Davina McCall has revealed that she and ex-husband Matthew Robertson were still living together after they broke up and she felt she “hadn’t moved on”.
The TV host, 53, parted ways with fellow host Matthew, 52, in 2017 after 17 years of marriage and still described living together as “awkward” when she advised people to contact their friends going through divorce.
Speak with Good housekeepingDavina said reaching 50 was a turning point for her, saying it was “transformative” to end up living alone after the split.
Split: Davina McCall has revealed that she and ex-husband Matthew Robertson were still living together after they broke up and she felt she ‘hadn’t moved on’
She said: ‘The summer after my [50th] birthday, Matthew and I broke up and I was in a real transition phase of my life.
“We were still living in our house together, which was uncomfortable. I hadn’t moved on and I was in this weird no man’s land. But then I moved and started renting a house and that felt like the first step in a new phase.
“I thought, ‘Okay, now we can look ahead.’ It was transformative. And since then I’ve really tried to simplify and downsize my life, which has been very positive.’
Davina and Matthew are parents to children Holly, 19, Tilly, 17, and Chester, 14.
Honest: Davina shared that reaching 50 was a turning point for her and said it was “transformative” to end up going alone after the split
Example: The TV host said goodbye to fellow presenter Matthew in 2017 after 17 years of marriage (pictured together in 2013)
Asked to give her advice on going through a divorce, Davina said she should check in with someone who is in the middle of a divorce, even if they seem like they’re handling it right.
She said, “My advice to friends of anyone going through it is: Even if someone looks good, support them.
“No one gets divorced without really thinking about it – the idea of people rushing into it just doesn’t happen. It’s a huge deal and it’s really hard, so be there.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Davina discussed her relationship with her appearance and admitted that she “hated herself” when she was younger.
She said: ‘The summer after my [50th] birthday, Matthew and I broke up, and I was in a real transition phase of my life’
She said, “When I was younger, I looked in the mirror and hated myself. It’s weird because I was so slim and toned, and yet so critical.
‘Now I have wrinkly skin on my stomach, I have a small varicose vein in one leg, I have flabby bits on my arms, and I can’t help it – but I think I look fierce!
“I see the same thing happening to my girls, and I think, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll love yourself in the end. You just have to get through this.'”
The former Big Brother host recently admitted she felt “all washed up” after menopause.
Davina added: “We were still living together in our house, which was uncomfortable. I hadn’t moved on and I was in this weird no man’s land. But then I moved and I started to rent a house and that felt like the first step in a new phase’
She appeared in a one-off special Davina McCall, Sex, Myths and Menopause in which she explored the hidden struggles of millions of women and received praise from fans for shedding light on the taboo issue.
During the documentary, Davina, who is now on HRT to help manage her symptoms, explained that she was “upset” to learn she was perimenopause at age 44 as the documentary also saw her research the controversial treatment.
When inspired to speak about menopause, Davina said, “I was frustrated that no one was talking about this thing that 51% of the nation is going through.
“I started having symptoms when I was 44. I had real brain fog; I couldn’t read an autocue and it got so bad that a producer asked if I was okay.
She said, ‘I thought, ‘Okay, we can look ahead now.’ It was transformative. And since then I’ve really tried to simplify and downsize my life, which has been very positive’
“My keys were in the fridge, my phone was in the trash and I had no energy. And I had no idea it was menopause because there’s so little information out there.
“Luckily, when I found out what was going on, I started HRT and it changed my life. It brought me back.’
Read the full interview with Davina McCall in the July issue of Good Housekeeping on sale the 2 from June.
It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect https://magsdirect.co.uk/magazine-category/lifestyle/good-housekeeping-lifestyle/.
Interview: Read the full interview with Davina McCall in the July issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale June 2