Davina McCall shocked the celeb world when she and husband of 17 years Matthew Robertson announced their divorce back in November 2017.

The couple appeared to have the perfect marriage – with three adorable children and successful careers to boot.

But things weren’t meant to be, with the couple revealing that they were separating, and would be putting their children first.

However, in a new interview with Red magazine, presenter Davina, 50, revealed that instead of crumbling after the breakdown of her marriage, she was able to draw on past experiences to heal her heartbreak.

She confessed,  “You need to experience difficulty to learn to be resilient.

“If you haven’t been through anything difficult, it will hit you like a train and you won’t know what to do because you’ve never been given the tools to deal with it.”

Of course, Davina has famously spoken about her addiction to drugs and alcohol in her younger years. And in 2012, she devastatingly lost her sister Caroline, after a battle with cancer.


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Davina continued, “When I think of the drugs and the alcohol, and my sister dying, and knowing I got through all that, all of those things make you think,

‘Throw anything at me — I’ll be OK’.”

Prior to her divorce, she and Matthew renewed their vows in a ceremony in Las Vegas, after experiencing a “tough year” together. At the time, Davina denied however that the move was made in a bid to save their marriage. She said, “Often people renew their vows because they’re on the verge of divorce. But it wasn’t like that. We are very romantic.”

Despite her new-found strength, Davina however revealed that she’s the first to admit to feeling the pull of her past demons from time-to-time.

She shared that she forced herself to ‘grieve’ alcohol, explaing that it was awful to give it up – but something she knew she had to do for her health.

The TV star said, “I dance a lot better without booze than I did with booze. But if you don’t have to give up booze, then for God’s sake don’t give up booze.

“I had to grieve not drinking. That was so sad. But I knew that alcohol was the gateway to drugs for me, and it would still be the gateway. It’s just not worth it.”

The June issue of Red magazine is out on 2nd May.