Davina McCall has opened up about her fears of developing Alzheimer’s disease after her dad and grandmother both suffered from it.
The star admitted of being so afraid of getting the illness that she made two calls to her GP after worrying she had started developing symptoms.
Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine the 49-year-old said: “I have called my doctor twice in floods of tears saying ‘I’ve definitely got it’.
“She told me ‘If you had Alzheimer’s you wouldn’t be calling me about it’.
“I’m only forgetful because my inbox is full and I have cognitive overload. I don’t drink, don’t smoke and I’m in good health.”
The mum-of-three also opened up about her dad and praised his “extraordinary positive attitude” despite suffering from memory loss.
She said: “In certain aspects he is getting worse. His short-term memory is a struggle.
“But he is living a great life. When you see the way he is dealing with it, you realise you can’t mope around.
“My granny is very confused but she’s happy. They are both pretty inspirational.”
Meanwhile Davina opened up about her drug addiction and the moment she decided to do something to deal with it.
Talking to John Bishop on his talk show she revealed: “I’d lost all the good people.
“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.”
The star then explained that her friend’s honesty hit her hard and made her want to make a change to her life.
She added: “She said, ‘I’ve had enough.’ And she’d been 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!”
Davina, who is married to presenter Matthew Robertson, has since written a book, Lessons I’ve Learned, where she goes into detail about the dark time in her life.