While most celebs like to keep their dodgy pasts under wraps, Davina McCall has never been shy about talking about the tough times in her life.
And that, quite frankly, is why we love her.
This week, she joined John Bishop on his In Conversation TV show on W and opened up about her addiction to heroin and the moment she finally decided enough was enough.
“I’d lost all the good people,” Davina explained.
“There was one person left, and she was the one that said to me in the end, ‘Look, we’re all talking about you. You think you’ve got this kind of mask up and you’re kidding us all, but you’re not.
“‘We all know that you’re a junkie and we all know you’re taking heroin or we all know that you’re, you know, you’re lying to us the whole time. And I’m not going to stand around and watch it anymore.'”
Davina went onto explain that her friend’s honesty hit her hard but deep down she knew that she was right.
“She said, ‘I’ve had enough.’ And she’d been so there for me the whole time, I just thought she was going to be the one constant. And when she said, ‘That’s it,’ I was devastated. Course, I swore at her a lot and got out the car, slammed the door!”
She has said in another interview that this was the moment that triggered her recovery.
“I explained I knew she was right and I wanted to change,” she said. “She forgave me and we had a massive cry. I went into the NA meeting that night and my life changed.”
During the intimate chat with the Scouse comedian, Davina also spoke about how her dad is living with Alzheimer’s, which he was diagnosed with on Red Nose Day in 2015.
In spite of having the disease and starting to lose his memory, Davina says that her dad is remaining strong.
“He is still Andrew; he’s still out there; he’s still having a good time; he’s had a diagnosis that would stop a lot of people in their tracks and make them want to give up on life, but he hasn’t let it do that.
“It’s getting worse and his short-term memory is much worse than it was a couple of years ago. But his positive mental attitude they said is absolutely key in him dealing with his illness,” she said.
“I look at my Dad and I see such hope and such positivity and each hurdle we’ll cross when we get to it. So he’s a real inspiration and I hope he can be for other people too.”
“And he’s such an inspiration and I hope with anybody else that gets this terrible, terribly frightening diagnosis and really terrifying if you, you know, God, if you Google Alzheimer’s it’s just darkness, you know, it’s terrible.
“But I look at my Dad and I see such hope and, um, such positivity and each hurdle we’ll cross when we get to it.
“He’s a real inspiration and I hope he can be for other people too.”
Davina also speaks about some of her darker times in her amazing book Lessons I’ve Learned.