dina says...

Woman & Home - - The Woman Who Inspires Me -

Dina, 55, is an art teacher and lives in Lon­don with her two sons, Zak, 29, and Fin­lay, 19.

Mine and na­dia’s lives are very dif­fer­ent now – I live a quiet life as a teacher while she spends her days ap­pear­ing on tv – but that hasn’t changed our re­la­tion­ship. as her sis­ter, i see a very dif­fer­ent side of her; she’s al­ways so loud and in your face on Loose Women – some­times i think, “oh, please don’t say that!” – but i get to spend time with the real Na­dia, who’s happy to slob on the sofa scoff­ing choco­lates or just sit and watch videos of the kids when they were younger. that’s the Na­dia i love.

na­dia has al­ways said she looks up to me, but ac­tu­ally, I rely on her so much. When i split from my part­ner, i shied away from friends, but Na­dia was the per­son i knew i could lean on. she’s been there in all my times of need.

When my youngest son left for univer­sity, I suf­fered from a bit of empty-nest syn­drome, so be­ing right next door to na­dia has been a real bonus. it’s an in­cred­i­bly strange feel­ing when you’re sud­denly in the house by your­self

– i felt quite scared – but Na­dia said, “Keep your phone by your bed at night and just call me if any­thing hap­pens.” it’s been lovely to have that kind of se­cu­rity.

Na­dia’s new cook­book, co-writ­ten with best friend Kaye Adams, Na­dia & Kaye Disas­ter Chef (DK), is out now; dk.com w&h

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