Finding Davina McCall is always a joy. And with her immense enthusiasm for health and wellness, if anyone can inspire us all to go to rehab or start an exercise program, it’s her.
Although she broke her ankle last year, the 54-year-old says: “I can’t wait to get back in the saddle and regain my fitness. For everything else, if 2022 is as good as 2021, I’ll be happy.
Something else that makes Davina smile is in the ITV hit The Masked Singer, on which tweety celebrities dress up in goofy outfits so we can try to guess who they are. “It’s the best show I’ve ever been on,” she exclaims.
Busy Davina also oversees her fitness app Own Your Goals – which has expanded to include more nutrition and menopause advice – and creates the Making The Cut podcast with her boyfriend Michael Douglas, 47.
Here, the star, who is mom to Holly, 20, Tilly, 18, and Chester, 15, talks about aging, working closely with Michael and the secrets behind The Masked Singer…
Hi, Divina! We love the last series of The Masked Singer…
We can’t stop laughing. The celebrity costumes are amazing this season, but I guess it kind of sucks this time around.
Are there any behind-the-scenes secrets you can share with us?
I’m not allowed to be behind the scenes! We are not allowed to go anywhere because everything is top secret. But I can tell you that my colleague judge Jonathan [Ross] is the coolest person when it comes to locker rooms. He arrives on the first day with a huge record player, a speaker system and tons of vinyl. He arranges his dressing room as if it were a home. I’m always so jealous and I think, “God, I have to do this next time.”
You are very beautiful. Do you think you have become more confident with age?
Getting older is great because you feel happier about yourself. When you get to a certain age, chances are you’ve been in a job for a long time and are really good at it. I’ve interviewed so many people now that I know I’m a safe pair of hands. At this age, we have all learned a lot, although there is still a lot to learn.
So would you say it’s important that you keep learning?
Now our kids don’t want to talk to us anymore because they’re older, we have all this nice extra time in the evenings to learn what we want to do next. This is a good time when you can move from the bottom of the list to the top and start exercising again. Just start. It’s never too late to start exercising. Never.
How important is wellness to you?
Taking care of yourself physically is one thing, taking care of yourself mentally is another, and there are many things we can do to help ourselves. I’m exercising my mind now, because that’s the part I want to work on.
Do you have lows – and if so, do you seek help for them?
Sure. It is unrealistic to think that we can be happy all the time. What I really want to try is, when people are feeling unhappy, to get them to ask themselves, “What’s the best way out for me?” “I can’t prevent you from becoming unhappy, but I can help you get out of it and find a way.
You organized a big event for World Menopause Day last fall. What inspired this?
Obviously, World Menopause Day is only one day in the year, but I can’t even imagine it existed five years ago. And if it was something, I wasn’t aware of it – probably because we were all too embarrassed and no one wanted to talk about it. But now I feel like it’s something to celebrate, because it means freedom and liberty. It means the next stage, where you are freer from the burden of self-obsession, lack of confidence and lack of self-confidence.
Who inspires you when it comes to aging?
So many older women inspire me, like Joan MacDonald aka @TrainWithJoan . She’s on Instagram and she started bodybuilding at the age of 66. She is now 70 and the fittest woman in her 60s I have ever seen. People say you shouldn’t do bodybuilding over 70 – it sucks! It’s great for osteoporosis. You know, you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. Do what you want. I intend to grow old in shame!
Do you have any great anti-aging tips for us?
Smile more. When you smile, no one really cares about your fine lines and wrinkles. Smile as much as you can – and don’t grunt when you bend over to take your shoes off! Walk faster, stop slowing down. Not only will it be good for your heart, but also for your legs – and the exercise will make you look younger.
You have just extended your website and application. Own your goals. Congratulation!
I have! We have plenty of new trainers, all offering very different things. The bottom line is that we cover different age groups – this might appeal to someone in their 20s or 60s.
And you have a new line of fitness apparel with JDWilliams…
What was lovely is that it was really collaborative and I was involved every step of the way, to the point where I tried on all the clothes and said where they needed to be altered. It could be shorter bra straps so we can lift our boobs, or that amazing neon top that’s longer in the back in case you’re worried about how your butt looks. The leggings are both snug and comfortable and have a really nice chunky waist panel that holds everything in. There are lots of nice bright colors and a long jacket so there is something for everyone.
Can we ask you, how are things going with your boyfriend, Michael?
We have an agreement that I don’t talk about our relationship, because our exes and our kids don’t have the right to respond, so it’s not fair. But I love doing the podcast with him. It’s an extension of what we’ve always done as friends, which is to recommend things to each other. Even if we didn’t make any money – which we really didn’t – we would still do it just because we love it. People seem to like it too. We will never talk about us in an interview because somehow the words linger and we don’t want to. The podcast is quite public but our relationship is not. It will never change because we don’t need it.