GIFT OF GABY SAVES LIVES

TV pre­sen­ter is back­ing cam­paign to get peo­ple to open up and talk to each other

Daily Record - - FRONT PAGE - BY RICK FUL­TON

GABY Roslin didn’t hes­i­tate when she saw a young woman cry­ing in a park.

While many of us would won­der what had hap­pened but would still con­tinue with our day, pos­si­bly think­ing about her later on, the TV pre­sen­ter wanted to make sure she was OK.

The 54-year-old

mum of two said: “I re­cently ap­proached a young woman in Lon­don’s Re­gent’s Park who was sit­ting on a bench cry­ing.

“I thought if that was my daugh­ter, I’d want some­one to stop and speak. I asked her if she needed help and we sat and spoke for a while. I urged her to get some help. I hope she’s OK.”

Gaby’s blend of bub­bly, un­af­fected and in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm, seem­ingly bound­less en­ergy and abil­ity to chat to any­one has made her one of the na­tion’s most pop­u­lar and en­dur­ing ra­dio and TV pre­sen­ters.

Her pop­u­lar­ity is based on view­ers feel­ing she is in­ter­ested in what they say. She says peo­ple like talk­ing to her and she likes talk­ing to them.

Gaby has al­ways been cu­ri­ous about peo­ple, even as a child. She said: “Peo­ple have al­ways con­fided in me and told me their se­crets, wor­ries, fears and joys”.

It makes her a per­fect choice to sup­port Small Talk Saves Lives – a new men­tal health cam­paign by the Sa­mar­i­tans to re­duce sui­cides.

Gaby, who has two daugh­ters – Libbi, 17, from her first mar­riage to mu­si­cian Colin Peel, and Amelie, 12, with her hus­band, pub­lisher David Os­man – is urg­ing ev­ery­one to talk more to strangers.

She said: “Ev­ery time I hear of some­one tak­ing their own life, it breaks my heart. No one should ever feel alone and there is al­ways some­body there to lis­ten and help.

“Tak­ing just a few mo­ments out of your day to help some­one you think may be in need – even by ex­chang­ing just a few words – is so im­por­tant.”

“The lit­tle con­ver­sa­tions we have ev­ery day can be all that is needed to in­ter­rupt sui­ci­dal thoughts.

“Once you know you have the power to make a dif­fer­ence, you’re more likely to step in and do some­thing. That’s why I’ve got in­volved in the Small Talk Saves Lives cam­paign.”

Like fel­low pre­sen­ters Lor­raine Kelly and Dav­ina McCall, Gaby is known for her cheery out­look.

She makes no ex­cuses for it and made a vow to stay pos­i­tive af­ter her mum Jackie died from lung can­cer more than 20 years ago.

Gaby said: “I love life and have al­ways been a very pos­i­tive per­son. Peo­ple used to ques­tion how I could al­ways look happy and I used to end up apol­o­gis­ing for it.

“Af­ter my mum died when I was in my 30s, I thought, ‘You know what, I’m not apol­o­gis­ing for lov­ing life any more’.

“I’ve been through hard times – be­reave­ment, a di­vorce, los­ing friends to can­cer – but that has made me even more aware that life is so pre­cious and we have to make the most of it.”

Of course, just want­ing to be happy doesn’t mean you al­ways are and Gaby doesn’t take her health and well­be­ing for granted.

She only drinks oc­ca­sion­ally and doesn’t eat red meat.

Gaby said: “I walk ev­ery­where – seven miles a day – which is great as it gets the blood pump­ing and is fan­tas­tic for your mind. It’s when I get my best ideas. I go to the gym four times a week and do Pi­lates.

“I’m very health-con­scious about food and have stud­ied nutri­tion for more than 20 years.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that you put the right things in your body. I have a wheat al­lergy so I don’t have any gluten. We eat or­ganic fruit, veg­eta­bles and sus­tain­able fish as much as pos­si­ble, and no red meat as I can’t bear to eat an­i­mals. I love an­i­mals too much.

“I drink oc­ca­sion­ally, when I’m on hol­i­day. I just de­cided I was bored with it and didn’t want any more han­govers. I also don’t have caf­feine. Peo­ple say it must be bor­ing but it’s not at all, and I feel very happy and well.”

Gaby is un­apolo­getic about dye­ing her hair and us­ing fake tan but won’t go un­der the knife.

She said: “What you see is what you get with me. I’ve got a few lines. I’m not an ad­vo­cate of plas­tic surgery or those sort of things.

“The bonus as you get older is you feel more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in your­self.”

This shines through and Gaby is “set on age­ing dis­grace­fully”.

She added: “I don’t think you should fol­low any rules about ‘dress­ing your age’.

“Don’t let some­body else tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear.

“I’m ob­sessed with fash­ion and love skinny jeans and heels but I’ll go all out with a frock for a red car­pet event.”

She has ad­vice for any mid­dle-aged woman.

Gaby said: “Ba­si­cally, the minute you stop wor­ry­ing about what ev­ery­one else looks like or thinks of you, your style comes into its own.

“I do this thing on my In­sta­gram called Shop­ping In My Wardrobe, where I en­cour­age peo­ple to open up their wardrobe and pair some­thing old with some­thing new.

“My daugh­ter, Amelie, films me ca­vort­ing around do­ing a stupid song and dance and can of­ten be heard say­ing, ‘Mu­u­ummm, please’, be­cause she finds me the most em­bar­rass­ing mum on the planet.

“I reckon it’s my duty to be an em­bar­rass­ing par­ent.”

Gaby’s break­through was ap­pear­ing along­side Chris Evans on The Big Break­fast in the 90s. In a move that shocked many peo­ple, Chris quit his Ra­dio 2 break­fast show af­ter nine years de­spite huge rat­ings.

Gaby has huge af­fec­tion for him.

She said: “I adore Chris and get very up­set when peo­ple say any­thing hor­ri­ble about him. I learned to just go with the flow from him.” While her own chat show, The Gaby Roslin Show, didn’t take off on Chan­nel 4 in the 90s, she still has a dream to do an edgy, daily TV show.

She said: “My par­ents told me, ‘Never give up on your dreams. Don’t hurt any­body in the process but al­ways fol­low your dreams’.

“I knew when I was three that I wanted to be a TV pre­sen­ter and I feel very blessed to be work­ing in my dream job. My next dream is to do a risky, naughty daily live TV show.”

Ev­ery time I hear of some­one tak­ing their own life, it breaks my heart

WIS­DOM Gaby is sup­port­ing the Sa­mar­i­tans’

DREAM TEAM Gaby and Chris Evans on Chan­nel 4 hit TV show The Big Break­fast

cam­paign

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