Davina McCall "brutally honest" with her children

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Davina McCall may be a much-loved TV presenter – but she's faced her share of battles in the past, as she spent several years struggling with drug addiction.

And although she has spoken openly about her past in public, she has now revealed all about the "brutally honest" moment that she shared the information with her three children.

Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, she revealed that she wanted her children to find out the truth from her.

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"I've had to be very honest about my past with the children – especially now they have access to the internet," she said.

"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."

However, she said that her children – 16-year-old Holly, 14-year-old Tilly and 11-year-old Chester – already had some awareness of what was going on.

"They were all really very accepting," she said. "They said, 'We thought it was something like that. Is that why you don't drink?'"

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She added that there are no boundaries between her and her children, saying: "All my kids know that ... nothing is off limits. Any problem, any issue, you can just come and run it by me and we'll talk it through."

Davina, who has presented the likes of Big Brother, The Million Pound Drop and Long Lost Family, has often spoken publicly about her battle with drugs.

She has now turned her health around completely, having given up all drugs and alcohol, and has released a number of fitness DVDs and diet books.