‘Drink? It’s the gate­way to worse for me’

DAV­INA:

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OK, she hasn’t lost weight re­cently, but she has man­aged to stay sober for 25 years!

Now 51, Dav­ina had a well-doc­u­mented bat­tled with drugs and al­co­hol in her youth, say­ing pre­vi­ously that she was strug­gling to make it in TV and make her mother Florence think she was worth some­thing (she left her in Sur­rey with her grand­par­ents, aged three, and re­turned to France). Since then, she’s dealt with the death of Florence, her beloved half-sis­ter Caro­line, seen her fa­ther di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s and di­vorced her hus­band Matthew Robert­son, with whom she has three kids. But through all of it, stayed off the booze, kept work­ing and rein­vented her­self as a fit­ness guru, in fact she is so toned He­len Bond puts her at a svelte size 8. Ad­mit­ting she had to ‘grieve’ when she gave up drink, she ex­plained, ‘It was sad but al­co­hol was the gate­way to drugs for me, and it would still be.’ Her plans for the fu­ture? ‘I’m get­ting a mas­sive tat­too at 60, I’m go­ing to do Iron Man at 70 (the world’s hard­est one-day triathlon) and wear a bikini at 90!’

Sober for over 25 years!

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