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Davina McCall has revealed she had to tell her three kids that she is a former drug addict in a “brutally honest” conversation.
Davina, 50, said she didn’t want to hide her past addictions from her family, despite being sober for 20 years.
But the TV star also admitted that she confronted her painful history with Holly, 16, Tilly, 14, and 11-year-old son Chester, whom she has with ex Matthew Robinson, because she couldn’t risk them finding out about it online.
Davina also wanted to explain where she was actually going when she was popping out for “meetings”, which were in fact Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Speaking on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, she said: “I’ve had to be very honest about my past with the children – especially now they have access to the internet.
“Actually, I had to be brutally honest quite early on when I thought other kids might talk to them about it.
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“They grew up with ‘Mummy’s going to a meeting’ – they just didn’t know it was a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
“When each of them got to about 10 or 11 I’d say, ‘Let me explain what those meetings are’.
“I’d say, ‘Mummy had a problem but I stopped a long time ago and these meetings help me stay on the straight and narrow’.
“They were all really very accepting. They’d say, ‘We thought it was something like that. Is that why you don’t drink?’. Kids know stuff. I never give them credit for what they know, but they are smart like that.”
Davina and her spouse of 17 years called time on their marriage at the end of 2017 and she said that the wellbeing of their brood is the most important thing.
She added: “I am very sad to say that Matthew and I have separated. Our amazing children are our number one priority, above everything else so therefore we ask for as much space and respect from the media as possible while our family goes through this difficult time.”