Danielle Lineker

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Health -

MODEL Danielle Lineker, who last year mar­ried BBC’s Match Of The Day pre­sen­ter Gary, de­scribes the trauma of los­ing her hair as a teenager and how it still af­fects her.

Danielle, 30, says: “I lost most of the hair on top of my head for about seven months when I was 16. It was stress-re­lated and it sud­denly fell out while I was do­ing my GCSEs.

“I had a bald patch on top and I had to re­sort to an em­bar­rass­ing ‘comb over’ and coloured in any gaps with eye­liner.”

She re­calls: “It was a hor­ri­ble knock at a vul­ner­a­ble time. When you’re a teenager you’re very self-con­scious about your ap­pear­ance and you’re just start­ing to like boys. Luck­ily my girl­friends were amaz­ing and made sure I wasn’t teased.”

Danielle is now an oc­ca­sional pre­sen­ter on GMTV but she ad­mits the episode has had long-last­ing ef­fect on her con­fi­dence.

“It knocked my self-es­teem then and has made me slightly less self-as­sured. I’m nat­u­rally quite an anx­ious per­son­al­ity.

“I still oc­ca­sion­ally get tiny, coin sized patches of alope­cia where hair comes out, usu­ally about three months af­ter a pe­riod of stress.”

She cred­its mar­riage to Gary, 49, with boost­ing her con­fi­dence.

“They say op­po­sites at­tract and Gary is very laid-back, down-to-earth and easy go­ing, while he says I can worry for Bri­tain and am a bit of a hypochon­driac!” Danielle says with a smile.

“When­ever I worry about my hair he’s lovely, he calms me down and al­ways tells me he can never see any­thing wrong with it.”

The cou­ple have five chil­dren be­tween them. Gary has four sons from his first mar­riage to ex-wife Michelle and Danielle has an eight-year-old daugh­ter, Ella, with ex-Coven­try City player Adam Wil­lis.

She says: “I think our re­la­tion­ship works well be­cause we both have chil­dren. We’d like to have kids to­gether but that’s not on the cards yet. We want a few years to just have time to­gether and to ad­just to be­ing a fam­ily.

“I feel lucky that Gary’s boys are great fun and not moody teenagers and so it’s not been dif­fi­cult be­ing their step­mum. I think it might have been harder if they had been younger chil­dren.”

Pe­tite, Danielle, does Pi­lates weekly to com­bat lower back pain trig­gered by child­birth, but ad­mits she avoids the gym even though the cou­ple have one in the house.

“Gary works out around three or four times a week but I find gym work so bor­ing. I let him get on with it and say ‘well done!’ when he gets back,” she ad­mits with a smile.

Danielle, from Cardiff, says her out­look on life was in­flu­enced by a dis­abling ac­ci­dent suf­fered by her half-brother Kaid, 24, three years ago.

“I re­alise that if you have your health and so does your fam­ily then you have ev­ery­thing to be grate­ful for,” she says.

“So my motto now is ‘to­mor­row is an­other day’, and ‘things al­ways change and can get bet­ter’.’ It’s so im­por­tant to be pos­i­tive and for­ward­look­ing.”

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