Ulrika Jonsson: I can hate my breasts if I want to

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Ulrika Jonsson defended her online rant about her body (ITV)
Ulrika Jonsson defended her online rant about her body (ITV)

Ulrika Jonsson has opened up on her issues with her breasts, insisting she should be allowed to hate them if she wants to.

The 52-year-old TV presenter provoked some criticism when she posted a rant on Instagram about being unhappy with her boobs - in conflict with the body confidence movement and considered by some to be offensive to women who have been forced to have their breasts removed for medical reasons.

Jonsson told ITV’s Lorraine: “My argument was I am still allowed to hate my breasts.”

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The former Gladiators host revealed she had breast reduction surgery in 2009 because, “they were quite big and they got in the way… I didn’t know what to do with them.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson hosts Dancing for United, a ballroom dancing event in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, at Old Trafford on March 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson said she underwent a breast reduction operation in 2009 (Getty Images)

But she revealed that going through the menopause had caused them to increase in size, only to get smaller again.

She added: “I still hate them.... There’s a lot more skin and less substance now.”

Jonsson revealed: “I sleep in my bra because I don’t like them hanging around.”

The TV presenter complained: “I always felt big and it changed all the choices I made clothes wise. I would never wear low cut things.

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Ulrika Jonsson strikes an unfamiliar pose during the BBC Children in Need Appeal. 19/04/02: Television presenter Ulrika Jonsson has formed a friendship with England coach Sven Goran Eriksson, according to the Daily Mirror.   * Ms Jonsson's agent Melanie Cantor said neither she nor Ulrika would comment and Paul Newman, head of Communications for the Football Association, would say only: "This is entirely a private matter."   (Photo by Michael Stephens - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson during BBC's Children in Need Appeal in 1997 (PA Images)

“I felt very vulnerable in situations like that - so exposed. The done thing nowadays young girls, not all the young girls, are having breast implants. So, I think part of my [online] rant was having inadvertently lost weight over the last few months, not deliberately, my breasts disappeared again and I went for a bra fitting and the very sweet lady was furious I had lost so much volume and I was such a difficult size to fit. I was only a 28 around here but needed a double F cup.”

Jonsson hit the headlines last year for speaking out about the breakdown of her marriage to third husband Brian Monet, which she blamed on a lack of intimacy.