Davina McCall reveals worst nightmare over divorce

The fitness star talks about life after divorce as she asdmits she's happy with new boyfriend.

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Davina, 52, is mum to daughters Holly, 18 Tilly, 16 and son Chester, 13, and while she's juggling parenting with work and her new romance, she wants to ensure her kids can be around both parents and things be amicable.

In an interview with new! magazine, Davina admits she has managed to salvage her friendship with her ex. She said, 'I think we're both trying and I really appreciate that. We've always said the kids come first. I would hate for them to think, "We can't ask Dad to come to something because we've asked mum." That would be my worst nightmare.'

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In fact, things between them are so much better that prior to the world health crisis, they were both able to go for lunch with the children.

'The divorce was hard' said Davina. 'But in comparison to what I've been through in my life, like Caroline dying [Davina's sister passed away from cancer in 2012], nothing can be as bad as that. You always hear it takes two years from when you split up to when you start feeling better. Now Matthew and I go out for lunch with the kids. It's miles better. We both want to be the couple who can be invited to the wedding or graduation of our kids, and sit down and watch them do something amazing.'

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And Davina admits her eldest daughter Holly, 18, has tried to take care of her. 'My oldest one wants to be a support,' she said. 'I'll say, "You don't need to do this. I'm your mum, you don't need to mother me." But she's a real mother hen - she looks after everybody.'

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Davina has since moved on romantically with her long-term friend and hairdresser Michael Douglas and while the pair are keeping their romance out of the limelight, she admits they're "happy".

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Davina said, 'Neither of us want to shove it down anybody else's throat. Firstly, it's nauseating for our kids to listen to any of that stuff, and it's a bit weird for our ex-partners, the parents of our children. It's not right to wax lyrical about somebody else, and it's all still relatively new. But we're happy.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)