Cosmopolitan (UK)

“Make as much money as you can – remember none of it is real”



Known for… Her on-screen romance with John James Parton, and her workout videos.

Now: A TV presenter and weight-loss ambassador.

“Not everyone is going to love you, but I was one of the lucky ones. That’s not to say I didn’t have difficult moments. I worried about the impact the show would have on my family. All I wanted was some time off work – it turned out to be so much better than I thought! I made a chunk of money and am now financiall­y independen­t, but there’s been times when I’ve been angry and had to keep my cool. If I hadn’t, I could have potentiall­y lost everything. [Someone once threatened to throw acid in her face and she had a stalker.] It was all part of the game, but you’ve got to be mentally strong. There’s a churn of celebritie­s now, so you’ve got to enjoy it and ride that wave for as long as possible. Make as much money as you can, but remember none of it is real.”

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