go is a journey. I’m not going to
say I’m sad. It’s just going to feel
quite empty without her. But I’ve
still got two left at home [Tilly, 16,
and Chester, 13], so I’m going to
cling on to them! I also know my
kids are always going to come
home, whether they’re 30, 40 or
- They’ll always have a place
at our house.
Do you have any good
anti-ageing beauty tips?
I’m much more thoughtful about
sun exposure now. I always wear
SPF 30-50. I used to wear olive
oil or nothing. I’m a huge fan of
Garnier Summer Body Gradual
What are your secrets to finding
Body confidence isn’t about what
you look like. When I was young
my skin was taut and my boobs
were pert. I looked amazing but
I hated myself. That was part and
parcel of why I took drugs. It was
like I had a hole that I couldn’t fill
with anything else. When I was in
recovery my sponsor wanted me
to look in a mirror and say, “I love
you.” It took a long time to even
say, “I like you.” But I think you
can do that in terms of your body.
Look in a full-length mirror every
morning and say, “I love you.”
I can do that now without a hint
of embarrassment. It’s not
arrogance, it’s self-worth.
You do look smoking hot,
though! Is it nice to have
your figure admired?
It’s really nice to know I could
inspire other people to get fit.
I have the body of a 52-year-old,
but I am fit. Not as in “phwoar”
fit, as in physically fit. Someone
my age might see that and think,
“I can get there too.”
What else are you doing to
press the f**k it button?
I’m sampling different things in
life. I’m going to start a YouTube
channel and I’m launching an
underwear range. That was
all born out of me being single
and still wearing the sexiest
underwear ever. Not because
I was dating, but because it was
an act of self-love every morning.
Is it going to be a sexy range?
Sexy is possibly misleading
because when people think
sexy they think crotchless and
nippleless. It’s not that at all.
It’s aimed at people who have
post-baby bodies. But it’s really
feminine and really lacy. And I
won’t be making nude underwear.
I think nude is the least sexy colour
and men hate nude underwear.
Any tips on the perfect bra?
I don’t wear anything with a firm
cup. I think older boobs don’t
need it because they’re quite
voluminous. I also don’t want
a thrust-together cleavage
because it looks a bit icky. I like
a bit of separation!
You’re building a house as
well, we hear...
Yes, it’s been a dream of mine for
ages. But come and see me in six
months when I’m having a nervous
breakdown! I had a momentary
flash of, “Maybe we should make
this a documentary.” Then I
thought, “No, I’ve seen enough
Grand Designs to know there’d
be the bit when I’m just sobbing
at a big hole in the ground.
Which part are you most
We’re having a covered patio
with a fireplace, so even when it’s
raining you can go outside and
light a fire and put chairs in front
of it. The barbecue will be there
too, like an outside kitchen. I’ll
spend tons of time out there.
Are you still enjoying your
career as much as ever?
It’s an exciting time. I just got to
do The Masked Singer – how
lucky am I? I can’t wait for the
second series. Who’d have
thought I’d be doing a show like
that? I’ve been doing Long Lost
Family and quite serious things,
but then The Masked Singer
came along and I’ve had so many
opportunities from it. People have
gone, “Oh yes, Davina can do
funny things!” It’s changed the
course of my career again.
Do you ever worry it’ll all end
I have worried about that in the
past, but I’m a grafter. I always
think if it all goes away I’ll graft
until I get some of it back.
You and Garnier are now the
UK’s longest ever celebrity
Sixteen years! I get really excited
when I receive their new things
to try. I love their new face
mask [Garnier Nutri Bomb Milky
Tissue Mask]. I’d thought tissue
masks were a youngster’s thing
because my daughters are
obsessed with them, but then
I did it and it’s miles better for an
old person. It’s amazing on the
wrinkles around my eyes. I’m
also obsessed with their aloe
shampoo [Ultimate Blends Aloe
Vera Shampoo]. It smells lovely
and the bottle is recycled plastic.
I love that Garnier’s doing a lot
of work with sustainability.
Garnier ambassador Davina
used Nutrisse shade 4.3 on
her hair for the shoot and
prepped her skin with Nutri
Bomb Milky Tissue Mask. Visit
garnier.co.uk for details. Listen
to Davina’s podcast Making
The Cut with Michael Douglas
on the Entale app
‘Wearing sexy underwear is an act of
self-love every morning’