Concerns are growing for “skeletal” Davina McCall, but the star insists she’s “happy and healthy.”

To say Davina McCall has had a turbulent year would be an understatement. Back in November the TV presenter, 50, split from her husband of 17 years, Matthew Robertson. Just months later she tragically lost her beloved grandmother, who, having had a famously “complicated” relationship with her own mum, she saw as “a mother” and the “matriarch” of her family.

From a drugs and alcohol addiction, strained family relationships and an on-off battle with depression, life for Davina hasn’t always been plain sailing. On the surface, however, you wouldn’t guess it, because Davina – with her age-defying athletic and toned physique – has been the picture of health for many years. And, with a whopping 15 fitness DVDs under her belt, she quickly became a success story.

But the recent pictures Davina posted on Instagram have concerned fans, with many calling her “ill” and “unwell”. “Skin and bones,” one online user said. “Not a good look and not healthy.”

So is Davina’s love of fitness taking its toll?


Davina raised eyebrows last month when her usually strong and steely shape looked more skinny, leading 
to speculation that the breakdown 
of her marriage could be behind 
her dramatically changed appearance. Having previously admitted she uses exercise to “clear” her head, lauding the effect training has on her mental health, Davina’s shrinking figure could be directly linked to the stress 
of her divorce.

With rumours swirling that the TV star could be set to hand over £2.5 million for a “quickie divorce” from Matthew, it’s no surprise she’s been putting herself through gruelling workouts in the gym because – by her own admission – it’s where she feels “the happiest and most relaxed”. “If I’m groggy, sluggish, negative, it always sorts me out,” she’s previously said.

While Davina feels “reborn” after the menopause thanks to
rigorous exercise, some commentators feel she’s “gone too far”.

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Hi. It is the beginning of the summer . And this is a 👙 selfie. And it probably won’t be the last . No apologies. Because I cannot quite believe I am posting pictures of myself in bikinis still 😃I get asked all the time how many times I work out a week 💪🏻. 3 times minimum … 4 ideally.. 45 mins to an hour . Can’t run at the mo so I do a mixture strength and cardio … i have so much to be grateful for… my kids are number one but right behind them at no 2 is how my fitness journey has made me feel . If I’m groggy, sluggish, negative it always sorts me out … if you are starting … start slow.. set small goals.. achievable goals.. you will get to where you want to be. I did. And if I did. ( after years of yo-yo dieting and binge exercise) You can. #ownyourgoals #fitness #motivation

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With concerned onlookers branding Davina “gaunt” and “skeletal”, the former Big Brother host defiantly hit back, insisting she’s “happy and healthy”.

‘Jesus! Talk about hooha!!! Two pics… same day I chose one on the right coz I liked my 6 pack but just so you can all calm down here is one without. Look at my insta … happy and healthy,’ she wrote on Twitter.

But, despite claiming to be “happy and healthy”, one look at her jam-packed schedule and you can see why fans are concerned she’s going to crash if she keeps pushing herself. With TV commitments coming out of her ears – including The £100K Drop, This Time Next Year and Long Lost Family, three children to look after and a home to run, Davina has spoken about feeling “tons of mummy guilt” – which is no doubt another added stress to her pressure-cooker lifestyle.

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Say what you want about her, Davina is unapologetic about her body – as proved with her latest confident social media post. “It is the beginning of the summer, and this is a bikini selfie and it probably won’t be the last,” she wrote. “No apologies.”

Davina is 
a dab hand at silencing the critics. Reposting a quote from radio presenter Fearne Cotton, Davina hinted that she’s not interested in conforming to what people want her to be. “You’re too thin, too fat, too pale, too old, too strange, too loud, too nice, too quirky – too what, for what? I’m me. I’m not up for comparison. I’m not trying to 
fit a norm. I’m me.”

Working as hard as she does for her lean physique, it’s perhaps no surprise Davina has no shame in flaunting her abs on social media.