Claudia Winkleman talks surprising age ‘concerns’ ahead of 50th birthday: ‘Can’t wait!’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV


Not many people look forward to getting older, but Claudia Winkleman revealed she “can’t wait” to turn 50, as the countdown to her birthday in on. The 49-year-old Strictly Come Dancing presenter admitted she’s “absolutely fine” with reaching the half a century milestone, and plans to greet the big day with arms wide open come January.

The surprising admission comes following her appearance on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast, where she discussed her non-existent worries about her image and what she would look like in later life, using rock stars Gene Simmons, 71, and Alice Cooper, 73, as her inspirations.

“I love getting older, I can’t wait to be fifty!” she exclaimed on the podcast.

“It’s not that I want time to go fast, but I’m absolutely fine with it, and I’ll still look the same.

“I want to look like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper, so it’s not like I want to look young and bouncy and fresh,” she joked.

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She went on to explain that a beauty product called Ultra Glow her mum, author and journalist Eve Pollard, used to use made her feel “alive” whenever she tried it on when she was younger, saying: “I just put some on my face and suddenly felt – it’s a big word but I’m going to say it – alive.

“That was it, that was my love affair.”

But her relaxed view of how she’ll look when she gets older stems from a deeply rooted experience.

“I was brought up in a house without mirrors, so my mum is a huge believer – and my dad [publisher Barry Winkleman] – in the shell is only that,” she said.

“What I look like, how I’ve done my eyeliner – that’s not the shiz.[sic]

“The stuff is the inside, the chat, the brains, the laughs, the loyalty, the kindness, the cooking an extraordinary roast chicken… what you look like is the least interesting thing about you.”

She added that people have to embrace their other qualities as their looks will “fall apart” – “I hope I’ve passed that onto my kids as well,” she wondered, fingers crossed.

Elsewhere, the Radio 2 DJ displayed some of those fine qualities she harbours after she reportedly reached out to Strictly pro AJ Pritchard and his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, after she suffered third-degree burns at the beginning of the year.

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AJ spoke out on Instagram after making 20 trips to hospital after his partner underwent three skin grafts after a freak fireball accident.

Claudia is said to have sent her well wishes after learning of the tragic event, which echoed that of her daughter Matilda’s accident in 2014, which also left her with severe burns.

A source claimed: “Claudia was horrified when she heard about the accident and reached out straight away to send her best wishes to AJ and Abbie.

“While they may no longer work together, as far as Claudia’s concerned, AJ will always be part of the Strictly family and it was her moral duty to rally around him, especially considered she has been through something similar.”

They continued to tell The Sun: “Claudia knows only too well the trauma both Abbie and AJ have suffered and how long the road to recovery, both physically and mentally will be.” contacted representatives for Claudia and AJ for comment at the time.

The devastating accident may have reminded the TV presenter of her daughter’s similar experience.

Seven years ago Claudia’s daughter, Matilda, then aged eight, suffered severe burns after a candle set the synthetic material of her Halloween costume on fire while trick or treating.

Claudia’s interview on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast is available now.



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