Dav­ina McCall: Kids? They’re great, but hard work!

Re­cently sin­gle TV pre­sen­ter Dav­ina McCall re­veals hav­ing kids forced her hus­band into the spare room

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Dav­ina McCall has opened up about the pres­sure hav­ing three kids put on her mar­riage.

The TV pre­sen­ter, 50, who is mum to Holly, 16, Tilly, 14, and 11-year-old Ch­ester, split from her hus­band, Matthew Robert­son, af­ter 17 years of mar­riage last Novem­ber, de­spite years of coun­selling to try to save their re­la­tion­ship.

Dav­ina’s mar­i­tal woes seemed to start with the birth of their daugh­ter, Holly, and es­ca­lated by the time Tilly and Ch­ester came along.

By then, for­mer Pet Res­cue host Matthew had started sleep­ing in the spare room.

Speak­ing re­cently, Dav­ina ad­mit­ted, ‘ With Holly, I wanted to pun­ish Matthew in some way, and keep him up. So we slept in the same bed and, when it came to feed­ing her, I’d turn the light on and change her nappy.’

Dav­ina added, ‘ With the sec­ond and third one, he’d go off to the spare room and sleep. That sounds self­ish, but my feel­ing was if one of us gets some rest, then they can make tea or what­ever for the other one the next day.’

When Dav­ina con­firmed the cou­ple’s split last year, she stressed that the well­be­ing of their brood was the most im­por­tant thing. She said, ‘Our chil­dren are our num­ber one pri­or­ity – above ev­ery­thing else. There­fore, we ask for as much space and re­spect as pos­si­ble, while our fam­ily goes through this dif­fi­cult time.’

‘I wanted to pun­ish Matthew in some way, and keep him up’

Matthew and Dav­ina split last year af­ter 17 years of mar­riage

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