Claudia Winkleman: Strictly host opens up on ‘alarming’ baby admission on first date

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Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, 48, reflected on her life memories as she opened up about her excitement to turn 50, in a candid chat with Gaby Logan. The mother-of-three said she was looking forward to reaching the milestone age in 2022 as she admitted she knew she wanted to have children in her twenties.

It was alarming because I did bring it up on the first date

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia tied the knot with her husband Kris Thykier in 2000 when she was 28.

Reflecting on a first date she had in her twenties, she said she made it clear she wanted to have children.

Discussing life in her younger years, she said: “My twenties… never again… angst, the nerve-wracking, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Am I standing in the right place?

“What am I going to do? When can I have a baby?’”

The Strictly star’s revelation prompted podcast host Gaby to ask: “Did that go down well with potential boyfriends?”

Claudia replied: “Well it was alarming because I did bring it up on the first date, I was like, ‘This is all well and good, but’.”

The presenter now has three children with her long-term spouse Kris; Jake, 17, 14-year-old Matilda and Arthur, nine.

Speaking further on the The MidPoint podcast, Claudia said she enjoyed being pregnant in her thirties.

She continued: “I love getting older, I can’t wait for 50. Forties have been excellent.

“My thirties, I was basically just pregnant and licking small people, which I loved.

“I was always on a bed with a tiny person [kissing noises], loved it.”

She went on to say: “I think fifties will be even better and sixties, better than that.

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“I mean, I hope I’m alive, but it’s only going to get better.

“What I love about getting older is I didn’t really like the things you were supposed to do when you were younger and thank God I don’t have to do them anymore.”

Giving examples of her dislikes, the host said she was glad she no longer queues up for nightclubs or attends parties where she would “pretend I’m enjoying myself”.

On her preference to an enjoyable night, she added: “What I want to do is stay in, see my best friend and play Bridge.”

Elsewhere, Claudia and Tess will return to screens next month for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series will be shorter than usual and will start at a later date.

In line with Government advice, the show’s professional dancers isolated at a hotel together to practise their group dances.

It is believed there will also be no live audience, due to social distancing measures.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One next month.

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