Davina McCall calls her step mum her ‘rock’ in sweet Mother’s Day post
Davina McCall dedicated her Mother’s Day post to her stepmom, as she also reflected on her tough childhood and her ‘fucked up’ relationship with her birth mother.
The 55-year-old presenter shared a sweet snapshot of her stepmother Gaby with her father, saying she was so grateful for his “unwavering love.”
She also candidly addressed her “funny, messy, fucked up, loving, disgusting relationship” with her birth mother, Florence, saying that “incredible mother figures come in many forms.”
Davina has been open about her difficult relationship with her late alcoholic mother who abandoned her as a child, previously revealing that they used drugs together when they were just 12 years old.
She wrote in her post: ‘Happy Mother’s Day to my stepmom Gaby. I say that she is my stepmother because amazing mother figures come in many forms.
Love: Davina McCall dedicated her Mother’s Day post to her stepmom (pictured) while also reflecting on her difficult childhood and ‘fucked up’ relationship with her birth mother
Kind: The presenter, 55, shared a sweet snapshot of her stepmother Gaby with her father as she said she was so grateful for his “unwavering love”
‘I had a crazy, funny, messy, fucking, love-hate relationship with my birth mom (if you relate, follow @myhorridparent) and Gaby was my rock.
She and my grandmother kept me sane. And I am so grateful to both of them for her unwavering love for her she is also the ‘Gabba’ to my kids and they absolutely LOVE her ❤️ thank you mom.
‘I love you a lot. Also a big shout out to anyone who tries… today is a fucking nightmare for you, follow @ivfbabble (they are lovely) and big love to anyone grieving a loss.
‘These days of celebration are always a bit strange, aren’t they? It’s nice to celebrate/remember/love people on allotted special days of the year (Mom, Dad, Valentine’s), but at some point it can also feel like immense pressure…’.
It comes after Davina, who has been open about her own addictions, revealed in January that she started taking drugs with her mother when she was just 12 years old.
She said: ‘I did drugs at 12 with my mom, smoked weed at 12, did coke at 15 twice, coke with my sister at 14. If people had known I wouldn’t have been able to see my mother.
‘But I’m not a victim, but I’m happy, I’ve chosen to learn after curveballs. The small victories in my life were huge.’
The star previously recalled the complicated relationship she had with her alcoholic mother Florence, adding that she started partying as a teenager as she had no matriarchal figure to fall back on.
Honest: He also candidly addressed his ‘funny, messy, fucked up, loving, disgusting relationship’ with his birth mom, Florence, saying ‘incredible mother figures come in many forms’
Complicated: It comes after Davina, who has been open about her own addictions, revealed in January that she started taking drugs with her mother when she was just 12 years old.
Davina said she fell into a spiral of drug addiction, which in the worst case led to hospitalization.
She said in 2020: ‘It was very scary as it was a very gradual overdose. I had taken a cocktail of drugs because I didn’t want to feel normal. I was constantly trying to escape from myself; it was like a fruit that rotted inside.
‘Then I thought, ‘Okay, 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-loathing, it was literally a case of “get clean or die.”
Davina added that it was her best friend, dad, and stepmother who helped her come to her senses, and she enrolled in Narcotics Anonymous.
A year after her overdose, Davina was drug free, and the star said she still occasionally attends meetings and therapy sessions to stay on track.
After a difficult relationship with her mother, Davina admitted that she sought fame at a young age to fill the void left by the absence of her mother’s love.
The Big Brother presenter added that even after 37 rejection letters from television companies, she made an effort to continue working.
Davina has been outspoken about her struggle with drug addiction, recalling in March 2018 the moment she told her three children about her past.
Speaking on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, she said: “I had to be very honest about my past with children, especially now that they have access to the internet.
“Actually, I had to be brutally honest from the beginning when I thought other kids might talk to them about it. They grew up with ‘Mommy is 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 late alcoholic mother who abandoned her as a child.
‘Everyone was really very receptive. They said: ”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 amazing fitness regimen.
The star has also been dating hairdresser Michael Douglas, after she split from husband Matthew Robertson in 2017.
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