Davina McCall on overcoming her ‘darkest days’: ‘I drank to forget’

Davina McCallhas recalled a year when she felt so incredibly lonely she couldn’t wait for Christmas Day to be over.

The TV presenter 55,who overcame her drink and drug addiction in her twenties , told how she got “absolutely plastered” with a friend just to get through the day.

Speaking to OK!, she said: “My hardest Christmas ever was my first Christmas when I thought, ‘I don’t want to be with my family.' A girlfriend and I had lunch in a restaurant and got absolutely plastered in the afternoon then just watched telly. I have never been more depressed or lonely in my life.

"I just wanted Christmas day to disappear – if I drank enough I could just forget it’s Christmas Day and then the next day I could start again. It was horrible.

“After that, I vowed to myself if I couldn’t be with my family, because I was away travelling, I would find a family and make them adopt me for the day because it’s a lonely day if you’re not in a gang.”

The 55-year-old is one of the most renowned British TV presenters, having worked on the likes of Big Brother and The Masked Singer to the tear-jerking Long Lost Family.

But before fame she faced serious hardship with drink and drugs and an addiction to heroin. Davina admitted that her issues with drugs in her 20s stemmed from her mum being an addict too, but beating her own demons helped the presenter become a "stronger person".

Now, she is happily sober for over 20 years and has found love with boyfriend Michael Douglas, her hairdresser. They’ve known each other for almost two decades and became close two years after her marriage to ex husband Matthew Robertson ended.

And while it’s not even December, Christmas is already well underway in Davina’s household. She put her lights up the day after Bonfire Night and casually has a Santa costume to hand as she lights up while talking about her festive rituals.

“The minute fireworks night is out the way, they’re up,” says Davina, “On Christmas Day, I wear this (Santa outfit) then there’s at least two more outfits after. It’s anything glittery for me – that silver dress I wore on this JD Williams shoot is my absolute No1 Christmas favourite.

“I have two trees – my Disney tree is epic. It’s just covered in Disney paraphernalia. Sometimes my kids go to their dad’s, but this year we have them here. We always do stockings in the morning in my bedroom, smoked salmon on bread and champagne – I’ve found a non-alcoholic champagne I like so I can join in. Then lunch about 3pm, games after and then picky bits and dancing for anybody who’s still conscious.”

Davina McCall is JD Williams' brand ambassador and stars in the Autumn Winter 2022 campaign, featuring the Out Out and Happy Host collections, consisting of sparkly heels, power suits and statement dresses. See jdwilliams.co.uk

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