Davina McCall calls her step mum her 'rock' in sweet Mother's Day post
‘I had a f***ed up relationship with my birth mother’: Davina McCall calls her step mum her ‘rock’ in Mother’s Day post as she reflects on tough childhood
Davina McCall dedicated her Mother’s Day post to her step mum as she also reflected on her tough childhood and ‘f***ed up’ relationship with her birth mum.
The presenter, 55, shared a sweet snap of her step mum Gaby with her father as she said she was so grateful for her ‘unwavering love’.
She also candidly touched on her ‘funny, messy, f***ed up, loving, loathing relationship’ with her birth mother Florence as she said ‘amazing mother figures come in many forms’.
Davina has been open about her difficult relationship with her alcoholic late mum who abandoned her as a child – previously revealing they did drugs together when they were just 12.
She penned in her post: ‘Happy Mother’s Day to my step mum Gaby. I say she’s my step mum because amazing mother figures come in many forms.
Love: Davina McCall dedicated her Mother’s Day post to her step mum (pictured) as she also reflected on her tough childhood and ‘f***ed up’ relationship with her birth mum
Kind: The presenter, 55, shared a sweet snap of her step mum Gaby with her father as she said she was so grateful for her ‘unwavering love’
‘I had a crazy, funny, messy, fucked up, loving, loathing relationship with my birth mother ( if u relate follow @myhorridparent ) and Gaby was my rock.
‘She and my granny kept me sane. And I am so grateful to both of them for their unwavering love x she’s also my children’s ‘Gabba’ and they absolutely ADORE her ❤️ thank you Mumma.
‘I love you so much. Also big shout out to anyone trying … it’s a fucking nightmare today for you, follow @ivfbabble (they r lovely) and huge love to anyone grieving a loss.
‘These celebratory days are always a bit odd aren’t they ? Nice to celebrate/ remember/love people on their allotted special days in the year (mums, dads, valentines) but sometime it can also feel like immense pressure…’.
It comes after in January Davina – who has been open about her own addictions – revealed she started taking drugs with her mother when she was just 12.
She said: ‘I did drugs at 12 with my mum, was smoking weed at 12, I did coke with my mum at 15 twice, coke with my sister at 14. If people had known I wouldn’t have been able to see my mum.
‘But I am not a victim but I am happy, I have chosen to learn after the curve balls. Little wins in my life were massive.’
The star has previously recalled the complicated relationship she had with her alcoholic mother Florence, adding that she started partying as a teenager as she didn’t have any matriarchal figure to turn to.
Honest: She also candidly touched on her ‘funny, messy, f**ked up, loving, loathing relationship’ with her birth mother Florence as she said ‘amazing mother figures come in many forms’
Complicated: It comes after in January Davina – who has been open about her own addictions – revealed she started taking drugs with her mother when she was just 12
Davina said that she spiraled into a drug addiction, which at its worst led to her hospitalisation.
She said in 2020: ‘It was very frightening as it was a very gradual overdose. I’d had a cocktail of drugs, because I didn’t want to feel normal.I was constantly trying to escape myself — I was like a piece of fruit rotting from the inside.
‘So then I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just take a valium’, and the next thing I knew I woke up in hospital. At my lowest point, when I was filled with self hatred, it was literally a case of ”get clean, or die”.’
Davina added that it was her best friend, dad and stepmother that helped her see sense, and she enrolled in Narcotics Anonymous.
Within a year of her overdose Davina was clean of drugs, and the star said she still occasionally attends meetings and therapy sessions to keep her on the right track.
After a difficult relationship with her mum, Davina admitted that she sought fame at a young age to fill the void left in the absence of her mum’s love.
The Big Brother presenter added that even after 37 letters of rejection from television companies she strived to keep working.
Davina has openly spoken about her struggles with drug addiction, and in March 2018 she recalled the moment she told her three children about her past.
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. They grew up with ‘Mummy’s going to a meeting’ – they just didn’t know it was a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
Difficult: Davina has been open about her difficult relationship with her alcoholic late mum who abandoned her as a child
‘They were all really very accepting. They’d say, ”We thought it was something like that. Is that why you don’t drink?”
Since quitting drugs at the age of 25, Davina has also quit smoking and drinking, and has inspired others with her incredible fitness regime.
The star has also been dating hairdresser Michael Douglas, after she split from husband Matthew Robertson in 2017.
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