'I'm loving my life': Fern Britton says she's comfortable in her skin at middle age after years of battling depression
00:46 GMT, 6 April 2012
After years of battling depression, and now in her fifties, TV presenter Fern Britton says she is finally loving her life.
The 54-year old revealed she has found happiness with her family and her body in middle age.
She told Woman & Home magazine: ‘I’m nearly 55, I’m as healthy as I can be, I’m loving my life, and I like my body.
Bliss: Fern Britton says she has found happiness with her family and her body in middle age
‘It has worked very hard. It’s had four children; it’s fed children, it’s had three caesareans, it’s had a couple of husbands! I’ve never hated it.
‘That should be the way we view our bodies as women. We have to love ourselves. It’s tiresome when people make assumptions about what I’m thinking about my shape, my dress, whatever it is, and it’s all wrong.
‘I have two working legs and two working kidneys. Yes, sure, my eyesight’s going a bit, but everything else is here.’
Positive outlook: The 55-year-old said women have to learn to love themselves
Miss Britton added that if she is feeling bad about her appearance, she simply washes her hair and puts a little make-up on to give herself a boost.
Out now: The full interview is in the May edition of Woman & Home
She also said she has learned to be more philosophical about her bouts of depression.
She revealed: ‘If I feel any depression coming, which I haven’t now for a long time, I take a very deep breath.
‘The last time I felt it, I decided, “There’s no point in running because it will get me so I have to turn round and look it in the eye and let it run through me”.
‘It only lasted two or three weeks, and I just told the family I was feeling a bit rubbish and they were totally understanding.’
Miss Britton has twin sons Harry and Jack, 18, and a daughter, Grace, 15, from her first marriage to TV executive Clive Jones, as well as a ten-year-old daughter with second husband TV chef, Phil Vickery.
She added: ‘It’s been an absolute joy, but I have to say, I’m quite looking forward to them leaving home. I’m looking forward to two empty, clean bedrooms, no laundry, and not worrying about them when they go out – although they’re very good at texting.’
After years working in television she is now throwing herself into a new career as a novelist and has now finished her second novel Hidden Treasures.
To read the feature in full, see the May issue of Woman & Home out now