was sober’ (pictured with Fran Culter in 2000)
Davinia was famous for her position in the infamous Primrose Hill party set, where she and her then-husband Dave Gardner spent the 1990s partying with friends including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law.
Reflecting on the period, she said, “I think those of us who lived through the excesses of the 1990s and now have all been pretty lucky. Now there are camera phones and social media, there is a little more self-regulation.’
Davinia, who has been sober for 13 years after battling alcoholism, said: ‘And to be honest, everyone did it, because sober was nothing then.
“I think I knew a sober person. And I’d be like, “Oooh, that’s weird! Why would you do that? Isn’t that terribly boring?”.
Davina has since ditched her party girl ways in favor of a cleaner existence, after a 12-week rehabilitation period in South Africa, where she was finally able to get rid of her habits.
Experiences: Speaking to the Telegraph, the former Hollyoaks star, 43, said she is “lucky” to have experienced a period of “less self-regulation”
The actress described her battle with alcoholism as “eternal hell” because she knew she wasn’t allowed to drink, but was going through a rough period of withdrawal.
Once clean, Davinia said she became addicted to other areas of life, such as food when she got “stones,” before finally finding a happier balance.
She shares son Grey, 13, with Dave, and Luxx, nine, whose father has never been revealed, and Asa, six, and four-year-old Jude with her partner Matthew Leyden.
Davinia recently told The sun how she wishes her mother, who died in 2013, could see the woman she has become.
Lifestyle: Davinia was famous for her position in the infamous Primrose Hill party set, where she and her then-husband Dave Gardner partied throughout the 1990s with friends including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law (pictured in 2003)
She said, “To see me now, as a mother—happy, settled, and unadorned to support my ego—would have made her really proud.”
At one point in her life, Davinia went through a custody battle and was suicidal, but now she is 12 years sober and said her old self would not have been able to recognize the woman she is now.
She said her “old self” would have hated who she is now and said she must be bored.
In the interview, Davinia described herself as a normal mom who doesn’t have a Hollywood lifestyle — and hates yoga.
She revealed that she’s learned to accept that it’s okay for her to get angry and make mistakes, as long as she recovers from the mood dip.
‘It would have made her really proud’: Davinia recently told The Sun how she wished her mother, who died in 2013, could see the woman she’s become
Davinia explained why her early years were so wild, saying she has a high dopamine drive, meaning the impulsivity to do things to feel alive was stronger.
She said this is a classic symptom of ADHD, but it’s not diagnosed as often in women as it is in men.
“A girl with ADHD is called ‘Dolly Daydream,’ and that was me,” she said. “I hope that in the coming years many women my age will realize that they can get help for it now – it’s not too late.”
In 2007, Davinia gave birth to her first child, Grey, and began suffering from postpartum depression from which she was trying to cope.
Old vs. New: She said her old self would hate who she is now and told her to be bored. Pictured: Davinia in 2010
She said doctors prescribed her strong medication for bipolar disorder, which she lasted for five years, and although she was no longer suicidal, she said she started to wander every day.
Looking back on Grey’s birth, Davinia said she now realizes she suffered a crash of her supportive hormones as a result of the IVF – but doctors had written this off as ‘baby blues’.
She now hopes her struggle can encourage more women to talk about this issue and push for hormone replacement therapy to help them.
During her 2009 divorce from ex-husband Dave Gardner, her mother sent her to rehab in South Africa to overcome her alcohol addiction, and Davinia said she doesn’t think she would be here today without her mother’s help. .
“By the time I was on the other side of the divorce, I was past any relapse. It was a blessing in disguise, because it got me into fight mode, and sometimes that’s my comfort zone. I had to be razor sharp and while it wasn’t necessarily enjoyable, it did give me focus.
Honest: Despite her lifestyle transformation, Davinia described herself as a normal mom who doesn’t have a Hollywood lifestyle — and hates yoga
After dumping alcohol, Davinia said she turned to sugars and unhealthy foods because she didn’t realize how much of an impact they could have on her health.
She said her poor diet made her feel like a pancake, made her forget things, and affected her general mood as well.
To counter this, Davinia said she started reading about nutritional knowledge and that she was a happier person and a better woman to her friends and family.
However, she also said she hasn’t become obsessive about her health, even joking that she’d even recently had a chip shop.
However, if she’s feeling down, she added that she increases the amount of fats and proteins she takes in, and enjoys a cold shower and a run.