Angie Best: ‘I’m proving you can be sexy at 65!’
Angie Best reveals why she is feeling sexier than ever – and quite happy to strip off!
Angie Best is famous for being the mother of Calum, ex-wife of George Best and yoga-loving former Celebrity Big
Brother housemate. But 40 years ago, when she’d just started dating the Man Utd footballer, Angie worked as a Playboy Bunny in the famous London club (just last week, founder Hugh Hefner died at 91). Now, the 65-year-old is back in that famous outfit, complete with bunny ears – and she’s looking better than ever…
Hi, Angie. Did you have any reservations about getting back into the bunny outfit?
Are you kidding? In my day, it was very glamorous and every woman wanted to be a Playboy Bunny. At the age of 65, I was thrilled to bits when they asked me to do it again.
Does it make you feel sexy putting it on?
It was bloody torture. Faye, who makes the costumes, had her knee in my back and was telling me, ‘Breathe in, Ange, breathe in.’ But once it’s on, it’s such a glamorous thing. It’s the sexiest you can feel without taking your clothes off. Isn’t it fabulous that at 65 I can show off my female form? I prove that women over 60 can still look incredible and feel vibrant.
Have you been dieting to slim into the leotard again?
No. It’s in the genes. I run two gyms, I play tennis and I’m fortunate to be slim, but I work at it. It’s my job. I didn’t have to do anything specific, but today I couldn’t eat any carbs.
You have a great figure. Would you pose naked?
I would for the right thing – but Calum wouldn’t let me! I could say ‘yes’ till the cows come home, but he would stop me. Even though he does raunchy shoots!
Do you think women feel like they ‘disappear’ when they get older?
Yes, they do. But any woman can feel attractive, you just have to believe in yourself. You’ve got to look after yourself, too – you only get one body. I like to think me doing this at 65 will be inspiring not just for women my age, but also women who are younger – to show them to look after their bodies and keep themselves healthy. The idea of being frail terrifies me.
Does wearing this outfit bring back memories of George?
Not really. George had been a bad boy and I had left him. I was modelling during the day and I got the job at night as
a Bunny to keep my mind off him. I walked into the Playboy Club and asked for a job and they jumped all over it because I was known. Then one day, I got a phone call in the office and it was Cher in America, saying, ‘Ange come back, we are going back on the road and I need you. Ticket for you at the airport.’ And I was gone. Only lasted two weeks.
What did George think of you being a Bunny?
I couldn’t have cared less what he thought. I’d left him because he was misbehaving. You can’t say no to Cher – especially when George was messing up and partying again.
Was that hard, to deal with him like that?
I was too young to care. It’s all good. Whatever happened, you just took it in your stride.
Is it hard to be trapped between your marriage and your child, a bit like Coleen Rooney right now?
I didn’t have the support that she’s got, and George didn’t have the support that Wayne’s got. For me, I had to either look after my little baby or my big baby – and big baby got on my nerves too much!
There’s more awareness of addiction now. Would it be different if George was dealing with his issues today?
Yes, but I think we need to do more work with addiction. Our drinking culture is an embarrassment, really. The rest of the world looks at us as Binge Britain. When I lived in California, the weather was so beautiful you just didn’t want to drink. You wake up healthy and you want to be outside doing stuff. Here, when it’s wet and cold, you just want to be inside with a glass of wine. I do understand it to a certain extent. I don’t really drink. I like my Champagne on occasions.
At 65, is there anything left for you to achieve?
I want to learn how to make perfume, and do a dressage competition – I have a horse and we are learning! I’ve been very blessed in my life, though.
‘Any woman can feel attractive, you just have to believe in yourself’
Mother and son in the Big Brother house Cher and Angie keeping fit in 1988
Playboy Bunny Angie in 1976, and now